Newsdesk 2017

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 498               7th April 2017
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Deborah Blakemore wins the Baker Cup
 *  Fastest times by Ted Mockett and Nic Jackson
 *  Ranelagh women finish 17th in the SEAA 6-stage relay
 *  Junior age group championships won by Harriet Wiltshire, Josie Kearey,
     Freddie Lett and Tom Armstrong  
 *  Thames Towpath 10 and Brighton Marathon this Sunday
 *  Still time to enter or volunteer to help at our Half Marathon on April

 There is still time to volunteer to help at our half marathon - contact
 Tamsin ranelaghhalfhelpers@hotmail.co.uk . There is also still time
 to enter if you plan to run. We currently have just over 30 Ranelagh names
 in a total entry so far of approaching 800. The race is included in the
 Surrey Road League and our own Road Grand Prix, and is also the Surrey
 county championship. Details and entry:  

 THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles  Sunday 9th April at Chiswick. 8.30am start.
 This ever-popular race will be the opening fixture in our 2017 Road Grand
 Prix. The entry limit of 750 has been reached, including over 30 from

 BRIGHTON MARATHON  Sunday 9th April and LONDON MARATHON  Sunday 23rd April
 Good luck to all those with upcoming marathons!

 SUTTON 10km  Sunday 7th May
 Following our Half Marathon, this is the next race in the Surrey Road League
 and the Ranelagh Road Grand Prix. 9.30am start at Nonsuch Park. Details and entry:.
 Note the entry limit of 500 is usually reached.   

 RANELAGH RICHMOND 10k  Sunday 18th June
 Race Director Rick Jenner writes:
 "In a little over two months it'll be time for the Ranelagh 10k on Sunday
 18th June. Entries are now open, so please do visit: to put
 your name down. You may notice we've had to put prices up by £1 to £13 this
 year to account for the increased costs in putting on the event but it's
 still got to be the best value event around. In past years we've had a
 fantastic number of Ranelagh members enter, as well as great support from
 people helping out as marshals etc. We need over 50 people to ensure the
 safe running of the event so if you can spare the time please email Hannah
 at ranelagh10khelpers@gmail.com. Whether you're running or helping, please
 put the date in your diaries and spread the word to friends and family."

 Andy Bickerstaff writes:
 "This is the 4th year your ever stressed Ranelagh Chief Race Organiser will
 be doing the trail series of races on Wednesday evenings on Wimbledon
 Common. The first race on 3rd May is already well over half full and as
 usual looking like a mob match between Clapham and Fulham. It would be good
 to see a few of my own club keeping their cross country skills alive over
 this summer and giving those clubs a race. Enter here: for 1st race  or
 click through to enter all 3. As ever a free bar is provided after the race
 for anyone who can help me out on the evenings - please get in touch
 andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk ." 

 The joint Stragglers/Ranelagh junior handicap series begins on Thursday 27th
 April. There are six events altogether, the first taking place at the Hawker
 Centre and subsequent events at the Ranelagh clubhouse or at the Hawker
 Centre. Registration is from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Full details:.  

 Our annual "mini mob match" against the Stragglers will take place this year
 on Saturday 24th June, incorporated within the Bushy Park parkrun. Please
 note the date now, and opt for the Bushy Park parkrun that day rather than
 your usual favourite.

 We have another club job to fill - that of Assistant Clubhouse Manager. We
 need someone to help Clive Naish with routine maintenance jobs at the
 clubhouse (NOT cleaning). If you can help, please reply to this e-mail. 

 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  )      

 Sunday 9th April                 Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. See
                                         Brighton Marathon  

 Sunday 23rd April               London Marathon

 Thursday 27th April             Stragglers / Ranelagh Junior Handicap Series
 race 1. 7.30pm start (register from 7pm) at the Hawker Centre. See above for

 Sunday 30th April               Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon.  Entry and details:.

 Sunday 7th May                 Sutton 10km.   Entry and details:.  

 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

 SOUTH OF ENGLAND 12 and 6 stage Relays  Saturday 25th March at Cyclopark,
 We had a team and a half making the journey down to Kent for the women's
 South of England 6 stage relay. Athletics Weekly's correspondent was
 critical of the course, which was just over 2km in length. Both the men's
 and the women's races ran a mixture of "long" and "short" stages, the long
 being three laps and the short two laps. The men's race was therefore over a
 total of 30 laps and the women's 14. "After a while," wrote the AW
 correspondent, "it was difficult for spectators and officials to know what
 was happening and even some athletes got confused."

 Estelle Damant ran a strong opening stage and brought our 'A' team home
 inside the top ten. Suzy Whatmough tackled the first of the two long stages
 and was up against tough opposition but brought us home 21st. Alice Forbes
 made a great debut for the club on lap 3, regaining three places. Then it
 was a long stage again for Becky Northmore coming home in 19th, and Marie
 Synnott-Wells completed stage 5 in 20th place. Skipper Becky Curtis-Hall ran
 the anchor and brought us through to an excellent 17th out of 38 starters.
 Claire Warner, Heather Martingell and Charlie Hyde formed the 'B' team which
 was in 33rd spot after three stages.       

 Women's 6-stage
 1   Winchester & Dist AC      1:47.16
 17  Ranelagh H 'A'            2:03.46 
      9  Estelle Damant          16.25
     21  Suzy Whatmough          27.09
     18  Alice Forbes            17.21
     19  Becky Northmore         27.21
     20  Marie Synnott-Wells     17.37
     17  Becky Curtis-Hall       17.53   
 nf  Ranelagh H 'B' 
     36  Claire Warner           21.55
     37  Heather Martingell      30.26
     33  Charlie Hyde            20.20

 BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap  Saturday 1st April in Richmond Park
 Phil Killingley writes:
 "A lovely weekend for running our shortest handicap.  Deborah Blakemore
 picked up a superb 2m 06s win in the handicap stakes, followed by serial
 handicap winner Ian Grange and 77 year-old Allan Lang.  In speed order, Ted
 Mockett's meteoric return to form saw him oust Dr Haarer, both notching up
 times of sub-17min.  Dave Lawley just missed out on that, with 17:01, but
 his consolation prize was the McLeod Trophy, which he paraded later across
 social media with all the pride of someone who has had to fight tooth and
 nail for silverware.   A thoroughly deserved victory, Dave competed in every
 single one of the 16 events that make up this trophy. He was pushed nearly
 all the way by Peter Haarer.  Jon Smith snuck into third place, creeping
 past Richard Gregory at last knockings.   This trophy continues to
 fascinate, after the epic Twomey - Anderson battle of 2015-16, and it'll be
 fascinating to see who can nail it next year. 

 We're not sure if a woman has filled the position of last starter in a
 handicap before, but that dubious honour went on this occasion to Nic
 Jackson. Having run 16 miles before the race it was not surprising that she
 didn't progress far through the field but still set the fastest women's time
 of 18:59, ahead of Rebecca Northmore on 19:56 and Becky Curtis-Hall on
 20:28. Rebecca Northmore picked up the Women's Performance Award by some
 distance with second place on Saturday. The Points Prize for consistency in
 handicaps was won jointly by Corinne Bishop and Julian Holden. McLeod Trophy
 final standings: here .
 Women's Performance Award final standings: here .
 Points Prize final standings: here . Baker Cup
 photos: here ."

 There was a full house later on at the Roebuck for the Supper and Mr
 President's Prize Presentations. Many thanks to Michele Gibson and Andy
 Hayward for organising the proceedings in their usual efficient manner. Many
 thanks also to Heather Martingell whose difficult task it was to collect up
 the trophies for engraving and in some cases clean and polish them - shame
 on you trophy holders who failed to clean them yourself!
 Trevor Maguire reports:
 "On Saturday we had our second Ranelagh junior race of the year and luckily
 we had some lovely spring weather to accompany us.  This time it was a
 Ranelagh only event for our juniors with boys/girls trophies across various
 age groups up for grabs.  After the usual traffic issues around Richmond and
 organised chaos at the start, we managed to have 23 runners on the start
 line.  We had lost a few runners in advance due to the Easter holidays and a
 few other reasons along the way: some of our older runners were at triathlon
 training camp; we lost some older boys to illness/injury and one runner
 didn't feel able to start on the day.  The course was based on the Baker Cup
 route but shortened slightly to make it a 2km loop. All runners started at
 the same time, with the U11s doing one lap (2km) and the other age groups
 doing two laps (4km). 

