Newsdesk 2018

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 520               15th February 2018
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Ranelagh wins the Harold Lee Cup mob match v Orion Harriers
 *  Richard Gregory and Laura Blazey lead our mob
 *  Peter Haarer, Mick Lane and Chris Owens win the club over 40, over 50 and
     over 60 championships 
 *  Veterans handicap won by Chris Camacho
 *  Final Surrey Ladies League race – Ranelagh finish 7th on the day and 6th
 *  Estelle Damant leads our team
 *  Final Surrey League race (men) – Ranelagh finish 3rd on the day and 5th
 *  Ben Anderson leads our team
 *  League B teams finish 5th (women) and 3rd (men)   
 *  Pelling-Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath & Bromley in Richmond Park
     this Saturday
 *  National championships at Parliament Hill on 24th February
 *  Inter-club races including club junior championships on Saturday 3rd
     March in Richmond Park   
 *  Big DISCOUNTS on club kit
 *  Help needed for our Half Marathon on May 6th

 Our final mob match of this winter season is this Saturday 17th February at
 home in Richmond Park. It’s against Blackheath and Bromley Harriers AC for
 the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup. A race has been held regularly between the two
 clubs since 1907. Blackheath are well ahead of us in the tally of wins, but
 their mob match turnout has been patchy of late and we have had the upper
 As ever with mob matches we need all the runners we can get – the more we
 have on the starting line, the better our chances of hanging on to the Cup
 that we won on their course last year. It’s 7.5 miles, starting at 2.30pm
 from our usual place opposite Pembroke Lodge. Register on the day – at the
 clubhouse if possible, otherwise at the start.
 The race incorporates the Wynne Cup club championship and a sealed handicap.
 The individual winner receives the FB Thompson medal, and the first over 50
 takes the Harry Sheer Memorial Trophy. 
 More Details:.  
  Our Half Marathon takes place this year on Sunday 6th May.  Planning is
 under way but we are now URGENTLY in need of someone to join the team as
 Volunteer Co-Ordinator. This is an important job, helping to recruit
 volunteers from the club and assigning them to act as marshals, tend water
 stations etc. Last year’s Co-Ordinator will be able to brief you. The race
 can’t go ahead without volunteers. Please consider helping and reply to this
 If you can’t act as Co-Ordinator but will be available to help in some
 capacity on the day, please also reply to this message.  

 Richmond Park.
 This is the team race for the Dysart Cup (women) and the Ellis Cup (men)
 starting at 3pm at our normal place opposite Pembroke Lodge. We’ll use our
 men’s league course, and senior men and women will run two laps making up
 5.5 miles. The race also includes our club junior championships. The juniors
 will start with the seniors but will finish after one lap, giving them a
 distance of 2.75 miles. All seniors and juniors are welcome, register on the

 Here’s an important message from our Kit Steward Marianne Malam:
 “The club's present Kit supplier - AlleyCatz - has decided they will no
 longer be working with sports clubs but rather concentrate on their school
 uniform business. Therefore a lot of the Ranelagh stock they currently hold
 is now discounted online to try and clear as much as possible. Please do
 look at their website and order what you need while it is on offer.
 here:. We will be moving to a
 new supplier over the coming months - if anyone has any contacts/tips for
 such a change - let me know - I'd be really grateful!” Contact Marianne if
 you have any suggestions: Marianne.malam.flp@gmail.com or 07786
 …for our Half Marathon on May 6th - here:...
 …and our 10k on June 17th - here:. 

 THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles  Sunday 4th April at Chiswick
 This is always a popular event and is the opening race in our 2018 Road
 Grand Prix. There are already 35 entries from Ranelagh. The race often
 reaches its entry limit, so don’t delay if you’re thinking of running.

 Unfortunately we’ll have to postpone the quiz night scheduled for March 3rd.
 We’ll hope to reschedule later in the spring.

 Don’t forget that we meet for a casual drink after training on the first
 Tuesday of each month. Venue is upstairs at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill.
 All welcome.

