Ranelagh Harriers Newsdesk 2000
13 August 2000 Surrey 5km at Wimbledon results
Ranelagh's women won the county championship and both the
men and women's teams won the final of the "Surrey
Cup" which was incorporated into this race.
Individually it was a familiar story with Marcus Gohar
leading the men in 3rd place and Linda Cartwright the
women in 5th. Close behind Cartwright came Liz Kipling
6th, Sarah Seal 8th and 17-year-old ZoŽ Vail 9th, while
the men's team was completed by John Herries 11th and
Mike Peace 24th.
28 July 2000 Wedding Day 7km
at Bushy Park
No less than 45 Ranelagh members finished this
increasingly popular Friday evening race. Darryl McDonald
and Mick Lane, both of whom had missed most of the summer
with injuries, made their comebacks but they had to give
best to the ever-present Marcus Gohar who finished 9th in
23.56. McDonald was 12th just 6 seconds behind, then came
Chris Owens 25th, Paul Graham 31st, Lane 33rd and Will
Graves 40th. Right behind Graves, 17-year-old Steve
Barber won the junior award in a time of 26.25. In the
women's race Linda Cartwright finished a fine 2nd in
27.55 and with Clare Nicholson 12th and Sonia Rowland
13th Ranelagh won the team prizes.
16 July 2000 Elmbridge 10km at
Again it was Marcus Gohar who led the Ranelagh
contingent, setting another personal best of 33.25 at the
age of 40. Chris Owens was just inside 35 minutes in 17th
place and Tim Bacon also set a pb of 36.45 at 32nd. Sonia
Rowland, 14th in 43.46, just got the better of Eliete
Nascimento, 18th in 44.12.
12 July 2000 Coad Cup 5 miles
handicap in Richmond Park results
Ranelagh's summer return to cross-country running saw a
very clear handicap victory for Michael Brandon who
recorded a time of 38.02. Matt Gisby and Bill Harvey
followed nearly a minute behind. Fastest times were set
by Andy Bickerstaff on 28.07 and Linda Cartwright on
8 July 2000 Brickmakers Arms
Marathon Relay at Windlesham results
A scratch mixed Ranelagh team led for the half-distance
but eventually had to settle for 3rd.
2 July 2000 Harry Hawkes 8
miles at Thames Ditton results
Marcus Gohar finished 3rd in 43.57 and the women's team
of Eliete Nascimento, Sue Healey and Therese Panetta
finished 7th, 13th and 18th respectively to win the team
25 June 2000 Dysart Dash 10km
at Richmond results
Ranelaghs second open road race of the summer
attracted a field of some 280 runners. The star performer
was undoubtedly Irish international Una English, who
smashed the previous womens record by 44 seconds in
a time of 34.14. Only ten men managed to finish ahead of
her, led by Elmbridges triathlon specialist Tim Don
in 31.07. More than 30 Ranelagh runners took part, but
injury and holidays meant that few were involved at the
sharp end of the race. Marcus Gohar - who seems to get
faster with age - ran 33.55 for 10th place and first
veteran, and Chris Owens was 16th and 3rd veteran. Tim
Bacon was 3rd Ranelagh home in 32nd place, with Stephen
Instone close behind. They finished as 2nd team. The only
other Ranelagh man to make the prize list was Allan Lang,
2nd over 60 in 40.23. The women outdid their male
counterparts by winning their team race, led by Linda
Cartwright, 4th in a personal best of 38.56. Sonia
Rowland was 12th and Eliete Nascimento 18th.
18 June 2000 Tesco Ealing 10km
Hugh Jones found his slowest-ever 10km of 33.35 still
good enough to win, ahead of his clubmate Graeme
MacFadyen on 33.51.
4 June 2000 Dorking 10 miles
Keen roadies Marcus Gohar and Chris Owens led a smaller
than usual Ranelagh entry, with Marcus 7th - and 3rd
veteran - in 56.42 and Chris 11th. Marcuss younger
brother Alexis finished 55th in his comeback race and
these three surprisingly finished 3rd in the team event.
