*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 493 20th January 2017 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ranelagh women win team golds at the Surrey Championships, men finish 10th * Freya Thomson wins U17 silver and Izzy Atkins U15 bronze in the Middlesex Championships * Nic Jackson finishes 6th in the Lancashire Championships * Nic Jackson leads Ranelagh women to 2nd place in the Surrey League Div 1, overall 7th after three races * Jon Pepper leads Ranelagh men to 2nd place in the Surrey League Div 1, overall 3rd after three races * Jake Waldron, Megan de Silva and our women's team all take first places at the Tadworth 10 miles * Megan de Silva and Fiona Ford finish 2nd in Hyde Park 5km and Richmond Park 10km respectively * Inter-club 5 miles on the Bank of England's course in Richmond Park this Saturday * South of England Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday 28th January * Final Surrey League races for men and women on Saturday February 11th * All needed for our last mob match of the season away to Blackheath on Sunday February 19th ATTENTION PLEASE **************** IN CASE YOU MISSED IT We urgently need to find someone to help Tamsin Burland with the job of Volunteers Co-ordinator for our Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon on Sunday 30th April. If you can help, contact Tamsin firstname.lastname@example.org . INTER-CLUB v BANK OF ENGLAND, EALING S&M and others Saturday 21st January in Richmond Park The Bank hosts this 5 miles race on their course in Richmond Park. It's this Saturday, start time is 2.30pm beside Roehampton Gate. The race HQ is at the Bank's sports ground in Bank Lane, 500m from Roehampton Gate. Map:. All welcome, register on the day. The race incorporates the Hec Petersen Trophy between ourselves and Ealing. Tea is provided at the Bank's sports ground afterwards at a flat rate of £2 per head. SOUTH OF ENGLAND CHAMPIONSHIPS The South of England Championships return to the familiar sweeping expanses of Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath on Saturday 28th January. Entries are closed but we should have good representation in the senior events plus a select few in the junior races. The programme begins at 11am with the U15 Boys, then continues: U13 Girls at 11.20am, U13 Boys at 11.35am, U15 Girls at 11.50am, U17 Men at 12.10pm, U20 Women at 12.40pm. U17 Women at 1.05pm, U20 Men at 1.30pm, Senior Women at 2.05pm and Senior Men at 2.50pm. Support welcome, it's quite a spectacle. 2XU SURREY LEAGUE and SURREY LADIES LEAGUE The final men's and women's Surrey League races will be on Saturday 11th February at Old Coulsdon, Happy Valley (women) and Wimbledon Common (men). Start times will be back to normal at 12 noon for the women (followed by juniors) and 3pm for the men (preceded at 2.30pm by juniors). More details nearer the time but note that the women will have a different start and finish point from the usual. There is plenty to run for - after three races our women are in 7th place but close behind two other clubs, while our men are in a tight tussle with SLH and Hercules Wimbledon for 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. If we can snatch second place it would be our best ever League finishing position. NEXT JOB FOR THE MOB - FEBRUARY 19th Our last mob match this season is away to Blackheath and Bromley HAC on their 7.5 miles true country course at Hayes, Kent. At their request it's a SUNDAY MORNING race starting at 11am on February 19th. This, if we can defeat the 'heathens, will be our fifteenth mob match win in a row. As ever, we need all the runners we can get. When we last visited Hayes two years ago both clubs fielded about 60 runners. We need that many again, and more if we manage it. Travel details nearer the date, but in the meantime here's a map showing the location of the B&B HQ at the Sydney Wooderson Centre in Bourne Way, Hayes (Kent): Location:. Note it's a ten minutes jog from the HQ to the start. WORLD CHAMPS KIT CARRIERS Julia Bailey, EA Club and Coach Support Officer for South London, sends the following: "England Athletics are working alongside the Local Organising Committee (London 2017 Ltd) to recruit volunteer kit carriers for the IAAF World Championships & World Para Athletics Championships 2017. We would like to offer 10 of your club members aged between 16-18yrs old an opportunity to attend as a 'club team' and volunteer at the Championships. Please find more information in relation to this opportunity and the application process by clicking here ." FREE THINKING BBC Radio 3 might