 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 ranelagh.men@gmail.com
 or the women's Captain / Team Manager  ranelagh.women@gmail.com      

 Saturday 17th February       Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath and
 Bromley HAC in Richmond Park 7.5 miles 2.30pm start. Register on the day.

 Saturday 24th February       National Cross Country Championships at
 Parliament Hill. Entries closed.

 Saturday 3rd March             Inter-club race for the Dysart Cup (women)
 and the Ellis Cup (men), including club junior championships. See above.

 Saturday 10th March           Ranelagh Cup Schools race. 3.8 miles in
 Richmond Park. 2.30pm start.

 Saturday 17th March           Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond
 Park. 2pm start, register on the day. 

 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

 Richmond Park
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “The bravest of all were the marshals and officials on this cold wet
 miserable Saturday afternoon in February. The  match was a treat though with
 Orion looking like they were ahead after two miles but Ranelagh pulling
 through on home ground to win by a narrow margin of 193 points. It sounds a
 lot, but on 56 to score we’d have lost it without our first two home -
 Richard Gregory (only 37 seconds off a course record set by Jon Pepper in
 much drier times) and Carl Assmundson. 

 So Richard Gregory and Laura Blazey were first man and woman home again, the
 former helping Ranelagh grab six of the first ten. But Orion hit right back
 to log  sixteen of the top thirty. Enter stage centre a blue wave filling in
 eight of the next ten. Result sewn up?  No – twelve in the next twenty were
 whiteshirts before a decisive further wave of six in six blue vests (part of
 ten blue in thirteen) won it for Ranelagh. Places 64 through 69 were ours -
 take a bow Ali Forbes, Adrienne Baddeley, Stewart Anderson, Marcus Atkins,
 Paul Doyle and Liam Griffin for the 'wave of the match' award. 

 A superb fixture. Knowing the number of quicks at the front of our pack I
 didn’t think Orion had a chance when we outnumbered them on the start line
 62-59. It was incredibly close - the result in doubt until the calculators
 came out - just the way it should be.”

 The race incorporated the club veterans championships. Winner of the
 Hastings Cup for the first over 40 was – once again – Peter Haarer. Mick
 Lane and Paul Sinton-Hewitt had a race-long battle for the over 50s McDowell
 Salver before Mick pulled ahead by a mere seven seconds. Chris Owens
 retained the Maslin Mug for the first over 60. Winner of the vets’ sealed
 handicap was Chris Camacho, ahead of Michael Osborne and Ian Anderson. 

 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE DIVISION 1  Saturday 10th February in Richmond Park
 A full report will appear in the next e-news. Suffice it to say that the
 event was a success. Phil Aiken devised a new course starting close to Sheen
 crossroads at the request of the Park Management who asked that we should
 try to keep clear of parking at Pembroke Lodge. Phil’s course was mostly on
 familiar territory, climbing Queen’s Ride in the direction of Richmond Gate
 before dropping down towards the Pen Ponds then climbing again up to White
 Lodge and dropping back down again to the bottom of Queen’s Ride. The senior
 course comprised two laps, the under15s and 17s ran one lap and the under
 13s one short lap. The two senior races (divisions 1 and 2) ran separately,
 split by the two junior races. So with four races in all it made for a long
 afternoon for our loyal officials and marshals, especially with persistent
 rain for most of the day. So, hats off to Andy Bickerstaff, Rob Curtis and
 all the others who helped on the day. League Secretary Ron Gobey contacted
 us after the race, saying: “I have to commend you and your colleagues in
 Ranelagh for a very well organised meeting.”

 The senior division 1 race was the last, timed to coincide with the heaviest
 rain. We started 19 runners in a field of over 230. Belgrave’s Sophie Harris
 completed her domination of the League this season while for us it was good
 to see Estelle Damant leading our team in 19th place, though Laura Blazey
 never let her get far away. The ever-improving Fanny Vein worked her way
 through after a customary measured start to be our third finisher, just a
 dozen seconds ahead of Becky Curtis-Hall. The five counters for the A team
 were completed by Alice Forbes. They gave us a good mid-table 7th on the day
 and a final 6th overall, though very close to the two clubs in front of us. 