 Obviously being young and full of the joys of spring everyone charged off
 around the back of the Ballet School at great speed.  As the older runners
 came around on the first lap it was Tom Armstrong who was running strongly
 and had the lead (backing up his excellent performances in the Surrey League
 and Inter-Club/Junior Champs).  He was followed closely by the veteran Euan
 Sinclair (if ever an U13 can be called a veteran it is Euan who has
 performed at a consistently high level for us for many years already) with
 Matthew O'Donovan tracking Euan in third.  At this point we let the older
 runners continue on their second lap as our concentration shifted to focus
 on our U11s racing over one lap.  First in was Freddie Lett, who was keeping
 up with the older boys, and suddenly put on a sprint finish to record a fast
 time of 7:37 (many of our senior runners would love to be able to run this
 fast on an undulating 2km course).  As we double-checked our watches to make
 sure the fast time was correct we then had to look up again as Harriet
 Wiltshire was striding through the finishing line to win in 7:51 - a very
 deceptive runner whose elegant strides belie real speed.  Now that we had
 our two winners our attention turned to the rest of our U11s.  Next came
 Harry Armstrong (2nd in 8:00 and who has  been chomping  at the bit to get
 involved in some races all season), with Daniel Rushby 3rd U11 boy in 8:07.
 Just missing out on a medal was the unlucky Cameron Elliott in 8:15 who was
 closely followed by his younger brother Zachary in 8:37.  Zachary Elliott
 marked the start of our very young boys (when you look at their times
 remember they are in the region of 7, 8, and 9 years old!!) as next came Sam
 Rushby in 8:43, followed by the effervescent Nathaniel Bond in 8:56 and then
 Bruce McLaren's young son Campbell in 10:24.  Meanwhile the U11 Girls were
 filtering through the finish funnel and Astrid Roper finished strongly to
 secure 2nd place in 9:22 whilst Ciara McLaren stormed across the line in 3rd
 in 9:50.  Next to finish were the Sinclair sisters with Eilidh in 10:22 and
 6 year old Isla in 11:14 (watch out for these two in years to come)!   

 As soon as our U11s finished we craned our necks to look out for the older
 runners doing two laps.  And sure enough Tom had maintained his lead over
 Euan.  Euan finished the undulating 4km course in a really good time of
 15:06 which is more or less 6min/mile pace but it wasn't enough as Tom's
 time was 14:32 and he duly won the Boys U13 trophy!  A further impressive
 time was logged by Matthew O'Donovan who clocked 15:28 in third place and
 was not far behind Euan.  The standard remained high as Luke Sale (17:28),
 Ruben Eburne (17:50), Finlay Sinclair (18:23 and slower than he had hoped as
 he was under the weather), James Rushby (19:11) and Luke's brother Billy
 Sale (20:16).  The loudest cheer of the day was reserved for the U15 Girls
 champion, as the ever smiling Josie Kearey crossed the line in 18:26.
 Unfortunately Lexi Keech (who has recently represented Middlesex in the
 Inter-Counties) had to stop as she had an asthma attack - Lexi wisely
 decided not to finish but was OK.  So we had 22 runners finish an enjoyable
 run around before the Baker Cup Handicap started in earnest. 

 Finally many thanks to Colin and his coaching team (Maia, Helen and Susan)
 for all of the support for our junior runners throughout the year.  Also
 thanks to Andy Bickerstaff for setting up the course and for all of the
 marshals who helped out on the day.   We had a lovely presentation event at
 the Ranelagh Club House on Tuesday 4th April after junior training (a few
 photos are on Facebook).  It was nice to have lots of our senior runners
 there to recognise and support the excellent performances of our juniors."  

 Ranelagh Under 11 Girls Championship Cup donated by Jack Ellicock  (2km -
 one lap)  
 1   Harriet Wiltshire        7:51
 2   Astrid Roper              9:22
 3   Ciara McLaren              9:50
 4   Eilidh Sinclair       10:22
 5   Isla Sinclair             11:14

 Ranelagh Under 15 Girls Championship Cup donated by Jack Ellicock  (4km -
 two laps)
 1   Josie Kearey              18:26

 Ranelagh Under 11 Boys Championship Cup donated by Jack Ellicock  (2km - one
 1   Freddie Lett               7:37
 2   Harry Armstrong            8:00
 3   Daniel Rushby              8:07
 4   Cameron Elliott            8:15
 5   Zachary Elliott            8:37
 6   Sam Rushby                 8:43
 7   Nathaniel Bond             8:56
 8   Campbell McLaren          10:24 
 Ranelagh Under 13 Boys Championship - Centenary Cup (4km - two laps)
 1   Tom Armstrong             14:32
 2   Euan Sinclair             15:06
 3   Matthew O'Donovan         15:28
 4   Luke Sale                 17:28
 5   Reuben Eburne             17:50
 6   Finlay Sinclair           18:23
 7   James Rushby              19:11
 8   Billy Sale                20:16   

 The David Malleson Trophy for the most improved junior runner has been
 awarded to Ewan Lorimer.       
 ED PRICKETT RELAYS  Saturday 18th March at Nottingham
 Estelle Damant ran the anchor stage for the winning Loughborough University
 team, with a time of 14.09 for the 2 miles+ course. This was just one second
 outside the fastest lap of the day.

 Saturday 25th March at Church Stretton, Staffs.
 Running in Preston colours, Nic Jackson finished in runner-up position to
 the formidable Victoria Wilkinson of Bingley, 1:41.10 to 1:48.14.

 Plenty of Ranelagh Harriers used the longer events as training spins for
 spring Marathons. The list below may be incomplete as the official results
 unfortunately include few club names. In the 16.2 miles race Fiona Ford was
 the leading veteran, and in the 8.2 miles Martin Halvey was 2nd over 55.
 8.2 miles
 1   A Goddard (Bas & MH)      46.55  (chip time 46.55)
 4   Sean Paynter              49.05  (49.03)
 8   Michael Morris            49.45  (49.44)
 31  Martin Halvey             56.08  (56.04)
 44  S Tabor (unatt)           58.09  (57.38 - 1st woman)
 65  Daniel Chiechi            60.28  (59.50)
 130 Elisa Ferrua              65.42  (64.19)
 154 Jo Billings               66.32  (65.10)
 794 Cindy Croucher            96.57  (96.57)
 795 Tanya Allen               96.57  (96.23)
 889 Louise Wapshott          128.31 (122.50) 

 16.2 miles
 1   G King (Winch)            1:33.17  (chip time 1:33.17)
 4   I Clark (unatt)           1:36.49  (1:36.47 - 1st woman)
 15  Jonathan Smith            1:43.37  (1:43.35)
 49  Dan Little                1:51.56  (1:51.52)
 59  Fiona Ford                1:54.00  (1:53.56)
 69  Bill Neely                1:55.18  (1:55.16)
 335 Jarryd Hillhouse          2:29.42  (2:25.36)
 352 Robbie Hillhouse          2:31.34  (2:27.27)
 353 Gavin Hillhouse           2:31.35  (2:27.28)

 20.1 miles
 1   C Ogilvie (Serp)          1:56.33  (chip time 1:56.33)
 12  R Penfold (Fulham)        2:11.08  (2:11.06 - 1st woman)
 13  Nick Twomey               2:12.20  (2:12.17)
 21  Ted Mockett               2:17.20  (2:17.20)
 22  James Whistler            2:17.27  (2:17.24)
 37  Rick Jenner               2:19.57  (2:19.53)
 38  Dave Lawley               2:19.59  (2:19.57)
 64  Richard Gurd              2:26.42  (2:26.34)
 204 Amelie Hunton             2:49.13  (2:48.54)
 213 Chris Cato                2:50.50  (2:50.05)
 215 Paul Hodges               2:50.58  (2:50.13)
 369 Siobhan Sharp             3:10.29  (3:09.47)
 400 Alastair Ritchie          3:14.20  (3:13.57)                

 CRANLEIGH 15m / 21m  Sunday 26th March
 15 miles
 1   T Robertson (Ravens)      1:30.38
 11  Bruce McLaren             1:49.43
 56  Michelle Beaumont         2:06.50 

 21 miles
 1   S Holloway (Salisbury)    1:58.11
 35  Duncan Mallison           2:29.14
 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 31st March
 1   J McMurray (St Albans)    14.56
 7   Ian Kenton                16.33
 235 Andy Bickerstaff          25.47
 256 Pete Warren               29.15

 OAKLEY 20 miles  Sunday 2nd April
 1   E Hind (L Buzz)           1:52.20  (chip time 1:52.19)
 34  Z Smith (Rutland)         2:16.04  (2:15.51 - 1st woman)
 431 Kevin Kearey              3:01.14  (3:00.21)
 434 Ann Kearey                3:01.25  (3:00.34)
 604 Mike White                3:21.33  (3:20.08)  

 1   D Gaffney (SLH)           68.36
 50  Carl Selya-Hammer         76.54  

 1   M Price (Renegade Tri)    1:20.31  (chip time 1:20.31)
 313 Adrienne Baddeley         1:57.52  (1:54.30)    

 MARCHESATO 10km  Sunday 2nd April
 1   S Intagliata (Italy)      32.59
 33  Elisa Ferrua              47.22  

 parkrun results...
 For those of you who are not currently shown as Ranelagh in the parkrun
 database, it would be very helpful if you could update your details. You can
 also access Ranelagh results here:.       

 parkruns 5km Saturday 25th March

 Bushy Park
 Nick WRIGHT 17:45, Alexander FORDHAM 19:13, Emily COULSON 20:45, Adam WRIGHT
 21:43, Llewellyn DAVIES 22:19, James WHISTLER 22:22, Amy SILLITOE 25:47,
 John HANSCOMB 51:04

 Richmond Park
 Michael MORRIS 18:41, Bill NEELY 20:40, Jess HARBERT (jnr) 21:45, John
 HOBSON 21:48, Wiebke KORTUM 22:12, Steve AIKIN 22:24, Christopher READ
 22:55, Cecily DAY (jnr) 23:28, Daniel RUSHBY (jnr) 23:32, Alberto
 ESGUEVILLAS 24:24, Karl GARVEY 24:59, Simon TAYLOR 25:08, Sam RUSHBY (jnr)
 25:12, Maia RUSHBY 25:13, Amrut SHARMA 25:19, Jarryd HILLHOUSE 25:42, Carol
 AIKIN 25:50, Clare DAY 26:11, Karen HARBERT 26.36, Gavin HILLHOUSE 26:42,
 Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 27:20, Michael SIKORA 27:51, Rob KITCHEN 27:55, Ben RUSHBY
 (jnr) 28:20, Phil RUSHBY 28:21, Andrew BROWN 29:04, James RUSHBY (jnr)
 29:06, Deepa SHARMA 29:44, Sally BAMFORD 30:03, Paula MAGUIRE 30:03, Tamsin
 BURLAND 30:05, Bronwen NORTHMORE 33:01, Robert HILLHOUSE 37:19, Beverley ALI
 45:22, Pat HEWLETT 45:23, Penny MERRETT 50:02

 Bedfont Lakes
 Rob CURTIS 23:53

 Black Park
 Lee DAVIES 22:00

 Old Deer Park
 Trevor MAGUIRE 19:43, Kris DAVIDSON 20:05, Luke MAGUIRE 24:37, Mark ROPER
 27:48, Melanie DAVISON 28:36, Julian HOLDEN 31:29, Katrina ROCHE 33:50,
 Katie WALTON 36:51, Vicky PORDAN 45:13

 Nathaniel BOND (jnr) 23:30, Chris CAMACHO 24:20, Verka LAFEUILLE 25:58, Tom
 REAY 27:11, Fiona PUGH 38:57

 Henry MAGUIRE 53:32

 Gloucester North
 John ATKINSON 20:33

 Princes Park, Liverpool

 Linford Wood
 Jane CRAIGIE-PAYNE 27:04 

 Duncan MALLISON 19:27

 Crane Park
 Eric PLUE 20:12, Daniel CHIECHI 21:40, Richard GURD 22:27, Josie KEAREY
 (jnr) 24:36, Ann KEAREY 24:38, Kevin KEAREY 24:39, Mark HERBERT 24:41,
 Colette DORAN 28:59

