Newsdesk 2018

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 534           25th September 2018
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Our W35 team wins silver medals in the Surrey Road Relays
 *  Nick Twomey finishes 3rd in the New Forest Half Marathon
 *  Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park this Saturday 29th September 
 *  First Surrey League races on October 13th
 *  Change of date for our first mob match – the race will now be on Sunday
     morning 4th November 
 *  Marshals and officials needed for our home races
 *  40% off club kit – buy now!

 The first  League fixture for both our men’s and women’s teams is on
 Saturday 13th October. All are welcome to run, register on the day. The men
 will be using the new course that we used for the women’s League last year.
 This starts and finishes near Sheen Crossroads. The Division 2 race will
 also take place on the same course but starting at 1.30pm. All juniors will
 run at 2.30pm and the Division 1 race – our race -  will follow at 3pm.
 Avoid using cars at all if possible, but in any case please avoid using
 Pembroke Lodge for parking or toilets. Instead use the car parks and
 facilities at Sheen, Roehampton or Robin Hood Gates. There may be a 20p
 charge for the toilets. 
 The women are running at Putney Vale on Wimbledon Common. The Division 1
 race – again, our race – will start at 11am, Under 17s will run at 12 noon
 and under 13s at 12.30pm. Toilets adjacent to the start.         

 PAGE CUP HANDICAP  Saturday 29th September
 Our second club handicap race of the season is the 5-miler for the Page Cup
 this Saturday in Richmond Park. All members are welcome. Start time is 3pm,
 but please register at the clubhouse by 2.30pm. 

 We have a couple of major events coming up in the Park in October. We’ll
 need plenty of marshals and officials for both. First is the Surrey League
 on October 13th, then the Surrey Masters Championships on October 20th. Both
 are Saturday afternoons. If you can help at either or both of these please
 contact our chief race official andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk.

 It’s a little way ahead yet but note the date now – Sunday 4th November for
 our first mob match of the season. We’re away to Orion Harriers on many
 people’s favourite course through a beautiful autumnal Epping Forest. PLEASE
 NOTE that Orion have been obliged to move the race to Sunday morning 4th
 November rather than the originally scheduled Saturday afternoon. As ever
 with mob matches we need as many runners as we can get if we’re to have a
 chance of retaining the Harold Lee Cup. Start time is 11am.

 …has left the UK to live and work in Singapore. He’ll be sorely missed by
 our first team but we’re pleased to see that he wasted no time in getting
 into running action in his new home. He was the first finisher in the East
 Coast Park parkrun on 15th September, recording 16.00 – the fourth fastest
 time ever on that course. 

 Rick Jenner writes:
 “On 16th October Ben Evans, who runs for Guildford & Godalming, is going to
 visit the club to talk about his book which is based on our own Ranelagh
 Half Marathon. After training with us he'll talk about the book and sign
 copies upstairs at The Roebuck from 8.45pm.

 Below is more on the book for anyone interested.”

 The Road Runner, by Ben Evans
 500 runners. 13.1 miles. Five athletes fighting for victory. The Road Runner
 is a breathless account of a single running race along the banks of the
 River Thames. Through the course of thirteen chapters, it depicts intense
 battles, vivid characters and occasional humour, as Evans competes with the
 calculated Fabien, the manic Patrick, the arrogant Cornelius and the
 spiritual Dwayne, for victory. Viewed from inside the mind of an elite
 athlete, it provides a uniquely human perspective on the challenges faced by
 the modern runner, and the strange mix of determination and inner peace that
 comes with pushing the body to its physical limits. A homage to the power of
 the human spirit, the sentiments of the story will appeal to sportsmen and
 women of all abilities, and anyone looking to take on a challenge and see
 how far they can go. website:

 We’re changing kit suppliers and we have a lot of kit to move. Many items
 are on offer at 40% discount. Treat yourself and take advantage of these
 prices! Order direct from the AlleyCatz website here:. 

 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 29th September  Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 3pm

 Saturday 6th October        National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham

 Saturday 13th October      Surrey Ladies Cross-Country League Div 1 at
 Wimbledon Common (Putney Vale). Senior Women start at 11am followed by
 juniors from 12 noon.

 Saturday 13th October      Surrey Cross-Country League (men)  Div 1 in
 Richmond Park. Start 2.30pm (juniors) and 3pm (seniors) 

 Sunday 14th October         Cabbage Patch 10 miles at Twickenham. Entries

 Saturday 20th October       Surrey Masters Cross-Country Championships in
 Richmond Park. M60+ and women 35+ 6km at 2.15pm, M40+ 9km at 3pm 

 Saturday 20th October       South of England Cross-Country Relays at
 Wormwood Scrubs

 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

 SURREY COUNTY ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 15th September at Wimbledon
 We usually bring home at least one set of medals from the Surrey Road
 Relays, but for a long time it looked like we might not keep up that
 tradition this year. Only after a lengthy wait for the results that it was
 confirmed that our women over 35 team had placed second and earned
 themselves a set of silver medals. Marie Synnott-Wells celebrated her
 birthday by running the opening leg for the over 35s and then after a
 recovery of no more than 25 minutes turning out again to run the third and
 final stage for our over 45s. After solid runs from Wiebke Kortum and Carol
 Aikin, Marie brought them home in 5th place. 

 New vet Estelle Damant ran our women’s fastest time of the day with 18.02 on
 stage 2 for the W35s, bringing the team up from 5th place to 3rd . Clare
 Fowler gained one more place and then Becky Curtis-Hall cemented our
 runners-up spot with a time only a few seconds slower than Estelle’s. Our
 senior women’s team included juniors Cecily Day and Jess Harbert, Cecily’s
 mum Clare and Alice Littler. They finished in 13th place.   

 Phil Killingley reports on the men’s race:
 “Warm conditions weren’t a surprise by now for this end of summer ‘18
 fixture. In glorious sunshine at Wimbledon Park track, Ranelagh men had a
 senior men and M40 team out to fight for the spoils.  

 Belgrave Harriers were sadly absent - they often win or place highly in this
 one, with international stars gracing the lap leaderboard, but this year
 their captain didn’t notice the 12pm part of the entry deadline and Surrey
 Athletics declined to demonstrate leniency.  It would have been interesting
 to see how they would have stacked up against Hercules, whose strength in
 depth was immediately apparent as their A and B team runners finished 1-2 on
 leg 1.  Unfortunately for Hercules, it was the B runner who was ahead of the
 A!  Had he been in their A team, they might have won, but instead it was
 Kevin Quinn's (13:57 fastest time of the day) SLH who took gold.

 Chris Bundhun had a strong run for Ranelagh - always tricky to pace well in
 the hurly burly of Leg 1 - handing over to his captain for a personal worst
 which he was quite happy with. New father Graham Brook (welcome to the world
 Lotte!) was sleeplessly superb in the late 16s, and was followed by grit
 personified - George Howard - with the fastest Ranelagh leg of the day in
 15:44 Dave Lawley’s lonely 5th leg was our third fastest in 16:56 and Rick
 Jenner managed a low 17s to finish it off. A really strong team performance
 for 10th overall out of 19. 

 In the M40s again strong running from Vaughan Ramsay, Stewart Anderson and
 Neil Rae, with an excellent 17:11 run from Duncan Mallison possibly the
 highlight.  They finished 5th.” 

 Senior Women
 1   Herne Hill H              1:11.41
 13  Ranelagh H                1:26.59 
     Alice Littler      10     19.58      
     Clare Day          15     23.52    
     Jessica Harbert    15     22.08     
     Cecily Day         13     21.02     

 Women Over 35
 1   South London H            1:12.26
 2   Ranelagh H                1:15.43
     Marie Synnott-Wells 6     20.01
     Estelle Damant      3     18.02    
     Clare Fowler        2     19.23
     Becky Curtis-Hall   2     18.17    

 Women Over 45
 1   South London H              59.54
 5   Ranelagh H                1:03.59
     Wiebke Kortum       4     20.15    
     Carol Aikin         7     23.18    
     Marie Synnott-Wells 5     20.26    

 Senior Men   
 1   South London H            1:27.49
 10  Ranelagh H                1:40.16
     Chris Bundhun      12     17.15  
     Phil Killingley    10     16.13      
     Graham Brook       10     16.58      
     George Howard      10     15.44    
     Dave Lawley        10     16.56      
     Rick Jenner        10     17.10    
 Men Over 40
 1   South London H            1:04.19
 5   Ranelagh H                1:11.18    
     Vaughan Ramsay      8     17.36
     Stewart Anderson    8     18.38    
     Duncan Mallison     7     17.11    
     Neil Rae            5     17.53    
 We were unfortunately short of a full team in both races.
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “Torrential morning rain gave way to sunshine and the men’s team turned up
 with the fastest of the South to be soundly trounced at Crystal Palace. It
 was great though - some runners absolutely motoring. Ian Kenton got closest
 to that description for us with a 19:58 5.8km leg. His captain was gutted to
 be just behind with 20:07 but still pleased with his run. Ed Perry put in an
 excellent 20:49 and Chris Bundhun the tough first leg in 21:36. 
 Commiserations to Vaughan Ramsay who pulled a calf on leg 5 and Peter Haarer
 who didn’t make leg 6 with the ‘lurgy.   

 The women’s team was similarly affected in the morning, with Beckys C-H and
 Northmore and Suzy W competing for 3 out of the 4 legs.  Becky C-H was the
 quickest home in 18:37, just ahead of Suzy on 18.43. Becky N ran the third
 stage in 21.30.

 It’s a great course and a great event!”.

 Senior Women
 1   Guernsey AC             1:09.25
 nf  Ranelagh H    
     Becky Curtis-Hall  33   18.37    
     Suzy Whatmough     24   18.43      
     Rebecca Northmore  34   21.30       

 Senior Men 
 1   Aldershot F&D AC          1:46.07
 nf  Ranelagh H  
     Chris Bundhun      90     21.36      
     Ian Kenton         76     19.58      
     Phil Killingley    68     20.07      
     Ed Perry           66     20.49
     Vaughan Ramsay     nf       

 NEW FOREST HALF MARATHON  Sunday 9th September
 1    E Mallett (unatt)        1:15.16  (chip time 1:15.15
 3    Nick Twomey              1:18.22  (1:18.22)
 1154 Colette Doran            2:11.51  (2:11.40)

 BERLIN MARATHON  Sunday 16th September
 Paul Doyle reports
 “Ran the Berlin Marathon today, historic because of the new world record of
 2hours 1min 39sec. I was quite a bit slower than that but enjoyed the race
 with my brother Brendan in sunny weather.”

 1    Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya)   2:01.39
 4716 Paul Doyle               3:24.08 

 RICHMOND RUNFEST  Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th September
 The official results don’t show club details, so the lists below will be
 incomplete. Any additions or corrections happily received.

 Pirate Run 5km
 1   S Sutherland (unatt)      18.10
 83  Verka Lafeuille           28.35

 Kew Gardens 10km
 1    M Shelley (Australia)    30.21
 7    R Murray (Bedford)       34.40  (1st woman)
 94   Michelle Beaumont        41.35
 104  Eliott Wells             41.59
 221  Kirsty Steel             44.54
 400  Marianne Malam           48.14
 1417 Abigail Malam            59.11

 Richmond Half Marathon
 1   O Garrod (SLH)            70.42
 10  P Williams (Elswick)      81.43  (1st woman) 
 13  James Riley               82.08
 25  Marco Perinelli           86.02
 63  Dan Little                89.41
 219 Matthew Williams          99.25

 Richmond Marathon
 1   N Farl (Croatia)          2:32.33
 11  M Gibson (Ealing E)       2:59.51  (1st woman)
 24  Pete Smith                3:11.00
 415 Verka Lafeuille           4:12.34
 592 Ian Grange                4:35.43                     

 REIGATE 10km  Sunday 16th September
 1   M Richards (unatt)        34.06
 51  Daniel Chiechi            45.27
 498 Toby Cooper               59.44

 VETERANS AC 10,000m TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP  Wednesday 19th September at
 Battersea Park
 Alan Davidson reports:
 “I wanted to try and run the VAC track 10,000 despite the fact that it’s all
 left-hand bends. I'm told to be cautious doing these and the race involves
 100 left bends! I decided I could drop out if necessary and hoped that the
 shallow bends on the Battersea Park track and a very tightly applied knee
 support might get me successfully round. I hate doing the hellish 25 laps
 which I find mentally hard and also now over distance for me, so it offers a

 A small field doesn't help mentally as I mostly ran on my own. The southern
 portion of Storm Ali niggled too. After a long cautious start the discomfort
 became bearable and I tried to keep in sight a lady who had lapped me. You
 may say my running is impaired by my forward lean that running so often into
 the wind at Southsea has become my natural way, but with the tedium of 25
 laps I just ran round looking at the track! Having got confused after being
 lapped 3 or 4 times by other runners and thinking I only had about 3 laps to
 go (which proved actually to be 5) I decided that if I could keep her in
 sight when she stopped I would definitely have only one lap to go! Someone 
 was calling my ‘laps to go’ during the latter part of the race but with my
 poor hearing it was lost on me!  Despite what many would regard as an
 embarrassing time for a 10,000 I can at least content myself with the
 thoughts that I finished (reasonably in one piece) and it was a far better
 time than the 65-68 minutes I anticipated if I did manage to finish.” 

 Combined result of ‘A’ and ‘B’ races
 1   R McDowell (Vets AC)      31.54
 15  Neil Rae                  39.13
 16  Vaughan Ramsay            39.25
 43  Alan Davidson             59.10  

 RUN THROUGH CLAPHAM COMMON 10km  Saturday 22nd September
 1   D Caruso (VP&TH)           32.19
 278 Roger Wallace             57.27 

 parkrun results...
 Follow this link for the latest Ranelagh results:. Then follow
 the “Previously” link at the bottom of the parkrun screen to access previous
 weeks’ results.     

 From the Athlos athletics-archive website :
 “All over England in the late 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries it was
 common for women and girls to run for money and prizes (often smocks/shifts)
 in villages and towns, and in the local traditional fairs, festivals, wakes
 and ‘ales’.  The distances they ran probably ranged from 100 yards to about
 half a mile and they ran a series of heats.  So popular and so widespread
 were these events that it seems likely that more women and girls ran in
 England in the 18th  century than did men and boys, and there were often
 running events for various categories - ‘old women’, ‘married women’,
 ‘maids’, ‘girls under 25-years of age’, ‘women over thirty-five years of
 age’, and many more, and we also have an account of a ‘young maid’ who took
 part in a throwing event (pitching the bar) in 1711 at a country fair. 

 In addition, a few women and girls from poor families ran or walked to raise
 money out of necessity rather than for sport.  Perhaps the youngest was Emma
 Matilda Freeman who was only eight years old when, in 1823, she completed
 four events in only nine weeks; the shortest was 30 miles and the longest,
 40 miles.  Perhaps the oldest was Mary McMullen, who was in her sixties when
 in 1826-7 she took part in seven events averaging 63 miles within 15 months,
 mainly in the north of England.  Collections were made for her as she went,
 often by her sons who travelled with her.”

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