not be the station of choice for everyone, but last week in its Free Thinking series it featured an interesting programme about running and why we do it: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b087yrll#play. PREPARING FOR A SPRING MARATHON WITH INTERNATIONAL MARATHON ATHLETE MARA YAMAUCHI Wednesday 1st February 6:30pm - 8:30pm If you are a runner preparing for a Spring marathon in 2017 this workshop is for you! Mara will take you through the essential steps of marathon training covering nutrition, hydration, recovery, and race preparation as an athlete and coach to ensure that you are fully prepared. There will be a Q&A session for you to ask Mara any questions you have on the Marathon. Costs £10. Location: Southwark Council Offices, close to London Bridge. Book online:. GREEN BELT RELAY 2017 20th/21st May We now have three full teams of eleven runners, but there are always one or two drop-outs before the race weekend, so if you'd like to be added to the list of reserves please contact Leeanne Bryce (email@example.com) or Ashleigh Ferris (firstname.lastname@example.org). Details of the race can be found on www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/ . ED WHITLOCK Here's an article about Ed in the SWLondoner written by Ranelagh man Michael Morris: article:, and an extensive two-part article in Globerunner by Pat Butcher: part 1 and part 2. THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING AT OSTERLEY 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:. FACEBOOK Follow Ranelagh on Facebook:. WHAT'S COMING ************* More details of the following from the men's Captains ( e-mail Phil or Trevor ) email@example.com or the women's Captain / Team Manager ( e-mail Becky or Phil firstname.lastname@example.org ) Saturday 21st January Inter-club v Bank of England, Ealing and others in Richmond Park (Bank's course at Roehampton Gate). See above. Saturday 28th January South of England Championships at Parliament Hill, Hampstead Heath. Entries closed Saturday 11th February 2XU Surrey League (men) on Wimbledon Common 2.30pm (juniors), 3pm (seniors) Surrey Ladies League at Coulsdon 12 noon (women), 1pm/1.30pm (juniors) Sunday 19th February Pelling-Ratcliff Cup mob match v Blackheath & Bromley HAC at Hayes (Kent), 11am start 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 www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 7th January at Lloyd Park, Croydon Phil Aiken reports: "Third in 2015. Second in 2016. Clearly, 2017 would be Ranelagh's year. A look at the entry list revealed a formidable obstacle, however, in the white, red and green vests of defending champions Aldershot, Farnham & District. Georgie Bruinvels was aiming for her third straight county title. Katie Bingle and Laura Gent placed fourth and fifth in 2016. Emily Wicks was on maternity leave last year but stood on the podium in the two previous years. Destiny would have to intervene for Ranelagh to repeat the successes of 2005, 2006 and 2010. If first place looked out of reach, second or third were by no means guaranteed. South London Harriers, almost certainly on their way to winning the Surrey Ladies Cross Country League, would be led by Steph McCall (2nd in 2016) with strong backup, including former Australian international Natalie Harvey. Another former Australian international, Chloe Tighe, led the victorious Surrey team at the recent South of England Inter Counties, finishing 4th. Her Herne Hill teammates may be unheralded, but it was they who pipped Ranelagh to second at the London Championships in November. Under new team management, Belgrave Harriers have a different feel this year and, despite their not having quite the same individual firepower as in recent years, it would be unwise to discount them. Similarly Clapham Chasers, though maybe their post-Christmas focus, as in 2016, lay on the road. Ranelagh would welcome back Gill Sanders who, like Emily Wicks, missed last year's race after also finishing on the podium in 2014 and 2015. But adding a medal in 2017 would be difficult. Aside from those mentioned above, Kingstonians Phoebe Law and Molly Renfer (now Highgate) would take to the start line one month after respectively representing Great Britain and Switzerland at the European Cross Country Championships. Sophie Cowper, in her new black Rotherham Harriers kit, was third last year and her 34:17 was the quickest 10k time of the entire field in 2016. Epsom & Ewell's Izzy Brinsden was highly impressive when finishing as third Surrey scorer in 9th place at the South of England Inter Counties. Finally, Hannah