Newsdesk 2007

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 261                13 September 2007
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: steverowland@ranelagh-harriers.com  

 *  Brian Chard wins Thomas Cup
 *  Fastest times by Darryl McDonald and Anna Scally
 *  Silver medals for senior women and men over 40 at Surrey Road Relays
 *  South Downs Way Relay over 60s and mixed team records
 *  Rachel Rowan 3rd in World Age Group Sprint Triathlon
 *  Jenny Lloyd-Jones 3rd in London Duathlon Challenge class

 PAGE CUP 5 miles handicap  Saturday 22nd September in Richmond Park
 This is the second of our club handicap races, similar to the Thomas Cup
 race a couple of weeks ago but over a distance of 5 miles. All members are
 welcome to take part. Start time is 3pm.

 Karen Broadbent writes:
 "As the newly appointed Chairman of the RPTT I am pleased to announce that
 the inaugural RPTT (Richmond Park Time Trial) will be held on the Saturday
 13th October. The team at UKTT have been working exceedingly hard to get
 this next event underway and I am excited that we are finally getting our
 own time trial on our doorstep and in the Park that we all know and love. I
 am aware that this first running of the event is on the same day as the
 Surrey League, but I figure this is a great opportunity to get Ranelagh
 members out in strength as supporters and volunteers and for those not
 racing that afternoon, please come and try out the course! For more details
 visit the RPTT website: www.parkrun.com/ and click on RPTT. I am also
 keen to build a community of regular volunteers from amongst our ranks, the
 more people we have the less workload there is for everyone. If any Ranelagh
 member (or friend or family member) would be willing to spare some time to
 help out, either for the launch event or in the future, please email me at
 richmondhelpers@parkrun.com. Many thanks and see you on the 13th October
 at Pembroke Lodge". 

 HORSLEY 5km  Sunday 16th September
 Louise Piears writes:
 "I am helping to organise the 3rd annual Horsley 5K fun run which takes
 place on Sunday 16th September at a nice civilised time of 1.30pm. It's a
 pleasant low key race on a flat mainly-off road course around West Horsley
 (10 minutes from junction 10 of the M25). It would be great to see some more
 Ranelagh Harriers members in the race this year. 

 If you haven't already got your copy of our updated club history, you can
 buy one from Steve Rowland at most club events, price 12, or by post for
 14 including p&p to Ranelagh History, 2 Sapte Close, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6
 7HA. Overseas orders: Europe 16, rest of the world 20. 

 Peter Trainor writes:
 "May I urge existing draw members who haven't yet paid for the forthcoming
 year to send me their tenners. May I also invite new membership from those
 who currently do not participate in the draw. It's 10 per year, in return
 for which they participate in three draws over the season with three cash
 prizes in each draw funded by 50% of the draw subscriptions - the remaining
 50% being retained in the club's Building Fund. Recent years' draw
 subscriptions have each year produced around 600 to 700 for the Building
 Fund, with a matching total being paid out in prizes over each year's three

 A list of draw members is posted on the club notice board, with those for
 whom I'm not aware of payment shown in red ink. I believe the most recent
 list from 3 Sep 2007 has been taken from the board and sent to me with a
 welcome 10 cheque from a new member, so the list remaining in the Club at
 present may not be so up to date but will still serve as a reminder to those
 who know they have not yet paid. 

 10 cheques should be made payable to RANELAGH HARRIERS BUILDING FUND and
 should be sent to me, Peter Trainor, at 30 Hatch Place, Kingston upon
 Thames, Surrey KT2 5NB. Phone: 07714 203498". 

 CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles  Sunday 14th October at Twickenham
 There are about 300 places left before the entry limit of 2000 is reached,
 so if you want to join the 62 Ranelagh Harriers already entered, then don't
 delay much longer - but do remember that this is unfortunately taking place
 the day after the opening Surrey Cross-Country League fixtures at Wimbledon
 (men) and Esher (women).  

 It's the same day as the Cabbage Patch. As usual there's a 16 miles and an 8
 miles option.  

 TRAIL CHALLENGE HALF MARATHON / 12km / 6km  Sunday 23rd September in Ham and
 Richmond Park.
 The South London Orienteers and Wayfarers club will be using our changing
 rooms again on Sunday 23rd September to host their Trail Challenge Half
 Marathon, plus shorter options. These events are a cross between
 orienteering and cross-country races and provide another chance to see some
 unfamilar bits of the Park and Ham. The Half Marathon will start at 10.30am,
 a 2km race for juniors (under 15 at 31/12/07) will follow at 10.45am, then
 the 12km at 11am and the 6km at 11.15am.  

 Congratulations to the St Mary's women's team, who finished the season on
 top of Division 3 East of the Southern League. Clare King, Estelle Damant
 and Liz Kipling were amongst those who contributed greatly to the success,
 in everything from sprinting to hammer throwing! A glance through the
 season's ranking lists reveals many more familiar names too:
 The men's team, for whom Marc Snaith turned out regularly, finished 6th
 in Division 3 South. Their rankings: 

 Peter Saw writes:
 "The Founders' Challenge is scheduled for Sunday 21st October 2007. It's a
 twenty-six mile ramble organised by the London Group of the Long Distance
 Walkers Association through the Surrey Hills visiting places associated with
 the founders of the LDWA (the toposcope at Pitch Hill, Tanners Hatch Youth
 Hostel, Blatchford Down & Steers Field). It is recommended for all endurance
 athletes. The entry fee of 9 (less for pre-entries and LDWA members)
 includes refreshments at each of the checkpoints and a hot meal at the
 finish. Full details are available via the LDWA website www.ldwa.org.uk

 Martin Wolfson is looking for a partner for Sunday morning 5 milers starting
 between 8 and 9am at about 8 - 9 minutes miling pace. Anyone interested
 please contact Martin at martin.wolfson@talk21.com 

 The club receives a few guaranteed places for the London Marathon and the
 draw for these usually takes place in December at our Christmas party. Hon
 Sec Simon Burrell would like to remind people that to be eligible for our
 draw you must have applied to enter and been rejected. You have until
 October 20th to enter - forms can be obtained in the free "Marathon News"
 magazine available at most sports shops. 

 More details of the following from
 Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: andy@norris-hobs.co.uk ) or 
 Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto: nandmwells@aol.com ).     

 Saturday 22nd September  Page Cup 5 miles handicap in Richmond Park starting
 at 3pm.

 Sunday 23rd September    Trail Challenge Half Marathon / 12km / 6km at Ham
 and Richmond Park. See above.

 Saturday 29th September  South of England Road Relays (men) at Aldershot

 Sunday 30th September    South of England Road Relays (women) at Aldershot

 Saturday 13th October      Surrey Cross-Country League. Men at Wimbledon,
 women at Esher.
                                        The Richmond Park Time Trial also
 starts today, see above.

 Sunday 14th October        Cabbage Patch 10 miles at Twickenham. See above.

 Saturday 20th October      Surrey Veterans Cross-Country Championships in
 Richmond Park. 2.30 pm start.

 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.
                                       Banstead Woods Time Trial: 9am start
 off B2219 Park Lane, Chipstead
                                       Richmond Park Time Trial: 9am start
 near Richmond gate.
                                       More details at www.parkrun.com  

 THOMAS CUP 3.8 miles handicap    Saturday 1st September in Richmond Park
 Despite such an early date for the opening of the "winter" season - indeed
 summer seemed just about to be arriving at last - there was a good crowd of
 72 runners for the handicap and nearly 90 lined up for the annual club

 As usual there were many new faces in evidence, as well as plenty of old
 lags. Two of the newcomers - Patrick Wallis and Chris Wilson - ran away at
 the front of the race, but they were competing as guests and so were
 ineligible for Mr Thomas's ornate trophy. But almost as far ahead of the
 rest came our former President Brian Chard, who proved a most popular
 winner. Brian had well over a minute to spare before Stephen Roberts crossed
 the line for the silver medal, just ahead of another guest John Lurie and
 then a charging Niall O'Connor who collected the bronze. 