 Our B team was headed by Ria Woodfield, ahead of Jo Billings, Lara Werrett,
 Marie Synnott-Wells and Wiebke Kortum. They finished 4th in their race
 today, and 5th overall. Bonnie Morgan, Rebecca Northmore and Marianne Malam
 followed, before a very welcome Jo Ronaldson appearing in her first race for
 several years. Niamh Holt, Rachel Smith, Karen Harbert, Clare Day and Jackie
 Dunkley followed. 

 Emily Coulson finished a fine 13th in the Under 17s race.   

 SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION 1  Saturday 10th February on Wimbledon Common
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “An already sodden Wimbledon Common was rained on over the course of Friday
 and Saturday to generate a real cracker of a cross country course on what is
 imho the most interesting route that the Surrey League offers us. 
 Last time round -  four years ago - there was quite a bit of bloodshed -
 Peter Haarer and Paul Doyle looking gory at the end. This time it was man
 down (Jordan Mungovan) on the slippery start line, though he recovered well,
 a bit too well, to place highly at the first corner. 
 Relegation from Division 1 was a statistical possibility at the beginning of
 the race but with Ben Anderson (12th), Jon Pepper (15th), Jake Waldron
 (22nd, moving to Bath so probably his last outing for us), Carl Assmundson
 (29th) and Richard Gregory  (37th) competing, that was never going to
 happen. Instead Ranelagh claimed a superb 3rd with 385 points, albeit well
 behind both Kent and Hercules who were slogging it out for the title. We
 leapfrogged Belgrave into 5th place for the season. 
 In the end Kent produced a 38 point victory on the day to win the league by
 26 points - tiny margins for a top spot that has been a foregone conclusion
 in recent years. 
 At the other end it was similarly thrilling. Clapham produced another decent
 showing but nearest challengers SLH and Ranelagh had more firepower and
 extended their lead on the Chasers. Enter Belgrave who have been racking up
 higher scores in each fixture - 414 in match 1 vs 647 in match 4. They had a
 177 point lead on Clapham going into this match and stayed up by just 14. 
 In other news, Ross Macdonald (56th) made an excellent Surrey League debut
 for sixth scorer. Captain Killingley (62nd) and Eirin McDaid (70th) made
 their returns to the scoring ten replacing Peter Haarer, Jordan Mungovan and
 Steve Whitehead. The other top ten scorers were Marc Leyshon (68th) and Ted
 Mockett - anchorman in 84th. Dave Lawley picked up some more scalps and an
 age graded 76.5% pb.  Steve Whitehead wasn't quite as fast as his 82.4% at
 Coulsdon but still ran well.  Rory Atkins raced for the first time for the
 club - a baptism of fire for an athlete who is used to flat dry 5kms - and
 finished exactly 60s ahead of younger brother Greg. And Greg was pipped to
 the B team anchorman by just 1 second by James Whistler!

 Onto the B team news - the early results had us in 4th, behind Clapham, but
 some amendments mean that we overtake them to seize third on the day, and
 third overall.  Kent were victorious overall and Hercules second - the
 numbers they got out for the last fixture in an attempt to take the A team
 title meant that they crushed all others in the B team match.  Third place
 in the table however proves what we've known for a long time - Ranelagh has
 excellent strength in depth.  It's been great to have this B team trophy -
 it's meant that the numbers and quality of our runners out has been better
 than ever before - looking forward to next season. 

 Meanwhile, Louis Sartori raced in the juniors in the U17 category and scored
 a superb 5th place in what is a highly competitive field.  Euan Sinclair in
 the U15 finished 32nd in the same race and Finlay Sinclair was 14th in the
 Well done all our racers for another great season and thank you to our
 superb, hardy race officials and supporters.” 
 In the individual scoring, the senior title went to today’s winner Andy Maud
 of Clapham. We bagged a couple of third places – Peter Haarer in the over
 40s (some consolation for being booted out of the scoring ten!) and Greg
 Atkins in the Under 20s.  

