*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 358 17 August 2011 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Marie Synnott-Wells wins Surrey Road League W45 category * Marie and Sonia Rowland win county 5km golds * Ranelagh Road Grand Prix winners: Duncan Mallison, Trevor Maguire, Bill Neely, Marie Synnott-Wells and Penny Merrett * parkrun placings for Sean Paynter, Mark Herbert, James Whistler, Colin Brett, Lorna Smith and Andy Bickerstaff * Thomas Cup on Saturday 3rd September SEE HERE ******** OPENING RUN - Thomas Cup and club photograph Saturday 3rd September in Richmond Park Wow, is the winter season on the horizon already? The traditional opening of our "winter" season is the Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap and this year it is taking place on Saturday 3rd September in Richmond Park, starting at 3pm. The race is preceded by our annual club photograph - gather in the Park opposite the clubhouse at about 2.45pm. All members are welcome, register on the day. Details:. RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX The Perseverance Wimbledon 5km was the final event of our 2011 Road Grand Prix. Duncan Mallison retained his lead in the Open category but Chris Bundhun slipped into second place ahead of Trevor Maguire. Trevor missed this race but was far enough ahead in the Over 40 category to stay clear of Simon Burrell, Chris Read and Colin Brett. Bill Neely won the Over 50 category with John Ricketts and Howard Gleave second and third. Marie Synnott-Wells was out of sight in winning the Women's and Over 40 competitions with Wiebke Kortum runner-up in both. Sonia Rowland took third place in the Women's category while Heather Martingell was third Over 40. Penny Merrett held onto her lead in the Over 50 group, with Sonia Rowland and Michele Gibson second and third. A total of 124 Ranelagh Harriers completed at least one of the nine Grand Prix races. Open: Duncan Mallison 72, Chris Bundhun 57, Trevor Maguire 52, Marie Synnott-Wells 51, Bill Neely 39, Marc Snaith 33 Men Over 40: Trevor Maguire 31, Simon Burrell 25, Chris Read 23, Colin Brett 23, Paul Doyle 12 Men Over 50: Bill Neely 25, John Ricketts 20, Howard Gleave 18, Steve Rowland 17, Alan Meaden 12 Women: Marie Synnott-Wells 48, Wiebke Kortum 17, Sonia Rowland 14, Heather Martingell 10, Kate Blakey 8 Women Over 40: Marie Synnott-Wells 48, Wiebke Kortum 23, Heather Martingell 18, Ally Salisbury 12, Gill Wilson 11 Women Over 50: Penny Merrett 33, Sonia Rowland 24, Michele Gibson 15, Sally Bamford 12, Lynne Barber 9 The full scoreboard is here:. SURREY ROAD LEAGUE The Perseverance Wimbledon 5km was also the final race in this year's Surrey Road League. Our men's team finished in 7th place out of 29 competing clubs but the women went one better with 6th place out of 28. Marie Synnott-Wells received a winner's plaque as the clear victor in W45 age group and there was a medal for Penny Merrett who finished 3rd in the W55 category. RATCHFORD RELAY Our women-only relay takes place on Tuesday 30th August in Richmond Park. Come to the clubhouse by 7pm as usual and teams will be made up on the night. NEW ON OUR WEBSITE The "12 of the Best" section in "About Us" now contains two more interviews with leading Ranelagh runners - these are Priscilla Welch and David Wright. Take a look here:. RANELAGH GAZETTE We have revived the club magazine which has not been published for four or five years. The newly published edition covers only the past year but work is already underway to produce interim editions to cover the whole period since the last edition. Copies of the new Gazette are available for collection at the clubhouse - please help yourself and add your name to the list to confirm you have a copy. If you are not likely to get to the clubhouse in the near future and would like a copy sent to you, please send an e-mail to the e-news editor email@example.com with your postal address. RUNNING TECHNIQUE AND VIDEO ANALYSIS WORKSHOP - Sunday 11th September in the Ranelagh clubhouse Karen Weir writes: "As I am sure you are aware running is a skill and although it's great when you are starting out in your running career to just get out and run, once you are looking to progress then improving your running technique is a key way to find extra pace and economy and reduce your injury risk. I am hosting a workshop which will do just that. I am excited to be working with James Dunne from Kinetic Revolution who is a sports rehab and performance specialist. During the workshop James will use video analysis to identify your particular strengths and weaknesses and you'll take away a strategy that is individual to you that will enable you to improve your running. At the end of the session I will lead you on a guided run in Richmond Park so you can put into practice some of your learnings from the workshop. The workshop is from 9am to 12pm on Sunday 11th September and costs £40. Places are limited to 10 so please come back to me ASAP if you'd like to book a place on this workshop. Once I have confirmed your place I will be asking for payment in advance. Location: Ranelagh Harriers Clubhouse. For more details or to book your place get back to me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that many of you can make this session as it will improve your running. If you are unable to make this date but interested in attending a future session then please also get in touch. For further details check out runwithkaren.com." SOUTH WEST LONDON ATHLETICS NETWORK NEWS Please note the Endurance Level 2 courses mentioned in the last e-news are for officials rather than coaches. Kate Brook also sends the following: "Bookings are now open for the European Endurance Conference in London on 8th & 9th October 2011. This two-day event will include presentations by the following experts; Terrance Mahon, Wynn Gmitroski, Jack Daniels, Barry Fudge, George Gandy, Thomas Rowland, Andy Jones, Toby Smith, John Rogers, Dave Sunderland and Martin Rush. Discounts are available for the first 200 coaches registering for the conference. To book your place, please go to: uka.org.uk/coaching/conferences". WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from Marc Snaith (07717 213035 mailto ( email@example.com ) or Marie Synnott-Wells (07983 430264 (After 5pm Weekdays) Home: 020-8286 3530 / mailto firstname.lastname@example.org ) Sunday 21st August MABAC Pairs Relay. 11am start at Leatherhead. Details:. Tuesday 30th August Ratchford Relay (women only) - Details: Saturday 3rd September Opening Run and Thomas Cup 3.8 miles handicap in Richmond Park Saturday 10th September Surrey Road Relay Championships at Wimbledon Park parkruns every Saturday at 9am Bushy Park Diana Fountain car park Richmond Park Richmond Gate Wimbledon Common Windmill car park Banstead Woods Car park off B2219 Park Lane, Chipstead Bedfont Lakes Bedfont Lakes Country Park, Ashford, Middlesex Kingston The Hawker Centre Old Deer Park Pools in the Park on the A316 Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com The 2km junior parkrun for under 15s takes place at 11am on the first Sunday of each month from Bushy Park's Teddington Gate. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** PERSEVERANCE WIMBLEDON DASH 5km Sunday 14th August The Wimbledon 5km also serves as the Surrey 5km championship and is the final event in the Surrey Road League and the Ranelagh Road Grand Prix. It was bad luck that the trial run for the Olympic cycling road race was put on the same date. This turned out to involve roads from central London through the Park and on towards the Surrrey Hills being closed for several hours and rendered it effectively impossible to travel by car from Richmond and points west to Wimbledon. A select field of just under 200 managed to arrive at Wimbledon Park including thirteen from Ranelagh - many of them intent on chalking up a few more points in our Grand Prix. Chris Bundhun was our first finisher in 17.33 with Paul Doyle not far behind. Howard Gleave was next, the second over 50 home. Duncan Mallison ran 19.02 to cement his GP lead, just ahead of Colin Brett. Marie Synnott-Wells finished a few seconds inside 20 minutes to secure no fewer than four prizes - Surrey W45 champion, Surrey Road League W45 champion, Ranelagh Road GP Women's champion and Ranelagh Road GP Over 40 champion. Sonia Rowland chased hubby home and won the Surrey W55 championship. 1 P Owor (Belgrave) 15.42 28 Chris Bundhun 17.33 35 Paul Doyle 17.55 37 Lucie Custance (Clap) 18.03 - 1st woman 43 Howard Gleave 18.17 56 Duncan Mallison 19.02 58 Colin Brett 19.09 73 Marie Synnott-Wells 19.49 81 Simon Burrell 20.14 106 Chris Read 21.30 118 Steve Rowland 22.48 120 Sonia Rowland 22.54 142 Alan Howard 25.12 166 Wally Garrod 28.17 170 Alan Meaden 30.04 BRIDGES 2.3 miles handicap Wednesday 13th July at Westminster 1 D Williams (HW) 19.53 (actual time 16.53) 13 Alan Davidson 20.54 (16.54) 21 John Hanscomb 21.13 (24.13) LAUGAVEGUR ULTRA MARATHON 55km Saturday 16th July in Iceland Peter Fordham reports: "Volcanoes, Sulphur, Glaciers, Rivers, Ash, Lava and a Saline Drip. Representing club and country has always been an honour, but now I also turned to philanthropy. Through one swipe of my credit card to pay my race entry fee of 260 euros and a further 90 euros for the bus ride to the start of the Laugavegur 55k Ultra, I managed to save the Icelandic economy and its people from a seemingly inevitable demise. The creator of this race, which takes an ever changing trail and which typically takes