In the womens race Eliete Nascimento took 4 minutes
off her previous best with 74.53 for 14th place and Sue
Healey was 26th.
21 May 2000 Richmond Half
It was a case of deja-vu in Ranelaghs first race
promotion of the year, as a South African visitor showed
the whole field a clean pair of heels just as in 1999.
But it was a different man - this time Trevor James, who
set a time of 68.52 to beat Ranelaghs David Benton
by just over a minute. New member Graeme MacFadyen was an
isolated 3rd and the ever-present reliables Marcus Gohar,
Chris Owens and Mick Lane followed on in 5th, 7th and 8th
places. Gohar and Owens again picked up the top two
veterans prizes. In the womens race Muswell
Hills Jane Laws was a very comfortable winner in
82.20, but Ranelaghs Linda Cartwright was the clear
runner-up some four minutes back. Eliete Nascimento and
Lizzie Clifford were 10th and 11th and this was good
enough to secure the team prizes for the Ranelagh women
to match those won by the men.
13-14/05/2000 Green Belt Relay
Ranelaghs logistics were stretched as they entered
four teams of ten runners in this 210 mile two-day race
around London. The event comprises 20 separate stages, 10
on each day, and each team member runs one stage each
day. The effort was fully justified as the club pulled
off a marvellous triple victory - first overall (in a
record time), first veterans team and first womens
team. 19 individual stage wins went to Ranelagh - 13
mens (including 3 by vets) and 6 womens.
Double stage wins were recorded by David Benton, Julian
Smith, Andy Bickerstaff and Linda Cartwright, and all
four also set stage records together with David Wright,
Chris Owens and Sue Healey.
13 May 2000 World Veterans Road Champs at
Valladolid, Spain Margaret Auerback finished 4th
in the women over 50 10km championship in a time of
42.48, but won a gold medal with the winning British
7 May 2000 Keswick Half Marathon
Thirteen Ranelagh members took part, which isn't bad for
a race more than 300 miles away. Although Kevin was our
first finisher, in a very creditable 14th position, it
was even more pleasing to see Linda presented with the
prize for the third lady. Although she was about five
minutes behind the first two finishers, she had a similar
lead over the fourth lady. The times may seem a bit slow
for a half marathon, but that's down to the hilly course
and the excessive heat that day. Two local runners ended
up in hospital having treatment for the effects of the
heat and dehydration, while a number of others were in a
bad way when they finished, or simply dropped out of the
race. All the Ranelagh participants completed the course,
which was a significant achievement in itself for
everyone. Brian Chard deserves a special mention for his
efforts in organising the weekend.
30 April 2000 Wimbledon 10km Darryl
McDonald shrugged off an injury scare to finish 3rd in
33.37. Marcus Gohar put in a particularly fine
performance just 17 seconds and two places behind
McDonald. Chris Owens was 10th and Gordon Whitson - on a
flying visit from his home in Athens - 18th.
16 April 2000 London Marathon
In-form Darryl McDonald led the Ranelagh contingent all
the way and finally set a personal best just one second
inside 2 hours 40 minutes in finishing 244th overall.
This earned him the Winter Cup as the club marathon
champ.Chris Owens chased all the way before fading to be
passed in the home straight by Ken Fotherby. Both
recorded around 2.44, four minutes clear of Mike Peace
who is one of just 39 ever-presents in the
"London" since the first race 20 years ago.
Ranelaghs other ever-present John Hanscomb survived
a bizarre accident at 16 miles when he sneezed and
inadvertently jammed a key up his nose causing a copious
nose-bleed which lasted for the next three miles. He
finally finished just inside 4 hours. The Brasher Bowl
for the club womens marathon champion went to
Marlene Pautard with 3.08, seven minutes clear of
Katharine Mallett and Bridget Cuthbert.