 Stewart Anderson writes:
 “Those running historians among you will know Fred Lebow as the late
 president of New York Road Runners (NYRR) and co-founder of the New York
 City Marathon.  This annual half marathon in his honour, is set in iconic
 Central Park and is one of a number of NYRR races that count as qualifiers
 for the New York City Marathon (a thought not too far from mind as I lined
 up for the start).

 In winter, Central Park is rather bleak and a little eerie without a leaf or
 green blade of grass to be seen. But on race day with a clear blue sky, no
 wind and a temperature of 6 degrees, there could be no complaints about the
 conditions. Not having run this distance with intent for a couple of years
 and in somewhat erratic form in the prior month, I wasn’t quite sure what to
 expect.  The self-seeded start worked perfectly and I chose to follow the
 1hr 30 pacers to keep any over-exuberance in check. The course stays within
 the confines of the park and the first two laps passed quite nicely. The
 rolling hills, of which there are many, seemed scarcely noticeable at first
 but certainly demanded respect for the final lap. With the last hill
 cresting at a mile to go, I badly needed some respite and was saved by the
 gradual descent to the finish.

 In first place was Michael Cassidy of New York Athletic Club in 1:10:22 and
 Jessica Chichester of the Dashing Whippets Running Team was winner on the
 women’s side in 1:23:19.  With a more modest placing of 177th out of the
 5,188 finishers and time of 1:30:45 (no collusion at all), I was happy and
 more likely than not, did enough to auto-qualify for the 2019 NYC Marathon.
 This was a most enjoyable event - the only caveat being the risk of extreme
 weather at this time of year.

 BUCS CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 3rd February at Uxbridge
 Cordelia Parker and Cecily Day were both well placed in the women’s race in
 a massive field of over 700.

 1   H Knowles-Jones (Manch U)  22.39
 130 Cordy Parker (St Mary’s U) 26.58
 359 Cecily Day (Exeter U)      30.42 

 WATFORD HALF MARATHON  Sunday 4th February
 1   P Martelletti (VP&TH)     68.38
 103 Carl Selya-Hammer         84.53

 REGENTS PARK 10km  Sunday 4th February
 1   A Manzano (Goodgym)       35.05
 222 Pete Warren               55.44

 QE OLYMPIC PARK 10km  Sunday 4th February
 1   D Caruso (unatt)          32.04
 412 Roger Wallace             60.58

 VALENTINES 10km  Sunday 11th February at Chessington
 1   S Overall (B&B)           30.29  (chip time 30.29)
 10  R Gifford (Worthing)      37.50  (37.43)
 128 Ian Keith (Ranelagh)      48.03  (47.52)
 403 Katie Walton              67.08  (66.07)
 418 Alan Meaden               69.23  (68.20)
 433 Cindy Croucher            72.09  (71.08)
 434 Tanya Allen               72.26  (71.25) 

 SECOND SNUDAY 5 miles  Sunday 11th February on Wimbledon Common
 1   T Greenwood (TH&H)        31.05
 31  Steve Aikin               40.31
 74  Sue Camp                  50.22
 78  Pete Warren               51.12    

 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:.       

 Junior parkrun 2km  Sunday 28th January

 Nathaniel BOND 8:56 

 parkruns 5km Saturday 3rd February

 Bushy Park
 Some excellent runs from the Ranelagh and Ranelagh/Optima juniors.
 Jacob PATTERSON (jnr) 17:30, Reef BOERICKE (jnr) 18:00, Isabel ATKINS (jnr)
 18:14, Freya THOMSON (jnr) 18:18, Nick WRIGHT 18:41, Vaughan RAMSAY 19:05,
 Kamal JABRE 19:28, Euan SINCLAIR (jnr) 19:33, Alice PATTERSON (jnr) 19:51,
 Chris OWENS 20:08, Joe BRYANT (jnr) 20:52, Jessica WELOCK (jnr) 21:14, Adam
 WRIGHT 23:05, Dana JABRE (jnr) 23:34, Noel SIMPSON 27:30, Paul SINTON-HEWITT
 27:41, Linda HONEY 29:29, Jackie DUNKLEY 29:56, Ashleigh FERRIS 33:40, Wally
 GARROD 41:00, John HANSCOMB 51:17

