**************************************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 262 25 September 2007 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com **************************************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ********************* * Janet Turnes wins Page Cup * Fastest times by Ed Barker and Marie Synnott-Wells * Kerrie O'Connor wins Swineshead 10 miles and BPTT * Fari Shams wins Ashtead 10km * Several RH in the prizes in the Richmond Trail Challenge * First Surrey League fixtures on October 13th * Third anniversary BPTT on October 6th * Richmond Park Time Trial to be launched on October 13th SEE HERE ************* SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUES By all estimations we did pretty well in last winter's Surrey League competitions. Both our teams competed in the top division and the men finished fourth while the women were runners-up. We'll be hoping to perform equally well this season, if not better. As ever, it's crucial to get a good start: it's very difficult to recover from a poor result in the opening fixture. That opening fixture is on Saturday 13th October. All members are welcome to run, but we particularly need all those who might make the scoring team to be in attendance if they possibly can. In the men's league it is ten to score. In the women's it is five to score, but there are B and C teams and so on, and so all finishers will count. The women are at West End Common, near Esher, and the timetable is: Seniors at 12.15pm; Under 17s and Under 15s at 1.15pm; Under 13s at 1.45pm. The men are on Wimbledon Common (the Belgrave Harriers course) and the timetable is: Under 17s, Under 15s and Under 13s at 2.30pm; Seniors at 3pm. More details of the exact venues will follow nearer the time. RICHMOND PARK TIME TRIAL 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 firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks and see you on the 13th October at Pembroke Lodge". BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL Saturday October 6th sees the third Anniversary of the BPTT, and following the run there will be a "bring and share" alfresco breakfast while the annual prize presentation takes place. David Rowe and former winner Darren Wood are placed 2nd and 3rd in the men's league table for the year, while Sharon Rowe and another former winner Gill Wilson are 7th and 18th in the women's. THE FIRST 125 YEARS OF RANELAGH HARRIERS 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. TEN MILERS There are still places left for the Cabbage Patch 10 at Twickenham on Sunday 14th October (http://www.cabbagepatch10.com/). However, this takes place the day after the opening Surrey Cross-Country League fixtures, so an alternative for those looking for a ten miler is the Geoff Moulden 10 at Wimbledon on Sunday 7th October: www.wimbledonten.co.uk/ MARSHALS NEEDED FOR THE CABBAGE PATCH Keith Haworth of the Stragglers writes: "Hello everyone, yes it's that time of year again when I am looking for help with the marshalling duties at the Cabbage Patch 10. The race is on October 14th this year and we need somewhere in the region of 80/85 marshals to successfully cover the course and the finish area. So if you can spare the time please can you contact me and indicate your availability. If you haven't marshalled before don't worry we will tell you exactly what is needed and what to expect. Naturally there will be the usual additional incentive with the offer of the traditional long sleeve T shirt, a free beer and a free two course meal after the race to all who assist with the race. Bring your friends and family. You will be most welcome". If you can help, e-mail Keith at email@example.com CONGRATULATIONS... ...to second-claim member Wendy Nicholls (formerly Wendy Jones), not only on her recent marriage but also on her selection to represent Britain in the World Road Racing Championships in Italy on October 14th. ********************* WHAT'S COMING... ********************* More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff ( 07772 111491 / mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07956 431319 / mailto: email@example.com ). Saturday 29th September South of England Road Relays (men) at Aldershot Sunday 30th September South of England Road Relays (women) at Aldershot Sunday 7th October Wimbledon 10 miles. See above. Saturday 13th October Surrey Cross-Country League. Men at Wimbledon, women at Esher. See above. 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. Sunday 21st October Founders' Challenge 26 miles walk / run in the Surrey Hills from Peaslake. Details: 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 WHAT'S HAPPENED... *************************** PAGE CUP 5 miles handicap Saturday 22nd September in Richmond Park Handicapper Mike Rowland reports: "I wonder when we last had such brilliant late summer weather for both the Thomas and Page Cups. A lovely warm, sunny afternoon saw 48 runners set off with hopes of glory but it was course specialist Janet Turnes (she'd won the Page back in 1996 and the Coad in 2002) who romped home by over 45 seconds.There cannot have been a more delighted race winner. She just couldn't take in that she'd won. It was a joy to see, much better than us stony-faced men when we cross the line first. Or perhaps I'm just a silly, old sentimentalist. Second in was Michele Gibson with Andy Hayward third, obviously too much of a gentleman to overtake his partner! Ed Barker was fastest with guest Justin Webb running impressively just behind Ed. Hopefully, Justin will join the club. He's bound to improve after a few runs with the fast pack and looks a real prospect. Marie Synnott-Wells and Clare King were the fastest women". There's a choice of photos this week: apart from a selection of David Rowe's on our website, you can see the rest of David's here: and Paul Sinton Hewitt's here: TRAIL CHALLENGE HALF MARATHON / 12km / 6km Sunday 23rd September in Ham and Richmond Park. The South London Orienteers' autumn trail challenge races utilised our changing rooms as their base and attracted nearly 200 runners to four different races including one junior event. All four started and finished inside the Park opposite the clubhouse, with the half marathon also taking in parts of Richmond and Ham. They are orienteering-style events, with control points to be found in the right order, but with mass starts and no technically difficult orienteering they favoured the runner as much as the map reader. Relatively few Ranelagh Harriers were brave enough to give it a go, though thanks to SLOW's generous prize list most of those who did take part came away with something alcoholic or chocolaty to show for their efforts. Full results, including split times between controls, can be found on SLOW's website: www.sloweb.org.uk Half Marathon 1 N Barrable (Tonbridge) 82.01 14 Andy Bickerstaff 99.51 65 Sue Ashley 129.54 12km 1 D Abrams (Guild O) 50.53 9 Martin Clark 64.58 19 Sonia Rowland 68.47 42 David Meaden 95.12 47 Clare Dowty 109.01 6km 1 Steve Rowland 29.23 SWINESHEAD 10 miles Sunday 9th September Kerrie O'Connor reports: "'The Swineshead 10 is based in a small village just outside of Bedford. I chose the 10 mile race there only as it was the nearest 10-miler I could find to London on that weekend! The race was billed as 'undulating' and in fact started up a longish hill. The rest of the course was basically rolling, with the steepest hill being somewhere around 7 miles. I didn't really have any expectations going into the race as I have been injured a few times this year and am trying to get fit for the Dublin marathon at the end of October. When at 9 miles, a spectator told me I was first woman, I spent the next mile worrying about being outsprinted so close to the finish (being notorious for not having a sprint this was a worry)...happily though I was not and got my first race win and a 55 sec PB at the same time. If anyone wants a nice, friendly race I would recommend it for next year. It also coincides with the village fete, complete with tombola, bbq and Women's Institute cake stall, so well worth a visit for next year". 1 A Turnbull (RAF) 56.52 12 Kerrie O'Connor 65.56 ERIDGE PARK 10 miles Sunday 9th September Clive Beauvais was the leading over 60 in this tough Kent off-roader. 1 N Barrable (Tonbridge) 59.51 14 Clive Beauvais 74.36 BRIDGES HANDICAP 2.3 miles Wednesday 12th September at Westminster 1 D Williams (Herc Wimb) 17.10 (actual time 17.10) 10 John Hanscomb 21.06 (20.05) 19 Alan Davidson 21.28 (16.29) BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 15th September There was another huge field of 438 finishers. In the women's section Kerrie O'Connor scored her second BPTT win, though it was a close thing with only six seconds covering the first three. PBs this week came from Jenni Kruse and Hannah Bradshaw. 1 C Bolt (AFD) 15.31 15 Sean Paynter 18.00 16 David Rowe 18.05 35 Kerrie O'Connor 19.17 37 Edward Smith 19.18 44 Darren Wood 19.30 70 Chris Camacho 20.19 71 Chris Read 20.25 75 Duncan Mallison 20.40 273 Jenni Kruse 25.29 296 Heather Martingell 26.06 308 Sharon Rowe 26.28 323 John Hanscomb 27.18 362 Hannah Bradshaw 28.46 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 15th September 1 R Karn (Herne Hill) 16.49 11 Andy Bickerstaff 18.00 36 Kathy Mallett 23.06 BANSTEAD WOODS TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 15th September 1 R Ward (Belgrave) 16.27 37 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.26 ASHSTEAD 10km Sunday 16th September Fari Shams was the first woman in this off-road 10km. 1 A Hawkins (Epsom & E) 37.35 10 Duncan Mallison 43.56 11 Fari Shams 44.04 HYDRO ACTIVE CHALLENGE 5km Sunday 16th September in Hyde Park Sandra Prosser reports: "Anna Scally had two free