Newsdesk 2019

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 556           13th September 2019
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Opening run of our 139th season
 *  Sue Sinclair wins the Thomas Cup
 *  Fastest times by James Riley and Megan de Silva
 *  Ranelagh juniors finish 2nd in the handicap series
 *  Tom Fairbrother runs 71.05 Half Marathon 
 *  Endurance Officials course
 *  Coming up – Surrey Road Relays on September 14th, Southern Relays on
     September 22nd, Page Cup 5 miles handicap on September 28th 

 Please note that all access to and from the clubhouse must be via our new
 gate from the public footpath. Please do not cross the pub car park under
 any circumstances.  

 Gordon Whitson writes:
 “A new email address has been created for all email correspondence sent to
 Gordon Whitson in his capacity as Hon Secretary of the club. It is
 Please would you direct all messages for the Hon Secretary to this new email
 Thank you.
 Gordon Whitson”

 Andy Hayward, Owner & Head Brewer of Thames Side Brewery writes:
 “The Thames Side Brewery & Tap Room is now open for business. We have moved
 the brewing equipment from our old cramped premises to a stunning new
 location right on the River Thames next to Staines Bridge. For those
 training for a marathon we are a convenient 20 mile run along the river from
 the clubhouse. What better way to rehydrate and refuel after a long run?!
 The brewery area and tasting area are on the ground floor, and there is a
 lovely relaxing lounge bar upstairs. And………..the upstairs lounge is painted
 out in Ranelagh colours. Come and see us. For more info see here:. 

 Just for a change we are not hosting these championships this year. Instead
 they are to be held at Morden Park. All Surrey-qualified men over 40 and
 women over 35 are eligible to take part and there are medals to be won in
 5-year categories. Men over 60 and all women will run a 6km course at 2.15pm
 and the rest of the men will run 10km at 3pm. For entries women should
 contact the team manager Phil Aiken (see below), while the men’s entries are
 being organised by Stewart Anderson. Contact Stewart:.    

 Mike Peace writes:
 “On Wednesday 11th September Mike Peace (Ranelagh's only surviving London
 Marathon Ever-Present) set off to run the Coast to Coast trail (established
 by Alfred Wainwright). 
 The trail wanders across the North of England from St Bees Head (Cumbria) to
 Robin Hood's Bay (N. Yorkshire) and is almost 200 miles in length. It will
 also involve nearly 29,000 ft of ascents and almost the same in descents.
 With almost no sense Mike and Bob Small (formerly of Met Police AC) will not
 be trying to break any speed records but with a combined age of 141 years
 they might be the oldest pair to attempt running the whole distance -
 expecting to take about 2 weeks.

 They are running in aid of Rowcroft Hospice and would welcome any donations
 or sponsorship friends and running colleagues may offer. If you would like
 to support them then please contact them directly or visit here:.”

 Neil Rae writes
 “In June I went on my first ever running retreat, courtesy of Group
 Evolution Retreats. It really was an eye opener. Here is my review.

 Chateau de la Motte Henry is situated in the northern Loire, near Laval. It
 is easy to get to, with direct flights to Rennes and Nantes from London
 airports. We got picked up on arrival and transferred to the Chateau
 (transfers within the price). On arrival the Chateau and grounds were much
 more beautiful and imposing than I expected, even having looked at the
 website (http://www.groupevolution.com). Set in over 9 hectares the main
 Chateau has two lounges, a dining room and enough bedrooms to sleep 36
 people. The social spaces are impressive, immaculately furnished and with
 well-preserved period features – it’s luxurious but not too over the top
 that it loses its homely feel. There is a well-equipped gym, 25 metre heated
 outdoor swimming pool, a gorgeous lake and a beautiful trail around the
 grounds for running, walking or exploring. 

 Our running coach for the retreat was British long-distance Olympian and
 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, Liz Yelling. We were made welcome
 straight away and Liz spent time with each of us and got to know us, which
 made the retreat seem more personal. We were not coached as such, although
 Liz was at pains to ask if we wanted any input, so this was a two-way thing.
 Liz was relaxed and her insights informative and entertaining, she helped
 the group gel well.

 The runs were varied, including a group run and optional second run each
 day. The group run was on trails, towpaths and tracks, but always away from
 traffic. We did have to travel to these runs and it might have been nicer to
 have some more runs setting off from the Chateau itself, but all the runs
 themselves were great, especially the long run along the towpath of the
 River Mayenne itself. Runs were designed to be flexible to runners of all
 abilities and often included sections which could extend the distance of the
 run and its level of difficulty. The optional runs at the end of each day
 were much more local and included an orientation run on the first day,
 repeats around the Chateau’s running trail and a speed session on a nearby
 athletics track.

 In addition to the running program, a number of other activities were
 included. Each guest had a 1-1 sports science assessment, conducted on-site.
 This was either a comprehensive gait analysis (including anatomical gait,
 walking and running biomechanics), functional fitness assessment or VO2 Max
 test. I had the gait analysis and this was both interesting and informative,
 with a detailed video and report prepared, highlighting the key findings and
 suggesting ways to improve.

 Two yoga and meditation sessions were included, one was conducted in the
 spacious yoga studio in the Chateau and the other on the deck over the lake.
 Not having done yoga before I found these sessions challenging but also
 really interesting and the instructor tailored the session both to our
 abilities and to make them relevant for runners, so that they had genuine
 value. Finally, we were given the choice to have a seminar on a topic of our
 choice and this ended up being a Q&A style session with Liz. It was great to
 hear about her training regime and get some tips on how to balance a busy
 schedule with training.

 Although there was a written plan for the whole break and we did do a lot, I
 did not feel rushed and there was ample opportunity for free time. Nothing
 was compulsory, you could easily miss an activity, and we had plenty of time
 to explore the grounds, use the gym and pool or read a book in the rose
 garden. The hosts, staff and Liz made us feel welcome from moment one and
 this relaxed environment helped us really gel as a group. We all got on
 well, evidenced by several late night discussions and the plentiful wine
 that flowed.   
 It was a highly enjoyable break, doing something I love in amazing
 surroundings and in the company of great people. I highly recommend it.” 

 Hon Sec Gordon Whitson writes:
 “Would you be interested in becoming a UK Athletics certified Level 1 or
 Level 2 Endurance Official, qualified to officiate at cross country and road
 race events? Ranelagh has an acute shortage of certified officials which
 unless addressed will increasingly affect the club’s ability to stage events
 such as Surrey League cross country races and our open road races as England
 Athletics continues to tighten its event licencing criteria.

 The first stage on the pathway to becoming a certified UK Athletics
 Endurance Official is to attend the Risk Assessment and Level 1 Endurance
 Official Courses. The next courses in an accessible location are being held
 at Lewes Athletics Clubhouse, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2XG on Sunday 29
 September starting at 11.00am. I have signed up to attend and it would be
 great to have some company from the club. The two courses cost a total of
 £30 and the Club will reimburse these fees.

 If you are interested in finding out more visit the England Athletics site
 here:  where you can sign up for
 the courses and find details on both the courses and additional practical
 experience required to obtain certified status. If you wish to discuss
 further with me please email me ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com
 or call on 07583542050.

 Gordon Whitson.”

 Our supplier for club singlets, men’s and women’s,. is iProsports. Details
 and orders: https://www.iprosports.co.uk/club-zone/ranelagh-harriers/

 Don’t forget that we meet for a casual drink after training on the first
 Tuesday of each month. Venue is 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. 

 Our provisional winter fixture list is now up on our website here:. 
 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 14th September  Surrey County Road Relays at Wimbledon Park. Start
 time 12 noon.   

 Sunday 22nd September   South of England Road Relays at Crystal Palace

 Saturday 28th September   Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 3pm

 Saturday 12th October  Surrey League men and women both at Priory Park,
 Reigate. Women at 11am, men at 3.30pm. 

 Sunday 13th October   Cabbage Patch 10 miles road race – entries closed

 Saturday 19th October   Surrey County Masters Championship at Morden Park –
 see above
 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

 OPENING RUN and THOMAS CUP 3.85 miles handicap  Saturday 7th September in
 Richmond Park 
 This was the Opening Run of our 139th season, and as is now traditional it
 included the handicap race for the Thomas Cup. A good crowd assembled for
 the annual club photo see here:
 and 67 members took part in the race. The first starter in the handicap was
 guest Jo Kinchlea (Pat Hewlett’s daughter) and she was never seen by the
 rest of the field. But as a guest she was not eligible for the trophy.
 Equally isolated as the next finisher (and eligible to win the Cup) was Sue
 Sinclair. She crossed the line almost two minutes clear of silver medallist
 Rebecca Bissell who in turn was over half a minute ahead of third-placed Ian
 Keith. Sue’s victory ensured the ornate Cup remains in the custody of the
 Sinclair family for another year, daughter Eilidh having won last year.

 Jo Peace finished 4th, Alastair Sinclair was 5th and Anna Reichwald 6th and
 then Amrut Sharma led a remarkable pack of 48 finishers within two minutes –
 a great job by new handicapper Si Martin. Fastest time went to James Riley
 with 22.12 , battling in with Rich Kimber who recorded 22.32. Third best was
 James Whistler’s 22.51. Fastest woman was Megan de Silva on 24.27, ahead of
 Suzy Whatmough’s 26.06 and Cecily Day’s 28.20. 

 Here’s a little history for you. The Thomas Cup is named after Sid Thomas,
 one of the most outstanding runners in Ranelagh’s history. Sid was a
 multiple world record holder and won the trophy in a match race against Will
 Parry of Salford Harriers in May 1889. Sid presented the Cup to the club in
 1890 and it was first competed for in 1891. Author Warren Roe includes this
 account of the race in his booklet about Thomas’s life:    

 “Amateur running matches were few and far between so the 10 miles match
 between Sid Thomas and Will Parry caused quite a stir. The Old Trafford
 Grounds, Manchester, were mutually agreed as the venue and the race would
 take place on May 10th 1889. As usual in the pedestrian era both runners
 went into strict training, Sid Thomas with the famous pedestrian and
 trainer, Jack White ‘The Gateshead Clipper’, at the Stamford Bridge Grounds
 in Chelsea and Parry by the pedestrian Bryden.

 Thomas and his party were quartered at the Douglas Hotel where according to
 the Sporting Life correspondent the Ranelagh Harrier looked as cool as a
 cucumber and in the best of trim. The supporters of Parry were equally
 confident and said to be cock-a-hoop over the chances of their champion. At
 various sporting ‘resorts’ Parry was ruled as a red hot favourite, 6-4 being
 freely laid on him.

 The atmosphere of the ground reminded many of the pedestrian matches held in
 Manchester a quarter of a century earlier. The evening weather was fine and
 the track in superb condition. Among the crowd were a number of well-known
 amateur athletes and retired pedestrians, including John Brighton (the
 Norwich Milkboy) who had prepared the track and Bill Lang (the Crowcatcher),
 an old adversary of Jack White.

 The runners were set of at the prescribed time and Parry led through the
 first mile in 4mins 47secs and the second in 9mins 52secs. The difference in
 their respective styles was remarkable, Parry moving in his well-known
 lurching stride while Thomas ambled around looking ready to pounce at any
 time, which just before three miles he did. Parry took on the challenge but
 was soon suffering from ‘stitch’ and stopped just before four miles and
 three quarters. Thomas continued on and finished in a time of 54mins 55
 2/5secs, winning a silver cup valued at £25.”

 And of course that very Cup is the one Sid subsequently donated to the club
 and for which we now compete as the Thomas Cup.  
                                   H'cap     H'cap    Actual   Speed
                                   Time      Allow     Time    Order
      Jo Kinchlea          (L)(G)  14.37     27.30     42.07     61 
  1   Sue Sinclair         (L)     15.28     20.40     36.08     52 
  2   Rebecca Bissell      (L)     17.18     13.00     30.18     33 
  3   Ian Keith                    17.56     12.40     30.36     37 
  4   Jo Peace                     18.22      6.30     24.52     13 
  5   Alastair Sinclair            19.09     12.40     31.49     42 
  6   Anna Reichwald       (L)     19.13     11.50     31.03     40 
  7   Amrut Sharma                 19.32     11.00     30.32     35 
  8   Dave Kew                     19.34     12.20     31.54     43 
  9   Louis Randall                19.38      4.10     23.48      7 
 10   Gavin Hillhouse              19.39     10.10     29.49     32 
 11   James Whistler               19.41      3.10     22.51      3 
      Sam Davidson            (G)  19.42      4.40     24.22     11 
 12   James Ritchie                19.43      4.30     24.13     10 
 13   Cecily Day           (L)     19.50      8.30     28.20     23 
 14   Bronwen Northmore    (L)     19.55     22.00     41.55     60 
      James Russell           (G)  20.01      9.00     29.01     28 
 15   Martin Harris                20.04      6.20     26.24     17 
 16   Stewart Anderson             20.04      5.10     25.14     14 
      Anthony Taylor          (G)  20.05      6.50     26.55     19 
 17   Suzy Whatmough       (L)     20.06      6.00     26.06     16 
 18   John Shaw                    20.07      4.00     24.07      9 
 19   Ian Grange                   20.08     10.30     30.38     38 
 20   David Lawley                 20.09      3.00     23.09      5 
 21   Marianne Malam       (L)     20.09      8.40     28.49     27 
 22   Claire Warner        (L)     20.11     11.10     31.21     41 
 23   Jarryd Hillhouse             20.13      6.20     26.33     18 
 24   Katie Walton         (L)     20.21     22.40     43.01     62 
 25   Mike Peace                   20.25      9.00     29.25     30 
 26   Megan de Silva       (L)     20.27      4.00     24.27     12 
 27   Julian Holden                20.31     20.40     41.11     59 
 28   Andy Starr                   20.31      2.50     23.21      6 
 29   Richard Kimber               20.32      2.00     22.32      2 
 30   James Riley                  20.32      1.40     22.12      1 
 31   Hadi Khatamizadeh            20.34      8.40     29.14     29 
      Felix Von Schubert      (G)  20.34     11.30     32.04     44 
 32   Clare Day            (L)     20.35     13.00     33.35     48 
 33   Stephen Aikin                20.36      7.50     28.26     24 
 34   Edward Forbes                20.38      2.30     23.08      4 
 35   Chris Camacho                20.39     14.20     34.59     50 
 36   Euan Sinclair                20.41      6.30     27.11     20 
 37   Rebecca Northmore    (L)     20.42      7.50     28.32     25 
 38   Rue Turner                   20.44      9.50     30.34     36 
 39   Phil Roberts                 20.45      8.00     28.45     26 
 40   Rachel Revett        (L)     20.53      8.50     29.43     31 
 41   Lloyd Camp                   20.54     12.00     32.54     45 
 42   Perry Rendell                20.55      9.30     30.25     34 
      Ella Stanbrook       (L)(G)  21.03     15.40     36.43     54 
 43   Paula Maguire        (L)     21.04     15.40     36.44     55 
 44   Clive Naish                  21.10     17.00     38.10     56 
 45   Alex Ring                    21.13      4.10     25.23     15 
      Ben Rushby              (G)  21.13     14.10     35.23     51 
      Sarah Moran          (L)(G)  21.26     24.00     45.26     64 
 46   Finlay Sinclair              21.27      6.20     27.47     22 
 47   Jonathan Smith               21.30      2.30     24.00      8 
 48   Carol Aikin          (L)     21.43     11.40     33.23     47 
 49   Sally Bamford        (L)     21.50     11.30     33.20     46 
      Emily Lawson         (L)(G)  22.19     24.00     46.19     65 
      Lara Ditzel          (L)(G)  22.22     17.50     40.12     58 
 50   Kevin Knowles                22.32      8.30     31.02     39 
 51   Richard Willoughby           22.43      4.50     27.33     21 
 52   Jackie Dunkley       (L)     22.48     17.00     39.48     57 
 53   Eilidh Sinclair      (L)     24.10     12.20     36.30     53 
      Sam Rushby              (G)  25.21      8.30     33.51     49 
 54   Allan Lang                   26.12     22.20     48.32     66 
      Clare Kearns         (L)(G)  26.16     24.10     50.26     67 
 55   Alan Davidson                28.02     15.10     43.12     63 
 Hawker Centre
 As usual for the sixth and final event of the series numbers were a little
 down, but still there were 53 finishers. 11 of these were representing
 Ranelagh and despite some good performances we were pushed back to 3rd team
 on the day behind the dominating Flaming Penguins and Coombe Hill School.
 Overall, though, we held on to second place. As has often been the case, we
 produced the fastest runners of the day, headed by Alistair Brendon (son of
 former member Tom Brendon) who flew round in a time of 6.33. Bertie Thomas
 was also inside 7 minutes as the second fastest with 6.55 and third spot was
 filled by James Rushby on 7.05.

