Newsdesk 2019

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 557           27th September 2019
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Ranelagh men finish 10th in the Surrey Road Relays
 *  Ranelagh women finish 44th in the South of England Road Relays
 *  Ryan Hogan runs 2:48 debut marathon
 *  Eirin McDaid wins Bedgebury Twilight 10k
 *  Ted Mockett finishes 2nd in the Goodwood 20 miles
 *  Kris Davidson and Bruce McLaren complete the Mont Blanc ultra
 *  Coming up this Saturday: Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park
 *  Opening League races on 12th October
 *  Surrey Masters Championships at Morden Park on 19th October. Entries in
     advance required.

 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.

 PAGE CUP 5 miles HANDICAP  Saturday 28th September in Richmond Park
 This is the second of this season’s handicap races. All members are welcome
 to take part, register on the day.
 Andy Bickerstaff adds:
 ‘Start time is 3pm, if you want to run please turn up in plenty of time at
 the clubhouse to get your handicap, i.e. before 2:30! The course will only
 be marked with flags for the second half as you turn away from the Pen Ponds
 so please familiarise yourself with the first part as it will be sparingly
 marshalled if at all. So: go down Queens Ride and bear left at the bottom as
 sual following the mob match course across the road up the hill and down
 again. At this point do NOT go right up the hill (where Ivan usually stands)
 but follow the edge of the wood on the main track passing the car park on
 your left and heading towards the centre of Pen Ponds where Ivan will direct
 you onto the flagged section of the course.”
 More info including course map here:.

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUES  Saturday 12th October at Reigate Priory Park
 Our men’s team were relegated to Division 2 last winter while our women
 retained a mid-field position in Division 1. Both leagues are due to have
 their opening race at Reigate on Saturday 12th October. The schedule is:
 Women’s Division 1 3.75m at 11am  -  this is our senior women’s race
 Girls Under 15 and Under 17  2.5m at 12 noon
 Girls Under 13  2m at 12.30pm
 Women’s Division 2  3.75m at 1pm -  we are not involved with this race
 Men’s Division 2  5m at 2pm

 More info about the women’s races here:.
 More info about the men’s race here:.
 All members are welcome to take part, register on the day.

 Note that there will be no boys’ races at Reigate. They will take place with
 the men’s Division 1 race at Effingham Common.

 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. Men please contact Stewart by 9th
 October: mailto:stewartjanderson@hotmail.com. Stewart adds: “For each
 entrant, I will need their EA number, date of birth plus confirmation
 whether qualifying for Surrey county on basis of RESIDENCE or BIRTH.” For a
 full definition of Surrey, see: and page down. The
 Surrey officials are looking for marshals on the day at Morden Park. Please
 reply to this note if you’d like to help.

 Our first mob match of the season is at home in Richmond Park on Saturday
 2nd November against Orion Harriers. Start will be at 2.30pm.  As usual we
 need as many runners as possible to make up the sort of “mob” we will need
 if we are to take the Lee Cup. Put the date in your diary now. The race also
 incorporates our club veterans championships. 

 Any Ranelagh Harriers looking for a race on Saturday 5th October are invited
 by South London Harriers to enter this 5 miles cross-country event at
 Coulsdon. Details:.

 RANELAGH HARRIERS SOCIAL COMMITTEE cordially invites you to the 2019
 Christmas Party.
 Saturday 7th December, 6:30pm until midnight at
 The Albert Pub
 57 Kingston Hill, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 7PX
 0208 546 7669
 Three course meal and DJ
 Dress code: Smart casual.
 Cost is £45. You need to book AND pay to be on the final list. Limit is 90
 For menu, go to and click on
 ‘Christmas Feast’.
 For more info and booking please contact Michele Gibson.
 e-mail micheleagibson@hotmail.com or call Michele on 07703 518956.
 Cheques: payable to Ranelagh Harriers
 BACS:  to Ranelagh Harriers, SC 40 13 10, A/C 12154501, Ref ‘XMAS + Your

 Suzy Whatmough writes:
 “Ranelagh are entering three teams for next year’s Green Belt Relay, taking
 place on 16th-17th May. It’s a 22 stage relay race around 220 miles of the
 Green Belt around the outside of London. There are 11 people in each team,
 with each person running a stage on the Saturday and another stage on the
 Sunday. Please email Suzy Whatmough and Clare Fowler at ranelaghgbr@gmail.com if you’d like to join. For more information
 about the race, see.

