Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 470             2nd March 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  
 *  Ranelagh completes the mob match grand slam for the second year in
 *  We win the Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath and Bromley
 *  Our mob is led by Jon Pepper and Julia Bailey   
 *  Carl Assmundson wins the Wynne Cup club championship and Luke Maguire
     wins the sealed handicap
 *  Peter Haarer and Megan de Silva lead our teams in the National
 *  Men finish 68th team, women 25th
 *  Michelle Davies finishes 3rd in the Run the Streets 10km in Kingston
 *  Sacha Kennedy finishes 2nd in the ISA championships
 *  Dysart Cup for women and Ellis Cup for men inter-club this Saturday 5th
 *  Calling all under 18s - club junior championships this Saturday with
     Dysart and Ellis Cup races
 *  England Athletics Athlete Registration Fee
 *  Still time to book for the Ranelagh Quiz Night this Saturday
 *  Get your entry in for the Richmond Half Marathon

 We need a few more marshals for the inter-club race this Saturday and the
 schools race next week. It's a 3pm start this week, but 2.30pm next week. No
 experience necessary! Please contact Andy Bickerstaff
 andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk  if you can help. 

 Saturday 5t h March
 These take place on Saturday 5th March in Richmond Park, starting at 3pm.
 The senior race is over our 5.5 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 (2.75
 miles) race for juniors which will incorporate Ranelagh's club junior
 championships. All under 18s are eligible. Register for either race on the

 There is still time to book for our quiz night at the clubhouse on Saturday
 5th March. Names can be added right up to Saturday afternoon. Ted Mockett
 will be your inquisitor. Start time is 6.30pm 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.

 Hon Sec Wyn Williams writes:
 "The latest version of the United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) Rules for
 Competition 2016 are to be launched on 1st April and UKA have announced
 information on the updates that will be included.

 These include important changes regarding compulsory athlete registration in
 competitions held under UKA Rules. It is important that all club members are
 a ware of this and the associated guidance. The essence of the rules is that
 participants in races held under UKA rules must be registered and have paid
 their annual registration fee in advance of entering events. These include
 championship races and other races such as road events organised under UKA
 rules. The rules cover club members from the under 13 age group upwards.
 Race applications will include the requirement for individual's England
 Athletics registration number.

  E.A. registration fees are due on 1st April. The club membership fee
 includes the England Athletics registration fee and is also due on 1st
 April. The registration fee for 2016/17 is £13 and the club has been able to
 absorb increases in recent years without increasing club membership fees.
 Current membership fees are:

 Senior £40
 Retired £20
 Junior £10
 Student £10
 Senior Unwaged £10 

 Further information from England Athletics:
 Athletes (& parents of young athletes) - please see

 Please can you pay your membership fee when due by 1st April otherwise you
 will not be eligible to compete in championships or other events under UKA

 You can see an account of the visit plus photos here:. 

 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 700 names are already on the list, including
 nearly 50 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.   

 FULLERS THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 17th April at Chiswick
 This will as usual be the first race in our 2016 Ranelagh Grand Prix series.
 9am start. This is always a popular race, with some 670 already entered.
 Details and entries here:. 

 RICHMOND 10k  Sunday 19th June   9am start
 Rick Jenner writes:
 "This year our 10k takes place on 19th June and entries to the race are now
 open here:.
 Last year we had over 100 Harriers running! We'll also be looking for people
 to help on the day again so even if you can't run please note the date. This
 year we're also raising money for Peter Wright's treatment. Please consider
 making a donation when entering - there is an option to do this via

 Our annual "Mini Mob Match" against Stragglers will be incorporated with the
 Crane Park parkrun 5km on Saturday 11th June. All welcome.

 The Cranleigh 15 and 21 miles races take place on Sunday 20th March -
 www.mabac.org.uk/cranleigh.html - while the   spectacular Surrey Slog
 Half Marathon runs from Holmbury in the Surrey Hills  on July 24t

 ...to Andy Hayward whose micro Thames Side Brewery made its official Roebuck
 debut last week. 

 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 5th March          Dysart Cup and Ellis Cup Inter-club 5.5 miles
 and club junior championships 2.75 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start
                                       Quiz Night in the clubhouse. 6.30pm

 Saturday 12th March        Ranelagh Cup schools race in Richmond Park.
 2.30pm start.

 Saturday 19th March        Clutton Cup 10 miles cross-country handicap in
 Richmond Park. 2pm start. All members welcome, register on the day

 Saturday 2nd April           Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond
 Park. All members welcome, register on the day.
                                     Supper and Prize Presentations at the

 Sunday 3rd April             South of England Relays at Milton Keynes

 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

 Saturday 20t h February in Richmond Park
 Phil Killingley reports:
 "A win at home would ensure a second unbeaten mob season in a row. This was
 expected to be the easiest of our four fixtures, as Blackheath are somewhat
 lacklustre away from home and we look unassailable in Fortress Richmond. And
 so it turned out. The result was another stunning victory -  Ranelagh 424 -
 1269 Blackheath is a really very big margin indeed, and it felt like it on
 the day.

 On a rainy Saturday afternoon Blackheath managed just 29 runners to our 77.
 Ranelagh dominated the front end, with the first 8 runners and 16 of the
 first 18, Jon Pepper cruising to victory round a rain-slipperied course,
 tracked by Carl Assmundson who picks up the Wynne Cup for Club Champion (Jon
 being second claim is ineligible). Jon has the consolation of winning the FB
 Thompson Medal for the individual winner. Blackheath managed first lady in
 Sarah Belaon, edging out Julia Bailey by 19 seconds. The Harry Sheer Trophy
 for the first over 50 to finish was retained by Heathen Nick Kinsey.

 The mob excelled itself, leaving no gaps for Blackheath to take advantage.
 It was the same story as all year - strength in depth and huge numbers have
 simply not allowed the opposition to get anywhere close to us. Cruising
 round comfortably with father Trevor was Luke Maguire, showing that our mob
 is readying itself for the future too. Luke's run won him the sealed
 handicap, ahead of Ellen Clague and Jonathan Smith.  

 A few standouts (PB denotes home course PB)
 - Stewart Anderson with 73.2% an age graded PB at home
 - George Howard 80.1%
 - Peter Haarer 82.1%
 - Jonathan Smith 72.7% PB
 - Dave Lawley - 73.8% PB
 - David Ready - 68.8% PB
 - Alex Morgan a great first home mob run for Ranelagh
 - Jake Waldron - likewise, particularly given he was wearing racing flats
 and sliding all over the place on the muddier bits.  (Thank you for that
 choice, which allowed me to catch you!)
 - Chris Owens - 80.4%
 (There may be others too, but at this point the server gave up on me...)

 Huge thanks to everyone who has turned out in the four matches to run,
 officiate and support. Ideas on a postcard (or email if easier) for what our
 next challenge should be. One suggestion is that we take on Clapham Chasers
 or Kent AC in a one-off mob fixture. Or a turnout of 136 in our 136th year? 

 Next mob fixture - Stragglers in our mini-mob match on June 11th at the
 Crane Park parkrun."
 Saturday 27th February at Castl e Donington
 Nick Twomey reports on the men's race:
 "The Ranelagh senior men's team went to the midlands with a vastly under
 strength team when compared to the most recent performance in the Surrey
 League. Indeed two of the team from the Surrey League were running for their
 first claim teams; namely Jon Pepper and Jake Waldron. Both finished well in
 73rd and 116th respectively.

 The conditions for the day were good if slightly chilly. Underfoot while
 there hadn't been much rain in the preceding week there were long sections
 of the three lap course which were full of boggy mud with many a runner
 losing shoes along the way...several thousand runners in the earlier races
 helped to churn up the course.

 With six to score the competition was on for the eight Ranelagh men to make
 the team! It will come as no surprise that Peter Haarer led the team home in
 327th. It was then somewhat of a gap back to Nick Twomey in 611th closely
 followed by Dave Lawley and Mark Herbert in 634th and 719th respectively.
 The team was completed by the ever present and consistent Stewart Anderson
 and Vaughan Ramsey who we welcome back after a period out with injury.
 Rob Curtis and Mike Pearce completed the Ranelagh eight! We were 68th of 123
 full teams.

 So how would I sum up the National XC Championship 2016...challenging,
 tough, an experience...in the words of Jon Pepper, 'You never forget a

 Phil Killingley adds: 
 "Nick omits to mention a little battle taking place between himself and
 Stewart Anderson for the McLeod Trophy, which is contested over 16 races
 over the xc season and is coming to a conclusion.  Stewart leads Nick with
 three races to go by 13 points, but Nick closed the gap a little on Saturday
 and it will be a tense finish for both. Standings here: . Greg
 and Izzy Atkins ran well in the U17 boys and U15 girls races and finished
 104th and 41st respectively."  

