Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 468             5th February 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Ranelagh women finish 7th in The Southern, led by Gill Sanders 10th
 *  Ranelagh men finish 26th  led by Richard Gregory 88th 
 *  Phil Killingley leads Ranelagh to 2nd place at the Bank of England, but
     we win the Hec Petersen Trophy 
 *  Marie Synnott-Wells wins W50 class in Vets AC championships
 *  Nick Impey runs 2:51 marathon in Marrakech
 *  Euan Sinclair leads Kingston U13s to Surrey Schools title
 *  Vital Surrey League races on Saturday 13th February
 *  All needed for the final Mob Match of the season at home in Richmond Park
     on Saturday 20th February 
 *  Visit from EA Chief Executive Chris Jones next Tuesday evening 
 *  Book now for the Ranelagh Quiz Night on Satuday 5th March

 We could still do with a few more marshals and recorders for the final
 Surrey Ladies League fixture in Richmond Park on Saturday 13th February. We
 can expect 350 runners or more in the senior race on our two-lap 5 miles
 course, starting at 11.30am - half an hour earlier than usual. No experience
 necessary! Please contact Andy Bickerstaff andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk 
 if you can help. Andy is currently away for a few days but will contact you on his return.  

 First, the final Surrey League fixtures on February 13th - can our men stay
 in Division 1 and can our women hang on to third place? Then a week later we
 host Blackheath and Bromley H & AC in our final mob match of the season,
 with the real chance of a grand slam of mob match wins. Read on...

 The Surrey League campaigns come to a climax with the fourth and final races
 on Saturday 13th February. The women's race is at home in Richmond Park,
 with the seniors starting at 11.30am followed by Under 15s/Under 17s at
 12.30pm and the Under 13s at 1pm. All are welcome to run, but if you're not
 planning to take part please see the note above about volunteering to help.
 After the third race our women's team has moved up to third overall, but
 with Thames Hare & Hounds and Ful-on Tri both only a handful of points
 behind. Our target on the day will be to hang on to that third spot. The
 race also incorporates our women's club championship for the Hugh Jones
 Salver and our women's vets (over 40) championship for Trish's Trophy.
 Details and course map here:.  

 The men's League race is on Belgrave's course on Wimbledon Common, with
 juniors (under 17 / under 15 / under 13) off first at 2.30pm followed by
 seniors at 3pm. The target for the men is to avoid relegation to Division 2.
 Guildford, well adrift in 9th and last place, are already booked for the
 drop but one club must join them. At the moment Ranelagh is in 6th place 21
 points ahead of Clapham Chasers and another 22 clear of Belgrave. It
 couldn't be much closer, so there's everything to run for. Details and
 course map here:.   

 The fourth and last mob match of this season will be on Saturday 20th
 February at home in Richmond Park against Blackheath and Bromley Harriers
 and AC. If we can win this one it will be a mob match grand slam for the
 second year in succession. It's 7.5 miles in the Park, 2.30pm start and we
 need everyone we can get. All runners welcome, register on the day. Let's do

 On Tuesday evening 9th February we are to be visited by EA Chief Executive
 Chris Jones, along with the Co-Chair of the London Regional Council Peter
 Crawshaw and the EA Media Manager Andy Barber. The planned schedule is: 
 6.30pm - meet and chat to runners arriving early for training (possibly also
 observe junior training)
 7pm - runners arrive for pre-training announcements; introduce EA visitors
 to the club
 7.10pm onwards - meet and chat with any non-training committee members
 8pm - dinner at The Roebuck
 All are welcome to join us.

 Our next quiz night at the clubhouse will be on Saturday 5th March. Ted
 Mockett will be your inquisitor. Start time is 7pm in the clubhouse, with a
 break for fish and chips (or veggie alternative) at about 8pm. Price is £10
 to include the quiz and supper, and possibly also beer and wine. Teams of
 four, either put your own team together or just come along and we'll sort
 you out on the night. Book your place with Andy Hayward a-hayward4@sky.com .  

 These take place on Saturday 5th March in Richmond Park, starting at 3pm.
 The senior race is over our 5 miles two lap League course. The Dysart Cup
 goes to the winning women's team and the Ellis Cup to the winning men's
 team. All are welcome to run. In addition there will be a one-lap (2.5
 miles) race for juniors which will incorporate Ranelagh's club junior
 championships. All under 18s are eligible. Register for either race on the

 FINCHLEY 20 miles  Sunday 13th March at Ruislip
 Despite the name, the race is at Ruislip and incorporates our club 20 miles
 championship for the Spendlove Cup. Details and entries here:. 

