Newsdesk 2016

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 475             12th May 2016
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Successful Richmond Half Marathon with nearly 800 runners
 *  Individual winners Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell) and Ranelagh's Megan de
 *  Ranelagh women win the team race, men finish second
 *  Richard Gregory and Megan de Silva lead our teams in the Sutton 10km
 *  M85 World Half Marathon Record by Ed Whitlock
 *  Bruce McLaren completes the Thames Path 100 miler
 *  Good Orienteering and Triathlon results from Ralph Street and Gill
 *  Free Sports Psychology workshop at the clubhouse on Tuesday 14th June  
 *  Club Subscriptions and England Athletics Registration were both due on
     April 1st
 *  Junior Handicap Series next race on May 19th in Richmond Park
 *  Green Belt Relay on May 21st and 22nd 
 *  Dorking 10 miles is the next GP and League event on June 5th. 
 *  Help needed for our Richmond 10km on 19th June

 DORKING 10 miles  Sunday 5th June
 This is the next event in the Surrey Road League and our own Grand Prix. It
 also serves as the county championship and the Ranelagh club championship.
 Start time is 9am. Entries are fairly low at the moment at 248, with a
 little over 20 from Ranelagh. Details and entry:             . 

 RICHMOND 10k  Sunday 19th June   
 We have already received some 360 entries, including 64 from Ranelagh.
 Race Director Rick Jenner writes:
 'It's five weeks until our 10k on 19th June at 9am. If you haven't run
 before it's a great flat, fast course, much of it on the riverside, and
 usually a great fun summer event. Please do enter here:
 and encourage your friends to do likewise. The race is also raising money
 for Peter Wright's treatment so please take the opportunity to donate when
 you register. We're also looking for people to help on the day so if you
 can't run, or would just like to lend a welcome hand, please email Rick at

 Cindy Croucher writes:
 "We have been contacted by Dr Josephine Perry who runs Performance in Mind,
 a sports psychology consultancy. She is also a regular contributor to
 Athletics Weekly, addressing the psychology of running and racing. She loves
 seeing how athletes, when they develop a greater understanding of their own
 psychology, can improve their performance and feel more comfortable and
 confident doing so. Josie has offered to run a workshop at the club 'Using
 Sport Psychology to perform at your best' which will cover some of the key
 concepts and techniques used in sports psychology which athletes can use
 when entering potentially stressful sporting situations to feel more
 comfortable and in control to ensure they are able to perform to their
 maximum potential. The workshop is on Tuesday 14th June at 8.30pm after
 training (cunningly just before the club 10k!). If you are interested in
 attending, there is a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse. It is free to attend
 but spaces will be limited and on a first-come-first-served basis!!
 Contributions for refreshments will be appreciated."

 Good luck to our teams in the Green Belt Relay on the weekend of 21st and
 22nd May. More details about the event here:. 

 ...for 2016-17 are now due.
 The club membership fee includes the England Athletics registration fee and
 despite the increase in the England Athletics registration fee to £13, we
 are keeping our subscription rates unchanged for at least another year.
 That's £40 for seniors, £20 for second-claim members and those who are
 retired and over 60, £10 for under 20s and students and non-running members.
 There is also a £70 family membership. Preferred method of payment is by
 Bank Transfer: our account is at HSBC, sort code 40-23-29, account number
 81109847; please add a message, for example SubscriptionJSmith. A Standing
 Order form is available from our website here: . Alternatively post a
 cheque to Membership Secretary, Ranelagh Harriers, 135a Petersham Road,
 Richmond, Surrey TW10 7AA or leave it in an envelope at the clubhouse. For
 any queries, e-mail the Membership Secretary aachrisowens@yahoo.co.uk. 

 The latest version of the United Kingdom Athletics (UKA) Rules for
 Competition 2016 are to be launched on 1st April. These include important
 changes regarding compulsory athlete registration in competitions held under
 UKA Rules. It is important that all club members are aware of this and the
 associated guidance. The essence is that participants in races held under
 UKA rules must be registered and have paid their annual registration fee in
 advance of entering events. These include championship races and other races
 such as road events organised under UKA rules. The rules cover club members
 from the under 13 age group upwards. Race applications will include the
 requirement for individual's England Athletics registration number.
 Club subscriptions and the E.A. registration fees are both due on 1st April.
 Please pay your membership subscription promptly. The club cannot pay your
 registration fee unless you have paid your subscription. If you are not
 registered you might not be eligible to compete in championships or other
 events under UKA rules.
 For more information see www.englandathletics.org/athlete-registration. 

 Andy Bickerstaff is looking for someone to share the role of Chief Race
 Official with him. It involves organising the course flagging, placing of
 marshals and assigning officials. If you think you could help please contact
 Andy andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk . If you can't take on the
 job but would be willing to mark the course once or twice during the winter
 season, please also contact Andy. 

 Rick Jenner writes:. 
 "The Men's Running Magazine and Women's Running Magazine Running Awards 2016
 need Ranelagh Harriers! They have kindly asked us to help, and need testers,
 runners of all abilities and levels, to put a range of running kit,
 nutrition and gadgets through their paces. Then to provide honest and frank
 reviews and ultimately determine which brands and products walk off with the
 awards. Testing takes place during August 2016 and you will need to be able
 to collect and return any kit to the clubhouse during that period. To
 register your interest and get more information please email Jayne Bennett
 at awards@wildbunchmedia.co.uk before 3rd June. (Please note this is for
 Ranelagh Harriers only, do not share with any other people, non-club members
 will not be accepted.)".

 Dominic Stead of Sporting Feet writes:
 "Sporting Feet is an independent sports footwear retailer with shops in
 Putney and Richmond. We are often looking for bright, enthusiastic, sporty
 people to work part-time in our stores. Typically our part time employees
 work for us two days a week usually including a Saturday or Sunday. Full
 training is given, but as there is a lot to learn we need candidates to be
 able to commit for a reasonable length of time. If you are local to our
 Putney or Richmond shops and are interested in working for Sporting Feet,
 please send your cv and a covering letter to dominic@sporting-feet.com."

 Michaela Fogden writes:
 "I am a sports massage therapist, based at Performance Physiotherapy in
 Richmond. See my website for more details:."

 Cindy Croucher writes:
 "The 2016 Ladies Beginners Course will be led by Deborah again, starting on
 Tuesday 24th May.  Please spread the word and share the link:. It is still only £10 so
 please let friends, colleagues, neighbours and the world know!" 

 The Wimbledon Common Trail Series organised by Andy Bickerstaff and the Good
 Run Guide is back for its third year. The first race was last week's 5
 miler, see below  The remaining dates are Wednesday 1st June for another 5
 miler and Wednesday July 6th for an 8 miler. Both are 7pm starts. Details and entry:.  

 Our annual "Mini Mob Match" against The Stragglers will be incorporated with
 the Crane Park parkrun 5km on Saturday 11th June. All welcome.

 The summer series of junior handicap races has become a joint enterprise
 between Stragglers and Ranelagh, and this year we are hosting two of the
 events from our clubhouse. The rest take place at the Hawker Centre. The
 races are all on Thursday evenings and are open to all under 18s.
 Registration is at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. The first race was last week,
 remaining dates and organisers are shown below. 
 Full details, including parental consent forms, are here:. 

 Thursday 19th May (Ranelagh)
 Thursday 9th June (Stragglers)
 Thursday 23rd June (Stragglers)
 Thursday 14th July (Ranelagh)
 Thursday 1st September (Stragglers)

 THE 23rd TH&H PARKLAND RELAYS  Wednesday 25th May at 7pm in Richmond Park
 Peter Fordham writes:
 "I am again organising the men's entries for the annual Parkland Relays in
 Richmond Park. This is one of the best summer events in the area, where 100
 teams from the major clubs in the area compete in a 4-leg relay of about 2.9
 miles. It starts at Spankers Hill Wood and near to Pen Ponds car park. Last
 year we put up three teams, with our 'A' team coming a creditable 9th
 overall. Let's see if we can beat the turnout and positions this year. As
 demand from clubs is high, please let me know as soon as possible if you can
 run, so that I can secure team entries. It's open to all and anyone who
 thinks they cannot make it by 7pm can be accommodated on one of the later
 Contact Peter at peter_fordham@yahoo.com. 
 There is also a women's relay over 3 laps of the same course. Anyone
 interested in taking part please contact Becky or Phil
 ranelagh.women@gmail.com .   

