Newsdesk 2003

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 98                7 MAY 2003
 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com  

 RICHMOND HALF MARATHON  Sunday May 18th 8.30am start
 The entry limit of 500 has very nearly been reached, so if you plan to run
 please get your entry in without delay. You can download a form from our web
 site. Do not rely on entries on the day!

 GREEN BELT RELAY  Saturday May 10th and Sunday May 11th
 We'll have four teams of ten taking part this weekend. The finish is at the
 Hawker Centre in Ham, where the final stage winner should appear just after
 5.30pm. Please feel free to come along and join the teams for a beer or two!

 SUTTON 10KM   Sunday May 4th at Beddington Park
 This was the opening fixture in the Surrey Road League (where we are
 reigning men's and women's champions) as well as the third fixture in our
 own Road Grand Prix series. It was a new three-lap course in Beddington
 Park, flat but partly on narrow footpaths. 
 The boys in blue showed up very well at the head of the proceedings. Darryl
 finished 2nd overall to that prolific race winner Stuart Major, Paul was 6th
 and Mick 8th and first veteran. Together with PG they won the liquid team
 Mike Peace was next home, doing enough to retain his overall Grand Prix lead
 as well as score another maximum in the over 50 category. Evelyn Joslin was
 our first woman home and she moved into a clear GP lead.

 Grand Prix leading scores after three races (full scoresheet plus fixtures
 and rules are on our web site):

 Mike Peace 27,  Paul Doyle 23,  Simon Lawrence 15,  Stephen Instone 15,
 Gareth Davies 13,  Peter Haarer 12,  Darryl McDonald 12,  Ken Fotherby 11,
 Mick Lane 10,  Grant Lemke 10.

 Over 40:
 Stephen Instone 11,  Simon Lawrence 10,  Mick Lane 6,  Ken Fotherby 6,  Bob
 Beatson 4,  Clive Naish 3.

 Over 50:
 Mike Peace 18,  John Hanscomb 9,  David Meaden 7,  Tom Reay 5,  Mike Rowland
 4,  Alan Meaden 3.

 Evelyn Joslin 9,  Eileen Church 6,  Marlene Pautard 6,  Jackie Alderton 5,
 Bridget Cuthbert 5,  Teresa Segovia 5.

 Chris Read reports:
 "A team of five Ranelagh runners travelled up to Keswick for the Half
 Marathon. Although there was heavy rain before and after the race there was
 no rain while we were running.  It was cool, overcast and perfect for half
 marathon running". 

 1 M Aspinall (Clay-le-M) 1.15.59
 92 Chris Read 1.36.09
 94 John Keep 1.37.18
 159 Bob Beatson 1.42.28
 323 John Hanscomb 1.56.38
 380 David Rowntree 2.04.03 

 TWO OCEANS 56 KM  Saturday 19th April in Capetown, South Africa
 The promised report from the Ranelagh party has yet to materialise, but it
 seems we had another competitor there. Derek Mason writes:
 "Unfortunately I had a bad run, having been sick with cold and flu four
 weeks before the race, and recorded my worst time of my eight runs so far,
 and 20 minutes more than last year. This is a long way from my best time of
 4:22:16 ten years ago".
 2997 Derek Mason 5:38:57
 Other times were in e-news #97.  

 As part of his training for the Two Oceans race, Andy Hayward decided to try
 to fit in two marathons during a two week business trip to the States.
 The first was in Abilene, Texas and the aim was a training run in about
 3.30. Conditions were good at the start but the temperature rose to 80
 degrees during the race and a strong wind blew up. Only 96 of the 178
 starters finished and Andy was amazed to find himself finishing in 4th
 place, 2nd over 40, in a time of 3.24.06.
 A week later he arrived in Washington DC only to find the organisers had
 cancelled their race for security reasons even though the Mayor and the
 Police were happy for it to go ahead. To add insult to injury they refused
 to refund the $90 entry fees, promising instead a free entry to next year's
 event. The local running community was sufficiently incensed by this
 nonsense to put together a "Peoples' Marathon" at just a few days' notice
 and Andy was one of 600 or so who turned up to take part. Enough volunteers
 were found to marshal the event though the roads were not closed. Andy had a
 niggling knee injury and planned to pull out before the full distance but
 buoyed by the enthusiasm of the volunteers he ran on to finish 16th in

 reports that he was first over 75 in the Gloucester 10km on 19th April in
 62.13. He was also the only Ranelagh Harrier to compete in the BMAF 10km
 championships in Birmingham on May 4th: "Over a tough undulating course with
 strong winds I tired in the second half of the race and although
 disappointed with my time of 62.39 I collected the silver medal as 2nd over
 75. All the times were slow!"  

 WOKING 1010  30th March
 Further details:
 10 miles
 39 Keith Firkin 61.35
 362 Eleanor Grey 91.36
 169 Catherine Gadd 52.26
 190 Joanne Muirlittle 54.13 

 Margaret Auerback reports:
 "The first masters league event was held at Battersea last week and Richmond
 and Twickenham women put in some very good performances to finish third team
 on the night. This was an excellent result considering there were only four
 of us!
 Kathy Mallett made her first track appearance for us and finished second in
 100 m., 400m, and 1500m. Julie Drummond won the W50 2000m walk in fine style
 setting a new P.B of 12.35 - and she hasn't even trained for it!
 Marion Rayner won an exciting 400 metres in 76.2, it's not often you have to
 wait to find out who won the W50 400 but this was nail-biting stuff with
 three of us crossing the line together and yes, we even managed a dip
 finish. Marion then went on to win the high jump - an event she hadn't done
 since school.
 It was a brilliant team effort BUT there were gaps that could have been
 filled by YOU. You don't have to be an amazing athlete to take part, just
 willing to try something different and with a sense of humour. If you can
 walk to Tesco to do the shopping you can easily do a 2000m walk, ( just over
 a mile). 
 Our aim for the next meeting on Monday 19th May is to try and fill in all
 the gaps so we need as many people as possible. Anybody who is a member of
 Ranelagh can also compete for Richmond and Twickenham. If you are willing to
 have a go and are 35 or older then come and join us. Talk to me or to
 Frances for the details or e-mail me at margaret.auerback@virgin.net"
 It's not only a women's league! Margaret adds: "Amongst the men's results
 were Steve Hook, 4th M50 in 1500 in 5.19.5, Mike Rowland,4th M50 in 2000m
 walk in 12.34.1, and Chas. Rayner 5th M40 in 1500 in 5.47.1". All Ranelagh
 over 40 and over 50s will be welcome at Battersea Park on the 19th. 

 was in the British team for the latest Modern Pentathlon World Cup event in
 Hungary on 24th April. She finished 19th out of 31 in her preliminary heat,
 narrowly missing out on qualification for the final.  

 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk ) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 / 
 mailto:sarahs@walker.co.uk ). 

 Saturday May 10th / Sunday May 11th Green Belt Relay  

 Sunday May 18th Richmond Half Marathon. Race 4 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix
 series 2003. Start 8.30am at Old Deer Park. Entry forms in the clubhouse or
 from our web site.

 Sunday June 8th       Dorking 10 miles road race. Race 5 in the Ranelagh
 Grand Prix series 2003. 10.45am start. Entry form can be downloaded from

 Sunday June 29th Dysart Dash 10km at Ham, Richmond. Race 6 in the
 Ranelagh Grand Prix series 2003. 10am start. Entry forms in the clubhouse or
 from our web site. 
 As at the end of 2002, how many people had run a mile in under 4 minutes?
 Answers to me.... 

 Steve Rowland
 e-mail: srowland@calor.co.uk
 Tel: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901