Newsdesk 2001

 Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers

 We are hosting the men's and women's Surrey League Division One fixtures on
 Saturday in the Park. The action starts at 12 noon with the girls under 15
 race, followed at 12.30 by the under 20s and at 1pm by the senior women.
 There's a bit of a hiatus then until the boys under 17 at 2.30pm and the
 senior men at 3pm. Come along and run if you want to - pick up numbers from
 the club house. If you're not up to racing please come along anyway. I'm
 sure Alan Hedger will welcome extra help with officiating and course
 marking, especially for the earlier races. A reminder too that afterwards
 Bruce Tulloh will give a short talk in the clubhouse. He has just brought
 out a new book entitled 'Running Over 40', signed copies of which will be
 available for purchase.

 Last Saturday Richmond Park saw the Dysart Cup women's race which
 incorporated our women's club championship for the Hugh Jones Salver, and
 the men's Ellis Cup.

 In the Dysart Cup Dee Smale scored the first of two individual victories for
 the Stragglers in a comfortable fashion, finding time to go off course,
 re-tie her shoelaces and still have half a minute to spare at the finish.
 Liz Kipling was runner-up and I am indebted to Pete Mulholland's report in
 'Athletics Weekly' for the following: "Kipling, however, was pleased with
 her run. 'That was my first race over the country for a couple of years due
 to a dodgy back,' she said".
 Pleased she should certainly have been, as this made her club champion for
 the first time. Kathy Mallett made a good crack at retaining her trophy but
 finished half a minute down, and bronze in the championship went to Rachel
 Dixon with an excellent run. Margaret Auerback was fourth scorer in the team
 which easily regained the team trophy. Kathy had the consolation of winning
 the sealed handicap ahead of Rachel and Eliete Nascimento. 

 For once we fielded a decent team in the Ellis Cup men's race, and had four
 of the first seven home. But at ten to score our neighbours the Stragglers
 just had the edge, led by Ian Johnson who repeated his 1998 individual win.
 Marcus Gohar kept pace with Johnson for the first lap but finally had to
 settle an isolated second place. From the home point of view the race was
 notable for a very impressive debut from Norman Dunroy and the weekly
 improvement of Paul Doyle. Bobby Sawyer also featured in a club scoring team
 for the first time.

 The Hec Petersen Trophy was incorporated into a Metropolitan League event
 that Ealing were hosting on December 1st and not surprisingly they ran away
 with trophy.
 1	I Cunningham (Ealing)	29.08
 6	Chris Owens		32.29
 7	Andy Bickerstaff		32.36
 9	Will Graves		35.34
 10	Wyn Williams		40.36
 Scoring 4
 1	Ealing SML	10
 2	Ranelagh	26 

 As usual, Pete Warren was the fastest over 60 in Serpentine's 'Last Friday
 of the Month' 5km in Hyde Park on November 30th, recording a time of 19.47. 

 South London Harriers are holding a quiz night in their clubhouse at
 Coulsdon after our mob match with them on December 22nd and they have asked
 us if we'd like to put in a couple of teams. I already have a few names but
 if anyone else would like to join in please let me know.
 More details of all the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /

 Saturday December 15th    Surrey League Division 1 men and women both on our
 courses in Richmond Park. Women from 12 noon (seniors 1pm), men from 2.30pm
 (seniors 3pm).
 Saturday December 22nd   Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers at
 Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. 7.5 miles. Start at 2.30pm.
 Wednesday December 26th  Boxing Day run starting at 11am. A social run in
 the Park to sweat off some of that turkey and pud.
 Saturday December 29th   Henty Relay in Richmond Park starting at 2.30pm. A
 fun event - though hard work! - for all club members and friends, of any
 speed. If you can run one lap of Sidmouth Wood (1.3 miles) you'll be
 welcome. Be at the clubhouse by 1.30pm for teams to be arranged.
 Scientists in Ohio claim people can improve their muscle tone by merely
 imagining they are exercising. Researchers in Cleveland asked ten volunteers
 to imagine flexing one bicep five times a week. Muscle strength allegedly
 improved by an average of 13.5%. So, if anyone would like to join me for an
 imaginary run....

 Steve Rowland
 Telephone: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901
 e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk