Newsdesk 2006

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 211                5 April 2006
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  
 *  Luke Wilson wins the Baker Cup
 *  Dan Jermy wins the Lotinga Cup club junior championship
 *  Jim Forrest and Andy Hayward share the Points Prize
 *  Andy Bickerstaff and Corinne Bishop win the McLeod Cup and Performance
 *  Anna McLaughlin 2nd in the Coombe Gibbet to Overton 16
 *  Mick Lane first veteran in the Woking 10
 *  Sam Perkins and Nadia Fidler in the top 20 in the English Schools Champs
 *  88.58 half marathon by Jenny Lloyd-Jones
 *  Presentation Supper this Friday

 ANNUAL PRIZE GIVING SUPPER  Friday 7th April at the Hawker Centre, Ham
 Last call for tickets for this Friday's prize presentation do. The price is
 15 including a mixed buffet, and proceedings get under way at 7.30pm. If
 you haven't yet booked your place, contact Jo Turner
 (mailto:joturner_45@hotmail.com) or Marina Quayle
 (mailto:marina_quayle@hotmail.com) TODAY! Cheques payable to Ranelagh

 GREEN BELT RELAY  Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May
 There's still room for more runners for the GBR, men and women, any speed.
 See the race web site www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk for more info about the
 event. If you are interested please contact me or Anna McLaughlin (contact
 details below) or Clive Beauvais (01883 347410).

 The final race in the series has been postponed by a week to Saturday 6th
 May at 9am from the Cricket Club near Hampton Hill Gate. 

 The full list of events in the Surrey Road League has yet to be finalised,
 and hence we are unable yet to decide the races for our own Grand Prix.
 Seven of the ten GP races have been set and you can see full details of
 these on our website.  The first Road League race is the Sutton 10km on
 7th May. We have not included this in our GP because it clashes with the
 Hogsmill Women's 5 miles. 

 Our own Richmond Half Marathon on 14th May and Dysart Dash 10km on 25th June
 have both been designated as county championships this year. Entry details
 for both are on our website. 

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 / mailto: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: phil.aiken@rnid.org.uk ) or 
 Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: anna.mclaughlin@itv.com ).

 Friday 7th April              Annual Supper and Prize Presentation at the
 Hawker Centre, Ham.

 Saturday 8th April          Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start 

 Sunday 9th April            Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. Details:
                                     Reading Half Marathon.  Details:
                                     MABAC League 5 miles at Winterfold (on
 the North Downs near Shere). 11am start. All members welcome. More details
 at http://www.mabac.org.uk/

 Friday 14th April              Maidenhead 10 miles. Details:

 Saturday 15th April          Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start

 Saturday 22nd April         Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start

 Sunday 23rd April            London Marathon and Mini-Marathon

 Saturday 29th April         Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start

 Monday 1st May             Barry Jones 5 miles. 11am start at Wimbledon
 Park. Details: http://www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk/.

 Saturday 6th May           Bushy Park Time Trial  5km. 9am start
 Sunday 7th May             Hogsmill Women's 5 miles. 10am at West Ewell.
 Details: http://www.epsomallsorts.org.uk/html/hogsmill_2006.html.
                                      Sutton 10km. 10.30am start. Surrey Road
 League Race 1. Details: http://www.suttonrunners.org/.
 BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap  Saturday 1st April in Richmond Park
 There was a good crowd of 56 for the 'Baker', on a bright day but with a
 strong wind blowing across from the Pen Ponds. This made the long climb back
 up to White Lodge even tougher than usual, particularly second time around!
 There was an age range of nearly 50 years in the list of starters, but it
 was two of the youngest, 12-year-olds Luke Wilson and George Inman, who
 fought out the destiny of the Cup.

 Luke had a 50 seconds start over George and both were soon carving their way
 through the runners who had started ahead of them. George was closing down
 steadily on Luke but rounding the final turn they still had one other
 runner - Di Wilson - ahead of them. On the uphill run to the finish both
 boys sprinted past Di and Luke held on by seven seconds to win the Cup.
 George finished in the silver medal position and Di just held off Eliete
 Nascimento for the bronze.

 Back in 11th place 16-year-old Dan Jermy put in a strong run to set the
 second best time of the day, 17.24. As the fastest junior, he will take the
 Lotinga Cup. Younger juniors Morgan Evans and Taylor Nunn recorded good
 mid-19 minute times. The only man faster than Dan - and only by fifteen
 seconds - was Marcus Gohar, and third best was Captain Bix. 

 Anna McLaughlin on 18 minutes dead was the fastest woman, and Liz Kipling
 and Clare Gutch were also inside 19 minutes. Juniors Georgia Miansarow and
 Rachel Pryce both made it home inside 7 minute miling. 

 Ed Whitlock - now 75 - was an interested spectator on his way to the
 Rotterdam Marathon, but nursing a sore Achilles he wisely decided not to
 take part. Not to be outdone, 69-year-old Alan Howard's 21.16 was very

 Our two season-long points competitions came to a conclusion with the Baker
 Cup race. The Points Prize for consistency in handicap events was shared by
 Jim Forrest and Andy Hayward with 18 points, just ahead of Corinne Bishop on
 17. The McLeod Cup, based on men's performances in all club races through
 the winter season, was a very tight finish with Andy Bickerstaff prevailing
 by just four points over Marcus Gohar, 1233 to 1229. In third place was Mike
 Peace with 1155. The women's version of the McLeod - no trophy yet for this
 one - was won by Corinne Bishop on 1278, ahead of Sonia Rowland on 1136 and
 Sandra Foot on 952. A total of 118 members scored points in one competition
 or the other. Full scoresheets can be found in the Statistics section of our

 COMMONWEALTH GAMES MARATHON  Sunday 19th March in Melbourne
 Our man on the spot, Dave Locke, writes:
 "Being one of the 73,600 in the MCG stadium cheering on Lauren Shelley and
 the other two Aussies in the marathon, I have to say she shouldn't feel
 disappointed in her time. The conditions for marathon running weren't good
 at all. 'A little warm' is an understatement! Although the sun was behind
 the clouds for the first hour or so, the sky was clear from then on and the
 temperature in the full sun was a lot more than the 24 in the shade. To be
 'only' 5 minutes slower than a race in Japan in November is a heck of a good

 I have to say the excitement generated by the commentary and giant video
 picture of the the two front runners swapping the lead over the last ten
 minutes led to the most almighty hair-raising roar I've ever experienced
 when they entered the stadium. Over the last lap the entire crowd was on its
 feet screaming and shouting, with emotional tears streaming down many faces
 as McCann just managed to pull ahead. The rest of the week was fairly tame
 by comparison. It was probably in fact a bonus that Paula R had a 'stone
 bruise' and didn't turn up! 

 Incidentally, many folk, including one of the Oz runners in the women's
 4x400 relay were unhappy with the disqualification of the English team.
 Especially ironic as the Oz men's and women's 4x100 relay teams managed to
 really stuff up!" 

 Sam Perkins and Nadia Fidler both ran well in high-quality fields to make
 the top twenty in their respective events. Representing Middlesex Sam
 finished 16th in the Senior Boys' 7km and Nadia and Rachel Pryce were 19th
 and 297th respectively in the Junior Girls' 3km. Apologies if I have missed
 anyone else!

 COOMBE GIBBET TO OVERTON 16 miles  Sunday 26th March
 Anna McLaughlin was 2nd woman home, 90 seconds behind the winner. 

 1 T Owens (Unatt) 1.42.08
 19 Anna McLaughlin 1.56.59
 142 John Scally 2.51.23 

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 1st April
 There was some class at the front and the number of unattached competitors
 seems to grow each week, but the Ranelagh contingent was small this time
 owing to the afternoon's Baker Cup and other attractions over the weekend. 

 1 M Ashton (AFD) 15.35
 26 Stewart Ward 19.05
 90 Chris Hunton 23.19
 107 Julie Drummond 25.18
 118 John Hanscomb 26.53
 127 Steve McClune 27.54 

 STRAMILANO HALF MARATHON  Sunday 2nd April in Milan, Italy
 Jenny Lloyd-Jones finished 17th in the women's race and just missed a spot
 in our all-time top 20 list. But her official 10km split time of 38.48 - if
 accurate - would rank her 18th! A good run too from Jo Turner.