16 April 2000 London Mini Marathon As
usual Ranelagh provided a good proportion of
Richmonds team for the mini-marathon along the
final 5km of the marathon course. Best results were in
the Girls Under 17 race with Valentina Ceschi, Alice
Beverly and Estelle Damant all in the top 25. Charlotte
Wilson, Eleanor Moore, Laura Ball and Steve Barber were
other top 50 finishers in their respective events.
15 April 2000 Harrow 10km David Benton
finished 7th in a high-class race in a time of 31.33.
2 April 2000 Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick
The first serious local road race of the season saw
Ranelagh dominating the prizes. Darryl McDonaldscored his
first win in an open race in a time of 54.05, Marcus
Gohar was 5th and first veteran and Chris Owens 8th and
second veteran. Mick Lane in 9th place closed in the
winning team, followed by Ian Dent and Paul Beauvais
backing up in 10th and 11th places. In the womens
event Kathleen Harris was 3rd in 64.35 and with Katharine
Mallett and Sarah Seal 11th and 12th Ranelagh completed
the team double.
25 March 2000 Baker Cup 3M road handicap at
Richmond Park results
Former club secretary Brian Chard won his first trophy in
nearly 20 years of membership when he ran away with the
Baker Cup, the traditional end to Ranelaghs winter
season. He had just a few yards to spare over new member
Gill Fonteyn, who was competing as a guest, but a good 50
metres on silver and bronze medallists Liz Kipling and
Sarah Seal. Liz was also the days fastest woman
with 18.26 while top man was David Benton on 15.18.
18 March 2000 Massagathon
To celebrate her 50th birthday Hilary Saw completed a
"massagathon" in Ranelaghs club house -
treating 50 members and friends in a 10 hour stint and
raising over £3000 for breast cancer research in the
12 March 2000 Finchley 20 miles road race at
This race incorporated the clubs Spendlove Cup 20
miles championship, and it turned out to be a two-horse
race between Darryl McDonald and Marcus Gohar. McDonald
turned out to be the strongest in the closing stages and
finished an excellent 4th overall in 1.59.37, three
minutes clear of Gohar in 8th place. Club Captain Chris
Owens was 13th. Further back, former club President John
Hanscomb completed his 44th consecutive Finchley 20!
11 March 2000 Hec Petersen Trophy 3.8M(6km) at
Richmond Park results
Ranelagh comfortably regained the trophy from last
years winners Ealing, led by an easy win from John
Herries in a time of 21.09. Andy Bickerstaff was
runner-up with Chris Owens, John Ricketts, Paul Graham
and Milos Dusek all in the top eight.
4 March 2000 Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap at
Richmond Park results
The two fast-improving Ellies - Eliete Nascimento and
Eleanor Grant - took 1st and 3rd places in the longest
handicap race in the clubs calendar, sandwiching
club President Mike Peace. Eliete was also the fastest
woman in the race with 78.29 while top man was John
Herries on 57.01.
4 March 2000 South of England Veterans
Championships at Halton
Margaret Auerback won the womens over 50 category
by over a minute and a half.
26 February 2000 National Championships at Stowe
The mens team missed one or two runners from their
outstanding Southern result but nevertheless
filled a sound 24th place. Julian Smith again performed
well to make the top 100 in 93rd place, followed by Peter
Haarer 142nd, Darryl McDonald 204th, Andy Bickerstaff
294th, Marcus Gohar 338th and Chris Owens 369th. The
women fared slightly better in 18th place, and provided
another top 100 result in the shape of Kathleen Harris at
97th. Margaret Auerback 131st, Sarah Seal 192nd and Sonia
Rowland 226th were the other scorers.
19 February 2000 Surrey Ladies CC League Div One
at Brockwell Park
Ranelaghs women had their best result of the season
in finishing 2nd and moving up one place to a final
position of 5th overall. The five scoring members of the
team also achieved their best individual results of the
season - Kathleen Harris 7th, Liz Kipling 8th, Margaret
Auerback 21st, Kathy Mallett 24th and Sarah Seal 28th.