 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”

 Our supplier for club singlets, men’s and women’s,. is iProsports. Details and orders:

 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 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 2pm.

 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

 SURREY ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 14th September at Wimbledon Park
 Rich Kimber reports:
 “Unforgiving is probably a fair description of the Surrey Road Relay course
 around Wimbledon Park. The hill that comes near the end of the first mile is
 usually described as "short and sharp". Halfway up it, you're in no doubt
 about the "sharp" bit; the "short" label seems less apt. So it was greatly
 to the team's credit that each member produced a well-paced run around the
 2.88-mile loop.

 I led us out in mid-pack obscurity as 9th scoring team (10th overall behind
 a non-scoring Herne Hill B team), and that was where we finished. In the
 middle stages we were overtaken by a few teams in a very strong field, but
 Ben Anderson produced a superb 15:19 in his first race of more than 800m in
 months to make up the places on the fourth leg, with Graham Brook taking one
 scalp on the fifth. Ben Shore and Michael Everard ran well on the second and
 third stages, and I doubled up to run the final leg. Our women also ran well
 with an incomplete team, especially Megan de Silva who ran third leg after
 Marie Synnott-Wells and Wiebke Kortum and gained seven places. Thanks to
 all, including Alan Hedger and  birthday boys Ken Powley and Gordon Whitson,
 for the stand-out support.

 A rash of last-minute injuries and diary clashes meant our vets team was a
 DNS. Next year we'll be back with a stronger presence all-round for this
 excellent event”.

 Senior Men
 1   South London H          1:29.26
 10  Ranelagh H              1:41.38  (9th Surrey)
       Richard Kimber   10     16.21
       Ben Shore        15     18.58
       Michael Everard  14     17.29
       Ben Anderson     11     15.19
       Graham Brook     10     16.34
       Richard Kimber   10     16.57

 Senior Women
 1   Thames H&H              1:10.32
 nf  Ranelagh H
       Marie Synnott-Wells  16  20.47
       Wiebke Kortum        16  20.23
       Megan de Silva        9  17.36

 We were represented only in the Senior Women’s race this year. From a field
 of 70 teams junior Izzy Atkins ran a mature opening stage to bring Ranelagh
 round in 41st position. Brand new member Helen Shires ran well to gain four
 places on lap 2. Claire Warner slipped back a little on lap 3 leaving Suzy
 Whatmough to regain four places and bring us home 44th.

 Senior Women
 1   Cambridge &C AC         1:04.30
 44  Ranelagh H              1:20.22
       Isabel Atkins        41  18.27
       Helen Shires         37  19.03
       Claire Warner        48  22.45
       Suzy Whatmough       44  20.05

 ULTRA TRAIL DU MONT BLANC  Friday 30th August  Courmayeur – Champex -
 Bruce McLaren reports:
 “Kris Davidson and I recently found ourselves on an early morning bus
 travelling thorough the Mont Blanc tunnel from Chamonix to Courmayeur with
 the intention of running back but in doing so running 101km and climbing
 over 6,000m.  It was only after I entered that I realised that works out as
 an average incline of 12%.  It was a beautiful day with hardly a cloud in
 sight as we set off up the first climb.  Starting at around 3,500ft we
 crested at something over 8,000ft - a climb of over 4,000ft in 5 miles and
 that was just the start.  Having tried and failed last year I came back with
 the intention of finishing and not bothering about how long it took so I
 felt I wasn’t pushing it although when I later looked at my split times I
 think every segment was quicker than last year.  Perhaps incorporating some
 hill training this year actually helped!

 Kris had started in Wave 1 so he was long gone and setting an impressive
 pace although he was to suffer some gastric issues later but still finished
 inside the top 250 out of around 2,200 starters.  The race is a stunner -
 six serious climbs all of which are over 3,000ft and usually relentless from
 start to finish but the views are spectacular and whilst the trail is
 technical in parts (ie unrunnable) in general the descents are manageable if
 your quads don’t give in.  It grew dark when I still had about 25km to go so
 I think I had six hours running by head torch which I always enjoy.  After
 the hell of the final climb to Tete aux Vents with its false summits I found
 myself at La Flegere, the final station before an 8km steep descent to the
 finish.  Having not been chasing a time I realised I had 65 minutes for the
 last 5 miles if I was to break 20 hours.  The race was on!  Fortunately the
 final leg came out around 4 miles so I was able to bag a sub 20 time and
 slipped inside the top 500.  The bad news is both Kris and I now have enough
 points to enter the 2020 ballot for the full course UTMB……to be continued?”

 1   L Hernando (Spain)       10:28.49
 247 Kris Davidson            17:18.37
 478 Bruce McLaren            19:49.44

 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles  Sunday 8th September on Wimbledon Common
 1   M Jones (TH&H)           30.15
 27  Martin Harris            37.33
 58  Rachel Revett            43.57

 The Richmond Runfest comprises four races, a 10k on Saturday morning, a
 “fun” 5k on Saturday evening and then a Half and Full Marathon on the
 Sunday. The official results don’t show club names so the following lists
 are probably incomplete. Several were tempted to run both Saturday races,
 led by Andy Starr.

 KEW GARDENS 10k  Saturday 14th September
 Andy Starr was the third M40.

 1   S Overall (B&B)          30.02
 11  L Locks (Fleet)          36.31  (1st woman)
 13  Andy Starr               36.36  (3rd M40)
 80  Daniel Little            40.28
 129 Kathy Henry              42.39
 163 Alun Thomas              43.22
 341 Kirsty Steel             46.37
 511 James Old                48.48
 733 Roger Wallace            51.23
 892 Jon Lear                 52.56

 SUNDOWN 5k  Saturday 14th September
 A good showing by Ranelagh in the fun race: Andy Starr and Simon Beal were
 first and second M40s, Vaughan Ramsay was first M45, Michael Morris was
 first M50 and Keeley Phillips was third W40.

 1   J Hall (unatt)           16.23
 5   Andy Starr               17.49  (1st M40)
 13  Simon Beal               19.06  (2nd M40)
 18  Vaughan Ramsay           19.37  (1st M45)
 26  Michael Morris           20.20  (1st M50)
 52  Matthew Beal             21.51
 110 Keeley Phillips          23.56  (3rd W40)
 218 Kathy Henry              27.09

 RICHMOND HALF MARATHON  Sunday 15th September at Kew
 1    P Owor (Belgrave)       1:11.35
 190  Philip Scard            1:35.50
 708  Simon Mason             1:49.53
 731  Rebecca Bissell         1:50.33
 1532 Verka Lafeuille         2:03.28
 1585 Roger Wallace           2:04.40
 1740 Ella Stanbrook          2:07.26

 RICHMOND MARATHON   Sunday 15th September at Kew
 Eirin McDaid’s protégé Ryan Hogan ran a very impressive first marathon in
 taking 4th place.

 1   C Thompson (AFD)         2:30.09
 4   Ryan Hogan               2:48.54
 108 Joe Peace                3:25.36

 Marie Synnott-Wells celebrated her birthday the day before by winning her
 new W55 age group. 

 1   J Tipper (unatt))        1:18.20
 97  Marie Synnott-Wells      1:46.51  (1st over 55)

 TWILIGHT 10k  Saturday 21st September at Bedgebury Forest

 Eirin McDaid writes on Facebook:
 “So went to Bedgebury Pinetum to walk Clover the dog this evening with
 Keeley Phillips where there happened to be a VERY HILLY Nice Work Twilight
 10k in which I had absolutely no interest in running after a tough parkrun
 this morning and just wanted to stand at watch. Keeley forced me to enter
 against my better judgement as I was not prepared at all both mentally and
 physically, also wearing a rugby training top, work shorts and trainers that
 I have had for six years and never ran in before tonight. BUT I can’t
 complain too much as I ended  up winning it in 37.48 official time, meaning
 I have raced 15km today. I definitely hit my higher heart rate zones this

 1   Eirin McDaid             37.48   

 WIMBLEDON QUARTER MARATHON  Saturday 21st September
 1   A Weir (TH&H)            39.16
 103 Danielle Croucher        58.14
 193 Cindy Croucher           81.40

 Ted Mockett ran strongly for second place a couple of minutes outside two
 hours, and was also the leading vet.

 1   C Bird (unatt)           2:01.16
 2   Ted Mockett              2:02.56  (1st M40)

 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. 

 1933 Women’s National Cross-Country at Warwick Racecourse: “169 Women
 runners!” Note the exclamation mark. Quote from the winner receiving her
 trophy: “Thanks awfully, it was jolly good.”

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