 Fastest on the day was the resurgent Darryl McDonald, ahead of Ed Barker and
 Niall O'Connor. Anna Scally came out on top of the women's list ahead of 12
 year-old Amelie Hunton and Karen Broadbent, who seem to have battled each
 other all the way round the course. 

 The afternoon's tea was free of charge thanks to the generosity of Rodney
 Oliver who this year celebrates 50 years of Ranelagh membership. Rodney was
 presented with an engraved tankard to commemorate the occasion. 

 There were fewer takers for the evening's party in the clubhouse, but the
 thirty or so who attended all seemed to have a good time. Thanks go to
 Marina and Jo for organising things. 

 The club photo - taken as usual by Ken Powley - can be found on our website,
 where you can also see Rodney Oliver receiving his engraved tankard from
 Frances Ratchford. 

 SURREY ROAD RELAY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 8th September at Wimbledon Park
 The big question for the women's team was: can we make it five in a row? We
 had won this event every year since 2003 and had not been out of the frame
 since 1998. Our task was made easier by the non-appearance of teams from
 Belgrave and Thames but with some key runners absent it was still going to
 be tough.

 Anna Scally gave us the best possible start by completing the opening stage
 half a minute clear of her pursuers. Mandy Westlake took over and despite
 her best efforts she had to concede places to South London and Wimbledon
 Windmilers. However, she kept us in touch and on the third stage skipper
 Marie Synnott-Wells regained the lead, giving Estelle Damant a nine second
 advantage to take into the final lap. But here South London unveiled their
 secret weapon in the shape of outstanding junior Georgie Bruinvels, formerly
 of Dorking. Bruinvels ran the fastest lap of the day, 16.58, and Estelle was
 powerless to prevent her sweeping past and on to victory by 21 seconds. But
 a look at the stats confirms that this was not a performance to be ashamed
 of: Anna, Marie, Estelle and Mandy all ran their fastest ever times on this
 course, and on the day were ranked 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 14th overall. Their
 total time of 71.03 was faster than the Ranelagh winning time in both 2003
 and 2004, and only 19 seconds slower than last year's (2005 was on a
 modified course and so cannot be compared). Our 'B' team finished in 9th
 place and the over 45 women - after occupying a medal position for most of
 the race - finished just off the podium in 4th place. Sonia Rowland was 6th
 fastest of the day in the over 45s.

 The women's team had been expected to bring home medals of some kind, but
 much more of a surprise were the silver medals won by our over 40 men's
 team. Andy Hayward and Steve Rowland - both over 50s - had turned up more in
 the role of supporters but prepared to have a run if there were any spare
 places. Andy Bickerstaff and Mick Lane were the only over 40s who had been
 able to make it, so Andy H and Steve found themselves volunteered to
 complete that team. Andy B and Mick both put in strong runs - the 7th and
 3rd fastest of the day in that age group - and when the results appeared the
 quartet was astonished to find that it had finished in 2nd place.

 The senior men's team was very much of a scratch squad too, featuring
 several newcomers. They all acquitted themselves well after a strong opening
 stage from Ed Barker, and there was a promising performance from junior Sean
 Paynter. The team oscillated between 12th and 15th throughout, finally
 winding up in 14th place. 

 SOUTH DOWNS WAY RELAY  Sunday 2nd September
 Jim Forrest reports:
 "Regular e-news readers will know that  Sunday 2nd September was set aside
 as 'South Downs Way Day'.  We have in the past had as many as six Ranelagh
 teams taking up the 73-mile challenge from Petersfield to Beachy Head on
 such a day, but this year only the over-60s team of Clive Beauvais, John
 Pratt and Pete Warren and a mixed Sweat Shop/Ranelagh team, led by Hugh
 Brasher, appeared at the start line.  It was agreed that the over 60s would
 start first with a 20-minute cushion before the youngsters took off.  This
 enabled the two teams to interact throughout the day.

 It was a beautifully still morning, perfect for running, so we had no
 excuses, apart from age.  By ten past eight we had given up waiting for the
 drug-testers to arrive and we set John off on his way for the golden oldies.
 We'd done a fair bit of "recce" work in the summer and had also searched
 attics to find fading records of previous teams' split times to help us
 estimate what we might manage.  In fact it turned out that our early stage
 split time estimates were a little generous and our later ones a bit harsh.
 We divided the route into 27 stages, the longest being a little over 5
 miles.   We exchanged mobile phone numbers in case of injury or getting lost
 or arriving at the changeover point with no replacement runner in sight, but
 in the event none of these disasters materialised.

 All three over-60s ran magnificently and kept going to the bitter end.
 Clive ran up both Bignor Hill and Ditchling Beacon as if they were just
 hillocks;  Pete, new to this sort of masochism, had a good run from Buriton
 Farm and his best effort was probably the tricky hilly stage between
 Litlington and Exceat;   John roared across Graffham Down and made a
 remarkable recovery after his left knee had 'gone' when coming into
 Alfriston - he demolished Jim's Jaffa cakes in the car and the knee was
 ready for more action after an hour!   The weather deteriorated near the
 end - Beachy Head seems to have its own unpleasant microclimate - but
 thankfully the cold wind was a following one.  So we arrived at the trig
 point in an over-60s record time of 10 hours 43 minutes and 25 seconds. 

 It was really good to have the enthusiastic support of Steve and Sonia
 Rowland (car) and Sue Ashley (bike) during the day. Sonia and  Sue saw their
 incredible Ladies over-50s record time (run with Kathy Mallett) of 10 hrs 26
 mins survive our onslaught. But we'll claim the men's over 50 record too,
 even if slower than the women's - there being no other claimant to it!
 Maybe we'll be back next year to try again.

 Hugh's team of self, Layla Smith and Matt Jeffroy ran 10 hrs 14 mins, a new
 record for a mixed team of three.  This was especially remarkable because
 they had not 'recced' the route - quote of the day came from Hugh: 'I didn't
 realise that the Seven Sisters was a hilly stage'. Hugh christened his team
 'The ONES (On an Excel Spreadsheet) - a modern day version of my Dad's OBE
 Club (On the Back of an Envelope)'  (Dad of course being Olympic gold
 medalllist and London Marathon founder Chris Brasher, who first devised the
 rules for the SDW relay). 

 The oldest living Ranelagh Harrier, Carl Nargang, is 93 and has lived in
 Eastbourne for years.  He entertained a group of us after the run to a cuppa
 at his home and a welcome shower for the runners.  He told us that he
 continued regular running until he was 90, his staple run being from Beachy
 Head down to Birling Gap and back!

 Why don't more of you try this event next year?   We can give you examples
 of schedules if you want to get to know the route beforehand.  Some of the
 views from the top of the ridges are staggering and it's a great day out for
 all.  The training benefit is also huge - expect a personal best three or
 four weeks later".

 1 Hugh Brasher, Layla Smith, Matt Jeffroy (driver Kevin Cantillon) 10hr
 14min 24secs
 2 John Pratt, Clive Beauvais, Pete Warren (driver Jim Forrest) 10hr 43min

 Rachel Rowan reports:
 "Jonny and I both competed at the World Sprint Triathlon Championships for
 age groupers on Sunday 2nd September 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. This was held
 alongside the Olympic Distance World Championships for age groupers and
 elites. 2007 is the first year that the ITU has hosted World Championships
 for the sprint distance triathlon which basically comprised a 750m swim, 22k
 cycle and 5k run. The transition area in Hamburg was long. I am not sure of
 the exact distances but I would estimate about 700m long which involved
 about 6 mins of running back and forth in transition for most athletes. 

 We both qualified for the event at Redditch Sprint Triathlon back in May
 where in order to qualify you had to come top five in your age group.
 Unfortunately a recurrent injury flare-up around the time of the qualifier
 at Redditch prevented me from running more than once per week so I was not
 expecting to be in contention for a medal in Hamburg. However on the day it
 all came together and I came third to win a bronze medal in the 35 - 39 age
 group category. Jonny was 18th in 30-34 age group.

 I had said that I wouldn't do another World Champs, however now that I have
 automatically qualified for the World Champs in Vancouver in June next year
 I may be tempted to try for the gold or silver ..... (injuries

 Women 35-39
 1 S Johnson (GB) 1.19.44
 (swim 13.51 / T1 4.09 / bike 39.15 / T2 2.40 / run 19.48)
 2 M O'Dea (GB) 1.20.29
 (12.07 / 5.19 / 37.49 / 3.20 / 21.53)
 3 Rachel Rowan 1.21.03
 (14.27 / 4.07 / 39.20 / 2.54 / 20.13)

 Men 30-34
 1 A Dorfmeister (Ger) 1.07.28
 (11.39 / 3.39 / 31.52 / 2.27 / 17.50)
 18 Jonny Rowan 1.14.09
 (11.48 / 3.47 / 36.04 / 2.37 / 19.50)

 LONDON DUATHLON  Sunday 9th September in Richmond Park
 I'm not sure how many Ranelagh took part this year, but the best result
 looks to have come from Jenny Lloyd-Jones, who finished 3rd in the Challenge
 class - this inolved a 9km run, 21.5km on the bike and a 4.7km run.

 1 K Brown 1.37.07
 (run 34.39 / T1 1.00 / bike 41.58 / T2 1.13 / run 18.20)
 3 Jenny Lloyd-Jones 1.39.42
 (37.44 / 1.56 / 38.41 / 0.31 / 20.51)

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 31st August in Hyde Park
 1 H Lobb (Bedford) 15.16
 141 Mike Rowland 26.07
 152 John Hanscomb 27.04

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 1st September
 There were 402 finishers this week. Iain Wilson ducked inside 18 minutes for
 the first time, a run that was graded third best age-related performance of
 the day. Other course PBs came from Simon Collingridge, Sharon Rowe (of
 course) and Stacey Barber.

 1 D Symons (TH&H) 16.13
 14 Iain Wilson 17.56
 24 David Rowe 18.48
 32 Darren Wood 19.24
 34 Simon Collingridge 19.29
 86 Adam Wright 21.21
 160 Luke Wilson 23.20
 260 Heather Martingell 26.19
 266 Sharon Rowe 26.28
 284 Jenni Kruse 27.18
 288 John Hanscomb 27.28
 359 Stacey Barber 30.46 

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 1st September
 1 A Weir (TH&H) 16.29
 15 Stephen Instone 19.22
 33 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.20
 41 Jo Turner 23.39

 KINGFIELD CANTER 2.85 miles handicap  Wednesday 5th September at Woking
 1 D Halkes (Unatt) 24.25  (actual time 21.10)
 10 Steve Rowland 26.12  (18.27)
 34 Sonia Rowland 29.02  (21.47)

 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 8th September
 The field reached a monstrous 439 runners this week, including Dr
 Frankenstein himself Paul Sinton-Hewitt. Jonny Peacock led the Ranelagh wave
 and there were PBs from Chris Brook, Stacey Barber and Hannah Bradshaw.