 1 P Kimugul (Kenya) 1.00.49  (chip time 1.00.49)
 490 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 1.28.58  (chip time 1.28.49)
 1651 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 1.44.01  (chip time 1.43.06)
 1652 Jo Turner 1.44.02  (chip time 1.43.54)

 Niall O'Connor reports:
 "The Kingston Breakfast Runs took place on Sunday morning. It was a chilly,
 bright day which warmed up nicely. Bit like my running, in fact. It took me
 35 minutes to get to the 4 mile mark and then, having warmed up, the next 12
 miles passed in a steady 82 minutes. 

 The race is over a 2-loop flat riverside course that begins and finishes in
 Kingston, passing Hampton Court Palace along the route. Each loop is 8 miles
 of which large portions follow the towpath. Parts of the course were exposed
 to a strong wind - definitely more than just refreshing! At about the 12
 mile mark I caught up with Chris Wright and then encountered the
 smooth-running Roger Wilson at 14. Neither really encouraged me to stop and
 chat, so I headed on my way finishing a few minutes behind Kerry Anley and
 Peter Wright, with whom I enjoyed some post-race analysis over the
 complimentary Lucozade. 

 My slow start was due to my browsing some of the local estate agents'
 windows when the hooter went, which meant that I missed getting into
 position and so began from the back. Aptly enough the finishers' goody bag
 contained a mug. Guess I deserved it after that!" 

 The official results do not include finishing positions. 

 16 miles
 1 S Barrett (Serpentine) 1.29.45
 35 Charlie Pedlar 1.42.59
 Iain Wilson 1.47.18
 Simon Rothwell 1.51.31
 Peter Wright 1.55.12
 Niall O'Connor 1.57.49
 Roger Wilson 1.58.58
 Kerry Anley 1.59.31
 Chris Wright 2.02.12
 Simon Tyler 2.17.00
 Tony Appleby 2.17.02
 John Hanscomb 2.33.23
 Geoff Bell 2.33.31

 8 miles
 1 P Wicks (Belgrave) 40.15
 14 Graham Quick 49.51
 33 Adam Tapley 53.30
 42 Steve Ellswood 54.36
 47 Chris Brook 54.57
 Layla Smith 59.46
 Daphne Moynier 84.55
 Oonagh Davies 92.13
 Katharine Griffiths 92.18 

 WOKING 10 miles  Sunday 2nd April
 An excellent run from Mick Lane, who was the first veteran home. Chris Owens
 was 3rd over 50.

 1 D Wardle (Lon Irish) 49.45
 8 Mick Lane 57.28
 22 Chris Owens 62.21
 47 Darren Wood 68.21 

 RON WHEELER 2.6 miles  Wednesday 29th March at Wapping
 1 S Roberts 13.17
 8 Chris Read 15.24
 11 Andy Hayward 16.15 

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 31st March in Hyde Park
 1 R Ward (Belgrave) 15.35
 66 Alan Davidson 20.35
 153 John Hanscomb 27.22 

 COMPTON CHALLENGE  Saturday 1st April at Compton, Berkshire
 Clive Beauvais was the leading over 60 in the 'Bare-Bones' 20 miler in a
 time of 3.01.01. In the 'Full-Fat' 40, Sue Ashley, representing SLH, was the
 second woman and first over 50 in 6.39.49. 

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 5th April at Woking
 Sonia Rowland ran a PB to come within 20 seconds of the W50 course record. 

 1 D Claxton (Herne Hill) 23.41  (actual time 19.41)
 13 Sonia Rowland 26.27  (actual time 19.57)
 22 Steve Rowland 26.52  (actual time 17.22)
 28 Alan Davidson 27.01  (actual time 18.31) 

 UK POLICE CHAMPIONSHIP  Wednesday 22nd March at Perranporth, Cornwall
 Mick Lane finished 16th and fourth scorer for the winning Met Police team. 

 Visiting Rome? A new company called Sight Jogging will take you on a running
 tour of the city. You can choose from nine routes between 2.7 and 5 miles in
 length, with a running guide to show you the sights. They plan to expand the
 service to other Italian cities and further afield. See
 http://www.sightjogging.it/index_eng.html for more information.