 The women's equivalent of the McLeod Cup, prosaically called the Women's
 Performance Award, is also working up to a close finish, with Ellen Clague
 currently 29 points clear of Becky Northmore. Today, Ellen extended her lead
 by crossing the line in 218th place to Becky's 259th . Leading the team with
 a fine 83rd place was Megan de Silva, some 20 places up on last year's
 National and more than 70 places better than two years ago. Also showing
 marked improvement was the second Ranelagh home Julia Bailey - 301st to
 218th and now 154th.  Ellen and Marie Synnott-Wells completed our scoring
 four and we placed a very respectable 25th out of 84 complete teams. Becky
 Northmore and Emma Wellham backed up, both well placed in a large field. 

 The Roffey Salver and the Aotearoa Trophy go to the leading Ranelagh first
 claimers in the men's and women's race respectively. Peter Haarer put his
 name on the Roffey Salver for the umpteenth time and Megan de Silva
 successfully defended the Aotearoa.     

 Alas, the report in the last e-news that Megan de Silva had placed third in
 the individual League competition turns out to have been premature. She
 would have been well placed in the senior category had all four races
 counted, but in the women's League only the best three scores count.
 Unfortunately this had the effect of pushing her down to 4th.  

 Jonathan Moore reports:
 "I managed 85:17 in the ODP HM, which I was happy with for my first Half
 Marathon - it was pretty muddy on the tow path.  Kris Davidson kindly paced
 me around - he was a braver man than me for doing the mob match and the HM
 back to back."

 1   E Robinson (AFD)        1:10.41  (chip time 1:10.41)
 30  R Penfold (Fulham)      1:24.50  (1:24.48 - 1st woman) 
 32  Jonathan Moore          1:25.19  (1:25.17)
 33  Kris Davidson           1:25.19  (1:25.16)    

 1    T Jervis (Warr)        1:10.57  (chip time 1:10.57)
 79   Paul Nicoll            1:25.48  (1:25.46)
 97   C Duff-Tytler (unatt)  1:26.54  (1:26.13 - 1st woman)
 145  Bill Neely             1:29.07  (1:29.03)
 557  Alice Mooney           1:41.42  (1:40.29)
 678  Sally Dell             1:44.25  (1:43.25)
 1729 Sarah Holland          2:02.49  (1:51.04)
 2906 Lynne Barber           2:25.36  (2:09.11)
 3240 Julian Holden          2:34.18  (2:17.36)
 3449 Katrina Roche          2:41.02  (2:22.05)
 3766 Deirdre Inman          3:04.34  (2:45.59)
 3790 Su Clark               3:07.48  (2:49.13)       
 WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON  Sunday 21st February
 1   P Pollock (Annadale)    1:03.46  (chip time 1:03.46)
 41  C Mair Jones (Swansea)  1:14.35  (1:14.32 - 1st woman)
 53  Carl Selya-Hammer       1:15.34  (1:15.30)
 535 Laura Blazey (Kent)     1:35.42  (1:34.14)
 536 Richard Gregory         1:35.42  (1:34.14) 

Sunday 21st February at Lee  Valley
 Alan Davidson reports:
 "I ran in the indoors SCVAC T&F Champs at Lee Valley yesterday. I was
 outclassed in the 3000m field but as an SCVAC competitor, to get the bronze
 I had to beat the performance time standard of 14:07. I finished in
 14:06.07!  For what it is worth that was my 4,000th completed race since
 starting racing in late 1985.My 4001st could pose a problem - I left without
 doing the 1500m I had entered partly because I was tired and couldn't hope
 to achieve a decent time but also I needed to get home to ice a very sore
 left Achilles, and ice a niggly rightside adductor/groin. This health
 situation is also compounded by my shoulder injury from over 5 months ago
 being still not fully healed. Walking outside of the venue and nearly
 getting blown backwards convinced me it had been a relief not to have to
 battle with the elements!"

 Saturday 27th February t t Princethorpe College, Rugby
 Sacha Kennedy was runner-up in the Year 9 and 10 race, and she and Léonie
 were part of the winning London West team. 

 Year 9 and 10
 1   M Hardman (London S)   11.07
 2   Sacha Kennedy (Lon W)  11.14
 12  Léonie Kennedy (Lon W) 12.18

 RUN THE STREETS 10km  Sunday 28th February at Kingston
 Michelle Davies was delighted to take third place in the women's race.

 1   D Davis (Leeds)        31.08  (chip time 31.08)
 20  N Swaffield (WSE&H)    38.20  (38.17 - 1st woman)
 40  Llewellyn Davies       42.33  (42.23)
 43  Michelle Davies        42.48  (42.44)
 53  Lee Davies             43.51  (43.46)
 138 Piers Meadows          51.43  (51.27)
 352 Alan Meaden            65.44  (65.16)
 367 David Meaden           68.23  (67.54)   

 RUN THE STREETS HALF MARATHON  Sunday 28th February at Kingston
 1   P Whittaker (Southend) 1:08.36  (chip time 1:08.36)
 17  Nick Wright            1:21.52  (1:21.51)
 30  C Orianwo (Kenya)      1:24.44  (1:24.31 - 1st woman)
 453 Lloyd Camp             1:47.49  (1:47.34)
 889 Catherine Holman       2:07.15  (2:05.31)
 912 Karima Graham          2:08.40  (2:07.42)
 992 Maya Farah             2:13.09  (2:11.56)          
 RUN THE STREETS JUNIOR RACES  Sunday 28th February at Kingston
 Representing Straggs, Maisie and Poppy Jensen registered 1st and 2nd places,
 while the Wiltshire sisters were 5th and 6th.

 Year 5 and 6
 1   Maisie Jensen          5.43
 5   Harriet Wiltshire      6.21
 6   Rose Wiltshire         6.45

 Year 7 and 8
 1   O Wilson (K&P)         5.00
 2   Poppy Jensen           5.35

 HOTELYMPIA 10km  Sunday 28th February
 1   G Nicholas (Windrush)  34.34  (chip time 34.33)
 6   James Whistler         35.45  (35.45)

 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. 

 parkruns Saturday 20th February
 Richmond Park
 Bill Neely 19.48 (78.28%), Jess Harbert 20.53 (73.26% and PB and jnr),
 Cecily Day 22.44 (67.30% and jnr), Matt Aikin 23.48 (jnr)  

 Old Deer Park
 Grace Munro 24.24 (jnr), Frida Roper 26.11 (jnr)

 Bushy Park
 Sacha Kennedy 21.08 (75.55% and jnr), Richard Kennedy 21.23 (71.24%), Daniel
 Chiechi 21.27 (PB), Léonie Kennedy 22.56 (69.62% and jnr)

 Crane Park
 Izzy Atkins 19.45 (79.58% and jnr and PB), Kabir Sait 20.55 (73.15% and
 jnr), Michelle Davies 21.18 (69.80%), Tom Kearey 22.03 (jnr), Josie Kearey
 25.13 (jnr)

 Phil Jackson 24.14 (69.88%)

 Alan Davidson 25.03 (68.86%)

 Greenpoint (South Africa)
 Rob Wise 20.16 (77.14%)

 Bognor Regis
 David Rowe 19.59 (69.89%)

 Ardgillan (Ireland)
 Marie Synnott-Wells 21.27 (79.10%)  

 Bendigo (Australia)
 Ralph Street 16.19 (79.06%)

 parkruns Saturday 27th February
 Richmond Park
 Eirin McDaid 17.01 (75.91%), Ryan Fisher 18.02 (71.63%), Kris Davidson 18.05
 (76.04%), Tom Bradley 18.50 (71.68% and jnr), Jess Harbert 21.25 (71.44% and
 jnr), Steve Aikin 22.01 (66.99%), John Hobson 22.23 (65.90%), 
 Cecily Day 22.24 (68.30% and jnr), Lloyd Camp 22.29 (67.23%), Daniel Rushby
 23.08 (68.23% and jnr), Wiebke Kortum 23.09 (70.70%), Ellie Luxmoore 23.39
 (jnr), Matt Aikin 24.01 (jnr), Sam Rushby 25.24 (66.99% and jnr), 
 Carol Aikin 25.43 (65.98%), Val Lowman 29.21 (67.06%), Ben Rushby 33.48 (jnr
 and PB), James Rushby 33.49 (jnr)

 Old Deer Park
 Jon Smith 17.45 (72.68% and PB), Clare Fowler 21.42 (69.35% and PB)

 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 18.08 (74.72%), Euan Sinclair 20.33 (72.34% and jnr), Adam
 Wright 21.09 (66.04%)

 Crane Park
 Colin Brett 21.54 (68.42%), Ann Kearey 24.31 (66.08%), Josie Kearey 24.45
 (jnr), Clare Warner 26.59 (PB), Louise Wapshott 29.19 (PB)

 Dawn Bates 30.43 (PB)

 Bill Neely 19.38 (78.05%)

 Tomas Sterner 23.39 (PB)

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.06 (76.45%)

 Rob Wise 20.22 (76.76%)

 From Athletics International:
 "The Great North Run made history in 2014 by welcoming its millionth
 finisher and for this year's race on September 11 there could be another
 first as the organisers are hoping to have in the field a runner born in
 every member state of the United Nations (193 in all). They have entries
 from 125 countries registered so far.