Newsdesk 2021

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 585      29th April 2021
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  
 A fun, friendly relay done in teams over two days, with in person and virtual options.
 One for all abilities, plus opportunities for socialising afterwards. For more info
 and how to enter see:
 Closing date for registration is this Friday 30th April. 
 Susan Ritchie performed exceptionally well  in the South Downs 50 miler.
 She finished 3rd in the W50 group just 21 seconds inside 10 hours.
 DORNEY LAKE RACES   Sunday 18th April at Dorney Lake 
 Chris Read reports:
 'On Sunday 18 April 2021 I ran the Dorney Lake 10k.  The weather was bright, sunny
 and perfect for running.  The course was flat and fast.  In most respects the race
 was well organised although there was a long queue to collect numbers.
 Three of us ran the 10k  Rebecca Bissell 72nd in 48.22, Chris Read 97th in 51.58 
 and Carol Aikin 122nd in 55.51. Ian Keith opted for the Half Marathon distance where
 he finished 163rd in 1:47.23. 
 Narissa Vox crept steadily up towards a sub-hour 10k clocking with a PB 61.03 
 in the Richmond Park 10k while at the longer distances Karima Graham recorded a big
 PB at the Goodwood Marathon on Sunday 25th with a 4:34.00 clocking. 
 Jonny Smith put in another solid performance in the 10 miler with 57.03 for 3rd place.
 CHESHIRE ELITE MARATHON Sunday 25th April at Wrexham  
 Perhaps the run of the day came from Nick Twomey who ran a 6 minutes plus PB finishing
 83rd in 2:35.15 at the Cheshire Elite Marathon.   
 Simon Martin writes:
 Richmond RUNFEST race director, Tom Bedford, has provided a code for our members to
 get £10 off the race entry fee for the Kew Gardens 10k on Sunday 16 May. Any of our
 Ranelagh runners expecting to run sub 35 minutes (in either the AIR:RUN 10k on
 Saturday 15 May or the Kew Gardens 10k on Sunday 16 May) can start on the elite start.
 Please send me an email (simonmartin71@yahoo.com) at least a few days in advance of
 these races so I can make the necessary arrangements Details:
 Richmond RUNFEST have added another 10K inside Kew Gardens on Sunday 16th May and they
 would love to offer Ranelagh members a £10 discount to take part in this event.
 Every runner receives an amazing medal and cool T-shirt!
 As with RUNFEST's socially distanced 10k races in September last year, no spectators
 are allowed in the garden when the runners are running. However, after the event
 runners plus up to 4 family friends and children can join runners inside Kew Gardens.
 Runners will receive an amazing medal and cool T-shirt.Please use the following code
 to enter with a £10 discount: CLUBRUNNER10 (ALL CAPS)
 Here is the link  
 Simon Martin writes:
 Ranelagh Harriers is now an approved Sportsshoes family member! This means that our
 members can get a 10% discount off all orders at sportsshoes.com (including items that
 are already discounted) and free postage on all orders above £30.
 Ranelagh will have a unique discount code each month for use by our members.
 Please note that Sportsshoes has stated explicitly that we must NOT share our discount
 codes on social media.
 Ordinarily, when the clubhouse is open, we could put a note up on the noticeboard
 with the discount code each month. In the meantime, if anyone wants the discount code
 for a given month please email me (simonmartin71@yahoo.com ).
 Simon Martin writes:
 Rowan Axe, technical rep for Adidas Terrex, recently organised a trail shoes trial
 on a Tuesday evening. A number of runners from Advanced 1 & 2 had a fun and informative
 evening testing 3 different trail shoes.
 If any group(s) would also like to trial Adidas Terrex trail shoes one Tuesday evening
 please contact ranelagh.women@gmail.com who will assist with the arrangements.Rowan has
 provided a 20% discount code which can be used by Ranelagh members on the Adidas app:
 For more information, please visit adidas.co.uk/outdoor-trail_running
 DORKING 10 miles - later than usual on Sunday 11th July. Options of 10k or 10 miles
 on a very scenic road loop. The 10 mile race is a popular one amongst our runners
 since it is usually part of our summer road grand prix (TBC if some form of this
 will go ahead this year). Entries and info here: 
 As we don't know individual's circumstances, the club will extend the policy we
 applied last year on subscriptions:
 - we'd like those who can pay the full amount to do so, and we will register those
 who pay a full senior sub with EA-so they get the membership benefits listed here:
  - if you would find it difficult to pay, please pay what you can (or not) but keep
 taking part in training and club events. You won't be able to represent the club in
 public races unless you ask us, and send at least the EA fee - the cost is £15.
 The club gets no income at that level, so we will only do this if you are representing
 the club at County level or above. (typically Surrey cross country leagues, Surrey or
 Middlesex champs, or Inter-counties/National champs). You can still enter public races
 as an individual.
  - Ranelagh is financially stable, but has lost two thirds of its annual income in the
 last year as we have not been able to organise our popular 10k and half marathon races
 in 2020. What will be allowed in 2021 is still not clear - so please support us if you
 can, either by paying your subscription or supporting training and racing activities.
 Our club culture is worth much more than money - keep that going!
 - If you have any questions or queries on this please contact the membership secretary
 Chris Owens aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk)
 Fees for the 21\22 season are Senior £50, Family £90 (two Seniors+) Junior (u20) or
 student or second claim  £20, o60 AND Retired £25, non-running or outside M25
 (county member) £10. Please do a transfer to the Ranelagh account, as below,
 and add your name as we cannot see who has paid. 
 Beneficiary Bank:      HSBC
 Sort code:                 40-23-29
 Account Number       81109847
 Account name           Ranelagh Harriers
 Thursday evening track training at Osterley Park restarted on 15th April. For the
 first few weeks at least, sessions will run from 19:00 until 20:00. 
 As is the case with the Tuesday evening group training, the track sessions will
 operate within the guidelines set by England Athletics for a Covid 19 Secure Environment
 for so long as UKGov Covid restrictions apply. The key points are:
 1) Participants must pre-book a place on each session and provide contact details.
 Colin Brett will be coordinating the juniors group. 
 For the endurance group, an Eventbrite registration will be set up each week for the 
 following week's session.. 
 A fresh link will be distributed each Friday for the following Thursday's Endurance
 Places on the Endurance session will be limited initially to 25, although a waiting
 list will operate so please make sure you cancel if you can't come.
 Registration will open each Friday morning for the next Thursday session.
 2) The junior/speed group should remain socially distanced from the endurance group
 and will meet at the 100mts start whereas the endurance group will meet at the 100mts
 3) Participants within a group should adhere to social distancing rules before,
 during the warm up, and during the warm down exercises to minimise transmission risk.
 4) Any participant testing positive for Covid 19 or exhibiting symptoms within 5 days
 of attending a session should inform the session leader.
 5) Any parents or spectators should remain socially distanced from the participants
 other than their family members and may interact with them only before or after the
 The schedule of endurance sessions for the next 14 weeks has been posted on the Club
 website. The sessions will be led by one or more of Marcus Atkins, Dan Chiechi,
 Becky Curtis-Hall, Gordon Whitson with Maia Rushby providing backup.
 Any queries should be directed to ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com 
 Gordon Whitson
 The current England Athletics guidance for the return of athletics and running
 states that as from Monday 29 March 2021, organised training within a Covid secure
 environment may resume. This means that Ranelagh restarted organised group training
 on Tuesday 30 March 2021. Participation in group training sessions will be on a
 pre-booked basis only and all the restrictions that applied to our training sessions
 regarding social distancing during the summer of 2020 will again apply.
 Group leaders will doubtless be posting details via the established social media
 channels and all members wanting to take part in organised sessions are encouraged
 to look out for these details and to contact the group leaders directly if necessary.
 You are also reminded that unorganised training (uncoached in a non-Covid secure
 environment) has also resumed, which means members can run in small groups of up to
 6 runners at any time.
 John Herriott writes:
 Intermediate 2 are looking for help on a Tuesday evening. At the moment one of our
 coaches, Anna, is unable to assist as she has a long term back injury. Martin and I
 are looking for volunteers to help do the warm ups 2 or 3 times a month. You don't
 have to be UK Athletics qualified to do warm ups . All you need is some experience
 in doing stretching exercises and an enthusiastic personality! If you do have a UK
 Athletics Licence as a Leader or Coach and would like to help take a session every
 2 to 3 weeks then please also get in touch via ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com.
 Thank you.
 Were still looking for someone to take over the role of Fixtures Secretary.
 It's not an arduous job, most of the work being carried out in the Spring.
 The essential duty is the 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. It does NOT involve organising any of
 the races yourself!