 1 O Laws (New & EB) 15.35
 17 Jonny Peacock 18.20
 19 Chris Brook 18.34
 37 Simon Collingridge 19.34
 50 Kerry Anley 19.58
 68 Darren Wood 20.33
 69 David Rowe 20.33
 100 Adam Wright 21.17
 133 Luke Wilson 22.07
 143 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 22.24
 237 Gill Wilson 24.53
 277 Heather Martingell 26.13
 288 John Hanscomb 26.36
 289 Sharon Rowe 26.38
 348 Stacey Barber 28.52
 349 Hannah Bradshaw 28.53 

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 8th September
 1 I Higgins (TH&H) 17.25
 9 Stephen Instone 19.35

 BANSTEAD WOODS TIME TRIAL 5km  Saturday 8th September
 1 J Hart (Epsom O) 17.18
 41 Brian Chard 26.45

 BRISTOL HALF MARATHON  Sunday 9th September
 Niall O'Connor reports:
 "The starting conditions for the Bristol half-marathon were cool and
 overcast, the course was flat and the route clear of all non-runners,
 perfect p.b. territory in fact. Unfortunately I had a race that, from the
 start, I struggled in. Aiming for a pace of 6:05/mile I got to the 2-mile
 mark  in 12:22 and felt anxious given the amount of effort I had put in.
 Even the Lucozade at 8.5 miles didn't help as I battled to a 7:20 11th mile.
 Coming into the finish with the crowd cheering loudly, I peered over my
 shoulder to see a group of runners bearing down on me. A frantic last 100m
 saw me finish in 84:13, disappointed with my time, but relieved that I did
 finish ahead of Fred, Wilma and their friend Elvis! Suspicious minds might
 suspect that Elvis did actually catch me on the line.".

 1 T Shiferaw (Ethiopia) 1.03.01  (chip time 1.03.01)
 155 Niall O'Connor 1.24.16  (1.24.13)
 605 Nick Paisley 1.35.39  (1.34.02)
 2684 Aine Hayes 1.56.21  (1.53.12)
 2712 Rachel Turtle 1.56.34  (1.52.41)

 Phil Aiken reports on some summer runs that might have escaped your notice
 (as indeed might summer itself):

 BEWL 15 miles  Sunday 1st July
 If the prospect of running 14.2 miles around south east England's largest
 expanse of water wasn't tempting enough, there was the added incentive of
 home made cake at the finish line. Starting just outside the village of
 Wadhurst there is a m drop down a farm track and through farmland to a
 stile - where (nearly) everyone politely queued to get over - and the
 perimeter of the reservoir. Conditions were ideal for running - cool, with a
 hint or more of drizzle - but the recent rain meant the surface was
 predominantly mud, putting to shame all but the toughest courses on the
 winter fixture list. The clockwise circuit meant the hills, when they came,
 were all in the final third as the course turned inland to avoid the nature
 reserve. The final descent back to the reservoir was especially tricky. I
 exercised caution and walked unlike one of the runners behind who paid the
 muddy penalty. Returning to the stile there was that m climb back to the
 finish. But there was cake when I got there! 

 1 H Mountcastle (Hast) 1.26.51
 79 Phil Aiken 1.49.23

 "I ran the Wycombe Half", I said. "Oh, that must be hilly" was the standard
 response. And if, like me, you've run leg 4 of the Green Belt Relay around
 the west and north of High Wycombe, you wouldn't think otherwise. However,
 once you've climbed 250-300 feet in the opening mile and a half, that's it
 really. Shame, because I could do with a ready made excuse to explain my
 time. At the finish there was a plentiful and more than decent goody bag and
 showers that can only be described as "character building".

 1 P Gregory (V of Ayles) 1.14.15
 202 Phil Aiken 1.44.54

 HARLOW 10 miles  Sunday 5th August
 The hottest day of the year took me to Harlow. By 3 miles I knew I wasn't on
 for a good time. Beyond 6 I knew it would be bad. I'm thankfully spared from
 revealing quite how bad because the results are, at the time of writing*,
 still unavailable as the Harlow RC webmaster "took a surprise holiday - a
 surprise to the rest of the committee that is - and didn't leave the
 (*unfortunately the webmaster came back!) 

 1 S Powell (Wood G) 55.03
 111 Phil Aiken 77.22 

 "The start of a World Cross Country event is like riding a horse in the
 middle of a buffalo stampede. It's a thrill if you keep up, but one slip and
 you're nothing but hoof prints". Ed Eyestone, American distance runner.