Newsdesk 2007

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 244                28 February 2007
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Sam Perkins 10th in Inter-Counties Under 20s' race
 *  Jo Ronaldson 28th in Inter-Counties Women's race
 *  Ian Grange wins Clutton Cup
 *  Junior Points Prize winners: Emily Johnston, Stephanie Espinosa, Victoria
    Elbourne, Josh Keisler, George Inman, Matthew Wilson and Alfie Purdue
 *  Ealing win Hec Petersen Trophy
 *  BPTT / WCTT wins for Sam Perkins and Sara Grosvenor
 *  Sam Hunton and George Inman 1-2 in Bushy Park Trail race

 INTER-CLUB 3.8 miles  Saturday 3rd March in Richmond Park
 Another end-of-season low key race which gives you a chance to blast round
 one lap of our mob match course. All welcome, start 3pm.

 MABAC LEAGUE  Sunday 4th March in Richmond Park
 We are hosting a MABAC League race in Richmond Park on Sunday morning. It's
 5 miles starting at 11am near the Broomfield Hill car park (the one at the
 top of the hill between Kingston and Robin Hood gates). All Ranelagh are
 welcome to take part, just turn up and collect a number on the day - no
 entry fees. If you don't want to run but can help with officiating or
 marshalling, contact Ann Murray ( 0794 0292624 / mailto:annmurray@f2s.com )
 CRANLEIGH 15 / 21  Sunday 25th March
 Bev Ali writes:
 "MABAC has a 15 or 21 mile (you decide which on the day!) open race on the
 25th March in Cranleigh. Entries close on March 4th so if you want to run it
 as part of your preparation for a spring Marathon, the entry forms are
 available here: It is a very friendly race, with a scenic and undulating 
 course, on mostly country roads, and the entry fee is a very reasonable 7
 - a bargain these  days!"

 Jo Turner writes:
 "The Baker Cup supper and annual prize giving is going to be at the Orange
 Tree pub in Richmond on Saturday 31st March. This is opposite the train
 station and there is a car park (Old Deer Park) behind it which is free from
 6.30 onwards.
 There will be a finger food buffet and tickets will cost 12.50.
 Unfortunately, we can only have 60 people so the first come first served
 system will be in operation."
 Book your places with Jo or Marina on Tuesday nights or contact either of
 them at mailto: joturner_45@hotmail.com or mailto: marina_quayle@hotmail.com 

 Our own Half Marathon takes place this year on Sunday 13th May, starting
 from the clubhouse at 8.30am. We will need lots of help on the day -
 officials, marshals, helpers at water stations and so on. Please contact
 Carol Barnshaw if you are able to help on 020 8547 6600 in office hours, 020
 8898 9285 at home or by email on mailto:c_barnshaw@yahoo.com.

 One specific job that needs to be filled is setting out the mile markers.
 Wally Garrod writes:
 "Brian Chard and I have put out the markers for several years. This year we
 are not available. You need a car, strings, scissors, hammer and time! Time
 to orientate the route before hand and before and after the race. We enjoyed
 our time and now need two volunteers. Please see me either Tuesday or
 Wednesday evening or give me a ring on 020 8390 1676". 

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Mark Middleton ( 07725 119649 / mailto: markjmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk ) or 
 Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: phil.aiken@rnid.org.uk ) or 
 Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: anna.mclaughlin@talk21.com ).     

 Saturday 3rd March        Inter-club 3.8 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start.

 Sunday 4th March          MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. 11am
 start - all welcome. See above.

 Saturday 10th March      National Cross-Country Championships at Sunderland
 Saturday 17th March      Ranelagh Cup schools race in Richmond Park. 2.30pm

 Saturday 31st March      Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap. 3pm start in
 Richmond Park (near White Lodge).

 Sunday 1st April            Kingston Breakfast Runs 8m or 16m.  

 Sunday 15th April          Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. 

 Every Saturday              Bushy Park Time Trial: 9am start at the Diana
 Fountain car park.
                                     Wimbledon Common Time Trial: 9am start
 at the Windmill car park.
                                     See http://www.bptt.net/ for details.

