Newsdesk 2018

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 536                    25th October 2018
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Ranelagh women place 6th in the opening Surrey XC League race, men place
 *  Gill Sanders and Anthony Haynes lead our teams
 *  Carl Selya-Hammer and Adrienne Baddeley lead our contingent in the
     Cabbage Patch 10
 *  Chris Owens wins M65 bronze in the Surrey Masters Championships
 *  Ranelagh women finish 13th in the South of England Cross-Country Relays
 *  Sub-3 marathons by Al Whatmough and James Whistler
 *  Frances Ratchford is appointed Chairman of Surrey County AA
 *  All runners needed for our first mob match –  Sunday morning 4th November
     in Epping Forest 
 *  Book for our Christmas party on December 8th
 *  Marshals and officials needed for our home races
 *  40% off club kit – buy now!

 Sunday 4th November sees 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. Everyone
 is welcome, male or female, young or old. Register on the day. Start time is
 11am, the course is 7.5 miles. Venue here:.
 The Orion clubhouse is in Bury Road, Chingford, with plenty of parking
 available further down Bury Road on Chingford Plain. Chingford station is a
 short walk away. 

 Our Christmas do will take place on Saturday 8th December from 6.30pm to
 midnight at the Lass O’Richmond Hill pub on Queens Road, Richmond. Tickets
 are £45 to include a three-course meal and DJ. Book with Lexi Godfrey at
 lexigod@mac.com or by text to 07758004863. The Christmas Feast menu
 is here:. Please state your choices when you book. There are several ways to pay:
 by cheque payable to Ranelagh Harriers; by cash to Lexi at the clubhouse on
 a training evening; or by BACS transfer (account name Ranelagh Harriers,
 account number 12154501, sort code 401310, Ref Xmas + your name.  

 Suzy Whatmough writes:
 “Ranelagh have entered three teams for next year's Green Belt Relay, taking
 place on the 18th - 19th May. It’s a 22 stage relay race around 220 miles of
 the Green Belt around the outside of London. We have a men’s, women’s and
 mixed team entered. Due to the popularity of the event, spaces have already
 been filled for the teams. However, do email Suzy Whatmough and Clare Fowler
 at mailto:ranelaghgbr@gmail.com if you’d like to be added to the waiting
 list, as there are bound to be a few drop-outs / injuries! For more info
 about the race, see www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/.” 
 …to Frances Ratchford who has been appointed Chairman of Surrey County AA.

 PIRIE 10 miles
 We have been invited to take part in South London Harriers’ 10 miles
 cross-country event in memory of one of their former members the great
 Gordon Pirie, world record holder back in the 1950s. The race takes place on
 Sunday 2nd December starting at 10am on Farthing Downs, Coulsdon. For anyone
 interested you can find further details here:. 

 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:.

 Our membership application form asks for details of someone  - a relative or
 friend - to be contacted in the event of your having an accident or being
 taken ill at the club. If you think those details might now be out of date
 please let us know.     

 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      

 Sunday 4th November      Lee Cup Mob Match v Orion Harriers in Epping
 Forest. 7.5 miles, 11am start. Please come along, all needed! See above

 Saturday 10th November  Surrey Ladies League race 2 in Nonsuch Park. Juniors
 from 12 noon, seniors at 1pm.

 Saturday 10th November  Men’s Surrey League race 2 on Wimbledon Common.
 Juniors at 2.30pm, seniors at 3pm.

 Saturday 17th November  London Cross-Country Championships at Parliament
 Hill. Women 6km at 1.15pm, men 10km at 2pm.

 Saturday 24th November  Mob Match v Thames Hare & Hounds at home in Richmond
 Park. 7.5 miles, 2.30pm start. Includes club veterans championships.

 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

 Wimbledon Common
 In the first League race of the season it was good to see Gill Sanders back
 in action over the country. On a dry and fast Wimbledon Common course Gill
 was with the leading group until the final kilometre when she had to give
 best to Belgrave’s Ethiopian Saron Haileselase. Gill hung on for a fine
 second place. Cordelia Parker backed up well with a top ten finish and the
 scoring five was completed by Suzy Whatmough, Becky Curtis-Hall and Fanny
 Vein. Team-wise they continued where they left off last year with a solid
 6th place. And as for the B team – they finished 6th too. Sarah Palmer in
 her League debut, led the B's, pursued by Alice Forbes, Marie Synnott-Wells,
 Clare Fowler and Becky Northmore. Six more RH featured amongst the 234
 finishers in the Division 1 race. 

 Emily Coulson was our only representative in the junior events, and she
 finished an excellent 11th in the under 17s.   

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE  Saturday 13th October in Richmond Park
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “The mercury hit 24C and the ground was sizzling as the Surrey League Div 1
 pounded towards Pen Ponds and climbed a dusty Queens Ride. With Guildford
 and Godalming - one of the two promoted teams - looking awesomely strong in
 pre-season fixtures, the onus was on Ranelagh to get their game together to
 avoid the relegation spots 8 and 9. 

 Anthony Haynes missed most of the summer triathlon season but it didn’t seem
 to affect him as he started hard and finished hard for 9th place. This
 league is looking punchy these days and George Howard’s 43rd was an
 astoundingly good effort: worth a top 30 in slower times. He will gloat over
 his captain’s scalp -  a minute behind in 62nd. Oli Murphy and Ross
 MacDonald were late additions to the team list and very welcome ones with
 their well-paced runs. They were followed by Ian Kenton who wilted in the
 late stages but was a respectable 84th, just staving off Ranelagh’s fastest
 ever V50 half marathoner - Peter Haarer - who was recovering still from his
 efforts in Oxford six days earlier.  The A team was rounded off by  Graham
 Brook (proving that sleep is over-rated), Ted Mockett (thanks for postponing
 that trip to Center Parcs) and anchorman Rich Kimber.  The team ended up in
 a lowly eighth place - relegation fodder - despite some very strong
 performances. But come mud and colder weather we might be able to sort
 ourselves out. We’re only 40ish points away from SLH. Hercules are a good
 tip for the title this year - they won this fixture from Kent by 30 points.  

 Perhaps the surprise of the day was Marco Perinelli (a fellow parent at his
 captain's son's nursery) who came from nowhere to seize 1st B team place,
 only seconds behind the A team anchorman. He was ably backed up by Al
 Morgan, Dave Lawley, Chris Bundhun, Al Whatmough, a fast improving Tom
 Cameron, Nick Twomey, Alex Fordham, Ed Forbes and John Shaw. Ed and John
 were both feeling their way back after injury and performed well in what
 apparently felt like a mob match against Striders of Croydon. John didn't
 know he was even in a B race until informed volubly by Trevor Maguire of the
 fact. He collects the B team anchorman trophy which looks in a lot better
 shape than the A team’s. Gordon Whitson had smelled B team glory but on the
 day a few unexpected appearances denied him and Paul Doyle. The B team again
 showed the A team how to do it, with a creditable 6th place, despite the A
 team ‘borrowing’ some of their regulars. They have places 3, 4 and 5 in
 their sights. 

 Possibly the greatest performance of all was that of race organisers Andy
 Bickerstaff and his team, with Rob Curtis leading the results with support
 from Amrut Sharma. Both races have ballooned in numbers but despite that the
 organisation and results taking went entirely without hitch. It’s easy to
 take it for granted that these races just happen, without stopping to think
 about the hours of effort that volunteers put in to make them go ahead. I
 for one am most grateful!  Also to our ever-present team manager Alan Hedger
 who covered the Ranelagh side admirably. 

 Tables for teams, and individual results, as well as age graded tables, are
 on the http://surreyleague.org website. George Howard scored an astonishing
 84.0% - nearly 3 percentage points higher than his previous xc best. George
 was 5th over 40 to finish, Peter Haarer was 3rd Over 50 and Gordon Whitson
 was 4th over 60.

 And finally, relive the race with this excellent drone footage from an
 injured and bored Kent AC runner:-
 Lap 1
 Lap 2
 Phil Sesemann Winning

 In his debut for the club Felix Allen ran well to finish in the top half of
 the field in the U13s race, and then provided very vocal support for the
 senior team!

 CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles  Sunday 14th October at Twickenham
 The Cabbage Patch remains one of the most popular road races in the area.
 Over 1,400 finished despite a high number of no-shows owing to the entries
 closing months in advance. 46 of the finishers were from Ranelagh, led by
 Carl Selya-Hammer in 15th spot just outside 58 minutes. James Riley and Al
 Whatmough followed him home inside the hour. Adrienne Baddeley ran
 exceptionally well to finish 5th in the women’s race with a time of 67.02

 Richmond Park
 Another bright sunny and warm Saturday afternoon greeted the competitors in
 the Surrey Masters – or Veterans if you prefer. As usual we hosted the event
 while Surrey Athletics provided the officials and took care of the entries
 and results. Our own entry was quite depleted, barely reaching double
 figures. Opportunities to get amongst the medals were therefore few, and our
 hopes for a team place rested mainly on our Over 60 trio of Chris Owens,
 Gordon Whitson and Rob Wise. Alas, they just missed out in 4th place, though
 Chris did succeed in taking home the individual M65 bronze. Gordon was one
 place behind. Our best performances otherwise came from Bonnie and Al
 Morgan, who were 7th W40 and 6th M40 respectively.   

 Women  3.8 miles
 1   Gina Galbraith (HW)    23.38  (1st W40)
 51  Bonnie Morgan (Rane)   27.55  (7th W40)
 110 Carol Aikin            32.09  (13th W50)

 Men Over 60  3.8 miles
 1   John Foss (SLH)        23.38  (1st M60)
 26  Chris Owens (Rane)     26.01  (3rd M65)
 29  Gordon Whitson         26.25  (4th M65)
 42  Rob Wise               27.19  (14th M60) 

 M60 teams (3 to score)
 1   South London H          7                
 4   Ranelagh H             43   

 Men 40-59  5.64 miles
 1   Martin Shore (TH&H)    31.14  (1st M40)
 12  Alyn Morgan (Rane)     34.28  (6th M40)
 23  Kris Davidson          35.26  (12th M40)
 37  Paul Doyle             36.58  (14th M50)
 58  Stewart Anderson       38.50  (21st M50)
 70  William Griffin        40.04  (25th M50)
 77  Marcus Atkins          41.14  (13th M55)

 M50 teams (3 to score)
 1   South London H         20                
 7   Ranelagh H             75   

 SOUTH OF ENGLAND CROSS-COUNTRY RELAYS  Saturday 20th October at Wormwood
 The delightful surroundings of Wormwood Scrubs were once again the venue for
 the South of England Relays. We contested only the women’s race, with one
 official A team and one non-scoring B team. Becky Curtis-Hall led out for
 the As and brought us home well placed in 17th place out of 40+ starters.
 Marie Synnott-Wells maintained 17th place, setting it up for Suzy Whatmough
 to gain four places on the anchor. The unofficial Bs - Becky Northmore,
 Marianne Malam and Niamh Holt – were placed in the 20s after two stages.   

 1   Wycombe Phoenix H&AC   34.48      
 13  Ranelagh Harriers (A)  38.46      
     Becky Curtis-Hall    17    12.42
     Marie Synnott-Wells  17    13.46   
     Suzy Whatmough       13    12.18
 n/s Ranelagh Harriers (B)  43.47      
     Rebecca Northmore    24    13.55  
     Marianne Malam       24    14.32  (n/s)
     Niamh Holt           n/s   15.20   

 JUNGFRAU MARATHON  Saturday 8th September at Interlaken, Switzerland
 Ben Shore reports:
 “On a beautiful sunny morning at the beginning of September, I ran (and
 walked) the Jungfrau marathon, starting in the Swiss town of Interlaken and
 ending an epic 2400 metres up the iconic Jungfrau mountain - just beneath
 the north face of the Eiger.

 I had travelled to Switzerland with two friends from my days as an English
 language assistant in Japan. They were both in good shape and aiming for sub
 5 hours. My training had been poor and I had spent most of August agonising
 about whether I could even complete the course. But a few semi-successful
 long runs had sown a seed of confidence that it might be possible. The route
 climbs gently for 25kms, then ascends for 1400m in 17kms. Some of the climb
 is runnable, other sections involve  scrambling on rock.  

 My training had been so poor, I decided to run-walk the whole thing. This
 turned out well, at least initially. The first 25kms were a pure joy and I
 was accelerating all the way from Interlaken, through the beautiful
 waterfall-filled valley of Lauterbrunnen where the real ascent begins. 2
 hours 20 mins to 25k. ‘I might go under 5 hours here’ I thought. How naive.
 After 25k, the course enters a series of lung-bustingly steep switchbacks
 climbing for 5kms to the ski resort of Wengen. The switchbacks nearly broke
 me. I could hardly walk, let alone run. A depressing collision with reality.
 My desperate efforts to get some distance in the final 6 weeks of training
 meant I had done no threshold work. I simply had no puff.

 But I made it, somehow, to Wengen, where the views across the Lauterbrunnen
 valley were so beautiful my mood lifted. This was 32k and I  had been
 running for 3.5 hours. Not much longer I thought! Only 10k...how long can it
 take? Turns out, 10k can take a long time walking up a mountain. I passed
 glaciers, heard endless cow bells (nice at first, murder-inducing after 5
 hours) and was served hot bouillon soup along the way. The highlight was a
 troupe of traditional Swiss horn players at 39k. The sound is a stirring
 single note, like a call to battle. And despite extreme fatigue, I knew then
 I'd make it. 

 As ever with a marathon, the final kms are the most vivid in memory. At 40k
 we had to run over a thin narrow path of shale, just a few feet from a sheer
 drop. By this point I was stopping every 30 seconds to catch my breath. And
 then a left turn, and what's this? People are running again, and there is
 cheering. I had assumed it would be a crucifying climb right to the end, but
 no. I scrambled through a narrow crack in a ridge, was handed a piece of
 chocolate by one of the brilliant volunteers and saw a downhill(!) tarmac
 path ahead. Eyes now welling up, I tried to run but could only make it 30
 seconds at a time. And then round a small lake and finally the finish line
 in sight. 

 When I crossed the finish, I sat in a wet bog, with no other space
 available. My time was atrocious: 5 hours 50 minutes. I hadn't been fit
 enough. And despite what many runners have said about the Jungfrau , even
 the scenery didn't compensate completely. A failure is a failure. And yet, I
 enjoyed the experience and felt a thrill to be running a long distance
 again. As I've reflected since, I've begun to feel an enthusiasm about
 running, after years of slog. Perhaps that's the gift of the Jungfrau. That,
 and the sausage and beer at the end.” 

 BERLIN MARATHON  Sunday 16th September
 One more RH in Berlin:
 7508 Liam Griffin             3:37.25

 1   J Baker (Chich)           1:14.15
 7   Duncan Mallison           1:27.02 

 ROYAL PARKS HALF MARATHON  Sunday 14th October in Hyde Park
 1   S Farah (N&EB)            1:10.52
 12  Carl Assmundson           1:15.54
 92  Kris Davidson             1:23.23
 141 Andrew Kew                1:24.56  

 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles  Sunday 14th October on Wimbledon Common  
 1   H Waring (Milo)           33.07
 21  Steve Aikin               39.45 

 RICHMOND AUTUMN RIVERSIDE 10km  Saturday 20th October
 1   W Cook (unatt)            36.22
 84  Emma Wellham              49.47

 ABINGDON MARATHON  Sunday 21st October 
 1   M Bialagonski (Bristol)   2:26.56
 22  Allan Whatmough           2:47.55

 CHELMSFORD MARATHON  Sunday 21st October
 1   S Jackson (Elvert)        2:34.17
 19  James Whistler            2:59.28

 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.     

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