 In the individual scoring over the series Ben Rushby was our top finisher in
 5th place followed by Cian O’Brien 6th, Tate Lawler 8th and James Ricketts

 1   R Garrett (unatt)        17.03  (actual time 9.03)
 7   Alistair Brendon         18.33  (6.33)
 19  Angus O’Brien            19.20  (8.20)
 30  Nathaniel Bond           19.47  (8.17)
 31  Cian O’Brien             19.49  (10.49)
 34  Ned Thomas               19.54  (7.24)
 35  Bertie Thomas            19.55  (6.55)   
 38  Ellis Macmillan          19.59  (9.29)
 39  James Rushby             20.05  (7.05)
 42  Ben Rushby               20.25  (8.55)
 48  James Ricketts           20.56  (10.56)
 50  Gemima Goulding          21.14  (11.44)

 1   Flaming Penguins         31  (overall 304 – 1st)
 2   Coombe Hill Sch          20  (53 – 4th)
 3   Ranelagh Harriers        17  (181 – 2nd)
 4   The Stragglers RC        15  (112 – 3rd)
 5   Lovelace Sch             11  (24 – 5th)
 10 schools and clubs took part
 GUSBOURNE 5km and 10km  Sunday 21st July
 Eirin McDowd and Keeley Philips registered a brace of victories in the 5km,
 though at the cost of a torn calf for Eirin. Herbie was 2nd in the 10km.
 1   Eirin McDowd             19.26
 10  Keeley Philips           28.25  (1st woman)

 1   B Williams (unatt)       36.05
 2   Mark Herbert             37.49

 DOWN TOW UP FLOW HALF MARATHON  Sunday 28th July at Marlow
 1   F Nugent (Dulwich)       1:17.00
 351 Sally Bamford            2:04.40 
 368 Paula Maguire            2:07.13    

 ENGLEFIELD 10km  Sunday 25th August
 1   M Green (Newbury)        41.02
 43  Paul Wapshott            54.15

 LGN’S INTER-ADVERTISING 5k  Thursday 29th August in London
 Several Ranelagh Harriers competed for their respective advertising
 agencies, with some success. Tom Fairbrother was the overall winner
 representing Ovo-Kaluza in an excellent 15.41 while Rick Jenner was the
 first over 40.

 1   Tom Fairbrother          15.41
 9   Rich Kimber              17.10
 14  Rick Jenner              17.36
 33  Michael Everard          18.23       

 NIGHT OF THE MAD MILES  Thursday 29th August at Ewell
 Race 4
 1   K Newman (Tadworth)      4:59.3
 6   Marianne Malam           6:26.9

 Race 6
 1   G Smith (Collingwood)    5:10.9
 12  Vaughan Ramsay           5:45.3
 13  Suzy Whatmough           5:51.1

 Race 7
 1   O Garrod (SLH)           4:46.3
 2   Dave Lawley              4:53.6
 6   Ed Perry                 5:01.3
 9   Mark Herbert             5:08.9

 Race 8
 1   J Stone (SHAEF)          4:44.2
 4   Ted Mockett              4:54.3

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5k  Friday 30th August in Hyde Park
 1   S Pearce-Higgins (TVH)   15.58
 256 Alan Davidson            30.36  

 A big PB for Tom Fairbrother just three days after running his best 5k.  

 1   R Corney (Reading RR)    67.53
 6   Tom Fairbrother          71.05

 1   D Searle (unatt))        35.10
 217 Roger Wallace            56.22

 RUN THROUGH VICTORIA PARK 10k  Saturday 7th September
 1   E McDonagh (unatt)       35.35
 132 Roger Wallace            54.57

 TAURON MOUNTAIN RUNNING FESTIVAL Saturday 7th September at Krynica Górska,
 Szymon Chojnacki  reports:
 “The 10th Mountain Race Festival in Krynica Górska has gone down in history,
 as the colleague at the instigation of whom I started assured me, the event
 was really great. Starting from various types of runs through the
 performances of music bands, lectures by famous runners, and ending with
 stands with running articles. My start took place on 7 September at 11:30,
 in Minsk on Poprad on the Slovak side, at 9:05 buses from Krynica Górska
 started where about 1,000 runners took to the starting line. I started the
 race quite hard, because I covered the first 5km in about 20 minutes, then
 not a big ascent began, followed by a huge ascent to the ski lift. The first
 checkpoint without much fatigue, I don't go on refilling fluids, the route
 is generally very demanding +1520 / -1380. After the second convergence legs
 suffer cruelly and feel, on very flat on the 3rd checkpoint I supplement
 softflasks, pour cold water on my head and run. Two people overtake me on
 the way, the end of the race is practically the fugitive. We run down to the
 place from which the buses took us and running between the barriers and
 flags closer and closer to the finish, I manage to catch up with the top
 player, but unfortunately I can't keep up the pace. Finally, I finish the 35
 km run in 8th place and 2nd in the m30 category. I am very pleased with
 myself because I assumed to be around 3h and 30min, and I ran in 3h and

 1   P Kacper (Poland)     2:47.29
 8   Szymon Chojnacki      3:04.02

 GREAT NORTH RUN  Sunday 8th September at Gateshead
 1    Mo Farah (N&EB)           59.07
 1237 Dave Muckersie          1:33.08
 1844 Alun Thomas             1:36.48
 2203 John Rose               1:38.21
 3027 Kathy Henry             1:41.32
 3958 Melanie Thomas          1:56.31                 

 Chris Read reports:
 “Today I ran the Chippenham Half Marathon in Wiltshire.  The course is
 pleasant and scenic but undulating.  The first few miles are on closed
 roads.  The weather was perfect for running with bright sunshine but cool
 temperatures. I completed the run in a (for me) respectable time of
 1.53.22.  I enjoyed the race but I think it is too far from London for me to
 run it regularly.”

 1   T Merson (Devon)         1:06.09
 483 Chris Read               1:53.22 

 BACCHUS HALF MARATHON  Sunday 8th September at Denbies, Dorking
 Deborah Blakemore comments on Facebook:
 “How much fun can you have at a half marathon dressed as Minnie Mouse!
 Thumbs up to the Bacchus Half at Denbies.”

 1    M Oliver (unatt)        1:01.22
 19   Ben Johnson             1:52.52
 615  Hadi Khatamizadeh       3:10.24
 616  Aoife Kilpatrick        3:10.24
 1213 Deborah Blakemore       4:40.46 

 RUN THROUGH CHASE THE SUN OLYMPIC PARK 10k  Wednesday 11th September
 1   K Krikitos (LCAC)        35.51
 209 Roger Wallace            52.56

 parkrun results...
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 the “Previously” link at the bottom of the parkrun screen to access previous
 weeks’ results.     

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