Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 488             11th November 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Ranelagh wins the Harold Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers
 *  Jon Pepper and Laura Blazey lead our mob 
 *  Ranelagh women finish 25th in the National Cross-Country Relay
 *  Ranelagh U13 Boys finish 11th in the Surrey Cross-Country Relay
 *  Nick Twomey runs 2:41 at the Frankfurt Marathon, Jonathan Moore 2:57
 *  18.39 5km by Megan de Silva in New York
 *  James Whistler is the fastest vegetable on the planet
 *  Next men's Surrey League race this Saturday 12th November at Coulsdon
 *  Coming up - London Championships and South of the Thames Championships
 *  Still time to book for the club Christmas Party on 3rd December
 *  Apply now to enter the draw for our three guaranteed places in the 2017
     London Marathon 
 Our sincere condolences go to the family, friends and Aldershot clubmates of
 teenagers Lucy and Stacey who were so tragically killed in a road accident
 while out training on Tuesday. Our thoughts are with you. 

 2XU SURREY LEAGUE Saturday 12th November at Farthing Downs, Coulsdon
 Our women's team have the week off but our men are in action in the second
 2XU Surrey League race at Coulsdon. The combined U17, U15 and U13 race
 starts at 2.30pm, followed by the senior event at 3pm. Race HQ is the SLH
 clubhouse, 194a Brighton Road, Coulsdon CR5 2NF. Changing facilities and
 toilets are available at the club, as well as hopefully drinks afterwards.
 Race start/finish is on Farthing Downs, just off Downs Road, about 1 km from
 the SLH clubhouse, as in previous years. Allow 10 minutes' walk. Here's the
 course map:. 

 The easiest way to get there is by public transport. Men's Captain Phil
 Killingley writes:
 "The team train will be the 1259 from Clapham Junction to East Grinstead
 (but not actually going as far as East Grinstead), probably platform 13. We
 change at East Croydon, then arrive at Coulsdon South (not Coulsdon Town) at
 1325. From there we will go to the SLH clubhouse, pick up numbers then head
 up to the course. For anyone that misses the train, there's one at 1315,
 1329, 1345 etc, each taking around half an hour with a change at East
 Croydon. By all means aim for a later one, but bear in mind that it gets
 quite tight if the Southern trains (which are a bit notorious) are running
 late.   If you are running late, don't go to the SLH clubhouse, but straight
 from the station to the start. 

 If you're driving, allow time for Saturday traffic. There are pay car parks
 in Coulsdon (e.g. Lion Green Road) near to the clubhouse. Please take note
 of on-street parking restrictions. There is no parking on the Downs. There
 are more directions on our website here:. 

 SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 miles Championship including Ranelagh women's
 championships  Saturday 26th November at Polesden Lacey near Dorking
 Note the change of venue from that printed on our fixture card. The course
 is the same as last year, starting in front of the National Trust property
 of Polesden Lacey, climbing up to the top of Ranmore Common and back down
 again. Men and women all run together but there are separate men's and
 women's South of the Thames Championship trophies and medals. This year the
 race will incorporate Ranelagh's women's championships, as follows: the Hugh
 Jones Salver goes to the leading first-claim Ranelagh woman, Trish's Trophy
 goes to the leading Ranelagh woman over 40 and the new Petersham Trophy
 donated by Ellen Clague goes to the leading Ranelagh woman over 50. Entries
 must be made in advance - contact the Captains / Team Managers if you want
 to run.   

 At home in Richmond Park against South London Harriers for the Stubbs Cup on
 Saturday 10th December. Our usual 7.5 miles mob match route, starting at
 2.30pm. Every able-bodied Harrier needed to ensure our 14th consecutive mob
 match victory.   

 There is still time to put your name 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
 micheleagibson@hotmail.com  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. Deadline for reserving a place and payment is Tuesday 22nd

 If you applied for the 2017 London Marathon but were not successful in the
 ballot - all is not lost. This year we have three guaranteed places, and
 provided that you meet the qualifying criteria you are invited to apply for
 one of them. To be eligible you must have either run two mob matches in 2016
 or run one mob match and helped marshal at a club cross country race. The
 draw will be made as usual at the club Christmas Party on 3rd December. To
 put your name in the hat contact Hon Sec Wyn Williams
 wynfordwilliams@icloud.com  before the party. 