hikers 3-4 days, must have taken great delight in planning a route that takes you through swirls of sulphur fumes, steam, glaciers, rushing rivers up to your knees, calf deep ash from the recent eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull (say it quickly and you won't offend anyone) and Grimsvotn. If that wasn't exciting enough, my friendly Icelandic travel company had decided to book me and my son Nicholas into a cabin in close proximity to, and between the infamous and still smoking and glowing Big 'E', and the dreaded Hekla and Katla volcanoes which according to reports the previous week were ready and about to explode. To confirm the prediction, the ice had melted in the Katla crater a few days before my arrival, the resulting flood had then swept away the bridge linking East Iceland to the West. However, those of you old enough to remember Pompeii will know that there is nothing like a pyroclastic flow to help you put in a fast time. And so to race day, a 4 o'clock rise to get to my agreed and double checked 5.20 a.m. rendezvous with the semi amphibious bus to take me on a two hour trip through rough track and rivers to the start. It never arrived, some desperate phone calls to the organisers were not producing any results, I then approached the only person that had been in the vicinity over the hour I had been waiting. He had been sleeping in his 4x4 after a long drive, he immediately contacted the race organiser and demanded that the bus waited at the last watering hole an hour down the route while he brought me to the bus. It saved the day and the trip. This good deed was done by Gardar Cortes Snr - the famous tenor. Arrival on the coach was greeted with the announcement that the race may have to be delayed because of the failure to pick me up. The race course is incredible, and totally different to any previous terrain I have run on. If you've got the fuel to get you through 55k on a demanding course it could be the best thing you've ever done. The early part is a mixture of steep terrain, with amazingly coloured mountains, through live volcanc activity, and across glaciers. There's a steep descent as you approach a welcome break at about half way to change clothing and shoes after the major river crossing, before approaching a black ash desert which extends for many kilometres. The terrain then changes again into shortish climbs and ravines towards incredible views looking into the steaming crater of Eyallaflajokull. The remaining 10k progressively became a blur as the heat of the day and a stomach complaint earlier that week took its toll on me. I found that the last stretch took a long, long, time and remember falling into a bush while walking. On crossing the line, I was carried off and fixed on to a drip... I asked for morphine, but I had to make do with 'saline' and the attentive Icelandic nurses. Despite my agonies, it is a fantastic thing to do, and the scenery on the race and for Iceland in general is like no other. I also enjoyed the company of the wonderful Icelandic people. I might just get it in my diary for next year....there's an hour or two (yes, hours) to knock off my time! I'm well connected with Iceland, so if you interested in running there, perhaps the Reykjavik Marathon, the Laugavegur Ultra or others, call me and I'll be pleased to help (07799 072307)." 1 A Vuistiner (Switz) 4:59.20 289 Peter Fordham 9:30.49 DOWN TOW UP FLOW THAMES TOWPATH HALF MARATHON Sunday 24th July at Marlow We had one more runner besides those recorded in the last e-news. This was Bruce McLaren who finished 46th in a PB of 1:35.17. ELLENBOROUGH 10km Wednesday 3rd August Our former President Clive Beauvais is now well ensconced with Sue in their B&B near Keswick. Business is good, but Clive has found time to get his running shoes on. In this race he was the leading over 60. 1 R Maddams (Keswick) 33.32 63 Clive Beauvais 44.58 MILLAND VALLEY TRAIL 13 miles Sunday 7th August at Liphook Marie Synnott-Wells and Rachael Holmes took part in this scenic off-road half marathon, and Marie finished third veteran. 1 J Manning (Denmead) 1:22.36 50 Marie Synnott-Wells 1:42.08 151 Rachael Holmes 1:57.56 UFDANCE HALF MARATHON Sunday 7th August at Hackney Martin Wolfson reports: "Had a great day today. On the spur of the moment I decided to enter the Ufdance Half Marathon on Hackney Marshes. Amazingly friendly. Most of the organisers were Caribbean who gave away Jelly Beans and delicious biscuits beforehand. It was also rather lovely and old fashioned with no chips and slightly vague course markings. Once you start running you are on your own but the high I got at the end proved why we take part in such a crazy sport. Despite no tapering and not having recovered from Karen's sprints on Tuesday plus 8 miles on Thursday I did a PB of 1.42.10 though I had to run an extra 200 metres as the course was that much short!" SELF-TRANSCENDENCE 5km Monday 8th August in Battersea Park Mick Lane was the leading over 50 and Phil Jackson and Alan Davidson were 2nd and 4th over 60s. 1 A Filcher (Derby) 15.12 35 Mick Lane 18.41 67 Phil Jackson 20.42 113 Alan Davidson 23.31 RICHMOND PARK TRAIL RUN 10km Tuesday 9th August Unrest on the streets of the capital kept a lot of people at home and only about 40 runners started South London Orienteers' trail run which started and finished close to Kingston Gate. Our three finishers all came away with prizes - Bruce McLaren was third over 40, Steve Rowland was first over 60 and Sonia Rowland was first over 35. 1 B Roberts (SLOW) 41.44 14 Bruce McLaren 50.52 19 Steve Rowland 54.29 25 Sonia Rowland 56.35 ULVERSTON 10km Wednesday 10th August Clive was second over 60. 1 D Parkinson (Kendal) 31.42 39 Clive Beauvais 44.03 BRIDGES 2.3 miles handicap Wednesday 10th August at Westminster 1 D Guinness (unatt) 20.23 (actual time 16.23) 9 Alan Davidson 21.19 (17.04) 11 John Hanscomb 22.01 (25.01) RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 16.33 6 Sean Paynter 18.30 11 Peter Weir 19.00 14 John Ricketts 19.19 160 Bronwen Northmore 31.11 176 Pat Hewlett 35.50 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August 1 R Ward (Belgrave) 15.45 6 Nathan Mills 17.24 39 Nick Wright 19.37 86 Simon Rothwell 20.43 213 Peter Fordham 23.01 654 John Hanscomb 32.37 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August Runner-up spot for James Whistler. 1 R Reeder (Strag) 18.29 2 James Whistler 18.56 8 Chris Camacho 21.36 14 Alan Davidson 22.43 ROUNDHAY parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August 1 unknown 18.17 4 Duncan Mallison 19.40 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August 1 J Cousins (Wycombe P) 16.37 85 Heather Martingell 23.26 163 Kirsty Bangham 27.25 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August Mark Herbert led the field in a new PB. 1 Mark Herbert 18.15 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August Colin Brett took second place. 1 D Tanner (Clapham) 17.12 2 Colin Brett 19.24 4 Richard Goddard-Jones 22.21 21 Lynne Barber 29.47 22 Christine Goodsell 29.47 WHITSTABLE parkrun 5km Saturday 6th August 1 N Wilkins (War U) 17.09 4 Ted Mockett 18.06 BUSHY JUNIORS parkrun 2km Sunday 7th August 1 P Bearman (K&P) 6.41 38 Livvy Ricketts 10.03 45 Euan Sinclair 10.23 51 Finlay Sinclair 10.53 67 Juliet Ricketts 11.43 RICHMOND parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 Unknown 16.32 15 Jerym Brunton 20.18 29 Stewart Anderson 21.29 37 Lee Davies 22.19 123 Michelle Davies 26.48 127 Gill Wilson 26.55 136 Roger Wilson 27.33 146 Philippa Kitchen 29.00 147 Rob Kitchen 29.01 148 Mike White 29.04 158 Holly Wilson 29.55 163 Stacey Barber 30.37 170 Bronwen Northmore 31.11 182 Pat Hewlett 33.48 BUSHY parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August Ted Mockett was inside 18 minutes for the first time. 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 16.30 6 Ted Mockett 17.56 14 David Rowe 18.27 75 Simon Rothwell 20.56 137 Chris Wright 22.24 149 Peter Fordham 22.32 195 Alex Fordham 23.28 377 Mary Hickson 26.40 380 Heather Martingell 26.44 485 Vicci Randle 29.10 510 Kirsty Bangham 29.56 568 John Hanscomb 32.00 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August A win for Sean Paynter. 1 Sean Paynter 18.39 12 Chris Camacho 21.07 13 Phil Jackson 21.10 29 Alan Davidson 23.00 39 Tony Clark 25.17 LEEDS parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 A May (Abbey) 17.03 33 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 20.27 92 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 23.34 COLWICK parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 M Chatterton (unatt) 18.50 2 Nick Wright 18.58 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 Unknown 17.22 66 Danny Hobbs 31.57 73 Cindy Croucher 33.36 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August Andy Bickerstaff was third and Lorna Smith was second woman. 1 N Wyatt (unatt) 17.59 3 Andy Bickerstaff 20.17 4 Simon Burrell 20.47 24 Lorna Smith 29.03 30 Deborah Blakemore 33.25 WIMBLEDON COMMON parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 A Weir (TH&H) 16.57 22 Gordon Whitson 20.06 EDINBURGH parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 O Chepelin (Shett) 16.41 56 Bruce McLaren 21.29 WORMWOOD SCRUBS parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 A Galloway (London H) 18.24 7 Pete Warren 23.56 AMAGER FAELLED parkrun 5km Saturday 13th August 1 O Hellstrom (Denmark) 17.46 67 Peter Weir 24.29 86 Karen Weir 26.36 FINALLY... 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