**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 248 10 April 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Sarah Smith wins Baker Cup * Top ten finishes in Kingston Breakfast Runs from Steve Whitehead, Peter Weir and Kerry Anley * Good luck to all marathoners SEE HERE ************* SPRING MARATHONS One or two more additions to the list, and one deletion - Kerry Anley having not recovered from injury in time for the London. Good luck to all, including those juniors in the Mini Marathon. The London race incorporates Ranelagh's club marathon championships for the Winter Cup (men) and the Brasher Bowl (women). 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) Tanya Allen, Lynne Barber, Dawn Bates, Hazel Carr, Rachel Fursman, Liz Kipling, Fari Shams, Lorna Smith, Sophie Spink, Marie Synnott-Wells, Mandy Westlake, Jane Wyatt, John Atkinson, George Coates, Ed Barker, Ken Fotherby, Ian Grange, Martin Halvey, John Hanscomb, Mick Lane, Stephen Logue, Trevor Maguire, Nathan Mills, Neil Myland, Niall O'Connor, Mike Peace, Mike Rowland, Tim Sizeland, Chris Spink and Steve Whitehead. Hamburg Marathon (29th April) Carola Richter. LONDON MARATHON ACHES AND PAINS PARTY London Marathon day will as usual end up at Janet Turnes's pub the Wych Elm in Elm Road, Kingston. All runners (whichever race you're doing), spectators, supporters, television watchers welcome from 7pm onwards. Bring your medals! SPONSORSHIP If you're still looking for somewhere to put your London Marathon sponsorship money, Marie Synnott-Wells has the answer: "I am running the Flora London Marathon on the 22nd April for the Epilepsy Research Foundation and would be grateful if you could donate something for this cause. To do so please log on to the following web site http://www.justgiving.com/msw. Thank you in anticipation of your donation". LONDON MARATHON PACING Phil Aiken has been contacted by a friend who works at Runner's World magazine: "Fancy a (really) long, (really) slow one? We have suffered a catastrophic loss of pacers for Flora London Marathon so we're all asking around...would you consider pacing it at 11-min miles? You'd get some free stuff as incentive. There might be a chance of pacing 9 or 10-min miles also". If you can help, speak to Phil (contact details in "What's Coming" below). KESWICK HALF MARATHON Bob Beatson writes: "This year's Keswick Half Marathon and Fun Runs (1.5km and 3.2km) are on Sunday 6th May (Bank Holiday weekend). Quite a few Ranelagh members have enjoyed the half marathon over the years. It does a circuit around Derwentwater, with excellent high level views over the lake, and a loop out into the equally scenic Newlands valley to make up the distance. It is a road race, but the roads do go up and down a bit! The three main hills are all in the first half. I know it clashes with the Sutton 10K, and it's 300 miles away, but it really is well worth the trip. Entries for the half marathon can be made in advance or on the day, but enter before 25th April if you want to ensure getting the traditional slate medallion/coaster at the finish. Entries for the fun runs are taken on the day. VETERANS TRACK LEAGUE Julie Drummond writes: "Here we go again.this year's dates for the Vets Track League at the Millennium Arena in Battersea Park are as follows: 14 May, 11 June, 9 July, 23 July. These are all Monday nights. We attempt to get to the track at 6pm and provisional events for the first match are: High Jump Discus 100m 2000m Walk Shot 400m Long Jump 1500m 4 x 400m Relay Please come along - low key and a lot of fun. You can have a go at all sorts of things you haven't attempted since school days - and everyone wins points! It's approx a 10 minute walk from Battersea Park or Queenstown Road stations. For further information email me on: email@example.com. OPEN COUNTRY Radio 4's "Open Country" programme this week features Richmond Park. It was first broadcast on Saturday morning and is repeated at 1.30pm on Thursday, but you can catch up with it via Radio 4's web site here: THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS OF RANELAGH HARRIERS A copy of our Centenary history book, published back in 1981, was on offer on e-bay last week. The seller was optimistically asking for an opening bid of £9.99, and sadly I don't believe he had any takers. Keep an eye open in case he tries again...or alternatively wait a few weeks for the publication of the updated version, "The First 125 Years of Ranelagh Harriers", which is about to go to press. Watch this space. ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Mark Middleton ( 07725 119649 / mailto: email@example.com ) or Phil Aiken (07739 035189 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Anna McLaughlin (07971 606521 / mailto: email@example.com ). Sunday 15th April Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. Ranelagh GP race. Entries now closed. MABAC League 5 miles at Winterfold, 11am start. Sunday 22nd April London Marathon. Ranelagh GP race. Sunday 6th May Sutton 10km. Ranelagh GP and Surrey Road League race. Sunday 13th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. Ranelagh GP race. Sat 19th / Sun 20th May Green Belt Relay. Sunday 3rd June Dorking 10 miles. Ranelagh GP race and Surrey 10m championship. A new course is being introduced this year. 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. Details: RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX For full details WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap Saturday 31st March in Richmond Park There can have been few more popular winners of the Baker Cup than Sarah Smith. In her first race as a mum and with much of her training consisting of pushing a baby buggy, Sarah surprised herself and the handicapper by storming through the field to set the fastest women's time of the day. She failed to catch new member Kirsty Leaf, who was competing as a guest, and another guest, Jay Cash, was close behind, but as far as the Cup was concerned Sarah crossed the line half a minute clear of the pack. While Sarah was being reunited with 6 month-old Alexander, 68 year-old Ivan Boggis, a new man after varicose vein surgery, was taking the silver medal, narrowly holding off Sue Ashley. Pre-race tipsters' favourite Chris Camacho was closing fast but had to settle for 4th place. Peter Haarer as scratch man started a full minute after everybody else and so had a mostly lonely run - apart from seeing all those runners ahead of him already well onto their next loop - but began to catch people in the closing stages and recorded the day's fastest time of 16.11. There was a good battle for next fastest between Tim Woods, Marcus Gohar and Howard Gleave which Tim won, and his 16.40 was a new course record for over 50s. Al an Howard had his eye on the over 70s course record, but he was scuppered by the high winds, which slowed times generally. His 22.29 was 22 seconds outside Bob Maslin's 1987 mark. Sarah Smith's 18.40 was three seconds faster than Clare King, with Marie Synnott-Wells third fastest woman on 19.06. It has become increasingly difficult to find a perfect venue for the Baker Cup supper and annual prize presentation. The ideal would be an intimate comfortable room able to sit 80 or so to a reasonably-priced dinner. Such places are few and far between! The Orange Tree in Richmond proved to be a good choice - a cosy private room with its own bar, able to accommodate the 60 or so who turned up in reasonable comfort, and with tasty buffet food. Thanks go to social secretaries Jo Turner and Marina Quayle for arranging it. The array of club trophies was as ever an impressive sight. Alan Hedger and President Frances efficiently distributed them to those of their winners who were in attendance, and Alan took the rest home. If you are expecting a trophy or a medal, you might like to contact Alan and arrange collection, rather than wait for him to chase you: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org THOSE OTHER TROPHIES... ...that are decided over the whole season - the Points Prize, the McLeod Cup and the Women's Performance Award - were also presented at the Baker Cup supper. The Points Prize for consistency in handicaps went to Clive Naish on 18 points, ahead of Deborah Blakemore on 14 and Sandra Prosser on 12. Clive was also runner-up in the McLeod Cup competition for points scored in all cross-country events. He scored 922 points, four ahead of Niall O'Connor but well behind Captain Bickerstaff who totalled 1044 points. The equivalent competition for women is the Women's Performance Award and this went to Yvonne Hill on 1055, with Sonia Rowland second on 947 and Corinne Bishop third on 912. KINGSTON BREAKFAST RUNS Sunday 1st April Three and a half thousand runners turned out for the Kingston Breakfast Runs. For most of the Ranelagh starters in the 16 miler, this was their final competitive outing before a spring marathon. Steve Whitehead ran impressively for 8th place a few seconds inside 6 minute miling. Niall O'Connor and John Molloy led the rest, ahead of Liz Kipling and Mandy Westlake who were placed 16th and 17th in the women's section. 