Newsdesk 2007

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 246                15 March 2007
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Steve Whitehead wins Spendlove Cup
 *  Winchester School retains Ranelagh Cup
 *  Spring Marathons
 *  Last chance to book for the Baker Cup Supper on March 31st
 *  Green Belt Relay - runners needed!

 BAKER CUP  3 miles road handicap  Saturday 31st March in Richmond Park
 The traditional closing of the "winter" season is on Saturday 31st March,
 the Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap. This is one of the few events on the
 calendar that is suitable for absolutely everyone in the club, young and
 old, fast and slow. It's only three miles and it's on traffic-free roads in
 the centre of the Park. The start and finish are beside White Lodge, near
 the Pen Ponds car park. Start is 3pm. You don't have to enter in advance,
 just turn up on the day - preferably at the clubhouse (no later than 2.30pm)
 or else at the start.

 It's followed by... 

 The Baker Cup Supper and Prize Giving at the Orange Tree pub in Richmond
 (opposite the train station), at 6.30pm for 7pm. This is the occasion when
 all the trophies for the season go to their new owners. If you have won a
 trophy or a medal, please try to come along to collect it. All members and
 families are welcome. There will be a finger food buffet and tickets cost
 12.50. Tickets are still available but we have to confirm numbers by 24th
 March, so please book now! Book your places with Jo or Marina at
 mailto:joturner_45@hotmail.com or mailto:marina_quayle@hotmail.com. Parking
 is nearby at Old Deer Park, which is free after 6.30pm.

 We are looking for a volunteer to investigate fund-raising for the club. We
 need someone who can identify opportunities and report them back to the
 committee for consideration. This includes things like sponsorship, grants
 (lottery, Sports Council, government etc), events and anything else we can
 think of. If you think you can help please contact Hon Sec Simon Burrell
 (mailto:simon_burrell@yahoo.com) or any committee member.

 It has been suggested that we compile a list of those Ranelagh Harriers who
 are contesting Spring Marathons, so that - in the case of the London
 anyway - the many Ranelagh spectators who are usually out on the course will
 know whom to look out for! This in turn raises another point - if you are in
 the London, please wear a club vest if possible, so that we can pick you
 Here's the list so far. Please let me know of any additions or corrections. 

 Paris Marathon (15th April)
 Karen Broadbent, Michele Gibson, Evelyn Joslin, Ian Grange, Andy Hayward,
 Chris Read, Tom Reay and Steve Roberts. 

 Rotterdam Marathon (15th April)
 Ed Whitlock 

 London Marathon (22nd April)
 Kerry Anley, Dawn Bates, Rachel Fursman, Liz Kipling, Fari Shams, Marie
 Synnott-Wells, John Atkinson, George Coates, Ken Fotherby, Ian Grange,
 Martin Halvey, John Hanscomb, Stephen Logue, Trevor Maguire, Nathan Mills,
 Neil Myland, Mike Peace, Mike Rowland, Tim Sizeland and Steve Whitehead. 

 The intrepid Ian Grange, it is to be noted, will be running both Paris and
 London! Nick Wright, who was to be part of the Lucozade team in London, is
 unfortunately out with injury. 

 We already have over 200 entries for our Half Marathon on May 13th. Don't
 leave it too late to get your entry in! Details here:
 If you're not running and can spare a couple of hours, we will need lots of
 help on the day - officials, marshals, helpers at water stations and so on.
 The race starts at 8.30am. 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

 See our web site for the full list of ten races that will be forming our
 2007 Grand Prix, plus details of the rules, scoring and so on, here:.
 The first event is the Thames Towpath 10 on 15th April - entries for this
 close on March 30th.

 The five events that form the Surrey Road League all also feature in our
 Grand Prix. They are as follows: Sutton 10km (May 6), Dorking 10m (June 3),
 Dysart 10km (June 24), Elmbridge 10km (July 15) and Belgrave 5km (August

 This event takes place over the weekend of May 19th and 20th. We are the
 reigning champions in both the veterans' and the women's categories. Most of
 you have some idea what the GBR is all about, but for the benefit of
 newcomers it's a relay covering a 220 mile circle around the London green
 belt. The route is off-road where possible, very scenic, and is divided into
 22 stages. The average length of each stage is therefore 10 miles, though in
 fact they vary from 5.7 miles to 13.8 miles. The first 11 stages are run on
 Saturday, starting at Hampton Court and finishing at Blackmore in Essex. The
 race then resumes on Sunday morning to complete the circle, finishing at
 Ham. Teams comprise 11 runners, and each member of the team has to run once
 on Saturday and once on Sunday. You have the option of following the race
 either in whole or in part (we stay overnight in Essex) or else just running
 your own stage and then going home.You can see lots more information on the
 race website here. 

 We are not sure yet how many teams we will enter - it depends on how many
 people want to take part! But entries do have to be made soon, so if you are
 interested, please contact me, Andy Bickerstaff or Anna McLaughlin (contact
 details below) as soon as possible.

 David Wright writes:
 "Eagle eyed readers of Athletics Weekly (are there any?) will have noticed
 that the captain and vice-captain did a bit of moonlighting during the
 winter months by running in the Oxford League as a 2nd claimers for
 Cirencester AC.  They may also have noticed that Andy won a prize for 3rd
 V40 over the season as he helped the club to its best ever position of 2nd
 in the league".

 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 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. Ranelagh GP
                                     MABAC League 5 miles at Winterfold, 11am

 Sunday 22nd April         London Marathon. Ranelagh GP race.

 Sunday 6th May            Sutton 10km. Ranelagh GP and Surrey Road League

 Sunday 13th May           Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. Ranelagh GP race.
 See above.

 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.

 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE  Saturday 17th March in Richmond Park
 A bright blustery day awaited 123 runners from 15 schools in the 80th
 anniversary Ranelagh Cup schools race. The course was one lap of our mob
 match circuit and for most of the distance a group of half a dozen or so
 were contesting the lead. Kiralyfi of Winchester College proved the stronger
 up the final hill, a few seconds ahead of Moorwood of Royal Grammar School
 Guildford and John of Lancing College - whose school won the inaugural race
 back in 1927. This time the honours went to Winchester, who were the
 holders, but it was a close thing. The winner and his brother in 6th place
 spearheaded the Winchester team but Judd School from Tonbridge packed their
 scoring four into the top thirteen and failed by just two points to put
 their name on the Cup for the first time. 

 1 M Kiralyfi (Winchester) 21.36
 2 J Moorwood (RGS Guil) 21.44
 3 H John (Lancing) 21.48
 4 T Samuel (Westminster) 22.06
 5 N James (Judd) 22.09
 6 D Kiralyfi (Winchester) 22.14

 Teams (4 to score)
 1 Winchester 36
 2 Judd 38
 3 Wellington 53

 FINCHLEY 20 miles incl Spendlove Cup club championship  Sunday 18th March at
 We had only three runners in the Finchley this year, all honing their
 preparations for London. Steve Whitehead led the way and ran some five
 minutes faster than in 2006.  "I've upped the mileage this year so was
 pleased with the run," writes Steve. "It was almost an even split between
 the first and second half of the race". Fari Shams was 8th in the women's
 George Coates adds:
 "Not the most attractive course with a fair bit of traffic, but all
 slow-moving (a bit like me). Good parking, well-marshalled and drinks
 stations with water and orange - also 4 x 5 miles laps gave you options for
 10 or 15 miles. Weather was a bit windy bit otherwise ideal.  All in all a
 really good preparation. I did just under 3hrs 30mins which I was very
 pleased with".

 1 P Sanger (Epsom & E) 1.54.56
 5 Steve Whitehad 2.00.41
 69 Fari Shams 2.18.22
 398 George Coates 3.27.08

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 17th March
 With the Park drying out, conditions underfoot have improved and another
 bright morning attracted over 300 runners. Amongst the Ranelagh contingent
 there were PBs from Nathan Mills, Chris Jones, junior Joss Moran and Layla

 1 J Hutchins (Bas & MH) 16.02
 6 Nathan Mills 17.24
 20 Chris Jones 18.28
 28 Darren Wood 19.08
 36 Marc Snaith 19.25
 45 Chris Read 19.33
 48 Joss Moran 19.35
 51 Chris Brook 19.44
 54 Jonny Rowan 19.49
 83 Peter Wright 21.15
 89 Layla Smith 21.36
 115 Phil Aiken 22.20
 125 Paul Bisping 22.45
 152 Jo Turner 23.30
 180 Jonny Peacock 24.46
 183 Roger Wilson 25.06
 251 John Hanscomb 28.54
 253 Steve McClune 29.15 

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 17th March
 Numbers crept up to 76 for the 11th WCTT, and there was a PB for George

 1 K Kyreme (Shaft B) 15.24
 34 Pete Warren 21.10
 48 George Coates 24.00

 FRANK HARMER 10km  Sunday 4th March in Battersea Park
 John Hanscomb ran his fastest time as an over 70.

 1 M Shone (Wood Gn) 31.53
 218 John Hanscomb 53.35

 G3 10km SERIES at Newlands Corner, Guildford
 Results for this series, in which Alyn Morgan and Bonnie Webster took part,
 were in last week's e-news. Alyn adds the grizzly details:

 "The series features three cross country races, on the first weekend of the
 first three months of the year, running 10km courses through the hills from
 Newlands Corner car park near Guildford. The event is organised by 'All
 about Triathlon' and sponsored by Snow and Rock. The courses favour runners
 who like mud, sand and serious hills. One of the climbs in March had all of
 the runners in the leading pack walking for pretty much all of the hill,
 although there is thankfully only one killer climb in each race. To give you
 an idea of the toughness of these courses you need to add around 15 minutes
 to your normal 10km time to work out where you might finish. I would
 encourage anyone who likes hills and mud (oh and sandy climbs and descents)
 to enter these races. They are a great way to gauge how your winter training
 is going and to focus the mind through the bleaker winter months. The races
 are really well organised with water stations en route and at the end, along
 with bananas and flap jacks aplenty at the start and finish for sustenance.
 The only marshalling issue was in the March race where runners were able to
 go off-course on the return leg. This was only a small issue but one that
 did cost people time. There was an amazing variety of people racing so it is
 also not just an event for the super fit or masochistic. Looking forward to
 next year now, so I really need to work on my hill climbing".

 Sick as a parakeet.  writes Pete Mulholland: