*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 496 9th March 2017 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * Ben Anderson and Richard Gregory qualify for club honours by finishing in the top 120 in the National Championship * Nic Jackson finishes 53rd in the women's champs, women's team 25th, men's 51st * Carl Selya-Hammer leads our team to victory in the John Ellis Cup race. * Nic Jackson wins the Dysart Cup race * Tom Bradley and Jess Harbert win our club junior championships, Frida Roper wins the sealed handicap * Richard Gregory wins the Mad March 10k in a PB 32.49 * Jake Waldron finishes 2nd in the Thames Riverside 20m * Ranelagh Cup Schools race in Richmond Park this Saturday. 2.30pm start. * Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park on Saturday 18th March. 2pm start * Trophy holders please return them to Heather without delay * Book your place at the Baker Cup Supper and prize presentations evening on Saturday 1st April ATTENTION PLEASE **************** TROPHY HOLDERS Our Trophies Steward Heather Martingell is still chasing some of our club trophies in order to get them all engraved with the names of their new owners before our presentations evening on April 1st. If you are a trophy holder and have not yet returned it please contact Heather email@example.com . Items can be left in the safe at the clubhouse but please let Heather know if you do this. ...and TROPHY WINNERS If you have won a trophy during the past year, it will be presented to you at our Baker Cup Supper and presentations evening on Saturday 1st April. Please try to attend if you can. See below for details. RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE Saturday 11th March in Richmond Park at 2.30pm Ten or so schools are expected to take part. Judd School from Kent are the holders. CLUTTON CUP 10 miles HANDICAP Saturday 18th March in Richmond Park. 2pm start This is our longest handicap race, two laps of five miles, and dates back to 1883. All are welcome, register at the clubhouse by 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Please be aware that there will be minimal marshalling for this race,....so it's best that you know the course or follow someone who does! Details and course map are on our website here:. The course begins our usual way, i.e. down to the bottom of Queen's Ride. It then takes a half turn to the left and loops round Spankers Hill. So far this is identical to our familiar mob match course. The 5 miles route diverges after the steep downhill at the back of Spankers Hill. Instead of turning sharp right and climbing back up the hill, it simply follows round the edge of the wood and then heads straight down towards the causeway between the two Pen Ponds. Immediately before the Ponds the course turns left through the trees and uphill away from the Ponds. It crosses a road and horse ride as it climbs. Two right turns follow in quick succession, taking the course back downhill to the end of the Pond Plantation. From there it's a climb up to Whiteash Lodge then a right turn through the woods until the Sidmouth Wood fence is rejoined for the run in to the finish. BAKER CUP 3 miles ROAD HANDICAP Saturday 1st April in Richmond Park (by White Lodge) ...and our shortest handicap, 3 miles road in the centre of the Park. 3pm start, all welcome, register on the day at the clubhouse no later than 2.15pm. BAKER CUP SUPPER - TROPHY PRESENTATIONS EVENING Our Presentations evening will take place after the Baker Cup 3 miles handicap on Saturday 1st April, starting at 7pm. The venue as usual will be upstairs at the Roebuck pub, 130 Richmond Hill TW10 6RN (tel 0208 948 2329). Price is £25 per person, to include welcome drink, free beer (while stocks last) and buffet dinner. We can accommodate a maximum of 60 people, so please reserve your place early. Your glass of bubbly awaits you! Please contact Michele Gibson, Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org, Mobile:- 07703 518 956 Cheques payable to Ranelagh