Brooks, somewhat unknown of late but possessing not only impressive pedigree as a junior but also some noteworthy times from the back end of 2016. A 16-strong Ranelagh entry had virtually halved by the time the race started, with all expectations on the shoulders of the quartet of Gill, Megan de Silva, Laura Blazey and Suzy Whatmough. But it wasn't just Ranelagh who had lost some troops en route to the start line. Steph McCall would not be there either, hampering the South London cause. By the time the field reached the foot of the climb up onto the ridge, a sizeable group had gathered at the front, led by Sophie Cowper. Too sizeable, in fact, to really be sure who was there and who was not. But when the time came to descend off the ridge towards the end of the lap, only two Aldershot vests could be seen. No Georgie Bruinvels. No Katie Bingle. And no fourth straight county title. As expected, the challenge of Clapham was based on reputation. Belgrave, without Zoe Vail Smith, winner of the U20 title in 2001 when wearing the blue of Ranelagh, were packing well but not high enough up the field. So the battle would be fought between Ranelagh, Herne Hill and South London. Gill was not having one of her best days, but still holding onto a top ten place. Megan was just outside. Laura and Suzy were somewhere in the 20s, but Herne Hill had three well placed and a strong South London start had seen them ahead of Ranelagh. County team manager duties required I be at the finish to see the leaders come home, though I, like the rest of the field, was beaten to it by the still-19 year old Phoebe Law, sprinting clear in the latter stages to win by 20 seconds over Emily Wicks. In eight County Championship races, Emily has won three times, been second three times and third twice! There was a ten second gap to Molly Renfer with another ten seconds to Chloe Tighe - 4th again! - and Izzy Brinsden just a few seconds back in 5th. Sophie Cowper was once again unable to translate her road form off road, but held onto 6th. Ordinarily, I wouldn't expect Laura Gent to finish ahead of Gill Sanders, an indication that it wasn't Gill's day. Hannah Brooks and Natalie Harvey rounded out a top 10 that would have surprised only in the order of some of the athletes. Megan crossed the line in 12th, a pair of Guildford & Godalming either side of her and reviving memories of the league division 2 promotion battle in the winter of 2012-13. Failure to select Eleanor Harrison for my next Surrey squad might result another tongue-lashing from her mother, deserved this time. Herne Hill's improving Natasha Lodge had nudged ahead of South London's Mary James towards the finish but both clubs, along with Ranelagh, had put two runners in the top 15. When Anne Stevens came over the line shortly after, Herne Hill were in the ascendancy. But, look! Two blue Ranelagh vests were finishing together, just a handful of places later. Laura and Suzy had made up ground, while the South London challenge had faded, all their scorers placing behind their Ranelagh counterpart. Where was Herne Hill's fourth scorer? Julie Wedmore finished over a minute behind Suzy. I celebrated victory. Then I calculated the scores. Oh... hold on... this is closer than I thought: 8, 12, 22 and 23 - 65 points for Ranelagh; 4, 14 and 19 - 37 for the first three Herne Hill runners. Julie would have had to have finished 27th or better for Herne Hill to win. But she was 30th. 2017 was indeed Ranelagh's year." Senior Women 1 Phoebe Law (King & P) 29.09 2 Emily Wicks (AFD) 29.30 3 Molly Renfer (Highgate) 29.40 8 Gill Sanders (Ranelagh) 31.01 12 Megan de Silva 32.10 22 Laura Blazey 33.31 23 Suzy Whatmough 33.34 42 Marie Synnott-Wells 35.54 47 Julia Bailey 36.16 93 Rachel Revett 42.41 98 Verka Lafeuille 43.04 TEAMS (4 to Score) 1 Ranelagh Harriers 65 2 Herne Hill Harriers 67 3 South London Harriers 78 Under 15 Girls (2nd claimers) 34 Poppy Jensen (Strag) 17.41 Under 13 Girls (2nd claimers) 29 Maisie Jensen (Strag) 11.52 40 Harriet Wiltshire (SMR) 12.20 74 Rose Wiltshire (SMR) 14.15 Phil Killingley writes: "An excellent run from second claimer Jake Waldron to place 15th in the Surrey Champs. Steve Whitehead pipped Jordan Mungovan for 46th in a tasty sprint finish, and Nick Impey (running with a Kiwi accent disguised as Vaughan?) was 56th. Dave Lawley and Mike Peace completed the team (a surprise, Mike?) and Rob Curtis also completed this brute of a 7.5m course. Ranelagh were 10th team. Reef Boericke was also 22nd in the U17 men and Euan and Finlay Sinclair 18th and 80th respectively in the U13 