Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 486             14th October 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Chris Hunton wins the Page Cup
 *  Fastest times by Nick Impey and Becky Northmore
 *  Ranelagh wins our mob match v Thames Hare & Hounds
 *  Jon Pepper and Megan de Silva lead our mob 
 *  Peter Haarer (M40), Trevor Maguire (M50) and Chris Owens (M60) win the
     club veterans titles
 *  Ranelagh women finish 39th in the National Road Relay Championship
 *  Nichola Jackson runner-up in the English Fell Running Championship
 *  Steve Whitehead sub-2.50 in the Bournemouth Marathon
 *  Ted Mockett 2nd in the Alcester 10km
 *  Marie Synnott-Wells 3rd woman in the Kingston Challenge 16 miles
 *  First Surrey Leagues of the season this Saturday - October 15th - at
     Nonsuch (women) and Richmond (men)
 *  Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE named Wellness Champion
 *  Book now for the club Christmas Party on 3rd December
 All right, I know it's only October but it's already time to put your names
 down for our Christmas Party which will be held on SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER at
 the Lass o'Richmond Hill pub in Queen's Road, Richmond TW10 6JJ. Price is
 40 per head to include a three-course meal, wine and dancing to a DJ.
 Please add your name to the list in the clubhouse where you can also specify
 your food choice from the menu. If you can't get to the club please e-mail
 Michele Gibson   to let her know you are
 coming. For payment, please leave cash/cheque in the clubhouse in an
 envelope addressed to Michele or post it to her at 79 Thames Side,
 Staines-upon-Thames, Middlesex TW18 2HF. You can also pay by bank transfer:
 account name Ranelagh Harriers, sort code 40-13-10, account number 12154501,
 reference CLUB XMAS and your NAME.      

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUES - WOMEN and MEN  Saturday 15th October at
 Nonsuch Park and Richmond Park
 As usual for the Leagues our women's and men's teams go their separate ways,
 but all members are welcome to take part. The women run in Nonsuch Park
 starting with the senior race at 12 noon and followed by the under 15s/under
 17s at 1pm and the under 13s at 1.30pm.  Details:. However, please note the
 received from the organisers: "Due to a wedding fair event taking place at
 Nonsuch this weekend, we have been instructed by the council NOT to use any
 of the three public car parks at Cheam Gate, Nonsuch Park (A232). However,
 we have secured exclusive access to the field for parking on the right hand
 side as you approach the Mansion House.  When entering Cheam Gate, please
 pass the public car parks immediately to the right and the left, follow the
 road straight ahead to a right hand bend, the entrance to the field is 100m
 further on to the right.  There will be sign posts.  Please park with care,
 other park users will be walking through the field. It's a 100m walk to the
 race start from the field. Lots of other parking available off London Road,
 again a very short walk to the start and free parking in many roads. London
 Road is the A24 to the north of the park, reached via Tolworth (A240) or
 Worcester Park (A2043).

 The men are at home in Richmond Park, but please note a later than usual
 start time - 3.30pm for all juniors and 4pm for the seniors. 
 Details and Course Map.

 SURREY COUNTY MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 22nd October in Richmond Park
 Once again we are hosting the county Masters (aka Veterans) Championships.
 There are two races, both also with later than usual start times. The first
 race is over 6km for all women over 35 and men over 60 and starts at 3.30pm.
 The second race is 10km for men over 40 and over 50 starting at 4.15pm.
 There are individual awards in 5 year age bands and team competitions in 10
 year age bands. Entries must be made in advance, contact the captains / team
 managers if you want to run.   

 Our next mob match promises to be the toughest test our mob has faced for
 some time. We are away to mob specialists Orion Harriers on their
 magnificent course in the depths of Epping Forest. Note the date and join
 Operation Betelgeuse to help secure the Lee Cup and our thirteenth
 consecutive mob win: Saturday 5th November, 7.5 miles, 2.30pm start. All
 needed! More info re travel nearer the time.    

 This year we're asking all active members to volunteer to marshal at least
 one home race in Richmond Park during the season. To volunteer, please
 contact our Chief Race Official Andy Bickerstaff 
 andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk . We are also required to
 provide one official at each of the four women's League races: starting this
 Saturday, then December 3rd, January 14th and February 11th. If you can help
 please contact Becky and Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com . 