 Banstead Woods
 Christopher PARSONS 23:46

 Richmond Park
 Graham BROOK 17:57, Bill NEELY 21:01, Sam RUSHBY (jnr) 22:03, James RUSHBY
 (jnr) 22:10, Jeremy DAY 23:15, Jarryd HILLHOUSE 23:23, Amrut SHARMA 24:06,
 Maia RUSHBY 24:45, Adrian COATES 26:35, Carol AIKIN 26:40, Clare DAY 26:43,
 Karen HARBERT 27:08, Sue CAMP 27:34, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 27:55, Phil RUSHBY
 27:56, Michael SIKORA 28:35, Andrew BROWN 28:56, Margie MARSHALL 29:44,
 Bronwen NORTHMORE 32:34, Deepa SHARMA 32:52, Gavin HILLHOUSE 32:53, Wendy
 FISHER 34:50, Tanya ALLEN 35:19, Annemarie GOODRIDGE 35:23, Penny MERRETT
 38:55, Robert HILLHOUSE 49:46

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson was first finisher while Clare Fowler was the third woman.
 Kris DAVIDSON 18:27, Jonathan SMITH 18:43, Clare FOWLER 23:58, Julian HOLDEN
 29:45, James RILEY 32:04, Sarah HOVELL 32:56, Katie WALTON 34:25

 Sam NESBITT (jnr) 19:17, Gary LEE 21:06, Bonnie MORGAN 22:10, Chris CAMACHO
 23:50, Verka LAFEUILLE 26:42, Theo DOYLE (jnr) 27:04, Hannah DOYLE 27:16

 Alan DAVIDSON 27:41

 Mike WHITE 28:08

 Highbury Fields
 Matthew WILLIAMS 19:16

 Nonsuch Park
 Toby COOPER 20:22

 Crane Park
 Glen Turner placed second.
 Glen TURNER 16:49, Ed BARKER 18:53, Gareth WILLIAMS 19:52, Richard GURD
 20:56, Michelle BEAUMONT 22:38, Kevin KEAREY 22:53, Marianne MALAM 24:43,
 Claire WARNER 24:54, Abigail MALAM (jnr) 24:58, Hannah MALAM (jnr) 25:02,
 Rebecca NORTHMORE 25:17, Daniel CHIECHI 26:00, Heather MARTINGELL 26:04,
 Tamsin BURLAND 27:44, Rachel REVETT 27:52, Paul WAPSHOTT 28:05, Christine
 DAVID 30:46, Tracey SMALL 32:43, Cindy CROUCHER 33:52, Su CLARK 37:39, Nigel

 Root 44, South Africa
 James WHISTLER 19:53

 Osterley Park
 Colette DORAN 32:36

 Bryanston, South Africa
 Sam DALGLEISH 18:05

 Simon TAYLOR 23:50

 Lac de Divonne, France
 Alastair RITCHIE 24:41 

 Peter WEIR 21:25, Karen WEIR 23:45

 Walvis Bay, Namibia
 Peter FORDHAM 27:23

 Junior parkruns 2km  Sunday 4th February

 Bushy Park 
 Finlay SINCLAIR 8:00, Eilidh SINCLAIR 9:57

 Savill Gardens
 James RICKETTS 12:40, Aaron SCALLY 24:28, Connor SCALLY 25:12

 parkruns 5km Saturday 10th February

 Bushy Park
 Nick WRIGHT 19:07, Clare FOWLER 22:28, Matt SOWTON 22:47, Adam WRIGHT 22:58,
 Verka LAFEUILLE 24:27, Jane CRAIGIE-PAYNE 27:27, Rachel REVETT 27:28,
 Ashleigh FERRIS 30:55, Leeanne BRYCE 30:56, Michael WHITE 30:57, Lee DAVIES
 30:57, Melanie DAVISON 30:59, Rob KITCHEN 32:56, Wally GARROD 40:43, John