 Tom Bedford writes:
 "On 18th September 2016 the Richmond Marathon joins the Richmond Half
 Marathon and Kew Gardens 10k in the Richmond Running Festival. Starting
 inside Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the race will tour Richmond's greenest
 borough, and the highlight? Hampton Court Palace! More info:.  
 We would like to offer £3 off to your club runners.
 With their EA registration number that will mean a total of £5 off.
 Password is all caps: RANELAGH."

 The club is continuing to subsidise track sessions on Thursday evenings at
 the Osterley track. All groups and all abilities are welcome. The sessions
 are  every Thursday 7.30-8.30pm.  Link to the map is here:.

 Follow Ranelagh on Facebook. 

 Check out what's happening in our junior section at

More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil
or Trevor ) ranelagh.men@gmail.com
 or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil ranelagh.women@gmail.com  )      

 Thursday 19th May          Stragglers/Ranelagh Junior Handicap race 2 in
 Richmond Park. See above.

 Wednesday 25th May      Parkland Relays in Richmond Park. See above.

 Sunday 5th June             Dorking 10 miles. GP and Surrey League event,
 includes county and club championship. 9am start.  Details:.   

 Saturday 11th June         Mini Mob Match v The Stragglers incorporated into
 the Crane Park parkrun.

 Sunday 19th June           Richmond 10km. 9am start. See above.

 5km parkruns every Saturday at 9am and 2km junior parkruns weekly or monthly
 on Sundays.
 Venues, more details and registration at www.parkrun.com or

 When we started organising a Richmond Half Marathon back in 1994 it was one
 of no more than two or three Half Marathons in the whole of Surrey. Now
 there is double that number in the Richmond area alone! This year the
 competition put something of a brake on the inflow of entries for our race,
 but in the end we reached our limit 0f 1200 just a few days before the
 advertised closing date. This worked out well and gave everyone a fair
 chance of getting in, whereas in recent years the limit has been reached as
 early as January. That our race remains popular in the face of so much
 competition is testament to everyone who helps in some capacity on the day.
 It's not an easy course to organise and marshal but apart from a couple of
 impatient motorists at the start everything seemed to go off well. Special
 thanks go to our unflappable Race Director Sandra Forrest and her team of
 Tamsin Burland, Sally Bamford, Lindsey Simmons and Philippa Kitchen. 

 As to the race itself, conditions were pretty good. It had been cold
 overnight but by race time we had a comfortable running temperature. After a
 few minor flurries while the field sorted itself out it was Epsom's Ollie
 Garrod who established himself in front, chased by the Clapham pair Bryn
 Reynolds and Neil Aitken. Richard Gregory was well placed for Ranelagh but
 he probably still had the previous week's London Marathon in his legs. While
 Garrod built up a lead of more than a minute, Richard settled into 6th place
 and secured the club half-marathon championship - though he probably didn't
 realise that he was being run down in the closing stages by the holder
 Jordan Mungovan. Jordan took a minute off last year's time but was still
 half a minute down on Richard at the end. Nick Impey put in an excellent run
 as the third Ranelagh finisher, and these three combined to win second place
 in the open and Surrey county team competitions - Clapham Chasers winning
 both. Ian Kenton and Jonathan Smith both finished inside 80 minutes, then we
 saw Chris Bundhun and Dave Lawley home just ahead of the leading woman Megan
 de Silva who finished in a personal best of 82.16. Mick Lane's 83.51 secured
 him 6th place in the M50 age group and behind Mick there were half a dozen
 more RH inside 90 minutes. It was good to see juniors Tom Kearey and Grace
 Munro completing the course in fine style.     

 In the women's race Megan led virtually all the way and enjoyed an
 impressive winning margin of almost two and a half minutes. Michelle Davies
 ran very well for 10th place and set a big new personal best of 92:20. Marie
 Synnott-Wells finished in 13th place and placed third in the W45 age group.
 The three M's won the open and Surrey team races for Ranelagh. Julia Bailey
 was our next woman home on 97.45 and three more Ranelagh women ducked inside
 two hours.       