 Our own Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 1st May and entries are
 already streaming in! Over 500 names are already on the list, including 34
 from Ranelagh. This race usually sells out well in advance of the closing
 date, so get your entry in early to avoid disappointment. Details:. If you're
 not planning to run, we'll need plenty of help on the day, so please reserve
 the date.  

 Jane Haws of Momentum writes:
 "You may be already aware of the work Momentum does, as a local charity
 supporting families whose children have cancer or another life-limiting
 condition.  Working in partnership with local hospitals including Kingston,
 Epsom and St Peter's, Momentum's aim is to ensure that no family has to cope
 alone when they are faced with the devastating reality that their child is
 seriously ill. And of course, to do this we rely on donations. 

 I wonder if members of the Ranelagh Harriers might be interested in
 supporting us by taking up a place with Momentum and help raise funds for us
 at one of the various sporting events we are involved with in 2016? Locally,
 we still have guaranteed places at the Hampton Court Half Marathon on
 February 21st; and then there's the ever-popular Bupa London 10k on May 30th
 for example. We'd be just thrilled to welcome local runners to join us in
 this way and help us continue our work. Our newly launched website www.moment-um.org/home/ 
 gives some detailed insights into the support we provide and ways people 
 can get involved, as well as listing all our sporting events for the year.
 Do please feel free to take a look."  

 The club is continuing to subsidise track sessions on Thursday evenings at
 the Osterley track. All groups and all abilities are welcome. The sessions
 are  every Thursday 7.30-8.30pm.  Link to the map is here:.

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 Check out what's happening in our junior section at

More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil
or Trevor ) ranelagh.men@gmail.com
 or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com  )      

 Saturday 13th February      Surrey Ladies League in Richmond Park. See
                                         Surrey League (men) on Wimbledon
 Common. See above.

 Saturday 20th February      Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath and
 Bromley Harriers and AC. 7.5 miles in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm.
 Everyone needed! Incorporates the Wynne Cup club championships.  

 Saturday 27th February     National XC Championships at Donington Park

 Saturday 5th March          Dysart Cup and Ellis Cup Inter-club 5 miles and
 club junior championships 2.5 miles in Richmond Park.

 5km parkruns every Saturday at 9am and 2km junior parkruns weekly or monthly
 on Sundays.
 Venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com or www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/.  

 INTER-CLUB at the BANK OF ENGLAND SPORTS GROUND  Saturday 23rd January in
 Richmond Park.
 Phil Killingley reports:
 "A good turnout from Ranelagh wasn't quite good enough to beat Hercules
 Wimbledon to either the 3-to-score or the 10-to-score prize, but we were
 easy second places in both categories.  Ranelagh runners will have enjoyed a
 different and hillier than usual perspective on racing through the park,
 starting near Roehampton Gate and doing a course that resembles a very wonky
 frying pan, starting in a line parallel with Beverley Brook before picking
 off Spankers Hill Wood, the Ballet School, Queens Ride, Pen Ponds and the
 Skylark paths. There was some good mud and some breathtaking downhill
 running for cross-country enthusiasts, amongst whom Jordan Mungovan decided
 to elevate the level of challenge by racing in flats - a pretty good result
 considering! (His spikes arrived by special cyclist courier seconds after
 the start). Special mention for Ellen Clague who stole the victory in the
 women's field by just seven seconds, although the 80.0% age-graded
 percentage mark will have to wait for another day."

 The race incorporated the annual match against Ealing, Southall and
 Middlesex for the Hec Petersen Trophy, which on a 10 to score basis we won
 fairly comfortably.

 SOUTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONHSIPS  Saturday 30th January at Parliament Hill
 The mild and wet winter has brought with it a succession of Atlantic storms
 made no less severe in their impact by giving them homely names. The South
 has mercifully escaped the disastrous flooding that has hit parts of
 Scotland and the North of England, but the ground has absorbed just about
 all the water it can manage. From a cross-country running perspective this
 means mud and plenty of it. The "Southern" returned this year to its
 spiritual home on Hampstead Heath, where mud and hills are guaranteed. The
 junior events begin mid-morning and the youngsters do their bit by
 thoroughly churning up the course for the seniors to follow. Ranelagh was
 represented in the Under 13 Boys by Euan Sinclair and Luke Maguire, in the
 Under 13 Girls by Frida Roper and second-claimer Poppy Jensen, and in the
 Under 17 Boys by Greg Atkins. All ran well in the tough conditions, with the
 highest placing being Greg's 67th. 

 Onto the Senior Women, then, where we had high hopes of a top ten team
 placing. We were not to be disappointed. Gill Sanders had finished 4th last
 year on the faster course at Brighton, and she coped well with different
 conditions to finish an excellent 10th today. Megan de Silva and Julia
 Bailey had their own private battle and down the home straight Megan held
 off Julia by a just metre or two in 76th and 77th positions. Skipper Becky
 Hall ran strongly for 117th and the fourth spot in the scoring team. We
 finished in an outstanding 7th  position, our third best ever after 3rd in
 2007 and 4th in 2004. Backing up the top four there was another tussle as
 Bonnie Morgan and Suzy Whatmough finished side by side with Ellen Clague not
 far behind. Marie Synnott-Wells and Becky Northmore were next, with Victoria
 Elbourne our tenth finisher still well up in a field of over 500 runners.

 The men were last up to enjoy the mud. We had two second-claimers in Jon
 Pepper and Jake Waldron in the top forty, but the first man in a Ranelagh
 vest was Richard Gregory who ran well for 88th place. George Howard, who is
 in marathon training, looked strong in 180th and not far behind him toughing
 it out were Carl Selya-Hammer and Peter Haarer. Peter has surely run more
 laps of Parliament Hill than any of us but doesn't lose his appetite for it.
 224th today was a fine performance. David Ready and Owen Delaney probably
 surprised themselves by making the scoring six, chased hard by Stewart
 Anderson. Liam Griffin, Ben Shore and Rob Curtis followed. Last Ranelagh man
 home in a field of over a thousand was Mike Peace, who must be the only
 Ranelagh man who might challenge Peter Haarer for the title of King of
 Parliament Hill. The team closed in 26th out of 70.    
 MABAC LEAGUE 8 miles road  Sunday 17th January in Windsor Great Park
 1   A Brooker (Eps O)       44.11
 5   Ian Kenton              47.21
 23  S Pickford (Wimb W)     53.38  (1st woman)
 64  James Barber            60.24
 97  Christopher Nash        64.33
 123 Tom Reay                68.36
 135 Paul Wapshott           70.33
 153 Lynne Barber            72.53
 181 Louise Wapshott         80.27
 182 Christine David         80.31
 188 Penny Merrett           84.01

 VETERANS AC CHAMPIONSHIPS 5 miles  Saturday 23rd January on Wimbledon Common
 Marie Synnott-Wells was the second woman to finish and the first over 50.

 1   P Cheetham (Strag)      25.16
 13  A Critchlow (West 4)    29.46  (1st woman)
 22  Marie Synnott-Wells     31.31  (2nd woman)    

 SURREY SCHOOLS XC CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 23rd January at Reigate
 Euan Sinclair finished 12th in the under 13 Boys race and led the Kingston
 team into first place. Poppy Jensen also finished 12th in the Under 15

 THE VALE GALLOP 10km  Sunday 24th January at Walton-on-the-Hill
 1   O Garrod (E&E)          37.50
 10  T Hardcastle (unatt)    46.28  (1st woman)
 110 Pete Warren             65.41
 137 David Meaden            65.51
 138 Alan Meaden             66.14 

 WINDSOR and ETON WINTER 10km  Sunday 24th January at Dorney Lake
 1   J Gonzalez (Woking)     39.00
 3   B Hair (unatt)          40.20  (1st woman)
 8   Daniel Chiechi          45.17
 59  Prelini Chiechi         56.03      
 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 29th January in Hyde Park
 1   M Gunby (WG&EL)         15.22
 14  Ian Kenton              17.19
 46  Jonathan Moore          19.04
 53  K Judd (Serp)           19.27  (1st woman)
 186 Alan Davidson           25.34 

 FITSTUFF G3 SERIES 10km  Saturday 30th January at Newlands Corner, Guildford
 1   W Simmons (TZR)         45.46
 27  C Pleasence (G&G)       55.45  (1st woman)
 262 Katie Walton            98.32

 There was quite a little Ranelagh party in Morocco, the best result coming
 from Nick Impey who ran 2:51 for 48th in the Marathon. Nick Twomey led the
 Ranelagh contingent in a very high quality Half Marathon - the top seventy,
 mostly Moroccans, broke 70 minutes. 