boys." Senior Men 1 Phil Wicks (Bels) 39.17 2 Dominic Nolan (Croydon) 39.48 3 Kojo Kyereme (HHH) 39.57 15 Jake Waldron (Ranelagh) 42.30 46 Steve Whitehead 45.27 47 Jordan Mungovan 45.29 56 Nick Impey 46.01 86 Dave Lawley 48.33 192 Mike Peace 61.43 202 Rob Curtis 66.39 TEAMS (6 to Score) 1 Hercules Wimbledon 106 2 Herne Hill Harriers 143 3 Belgrave Harriers 150 10 Ranelagh Harriers 442 Under 17 Men 1 R Lutakome (Sutt & D) 18.26 22 Reef Boericke (Ranelagh) 21.24 Under 13 Boys 1 J Kennedy (HHH) 9.18 18 Euan Sinclair (Ranelagh) 10.27 80 Finlay Sinclair 12.23 MIDDLESEX CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 7th January at Hillingdon Situated as we are close to the border between the old counties of Surrey and Middlesex, we have always found our county championship loyalties divided. Surrey has been our spiritual home, though we have made occasional forays into the Middlesex championships. Indeed we even won Middlesex team bronze medals back in 1980 with a team spearheaded by individual medallists Hugh Jones and Tim Woods. But our representation in recent years has tended to be largely confined to juniors, such as Izzy Atkins who took the Girls Under 15 title last year. We did have a few seniors out last season, and we built on that this time with a full women's team which finished 9th led by Becky Northmore. Lara Werrett, Elisa Ferrua and Tamsin Burland closed in the team, with Annemarie Goodridge backing up. Jackson Creegan ran well for 20th in the senior men's race, with Carl Selya-Hammer 48th. But it was the juniors who stole the headlines again. Izzy Atkins couldn't repeat last winter's gold medal but she ran a fine race for third place in the Under 15s. Only 40 seconds behind in 5th was Lexi Keech, who has two more years in this age group. In the Under 17s new member Freya Thomson took the silver medal, outsprinted for the title by just four seconds. Behind her, Alice Patterson was 8th. Izzy's brother Greg finished 7th in the Under 17s and in the Under 15s Alice's brother Jacob was 15th. We hope to extend our Middlesex involvement next season. Senior Women 1 Tracey Barlow (TVH) 28.58 2 Hannah Viner (High) 29.39 3 Gemma Barry (Hill) 30.26 32 Rebecca Northmore (Rane) 35.46 47 Lara Werrett 37.49 53 Elisa Ferrua 39.04 67 Tamsin Burland 42.16 90 Annemarie Goodridge 53.53 TEAMS (4 to Score) 1 Hillingdon AC 40 2 London Heathside 46 3 Thames Valley H 74 9 Ranelagh Harriers 199 Under 17 Women 1 K Weir (TVH) 18.31 2 Freya Thomson (Ranelagh) 18.35 8 Alice Patterson 20.06 Under 15 Girls 1 Y Marghini (B&B) 14.43 3 Izzy Atkins (Ranelagh) 15.29 5 Lexi Keech 16.09 Senior Men 1 Rich Goodman (Shaft B) 37.29 20 Jackson Creegan (Rane) 41.36 48 Carl Selya-Hammer 45.03 Under 17 Men 1 J Young (Enfield) 20.51 7 Greg Atkins (Ranelagh) 21.50 Under 15 Boys 1 M Sharif Ali (Hill) 13.17 15 Jacob Patterson (Rane) 15.16 LANCASHIRE CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 7th January at Blackburn Nic Jackson finished 6th in the senior women's race representing Preston Harriers. 1 L Powell Smith (Clay) 24.25 6 Nic Jackson (Preston) 25.54 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 14th January at Lloyd Park, Croydon Phil Aiken reports: "Another Saturday, another trip to Lloyd Park. Like a number 3 tram, you wait ages for one and two come along at the same time. But it wasn't trams causing issues today. Failing signals had brought South West Trains and the District Line to a halt. Laura Blazey and Suzy Whatmough were needed for the scoring five and, like others, were en route somewhere. Vice Captain Becky Northmore was marooned at Barnes. Though not contributing to the scoring, she had the all-important cake tin. No wonder Ron Gobey pushed the start back 15 minutes. Again! Again, because there was a 15 minute delay last time at Mitcham Common. Ahh.. Mitcham Common. Do you remember that glorious day? The second highest Ranelagh turnout for a Surrey League race. The second position the best since February 2012, itself the best since January 2008. Surely it couldn't be repeated? Interest was high, but that doesn't always mean vests on the start line. Despite a number of late withdrawals, a Ranelagh team twenty strong was still a possibility. The weather forecast was for a bright sunny day with a steady north westerly to cool things down. Instead, the sun was wrapped up in a threatening grey blanket. Patches of snow still lay on the ground. Ranelagh set up camp on one such patch, against the tennis courts, utilising the tall hedge as a windbreak. As Ranelagh's team arrived, so too did news of the latest travel woes. But as half past eleven became midday, only Laura and the cake-laden Vice Captain were still to appear. Eight minutes into the afternoon and a tram delivered Laura. Her warm up was a sprint from the tramstop to Camp Ranelagh. There would be no more and an all ages, all abilities, ALL INCLUSIVE team of 22 took to the start line, the joint third highest ever for a Surrey League race. Missing from Mitcham Common was Gill Sanders. So too Megan de Silva. But, to soften the blow, Laura would be making her Surrey League debut and there would also be a competetive debut for Jo Billings, a World Sprint Duathlon podium placing, age grouper. Pre-race prediction? 130 points and fourth or fifth place. But league races after Christmas can often have leading runners missing as they choose to concentrate on other things. A group of five soon established themselves at the front of the field and there was to be a surprise in store. Not the presence of the first three Surrey finishers from the winning team at the South of England Inter Counties last month - Chloe Tighe, Steph McCall and Izzy Brinsden. Nor Ranelagh's own Nic Jackson. But the returning second claim South London Harrier, Georgie Bruinvels. These five would stay away for the remainder of the race. Nic was the first to find the going too hot, but she had raced (and won!) for the Civil Service against the Police, Fire Service, RAF and Uncle Tom Cobleigh just a couple of days beforehand. As the sleet came down and the leaders were approaching the finish, vice captain Becky arrived, cake tin in hand. It was no surprise to see Georgie Bruinvels win the race. Nor for Chloe Tighe, Steph McCall or Izzy Brinsden to be next over the line. But the winning margin of only 5 seconds would suggest that Georgie would have been duelling with teammate Emily Wicks for second, rather than Phoebe Law for first, in the previous week's Surrey Championship. Almost a minute was to pass before Nic finished in fifth, once again a place in front of Thames's Katy Hedgethorn, runner up in the Cambridgeshire Championship. Two more Surrey runners from the Inter Counties last month, Paula Rutherford and Claire Grima, would not have expected to finish ahead of Kent AC's Amy Clements, who won the opening Division 1 race at Nonsuch Park and who was runner up in the Kent Championship. Belgrave look to have found another dangerous runner in the shape of Sophie Harris, who closed out the top ten. South London closed their team with the 25th overall finisher, clear winners on the day. Herne Hill backed up Chloe Tighe with two more in the top twenty, but it would be a long wait for their fourth scorer and longer still for their fifth. Jo Billings made an impressive debut, leading a close-packing quartet of Ranelagh runners around the course. At one point Jo, Laura Blazey and Jess Wenlock were all in the same camera shot, Suzy Whatmough just behind. Jess faded over the second lap and it would be Jo second home in 26th overall, Laura a couple of places behind Jo and Suzy another couple of places behind Laura. A dozen or so places later, Jess completed the scoring for Ranelagh. Ful on Tri had scored well with their first four runners, but the fifth was too far back. The feeling at the finish line was that Ranelagh had indeed repeated their feat from Mitcham Common, though it would be Monday evening before results were published and positions confirmed. Somewhat unexpected, perhaps, but the result showed once again that Ranelagh has strength in depth. Lose a runner or two and there's someone else who can step in or step up to mitigate the absence. What of the rest of Team Ranelagh? Julia Bailey ran her best league race of the season to lead the B team; Bonnie Morgan and Marie Synnott-Wells, close together as at Mitcham Common, but reversing positions; Jess Harbert, another fine run inside the top 100 and managing to hold off Jodie Gray, showing significant improvement from the last race. The C team was led by the Captain, taking one for the team and making the top 100 with nothing to spare; Cecily Day, another improver from Mitcham Common, was a minute behind, with Heather Martingell, Ellie Luxmoore and Rachel Revett following on at 40-odd second intervals. The next group of five contained three mothers, proving it's not just a young girls' game. Gentle but persistent coercion saw Karen Harbert and Clare Day join their daughters, sandwiching Amy Sillitoe, consigning year long knee issues to history. Jackie Dunkley won the Intermediate 3 battle ahead of Bronwen, third mother but first Northmore, with Katrina Roche, one of five Surrey League debutants, just behind. The wait was a little longer for Wendy Fisher,confiding afterwards she 'enjoyed it', closing out not only the Ranelagh team but also the race. Cindy, you should be proud of your group. A less than Herculean effort saw the Wimbledon club drop four places to 8th place, Ranelagh moving up just one, but closing the gap on both Thames Hare & Hounds and Ful on Tri. Just 23 points now separate the three clubs. 5th place could yet be ours, which would be a tremendous result after the opening race cast us adrift in 11th. All to play for in the final race in Happy Valley, Old Couldson on February 11th . Be there for another high turnout, another high placing. Just like t hat number 3 tram." 1 Georgie Bruinvels (SLH) 29.00 2 Chloe Tighe (HHH) 29.05 3 Steph McCall (SLH) 29.14 5 Nic Jackson (Ranelagh) 30.17 22 Jo Billings 32.54 24 Laura Blazey 33.03 25 Suzy Whatmough 33.12 35 Jessica Wenlock 34.04 61 Julia Bailey 35.21 69 Bonnie Morgan 35.47 73 Marie Synnott-Wells 36.05 89 Jessica Harbert 36.55 95 Jodie Gray 37.04 100 Becky Curtis-Hall 37.21 116 Cecily Day 38.29 134 Heather Martingell 40.10 143 Ellie Luxmoore 40.56 155 Rachel Revett 41.38 188 Karen Harbert 44.16 190 Amy Sillitoe 44.36 196 Clare Day 45.55 215 Jackie Dunkley 53.07 218 Bronwen Northmore 57.09 219 Katrina Roche 57.36 220 Wendy Fisher 63.07 Teams (5 to score - A teams only) Overall after three out of four races 1 South London H 60 1 South London H 234 2 Ranelagh H 111 2 Herne Hill H 411 3 Thames H&H 142 3 Belgrave H 422 4 Ful-On Tri 153 4 Clapham Chasers 461 5 Herne Hill H 159 5 Thames H&H 526 6 Belgrave H 160 6 Ful-On Tri 538 7 Dulwich Runners 178 7 Ranelagh H 549 8 Epsom & Ewell H 182 8 Hercules Wimbledon AC 601 9 Clapham Chasers 225 9 Epsom & Ewell H 675 10 Reigate Priory AC 237 10 Dulwich Runners 769 11 Kent AC 240 11 West 4 H 786 12 Hercules Wimbledon AC 252 12 Reigate Priory AC 892 13 West 4 H 288 13 Kent AC 917 14 Dorking & Mole V AC 446 14 Wimbledon Windmilers 1399 15 Wimbledon Windmilers 479 15 Dorking & Mole V AC 1567 B Teams 1 South London H 'B' 309 2 Ranelagh Harriers 'B' 387 3 Dulwich Runners 'B' 414 2XU SURREY LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Saturday 14th January on Mitcham Common Phil Killingley reports: "The Common was drier than last year. Ranelagh met and exchanged the ritual excuses - 'One of my twelve spike holes isn't working; I only slept six hours on 13th December; a lady sneezed in my general direction on the bus three weeks ago.' Then into strides, before at 2.30pm there was a bizarre three minutes of 200 athletes milling around like sheep all pointing in different directions until the marshals moved us 50 metres to the actual start - unmarked but in exactly the same place as last year. Then it was the usual blur of a fast, overpopulated start down into a bottleneck corner and lots of pushing to press for prime position in the puddles. Ian Kenton is shortly due to become a father for the second time and as he stormed past his captain down the first hill I did wonder whether the phone call had already come and he was hurrying to the finish. Or perhaps he wanted shot of this course - not the most scenic in the Surrey League catalogue. Three laps later the scale of our achievement became apparent. Pepper 3rd - podium again. A huge run for Ben Anderson in 5th who has been for a month injured but somehow managed to improve drastically on 17th from Coulsdon. Richard Gregory was 'disappointed' with 14th but it was pretty solid in everyone else's opinion and with Jackson Creegan 23rd, Carl Assmundson and Captain Killingley doing their usual twin race effort in 26th and 29th things were looking up. Could the Ranelagh tail wag? Yes it could. An astonishing run from Eirin McDaid, only just back after three months injured, placed him 36th. Then Jordan Mungovan in 57th, Peter Haarer still scoring (never count him out) in 61st and Ian Kenton in 74th finished the job. Carl Selya-Hammer had an excellent run and was even awarded the anchorman trophy as his captain lost the ability to count to ten (Ian Kenton actually won it). Al Whatmough was just behind in a run that shows his massive potential at this level, tailed by a Nick Impey who disdains the use of performance enhancing grip on muddy courses. Ted Mockett and James Winch flashed past straight after them, with Sam Dalgleish and Dave Lawley not far behind - all would have scored in many Ranelagh teams of recent years. It was good to see Michael Dorgan and John Shaw back in the fray and Jon Smith back from a recovery December. James