entries to give away for a huge 5km run in Hyde Park with a mouth-watering goody bag at the end. Anka Draganski and I could not let this go to waste and travelled to central London early on Sunday morning. One corner of the park was covered in marquees from every charity known to man. Bottles of extra-hydrating H2O were given out hours before the start of the race. After the 15,000-strong aerobics-warm up followed the 15,000-strong toilet queue. Anka and I got to the cubicle two minutes before the start so we could not position ourselves for the race that well and had to negotiate past mums and daughters with picnics in their rucksacks, mums with buggies and the usual walkers fashioning rubber dinghies round their 50 '' middle. As this is clearly a race for first time runners I felt like a cheat in my Ranelagh vest, overtaking steadily and finishing just within the first hundred runners in about 22 minutes. Anka knocked off 15 minutes of last year's time and crossed the line after 30 minutes. The goody bag held its promise. We found pink rubber aprons - just what we always wanted!" ROBIN HOOD MARATHON and HALF MARATHON Sunday 16th September at Nottingham Martin Halvey just shaded the three hours mark in finishing third in the over 45 category. Here's his account: "The Nottingham marathon was a hilly affair during the first 13 miles but at least you were no sooner up but you were on your way down. The hills were not a slow steady climb stretching slowly into the distance. It was a little chilly during the morning but as the race progressed it grew quite warm (17 degrees C).The problem was the wind. Years ago washer women would poke their heads out the doors and remark: 'There is great drying outside'. Out would come the wash boards, up on the wash line went the wet clothes and a few hours later were taken down, dry, fresh and crispy especially the nappies. Except for the freshness I felt the same way.....hung out to dry. The wind was especially strong when we entered the water centre at the 19 miles mark. It was in our faces from there to the finish except for one mile when it ushered us on a brisk pace....well it seemed brisk. Running into the headwind it was just a matter of putting our heads down, gritting our teeth and thinking of England....or whatever. The drying wind meant it was imperative that we took on enough fluids and there were sufficient water stations to enable us to do so. The only minor complaint I had concerned the placing of the water and lucozade together, so if you wanted both you grabbed while on the run and found on a few occasions the tops still attached so you needed the dexterity of a spider to obtain the liquids. Overall the race was very well organised, the support friendly and helpful and the course varied. Afterwards I went to the oldest pub in England, the 'Old Trip to Jerusalem', tucked into a fry made by Marian, willed myself to eat the scarlett tomatoes and immediately took a little trip to the John. All going well I would like to run the Robin Hood again despite the difficulties". Marathon 1 N Williams (N York M) 2.29.40 (chip time 2.29.39) 31 Martin Halvey 2.59.52 (2.59.40) Half Marathon 1 S Tanui (Kenya) 1.04.09 (chip time 1.04.08) 1044 Leigh Pedersen 1.45.49 (1.45.29) HORSLEY 5km Sunday 16th September 1 C Hogg (Blackheath) 18.00 3 Steve Rowland 20.47 9 Sonia Rowland 23.31 36 Corinne Bishop 29.28 44 Daniel Piears 31.53 45 Louise Piears 31.53 BUSHY PARK TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 22nd September Another record number of finishers this week...no fewer than 470. Kerrie O'Connor exactly equalled last week's winning time but on this occasion it was only good for third place. 1 S Ablitt (AFD) 14.57 22 Charlie Pedlar 18.27 28 David Rowe 18.49 34 Darren Wood 19.02 39 Kerrie O'Connor 19.17 63 Duncan Mallison 20.07 97 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.52 104 Stephen Logue 21.02 132 Adam Wright 21.21 183 Alan Howard 22.34 349 John Hanscomb 27.33 389 Heather Martingell 29.18 400 Sharon Rowe 29.45 WIMBLEDON COMMON TIME TRIAL 5km Saturday 22nd September 1 R Marriott (SLH) 16.40 29 Steve Grout 21.10 SWITCHBACK 5 miles Sunday 23rd September at Addiscombe The name of the race speaks for itself! Yvonne Hill was 4th woman and 2nd vet. 1 C Gray (Unatt) 30.53 21 Yvonne Hill 36.22 JIM LANGFORD... ...travelled over from Perth for the World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy, with the intention of running the 8km cross-country, the 5km track and the marathon events. In the end he was only able to run in the cross-country where he just missed a medal in the over 60 category, finishing in 4th place. He did, however, lead the Australian trio into third place in the team competition. 1 A Anderegg (Switz) 26.25 4 Jim Langford 27.39 FINALLY... "Stadiums are for spectators. We runners have nature and that is much better". Juha Väätäinen, Finland.