All three junior teams finished 3rd on the day and two of
them - Under 17s and Under 13s - also finished the season
3rd, with the Under 15s 5th. In the Under 17 race ZoŽ
Vail led into the finishing straight after a thrilling
race but was narrowly ousprinted. Louise Webster was 4th.
The Under 15s were led by Eleanor Moore in 8th place and
the Under 13s by Laura Ball in 5th.
19 February 2000 Inter club race at Richmond
Twenty Ranelagh men travelled over to the other side of
the Park from their usual stamping ground to run on the
Bank of England clubs course against the Bank and
two other clubs. Those ever-presents Darryl McDonald and
Marcus Gohar - never ones to miss a race if theres
one going - finished 1st and 3rd and with Paul Graham 8th
and Mike Peace 9th, Ranelagh easily won the four-to score
12 February 2000 Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match
v Blackheath H including Wynne Cup club championship at
Three hard races in three weeks was understandably too
much for some of Ranelaghs top runners, but it
didnt seem to affect Julian Smith who controlled
the race with ease before moving away to a one minute
victory. Southern Champions Blackheath brought a weak
team and placed only one man in the top ten. Their 35
starters was also no match for Ranelaghs 58 and the
result was a very surprisingly comfortable win for
Ranelagh by 779 points to 1376. Third overall and
runner-up to Smith in the club championship was Darryl
McDonald followed by Marcus Gohar, Chris Owens, Andy
Bickerstaff and Mick Lane. The sealed handicap medal went
to Mandy Holliday.
5 February 2000 Surrey CC League Division One at
In the winters final League race Hugh Jones made
his first appearance of the season and led the team home
in 13th place. Julian Smith was only ten seconds but five
places behind and a further five back was Dave Benton,
still recovering from his "Southern" efforts.
Darryl McDonald 32nd, Marcus Gohar 45th, Andy Bickerstaff
52nd, Paul Beauvais 58th, Chris Owens 69th, Giles
Marshall 74th and Dave Knight 80th were the remaining
scorers. The team finished 5th and remained a solid 6th
overall. Steve Barber 98th missed the scoring team this
time but did enough to win the overall individual title
in the Under 20 age group. In the Under 17s race Carl
Chaney won for the second time this season.
29 January 2000 Southern Championships at
Ranelaghs men performed brilliantly to finish in
7th place - their highest "Southern" team
position for 64 years. Dave Benton and Julian Smith were
outstanding in 18th and 34th places amongst a field of
nearly 1000. Peter Haarer 77th, Marius Acker 100th,
Darryl McDonald 119th and Chris Owens 143rd were the
other members of the scoring six. The womens team
unfortunately lost Liz Kipling with a back injury after
less than 2 miles but Kathleen Harris 62nd, Margaret
Auerback 105th, Kathy Mallett 120th and Sarah Seal 187th
finished in 17th place.
15 January 2000 Surrey Ladies League Division
One at Richmond
Kathleen Harris achieved her best result to date at 10th
and with Liz Kipling 18th, Margaret Auerback 24th, Kathy
Mallett 33rd and Marlene Pautard 35th the team finished
5th, but remain 7th overall. The Under 17 team was at
full strength and had a most impressive five runners home
in the top ten: Zoe Vail 2nd, Alice Beverly 5th, Estelle
Damant 6th, Valentina Ceschi 7th and Louise Webster 10th.
Eleanor Moore was top Under 15 in 14th place and in the
Under 13s Laura Ball and Tierney Lovell were 8th and 9th.
8 January 2000 Surrey Championships at Croydon
Best result came from Carl Chaney, 4th in the Under 17s
race. The mens team finished 5th, led by Darryl
McDonald in 17th place and Marcus Gohar 30th.
1 January 2000 Serpentine 10km at Hyde Park
Several-times winner of this race Hugh Jones could not
stay with Ilfords Kenyan Amin Koikai and settled
for 2nd place in 32.20.
1 January 2000 Lauriston 7 miles at Wimbledon
Darryl McDonald also started the new millennium as
bridesmaid, 2nd in 37.42.