 1   M Gaikaria (Kenya)      2:11.41  (chip time 2:11.41)
 48  Nick Impey              2:51.28  (2:51.13)

 Half Marathon
 (Positions omitted as genders incorrectly registered)
 1   M El Aziz (Morocco)     1:00.39  (chip time 1:00.39)
     Nick Twomey             1:21.46  (1:21.45)
     Mark Herbert            1:23.37  (1:22.40)
     Karen Weir              1:52.46  (1:47.32)
     Peter Weir              1:52.49  (1:47.34)
     Paul Martingell         2:28.53  (2:25.07)
     Tamsin Burland          2:32.17  (2:27.02)
     Ally Salisbury          2:32.20  (2:27.01)
     Heather Martingell      2:32.20  (2:26.59)
 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 3rd February at Woking
 1   M Waine (Woking)        25.10  (actual time 18.55)
 15  Alan Davidson           28.18  (24.48)
 19  Steve Rowland           29.35  (26.50)
 n/s Sonia Rowland                  (23.07)         

 parkrun results...
 ...showing all PBs, all performances with an age-graded percentage of 65%
 and above, and all junior results. For full Ranelagh results follow this link:
 From this screen you can also access the previous week's Ranelagh results. We
 will continue to show full Ranelagh results for junior parkruns as these are
 not included in the above link 

 parkruns Saturday 23rd January
 Richmond Park
 Jon Smith 17.44 (72.93%), Tom Bradley 18.19 (73.70% and jnr), Jonathan Moore
 19.17 (74.68%), Bill Neely 19.44 (78.55%), John Hobson 20.28 (72.07%), Jess
 Harbert 20.59 (72.92% and PB and jnr), Paul Noel 21.10 (PB), Sandy Masters
 21.30 (68.84% and PB), Cecily Day 21.51 (70.02% and jnr), Daniel Rushby
 22.25 (72.94% and PB and jnr), Steve Aikin 22.31 (65.51%), Ellie Luxmoore
 23.01 (66.47% and jnr), Matt Aikin 23.18 (jnr), Carol Aikin 25.27 (66.67%),
 James Rushby 27.01 (jnr), Sam Rushby 27.17 (65.24 and jnr), Hannah Whitcombe
 33.31 (PB) 

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.47 (73.20%), Phil Jackson 23.46 (70.55%), Luke Maguire
 25.02 (jnr), Frida Roper 25.17 (jnr)

 Crane Park
 Nick Twomey 17.22 (74.38%), Owen Delaney 18.47 (71.61% and PB), Kabir Sait
 20.34 (74.39% and jnr), Michelle Davies 21.11 (70.18%), James Barber 22.35
 (68.04%), Heather Martingell 24.44 (67.79%), Josie Kearey 24.56 (jnr),
 Claire Warner 27.26 (PB)

 Bath Skyline
 Julia Bailey 20.18 (72.91% and PB)

 Peter Faull 18.36 (69.89%), Wiebke Kortum 23.47 (68.11%)

 Alan Davidson 24.59 (69.05%)

 Peter Haarer 18.09 (79.34%)

 Wimbledon Common
 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.52 (73.64%)

 Becky Hall 20.57 (70.96%)

 parkruns Saturday 30th January
 Richmond Park
 Jon Smith 17.39 (73.28% and PB), Ryan Fisher 18.03 (71.56%), Dave Lawley
 18.29 (71.33%), Tom Bradley 18.38 (72.15% and jnr), John Hobson 20.53
 (70.63%), Cecily Day 21.58 (69.65% and jnr), Jess Harbert 22.06 (69.23% and
 jnr), Wiebke Kortum 22.08 (73.19%), Ellie Luxmoore 22.57 (66.67% and jnr),
 Matt Aikin 24.09 (jnr), Daniel Rushby 25.07 (65.10% and jnr), Sam Rushby
 25.18 (70.35% and jnr), Carol Aikin 25.30 (66.54%), Ben Rushby 34.46 (jnr),
 James Rushby 35.46 (jnr) 

 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 18.03 (75.07%), Ed Smith 20.00 (67.25%), Sacha Kennedy 21.10
 (75.43% and jnr), Léonie Kennedy 22.07 (72.19% and jnr), Richard Kennedy
 22.09 (68.77%)

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.56 (72.62%), Phil Jackson 23.44 (70.65%)

 Crane Park
 Michelle Davies 21.44 (68.14%), Kevin Kearey 21.59 (66.03%), Leeanne Bryce
 17.15 (PB), Jackie Dunkley 30.01 (PB)

 Carl Assmundson 16.11 (79.71%), Alan Davidson 25.49 (66.82%)

 Christine David 30.47 (PB)

 Bognor Regis
 David Rowe 20.03 (69.08%)

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