Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 483             1st September 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Emma Wellham, Carol Aikin and Penny Merrett win the Ratchford Relay
 *  Gill Sanders finishes 23rd in the Olympic Triathlon
 *  Great runs by Ralph Street in the World Orienteering championships
 *  Nick Impey finishes 3rd and Paul Doyle 3rd veteran in the Royal Parks 10k
 *  Chris Owens wins the National Over 60s Triathlon championship
 *  Still time to sign up for Surrey Road Relays on Saturday 3rd September at
     Wimbledon Park
 *  Opening Run - club photo and Thomas Cup 3.8m handicap on Saturday 10th
 *  First Mob Match of the season - Saturday 8th October at home to Thames
 Our full winter fixture list is now available on our website here:. 

 OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP 6km HANDICAP  Saturday 10th September in Richmond
 The Opening Run of our 136th season takes place on Saturday 10th September.
 All members are very welcome to come along. Proceedings will begin with the
 annual club photograph at about 2.45pm in the Park opposite the clubhouse.
 Then it'll be the Thomas Cup handicap over our usual 3.8m/6km "mob match"
 course, starting as soon as we can get everyone up the hill to the start by
 Sidmouth Wood. Please register for the handicap in the clubhouse BEFORE the
 photo, or we'll be running late. 

 SURREY ROAD RELAYS  Saturday 3rd September at the Wimbledon Park track. 
 There's still time to sign up! It's this Saturday, start time 12 noon. All
 categories start together - senior men and women, men over 40, over 50 and
 over 60 and women over 35 and over 45. We have entered teams in nearly all
 categories. The relays are all contested over four stages of about three
 miles each, with the exception of the senior men who run six stages and the
 men over 60 and women over 45 who run only three. For the men there are
 several vacancies in various age groups, for the women there is one place
 left in a non-scoring team. If you'd like to fill one of the spaces, men
 should contact Trevor ranelagh.men@gmail.com  and women should
 contact Phil A ranelagh.women@gmail.com .  

 WEE & PEE 5km  Saturday 3rd September at Staines-upon-Thames
 This is a low key 5k race up and down the Thames tow-path organised by the
 Wheatsheaf and Pigeon pub (aka the Wee and Pee) in Penton Road,
 Staines-upon-Thames. It's Andy Hayward and Michele Gibson's local and this
 year the race will be sponsored by Andy's Thames Side Brewery. Start time is
 1pm. Andy writes: "I know it clashes with the Surrey Road Relays, but we're
 suggesting that the runners from that come over to ours for the beers and
 BBQ in the afternoon afterwards - all welcome. Our own beers will be on at
 the pub, and there will be a bbq at our place later on." All those not on
 active duty at the relays will of course be welcome for the race.

 We're on an eleven mob match winning streak...how long can it go on? That's
 up to you! Our first match this season is early - we're at home to Thames
 Hare and Hounds over 7.5 miles in the Park on Saturday 8th October. None of
 our mob matches will be easy this year, for the opposition will be after our
 blood. So put the date in your diaries now. Remember, weight of numbers is
 crucial in mob matches. All contribute to the final result, so we need every
 runner we can get lining up at the start in Richmond Park at 2.30pm on
 Saturday 8th October. 

 SOUTH OF ENGLAND ROAD RELAYS  Sunday 25th September at Bedford Autodrome
 Sadly the historic course at Rushmoor Arena may be no longer available so
 this year the South of England relay championships will be for the first
 time at Bedford Autodrome. There are senior and vets race for men and women,
 all on the same day. Contact the Captains / Team Managers (see What's Coming
 below) if you'd like to run.

 A VERY important message in fact. Carol Barnshaw, who is responsible for the
 best after-race teas in Surrey, is going to be away for three months! Carol
 writes: "I'm off to Mumbai for three months for the birth of my first
 grandchild at the beginning of October until Christmas. Would anyone be
 willing to take over providing the after race teas for those three months -
 maybe a few people so that we can make a rota. I'm happy to suggest amounts
 of food to purchase and to stock up on essentials before I leave." There are
 three or four races in October that will need to be covered but then nothing
 until December. It's not necessarily required that we try to match Carol's
 teas while she's away - just so long as we can offer our visitors something.
 If you can help, please reply to this e-mail or contact Carol
 c_barnshaw@yahoo.com  direct.   

 For those who might prefer to help out on the course, we need marshals for
 all our home fixtures. Please have a think about whether you could help at
 any of the races. No experience necessary. We'll be in touch in more detail
 about this shortly.

 ...to Wally Garrod and Teresa Segovia who were married on 10th August.

 ...for 2016-17 are now overdue.
 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 aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk. 

 Club subscriptions and the E.A. registration fees were 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;. 

 The summer series of junior handicap races is now a joint enterprise between
 The Stragglers and Ranelagh. The races are all on Thursday evenings and are
 open to all under 18s. Registration is at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. There's
 only one race left, which will be on September 1st at the Hawker Centre.
 Full details, including parental consent forms, are here:. 

 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 ranelagh-harriers-juniors.com/. 
 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  )      

 Thursday 1st September          Final race in the Stragglers/Ranelagh junior
 handicap series. 7.30pm start at the Hawker Centre, see above for details.

 Saturday 3rd September          Surrey County road relays at Wimbledon Park.
 12 noon start. See above.

 Sunday 4th September            Middlesex County 10km championship at
 Victoria Park, Hackney. 10.30am start.  Details:. 

 Saturday 10th September        Opening Run and Thomas Cup 3.8m handicap in
 Richmond Park, preceded by the annual club photo. See above.

 Sunday 25th September          South of England Road Relays (men and women)
 at Bedford Autodrome

 Saturday 1st October              Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond
 Park. 3pm start.

 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

 RATCHFORD RELAY  Tuesday 23rd August
 On a hot and almost tropical evening in the Park we had a good turnout of 37
 women, enough for twelve teams of three plus one left over - this turned out
 to be Fiona Hopwood, who gamely ran three laps in isolation. The course was
 the usual 1km in the Park opposite the clubhouse and the teams ran six laps.
 Teams comprised three runners - one "fast" running three laps, one "medium"
 running two and one "slow" running one - the fast, medium and slow
 distinctions being hazy at best and definitely requiring the inverted

 The opening lap turned out to be quite a scramble, with Robin Pearce leading
 home Alice Forbes and Julia Bailey all within five seconds and all inside
 four minutes. Within a further ten seconds came Wiebke Kortum, Becky
 Curtis-Hall, Nicky Ellis, Becky Northmore and Heidi Potterell, with the rest
 all chasing hard close behind. Amongst those chasers was Emma Wellham on
 4.11 and she passed on to Carl Aikin for stage two. Carol ran 4.27 to steam
 through to third place just behind Charlotte Hyde who pulled Becky
 Northmore's team up to second. But well ahead at this stage was Robin's
 team, for whom Eva Soltys ran the fastest lap two time of 4.26.  

 Eva passed back to Robin and she put in a 3.52 clocking to consolidate her
 lead. Alice took over from Lorrelle Garland in fifth place and her 3.55
 effort took her back into second place with Emma holding on to third. On to
 stage four, and Vicky Sandapin for Robin's team began to lose some ground.
 This cleared the way for Sally Irvine to take over the lead for Alice's team
 with a 5.11 effort, while Claire Warner moved into second place for Nicky's
 team. Penny Merrett was third for Emma's team and she handed on to Carol
 Aikin for leg five. Carol forged ahead into the lead with a 4.46 lap and
 came in to the final changeover to Emma with 22 seconds in hand over
 Lorrelle who passed on to Alice. Alice set about closing the gap but despite
 running 3.55 she could only make limited inroads and it was Emma who ran
 4.03 to cross the line first, 14 seconds ahead of Alice, with Becky
 Northmore back up to third place. Ellen Clague's team finished fourth just
 ahead of Becky Curtis-Hall and Nicky Ellis. 

 Fastest "fast" was Robin Pearce who ran 3.52 on lap three. Best "medium"
 time was Eva Soltys's 4.26 on stage two, while fastest "slow" was Sally
 Irvine who ran 5.11 on lap four. Special mentions for Alice Forbes who
 managed to run exactly 3.55 on each of her three laps, and for Emma Wellham
 who defied convention by getting faster on each lap - 4.11, 4.06 and 4.03. 

 RUN THROUGH HYDE PARK 10km  Wednesday 3rd August
 John Shaw placed 5th and first over 50.

 1   A Manzano (France)  35.08
 5   John Shaw           39.04

 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles  Sunday 14th August on Wimbledon Common
 Steve Aikin was the leading M50.

 1   N Gould (TH&H)      32.28
 5   Steve Aikin         40.05
 16  Carol Aikin         46.09
 17  Sue Camp            47.45

 TRI LIVERPOOL  Sunday 14th August
 Chris Owens writes:
 "Blowing my own trumpet I know, but if I don't who will....triathletes NOT
 in Rio made the long trek to Liverpool last week for the British Age Group
 Triathlon Championships on Sunday 14th August. Several Ranelagh members took
 part, brother and sister Greg and Izzy Atkins and Jenny Silva doing very
 well in the Elite Youth event, Archie St Aubyn likewise in the senior elite,
 while one older geezer had a very good day." Chris won the Over 60s title by
 the impressive margin of four and a half minutes.

 Over 60s
 1   Chris Owens            2:15.41  (swim 23.08, t1 3.23, bike 66.10, t2
 2.34, run 40.26)
 Elite Sprint
 1   A Bowden (Jackpot)       54.58  (9.11, 0.45, 29.36, 0.34, 14.52)
 18  Archie St Aubyn          57.42  (9.10, 0.42, 29.43, 0.36, 17.31)
 Youth Elite Girls
 1   E Wallace (Fusion)       36.59  (5.42, 2.46, 18.08, 1.35, 8.48)
 12  Izzy Atkins              39.12  (6.23, 2.49, 18.38, 1.49, 9.33)
 16  Jenny Silva              39.30  (6.07, 3.04, 18.40, 1.54, 9.45)
 Youth Elite Boys
 1   J Mayne (unatt)          33.09  (5.05, 2.25, 15.56, 1.37, 8.06)
 15  Greg Atkins              35.14  (5.25, 2.37, 16.26, 1.48, 8.58)
 HERCULES WIMBLEDON 5k FESTIVAL NIGHT  Wednesday 17th August at Wimbledon
 Race 1
 1   T Conlon (HHH)           17:53.28
 19  Marie Synnott-Wells      20:10.20
 Race 2
 1   M Kuert (Serp)           16:16.53
 19  Chris Bundhun            17:47.03
 23  Megan de Silva           18:13.34
 Race 3
 1   P Chesser (N&EB)         16:01.89
 24  Marc Snaith              17:47.56  

 WELSH 5k ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 20th August at Merthyr Mawr
 1   I Thomas (Cardiff)       14.38
 20  Jonathan Smith           16.59                     

 OLYMPIC GAMES WOMEN'S TRIATHLON  Saturday 20th August at Rio de Janeiro
 Gill Sanders was delighted to have earned the right to represent South
 Africa in the Olympic Triathlon for the second time, and she acquitted
 herself very well in Rio. In the choppy conditions of Guanabara Bay she swam
 strongly and came out of the water a little over half a minute behind the
 leaders. Unluckily she just missed out on attaching herself to the leading
 group of twenty or so for the bike phase, but held her place in the
 following group and then put in a spirited 10k run to finish in an excellent
 23rd place.

 1   Gwen Jorgensen (USA)     1:56.16  (swim 19.12, t1 0.56, bike 61.21, t2
 0.38, run 34.09)
 23  Gill Sanders (RSA)       2:01.29  (19.50, 0.56, 63.59, 0.39, 36.05)   

 WORLD ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 20th August to Saturday 27 August
 at Stromstad, Sweden
 Ralph Street was selected to represent Britain in the Sprint, Middle
 Distance and Relay events at the year's World Orinteering Championships in
 Sweden. The Sprint came first on 20th August, and after an easy run in his
 heat, where he finished 6th, Ralph lined up with 44 others for the final. He
 put in a great performance to finish 17th (2nd Brit) only 52 seconds behind
 the Swedish winner. After three days rest Ralph was in action again in the
 Middle Distance race. Again he finished as second Brit in 22nd place
 overall. Finally on Saturday 27th Ralph ran the anchor stage in the relay.
 Taking over in 4th place just six seconds behind the Finnish runner he
 quickly moved into the bronze medal position only to be passed in turn by
 Sweden. Fourth place it was to be for Ralph, recording the 5th fastest time
 on the last stage. 

 1   J Lysell (Sweden)        14:28.6
 17  Ralph Street             15:20.5     
 Middle Distance   
 1   M Kyburz (Switzerland)   37.09
 22  Ralph Street             41.00 
 1   Norway                   1:47.44
 4   Great Britain            1:53.29   

 ROYAL PARKS 10km  Sunday 21st August in Hyde Park
 Nick Impey ducked inside 35 minutes in finishing 3rd, while Paul Doyle was
 3rd Over 40.

 1   V Hugo (unatt)           34.06  (chip time 34.03)
 3   Nick Impey               34.59  (34.56)
 21  Paul Doyle               39.09  (39.05)
 134 Paul Wapshott            47.55  (45.58)
 175 Rue Turner               49.23  (47.17)
 190 Elisa Ferrua             50.00  (47.54)
 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5k  Friday 26th August in Hyde Park
 1   C Fiford (unatt)         16.31
 6   Ian Kenton               16.58
 176 Pete Warren              27.23
 180 Alan Davidson            28.12

 SURREY 10,000m TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP  Saturday 27th August at Tooting Bec
 1   M Sharp (Herc Wimb)      32:46.86
 7   George Howard            35:20.13
 12  Paul Doyle               39:16.32   

 parkrun results...
 ...showing all PBs, all performances with an age-graded percentage of 65%
 and above, and all junior results. For this week's full Ranelagh results
 follow this link:. From this
 screen you can also access the previous week's Ranelagh results. 

 parkruns Saturday 20th August

 Bushy Park
 Duncan Mallison 19.56 (68.98%), Andrew Forth 20.23 (71.79%), Simon Rothwell
 22.26 (72.73%), Kevin Jacques 24.17 (PB)

 Richmond Park
 Eirin McDaid 16.38 (77.66%), Megan de Silva 18.35 (80.00%), Alberto
 Esguevillas 21.21 (65.42%), John Hobson 21.38 (68.72%), Jess Harbert 22.23
 (67.54% and jnr), Steve Aikin 22.27 (66.22%), Cecily Day 23.53 (jnr), 
 Anna Reichwald 24.56 (71.66% and PB)

 Frimley Lodge
 Nick Twomey 18.30 (69.91%)

 Wimbledon Common
 Laura Blazey 19.10 (77.39%), Gordon Whitson 21.46 (74.96%), Jackie Dunkley
 30.30 (PB)

 Old Deer Park
 Rick Jenner 18.11 (74.52%), Trevor Maguire 19.00 (78.25%), Bruce McLaren
 21.16 (68.81%), Si Martin 21.26 (65.63%)

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.47 (68.03%), Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.28 (64.92%)

 Alan Davidson 26.27 (65.91%)

 Ed Smith 19.44 (68.16%)

 Crane Park 
 Dan Little 18.53 (70.70%), Michelle Beaumont 20.54 (71.29%), Clare King
 22.11 (67.62%), Phil Roberts 22.44 (65.40%), Heather Martingell 23.59

 Banstead Woods
 Mark Herbert 18.59 (69.10%)

 Estelle Damant 18.44 (79.18%)

 Jake Waldron 16.53 (76.41%), Julia Bailey 20.04 (73.75%)

 Niall O'Connor 20.46 (66.21%)

 Clare Fowler 22.58 (65.53%)

 Dalby Forest
 Phil Jackson 24.12 (69.97%)

 parkruns Saturday 27th August

 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 17.40 (77.26%), James Whistler 18.30 (69.73%), David Ready 19.10
 (67.30%), Toby Cooper 19.13 (68.26%), Andrew Forth 20.20 (71.97%) Simon
 Rothwell 22.26 (72.73%) 

 Richmond Park
 Megan de Silva 18.55 (78.59%), Marie Synnott-Wells 20.41 (82.03%), Wiebke
 Kortum 23.56 (68.38%), Anna Reichwald 25.39 (69.66%)

 Wimbledon Common
 Carol Aikin 25.52 (66.43%)

 Bedfont Lakes
 Jonathan Smith 17.43 (73.19%), Becky Curtis-Hall 22.33 (66.08%)

 Old Deer Park
 Trevor Maguire 19.11 (77.50%), Luke Maguire 27.05 (jnr), Paula Maguire 27.18

 Jake Waldron 16.36 (77.71%), Julia Bailey 21.14 (69.70%)

 Alan Davidson 25.51 (67.44%)

 Nonsuch Park
 Duncan Mallison 19.15 (71.43%), Paul Rider 20.40 (73.15%)
 Wormwood Scrubs
 Nick Impey 17.08 (76.56%)

 Crane Park
 Ted Mockett 17.47 (75.63%), Josie Kearey 25.22 (jnr)

 Osterley Park
 Michael Osborne 22.58 (65.82%)

 Fulham Palace
 Lars Lundqvist 18.03 (72.02%)

 Mike Peace 25.26 (66.58%)

 Kiwi Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D'Agostino in the heats of the women's
 5000m at the Rio Olympics: Video1: and
 Video2:. Both were advanced to the final
 but D'Agostino was unable to take her place owing to injury sustained in the
 fall. They were subsequently awarded the special Olympics Fair Play award.