 Roy Reeder writes:
 "October is a very busy month for marshalling with home events in Richmond
 Park almost every weekend. However, if anyone could spare some time to
 marshal at an additional event, the River Thames Half Marathon on 30th
 October, for which I'm Race Director, I'd be very grateful. Most of the help
 is needed in and around the start at Walton Bridge but I also need
 volunteers around Molesey. For each volunteer, I'm happy to donate 25 to
 the charity of your choice or give you a free entry for next year. The race
 has proved to be very popular: in 2014, the race generated 3500 for
 charity, last year it generated 3700. This year, with a record number of
 entries, it looks like we might even top 5000! To volunteer or for more
 details email me at royreeder@hotmail.com. Thanks."

 From the parkrun newsletter:
 "parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt CBE was crowned Wellness Champion at the
 inaugural Pure Package Wellness Awards at London's BAFTA. The Wellness
 Champion Award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding
 contribution to the British wellness industry and improved the health and
 wellness of others, and whose actions have reached a wide audience, achieved
 significant impact and created a legacy. 

 In presenting the Wellness Champion Award, Chair of the judging panel
 Jennifer Irvine said: 'Paul has truly re-shaped the way we see running and
 fitness, bringing people together of all abilities and backgrounds, creating
 community on a local and global scale. Paul is a true champion of wellness.
 What really stood out to the judges is that he hasn't charged anyone a penny
 along the way.'

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who celebrated the accolade with parkrun enthusiast and
 double Olympic Champion, Dame Kelly Holmes, said : 'It is an absolute honour
 to be the first recipient of the Wellness Champion Award. Everything that we
 stand for at parkrun is about making the world a healthier and happier
 place. Being twelve years old this month, our impact so far has been mind
 blowing. However, this is nothing compared with our vision for the next
 decade. Every volunteer connected with parkrun will be thrilled to accept
 this award'."

 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  )      

 Saturday 15th October           2XU Surrey League (men) in Richmond Park.
 Start time 3.30pm for juniors and 4pm for seniors

                                            Surrey Ladies League in Nonsuch
 Park. Start time 12 noon for seniors, 1pm for U15s & U17s, 1.30pm for U13s

 Sunday 16th October             Cabbage Patch 10 miles in Twickenham. 9.30am
 start. Entries closed.

 Saturday 22nd October           Surrey Masters/Veterans Championships in
 Richmond Park. Start time 3.30pm for W35+ and M60+, 4.15pm for M40+ and M50+

                                             SEAA XC Relays, Wormwood Scrubs
 (from 11am, Senior Women 2pm)

 Saturday 5th November          Lee Cup Mob Match v Orion Harriers in Epping
 Forest. 2.30pm start.

                                             ECCA National XC Relays, Berry
 Hill Park, Mansfield (from 11am, Senior Women 2:05pm)

 Saturday 12th November         2XU Surrey League (men) on Mitcham Common.
 Start time 2.30pm for juniors and 3pm for seniors 

 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

 PAGE CUP 5 miles HANDICAP  Saturday 1st October in Richmond Park
 There was heavy rain in the morning and again in the late afternoon - but
 unfortunately not late enough for one or two of our cherished marshals to
 avoid getting caught out by a heavy cloudburst on their way back to base.
 For the race itself it was fine, and the rutting stags were out in force.
 Quite eerie it was to be standing alone in the woods as the throaty roars
 echoed around the trees. Fortunately the stags were wise enough to steer
 clear of three dozen or so Ranelagh Harriers who were careering round the
 Park at the time, some of whom (no names) were gasping and snorting as if to
 outdo the stags. 

 Venerable veterans Allan Lang (aged 77) and Rodney Oliver (aged 79) were
 first away in the handicap, and it looks like they stayed together all the
 way as they finished but a second apart. They didn't hold on to the lead for
 long, however. Corinne Bishop started 4m 10s behind them and wasted no time
 in hunting them down. Corinne then held onto the lead for most of the race
 but any hopes she might have had of securing the Cup were dashed when Chris
 Hunton steam-rollered past with more than a mile still to go. Chris won this
 handicap back in 2011 and had clearly decided that nothing short of a
 rampaging stag would prevent him from putting his name on the trophy for a
 second time.    

 Happily the stags reserved their belligerence for each other and Chris was
 able to complete the final lap of Sidmouth Wood minding his own business and
 a full two minutes clear of his nearest pursuer. This was Jon Lurie who
 passed Albanian guest Fatmar Krasniqi in the dying moments of the race to
 take the silver medal. Fatmar was competing as a guest so third place and
 the bronze medal came to Sally Bamford. Steve Aikin, Chris Read, Sonia
 Rowland and Paul Rider followed before long-time leader Corinne made it
 across the line. After 4th place in the Thomas Cup, Corinne's 8th place
 today gives her a head start in the Points Prize competition for consistency
 in handicaps.  

