*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 475 12th May 2016 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Successful Richmond Half Marathon with nearly 800 runners * Individual winners Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell) and Ranelagh's Megan de Silva * Ranelagh women win the team race, men finish second * Richard Gregory and Megan de Silva lead our teams in the Sutton 10km * M85 World Half Marathon Record by Ed Whitlock * Bruce McLaren completes the Thames Path 100 miler * Good Orienteering and Triathlon results from Ralph Street and Gill Sanders * Free Sports Psychology workshop at the clubhouse on Tuesday 14th June * Club Subscriptions and England Athletics Registration were both due on April 1st * Junior Handicap Series next race on May 19th in Richmond Park * Green Belt Relay on May 21st and 22nd * Dorking 10 miles is the next GP and League event on June 5th. * Help needed for our Richmond 10km on 19th June ATTENTION PLEASE **************** DORKING 10 miles Sunday 5th June This is the next event in the Surrey Road League and our own Grand Prix. It also serves as the county championship and the Ranelagh club championship. Start time is 9am. Entries are fairly low at the moment at 248, with a little over 20 from Ranelagh. Details and entry: . RICHMOND 10k Sunday 19th June We have already received some 360 entries, including 64 from Ranelagh. Race Director Rick Jenner writes: 'It's five weeks until our 10k on 19th June at 9am. If you haven't run before it's a great flat, fast course, much of it on the riverside, and usually a great fun summer event. Please do enter here: and encourage your friends to do likewise. The race is also raising money for Peter Wright's treatment so please take the opportunity to donate when you register. We're also looking for people to help on the day so if you can't run, or would just like to lend a welcome hand, please email Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org." PERFORMANCE IN MIND FREE SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY WORKSHOP Cindy Croucher writes: "We have been contacted by Dr Josephine Perry who runs Performance in Mind, a sports psychology consultancy. She is also a regular contributor to Athletics Weekly, addressing the psychology of running and racing. She loves seeing how athletes, when they develop a greater understanding of their own psychology, can improve their performance and feel more comfortable and confident doing so. Josie has offered to run a workshop at the club 'Using Sport Psychology to perform at your best' which will cover some of the key concepts and techniques used in sports psychology which athletes can use when entering potentially stressful sporting situations to feel more comfortable and in control to ensure they are able to perform to their maximum potential. The workshop is on Tuesday 14th June at 8.30pm after training (cunningly just before the club 10k!). If you are interested in attending, there is a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse. It is free to attend but spaces will be limited and on a first-come-first-served basis!! Contributions for refreshments will be appreciated." GREEN BELT RELAY Good luck to our teams in the Green Belt Relay on the weekend of 21st and 22nd May. More details about the event here:. CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS and ENGLAND ATHLETICS REGISTRATION... ...for 2016-17 are now due. The club membership fee includes the England Athletics registration fee and despite the increase in the England Athletics registration fee to £13, we are keeping our subscription rates unchanged for at least another year. That's £40 for seniors, £20 for second-claim members and those who are retired and over 60, £10 for under 20s and students and non-running members. There is also a £70 family membership. Preferred method of payment is by Bank Transfer: our account is at HSBC, sort code 40-23-29, account number 81109847; please add a message, for example SubscriptionJSmith. A Standing Order form is available from our website here: . Alternatively post a cheque to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA or leave it in an envelope at the clubhouse. For any queries, e-mail the Membership Secretary email@example.com. The latest version of the United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) Rules for Competition 2016 are to be launched on 1st April. These include important changes regarding compulsory athlete registration in competitions held under UKA Rules. It is important that all club members are aware of this and the associated guidance. The essence 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. Club subscriptions and the E.A. registration fees are both due on 1st April. Please pay your membership subscription promptly. The club cannot pay your registration fee unless you have paid your subscription. If you are not registered you might not be eligible to compete in championships or other events under UKA rules. For more information see www.englandathletics.org/athlete-registration. CHIEF RACE OFFICIAL Andy Bickerstaff is looking for someone to share the role of Chief Race Official with him. It involves organising the course flagging, placing of marshals and assigning officials. If you think you could help please contact Andy firstname.lastname@example.org . If you can't take on the job but would be willing to mark the course once or twice during the winter season, please also contact Andy. PRODUCT TESTING Rick Jenner writes:. "The Men's Running Magazine and Women's Running Magazine Running Awards 2016 need Ranelagh Harriers! They have kindly asked us to help, and need testers, runners of all abilities and levels, to put a range of running kit, nutrition and gadgets through their paces. Then to provide honest and frank reviews and ultimately determine which brands and products walk off with the awards. Testing takes place during August 2016 and you will need to be able to collect and return any kit to the clubhouse during that period. To register your interest and get more information please email Jayne Bennett at email@example.com before 3rd June. (Please note this is for Ranelagh Harriers only, do not share with any other people, non-club members will not be accepted.)". JOBS AT SPORTING FEET Dominic Stead of Sporting Feet writes: "Sporting Feet is an independent sports footwear retailer with shops in Putney and Richmond. We are often looking for bright, enthusiastic, sporty people to work part-time in our stores. Typically our part time employees work for us two days a week usually including a Saturday or Sunday. Full training is given, but as there is a lot to learn we need candidates to be able to commit for a reasonable length of time. If you are local to our Putney or Richmond shops and are interested in working for Sporting Feet, please send your cv and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org." SPORTS MASSAGE Michaela Fogden writes: "I am a sports massage therapist, based at Performance Physiotherapy in Richmond. See my website for more details:." LADIES BEGINNERS COURSE Cindy Croucher writes: "The 2016 Ladies Beginners Course will be led by Deborah again, starting on Tuesday 24th May. Please spread the word and share the link:. It is still only £10 so please let friends, colleagues, neighbours and the world know!" WIMBLEDON COMMON WEDNESDAY EVENING TRAIL SERIES The Wimbledon Common Trail Series organised by Andy Bickerstaff and the Good Run Guide is back for its third year. The first race was last week's 5 miler, see below The remaining dates are Wednesday 1st June for another 5 miler and Wednesday July 6th for an 8 miler. Both are 7pm starts. Details and entry:. NEXT JOB FOR THE MOB Our annual "Mini Mob Match" against The Stragglers will be incorporated with the Crane Park parkrun 5km on Saturday 11th June. All welcome. STRAGGLERS / RANELAGH JUNIOR HANDICAP SERIES The summer series of junior handicap races has become a joint enterprise between Stragglers and Ranelagh, and this year we are hosting two of the events from our clubhouse. The rest take place at the Hawker Centre. The races are all on Thursday evenings and are open to all under 18s. Registration is at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The first race was last week, remaining dates and organisers are shown below. Full details, including parental consent forms, are here:. Thursday 19th May (Ranelagh) Thursday 9th June (Stragglers) Thursday 23rd June (Stragglers) Thursday 14th July (Ranelagh) Thursday 1st September (Stragglers) THE 23rd TH&H PARKLAND RELAYS Wednesday 25th May at 7pm in Richmond Park Peter Fordham writes: "I am again organising the men's entries for the annual Parkland Relays in Richmond Park. This is one of the best summer events in the area, where 100 teams from the major clubs in the area compete in a 4-leg relay of about 2.9 miles. It starts at Spankers Hill Wood and near to Pen Ponds car park. Last year we put up three teams, with our 'A' team coming a creditable 9th overall. Let's see if we can beat the turnout and positions this year. As demand from clubs is high, please let me know as soon as possible if you can run, so that I can secure team entries. It's open to all and anyone who thinks they cannot make it by 7pm can be accommodated on one of the later stages." Contact Peter at email@example.com. There is also a women's relay over 3 laps of the same course. Anyone interested in taking part please contact Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org . RICHMOND MARATHON Tom Bedford writes: "On 18th September 2016 the Richmond Marathon joins the Richmond Half Marathon and Kew Gardens 10k in the Richmond Running Festival. Starting inside Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the race will tour Richmond's greenest borough, and the highlight? Hampton Court Palace! More info:. We would like to offer £3 off to your club runners. With their EA registration number that will mean a total of £5 off. Password is all caps: RANELAGH." THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING AT OSTERLEY 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:. FACEBOOK Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. RANELAGH JUNIORS Check out what's happening in our junior section at ranelagh-harriers-juniors.com/. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil or Trevor ) email@example.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) Thursday 19th May Stragglers/Ranelagh Junior Handicap race 2 in Richmond Park. See above. Wednesday 25th May Parkland Relays in Richmond Park. See above. Sunday 5th June Dorking 10 miles. GP and Surrey League event, includes county and club championship. 9am start. Details:. Saturday 11th June Mini Mob Match v The Stragglers incorporated into the Crane Park parkrun. Sunday 19th June Richmond 10km. 9am start. See above. 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/. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 1st May When we started organising a Richmond Half Marathon back in 1994 it was one of no more than two or three Half Marathons in the whole of Surrey. Now there is double that number in the Richmond area alone! This year the competition put something of a brake on the inflow of entries for our race, but in the end we reached our limit 0f 1200 just a few days before the advertised closing date. This worked out well and gave everyone a fair chance of getting in, whereas in recent years the limit has been reached as early as January. That our race remains popular in the face of so much competition is testament to everyone who helps in some capacity on the day. It's not an easy course to organise and marshal but apart from a couple of impatient motorists at the start everything seemed to go off well. Special thanks go to our unflappable Race Director Sandra Forrest and her team of Tamsin Burland, Sally Bamford, Lindsey Simmons and Philippa Kitchen. As to the race itself, conditions were pretty good. It had been cold overnight but by race time we had a comfortable running temperature. After a few minor flurries while the field sorted itself out it was Epsom's Ollie Garrod who established himself in front, chased by the Clapham pair Bryn Reynolds and Neil Aitken. Richard Gregory was well placed for Ranelagh but he probably still had the previous week's London Marathon in his legs. While Garrod built up a lead of more than a minute, Richard settled into 6th place and secured the club half-marathon championship - though he probably didn't realise that he was being run down in the closing stages by the holder Jordan Mungovan. Jordan took a minute off last year's time but was still half a minute down on Richard at the end. Nick Impey put in an excellent run as the third Ranelagh finisher, and these three combined to win second place in the open and Surrey county team competitions - Clapham Chasers winning both. Ian Kenton and Jonathan Smith both finished inside 80 minutes, then we saw Chris Bundhun and Dave Lawley home just ahead of the leading woman Megan de Silva who finished in a personal best of 82.16. Mick Lane's 83.51 secured him 6th place in the M50 age group and behind Mick there were half a dozen more RH inside 90 minutes. It was good to see juniors Tom Kearey and Grace Munro completing the course in fine style. In the women's race Megan led virtually all the way and enjoyed an impressive winning margin of almost two and a half minutes. Michelle Davies ran very well for 10th place and set a big new personal best of 92:20. Marie Synnott-Wells finished in 13th place and placed third in the W45 age group. The three M's won the open and Surrey team races for Ranelagh. Julia Bailey was our next woman home on 97.45 and three more Ranelagh women ducked inside two hours. SUTTON 10km Sunday 8th May A temperature up in the mid 20s is perhaps not intrinsically all that tough for a 10k - but when it comes only a matter of days after we were experiencing single-digit temperatures it may have caused a slight shock to the system! This probably explains a relatively pedestrian overall winning time in the mid 34mins and only two runners inside 35mins. Epsom and Ewell's Ollie Garrod was first home, just as he had been in our Half Marathon the week previously. The South London Harriers pair of Steph McCall and Jess Chen dominated the women's race, though they too were probably slowed by the heat. Only Megan de Silva in 3rd place seemed comparatively untroubled and