Whistler, bereft of his carrot suit, couldn't keep up with Jon Pepper this time but ran strong nonetheless. Marc Snaith enjoyed a blast through the mud, pleasingly with no Achilles issues. Toby Cooper knocked minutes off last year's time. Finally, Paul Doyle enjoyed his run near the rear dreaming of his days at the other end of the field. We didn't score quite as low as in November but stronger performances from Kent and Thames (not far behind us in third) and weak efforts from SLH and Hercules launched us up the table. I don't think we have finished second (or better) since our win in 1984, so this is pretty special." In the junior events Euan Sinclair made the top ten in the U13s while Reef Boericke was 18th in the U17s. Senior Men 1 Andy Maud (Clapham) 26.59 2 John Gilbert (Kent) 27.37 3 Jon Pepper (Ranelagh) 27.49 5 Ben Anderson 28.05 14 Richard Gregory 29.04 23 Jackson Creegan 29.27 26 Carl Assmundson 29.48 29 Phil Killingley 29.59 36 Eirin McDaid 30.11 57 Jordan Mungovan 31.03 61 Peter Haarer 31.07 74 Ian Kenton 31.35 84 Carl Selya-Hammer 31.46 86 Allan Whatmough 31.55 89 Nick Impey 32.02 92 Ted Mockett 32.08 93 James Winch 32.12 103 Sam Dalgleish 32.27 112 Dave Lawley 32.40 125 Michael Dorgan 33.26 126 Jonathan Smith 33.27 127 James Whistler 33.28 133 Marc Snaith 33.43 163 John Shaw 35.34 166 Toby Cooper 35.47 177 Paul Doyle 36.56 Teams (10 to score) Overall after three out of four races 1 Kent AC 186 1 Kent AC 678 2 Ranelagh H 313 2 South London H 957 3 Thames H&H 348 3 Ranelagh H 960 4 Herne Hill H 389 4 Hercules Wimbledon AC 989 5 South London H 391 5 Herne Hill H 1284 6 Hercules Wimbledon AC 443 6 Thames H&H 1336 7 Clapham Chasers 480 7 Clapham Chasers 1712 8 Dulwich Runners 701 8 Dulwich Runners 2055 9 Dorking & Mole Valley AC 844 9 Dorking & Mole Valley AC 2322 Under 17s 1 B Marks (Walton) 16.24 18 Reef Boericke (Ranelagh) 17.36 Under 13s 1 J Kennedy (HHH) 16.27 9 Euan Sinclair (Ranelagh) 18.46 FRANCKEISS CUP RUNNING CLUBS ROWING RACE Sunday 15th January at Teddington Sadly we didn't muster a crew to compete for the trophy donated by Ranelagh man R H Franckeiss back in 1929. Event organiser Paul Gregory flew the Ranelagh flag as half of a mixed crew but the men's trophy went to Hercules Wimbledon AC, the women's to 26.2 RRC and the mixed to Walton AC. LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 30th December in Hyde Park Megan de Silva was second woman home and Marie Synnott-Wells was sixth and second over 50. 1 O Hynd (Kent) 14.58 8 Richard Gregory 15.48 18 E Gorecka (AFD) 16.32 (1st woman) 37 Megan de Silva 18.11 73 Marie Synnott-Wells 19.59 151 Pete Warren 26.08 159 Alan Davidson 27.43 KNACKER CRACKER 10km (incl 500m climb) Sunday 1st January at Box Hill 1 D Robinson (Stroud) 50.34 144 Owen Delaney 86.40 RICHMOND PARK 10km Sunday 8th January Fiona Ford was second woman. 1 D Titcomb (Waverley) 36.54 8 R Pryce (unatt) 40.24 (1st woman) 13 Fiona Ford 41.29 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles Sunday 8th January on Wimbledon Common Gordon Whitson and Pete Warren were respectively first over 60 and first over 70. 1 K Macintosh (Wimb W) 30.16 23 Gordon Whitson 38.44 58 Lloyd Camp 48.59 59 Pete Warren 49.13 62 Sue Camp 50.35 66 Tom Reay 51.39 TADWORTH 10 miles Sunday 8th January This was the day after the county championships, though after perusing the results you wouldn't have guessed so. Jake Waldron, 15th in the Surreys yesterday, was out again today and was a very clear winner, entered under his first claim club Newham and Essex Beagles but sporting his Ranelagh vest. Megan de Silva, 12th yesterday, was an even clearer victor today, and she was followed home by two more indefatigables, Marie Synnott-Wells and Julia Bailey. Ranelagh won the women's team prizes. 1 Jake Waldron (N&EB) 56.30 14 Megan de Silva 64.12 (1st woman) 80 Marie Synnott-Wells 73.38 83 Julia Bailey 74.00 136 Karen Campbell 79.04 356 Carol Aikin 98.39 357 Heather Martingell 98.39 409 Colette Doran 104.37 COUNTRY TO CAPITAL 54 miles Saturday 14th January Wendover to Little Venice, London 1 W Forbes (Ciren) 4:55.13 89 Bruce McLaren 7:06.59 parkrun results... For the time being we are returning to showing all parkrun results. For those of you who are not currently shown as Ranelagh in the parkrun database, it would be very helpful if you could update your details. parkruns 5km Saturday 7th January Bushy Park James WHISTLER 20:32, Llewellyn DAVIES 21:35, Ian GRANGE 25:17, Toby COOPER 27:07, Amy SILLITOE 27:10, Jackie DUNKLEY 29:39, Janet TURNES 35:52, Wally GARROD 38:58, John HANSCOMB 51:07, Leeanne BRYCE 