 Fastest time of the day was an impressive 27.59 by Nick Impey. Louis Randall
 and Dave Lawley were next best on 30.23 and 30.28 respectively. Fastest
 woman was Becky Northmore on 40 minutes dead, followed by Anna Reichwald on
 41.11 and Rachel Revett on 41.34. 

 MOB MATCH v THAMES HARE & HOUNDS  Saturday 8th October in Richmond Park
 We were expecting a good fight from Thames to try to prevent us from logging
 our twelfth consecutive mob match win. But somehow the challenge just didn't
 materialise. Our blue wave was more of a blue ocean in which a few white
 vests struggled to stay afloat. Phil Killingley takes up the story:

 "Ranelagh lined up by the big oak tree looking for our twelfth win in a row,
 facing into a brisk east wind on a day where showers and sunshine switched
 places. It looked ominous for Thames already - 24 of them to 71 of us - 21
 to score, with the other fifty of our runners able to push their scorers
 down the positions. This was astonishingly one-sided as mob matches go. For
 such a low scoring event, a margin of 550 is huge: RANELAGH 294 - 844

 Terminal damage was done already in the top twenty, where Thames managed
 only four runners - flecks of white spray in a massive blue wave.  At the
 front, Jon Pepper cruised lap one then sped away, breaking up the group of
 chasers.  Eirin McDaid had a great run for second and Richard Gregory and
 Jackson Creegan followed them into third and fourth.  

 There were plenty of excellent performances lower down the field however.
 In seventh, Ian Kenton was way faster than his previous 77.0% best with a
 78.4%. James Winch, a new Aussie in our line up, and an ever-improving Nick
 Impey also beat their captain, who had thought he was fitter than he
 actually is!

 Peter Haarer blasted out with the leaders and held on in traditional style
 to gather the Hastings Cup - the club championship for vets. Trevor Maguire
 was the first V50 (winning the McDowell Salver) and wasn't far behind, with
 Steve Whitehead third Ranelagh Vet, only six days after his Bournemouth
 Marathon success. The Maslin Mug for the first Ranelagh V60 went to Chris

 Megan de Silva was superb to finish in 48 mins, despite a heavy cold.  She
 was first lady with some ease, by over five minutes.  Wiebke Kortum missed
 the podium by just eight seconds and Claire Fowler was our third home.  Toby
 Cooper's performance for 51min shows a runner on the rise. Excellent blue
 waves lower down: positions 42-48 (Muckersie, Griffin, O'Dwyer, Holme,
 Kimber, James Ritchie (first race for Ranelagh), Esguevillas), 65-70 ('The
 Mob' Peace, Osborne, Sharma, Camacho, Kearey, Evans) and 87-93 (Holden,
 Fordham, Harvey (reaches 98 mobs), Naish (132 mobs; last 130 in a row),
 Bamford, Bishop, Orme) cemented our dominance. Vets sealed handicap winner
 was Bill Harvey, ahead of Dave Muckersie and Clive Naish.

 Thanks to marshals, scorers, organisers and other support for this excellent
 display of Blue and Amber athleticism." Chief Race Official Andy Bickerstaff
 would like to add his appreciation to all those who helped in any capacity
 on the day. 

 Thanks also to Andy Hayward and Michele Gibson for organising the evening's
 supper with our guests in the clubhouse. We may have been slightly outmobbed
 by Thames at the supper but it was another convivial evening.  

 ERRA NATIONAL ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 8th October at Sutton Park,
 Phil Aiken reports:
 "The Ranelagh women's team made a couple of appearances at the ERRA National
 Road Relays in the noughties and it was to be a full ten years before they
 returned again in 2015. The follow up visit was much quicker in coming. A
 link to those appearances a decade previously was provided by opening leg
 runner, Estelle Damant. Estelle was not at her best, courtesy of a wedding
 reception the night before, but was the quickest of the Ranelagh quartet on
 the rolling course through Sutton Park, a few miles to the north of the
 centre of Birmingham. Such is the nature of the opening leg of a relay that
 Estelle's time of 16:10 was only good enough for 45th. At the front,
 Kingston & Poly's lone representative, Phoebe Law, was employing her ususal
 tactic of pacing herself sensibly at the start of the race before moving up
 through the field. And it was in the final few hundred metres that she
 surged into the lead, holding off Claire Duck of Leeds by a couple of
 seconds. Claire finished 4th in the Inter Counties in March, leading
 Yorkshire to a dominant win, and the possible significance of this result
 was noted by the watching Surrey Team Manager.