16 miles 1 G Brook (Stragglers) 1.30.13 8 Steve Whitehead 1.35.26 34 L Cowley (Herts Ph) 1.40.56 (1st W) 39 Niall O'Connor 1.41.15 111 John Molloy 1.47.47 186 Liz Kipling 1.51.35 188 Mandy Westlake 1.51.53 294 Ian Grange 1.56.41 638 Carola Richter 2.07.35 1145 Tom Reay 2.20.01 1332 Geoff Bell 2.24.39 1418 Martin Landless 2.27.15 1477 Dawn Bates 2.28.38 1558 Bernadette Costello 2.31.40 1652 Lorna Smith 2.34.51 1769 John Hanscomb 2.39.58 1861 Julie Naismith 2.44.17 In the "half breakfast"option, Peter Weir finished 7th overall and Kerry Anley was 4th woman. 8 miles 1 T Kingsnorth (TH&H) 44.50 6 N Warner (TH&H) 48.24 (1st W) 7 Peter Weir 48.33 35 Kerry Anley 54.09 103 Steve Elswood 58.40 121 Layla Smith 59.26 224 Karen Broadbent 62.43 833 Janet Turnes 74.56 1364 Daphne Moynier 86.30 WORTHING 20 miles Sunday 1st April Marie Synnott-Wells treated this as a confidence-booster training run but still finished 6th in the women's section. 1 N Baker (Denmead) 1.56.23 (chip time 1.56.22) 69 Marie Synnott-Wells 2.22.42 (2.22.39) 263 Phil Aiken 2.49.27 (2.48.41) 577 Jane Wyatt 3.42.04 (3.41.14) COMBE GIBBET TO OVERTON 16 miles Sunday 1st April Clive Beauvais was the leading over 60 by more than a mile. 1 A Macaskill (Maid) 1.37.23 21 Clive Beauvais 1.59.31 93 Sue Ashley 2.25.57 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 31st March A smaller than usual Ranelagh contingent this week, what with the alternative attractions of the Baker Cup and the KIngston races. But there were PBs for David Rowe and Frances Pennycook. 1 R Stannard (Belgrave) 16.04 19 David Rowe 19.15 20 Darren Wood 19.18 69 Phil Aiken 21.37 81 Wyn Williams 22.07 96 Paul Bisping 22.32 163 Frances Pennycook 25.39 176 Roger Wilson 26.47 197 Steve McClune 28.33 200 John Hanscomb 28.42 226 Sharon Rowe 31.30 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 31st March 1 M Gray (unatt) 17.36 29 Pete Warren 21.17 38 Jo Turner 23.39 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 7th April There was a big PB for David Rowe and improvements also for Niall O'Connor and Alastair Sinclair. 1 R Stannard (Belgrave) 16.04 13 Niall O'Connor 17.35 38 David Rowe 18.48 42 Darren Wood 18.51 50 Stewart Ward 19.14 77 Peter Wright 20.24 84 Edward Smith 20.42 123 George Inman 21.39 126 Wyn Williams 21.44 143 Phil Aiken 22.14 161 Alastair Sinclair 22.54 196 Holly Clemens 24.14 213 Stephanie Croucher 24.59 223 Alan Craig 25.34 254 John Hanscomb 27.23 279 Alice Clemens 29.36 282 Marina Quayle 29.44 283 Sharon Rowe 29.59 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 7th April Marie Synnott-Wells was the first woman home. 1 J Trehearn (Sutton R) 17.01 11 Marie Synnott-Wells 18.54 MAIDENHEAD 10 miles Friday 6th April A small but very select trio represented the club in a quality Good Friday field. Kerrie O'Connor was 14th in the women's race, Pete Warren was 2nd over 65 and John Hanscomb was 3rd over 70. 1 P Wicks (Belgrave) 49.41 150 Kerrie O'Connor 67.56 307 Pete Warren 74.49 738 John Hanscomb 91.21 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 30th March in Hyde Park 1 S Collins (Enfield) 15.48 171 John Hanscomb 26.58 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap Wednesday 4th April While SLH's Ray Marriott was taking the best part of a minute off the M50 course record (with 15.04), Sonia Rowland came within 12 seconds of the W50 mark. 1 S Cutmore (Windle V) 24.07 (actual time 20.52) 5 Sonia Rowland 25.33 (actual time 19.48) FALESIA 5km Saturday 17th March at Falesia, Portugal Women over 60 1 Y Priestman 24.58 2 Margaret Auerback 25.23 FINALLY... Sunita Williams, an American astronaut, will run this year's Boston Marathon tethered to a treadmill on board the International Space Station. Full story.