*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 443 5 February 2015 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Gill Sanders finishes 4th in the South of England Championship * Ranelaghs womens team finishes 9th, mens 42nd. * Will Whitmore leads Judd School to victory in the Ranelagh Cup schools race. * Mark Herbert finishes 4th in Dash for the Splash * 2:43 marathon by Nick Twomey * parkrun placings for Julia Bailey, Becky Hall, Sacha Kennedy, Ralph Street, Ted Mockett, Duncan Mallison, Nick Wright, Michelle Davies, Wiebke Kortum, Leonie Kennedy, Kris Davidson, Eirin McDaid, Mark Herbert, David Lawley, Craig Maclellan, David Rowe, Colin Brett, Nick Twomey and Trevor Maguire * Final Surrey League races this weekend women at Coulsdon, men in Richmond Park * Final mob match of the season on Sunday 15th February can we make it four wins in one season for the first time ever? * Subsidised track sessions at Osterley are under way * Book now for the Quiz Night in the clubhouse on Saturday 7th February * Clubs oldest and longest-standing member Carl Nargang dies aged 100. ATTENTION PLEASE **************** 2XU SURREY LEAGUES The climax to the Surrey League season is this Saturday 7th February when the women compete at Coulsdon and the men are at home in Richmond Park. The womens race is 8km starting at 12 noon, followed by the junior events. The men run 8km at 3pm, with the junior race preceding it at 2.30pm. Details are here: women, men. Our teams are both set to stay in Division 1 comfortably enough, but will need to work hard to retain their positions the men currently 6th out of 9 and the women 9th out of 15.. QUIZ NIGHT After the League races well be holding one of our popular quiz nights in the clubhouse thats Saturday 7th February, starting at 7pm. Its teams of four, make up your own team or just turn up on the night. Cost is £10 to include drinks and a fish and chip supper. Please let Andy Hayward firstname.lastname@example.org know if youre planning to come. THE SEASONS LAST MOB MATCH Phil Killingley writes: Big. That's the size of the Blackheath mob against Orion in their first home fixture since moving the fixture to Sunday. They got 58 people out on a horrible day in late November, and crushed Orion. Why did they change the day? Well, scanning their website, it looks like their two club training days are Wednesday and Sunday. It starts to add up. However, big. That's also the size of the growing Ranelagh mob that is forming to go and beat them, and make it 4 out of 4 mob victories for the first time ever in Ranelagh history (club founded 1881). Many of you have committed your legs and lungs to the cause. I'd be most grateful if you could let me know if you haven't already if you plan to come - Ranelagh.email@example.com. This gives the location of their HQ:. Note that the start is a 10 minutes jog away. Trevor Maguire adds the following travel details: Travel to Blackheath club house may not be easy on a Sunday morning (location 56 Bourne Way, Bromley BR2 7EY). From Richmond travel by road will take about 1hr and 15 mins depending on traffic on the way there (probably use the South Circular) but could take longer on the way back. By road you have two options: * Drive direct to the Blackheath Club House in Hayes in Kent (please consider car sharing if possible). * Or sign up for the Minibus by emailing Trevor Maguire firstname.lastname@example.org to book a seat at a cost of £3 or £4 a head (pay on the day) and gather at 9:00 in OLD DEER PARK Car Park in Richmond (next to the A316) we will return to the same location at an estimated 15:00 (after shower, tea/cakes and presentations) By public transport you should aim for Hayes (Kent) train station which is about 5 mins walk to their Club House. * Rail travel has been made more challenging as the train service from London Waterloo East to London Bridge is closed on Sunday 15th February. * In simple terms the way to get to Hayes (Kent) train station is to take either the 9:10 or 9:40 train from London Bridge which takes 36min. Taking the 10:10 is probably too late unless you run hard from the station - arrives at the station at 10:46 and after a 5 min jog to the club house you have another 10 mins jog to the start (the race starts at 11!!). [There are several rail routes with multiple changes via Clapham junction, Denmark Hill etc. but I think they are too confusing!] * Catching a train from Richmond to London Waterloo will take about half an hour (8:09, 8:35 or 8:38 should be fine later trains mean relying on a fast connection to London Bridge). * Then travel by tube or bus to London Bridge. Jubilee or Northern Line tube lines for London Bridge (Jubilee Line is direct, but for Northern Line change branches via Kennington) - both will take train tickets because of the rail closure. * The Jubilee line is quickest tube route (also has engineering works but will be closed only from Waterloo going North so it should be OK going South to get to London Bridge) but please check nearer the time. * As a guide a return rail journey from Richmond to Hayes (Kent) costs £11. WANT TO HELP? Do you think you could help out the club in some way but dont know how? We can never have too many volunteers. If you feel that you could take on a job of some kind small or large - for the club, please reply to this e-mail. THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING AT OSTERLEY The club is subsidising for an experimental period track sessions on Thursday evenings at the Osterley track. All groups and all abilities are welcome! The sessions are under way and will run for three months, every Thursday 7.30-8.30pm. Link to the map is here:. MABAC LEAGUE IN RICHMOND PARK Its our turn to host a MABAC League race in the Park on Sunday 22nd February. Its 5 miles, and starts at 11am near the Broomfield Hill car park (the one near the top end of the Isabella Plantation). Helpers will be needed please contact Heather Martingell email@example.com or Bev Ali firstname.lastname@example.org . MCFARLAND, USA Kevin Costner stars in a new film to be released in February with the title McFarland, USA. Based on a true story, it features Costner as the coach of a high school cross-country squad. Heres the trailer:. RANELAGH HARRIERS RICHMOND HALF MARATHON Sunday 3rd May Entries are already coming in steadily for our Half Marathon on May 3rd. Over 600 have already been received, and the race usually fills up well before the closing date. So if youre planning to run, dont delay in submitting your entry. If youre not running, note the date anyway we need large numbers of marshals on the day. MARATHON FOCUS WINTER WORKSHOPS at St Marys University Clinic. Wednesday 25th February 2015, 7pm TBC Warm-ups, injury prevention and recovery Wednesday 25th March 2015, 7pm TBC Race Day Preparation £10 per workshop. Both are to be held at St Marys University on campus. To book your place please call 0208 240 4070 or email email@example.com. LONDON MARATHON T-SHIRT Doc Martin Wolfson writes: I have almost certainly run my last marathon as I can now barely run across the car park. I got a finisher's T shirt for the last one that I ran in 2012. It is getting a bit worn. I wonder if anyone has one that they do not want. I would be happy to make a donation to the club or the charity of their choice. Contact Martin firstname.lastname@example.org . JACK ELLICOCK OBE Jack Ellicock who died last summer, was one of our longest-serving members, having joined the club in 1948. Jacks grandson Edward Anderson-Bickley was himself a Ranelagh member as a junior and has recently rejoined us. Edward provides the following account of Jacks life. Jack left school early at just 14 because his father died and it fell to Jack to earn money and keep his family going. He took responsibility for his own life and was never going to be a victim of circumstance. At 15 he lied about his age, saying he was 17, and joined the Army. In the Army he thrived. Being younger than his contemporaries was no barrier; he was bright, physically tough and the exaggerated sense of responsibility for his family, with which he was burdened at such a young age, meant he was emotionally mature beyond his years and he had a great inner confidence. In the summer of 1937, two years before the outbreak of war, Jack met his future wife, Dorothy a familiar face at Ranelagh over the years. During some of their courtship, Jack was stationed in Portsmouth. Once a fortnight he would leave Portsmouth on a Friday night, cycle through the night to Potters Bar, spend the weekend at her parents house and then cycle back through Sunday night to be ready for First Parade on Monday morning. During the war, Jack landed on Sword Beach in the invasion of Normandy. He was the Regimental Sergeant Major of his regiment at the age of 24 possibly the youngest in the British Army. He fought from Normandy; to the Falaise Gap, to the Ardennes in what became known as the Battle of the Bulge during that horrendous winter. On the approach to the Ardennes, somewhat isolated on recce, he took on three Messerschmitt 109 fighters flying below 100 feet with a bren gun - Boys Own stuff for those so inclined! He fought at the Crossing of the