Newsdesk 2002

 Web site: www.ranelaghstats.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rharriers
 It may have been the Opening Run of our 122nd winter season, but nobody
 had told the weather or the Park! The day was warm and sunny and the ferns
 were so thick and high that overtaking on some sections of the course was
 impossible - which is a bit of a problem in a handicap! We even put in a
 small diversion to avoid the densest undergrowth, so those like me who are
 desperate to account for the slowness of their times can claim back a few
 seconds at least. 
 After the club photo had been snapped, Bev Ali, Pat Hewlett and newcomer
 Teresa Segovia were first to be set on their way with a whacking 5 minutes
 plus lead over the next starters. And that was the last anybody saw of Pat
 and Teresa as they fairly cruised round the course to cross the line with
 a round 100 seconds to spare over Ed Barker. Teresa was competing as a
 guest so the elaborate silver Thomas Cup will grace the Hewlett
 household's mantlepiece. Hon Treasurer David Rowntree held on for third
 place, just ahead of the masses. Fastest was Hugh Jones - who else? - over
 two minutes quicker than Captain Bicks and Paul Doyle. It was good to see
 some new names Simon Lawrence and David Powell well to the fore. Skipper
 Sarah was fastest woman, comfortably clear of Clare Nicholson and Sue
 As usual the occasion - albeit on a much earlier date than usual -
 attracted some infrequent visitors and we were pleased to see, amongst
 others, Dave Braybrook, Arthur Allwright, Allen Horne and Past President
 Rex Lofts.                    

 Sara Gosvenor was 4th woman (20.20) and Pete Warren 3rd over 60 (20.46) in
 the Serpentine 5km in Hyde Park on August 30th.
 Allan Lang won the Vets AC over 60s track 5000 metres championship on
 Saturday in a time of 19.52.7 - just a foot ahead of 75 year-old Steve
 Charlton who recorded a very frightening 19.53.4!
 This comes from John Herries:
 "So far eleven people have booked their flights for next April's club trip
 to the Two Oceans Marathon in South Africa, incorporating the unofficial
 club 35 mile road running championships and 6 hour spectator endurance
 championships.  There's also a half marathon option for the faint hearted.
 Anyone else interested in joining the trip had better be quick as flights
 are filling up fast.  Contact John Herries for flight booking details
 (mailto:john.herries@cantab.net), or Bridget Cuthbert
 (mailto:bridget@bridget.fsnet.co.uk) for trip details".
 Geoff Jones writes:
 "I've been focused on Triathlon for last 18 months and have managed to
 qualify for the Great Britain Team for the World Championships in Cancun
 on 9th November in the 40 to 44 age group race. Yes I'm 40 on Thursday!
 This sounds more grand than it is as they take 18 people in each age
 group, but it is one of the most competitive age groups and I should be in
 top half of the team. As I've focused on cycling and swimming, my running
 isn't that great, after all I'm now carrying a bit more muscle!"
 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /
 Saturday September 14th   Surrey Road Relays at Wimbledon, from 12 noon. 
 Races for men and women, including veterans categories.
 Sunday September 22nd     Nike 10km in Richmond Park

 Saturday September 28th    Southern Road Relays at Aldershot  
 Saturday October 5th     Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park, 3pm
 Saturday October 12th      Surrey Cross Country League Division One: men
 at Brockwell Park, women at Richmond Park.
 Steve Rowland
 Telephone: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901
 e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk