Newsdesk 2021

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 582      12th February 2021
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 Registration closes at midnight on Monday 15th February, so dont delay!
 The Qualifying Round of this nationwide Virtual Road Relay took place last month.
 With 128 clubs taking part our target was to finish in the top 50 and thereby qualify
 for the National Round. In this we were happily successful as our team finished in an 
 excellent 28th spot.
 Now to the National Round, which is already under way. The rules are fundamentally
 similar to those for the Qualifying Round any number of first-claim members
 can run, with the fastest four women and the fastest four men forming the  team.
 The distance to be run is 5 miles / 8.05 km. Competitors in the National Round
 need not have taken part in the Qualifying Round. All runners must register, and
 registration continues until Monday 15th February. Performances can be reported
 up to Sunday 21st February.  
 For more information and registration:  

 click here to view new competition rules for the National Round and
 click here to enter via OpenTrack. 
 Hon Sec Gordon Whitson writes:
 "Are you looking to contribute to Ranelagh Harriers? If so perhaps one of these two
 roles could be your way of helping out the club.
 1) Assistant Treasurer
 Deepa Sharma will be standing down at the AGM in July 2021 and we need to line up a
 Chris Read, our Treasurer, writes: The task of assistant treasurer is not very onerous.
  It involves the following:
 1.	Carrying out a monthly online review of payments to check that they are correct.
 2.	Preparing from online bank statements and submitting to the membership
  secretary a monthly list of subscriptions received.
 3.	Other ad hoc tasks such as serving as a cheque signatory, approving payments
  and banking cheques.
 The key skills needed by the assistant treasurer are to be comfortable using Excel and
 online banking.  I am happy to have a conversation with anyone who is interested to
 give them more information.
 2) Fixtures Secretary
 Rick Jenner indicated that he wished to stand down last year, but we are still
 looking for a replacement. Rick has prepared a job description:
 Primary responsibilities
 - Creation and maintenance of the club fixture list each year: the key races for
 the club including mob matches, club handicaps, Surrey League XC, and other local
 races of interest to members
 - Liaison with other clubs to arrange dates for mob matches, around other fixture

 commitments, and with Royal Parks to secure permission for all home races
 - Presentation of club fixtures to club members through all suitable channels,
 including website, social media etc., working with relevant people in other
 teams (e.g. marketing)
 - Working with other members of the committee / club on prioritisation and

 Other information
 - In recent years the definition of a fixture list and how it is communicated to the
 members has changed from a static document, to an organic, digital entity
 - There is lots of scope to further improve the communication to members which races
 the club would like to prioritise, who those races are suitable for and other races
 that members might be interested in taking part in
 - This should be seen as part of a wider shift to making races more accessible to
 more people of varying experience and ability, while recognising the historical
 importance of races such as mob matches
 - This role does not entail any organisation of the actual races themselves, other
 than helping ensure the dates chosen are suitable for all involved and, for home
 events, permission to hold them has been obtained from the Royal Parks Authority
 that manages Richmond Park.
 - The current Fixtures Secretary will happily give the new holder much help to get
 acquainted with the role
 - Like so many roles in the club, this should not be seen as a fixed role
 specification: it is what you want to make of it
 Could members interested in taking on either of these roles or wanting further
 information please contact Gordon Whitson, Hon Secretary, in the first instance
 via email at ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com 
 Note that we are also without a social secretary or secretaries. We normally
 organise half a dozen or so social events per year and these could be handled
 by one person or by a small team. Please get in touch if interested.  
 This comes from Nick Wright:
 Introducing my new 5km running game mobile app - carrot.run...
 I would like to invite all Ranelagh members to become some of the first consumers
 to download and play it in its beta form. And Its free! Essentially I have
 created a handicap method game, mixed it with social competition (private
 leagues) within a weekly 5km format. Runners follow their friends (like Strava),
 upload their best time for the week (before Sat 18:00), create their own private
 leagues (like WhatsApp groups) which are gamified within a points system (like
 a fantasy football league)...
 Runners can now compete anywhere, but together, on a level playing field, thanks
 to the Carrot Target Time method. Anyone can win. The app (on Apple and Android)
 is in final testing stage and is hopefully available for download next week.
 Have a look at the website / holding page. 
 1. Join the Strava group:
 2. Log your run and give it a catchy title.
 3. Give our segments a shot!
 4. Check back every week for highlights
 5. Note that Activity and Profile Privacy settings will need to be set to
 Everyone if you want the rundown team to be able to see your individual runs
 Follow us elsewhere on social:
 Twitter: @ranelaghharrier
 FB: Ranelagh Harriers
 Insta: @ranelaghharriers
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