her 38.54 was less than a minute outside her PB. Richard Gregory was our first man home in 8th place and if he looked a little jaded it might have been owing to the fact that this was his fourth hard race in as many weekends (including the London Marathon) as well as the temperature. Steve Whitehead was next in and surprisingly his 11th place was good enough only for 5th in the over 40 category. James Whistler and Chris Bundhun were our only other men inside 40 minutes, though Mick Lane came in just as the clock clicked over to 40. Behind Megan in the women's race Laura Blazey, Michelle Davies and Clare Fowler all finished close together in the 45 minutes bracket. This was the second race in the Surrey Road League and our men today finished 3rd and the women 4th. It was also the fourth race in our own road Grand Prix. Category leaders are Megan de Silva, Hedy Lorant/Wiebke Kortum/Rachel Smith, Sally Bamford/Marie Synnott-Wells, Richard Gregory, Steve Whitehead and Mick Lane. Full scoreboard here: http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/gp.html. Counting all those who have completed at least one of the races, we have already topped the hundred. ED'S AT IT AGAIN... The legend that is Ed Whitlock has polished off another world record for the over 85 age group. Running in the Waterloo Half Marathon in Ontario, Canada, on 24th April, Ed shattered the previous record by some nine minutes in recording 1:50.47. Read all about it here:. ORIENTEERING WORLD CUP Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May in Wroclaw, Poland This was the opening World Cup event of the 2016 season and Ralph Street was selected to compete for Great Britain in all three events being contested: Middle Distance, Sprint and Mixed Relay. First on the Saturday was the Middle Distance race in which Ralph was the leading Brit in equal 25th place out of 116 finishers. On Sunday came the sprint event. In the morning were two qualifying heats to whittle the 120 competitors down to 42 finalists. Ralph finished a comfortable 9th in the second heat and so took his place in the final where he finished an excellent 12th only 35 seconds behind the winner and well ahead of the only other Brit to make the final. Monday was given over to a mixed relay with 43 teams of four taking part. The teams comprised two men and two women and on leg three Ralph had a storming run to move GBR1 through from 35th to 5th with one of the fastest times of the day. Unfortunately it was later revealed that our opening leg runner had mispunched one of the controls and so the team was disqualified. "A good weekend for me," was Ralph's modest comment. Middle Distance 1 O Lundanes (Norway) 35.11 25= Ralph Street 39.59 Sprint 1 M Kyburz (Switzerland) 14.33 12 Ralph Street 15.08 THAMES PATH 100 miles Saturday 30th April Richmond to Oxford Bruce McLaren writes of Facebook: "Well I did it. That was super tough. Wheels came off around mile 85 so we pretty much walked the rest but finished in 20:39 in 40th place so very pleased and so glad to have finished. It was dodo cold towards the end of the night. Oh, and I threw up at mile 91 to boot." 1 C Holgate (unatt) 14:09.54 2 S Amend (Belgrave) 16:00.09 (1st woman) 40 Bruce McLaren 20:39.44 MILTON KEYNES MARATHON Monday 2nd May 1 B Fish (Blackburn) 2:31.14 (chip time 2:31.10) 34 K Wright (Stratford) 3:03.41 (3:03.35 - 1st woman) 340 Matt Sowton 3:41.41 (3:38.57) 716 Hannah Doyle 4:04.38 (4:01.20) 1925 Ian Grange 6:27.35 (6:20.49) WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAIL SERIES RACE 1 5 miles Wednesday 4th May This was the first of the three summer evening races on Wimbledon Common organised by Andy Bickerstaff and the Good Run Guide. Ranelagh provided the marshals and officials, but the race itself was dominated by Clapham Chasers and the new Fulham Running Club. For Ranelagh Mark Herbert was our first finisher but only Wiebke Kortum made the prize list, winning the W45 category. 178 finished. 1 B Reynolds (Clapham) 27.27 15 Mark Herbert 30.14 29 R Penfold (Fulham) 32.42 (1st woman) 68 Wiebke Kortum 36.30 72 Ben Shore 36.46 80 Steve Aikin 37.24 111 Heather Martingell 40.28 141 Peter Fordham 44.27 147 Tamsin Burland 45.56 161 Phil Aiken 48.51 165 Paul Martingell 49.10 YHA CASTLETON RUNNING WEEKEND Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May New Peak District residents Karen and Peter Weir were joined by some Ranelagh visitors at the Castleton Youth Hostel's running weekend. Karen reports: "On Friday night there was a head torch run, Saturday a long fell race (11.5 miles) and Sunday a 10km fell race. The group of Ranelagh boys - Nick Twomey, Mark Herbert, Alex Morgan, Nick Impey, Jonathan Smith and Rich Kimber - pretty much filled the top places each time, although on the Saturday race they all went wrong and didn't do the official course! On