**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 236 6 December 2006 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Ranelagh wins the Dysart Cup * Marie Synnott-Wells wins club senior and veterans' championships * Stragglers retain the Ellis Cup * Anna McLaughlin wins the Grim Challenge * Sam Perkins selected to represent the South in Brussels * London Marathon ballot for club places * Christmas Party 15th December - book now! * All runners needed for the SLH mob match this Saturday * Second junior points prize race also this Saturday SEE HERE ************* STUBBS CUP MOB MATCH v SOUTH LONDON HARRIERS Our next mob match is another home fixture in Richmond Park on Saturday 9th December at 2.30pm. This race includes the club championship for the Wynne Cup, and also the three men's veterans championships: the Hastings Cup (overall), the McDowell Cup (over 50s) and the Maslin Mug (over 60s). It's the usual two-lap 7½ miles course. As always in mob matches, we need as many runners as we can get - the more we have, the better our chances of winning. JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE RACE 2 The second event in the four race Points Prize series takes place on Saturday 9th December at 2pm in Richmond Park. The course is the usual one lap of Sidmouth Wood. All under 17s are welcome to take part. Current points leaders are Emily Johnston and Josh Keisler (under 13s), Stephanie Espinosa and Jamie Taylor-Caldwell (under 15s) and Rebecca Clayden and Nicholas Harrison (under 17s). LONDON MARATHON BALLOT Envelopes should be landing on doormats this week with news of acceptance or rejection for the 2007 London Marathon. If you have been rejected you can apply to be entered in the ballot for one of the guaranteed places the club is granted. We are allowed five places, but one is already spoken for - it is reserved for John Atkinson who was erroneously told he had a place last year when we thought we had six places available rather than five. The draw will be made at the Christmas Party on 15th December, so if you want to be entered, give your name without delay to Simon Burrell - either at the club on Tuesday nights or by e-mail (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org). Only those who have entered and were rejected are eligible. CHRISTMAS PARTY There's still time to book for the Ranelagh Christmas Party on Friday 15th December at the Turk's Head, Winchester Road in St Margarets, Twickenham, but don't delay! It's 7.30pm for 8pm and there's a Mexican theme to the evening, but Mexican dress is most definitely optional! The cost is £22 per head, including a three-course meal. When you book, please specify whether you'd like turkey and all the trimmings or the veggie option (see previous editions of the e-news for fuller details of the menu). Jo and/or Marina are taking bookings this Saturday and on Tuesday evening, or you can send a cheque (payable to Ranelagh Harriers) to Marina Quayle at 101 Sheen Road, Richmond TW9 1YJ. SURREY COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS These will take place on Saturday 6th January at Lloyd Park, Croydon, but entries have to be in before Christmas. If you'd like to run, please let Andy or Anna know as soon as possible (contact details below). RICHMOND MINI MARATHON TRIAL Note that the trials for the Richmond team to take part in the Mini Marathon in London on April 22nd will take place on Sunday February 11th in Richmond Park, and not the 4th as had been shown in our junior fixture list. Entry forms are at the clubhouse and can also be obtained from the Richmond Council Sports Development Team on 020 8831 6133. NEEL DE ALWIS - A FURTHER UPDATE FROM DAVID ROWNTREE "A few weeks ago I asked for help to fund an English course for an excellent Sri Lankan runner I met whilst on holiday. Conditions in Sri Lanka are extremely difficult and Neel is from a poor family. He lives with his mother who picks rice earning £15 per month plus they get a rice allowance which is their staple diet. What struck me about Neel was his sincerity and dedication to his sport of running which he was obviously very good at - well, he beat me with embarrassing ease. Whilst he could speak English quite well he could not read or write in English which hampered him in gaining good employment in Sri Lanka and to some extent with his sport. He has access to a free email translation service which is how we communicate. Thanks to the generosity of a number of Club members I was able to raise the £300 needed to fund the course and he successfully registered on 1st December; he has sent me a copy of his registration receipt. In fact when all the pledged money is collected I will have raised £365 and plan to send the additional funds to help him with transportation as he lives about 40 miles from the college. I would like to thank sincerely all those members who helped me with this appeal. Having spoken to Neel he is overwhelmed that such an organisation should have helped him in this way. He has written a short email by way of a thank you, which follows. Once again thank you for your support". Neel writes: "I would like to thank you so much for the money you sent me and it was a great help for me to learn English which is very important to me while doing my sport activities too. And also I would like to thank David for introducing me to you. Again thank you very much and wish you all the best in your future endeavours". He recently finished 3rd in the Sri Lankan National Youth Festival 800 metres in a time of 1.57. ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Mark Middleton ( 07725 119649 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ). Saturday 9th December Junior Points Prize Race 2 at 2pm in Richmond Park. See above. Saturday 9th December Stubbs Cup Mob Match v South London Harriers at 2.30pm in Richmond Park. See above Friday 15th December Christmas Party at the Turk's Head, St Margarets. Saturday 30th December Henty Relay in Richmond Park. 12 noon start. Every Saturday Bushy Park Time Trial. 9am start at the Diana Fountain car park. See http://www.bptt.net/ for details. There will be BPTTs on Christmas Day and New Year's Day too. WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** DYSART CUP Saturday 2nd December 4.11 miles in Richmond Park This race incorporates the club women's championship for the Hugh Jones Salver and the over 40 women's championship for Trish's Trophy. Curiously, it has often in the past not been very well supported by the Ranelagh team, so it was pleasing this year to see a strong turn-out and the likelihood of a keenly-contested championship. With Jo Ronaldson currently sidelined owing to injury, Marie Synnott-Wells and Anna McLaughlin were the home favourites, though the meteorically improving Kerrie O'Connor and former winners Clare King and Liz Kipling could not be discounted. Individually, Thames's Naomi Warner was always in command and after a fairly easy first short lap she turned on the pace and ran away to a 50 seconds victory. In her wake there was never more than a handful of metres between Marie and Anna. Marie it was who made the running most of the way, and, come the finishing straight, she still held on to a slight advantage. She crossed the line four seconds to the good and, in putting her name on the Hugh Jones Salver for the first time, she upheld an odd tradition: there has now been a different name on the Salver every year since 1997 - and in fact only one repeat winner since 1991! Marie was of course also the clear winner of the over 40s championship, ahead of Yvonne Hill and holder Sonia Rowland, and accordingly Trish's Trophy will be added to her collection. Bronze medallist in the club championship was Kerrie O'Connor, with Clare King closing fast just ten seconds behind. They were 5th and 6th overall, and with Liz Kipling 9th the team convincingly regained the Dysart Cup. If a B team had been scored they would have been well placed too, with Jenny Lloyd-Jones, Mandy Westlake and Yvonne Hill all in the top twenty and Evelyn Joslin and Sonia Rowland not far behind. Evelyn's was a great performance and deservedly won her the sealed handicap by the hefty margin of over a minute. Behind her, the handicapper did his work well and the bulk of the field was in within 90 seconds. ELLIS CUP Saturday 2nd December 5.53 miles in Richmond Park Stragglers were out in great force to defend the Ellis Cup, which they successfully achieved with some ease...which was just as well, as they had forgotten to bring the trophy back! For Ranelagh as usual it was a fairly low key race, and only Mark Middleton and Duncan Bell could be seen at the sharp end. An under-the-weather Duncan called it a day after one lap, leaving Mark to fight a lone battle. He held third place for much of the race before being shunted back to fourth at the finish. James Corbett, Niall O'Connor and Marc Snaith made the top thirty and our scoring ten included two over 60s, Pete Warren and Tim Woolmer. FULL RESULTS of both the Dysart Cup and the Ellis Cup races are on our website. BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE Saturday 2nd December at Plock Court, Gloucester Sam Perkins, now at Birmingham University, writes: "I had a really good run in the Birmingham League to finish 12th. On the back of this I was selected to represent the South in Brussels in a fortnight's time". 1 B Tickner (Birm U) 30.36 12 Sam Perkins (Birm U) 32.12 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 2nd December 1 W Clark (Epsom & E) 16.37 31 David Rowe 19.47 46 Chris Camacho 20.36 59 George Inman 21.00 166 Gill Wilson 25.57 169 Dawn Bates 26.14 173 George Coates 26.26 180 John Hanscomb 26.52 219 Sharon Rowe 33.50 GRIM CHALLENGE 8 miles Sunday 3rd December at Aldershot "Run, wade and crawl...8 miles off-road challenge" says the event website, "Have you got what it takes?" Anna McLaughlin certainly does, as she ran, waded and crawled over an army assault course to a two minutes victory the day after a hard race in the Dysart Cup. 1 D Symonds (West Sch) 51.46 42 Anna McLaughlin 59.29 50 Matthias Mahr 60.26 397 John Scally 71.45 REGENTS PARK 10km Sunday 3rd December Jenny Lloyd-Jones was another racing two days in a row. Half way through the six-race Regents Park series, she holds a clear lead in the W35 category. Women 1 N Bryan (Unatt) 41.02 4 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 43.09 WOLVERTON 5 miles Saturday 25th November Women 1 A Waterlow (Sale) 28.43 12 Liz Kipling 32.57 OMM THE FIRST Saturday / Sunday 28th / 29th October at Galloway Forest Park Donkey reports: "Not something Buddhist - the event formerly known as KIMM, renamed as The Original Mountain Marathon due to sponsor loss (http://www.theomm.com/). As we'd had to drop out last year due to Mike's chest infection, it was 'once more to prove we can' time, and so we drove up the M6. Galloway bills itself as 'The Highlands of the Lowlands', and given the time it took to get there, it might just as well have been much further north. To spare the blushing reader (and space), we'll draw a veil over the trip, the hotel (why no breakfast before 7am when the whole TOWN was full of competitors?), and the night spent in a four-poster bed with another man (in spite of booking a twin in August), and pass swiftly to the start. The race involves navigating to specific points using a map available 60sec before the race starts, with a running partner (the other man in the four-poster), carrying defined safety and camping equipment (food is a good idea too) over the toughest terrain the organisers can find. You then camp overnight using only the kit you have carried, and get up next day to do it again. Fastest wins - there are different classes of distance and difficulty; in our case we did 24km Day 1, 18km Day 2. Oh, and the time of year is specifically chosen to make things more challenging - rain, mist and wind feature prominently, although you do get a compulsory overnight camp, and an extra hour in bed as the clocks go back. We started off down a forestry road in a gentle drizzle, clutching our maps. The track lasted at least 4km, and then we were off into trackless. boggy, peat hags with 200m visibility as the higher hills were travelled. About 20km, three stream crossings (anything higher than waist deep counts as a crossing, other burns are just big puddles) and five checkpoints later, we squelched into camp about seven hours after we started. Each class camps together, and by the time we had pitched the tent and heated up the "brew", the next tent had disgorged its team of one member of the Stragglers and one member of Reigate Priory - small world! As part of the fun of the OMM is discussing the day's experiences over a cuppa, this could not be beaten. The rain, mist and peat hags had given us plenty of grief, so that was lots to mull over before retiring for the night. No four-poster Saturday night - but a very welcome extra hour was enjoyed before the skirl of the pipes brought us back to semi-consciousness. After the breakfast "brew", we set out on Day 2. I'm avoiding discussing food (this is a family publication), let's just say much time is spent in supermarkets looking for the MOST calorific items - lard is good - but not very palatable. Luckily the weather was much clearer, and in calm and sunny conditions we traversed some more trackless wastes. Neither of us found the underfoot much good for running, unlike the experts who could be seen bounding over the landscape, but we improved from an overnight position of 105th to 79th, putting us about halfway down the finishing order. The Straggler/Reigate team finished well ahead of us (80mins to be exact), and a special mention must go to the Thames H&H team in Elite who finished a very creditable 17th of 19 on their first attempt in a very tough race (Elite did 60km). The overall stats for our class make interesting reading: 296 entries, 239 started, 187 completed. A special mention must go to Dumfries Ice Rink - to balance the no breakfast burg of Newton Stewart - for allowing the two boggy (looking and smelling) strangers who turned up on Sunday evening a free shower". OMM 2006 B Class 1 G Gristwood & H Wyber 7.56 79 Mike Hynd & Chris Owens 11.44 VARSITY Seconds, Thirds and Fourths match Saturday 24th November at Wendlebury Common, Cambridge Anair Beverly, who this year is filling the vital role of OUCC women's social secretary, is still finding a little time for running too. She led the Oxford team in the Thirds race, finishing 3rd overall. FINALLY... Mike Hubbert sends news of a recent study undertaken by Harvard Medical School. "The good news," the report says, "is that yet another study has concluded that the consumption of red wine is good for you - in this case, possibly contributing to a 20 percent longer and healthier life. The bad news is that the initial results suggest that to achieve this level of longevity, you'd have to drink about 300 glasses of red wine. A day."