60:32, Ashleigh FERRIS 60:33 Richmond Park Al Whatmough was first in, and Jess Harbert was third woman. Allan WHATMOUGH 17:50, Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 18:17, Michael MORRIS 18:43, James RITCHIE 19:49, Alberto ESGUEVILLAS 21:10, John HOBSON 21:29, Matt SOWTON 21:53, Jess HARBERT (jnr) 22:17, Amrut SHARMA 22:45, Jeremy DAY 22:53, Cecily DAY (jnr) 23:13, Daniel RUSHBY (jnr) 23:47, Tomas STERNER 23:48, Ellie LUXMOORE (jnr) 24:52, Simon TAYLOR 24:53 Maia RUSHBY 26:06, Karen HARBERT 26:11, Clare DAY 26:34, Carol AIKIN 27:40, Alastair RITCHIE 28:10, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 29:06, Sam RUSHBY (jnr) 29:06, Phil RUSHBY 29:07, Jarryd HILLHOUSE 29:46, Robert HILLHOUSE 29:46, Gavin HILLHOUSE 29:47, Andrew BROWN 30:02, Deepa SHARMA 30:35, Penny MERRETT 33:37, Wendy FISHER 33:58, Beverley ALI 45:25, Pat HEWLETT 45:33 Bedfont Lakes Colette Doran 44:57 Old Deer Park Kris, Jonathan and Trevor were 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Kris DAVIDSON 17:47, Jonathan SMITH 18:32, Trevor MAGUIRE 18:51, Colin BRETT 20:37, Wyn WILLIAMS 27:56, Chris CATO 28:23, Lorna SMITH 31:14, Deborah BLAKEMORE 33:56 Guildford Peter SIMMONS 25.06 Kingston James McLAUCHLAN (jnr) 24:18, Chris CAMACHO 24:27, Fiona PUGH 27:23 Oxford Evelyn JOSLIN 29:40 Crane Park Ted Mockett finished second and Ann Kearey was third woman. Ted MOCKETT 17:54, Daniel LITTLE 19:27, Phil ROBERTS 22:00, Ann KEAREY 22:34, Daniel CHIECHI 22:47 Josie KEAREY (jnr) 24:45, Kevin KEAREY 24:59, Lewis EMERY 27:11, Prelini CHIECHI 30:38, Louise WAPSHOTT 32:46, Hilary THOMSON 33:19, Cindy CROUCHER 33:29, Ellen VAN KEULEN 43:48 Southsea Alan DAVIDSON 26:.44 Bath Skyline Chris WRIGHT 25:55, Mary HICKSON 35:17 Highbury Fields Carl Assmundson was first home. Carl ASSMUNDSON 17:15 Gunnersbury John HERRIOTT 27:31 Bracknell Nick TWOMEY 18:53, Deirdre INMAN 36:59 Abingdon Alison DICKS 28:26 Tilgate Duncan MALLISON 19:07 Homewood Second place for Mark Herbert. Mark HERBERT 19:51, Lee DAVIES 26:42 Hillsborough Peter WEIR 20:43, Karen WEIR 23:22 Preston Park John PRATT 29:18 Osterley Park Michael OSBORNE 25:37 Fulham Palace Nick WRIGHT 17:28 Panshanger Dawn BATES 31:27 Castleblaney Eirin McDaid continued his comeback from injury with a first place back home in Ireland. Eirin McDAID 17:00 Swansea Bay Paul SiNTON-HEWITT 19:33, Jo SINTON-HEWITT 25:17 Stratford-upon-Avon Paul HODGES 21:47 Portsmouth Lakeside Nick FORDHAM 21:14, Peter FORDHAM 26:44 parkruns 5km Saturday 14th January Bushy Park Nick WRIGHT 17:52, David READY 18:14, Llewellyn DAVIES 21:04, James WHISTLER 21:36, Michelle BEAUMONT 23:27, Charlotte HYDE 25:47, Ashleigh FERRIS 26:28, Wally GARROD 37:56, John HANSCOMB 50:11 Richmond Park Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 18:26, James RITCHIE 20:06, Stewart ANDERSON 20:22, Alberto ESGUEVILLAS 20:30, Elisa FERRUA 22:39, Amrut SHARMA 22:46, Daniel RUSHBY (jnr) 23:03, Tomas STERNER 23:56, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 24:11, Robert HILLHOUSE 24:19, Carol AIKIN 24:41, Sam RUSHBY (jnr) 24:57, Maia RUSHBY 25:02, John HOBSON 25:12, Simon TAYLOR 25:36, Ally SALISBURY 27:38, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 28:41, Phil RUSHBY 28:41, Rob KITCHEN 28:45, Andrew BROWN 29:04, Deepa SHARMA 29:42, Martin CLARK 38:41, Pat HEWLETT 42:02 Old Deer Park Kris Davidson and Clare Fowler were first male and female finishers respectively. Kris DAVIDSON 18:00, Colin BRETT 20:32, Clare FOWLER 22:26, Mel DAVISON 27:23, Karima GRAHAM 27:29, Wyn WILLIAMS 28:30, Julian HOLDEN 28:45, Lorna SMITH 30:17 Kingston Chris CAMACHO 23:31, Verka LAFEUILLE 24:14, Aoife KILPATRICK 27:02, Fiona PUGH 27:53, Tom REAY 28:17, Charlie MCLAUCHLAN (jnr) 28:26 Oxford Evelyn JOSLIN 30:23 Southsea Alan DAVIDSON 30:50 Newbury Henry MAGUIRE 49:20 Bracknell Paul SINTON-HEWITT 23:45, Jo SINTON-HEWITT 32:48 Gunpowder Dawn BATES 29:21 Crane Park Kabir SAIT (jnr) 20:13, Richard GURD 20:22, Chris BROOK 20:55, Kevin KEAREY 23:28, Josie KEAREY (jnr) 25:13, Ann KEAREY 25:13, Kate BROOK 25:14, Tamsin BURLAND 25:45, Claire WARNER 27:42, John HERRIOTT 28:43, Colette DORAN 29:45, Christine DAVID 30:47, Cindy CROUCHER 33:18, Louise WAPSHOTT 33:22, Tracey SMALL 33:25, Hilary THOMSON 33:29, Afrah SAIT (jnr) 34:37, Su CLARK 44:06 Homewood Mark HERBERT 19:34 Preston Park, Brighton John PRATT 28:03 Osterley Phil JACKSON 25:48, Katie WALTON 35:09, Deborah BLAKEMORE 35:10 Rushmoor Nick TWOMEY 19:04 Tring Nick FORDHAM 24:07, Peter FORDHAM 32:39 Stratford-upon-Avon Paul HODGES 21:25 FINALLY... 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