the Sunday race they filled all the top places apart from second. Nick Impey, the second-placed guy from Northants and Alex all broke the course record - not bad for a bunch not used to the fells - it was hot too. Peter and I were there, just because it was a couple of miles from where we live and we thought it would be a good way to find some running routes. I am coming back from a calf injury (due to not yet being acclimatised to the terrain - every run involves running up a steep hill) and Peter decided to throw himself down the hill mid-race on the Saturday (but was still the 3rd finisher who actually finished the correct route) so he was a bit battered and bruised and so we decided not to race on Sunday, instead we took a leisurely walk up the hill to get some photos and cheer the team in." ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP Sunday 8th May in Cagliari This was a sprint event over half the usual Olympic distance. This seemed to suit Gill Sanders as she put in a much improved performance to finish 13th. At the moment Gill seems on course to qualify for the South African team for this summer's Rio Olympics. Fingers crossed! 1 I Lee (GB) 63.52 (swim 10.07, T1 0.58, bike 34.17, T2 0.39, run 17.52) 13 Gill Sanders (RSA) 65.44 (10.08, 0.59, 36.03, 0.40, 17.56) 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 30th April Richmond Park Eirin McDaid 16.59 (76.05%), Richard Kimber 19.07 (67.48%), Alberto Esguevillas 20.52 (66.93%), Jess Harbert 21.22 (71.61% and jnr), Cecily Day 23.08 (66.14% and jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 23.25 (65.34% and jnr), Nick Fordham 24.55 (jnr), Val Lowman 29.05 (67.68%) Bushy Park Nick Wright 18.22 (73.77%), Simon Burrell 20.03 (74.73%), Sacha Kennedy 20.13 (77.74% and jnr), Léonie Kennedy 22.40 (69.34% and jnr), Finlay Sinclair 23.15 (65.81% and jnr), Kevin Jacques 24.58 (PB), Anne Philpott 26.39 (68.86%), Jackie Dunkley 28.50 (66.36%) Bedfont Lakes Mark Herbert 18.06 (72.47%), Michael Moran 20.05 (69.29% and jnr) Old Deer Park Kris Davidson 18.45 (73.33%), Clare Fowler 21.12 (70.99% and PB), Steve Aikin 21.35 (68.88%), Matt Aikin 23.07 (jnr), Luke Maguire 25.33 (jnr), Paula Maguire 25.47 (65.80%) Kings Lynn Andrew Brown 23.22 (70.47%) Pollok Park, Glasgow Peter Weir 20.17 (72.72%) Bracknell Deirdre Inman 34.15 (PB) Highbury Fields Peter Faull 18.25 (70.86% and PB) Crane Park Ted Mockett 19.23 (68.87%), Eric Plue 21.01 (67.96%), Simon Collingridge 21.17 (74.08%), Josie Kearey 23.28 (66.97% and PB and jnr), Anne Kearey 23.30 (68.94% and PB) Cheltenham Marc Snaith 18.11 (73.97%) Parke Mike Peace 25.01 (67.69%) Tooting Phil Jackson 24.32 (69.02%) Ramee, Toulouse, France Peter Fordham 24.28 (67.92%) St Peters Park, Sydney, Australia Ryan Fisher 18.35 (69.51%) BUSHY PARK JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 1st May 1 J Poncia (SMR) 7.01 4 Sacha Kennedy 7.33 (1st girl) 13 Léonie Kennedy 8.29 14 Finlay Sinclair 8.32 32 Eilidh Sinclair 9.30 131 Isla Sinclair 12.36 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 1st May 1 P Kullah (WSEH) 7.01 112 James Ricketts 12.44 196 Connor Scally 24.54 parkruns Saturday 7th May Richmond Park Jordan Mungovan 17.33 (73.60%), Tom Bradley 18.47 (71.87% and jnr), Peter Faull 18.54 (69.05%), Jess Harbert 21.38 (70.72% and jnr), Daniel Rushby 23.14 (67.93% and jnr), Wiebke Kortum 23.18 (70.24%), Sam Rushby 24.02 (70.80% and jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 24.38 (jnr0, Aoife Kilpatrick 27.51 (PB), Val Lowman 29.42 (66.27%), James Rushby 30.57 (jnr), Ben Rushby 31.26 (PB and jnr) Bushy Park David Ready 18.46 (68.74%), Toby Cooper 19.21 (67.79%), Euan Sinclair 19.43 (75.40% and PB and jnr), Sacha Kennedy 19.52 (79.11% and jnr), Richard Kennedy 20.44 (74.12%), Léonie Kennedy 22.43 (67.19% and jnr), Finlay Sinclair 23.42 (jnr), Tom Reay 25.56 (65.87%) Bedfont Lakes Rob Curtis 21.49 (65.47%) Old Deer Park Kris Davidson 18.14 (75.44%), Colin Brett 18.25 (80.63%), Trevor Maguire 20.52 (70.69%), Simon Burrell 20.54 (71.69%), Steve Aikin 21.37 (68.77%), Matt Aikin 22.58 (jnr), Leeanne Bryce 27.20 (PB), Luke Maguire 27.26 (jnr) Andover Colette Doran 27.58 (PB) Kingston Alan Davidson 26.09 (65.47%), Louise Roper 27.41 (PB) Cambridge Becky Hall 21.59 (67.78%) Nonsuch Park Phil Jackson 25.05 (67.51%) Harrogate Jackie Dunkley 29.16 (65.38%) Malahide Marie Synnott-Wells 20.06 (84.41%) Crane Park Kevin Kearey 20.57 (69.29%), Simon Collingridge 21.40 (72.77%), Josie Kearey 25.47 (jnr), Lynne Barber 26.41 (66.96%) Osterley Park Michael Everard 19.50 (70.42%) Reigate Priory Park Duncan Mallison 21.02 (65.37%) Gnoll Nick Fordham 21.42 (jnr) FINALLY... Runners in the Qingyuan Marathon in China were given an energy bar at the finish - or so they thought. The bar, in English language packaging, turned out to be scented soap... Full story:.