 SUTTON 10km  Sunday 8th May
 A temperature up in the mid 20s is perhaps not intrinsically all that tough
 for a 10k - but when it comes only a matter of days after we were
 experiencing single-digit temperatures it may have caused a slight shock to
 the system! This probably explains a relatively pedestrian overall winning
 time in  the mid 34mins and only two runners inside 35mins. Epsom and
 Ewell's Ollie Garrod was first home, just as he had been in our Half
 Marathon the week previously. The South London Harriers pair of Steph McCall
 and Jess Chen dominated the women's race, though they too were probably
 slowed by the heat. Only Megan de Silva in 3rd place seemed comparatively
 untroubled and her 38.54 was less than a minute outside her PB.

 Richard Gregory was our first man home in 8th place and if he looked a
 little jaded it might have been owing to the fact that this was his fourth
 hard race in as many weekends (including the London Marathon) as well as the
 temperature. Steve Whitehead was next in and surprisingly his 11th place was
 good enough only for 5th in the over 40 category. James Whistler and Chris
 Bundhun were our only other men inside 40 minutes, though Mick Lane came in
 just as the clock clicked over to 40. Behind Megan in the women's race Laura
 Blazey, Michelle Davies and Clare Fowler all finished close together in the
 45 minutes bracket.    

 This was the second race in the Surrey Road League and our men today
 finished 3rd and the women 4th. It was also the fourth race in our own road
 Grand Prix. Category leaders are Megan de Silva, Hedy Lorant/Wiebke
 Kortum/Rachel Smith, Sally Bamford/Marie Synnott-Wells, Richard Gregory,
 Steve Whitehead and Mick Lane. Full scoreboard here:
 http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/gp.html. Counting all those who have
 completed at least one of the races, we have already topped the hundred.

 The legend that is Ed Whitlock has polished off another world record for the
 over 85 age group. Running in the Waterloo Half Marathon in Ontario, Canada,
 on 24th April, Ed shattered the previous record by some nine minutes in
 recording 1:50.47. Read all about it here:.

 ORIENTEERING WORLD CUP  Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May in Wroclaw,
 This was the opening World Cup event of the 2016 season and Ralph Street was
 selected to compete for Great Britain in all three events being contested:
 Middle Distance, Sprint and Mixed Relay. First on the Saturday was the
 Middle Distance race in which Ralph was the leading Brit in equal 25th place
 out of 116 finishers. On Sunday came the sprint event. In the morning were
 two qualifying heats to whittle the 120 competitors down to 42 finalists.
 Ralph finished a comfortable 9th in the second heat and so took his place in
 the final where he finished an excellent 12th only 35 seconds behind the
 winner and well ahead of the only other Brit to make the final. Monday was
 given over to a mixed relay with 43 teams of four taking part. The teams
 comprised two men and two women and on leg three Ralph had a storming run to
 move GBR1 through from 35th to 5th with one of the fastest times of the day.
 Unfortunately it was later revealed that our opening leg runner had
 mispunched one of the controls and so the team was disqualified. "A good
 weekend for me," was Ralph's modest comment. 

 Middle Distance
 1   O Lundanes (Norway)    35.11
 25= Ralph Street           39.59 

 1   M Kyburz (Switzerland) 14.33
 12  Ralph Street           15.08  
 THAMES PATH 100 miles  Saturday 30th April  Richmond to Oxford
 Bruce McLaren writes of Facebook:
 "Well I did it. That was super tough. Wheels came off around mile 85 so we
 pretty much walked the rest but finished in 20:39 in 40th place so very
 pleased and so glad to have finished. It was dodo cold towards the end of
 the night. Oh, and I threw up at mile 91 to boot."

 1   C Holgate (unatt)      14:09.54
 2   S Amend (Belgrave)     16:00.09  (1st woman)
 40  Bruce McLaren          20:39.44 

 1    B Fish (Blackburn)    2:31.14  (chip time 2:31.10)
 34   K Wright (Stratford)  3:03.41  (3:03.35 - 1st woman)
 340  Matt Sowton           3:41.41  (3:38.57)
 716  Hannah Doyle          4:04.38  (4:01.20)
 1925 Ian Grange            6:27.35  (6:20.49)  

 WIMBLEDON COMMON TRAIL SERIES RACE 1  5 miles  Wednesday 4th May
 This was the first of the three summer evening races on Wimbledon Common
 organised by Andy Bickerstaff and the Good Run Guide. Ranelagh provided the
 marshals and officials, but the race itself was dominated by Clapham Chasers
 and the new Fulham Running Club. For Ranelagh Mark Herbert was our first
 finisher but only Wiebke Kortum made the prize list, winning the W45
 category. 178 finished.