 Wimbledon Common
 Jarryd HILLHOUSE 22:51

 Banstead Woods
 Christopher PARSONS 23:40

 Richmond Park
 Adrienne Baddeley was the second woman home.
 Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 18:38, Bill NEELY 20:31, Adrienne BADDELEY 20:45, Sam
 RUSHBY (jnr) 21:43, Stephen AIKIN 22:01, John HOBSON 22:11, Jeremy DAY
 22:51, Amrut SHARMA 24:06, Aoife KILPATRICK 24:42, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 24:42,
 Margie MARSHALL 24:54, Carol AIKIN 25:33, James RUSHBY (jnr) 25:51, Ian
 HARRISON 26:23, Matilda HARRISON 26:25, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 27:15, Maia RUSHBY
 27:19, Gavin HILLHOUSE 31:16, Andrew BROWN 33:19, Annemarie GOODRIDGE 36:11,
 Wendy FISHER 36:12, Martin CLARK 42:32, Beverley ALI 45:50

 Glen Turner finished second.
 Glen TURNER 16.38, Paul SINTON-HEWITT 19:19, Jo SINTON-HEWITT 26:23

 Frimley Lodge
 Nick TWOMEY 18:25

 Old Deer Park
 Jonathan Smith placed second.
 Jonathan SMITH 18:49, Stewart ANDERSON 20:54, Kris DAVIDSON 22:23, Paula
 MAGUIRE 28:39, Katie WALTON 33:55, Katrina ROCHE 35:33, Henry MAGUIRE 41:55

 Geoffrey FISHER 21:22, Chris CAMACHO 24:00, Alison DICKS 25.52, Tom REAY

 Alan DAVIDSON 28:05

 Nonsuch Park
 Toby COOPER 32:09, Amy COOPER 32:10

 Angus CATER 27:23

 Peter FORDHAM 30:06

 Crane Park
 Cordy Parker was the leading woman.
 Cordelia PARKER 18:31, Richard GURD 19:59, Eric PLUE 20:38, Daniel CHIECHI
 22:10, Hannah MALAM (jnr) 24:25, Claire WARNER 25:22, Paul WAPSHOTT 26:41,
 Josie KEAREY 27:22, Kevin KEAREY 27:36, Christine DAVID 30:19, Abigail MALAM
 (jnr) 30:43, Louise WAPSHOTT 32:20, Tracey SMALL 32:32, Cindy CROUCHER
 34:26, Sally SPAULL 38:23, Lexi SLAUGHTER 38:55, Nigel COOMBES 47:46

 Woodlands, South Africa
 Sam Dalgleish placed second.
 Sam DALGLEISH 19:08

 Osterley Park
 Michael OSBORNE 24:07, Charlotte HYDE 26:42

 Yeovil Montacute
 James RITCHIE 24:17

 Lakes Entrance, Australia
 David LOCKE 24:50

 Reigate Priory
 Duncan MALLISON 21:01

 Mike PEACE 26:03

 Julian SMITH 25:26

 Colette DORAN 29:49

 Junior parkruns 2km  Sunday 11th February

 Chase LAWLER 9:49, Piper LAWLER 12:52

 When Emmanuel Bor of the US Army finished 7th in a mile race in Boston on
 27th January 2018 it may not have made the headline news – except that
 Emmanuel’s 3:58.77 was his first sub-4 minute mile and made him the 500th
 American to break the 4 minute barrier since the first, Don Bowden, in 1957.
 According to the compilers of the list (Track and Field News), another ten
 Americans have joined the sub-4 club since Emmanuel!