 ...for the 2017 World Athletics Championships which are to be held at
 London's Olympic Park? Follow this link: 

 Commiserations to Paul Wapshott who fell while training with the club on
 Tuesday 1st November. He was taken to hospital where his patella (kneecap)
 was found to have broken into four pieces. Paul writes on Facebook: "Had a
 niggly pain before the run so took it easy. I think I must have had a small
 stress fracture and the trip must have pulled it apart. My knee never hit
 the ground. I'm home after my op on Sunday. I have screws and wires holding
 everything together. Will be away from running for a while." Many thanks to
 all those who helped manage the situation and kept Paul warm and comfortable
 until the ambulance arrived.

 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. 

 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 12th November         2XU Surrey League (men) at Coulsdon. Start
 time 2.30pm for juniors and 3pm for seniors 

 Saturday 19th November        London Cross-Country Championships at
 Parliament Hill. 1.15pm start for women, 2pm for men

 Saturday 26th November        South of the Thames 5 miles championships at
 Polesden Lacey near Dorking. See above

 Saturday 3rd December          Surrey Ladies League 6km on Mitcham Common.
 Start time 12 noon for seniors, 1pm for U17s and U15s and 1.30pm for U13s

 Saturday 10th December         Stubbs Cup mob match v South London Harriers
 in Richmond Park. 7.5 miles, start time 2.30pm

 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

 Chingford, Epping Forest
 Phil Killingley reports:
 "Two years ago Ranelagh travelled to Epping Forest and won there for the
 first time since 1984. The margin was 484 points and 109 raced, our team
 narrowly outsizing theirs. But whispers reached us this year of Orion's
 massive recruitment success via their new website, and the weapon of
 surprise was no longer in our armoury. Fireworks of a different kind were
 therefore predicted for 5th November in Ranelagh's bid to make it thirteen
 mob match victories in a row.   

 With so little rain in October the course was benign: there was very little
 of the gloopy mud bedevilling runners two years ago. But some steady rain on
 Friday at least made it interesting and made spikes/trail shoes the
 preferred footwear.  Lining up on the startline then were 56 Ranelites,
 sadly without Paul Wapshott who had fractured his knee in an overzealous
 attempt to boost his Ranelagh performance. Orion had 61, though could they
 cope with our Surrey League stars at the front?

 The answer was no. Jon Pepper strode out through the beautifully dappled
 Epping Forest sunlight like a cheetah on speed, finishing in a numerically
 pleasing time of 44:44. (New member Mike Morris echoed him in a fantastic
 25th place with 55:55 and Amrut Sharma would have done if only 66:66 were
 possible - instead he ran 66:57). 

 Trailing in Jon's turbulent wake was a blue wave that would be the envy of
 many Surrey League teams - Gregory, Creegan, Assmundson, Killingley, Impey
 and Haarer made the top 7 spots all ours. 17 of the first 21, with Sam
 Dalgleish and Peter Faull closing this surge, made it all but impossible for
 Ranelagh to lose. A particularly pleasing run for Louis Randall flying home
 in 12th. 

 When Orion put together four in a row, a blue wave of five was there to
 respond, led by first lady Laura Blazey and closed by second lady Fiona
 Ford. Special mentions must go to Elin Mortensen, travelling all the way
 from Norway to compete, and Vaughan Ramsay, returning from Canada. Such is
 the dedication of our mob.  Andy Hayward was our last scorer
 (Anchor-mobster) in his 50th match - congratulations. He was rewarded with a
 bottle of beer - just what the owner of Thames Side Brewery needed. John
 Ricketts is now only one mob match behind Andy and Bill Harvey is
 impressively one away from his century. Check out how many you've run  . I should
 also mention a brilliant run by V50 John Shaw in 27th place. 

 And despite some clubhouse jitters the result was heavily in our favour: a
 brilliant 2445-3228, unexpectedly and utterly surpassing our victory margin
 of two years ago. 

 Thanks to Alan Hedger for team managing us and Steve Rowland for the shouts
 along the way- much appreciated!  To coaches and captains for their
 recruitment efforts.  And to Orion for their warm welcome, excellent course
 marking (how many tonnes of sawdust?), epic marshalling and tasty tea with
 beer in the clubhouse afterwards.  They are extending their building to
 accommodate even larger mobs in the future!

 Finally thanks to Ken Powley for posting results and stats. The following
 got away xc age graded pbs, and Richard and Louis' were home and away pbs:
  Richard Gregory (beating even the 4th place in the Surrey League division
 1 from 5 years ago, with 82.0%)
   Nick Impey - 77.0%
   Jonathan Smith - 74.0%
   Louis Randall (a superb jump to 74.9% from a previous best of 73.2%, set
 in the Thames mob match last month)
   Mark Herbert - 74.1%
   Rick Jenner - 75.8%
   Toby Cooper - 65.9%
   Egis Vincel - tba
   Phil Roberts - 65.7%
   Michael Osborne - 62.6%
  Ken notes: "Clive Naish has completed 131 consecutive Mob Matches since
  1983, and  David Wright has completed his 166th Mob Match, the highest in
  Ranelagh history." Chris Camacho adds: "I ran my 400th Parkrun in the
  morning, my 44th mob match in afternoon, 37th consecutive. Excellent

 Phil Aiken writes:
 "I arrived at Berry Hill Park in Mansfield as the U17 Women's race was
 entering its final stages, the announcer describing the action as Lucy
 Pygott broke the tape to secure victory for Aldershot, Farnham & District. A
 couple of minutes later, Stacey Burrows brought Aldershot's B team home in
 13th. It was to be a glorious day for Aldershot with a return of five team
 gold medals, one silver and one bronze from the day's ten events. Yet four
 days later, news emerged that those runs at Mansfield were to be Lucy's and
 Stacey's last, both girls being killed after being hit by a car outside
 Aldershot Military Stadium, shortly after 7pm on Tuesday evening.

 Ranelagh produced an excellent performance in the Senior Women's race, but
 my account of that will rightly wait for next time. For now, my thoughts are
 with all those affected by this tragedy."

 Senior Women
 1   Aldershot F&D AC          29.04
 25  Ranelagh H 'A'            33.10
     Nic Jackson          12     10.06
     Suzy Whatmough       26     11.35
     Estelle Damant       25     11.28
 58  Ranelagh H 'B'            37.25
     Julia Bailey         66     11.59
     Becky Northmore      63     12.49
     Becky Curtis-Hall    58     12.36          

 29th October at Stoke Park, Guildford
 It was good to see Ranelagh represented again in these junior relays after a
 gap of several years. Euan Sinclair, Noah Heron-Brett and Tom Armstrong all
 acquitted themselves well in the Under 13 race to finish 11th in a field of

 Under 13 Boys
 1   Aldershot F&D AC         21.54
 11  Ranelagh H               24.59
     Euan Sinclair        14    8.06
     Noah Heron-Brett     15    8.43
     Tom Armstrong        11    8.10    

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 28th October in Hyde Park
 1   J Laing (Hill)           16.15
 208 Alan Davidson            26.00
 212 Pete Warren              26.18 

 parkrun 5km  Saturday October 29th in Richmond (Canada)
 Ellen Clague writes:
 "On Saturday October 29th, Vaughan Ramsay, my daughter Lauryn and I
 represented Ranelagh Harriers at the first parkrun to be held in Richmond,
 Canada! Richmond is a suburb of Vancouver and the 'Richmond Olympic parkrun'
 runs along the footpath by the Fraser River and past the Richmond Olympic
 Oval (where the long track speed skating was held during the 2010 Winter
 Olympics). The day was wet and cool but despite that, there was an
 enthusiastic group of about 20 or so runners out, some even decked out in
 Halloween costumes! It was a fun day and my first time volunteering for
 parkrun - I was the tail runner! Afterwards, many people gathered at Tim
 Horton's for coffee and donuts (can't get much more Canadian than coffee at
 "Timmy's"!). It's great to have parkrun starting in Canada and to be able to
 be here to see it take off! So, if any Ranelagh ever find themselves coming
 out to the West Coast of Canada, please come and join me at the Richmond
 Olympic parkrun!

 1   J Roberts (Canada)       18.10
 5   Vaughan Ramsay           20.20
 27  Lauryn Clague            34.49
 36  Ellen Clague             40.58 

 FRANKFURT MARATHON  Sunday 30th October
 Jonathan Moore reports:
 "It was a fun marathon. It was very crowded at the start. I should have got
 to the corral a bit earlier so started fairly far back and had to take it
 easy because of the congestion. I'm pretty happy with the time. It was a
 very good course for a PB - much flatter and cooler than Stockholm."
 Notwithstanding the slow start, Jonathan ran an amazingly even-paced race to
 beat his previous best by some eight minutes and duck inside three hours for
 the first time. Nick Twomey ran the first half at sub-2:40 pace but couldn't
 quite hold on in the second half. Nick writes: "Sadly 6 secs slower than the
 PB but a return to a decent form so not all bad. Also it's Championships
 qualifying for another 2 years!" 

