Newsdesk 2001

 Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers
 This Saturday we're taking on South London Harriers in our annual mob match
 for the Stubbs Cup. It's on their course at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon,
 starting at 2.30pm. The Saturday before Christmas is never perhaps the best
 day for a race, but the most important thing is that we field a decent
 number of runners - so please be there if you can. The SLH clubhouse is on
 the A23 right in the middle of Coulsdon. Afterwards SLH are holding a quiz
 night in their clubhouse - see below for details.

 The Henty Relay on Saturday December 29th really is a race for all the
 family no matter how slow or unfit. Teams of three are drawn on the day, and
 the more taking part the better the race. Be there by 1.30pm to be sure of
 getting into a team.

 Last Saturday we hosted the third fixture in the men's and women's Surrey
 League Division One programme. But home ground turned out to be no advantage
 for our men's team.With four of our top six finishers from the previous race
 all missing we knew we were in for a struggle - and so it proved. Only
 Julian and Marcus made the top 50 and our final scorer was down in 118th
 place as opposed to 89th last time. There was another good run from Paul
 Doyle and it was pleasing to see Geoff Jones in action again, but the final
 result was 7th place on the day and a loss of two places overall to 6th.
 With one race to go we're in no danger of relegation and we're still well
 within striking distance of the two clubs immediately ahead of us, so
 there's plenty to play for in the final race on February 2nd.

 Like husband Geoff in the men's race, Wendy Jones was an unexpected but
 welcome addition to the team. She led the way with our best individual
 placing of the season so far, 12th. Newly crowned club women's champ Liz
 Kipling celebrated by catching a bad cold but she spluttered round to 23rd,
 just ahead of League debutante Anne Fallows. Sarah Seal and Kathy Mallett
 closed in the team, but they were closely followed by a whole horde of blue
 vests demonstrating an impressive strength in depth in our women's section
 this year. In the three League races so far, with five to count in each, no
 less than twelve different runners have made the Ranelagh scoring team!  4th
 place in the team scoring was our best result so far this year, and we moved
 up one place to 5th overall.
 Strengthened by the return of Estelle Damant our under 20s took advantage of
 a below-strength Guildford team to record their first win of the season,
 though the Guildford squad retain the overall lead. Estelle ran well for 2nd
 place, with Louise Webster, Alice Beverly and Jessica Harvey all backing up
 well. Estelle's result was echoed by Anair Beverly in the Under 15s and also
 by Alex Hook, 8th overall in the Under 15 race but 2nd in the Under 13
 category. The team finished 4th but remains 5th overall. 

 Under 20
 1	S Fairhead (Guildford)	17.48
 2	Estelle Damant		18.40
 5	Louise Webster		19.41
 6	Alice Beverly		19.43
 8	Jessica Harvey		20.19
 Scoring 4
 1	Ranelagh	21
 2	Guildford & G	44
 3	Epsom & E	51
 1	Guildford & G	15
 2	Ranelagh	13
 3	Epsom & E	11 

 Under 15
 1	M Knepsl (Herc Wimb)	18.37
 2	Anair Beverly		18.47
 8	Alex Hook		19.56
 29	Laura Ball		22.05
 38	Emily Ball		23.32
 48	Stacey Barber		ntt
 Scoring 4
 1	Sutton & D	49
 2	Dorking & MV	58
 3	Belgrave	71
 4	Ranelagh	73
 1	Sutton & D	35
 2	Guildford & G	30
 3	Belgrave	30
 5	Ranelagh 	26
 Sarah Seal writes on behalf of herself and men's captain Andy Bickerstaff:
 "The National XC champs are to be held on Saturday 23rd February 2002 in
 Bristol (Ashton Court) Senior women start at 2.00pm and men at 3.00pm. Andy
 and I need all names of those who want to be entered by 31st December
 (entries have to be in by 5th Jan!) so if people want to run they need to
 let us know asap!"
 The Nationals, by the way, are now open to anyone - we're not restricted to
 nine per club as we used to be. So if anyone would like to enjoy the unique
 experience of running in a 'National' they should go for it!  Contact
 details for Sarah and Andy are shown below. 

 As mentioned above, South London Harriers are holding a quiz night in their
 clubhouse at Coulsdon after our mob match with them this Saturday, starting
 at 7pm. We could do with one or two more bodies to help make up a couple of
 teams to fly the flag for Ranelagh, so 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 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. 

 Saturday January 5th   Surrey County cross-country championships at Lloyd
 Park, Croydon. 

 A merry Christmas and a very happy New Year to you all... 

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