 Could members interested in taking on this role or wanting further information
 please contact Gordon Whitson, Hon Secretary, in the first instance via email at ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com 
 We were very sorry to hear of the death last week of former member George Sheffield.  
 George was a regular competitor over many years, clocking up 33 mob match appearances
 between 1985 and 1999, and several London Marathons. Our condolences go to his family.  
 EALING HALF MARATHON  Sunday 26th September 
 John Herriott writes
 Encourage your friends to become an #EalingHalfPlus1 and enter Ealing Half Marathon
 2021 today. Our Covid Registration Policy (here) means that everyone can book with
 confidence with an option of a refund if the event does not go ahead.
 Gift a place, you can buy a place for someone you know or donate it to a cause or
 charity of your choice via our shop HERE. This could enable someone else to run the
 event and help a charity in need. Buy some of our fantastic merchandise while you're
 in our shop! Maybe buy your birthday or Christmas presents early (very early!). 
 The income boost from your amazing support will help support our not-for-profit
 organisation host this year's event and help us plan for Ealing Half Marathon 2022.

 We have been offered one team entry in this invitation-only event on 3rd July.
 For more details go to www.southdownsrelay.com. For this first year we're entering
 one A team but hope to be offered more entries in future years. A team comprises
 6 runners each doing 3 legs. It's a great event over a single day in the summer and
 hopefully will be able to go ahead having been cancelled in 2020. If you're
 interested in running or helping please get in touch with Rick Jenner at
 rickjenner77@gmail.com, via social, WhatsApp etc.
 Andy Bickerstaff's popular Wednesday evening events on Wimbledon Common are expected
 to take place again this year, albeit slightly later in the summer than usual.
 Dates are 7th July, 4th August and 1st September, distance 5 miles. Details:. 
 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
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