 Suzy Whatmough took over for leg 2 and her 16:55 lifted Ranelagh up five
 places to 40th. Though this was nothing compared to the 35 places gained by
 Bristol & West's Kate Hulls (whose 13:58 would be the fastest lap of the
 day) and Chelmsford's Jess Judd, running the second fastest time in 14:11. A
 fortnight prior, Jess had led the field around the exposed Bedford Autodrome
 in the South of England Road Relays and it was strange to see her running so
 far down the field. Leeds took a 22 second lead into the third leg, but came
 out having lost four places, Birchfield, Aldershot (inevitably) and Cardiff
 (leaping up nine places off the back of the third quickest time, Charlotte
 Arter's 14:16) occupied the podium places, but with less than 20 seconds
 between all three, all was up for grabs on the final leg. Julia Bailey
 carried the metaphorical baton for Ranelagh but, demonstrating that relay
 racing is all swings and roundabouts, saw the places gained by Suzy slip
 away. Only for them to be returned by Captain Becky's fourth leg. Curiously,
 her 18:00 matched her time on the same leg last year. 

 Ranelagh closed out 39th of 62 teams to complete, bettering last year's
 position by 11. Even maintaining that progress, it will be a few years yet
 before Ranelagh are in with a shout at the pointy end, with the medals being
 decided around 10 minutes earlier. Louise Small overturned a five second
 deficit to secure first place for Aldershot over locals Birchfield Harriers,
 with Cardiff losing most of their advantage over Leeds, but not so much that
 they lost their third spot. The road relays mark the end of summer. Winter
 is coming. And with it, cross country. Rally to the flag. It's the best in

 EALING HALF MARATHON  Sunday 25th September
 Most results were in the last e-news. Ellie Luxmoore adds on behalf of
 fellow juniors Jess Harbert, Cecily Day and Tom Bradley:
 "We are all super chuffed with our times for a first half marathon. We also
 managed to raise 1,105 excluding gift aid for Small Steps Charity. However Tom Bradley who did it with us, was missing
 from the e-news results, his time was amazing at 1:27.10 (chip 1:27.00).

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 30th September in Hyde Park
 1   B Fairhall (Redway)      16.17
 8   Ian Kenton               16.48
 117 Neil Walford             21.11
 183 Kevin Jacques            23.10
 207 Andy Bickerstaff         24.23
 233 Alan Davidson            25.35
 245 Pete Warren              26.13     
 1   S Bett (Kenya)           2:17.59  (chip time 2:17.59)
 17  Steve Whitehead          2:49.30  (2:49.27)

 1    A Kering (Kenya)        2:10.27  (chip time 2:10.27)
 6    S Chepchirchir (Kenya)  2:24.13  (2:24.12 - 1st woman)
 3424 Deborah Blakemore       5:38.54  (5:34.01)

 Half Marathon
 1    N Ablosom (Eritrea)     1:02.39  (chip time 1:02.37)
      G Yalew (Ethiopia)      1:10.25  (1:10.23 - 1st woman) 
 3824 Lorna Smith             2:15.32  (2:10.42)
 5544 Katie Walton            2:52.05  (2:47.15)   

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 5th October at Woking
 1   S Donaghy (Herne Hill)   25.30  (actual time 19.00)
 11  Sonia Rowland            26.18  (22.03)
 27  Alan Davidson            30.10  (26.25) 

 LANGDALE HORSESHOE FELL RACE 12.5 miles, 4,600 ft ascent  Saturday 8th
 Competing in the colours of Preston Harriers, our new member Nic Jackson
 finished in 2nd place in the women's race. This result also secured her
 second place in the English Fell Running Championship.

 1   V Wilkinson (Bingley)    2:22.50
 2   Nic Jackson (Preston)    2:27.07              

 ALCESTER 10km  Sunday 9th October
 Ted Mockett was narrowly outsprinted for the top spot.

 1   J McLeod (Coventry G)    35.49  (chip time 35.49)
 2   Ted Mockett              35.52  (35.52)
 27  J Scott (unatt)          41.48  (41.48 - 1st woman)
 297 Ellen van Keulen         57.25  (57.47) 

 KINGSTON CHALLENGE MARATHON, 16m and 8.2m  Sunday 9th October
 Verka Lafeuille and Paul Nicoll set marathon PBs, Marie Synnott-Wells was
 3rd woman in the 16 miler and Marie and Heather Martingell were 1st and 2nd
 in the 16m W50 category.

 1   R Marriott (unatt)       2:34.30  (chip time 2:34.26)
 6   B Smith (unatt)          2:55.42  (2:55.34 - 1st woman)
 7   Paul Nicoll              2:55.45  (2:55.41)
 58  Verka Lafeuille          3:46.31  (3:44.52)
 116 Ian Grange               4:49.41  (4:48.01)

 1   S Barrett (Serp)         1:35.23  (chip time 1:35.23)
 15  I Rea (West 4)           1:53.15  (1:53.09 - 1st woman)
 30  Marie Synnott-Wells      1:56.55  (1:56.48)
 76  Heather Martingell       2:14.49  (2:12.59)

 1   D Best (unatt)           47.47  (chip time 47.47)
 23  B Neale (unatt)          56.30  (56.25 - 1st woman)
 83  Paul Wapshott            64.37  (62.46)
 102 Rue Turner               66.05  (64.15)
 107 Elisa Ferrua             66.22  (64.32) 

 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 5km Saturday 1st October
 Bushy Park
 This was the 12th anniversary of the original parkrun.
 Rachel Rowan 19.31 (82.15%), Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.05 (70.19%), Simon
 Rothwell 22.05 (73.89%), Claire Warner 24.58 (PB), Andrew Brown 25.15

 Wimbledon Common
 Phil Jackson 26.01 (65.09%), Oliver Beal 30.57 (PB and jnr)

 Richmond Park
 Jordan Mungovan 17.22 (74.47%), Andrew Forth 19.54 (73.53%), James Ritchie
 20.01 (70.27%), Jess Harbert 21.58 (68.82% and jnr), Cecily Day 23.26 (jnr),
 Christopher Parsons 24.00 (71.88%) 

 Luton Wardown
 Heather Martingell 23.17  (72.87% and PB)

 Old Deer Park
 Eirin McDaid 16.40 (77.50%), Dan Little 19.06 (69.90%), Kris Davidson 19.37
 (70.60%), Suzy Whatmough 20.34 (71.96%), James Rushby 25.19 (jnr), Ben
 Rushby 29.27 (67.12% and jnr)

 Peter Weir 22.13 (66.92%), Karen Weir 23.53 (65.39%)

 Highbury Fields
 Peter Faull 18.39 (69.97%)

 Crane Park
 Jonny Brook 20.21 (73.05% and jnr and PB), Kevin Kearey 22.04 (65.79%),
 Daniel Rushby 22.41 (69.58% and jnr and PB), Phil Rushby 26.36 (PB), Josie
 Kearey 26.45 (jnr)

 Bruce McLaren 19.57 (73.93 and PB)

 Wycombe Rye
 Kabir Sait 20.34 (72.29% and jnr)

 Swansea Bay
 Nick Fordham 23.00 (jnr) 

 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIOR parkrun 2km  Sunday 2nd October
 1   S Darroch (unatt)         7.42
 144 James Ricketts           13.41
 195 Connor Scally            16.12

 parkruns 5km Saturday 8th October
 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 17.16 (76.83%), James Whistler 19.21 (66.67%), Jackie Dunkley
 29.20 (66.14%)

 Richmond Park
 Tom Bradley 18.36 (72.58% and jnr), John Shaw 19.16 (80.45%), Bill Neely
 19.61 (78.76%), Jess Harbert 21.23 (70.69% and jnr), Kevin Kearey 22.17
 (65.15%), Cecily Day 23.27 (jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 23.30 (jnr), Sam Rushby
 23.38 (72.00% and jnr and PB), Robert Hillhouse 24.46 (PB), Gavin Hillhouse
 24.46 (PB), Ben Rushby 29.41 (66.59% and jnr)

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.54 (73.28%), Peter Weir 20.52 (71.25%), Luke Maguire 27.13

 Emma Wellham 22.45 (65.05%)

 Rachel Revett 24.28 (PB)

 Aoife Kilpatrick 25.52 (PB)

 Alan Davidson 25.33 (68.23%)

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.22 (69.30%), Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.32 (67.30%)

 Wormwood Scrubs
 Pete Warren 27.44 (69.53%)

 Crane Park
 Kabir Sait 19.56 (74.585 and jnr and PB), Dan Little 19.58 (66.86%),
 Michelle Beaumont 20.30 (72.68% and PB), Josie Kearey 25.13 (jnr)
 Osterley Park
 Rebecca Northmore 22.58 (64.44%), Phil Jackson 24.12 (69.97%)

 Reigate Priory
 Duncan Mallison 20.16 (67.85%)

 Swansea Bay
 Nick Fordham 21.55 (jnr)

 Tooting Common
 Marie Synnott-Wells 20.11 (85.14%) 

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