 Wollaton Park, Nottingham
 The Under 20s race doubled as a trial for the World Cross in Nairobi. For
 Sam Perkins and the others lining up at the start there were six places on
 the plane at stake, the first three home guaranteed and the remaining three
 at the discretion of the selectors. In a fairly steady first couple of
 kilometres Sam positioned himself well in a very large leading pack, and
 then when the pace began to pick up he found himself in a breakaway group of
 six. At about half way through the 8km race the eventual winner pushed on
 again and Sam became detached from the pack. He was then unlucky enough to
 find himself isolated in 6th place, presenting a perfect target for the
 chasing group. Four or five caught up with him in the second half of the
 race but Sam rallied strongly and entering the finishing straight he was in
 a group battling for places 8 to 11. The final result was 10th, only a
 second behind 8th and less than a minute behind the winner. Sam may be
 disappointed not to have made the national team, but this was a great run.
 Here's Sam's own view of the race: "I was quite pleased with the run. I was
 running quite well in a lead pack of six for the first 3-4k. It was quite
 novel to have so many people and a quadbike with a TV camera focusing on us.
 It was so muddy that the quadbike nearly got stuck in front of us and I was
 about to go round it when it span its wheels and covered a couple of us in
 mud. I was not quite strong enough to stay with the group when Peps (my
 training partner in Birmingham) put the boot in. I came off the back of the
 group and started to slide back a bit. I did all I could but felt awful in
 the muddy bits. I then went from 8th to 10th in the last 10 metres, still
 pleased with the result though". 

 There was a fine performance too from Jo Ronaldson who worked her way
 through to 28th in the senior women's race, taking some notable scalps in
 the process. Anna McLaughlin was back at 103rd of the 269 finishers and Jo
 and she were the 3rd and 6th scorers in the Surrey team that finished just
 outside the medals in 4th place. 

 Phil Killingley had to miss the men's race owing to injury, as did Amelie
 Hunton who should have featured in the Middlesex Under 13 team. But we had
 two more winning Middlesex vests for the first time, Rebecca Clayden and Sam

 Senior Women
 1 H Yelling (Middx) 29.33
 28 Jo Ronaldson (Surrey) 32.17
 103 Anna McLaughlin (Sy) 34.20 

 Under 17 Girls
 1 H Timmins (Cheshire) 19.45
 186 Rebecca Clayden (Mx) 24.19 

 Under 20 Men
 1 J Pepper (Herts) 27.04
 10 Sam Perkins (Surrey) 27.57 

 Under 15 Boys
 1 C Hawkins (Scot W) 16.14
 233 Sam Hunton (Middx) 19.11

 INTER-CLUB 5.7 miles  Saturday 17th February in Richmond Park
 This was the Bank of England's race on their course starting and finishing
 near Roehampton Gate. 
 The leading two Ealing runners forged ahead early on and were never
 seen again by the rest of the field, other than by those they lapped on
 their second circuit. I'm told they briefly ran off course near the ballet
 school but that doesn't seem to have troubled them overly much. 

 Trevor Maguire and Kevin Jacques led the Ranelagh charge early on, but by
 the end of the first lap Graham Quick had worked his way through to the 6th
 place he still occupied at the finish. Trevor was next, then Chris Read in
 an isolated 10th place. Chris Camacho gave it a good go on the first lap but
 faded in the later stages. Scoring for the main event was only four a side,
 and our team was completed by Andy Hayward in 13th. As Ealing had provided
 the first four home, second place in the team event was the best we could

 The Hec Petersen Trophy between ourselves and Ealing was decided at
 6-a-side, which brought Kevin Jacques and Yvonne Hill - second woman home -
 into the reckoning. Once again Ealing were the comfortable victors. 

 JUNIOR POINTS PRIZE FINAL RACE  Saturday 24th February in Richmond Park
 Three runners came into the final Points Prize race with 100% records -
 Emily Johnston, Stephanie Espinosa and Josh Keisler - but only Emily
 finished the day with her record intact. A model of consistency - her four
 winning times varied by only 14 seconds - she ran out a comfortable winner
 of the Under 13 section ahead of Katie Bryant.

 Under 15 leader Stephanie didn't run today but luckily for her, her nearest
 rival Holly Clemens wasn't there either. So Stephanie's total from three
 races proved just enough to stay ahead of Stephanie Croucher who was first
 home today and moved into second place overall. Josh Keisler 1st, Joss Moran
 2nd had been the result of all three previous Under 13 boys races, but this
 time they were both upset by a personal best from Edward Smith. Joss was 2nd
 once again with Josh shunted back to 3rd, but overall Josh held onto his
 lead by two points.

 The Boys Under 15 category was the tightest before today, with only one
 point covering Matthew Wilson, George Inman and Sam Hunton. Sam was away on
 inter-counties duty so it turned into a show-down between the other two.
 George came out ahead today but overall he and Matthew tied on 26 points.