 1   M Korir (Kenya)          2:06.48  (chip time 2:06.48)
 235 Nick Twomey              2:42.12  (2:41.47)
 862 Jonathan Moore           2:58.52  (2:57.57)  

 James Whistler writes:
 "Pretty pleased to say - pending formal approval from Guinness World Records
 - I'm now a world record holder! Thanks to some great company, photography
 and pacing from Mark Herbert and Jon Pepper, I managed to complete the River
 Thames Half Marathon in 1.24.02, taking two minutes off the previous record
 - so can (proudly) call myself the Fastest Vegetable on the Planet." Jon
 Pepper points out that he was ineligible to compete because a pepper is in
 fact a fruit. Race organiser Roy Reeder adds: "Congrats to James Whistler
 and Mark Herbert, 1st and 2nd local men in yesterday's River Thames Half,
 they win one month's membership of Weybridge Health Club."

 1   J Hoad (Bedford)         1:10.16  (chip time 1:10.16)
 15  B Atkinson (WSEH)        1:20.12  (1:20.11 - 1st woman)
 24  Nick Wright              1:23.42  (1:23.39)
 29  James Whistler           1:24.04  (1:24.02)
 30  Mark Herbert             1:24.06  (1:24.04)
 32  Jon Pepper (Phoenix)     1:24.11  (1:24.10)
 305 Paul Wapshott            1:41.11  (1:40.12)               

 WIMBLEDON HALF MARATHON   Sunday 30th October
 1   J Faudemer (Jersey)      1:14.11  (chip time 1:14.10)
 18  K Sclater (unatt)        1:25.06  (1:25.02 - 1st woman)
 86  Rachel Revett            1:43.11  (1:43.01)                    

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 2nd November
 1   C Scammell (Wimb W)      25.10  (actual time 20.25)
 15  Sonia Rowland            27.33  (22.33)
 17  Steve Rowland            28.30  (28.30)  

 ALGARVE CHALLENGE  Thursday 3rd - Sunday 7th November in Portugal
 Alan Davidson reports:
 "I had months out earlier in the year with Achilles treatment then capped
 that with a virus for three weeks in October so I was relieved to make it to
 Monte Gordo but wasn't sure I could cope with four races in five days.
 Luckily the week that had five days of 19-23C sunshine and two duff days had
 the races on the good days. I did the 5k trail race (stony/sandy pine forest
 tracks) in 26.50 and the track mile in Vila Real in 7.34.5 about the best I
 could hope for - but the 10k forest trail race was a struggle getting a
 60.12 p.w. The Guadiana '10' road race from Ayamonte (Spain) to Vila Real
 (Portugal) apart from some very steep climbs because of distance added at
 start and finish (mainly on cobbles!) now adds up to 11 miles and that is
 further than I have run for 10 years! A sunny, windy day was O.K. but the
 last two miles for me was hard work through tiredness but also a mile was
 into a very strong wind and some of the course unkind to weary limbs on
 cobbles. My race was summed up by finishing 573rd out of 587 but I was
 pleased that I stuck it out! Crowd support was very good but it probably
 helps me personally that I look like Father Christmas! I got back to 4C
 Gatwick luckily in time to catch the 21.53 train to Clapham Junction but
 being a Southern service I was actually in time for the 19.53! It wasn't
 however a pleasant journey as a nearly two hours late train had only four
 coaches against the advertised twelve so I had to stand to Clapham Junction
 with my heavy rucksack on my back but no danger of falling over!" 

 ABBOTT DASH TO THE FINISH LINE 5k  Saturday 5th November in New York City
 Megan de Silva, on holiday in NYC, found a high-class 5k held the day before
 the Marathon.

 1   D Cabral (USA)           14.18
 28  K Grovdal (Norway)       15.40  (1st woman)
 176 Megan de Silva           18.39  

 NEW YORK CITY MARATHON  Sunday 6th November
 Duncan Mallison writes on Facebook:
 "Tough day at the office. 3:34 slowest marathon for 9 years, 37 minutes
 slower than London 2015. Having been injured for 12 months after London I
 knew I am still miles off where I once was. Targeted 3:15 which I thought
 was realistic, was on schedule and feeling strong at mile 22 but suddenly
 fell 'off a cliff', last 4 miles were hell. No excuses have not done enough
 mileage, I lacked race sharpness and got found out."

 1     G Ghebreslassie (Erit) 2:07.51
 5030  Bruce McLaren          3:32.47
 5373  Duncan Mallison        3:34.18
 32577 Hannah Doyle           4:50.22  

 MARLOW HALF MARATHON  Sunday 6th November
 1   A Miller (Belgrave)      1:15.31  (chip time 1:15.30)
 50  Mick Lane                1:31.34  (1:31.31)

 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. 

 SURBITON JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 23rd October
 1   J Wiles (unatt)           7.28
 2   Matthew O'Donovan         7.33
 10  Caitlin O'Donovan         9.01

 parkruns 5km Saturday 29th October
 Bushy Park
 Jonathan Smith 17.39 (73.47%), Owen Delaney 19.33 (69.31%), Kevin Jacques
 22.27 (70.23% and PB), Finlay Sinclair 23.39 (jnr), Noel Simpson 27.56 (PB)

 Banstead Woods
 Jon Pepper 15.56 (80.96% and PB), Christopher Parsons 23.11 (74.41% and PB)

 Richmond Park
 Tom Bradley 18.18 (72.86% and jnr), Peter Faull 19.32 (66.81%), Stewart
 Anderson 20.39 (70.31%), Alberto Esguevillas 20.47 (67.20%), Nick Fordham
 21.21 (jnr and PB), Cecily Day 22.51 (66.16% and jnr), 
 Sam Rushby 23.35 (72.16% and PB and jnr), Ewan Lorimer 23.36 (jnr and PB),
 Ellie Luxmoore 23.57 (jnr), Carol Aikin 24.38 (69.76%), Daniel Rushby 25.36
 (jnr), James Rushby 25.55 (jnr), Ben Rushby 30.05 (65.71% and jnr) 

 Brockwell Park
 Sam Dalgleish 17.39 (73.09%), Megan de Silva 18.41 (79.57%), Marie
 Synnott-Wells 20.20 (84.51%)

 Wormwood Scrubs
 Nick Impey 17.01 (77.08% and PB)

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.31 (74.80%), Henry Maguire 43.56 (jnr)

 Nonsuch Park
 Jackie Dunkley 29.11 (66.48%)

 Crane Park
 Nic Jackson 18.36 (79.57%), Dan Little 18.41 (71.45% and PB), Bruce McLaren
 20.03 (73.57%), Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.48 (71.10%), Phil Roberts 21.57
 (67.73%), Becky Northmore 21.59 (67.32%), Josie Kearey 26.08 (jnr)

 Emma Wellham 21.01 (70.42% and PB)

 Alan Davidson 26.05 (66.84%)

 Chris Read 22.46 (65.81%)

 Reigate Priory
 Duncan Mallison 19.49 (69.39%)

 Hove Promenade
 Becky Curtis-Hall 20.43 (71.92%), Rob Curtis 21.39 (65.97%), Ally Salisbury
 25.29 (65.79%)

 Jake Waldron 16.42 (77.25%), Julia Bailey 21.29 (68.89%)

 parkruns 5km Saturday 5th November
 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 17.56 (76.12%), James Whistler 18.34 (69.48%), Chris Brook 20.39
 (66.59%), Noel Simpson 27.21 (PB), Jackie Dunkley 28.58 (66.97%)

 Chris Camacho 23.03  (400th parkrun)

 Banstead Woods
 Christopher Parsons 22.48 (75.66% and PB)

 Richmond Park
 Ed Smith 19.21 (69.51%), Bill Neely 20.37 (73.83%), Jess Harbert 22.00
 (68.71% and jnr), Cecily Day 22.53 (66.06% and jnr), Robert Hillhouse 24.01
 (PB), Daniel Rushby 24.15 (65.09% and jnr), Carol Aikin 24.20 (70.62%), Sam
 Rushby 24.25 (69.69% and jnr), James Rushby 24.37 (jnr), Andrew Brown 24.58
 (66.56%), Ewan Lorimer 25.14 (jnr), Ben Rushby 29.21 (67.35% and jnr),
 Bronwen Northmore 32.02 (65.24%), Pat Hewlett 40.50 (63.96%) 

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.14 (75.96%)

 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.57 (73.99%), Jo Sinton-Hewitt 27.18 (62.94%)

 Crane Park
 Nick Twomey 19.17 (67.07%), Kevin Jacques 23.09 (68.11%), Karima Graham
 25.49 (PB), Josie Kearey 26.22 (jnr)

 Heather Martingell 23.49 (71.24%)

 Osterley Park
 Phil Jackson 25.16 (67.02%)

 Reigate Priory Park
 Jo Knight 33.04 (PB)

 Swansea Bay
 Nick Fordham 21.28 (jnr)

 BUSHY PARK JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 6th November
 1   J Poncia (SMR)            6.55
 5   Euan Sinclair             7.39
 7   Lydia Louw                7.49  (1st girl)
 20  Finlay Sinclair           8.33
 37  Eilidh Sinclair           9.40
 136 Isla Sinclair            12.22  

 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIORS parkrun 2km  Sunday 6th November
 1   B Clark (Bracknell)       7.41
 169 Connor Scally            16.16

 From The Times: Mick Jagger's training, aged 73.
 "I train five or six days a week, but I don't go crazy. I alternate between
 gym work and dancing, then I do sprints, things like that."