 1   B Reynolds (Clapham)   27.27
 15  Mark Herbert           30.14
 29  R Penfold (Fulham)     32.42  (1st woman)
 68  Wiebke Kortum          36.30
 72  Ben Shore              36.46
 80  Steve Aikin            37.24
 111 Heather Martingell     40.28
 141 Peter Fordham          44.27
 147 Tamsin Burland         45.56
 161 Phil Aiken             48.51
 165 Paul Martingell        49.10                           

 YHA CASTLETON RUNNING WEEKEND  Friday 6th May - Sunday 8th May
 New Peak District residents Karen and Peter Weir were joined by some
 Ranelagh visitors at the Castleton Youth Hostel's running weekend. Karen
 "On Friday night there was a head torch run, Saturday a long fell race (11.5
 miles) and Sunday a 10km fell race. The group of Ranelagh boys - Nick
 Twomey, Mark Herbert, Alex Morgan, Nick Impey, Jonathan Smith and Rich
 Kimber - pretty much filled the top places each time, although on the
 Saturday race they all went wrong and didn't do the official course! On the
 Sunday race they filled all the top places apart from second. Nick Impey,
 the second-placed guy from Northants and Alex all broke the course record -
 not bad for a bunch not used to the fells - it was hot too. Peter and I were
 there, just because it was a couple of miles from where we live and we
 thought it would be a good way to find some running routes. I am coming back
 from a calf injury (due to not yet being acclimatised to the terrain - every
 run involves running up a steep hill) and Peter decided to throw himself
 down the hill mid-race on the Saturday (but was still the 3rd finisher who
 actually finished the correct route) so he was a bit battered and bruised
 and so we decided not to race on Sunday, instead we took a leisurely walk up
 the hill to get some photos and cheer the team in." 

 ITU TRIATHLON WORLD CUP  Sunday 8th May in Cagliari
 This was a sprint event over half the usual Olympic distance. This seemed to
 suit Gill Sanders as she put in a much improved performance to finish 13th.
 At the moment Gill seems on course to qualify for the South African team for
 this summer's Rio Olympics. Fingers crossed!

 1   I Lee (GB)             63.52  (swim 10.07, T1 0.58, bike 34.17, T2 0.39,
 run 17.52)
 13  Gill Sanders (RSA)     65.44  (10.08, 0.59, 36.03, 0.40, 17.56)      

 parkrun results...
 ...showing all PBs, all performances with an age-graded percentage of 65%
 and above, and all junior results. For full Ranelagh results follow this
 link:. From
 this screen you can also access the previous week's Ranelagh results. 

 parkruns  Saturday 30th April 

 Richmond Park
 Eirin McDaid 16.59 (76.05%), Richard Kimber 19.07 (67.48%),  Alberto
 Esguevillas 20.52 (66.93%), Jess Harbert 21.22 (71.61% and jnr), Cecily Day
 23.08 (66.14% and jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 23.25 (65.34% and jnr), 
 Nick Fordham 24.55 (jnr), Val Lowman 29.05 (67.68%)

 Bushy Park
 Nick Wright 18.22 (73.77%), Simon Burrell 20.03 (74.73%), Sacha Kennedy
 20.13 (77.74% and jnr), Léonie Kennedy 22.40 (69.34% and jnr), Finlay
 Sinclair 23.15 (65.81% and jnr), Kevin Jacques 24.58 (PB), Anne Philpott
 26.39 (68.86%), Jackie Dunkley 28.50 (66.36%)

 Bedfont Lakes
 Mark Herbert 18.06 (72.47%), Michael Moran 20.05 (69.29% and jnr)