 With Rebecca Clayden also away representing her county, Victoria Elbourne
 had a clear run to stretch her lead in the Under 17 Girls, and in the Under
 17 boys Alfie Purdue was also left unchallenged to pip Steven Downie by one

 The full results can be seen on the Junior section of our website.

 CLUTTON CUP 10 miles Handicap   Saturday 24th February in Richmond Park
 Lukas Appenzeller was comfortably first across the line but he was competing
 as a guest and so was out of the running for the trophy. This instead went
 to handicap specialist Ian Grange. This will be the fifth time Ian has put
 his name on a piece of the club silverware, though it's the first time he
 has won this, the oldest of our trophies. "It's a fair cop, Ian!" writes
 handicapper Mike Rowland, "Well run...but you won't catch me out next time".

 Ian held on to win by half a minute from Bob Beatson, Clutton winner back in
 1997. Well back in third place was Evelyn Joslin, whose 77.57 was the
 fastest women's time of the day - somewhat surprisingly, given that Marie
 Synnott-Wells was in the race...Marie apparently got comprehensively lost on
 her second circuit and finally arrived back just before darkness fell!
 Fastest time overall was Graham Quick's 64.04.

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 17th February
 Highlights were a convincing win for Sam Perkins and a substantial PB for
 junior Edward Smith.

 1 Sam Perkins 15.54
 9 Howard Gleave 17.40
 13 Niall O'Connor 17.55
 32 Darren Wood 19.29
 39 David Rowe 19.52
 63 Edward Smith 20.48
 140 Janet Turnes 23.09
 146 Paul Bisping 23.21
 162 Chris Hunton 23.51
 209 Gill Wilson 25.51
 251 Wally Garrod 29.12
 262 Sharon Rowe 31.32

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 17th February
 Sara Grosvenor was joint first woman home.

 1 N Gould (TH&H) 16.51
 21 Stephen Instone 20.00
 23 Sara Grosvenor 20.05

 SUSSEX BEACON HALF MARATHON  Sunday 18th February at Brighton
 Marie Synnott-Wells finished 6th but first veteran in the women's race.

 1 J Baker (Chichester) 68.33
 117 Marie Synnott-Wells 86.01
 679 John Pratt 100.38
 1581 Alison Cullen 113.51

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 23rd February in Hyde Park
 1 T Boardman (Leigh) 15.19
 142 Mike Rowland 24.51
 166 John Hanscomb 27.44 

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 24th February
 1 B Kiptum (Kenya) 15.43
 19 Darren Wood 19.29
 26 David Rowe 19.54
 78 Adam Wright 22.00
 105 Martin Harrison 23.08
 125 Paul Bisping 24.01
 147 Roger Wilson 24.47
 184 John Hanscomb 27.04
 226 Wally Garrod 29.31
 246 Sharon Rowe 32.19 

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 24th February
 1 N Gould (TH&H) 16.55
 17 Stephen Instone 20.31
 19 Marie Synnott-Wells 20.34

 BURY St EDMUNDS 20 miles  Sunday 25th February
 Nathan Mills finished 10th as part of his "London" preparations.

 1 A Thake (Hallamshire) 1.52.48
 10 Nathan Mills 2.04.46

 BRAMLEY 20 miles  Sunday 25th February
 1 D Mitchinson (N&EB) 1.45.44
 265 Liz Kipling 2.32.58  (chip time 2.32.26)
 457 Derek Mason 2.51.36  (chip time 2.50.49)
 508 Tom Reay 2.56.23  (chip time 2.54.25) 

 BRAMLEY 10 miles  Sunday 25th February
 1 J L'homme (Head) 54.53
 140 Evelyn Joslin 77.27  (chip time 76.58) 

 BUSHY PARK TRAIL RUNS  Sunday 25th February
 Sam Hunton and George Inman scored a Ranelagh one-two in the junior race,
 with Luke Wilson not far behind.

 1 Sam Hunton 14.23
 2 George Inman 15.19
 5 Luke Wilson 16.16 

 1 S Ford (Unatt) 26.46
 43 Simon Burrell 34.40
 74 Roger Wilson 37.42
 93 John Hanscomb 41.52
 114 David Meaden 45.30
 115 Alan Meaden 46.05
 124 Deborah Blakemore 51.21
 127 Ann Murray 53.16
 128 Bev Ali 53.18

 MET POLICE CHAMPIONSHIPS  Wednesday 21st February in Richmond Park
 Mick Lane and Jacqui Reid both finished 10th, in 33.46 and 43.55
 respectively for a long five miles.

 "I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm
 doing". Marsha Doble.