 Preston Park, Brighton
 John PRATT 27:32

 Fulham Palace
 Tomas STERNER 30:04

 Mike PEACE 25:37, Mike WHITE 28:54

 Anna REICHWALD 24:48

 Swansea Bay
 Nick FORDHAM 20:06 

 Clare FOWLER 34:16

 Paul HODGES 21:24

 Treviso, Italy
 Peter FORDHAM 27:18

 parkruns 5km Saturday 1st April

 Bushy Park
 Nick WRIGHT 17:48, James WHISTLER 20:39, Rob KITCHEN 26:36, John HANSCOMB
 53:18, Leeanne BRYCE 56:29, Carol AIKIN 56:32, Melanie DAVISON 56:32,
 Ashleigh FERRIS 56:35, Colette DORAN 56:37, Michael WHITE 56:38

 Richmond Park
 Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 18:32, James RITCHIE 22:14, Matt SOWTON 22:46, Ellie
 LUXMOORE (jnr) 24:12, Alberto ESGUEVILLAS 24:22, Cecily DAY (jnr) 24:33,
 Simon TAYLOR 24:34, Maia RUSHBY 24:56, Karl GARVEY 25:17, Robert HILLHOUSE
 25:46, Aoife KILPATRICK 26:07, Michael BEVERLY 26:54, Amrut SHARMA 27:26,
 Jarryd HILLHOUSE 27:47, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 27:51, Phil RUSHBY 27:51, Michael
 SIKORA 28:02, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 29:39, Ally PICKARD 29:41, Andrew BROWN
 38:51, Pat HEWLETT 41:35

 Old Deer Park
 Eirin McDaid and Jodie Grey were the leading man and woman respectively.
 Eirin MC DAID 17:23, Kevin KNOWLES 22:42, Jodie GRAY 25:28, Julian HOLDEN

 Peter FORDHAM 28:01

 Marc Snaith was second finisher.
 Marc SNAITH 18:00, Chris CATO 22:15, Fiona PUGH 26:51, Chris CAMACHO 31:13

 Highbury Fields
 Peter FAULL 19:28

 Rick JENNER 19:03

 Chris READ 22:38

 Deirdre INMAN 38:01

 Duncan MALLISON 18:41

 Crane Park
 Nick Twomey was first home.
 Nicholas TWOMEY 17:05, Richard GURD 19:40, Eric PLUE 20:03, Daniel CHIECHI
 23:01, Tomas STERNER 25:20, Michelle BEAUMONT 26:08, Heather MARTINGELL
 26:09, Victoria ORME 30:32, Tamsin BURLAND 30:59, Su CLARK 40:36

 Dougnes, Cubnezais, France
 Preston Park, Brighton
 John PRATT 27:23

 Osterley Park
 Michael OSBORNE 27:59, Katie WALTON 38:27, Cindy CROUCHER 38:30

 Swansea Bay
 Nick FORDHAM 20:14

 Peter WEIR 20:52, Karen WEIR 23:10

 Paul HODGES 21:21

 Puarenga, New Zealand
 Richard Gregory and Laura Blazey very nearly filled the top two places,
 Laura being just pushed back to third overall.
 Richard GREGORY 16:05, Laura BLAZEY 19:47 

 Junior parkruns 2km Sunday 2nd April

 Bushy Park
 Harriet WILTSHIRE 8:19, Finlay SINCLAIR 8:27, Eilidh SINCLAIR 10:34, Isla

 Savill Gardens
 James RICKETTS 13:09   

 Steve Smythe, results editor for Athletics Weekly has become a world record
 holder of sorts. By clocking 2:56:21 in Seville in March he became the first
 runner to achieve a span of over 40 years between sub-3 hour marathons. His
 first was 2:54 on his debut at Harlow in Oct 1976 at age 18. His fastest was
 2:29:42 in the 1981 London. Amongst those chasing the record was our own
 Mick Lane who ran 2:42 at age 18 but just missed three hours on his most
 recent run.