Rhine, where he was mentioned in dispatches and on to the German surrender on Luneburger Heide. After the war, Jack decided to remain in the Army but was medically downgraded at the time of the Korean War, much to his chagrin. It was as a result of ulcers in his stomach and duodenum, thought to have been caused by prolonged periods without food in the war. It was annoying for him because he was fit he was running cross-country for the Army at the time. But it was a period of stability and, based in Putney in London with a TA regiment for eight years, it was possible for the Army, sport and family to blend. In 1948, as soon as he was in Putney, he joined Ranelagh Harriers. He absolutely loved his time with Ranelagh and even made the TA barracks in Putney available for Ranelagh committee meetings and social events during a period in the Clubs history when life behind the Dysart Arms became complicated. Jacks support for the club and young runners in particular lives on. He has given the club a Challenge Cup for the first junior home in the Baker Cup a race he participated in well into his 80s. One Ranelagh story we remember well comes from when Jack attended the funeral of an 83 year old Ranelagh man. Next to him in the pew was an 85 year old who was still running. He gave my father a nudge in the ribs and said I always told him he had his training schedule wrong. They both had a good laugh. Jack ran until he was 87. Jack was eventually commissioned and went to Singapore where he served as an infantry officer for three years. He fought in the Malayan Campaign against the Communist Terrorists. He was again mentioned in dispatches. He went on to serve in the UK and Germany in a variety of appointments, including the Ministry of Defence for which he was awarded the OBE. Jack retired as Lieutenant Colonel. It must be noted that Jacks success would not have been possible without the loyal, constant support of his wife, Dorothy, who sadly also died recently. She loved her sport too. Nothing ever got her down; she would bounce back from every situation and always saw the bright side of life. Together they were terrific. Jack was one of the stalwarts who kept the clubs flag flying during the difficult post-war period. He appeared in our Championship teams for several years and was a regular competitor in handicap events, although he only recorded one success winning the Page Cup in 1969. One of his best runs was the 1950 Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap where he ran the days second fastest time of 62.27. He served as Vice Captain for a couple of years in the early 1950s and in 1983 was appointed Vice President. Jacks son John followed his father into the Army, and John, his wife Wendy and their son Michael were all members of the club at various times. John rowed in our Franckeiss Cup crew but his main sporting prowess was as a high jumper where he achieved near-international standard. CARL NARGANG As this e-news was being prepared we learned of the death in his 101st year of our oldest and longest-serving member Carl Nargang. A few club members travelled down to Eastbourne last year for Carls 100th birthday celebrations, where the opportunity was taken to appoint him Honorary President for Life. Carl joined Ranelagh in 1933 and so racked up over 81 years of membership, more than anyone else in our history. A full obituary will follow. PAUL BOWDEN We have also just learned of the death last May of Dr Paul Bowden at the age of 73. Although Paul had not been a club member for many years he very generously remembered us in his will with a bequest of £1,000. Paul joined Ranelagh in 1984 at the age of 43 but appears not to have competed much at first. He did, however, train up for the London Marathon which he completed half a dozen times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He set his best time of 3:28 in the 1987 event. It was not until 1989 that he ventured onto the country and over the next three years ran in several mob matches and handicaps. According to Ken Powleys stats, Pauls best run was the 1989 Coad Cup 5 miles handicap in which, running as a guest, he was actually first across the line in a time of 34.30. He also ran a number of other road races, including a Half Marathon in 96.59 at Fleet in 1991. Paul was an eminent forensic psychiatrist, based first at St Georges Hospital in London and subsequently at the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley Hospital. The criminal courts made extensive use of his expertise, often in high-profile trials. He was Joint Editor of Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, published in1990, and in the same year he founded The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry. Paul asked for his bequest to be used For the general benefit of the club. FACEBOOK Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil, Duncan or Trevor ) email@example.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) Saturday 7th February Surrey League Div 1 women at Coulsdon starting at 12 noon and the men at home in Richmond Park starting at 3pm. See above Sunday 15th February Pelling Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath and Bromley HAC at Hayes, Kent, starting at 11am. See above. Saturday 21st February National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill Sunday 22nd February MABAC League 5 miles in Richmond Park. Start time 11am at Broomfield Hill. See above. Saturday 7th March Inter-club race for the Ellis Cup (men) and the Dysart Cup (women) in Richmond Park. Also including club junior championships (boys and girls). 3.8 miles starting at 3pm. 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 Crane Park Near the Hospital Bridge Roundabout on the A316 in Twickenham Other venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com 2km junior parkruns for under 14s take place on the first Sunday of each month from Bushy Parks Teddington Gate (11am start) and from Savill Garden car park, Windsor Great Park (9.30am start), and also every Sunday at 9.30am in Wimbledon Park. WHATS HAPPENED *************** SOUTH OF ENGLAND CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 24th January at Stanmer Park, Brighton Some organisational hiccups notwithstanding, Stanmer Park is a fine venue for a major championship. Plenty of wide open spaces to accommodate the cavalry charge at the start, and sections of fast rolling grassland combined with hilly and muddy wooded areas. Where are the hills? asked one runner as he studied the course map, Where are they going to make us cry? Well, the hills were there all right. Not massively steep perhaps but grinds long enough for blood and sweat as well as tears. We had high hopes for Gill Sanders in the senior womens race, and she surpassed them. After third place in the Surreys, a top ten spot in the Southerns might have been anticipated. And that was exactly where Gill was to be found after an initial short lap sitting at the back of a leading group of ten or twelve, maybe just a metre or two adrift. The route then headed up into the woods, and the group began to disintegrate. Eventual top two Louise Damen and Georgie Bruinvels moved away, pursued by Emma Macready also clear in third place. The rest of what had been the leading group came through in ones and twos, and by the end of the first main lap Gill had moved up to 7th. Her triathlon strength showed on the second main lap and she picked off runner after runner. Coming down the last hill Gill was slugging it out with Lizzy Janes for fourth place. Into the finishing straight Gill timed her finishing effort perfectly and crossed the line in a fantastic fourth place. Indeed, Gills sprint carried her to within three seconds of the very tired bronze medallist Macready. This was Ranelaghs best-ever finish in the womens South of England Championship congratulations, Gill! Behind Gill, Megan de Silva ran strongly, always in the 50s and eventually finishing in 55th place up from 92nd last year. Marie Synnott-Wells and Julia Bailey enjoyed a race-long battle, never more than a few places apart, and also well up on last years positions. They finished in 121st and 128th places to close in our team in 9th place. Marilyn Horne and Sonia Rowland provided the backup. In the mens race we were hardly competitive and finished well down the list in 42nd place. There were some good runs, though, particularly from Ted Mockett who gallantly held off the chasing Trevor Maguire just outside the top 200. Ted writes: Had a fantastic run at today's South of England XC championships in Brighton. I don't think I've ever run that hard before. A great run from Trevor who pushed me all nine miles to the finish. And well done all the other Ranelagh runners and supporters who braved the cold, mud and hills. We finished only seven runners, though we were unlucky to lose Rick Jenner after one lap. There was a thrilling eyeballs-out finish at the front of the field, in which our second-claim member Jon Pepper snatched the bronze medal. Women (8km) 1 L Damen (Winchester) 29.22 2 G Bruinvels (AFD) 30.15 3 E Macready (Worthing) 30.46 4 Gill Sanders 30.49 55 Megan de Silva 34.06 121 Marie Synnott-Wells 37.32 128 Julia Bailey 37.45 164 Marilyn Horne 39.17 266 Sonia Rowland 43.56 TEAMS (Scoring 4 a side) 1 Winchester & Dist. 102 2 Belgrave Harriers 116 3 Thames Valley Harriers 133 9 Ranelagh Harriers 308 Men (15km) 1 B Tickner (Brigh Phoe) 50.21 2 P Owor (Belgrave) 50.24 3 Jon Pepper (Brigh Phoe)50.25 212 Ted Mockett 60.02 216 Trevor Maguire 60.06 377 Dave Lawley 64.51 537 Stewart Anderson 69.50 596 Alexander Fordham 71.57 774 Mike Peace 81.42 850 Peter Fordham 96.01 TEAMS (Scoring 6 a side) 1 Bedford & Co. AC 150 2 Belgrave Harriers 229 3 Highgate Harriers 328 42 Ranelagh Harriers 2712 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE Saturday 31st January 3.8 miles in Richmond Park Organiser Julian Smith has been finding it difficult to find a suitable date for our Schools race, which dates back to 1927. Clashes with other schools fixtures again led to a fairly small field this year. 60 boys and 1 intrepid girl made it to the start line, representing eight schools, and 57 finished. After a preliminary dash from a pair of Sevenoaks runners it was Will Whitmore of Judd School in Tonbridge who came home comfortably clear of last years 6th-placer Henry Scriven of Winchester. Judd runners filled third and fourth places too, and with their fourth scorer in 7th place (plus two more in the top ten for good measure) they easily retained the trophy. Newcomers Sevenoaks took the silver medals and RGS Guildford the bronzes. 1 W Whitmore (Judd) 22.16 2 H Scriven (Winch) 22.26 3 J Magorrian (Judd) 22.40 4 P Laing (Judd) 22.46 5 R Bates (Sevenoaks) 22.50 6 E Williams (Sevenoaks) 22.53 7 O Harding (Judd) 23.34 8 H Webber (Judd) 23.57 9 O Hurdle (RGS Guild) 24.05 10 B Brooks (Judd) 24.08 54 P Saville (St Johns) 31.27 (1st only! girl) Teams (4 to score) 1 Judd 15 2 Sevenoaks 54 3 RGS Guildford 75 4 Winchester 91 5 St Johns Leatherhead 117 6 Tiffin 134 7 Worth 141 Eltham College did not close in WALT DISNEY WORLD MARATHON Sunday 11th January at Lake Buena Vista, USA 1 F Costa (Brazil) 2:18.06 (chip time 2:18.06) 131 Nick Wright 3:09.52 (3:09.37) MARRAKECH MARATHON and HALF-MARATHON Sunday 25th January in Morocco In the full Marathon Nick Twomey missed his PB by just 8 seconds, while in the Half Becky Hall writes: 1:31:59 on the watch is not bad given the 7:30 first mile and crazy dodging for 5k and lack of water between 10 and 17.5k. And I thought I couldn't run in heat! Marathon (men) 1 W Tiruneh (Ethiopia) 2:08.51 (chip time 2:08.51) 39 Nick Twomey 2:43.56 (2:43.44) Half-Marathon (men) 1 S Anas (Morocco) 1:03.01 (chip time 1:03.01) 161 Mark Herbert 1:22.02 (1:21.07) Half-Marathon (women) 1 R El Moukim (Morocco) 1:10.48 (chip time 1:10.48) 22 Becky Hall 1:32.51 (1:31.58) 144 Heather Martingell 1:57.28 (1:54.17) LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 30th January in Hyde Park 1 M Muir (Ilford) 16.13 32 C Oldfield (VoA) 18.24 178 Alan Davidson 24.10 186 Carol Aikin 24.40 BUCS CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 31st January at Brighton Senior Women 1 E Gorecka (Ryl Holl) 23.06 57 Estelle Damant (Lough) 26.08 DASH FOR THE SPLASH 10km Sunday 1st February on Wimbledon Common 1 G Pearce (TH&H) 38.08 4 Mark Herbert 39.01 25 S Lewis (Barnes) 44.09 (1st woman) 42 Andy Bickerstaff 46.38 WATFORD HALF MARATHON Sunday 1st February 1 P Martelletti (VP&TH) 1:06.52 (chip time 1:06.52) 26 V Knight (C&C) 1:18.16 (1:18.14 1st woman) 375 Bruce McLaren 1:37.48 (1:37.20) 402 Lee Davies 1:38.32 (1:37.51) 518 Michelle Davies 1:41.21 (1:40.39) 678 Phil Roberts 1:45.19 (1:44.30) BOOKHAM 10km Sunday 1st February 1 M Leyshon (unatt) 41.48 12 N Nicholson (Elm) 50.41 (1st woman) 225 Kirsty Bangham 69.34 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January 1 Unknown 15.47 34 V Brown (unatt) 20.06 (1st woman) 35 Tom Bradley 20.13 55 Stewart Anderson 21.18 60 Steve Aikin 21.40 72 Peter Faull 22.03 86 Paul Noel 22.32 105 Colin Lloyd 23.17 140 Sally Yau 24.42 141 Simon Taylor 24.44 143 Nick Fordham 24.49 149 Carol Aikin 25.01 152 James Rushby 25.07 154 Maia Rushby 25.18 160 Ally Salisbury 25.24 182 Sam Rushby 26.09 183 Daniel Rushby 26.12 185 Phil Rushby 26.13 221 Andrew Brown 27.41 263 Ashleigh Ferris 28.43 268 Colette Doran 28.48 269 Leeanne Bryce 28.49 315 Peter Lowman 31.12 316 Val Lowman 31.18 388 Bev Ali 41.36 389 Pat Hewlett 42.10 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January An impressive Ranelagh 1-2-3 by Ted Mockett. Kris Davidson and Duncan Mallison.. 1 Ted Mockett 17.50 2 Kris Davidson 17.54 3 Duncan Mallison 18.43 7 Colin Brett 19.38 14 B Neale (unatt) 21.09 (1st woman) 18 Daniel Chiechi 21.58 22 Kevin Kearey 22.09 33 Chris Read 23.34 55 Josie Kearey 25.28 56 Ann Kearey 25.29 58 Heather Martingell 25.34 65 Ellen Van Keulen 26.15 74 Rachel Allen 27.24 83 Lynne Barber 28.39 109 Tracey Small 31.49 115 Cindy Croucher 32.59 125 Christine David 34.45 126 Tanya Allen 34.46 127 Stacey Barber 34.46 128 Deirdre Inman 35.21 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Ralph Street led home a record number of finishers (save only for the special 10th anniversary event) - 1219. 1 Ralph Street 15.16 17 H Novakovic (WSEH) 18.13 (1st woman) 19 Nick Wright 18.38 63 Becky Hall 20.01 72 Richard Kennedy 20.14 95 Sacha Kennedy 20.47 125 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.16 147 Leonie Kennedy 21.29 155 Rob Curtis 21.37 298 Ali Kennedy 23.26 521 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 25.49 523 Kirsty Bangham 25.50 773 Louise Beal 28.41 877 Jackie Dunkley 29.44 1155 Danny Hobbs 37.27 1157 Wally Garrod 37.41 1201 John Hanscomb 43.48 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Eirin McDaid was first across the line, followed by Mark Herbert. Michelle Davies was second woman, behind Peter Haarers niece Natalie. 1 Eirin McDaid 17.18 2 Mark Herbert 18.30 11 Lee Davies 21.53 17 Natalie Haarer (unatt) 22.20 (1st woman) 22 Michelle Davies 22.40 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Julia Bailey was the leading woman. 1 A Brewer (Ful-On Tri) 19.59 4 Julia Bailey 21.13 (1st woman) 14 Phil Roberts 22.58 15 Simon Burrell 23.04 36 Frida Roper 25.31 41 Julian Holden 26.34 43 Paula Maguire 26.57 68 Deborah Blakemore 33.11 69 Katie Walton 33.11 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Wiebke Kortum was second woman home. 1 G Bowden (Brackley) 18.45 18 S Black (Tri Europe) 21.05 (1st woman) 23 Chris Camacho 21.47 30 Wiebke Kortum 22.47 58 Tom Reay 25.57 61 Rob Kitchen 26.29 76 Maya Farah 28.40 GUNNERSBURY parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Lloyd Camp reports on Doing The Amrut:: Northala Fields parkrun, you say? Why not: make a nice change! Saturday 17th January dawned exceedingly crisp with a feels like reading on the iPhone weather app of -3C. No problem for this hardy bunch: Amrut and Deepa are from Bangalore, where it is usually about 40 degrees warmer, and yet he runs only in his black 100 shirt, even in the deepest winter. He used to play street cricket at 45C as a kid, but that was when he was soft. Deepa is game for anything provided it brings her closer to the elusive 100 club: she would have travelled to a parkrun on the Scilly Isles in blizzard conditions. Sue and Lloyd are from South Africa so they retain a child-like fascination for icy windscreens, woolly jumpers and occasional snow. Perry is from Somerset and those country fellows have strange and indefinable ways about them. Theyre hard. They like to race in the Welsh mountains against horses. Its better not to ask too many questions. Thanks to Mrs. Garmin and Deepas sense of direction, we arrived thirty minutes early. This was a group record, since we usually arrive with mere seconds to spare, and we luxuriated in the time we had, climbing some odd conical hills within the route and admiring the views of London. The ground was white with frost. As were the paths. Very, very slippery. Positively dangerous. As I say, were a tough lot but even this was too much, and our visions of personal PBs slipped away in the morning mist. We sauntered casually to the start to be greeted at 8.50 by the dismal news that the run was cancelled! Deepa demonstrated the validity of this decision by promptly slipping at walking pace and landing on her bum. Why? Because the gang were rushing back to the car, undaunted. Gunnersbury: well make it! Amrut had just in a by the way fashion announced that this was supposed to be his 150th parkrun. What? WHAT! Thats a huge event! Now we definitely have to find a functioning parkrun! Hurry up Deepa, what are you doing lying there in the ice! Sue, limp faster! But this time Mrs Garmin let us down and we found ourselves in an industrial estate where no parkrun has or ever will take place. Amrut claimed that he was only the driver, not his fault at all. Still, we flashed down Hanger Lane, so recently viewed in the opposite direction, and through a combination of luck and dead reckoning drew up in the Gunnersbury car park at 9.20. But hang on! Wheres the start? Theyve gone and moved it! Aha: the wet weather course today. Cmon you lot, not even a tail runner in sight but not to worry. Dont forget your barcodes! No, not you Pez, youve never had one! We jogged by the mystified marshals yelling late starters! and set off, just as Phil Tracer Jackson was completing the course. He looked back, amazed, obviously thinking wed all giving him a sound thrashing and were embarking on a second lap. Round the park we went at a merry little pace, waving to people and having a giraffe. At 4.5 km two simultaneous events happened: Perry did his sudden stoppy bit and Lloyd was chased by a dog. Both survived their respective dramas. The marshals were still at their posts when we finally trailed in, filling positions 323 to 327. PW times for all: last finisher at 53.18. Not too bad for runners who had done their warm ups at one parkrun but competed in another! Now for a well deserved no sausage or bacon but otherwise Full English brekkie, said Amrut, rubbing his hands together and heading eagerly for the car. Strand Café, watch out! I wonder where Tracer got to? But the Strand was Tracer-less. Because Doc Jacko was eating a bacon buttie at the Gunnersbury Park Caff, wasnt he, patiently waiting and wondering exactly how long this run was going to take us. The company was probably more enervating at the Caff but had anyone there just completed the 150? Well, said Perry, raising his second latte. Heres to perseverance and our official worst parkrun performances EVER. Heres to Amruts 150th parkrun. No-one said this running lark would be easy. From this day on, and for evermore, anyone who runs the one and a half century will be described as Doing the Amrut. Cheers! 1 R Berry (West 4) 17.31 15 A Critchlow (West 4) 19.38 (1st woman) 89 Phil Jackson 23.17 323 Lloyd Camp 46.28 324 Perry Rendell 46.28 325 Amrut Sharma 47.51 326 Deepa Sharma 53.18 327 Sue Camp 53.18 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 17th January Second place for David Lawley 1 K Millar (Highgate) 18.01 2 David Lawley 18.32 18 E Harwood (Houns MMT) 23.27 (1st woman) 38 Cathy Holman 26.50 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 17th January)... Woodley: 162 Mary Hickson 29.25 Brockwell: 38 James Whistler 21.03 Oxford: 71 Ian Bingham 25.12, 111 Evelyn Joslin 29.21 Southsea: 95 Alan Davidson 25.21 Melton Mowbray: 93 Mike White 27.53 Black Park: 271 Luke Wilson 28.56 Bournemouth: 91 Eugenio Carmo 23.56 Nonsuch: 59 Paul Rider 22.00 WIMBLEDON PARK JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 18th January 1 E Weir (Herc Wimb) 9.04 (1st girl) 18 Matthew Beal 10.55 28 Oliver Beal 11.40 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 24th January 1 C Oddy (Abbey Leeds) 17.25 18 Tom Bradley 19.35 36 L Broughton (Rich CC) 20.41 (1st woman) 37 Bill Neely 20.44 46 Steve Aikin 21.28 60 Paul Noel 22.10 86 Daniel Rushby 23.17 91 Colin Lloyd 23.34 94 John Hobson 23.36 98 Nick Fordham 23.43 119 Ally Salisbury 24.26 125 Sally Yau 24.36 133 Carol Aikin 24.51 135 Simon Taylor 24.56 136 Andrew Brown 24.59 204 Louise Beal 27.47 250 Bronwen Northmore 30.21 253 Katie Walton 30.27 255 Val Lowman 30.33 286 Anne-Marie Harvie 32.44 289 James Rushby 32.58 313 Martin Clark 34.29 341 Pat Hewlett 39.43 342 Bev Ali 40.28 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Thursday 24th January Only a Ranelagh 1-3 this week! Duncan Mallison stepped up to first and Colin Brett was third. 1 Duncan Mallison 18.00 3 Colin Brett 18.46 16 Tom Kearey 21.14 24 E Gray (Strag) 21.56 (1st woman) 26 Daniel Chiechi 22.09 42 Paul Wapshott 24.06 58 Kevin Kearey 24.52 59 Josie Kearey 24.52 69 Ann Kearey 25.22 81 Mel Davison 26.58 88 Rachel Allen 27.26 91 Asheigh Ferris 27.42 93 Tamsin Burland 27.42 101 Lynne Barber 28.23 106 Wiebke Kortum 28.54 108 Mike White 28.55 111 Colette Doran 29.02 112 Leeanne Bryce 29.03 120 Mary Hickson 29.38 135 Tracey Small 31.30 138 Cindy Croucher 31.48 140 Christine David 32.39 145 Stacey Barber 33.05 147 Tanya Allen 33.26 148 Su Clark 34.38 151 Clare Hulacki 37.14 153 Sally Spaull 38.09 154 Lexi Slaughter 38.16 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 24th January 1 A Lawrence (Morpeth) 16.38 7 Nick Wright 17.48 52 T Hardcastle (unatt) 19.45 (1st woman) 138 Richard Kennedy 21.31 142 Leonie Kennedy 21.33 278 Ali Kennedy 23.21 407 Ian Grange 24.46 841 Jackie Dunkley 30.02 1099 Wally Garrod 40.34 1126 John Hanscomb 48.14 OLD DEER PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 24th January Craig Maclellan finished second. 1 J Smith (Strag) 18.32 2 Craig Maclellan 18.58 10 Phil Roberts 22.39 12 R OConnor (unatt) 22.51 (1st woman) 27 Frida Roper 24.58 38 Julian Holden 26.30 49 Florence Hughes 29.47 51 Luke Maguire 30.20 KINGSTON parkrun 5km Saturday 24th January 1 R Lloyd-Smith (unatt) 18.29 17 Chris Camacho 21.22 20 S Black (Tri Europe) 21.45 (1st woman) 21 Andy Bickerstaff 21.59 64 Peter Wright 25.21 73 Rob Kitchen 26.07 91 Fiona Pugh 27.51 92 Far OBrien 28.01 BOGNOR REGIS parkrun 5km Saturday 24h January David Rowe finished second this week. 1 J Fellick (Wall) 18.12 2 David Rowe 19.30 16 L Albrecht (Worth) 21.25 (1st woman) 117 Sharon Rowe 34.32 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 24th January)... Gunnersbury: 66 Phil Jackson 22.47 Riddlesdown: 9 Alberto Esguevillas 21.21, 50 Amrut Sharma 25.56, 109 Deepa Sharma 32.48 Oxford: 93 Evelyn Joslin 26.04 Southsea: 70 Alan Davidson 24.03 Melton Mowbray: 93 Mike White 27.53 Black Park: 243 Luke Wilson 27.48 Reading: 128 Louise Atkinson 28.10 Bournemouth: 96 Eugenio Carmo 24.07 Leamington: 67 Paul Hodges 22.05 Horsham: 23 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 23.24 Mile End: 91 Kirsty Bangham 24.28 Forest Rec: 94 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 26.44 Osterley: 58 Rebecca Northmore 27.31 WIMBLEDON PARK JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 25th January 1 A Bull (unatt) 8.18 2 I Coppinger (unatt) 8.37 (1st girl) 16 Matthew Beal 9.53 31 Oliver Beal 11.14 RICHMOND PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 31st January 1 B Powell (Rich CC) 18.58 13 Tom Bradley 19.49 22 Peter Faull 20.18 25 John Hobson 20.32 39 Alberto Esguevillas 21.28 41 R Jakeman (Bas & MH) 21.58 (1st woman) 59 Kevin Knowles 22.40 85 Amrut Sharma 23.46 120 Simon Taylor 25.31 132 Carol Aikin 26.13 151 Ally Salisbury 26.59 166 Tomas Sterner 27.29 231 Val Lowman 30.34 244 Bronwen Northmore 31.42 256 Peter Lowman 33.01 258 Deepa Sharma 33.05 262 Katie Walton 33.47 285 Bev Ali 42.34 286 Pat Hewlett 42.40 288 Andrew Brown 42.41 CRANE PARK parkrun 5km Thursday 31st January Back to 1-2-3 for Ranelagh this week, thanks to Nick Wright, Kris Davidson and Nick Twomey. 1 Nick Wright 18.07 2 Kris Davidson 18.10 3 Nick Twomey 18.52 11 L Hales (Woking) 20.44 (1st woman) 18 Tom Kearey 22.21 23 Kevin Kearey 22.53 30 Adam Wright 23.26 56 Josie Kearey 26.29 93 Lynne Barber 30.56 95 Tracey Small 32.02 96 Tamsin Burland 33.08 97 Su Clark 34.36 BUSHY PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 31st January 1 A Jaksevicius (Belg) 16.19 52 B Williams (SMR) 20.25 (1st woman) 121 Richard Kennedy 22.24 224 Jose Scheuer 24.09 248 Ali Kennedy 24.26 540 Louise Beal 28.57 576 Kirsty Bangham 29.24 589 Mike White 29.38 814 Wally Garrod 39.34 837 John Hanscomb 45.04 BLACK PARK parkrun 5km Saturday 31st January Eirin McDaid and Mark Herbert finished second and third. 1 J Laing (Hill) 16.51 2 Eirin McDaid 17.22 3 Mark Herbert 18.29 13 H Wells (Hill) 20.20 (1st woman) 95 Luke Wilson 24.11 BEDFONT LAKES parkrun 5km Saturday 31st January Becky Hall was the leading woman. 1 J Harris (Woking) 19.33 4 Becky Hall 21.19 (1st woman) 28 Rob Curtis 24.51 OSTERLEY parkrun 5km Saturday 31st January Trevor Maguire finished third. 1 L Riseley (unatt) 18.25 3 Trevor Maguire 19.07 14 E Harwood (Houns MM) 24.10 (1st woman) 37 Paula Maguire 27.45 42 Rebecca Northmore 28.17 OTHER parkruns (Saturday 31st January)... Gunnersbury: 73 Phil Jackson 24.25 Old Deer Park: 23 Julian Holden 27.09 Southsea: 86 Alan Davidson 24.55 Kingston: 17 Chris Camacho 21.18, 54 Tom Reay 26.38 Reading: 129 Louise Atkinson 31.45 Bournemouth: 78 Eugenio Carmo 24.03 Panshanger: 20 Paul Sinton-Hewitt 21.26, 84 Jo Sinton-Hewitt 27.55 South Oxhey: 92 Peter Fordham 29.51 BUSHY PARK JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 1st February Euan Sinclair just missed the top three, but Sacha and Leonie Kennedy were the first and second girls to finish. 1 A Crews (Thames TT) 7.32 4 Euan Sinclair 8.00 5 Sacha Kennedy 8.05 (1st girl) 9 Leonie Kennedy 8.25 23 Finlay Sinclair 9.07 24 Lexi Keech 9.11 84 Eilidh Sinclair 10.58 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIOR parkrun 2km Sunday 1st February 1 M Berardi (Runny) 7.37 4 K Pepper (Chilt) 8.10 (1st girl) 101 Connor Scally 16.41 FINALLY... Heres one way to warm up...Athletics International reports: Canada's Cam Levins, who trains under Alberto Salazar in Portland, Oregon, completed an astonishing double at the Armory Track Invitational in New York in January. Just 28 minutes after winning the mile in 3:54.74 he started the 2 miles and won that too in 8:15.38! His more celebrated training companion Galen Rupp was in the lead at 3000m but Levins produced a strong finish to win from Japan's Suguru Osako with Rupp fading to fourth. How did Levins spend his time between races? I changed my shoes, sat down for a second, went downstairs for a jog and basically got some water. I then put on my spikes and got back on the track. It went by pretty quickly.