Newsdesk 2017

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 493               20th January 2017
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 *  Ranelagh women win team golds at the Surrey Championships, men finish
 *  Freya Thomson wins U17 silver and Izzy Atkins U15 bronze in the Middlesex
 *  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
 *  South of England Championships at Parliament Hill on Saturday 28th
 *  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 

 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 ranelaghhalfhelpers@hotmail.co.uk .    

 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. 

 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.    

 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. 

 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.  

 Julia Bailey, EA Club and Coach Support Officer for South London, sends the
 "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 ." 

 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.   

 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 (liane22@gmail.com) or
 Ashleigh Ferris (ashleighferris@hotmail.com). Details of the race can be
 found on www.greenbeltrelay.org.uk/ .
 Here's an article about Ed in the SWLondoner written by Ranelagh man Michael
 article:, and an extensive two-part article in Globerunner by Pat
 Butcher: part 1 and
 part 2.

 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:. 

 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  )      

 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

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 7th January at Lloyd Park,
 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

 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

 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

 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     

 Nic Jackson finished 6th in the senior women's race representing Preston

 1   L Powell Smith (Clay)    24.25
 6   Nic Jackson (Preston)    25.54        

 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE DIVISION 1  Saturday 14th January at Lloyd Park,
 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

 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

 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

 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
3   Thames H&H              142               3   Belgrave H
4   Ful-On Tri              153               4   Clapham Chasers
5   Herne Hill H            159               5   Thames H&H
6   Belgrave H              160               6   Ful-On Tri
7   Dulwich Runners         178               7   Ranelagh H
8   Epsom & Ewell H         182               8   Hercules Wimbledon AC
9   Clapham Chasers         225               9   Epsom & Ewell H
10  Reigate Priory AC       237               10  Dulwich Runners
11  Kent AC                 240               11  West 4 H
12  Hercules Wimbledon AC   252               12  Reigate Priory AC
13  West 4 H                288               13  Kent AC
14  Dorking & Mole V AC     446               14  Wimbledon Windmilers
15  Wimbledon Windmilers    479               15  Dorking & Mole V AC
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
 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
 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
 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

 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

 Peter SIMMONS 25.06

 James McLAUCHLAN (jnr) 24:18, Chris CAMACHO 24:27, Fiona PUGH 27:23

 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

 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

 John HERRIOTT 27:31

 Nick TWOMEY 18:53, Deirdre INMAN 36:59

 Alison DICKS 28:26

 Duncan MALLISON 19:07

 Second place for Mark Herbert.
 Mark HERBERT 19:51, Lee DAVIES 26:42

 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

 Dawn BATES 31:27

 Eirin McDaid continued his comeback from injury with a first place back home
 in Ireland.
 Eirin McDAID 17:00

 Swansea Bay

 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
 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

 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

 Evelyn JOSLIN 30:23

 Alan DAVIDSON 30:50

 Henry MAGUIRE 49:20


 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
 Mark HERBERT 19:34 

 Preston Park, Brighton
 John PRATT 28:03

 Phil JACKSON 25:48, Katie WALTON 35:09, Deborah BLAKEMORE 35:10

 Nick TWOMEY 19:04

 Nick FORDHAM 24:07, Peter FORDHAM 32:39

 Paul HODGES 21:25

 Finnish runner and Orienteer Marten Bostrom climbed 426 steps in 64.99
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