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.45 (73.33%), Clare Fowler 21.12 (70.99% and PB), Steve
 Aikin 21.35 (68.88%), Matt Aikin 23.07 (jnr), Luke Maguire 25.33 (jnr),
 Paula Maguire 25.47 (65.80%)

 Kings Lynn
 Andrew Brown 23.22 (70.47%)

 Pollok Park, Glasgow
 Peter Weir 20.17 (72.72%)

 Deirdre Inman 34.15 (PB) 

 Highbury Fields
 Peter Faull 18.25 (70.86% and PB)

 Crane Park
 Ted Mockett 19.23 (68.87%), Eric Plue 21.01 (67.96%), Simon Collingridge
 21.17 (74.08%), Josie Kearey 23.28 (66.97% and PB and jnr), Anne Kearey
 23.30 (68.94% and PB) 

 Marc Snaith 18.11 (73.97%)

 Mike Peace 25.01 (67.69%)

 Phil Jackson 24.32 (69.02%)

 Ramee, Toulouse, France
 Peter Fordham 24.28 (67.92%)

 St Peters Park, Sydney, Australia
 Ryan Fisher 18.35 (69.51%) 

 BUSHY PARK JUNIOR parkrun 2km  Sunday 1st May
 1   J Poncia (SMR)         7.01
 4   Sacha Kennedy          7.33  (1st girl)
 13  Léonie Kennedy         8.29
 14  Finlay Sinclair        8.32
 32  Eilidh Sinclair        9.30
 131 Isla Sinclair         12.36   

 SAVILL GARDENS JUNIOR parkrun 2km  Sunday 1st May
 1   P Kullah (WSEH)        7.01
 112 James Ricketts        12.44
 196 Connor Scally         24.54  

 parkruns  Saturday 7th May 

 Richmond Park
 Jordan Mungovan 17.33 (73.60%), Tom Bradley 18.47 (71.87% and jnr), Peter
 Faull 18.54 (69.05%), Jess Harbert 21.38 (70.72% and jnr), Daniel Rushby
 23.14 (67.93% and jnr), Wiebke Kortum 23.18 (70.24%), 
 Sam Rushby 24.02 (70.80% and jnr), Ellie Luxmoore 24.38 (jnr0, Aoife
 Kilpatrick 27.51 (PB), Val Lowman 29.42 (66.27%), James Rushby 30.57 (jnr),
 Ben Rushby 31.26 (PB and jnr)

 Bushy Park
 David Ready 18.46 (68.74%), Toby Cooper 19.21 (67.79%), Euan Sinclair 19.43
 (75.40% and PB and jnr), Sacha Kennedy 19.52 (79.11% and jnr), Richard
 Kennedy 20.44 (74.12%), Léonie Kennedy 22.43 (67.19% and jnr), Finlay
 Sinclair 23.42 (jnr), Tom Reay 25.56 (65.87%)

 Bedfont Lakes
 Rob Curtis 21.49 (65.47%)

 Old Deer Park
 Kris Davidson 18.14 (75.44%), Colin Brett 18.25 (80.63%), Trevor Maguire
 20.52 (70.69%), Simon Burrell 20.54 (71.69%), Steve Aikin 21.37 (68.77%),
 Matt Aikin 22.58 (jnr), Leeanne Bryce 27.20 (PB), Luke Maguire 27.26 (jnr)

 Colette Doran 27.58 (PB)

 Alan Davidson 26.09 (65.47%), Louise Roper 27.41 (PB)

 Becky Hall 21.59 (67.78%)

 Nonsuch Park
 Phil Jackson 25.05 (67.51%)

 Jackie Dunkley 29.16 (65.38%)

 Marie Synnott-Wells 20.06 (84.41%)

 Crane Park
 Kevin Kearey 20.57 (69.29%), Simon Collingridge 21.40 (72.77%), Josie Kearey
 25.47 (jnr), Lynne Barber 26.41 (66.96%) 

 Osterley Park
 Michael Everard 19.50 (70.42%)

 Reigate Priory Park
 Duncan Mallison 21.02 (65.37%)

 Nick Fordham 21.42 (jnr)

 Runners in the Qingyuan Marathon in China were given an energy bar at the
 finish - or so they thought. The bar, in English language packaging, turned
 out to be scented soap...   Full story:.