Harriers and posted / handed to Ms Michele Gibson, c/o Baker Cup Supper, 79 Thames Side, Staines upon Thames, Middex TW18 2HF or leave in the clubhouse safe with the name Michele Gibson on the envelope. Cash payable to Michele Gibson at the Club on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. BACS Payments - Ranelagh Harriers Sort Code 401310 Account 12154501 REF- Baker Cup & YOUR NAME. CALLING ALL RANELAGH JUNIORS Trevor Maguire writes: "Ranelagh Junior Age Group Champs Following on from last week's junior race, the good news for many of our junior runners is that we will hold a further Ranelagh only race at 14:00 on Sat 1st April in Richmond Park (before the Baker Cup) where there are several other trophies and medals up for grabs. The start finish will be near the ballet school in the middle of the park. We are currently debating the exact distance and whether we will run just one or more races. I will confirm details nearer the time. We have trophies for boys and girls in each of the following age categories (with gold, silver and bronze medals as well): U17 (boys and girls), U15 (boys and girls), U13 (boys and girls), U11 (boys and girls). The age categories align with school years i.e. age on 1st Sep is the qualification date. This time some of our older juniors aren't eligible but they can always enter the Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap at 15:00 (alongside any parents who might want a run)." Also...the joint Stragglers/Ranelagh junior handicap series begins on Thursday 27th April. There are six events altogether, the first taking place at the Hawker Centre and subsequent events at the Ranelagh clubhouse or at the Hawker Centre. Registration is from 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Full details:. FINCHLEY 20 miles ROAD RACE Sunday March 12th at Ruislip This race incorporates the club 20 miles championship for the Spendlove Cup. 9am start in Ruislip despite the race's misleading name! Details:. THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles Sunday 9th April at Chiswick. 8.30am start. This ever-popular race will be the opening fixture in our 2017 Road Grand Prix. Nearly 600 entries have already been received, including 25 from Ranelagh. Details:. 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/ . 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 11th March Ranelagh Cup Schools race 4 miles in Richmond Park. 3pm start Sunday 12th March Finchley 20 miles road race at Ruislip, incl Spendlove Cup club 20 miles championship Saturday 18th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Register on the day. Saturday 1st April Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park (at White Lodge). 3pm start. All welcome, register on the day at the clubhouse please. Junior races also at White Lodge starting at 2pm. See above. Sunday 9th April Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick. 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 www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/. WHAT'S HAPPENED *************** NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 25th February at Wollaton Park, Nottingham Peter Haarer reports on the men's race: "The very pleasant surroundings of Wollaton Park never disappoint as a venue for cross country, and this year was no exception. There were four laps but, unlike most courses with multiple laps, this year's race organisers ensured that each was different by arranging them in size order: "extra small", "medium", "large", and "extra-large". Moreover, not only did the laps increase in length but they also increased in difficulty, so the last lap was not only the longest but also the hardest, incorporating an extra 'up and down' and the joy of a prolonged tussocky bog just as the finish was nigh at hand (should that be 'foot'?). Another unexpected feature was the mud. Veterans of previous events at Nottingham have generally returned home with scarcely a speck of dirt to show, so it was a puzzle to arrive and see survivors from early races plastered from head to toe in dark, pungent, primordial slime. The main culprits were revealed to be a shallow but unleapable water-filled ditch that developed a fill of brown porridge as the day wore on, and a couple of stretches of black, noisome filth - all of which would be encountered in every lap. At least the weather was dry - that is until someone said, 'I thought that rain was promised for 3.00pm this afternoon?' - at which prompt the Weather God dutifully obliged with a wintry shower just before the start. And so a magnificent Ranelagh seven ventured forth. Details of individual derring-do were hard to make out in the mêlée, but there were fine runs from Ben Anderson (81st), who takes home the Roffey Salver, and from Richard Gregory (97th), who achieved his best age-graded performance to date for Ranelagh in an away fixture. Ben and Richard also secured club honours easily despite the strength in depth of the field. The rest of the Ranelagh team followed some way further back, Peter Haarer completing his 22nd National, Dave Lawley continuing his hunt for the McLeod Trophy, Vaughan Ramsay and Peter Weir making up the scoring side (all six finishing neatly in alphabetical order), and Mike Peace as our final man home. The course was excellent for spectating and the men were extremely grateful for the generous support given throughout. Finally, we must not forget our second claim members: Jon Pepper, running for Brighton Phoenix, who finished an amazing 40th, Jake Waldron, running for Newham and Essex Beagles who finished 128th and Jackson Creegan, running for Gateshead, who finished 203rd." In the women's race it was Nic Jackson who led the way for Ranelagh in a fine 53rd place. With Laura Blazey, Julia Bailey and Rebecca Northmore all following up in the 200s the result was an excellent 25th place for our women's team. Becky Curtis-Hall, Karen Weir, Heather Martingell and Emma Wellham provided the backup should any of the front four falter, and all finished well up in a field of nearly 800. Lexi Keech was our sole representative in the junior races and was well inside the top half of the field of 426 in the Under 15 girls. National video by Mark Hookway of Tonbridge AC - senior men: https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kb9BSHy0C84, senior women: https://www.youtube.com/embed/HKrjVO98p1Y, under 15 girls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8QxrA8rqzI. Good shots of Ben Anderson and Richard Gregory in the men's race at about 29 mins, and of Nic Jackson in the women's race at about 23.30. INTER-CLUB incl JOHN ELLIS CUP and DYSART CUP and CLUB JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 4th March in Richmond Park This event is five races in one. First, it's senior inter-club races for the John Ellis Cup (male) and the Dysart Cup (female) held over two laps of our men's League course - that is, 5.55 miles. Starting together with the seniors was a junior race over one lap - 2.74 miles. This was our club junior championship for the Lotinga Cup (male) and the Camilla Cup (female), and also included a junior sealed handicap for the Jack Ellicock Trophy. We introduced the junior event a few years ago in a small way, but its popularity has grown to the extent that we had a total of 53 juniors taking part this year from just three clubs - ourselves, Hercules Wimbledon AC and The Stragglers. In the senior race it was a clear victory for Carl Selya-Hammer, after he had fought his way past the over-enthusiastic sprinting youngsters! Nick Impey and vets Peter Haarer and Steve Whitehead gave us the first four home which put us in the driving seat as far as team scoring was concerned. It was 8 a side to count and our team was completed by Dave Lawley, Jonathan Smith, Richard Kimber and Mark Herbert, all in the top 17. We duly retained the John Ellis Cup with 55 points to 99 for the Milocarians and 146 for The Stragglers. Hercules Wimbledon fell just short of the required eight men, though they did include in their number the former National champion Dave Clarke. In the women's race, Nic Jackson won by an extraordinary three and a half minutes, but The Stragglers were unopposed in the team competition for the Dysart Cup. The juniors apparently enjoyed running with the senior race before peeling off to finish after one lap. The Stragglers provided the first two home but Hercules Wimbledon made up for their shortfall in the senior event by fielding no fewer than 26 junior runners. We fielded 15 and The Stragglers had a round dozen. We made the team scoring a mini-mob match of ten to score and Hercules Wimbledon comfortably walked away with the match ahead of Ranelagh and The Stragglers. Our first finisher, 3rd overall, was 18 year-old Tom Bradley and he retained the Lotinga Cup as club Junior Men's Champion. Second, only half a minute behind Tom, was another Tom, under 13 Tom Armstrong, while third was another under 13 Euan Sinclair. The club Junior Women's Championship for the Camilla Cup was won by Jess Harbert, who was almost a minute clear of Emily Coulson with Ellie Luxmoore a further minute back. The sealed handicap was won by Frida Roper, with Nathaniel Bond in second place and Tom Armstrong third. A special mention for Josie Kearey who unluckily missed the medals by finishing fourth in both the championship and the handicap. CHINGFORD LEAGUE 5 miles Saturday 18th February at Victoria Park 1 B Powell (WG&EL) 25.57 2 Carl Selya-Hammer 26.11 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km Friday 24th February in Hyde Park 1 A Brooker (London Hth) 15.40 24 Louis Randall 17.43 122 Paul Hodges 21.17 238 Pete Warren 26.41 BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON Sunday 26th February 1 J Tipper (Kent) 1:08.37 (chip time 1:08.37) 24 E Davis (Newquay) 1:14.27 (1:14.26 - 1st woman) 5095 Dannielle Croucher 2:14.18 (2:07.57) 7142 Annemarie Goodridge 2:38.58 (2:26.44) 7665 Stephanie Croucher 2:54.47 (2:46.49) 7666 Cindy Croucher 2:54.47 (2:46.49) THORPE PARK HALF MARATHON Sunday 26th February at Chertsey 1 A Vernon (AFD) 1:05.27 (chip time 1:05.26) 327 James Ritchie 1:37.33 (1:36.31) 2276 John Scally 2:20.10 (2:13.38) CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY BOUNDARY RUN MARATHON Sunday 26th February Jarryd Hillhouse writes on Facebook: "The worst race I have run. Poor marshalling (or the lack thereof) and hardly any signage. At mile 24/25 I was on course for a 4:10, but missed a turn, eventually ended up running 50km. Not impressed at all." To add insult to injury, Jarryd does not appear in the results! 1 J Fisher (unatt) 2:59.28 29 M Staley (C&C) 3:27.01 (1st woman) 148 Robbie Hillhouse 4:16.37 167 Gavin Hillhouse 4:25.58 175 Ewa Soltys 4:31.34 DASH FOR THE SPLASH 10km Sunday 26th February on Wimbledon Common 1 S Wurr (West Sch) 35.18 95 Steve Aikin 51.41 MAD MARCH 10km Saturday 4th March at Battersea Park Richard Gregory was a clear winner in an excellent PB 32.49, which places him 28th in Ranelagh's all-time ranking list. Laura Blazey got second place in the women's race. 1 Richard Gregory 32.49 19 E Morris (Manx) 37.28 (1st woman) 42 Laura Blazey 41.56 RHYADER ROUND THE LAKES 20 miles Saturday 4th March 1 I Williams (Tipton) 1:57.13 (chip time 1:57.13) 28 E Legomarsino (San Dom) 2:18.35 (2:18.33 - 1st woman) 311 Heather Martingell 3:36.54 (3:36.22) 312 Mike White 3:36.54 (3:36.22) THAMES RIVERSIDE 20m RACE OR PACE Sunday 5th March Jake Waldron finished in 2nd place. The results show a gun time and a "Pace Group Adjusted Run Time". I suspect the latter is the actual running time. 1 D Steel (WG&EL) 1:54.09 (gun time 1:54.09) 2 Jake Waldron 1:56.20 (1:56.20) 56 Dan Little 2:26.02 (2:28.02) 106 Richard Gurd 2:35.15 (2:43.15) 109 Marie Synnott-Wells 2:38.51 (2:44.51) 304 Sally Bamford 3:24.54 (3:46.54) 305 Colette Doran 3:28.31 (3:50.31) LEITH HILL HALF MARATHON Sunday 5th March at Dorking As usual, the UK Wife Carrying Championship took place before the Half Marathon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujbajzqmL8s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQhHxMGKLe8. 1 L Kemp (Waverley) 1:24.20 7 G Bruinvels (AFD) 1:30.33 (1st woman) 29 Lars Lundqvist 1:45.15 145 Louise Piears 2:12.14 CAMBRIDGE HALF MARATHON Sunday 5th March 1 A Scott (Linc W) 1:07.58 (chip time 1:07.57) 30 T Barlow (TVH) 1:16.23 (1:16.22 - 1st woman) 2906 Emma Wellham 1:54.44 (1:53.40) WIMBLEDON HALF MARATHON Sunday 5th March 1 J Cuthbert (unatt) 77.21 (chip time 77.19) 24 A Campbell (Clapham) 90.34 (90.32 - 1st woman) 35 Chris Cato 97.16 (97.13) HOPE WINTER FELL RACE Sunday 5th March Peter Weir braved whiteout conditions representing - according to the official results - Ranelagh Warriers. 1 C Arthur (Bowland) 44.43 87 Peter Weir 68.11 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. You can also access Ranelagh results here:. parkruns 5km Saturday 25th February Bushy Park Greg Atkins was third overall and Freya Thomson and Izzy Atkins were first and second women home. Greg ATKINS (jnr) 17:03, Freya THOMSON (jnr) 18:42, Isabel ATKINS (jnr) 18:42, James WHISTLER 19:28, Jonny BROOK (jnr) 19:32, Jennifer SILVA (jnr) 19:41, Toby COOPER 19:52, Emily COULSON 22:54, Rachel REVETT 23:54, Ashleigh FERRIS 26:06, Amy SILLITOE 26:27, Fiona PUGH 27:21, Jackie DUNKLEY 29:35, Wally GARROD 38:56, John HANSCOMB 50:56 Richmond Park Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 18:42, Michael MORRIS 19:02, Peter FAULL 19:51, Alberto ESGUEVILLAS 21:09, Gary LEE 22:17, Steve AIKIN 22:26, Daniel RUSHBY (jnr) 22:54, Amrut SHARMA 23:33, Karl GARVEY 23:47, Ellie LUXMOORE (jnr) 25:14, Maia RUSHBY 25:27, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 25:48, Simon TAYLOR 26:04, Alastair RITCHIE 26:09, Clare DAY 26:39, Jarryd HILLHOUSE 27:37, Andrew BROWN 28:44, Matt SOWTON 28:55, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 29:35, James RUSHBY (jnr) 29:37, Phil RUSHBY 29:37, Deepa SHARMA 29:38, Robert HILLHOUSE 29:39, Ewa SOLTYS 29:50, Gavin HILLHOUSE 29:52, Rob KITCHEN 32:32, Bronwen NORTHMORE 33:52, Pat HEWLETT 45:32 Kingsway, Gloucester John ATKINSON 21:58 Brockwell Park, Herne Hill Megan de Silva was the leading woman. Megan de SILVA 18:46, Marie SYNNOTT-WELLS 20:41 Old Deer Park Kris Davidson was first in. Kris DAVIDSON 18:32, Paul SINTON-HEWITT 22:24, Stewart ANDERSON 25:14, Julian HOLDEN 30:00, Lorna SMITH 30:19, Joanne SINTON-HEWITT 30:20, Katrina ROCHE 33:44, Deborah BLAKEMORE 34:07, Henry MAGUIRE 47:06 Kingston Alison DICKS 25:02, Chris CAMACHO 27:58 Oxford Evelyn JOSLIN 32:15 Beckenham Place Peter FORDHAM 28:33 Tilgate Duncan MALLISON 24:48 Lloyd Park, Croydon Jodie Grey was first woman. Jodie GREY 24:46 Nonsuch Park Jonathan SMITH 17:54, Ed SMITH 18:52 Bracknell Lee DAVIES 25:22 Gunnersbury Eirin MCDAID 18:50, Chris READ 22:46 Market Harborough Ellen VAN KEULEN 26:13 Crane Park Daniel LITTLE 19:02, Richard GURD 19:43, Daniel CHIECHI 22:00, Clare KING 25:33, Claire WARNER 26:05, Melanie DAVISON 28:08, Verka LAFEUILLE 28:09, Michael WHITE 28:12, Tamsin BURLAND 29:27, Victoria ORME 30:48, Colette DORAN 31:10, Tracey SMALL 32:32, Hilary THOMSON 32:50, Louise WAPSHOTT 34:55 Dusi, South Africa Lloyd CAMP 24:08, Sue CAMP 30:14 Osterley Park Phil JACKSON 25:02, Katie WALTON 35:48, Cindy CROUCHER 35:51 Fulham Palace Tomas STERNER 22:57 Barclay Dawn BATES 31:04 Swansea Bay Nick FORDHAM 21:10 parkruns 5km Saturday 4th March Bushy Park Nick WRIGHT 17:39, Marc SNAITH 18:09, James WHISTLER 18:48, Adam WRIGHT 22:11, Toby COOPER 22:54, Rachel REVETT 25:25, Rob KITCHEN 26:50, Janet TURNES 32:19, Wally GARROD 38:35 Richmond Park James RITCHIE 20:58, Gary LEE 21:11, Chris READ 22:44, Elisa FERRUA 23:09, Amrut SHARMA 24:11, John HOBSON 24:14, James RUSHBY (jnr) 24:34, Alastair RITCHIE 25:16, Sam RUSHBY (jnr) 25:25, Phil RUSHBY 25:26, Andrew BROWN 26:26, Michelle MEADOWS 26:30, Carol AIKIN 26:56, Daniel RUSHBY (jnr) 26:58, Jarryd HILLHOUSE 27:33, Gavin HILLHOUSE 27:34, Aoife KILPATRICK 27:58, Matt SOWTON 29:12, Ewa SOLTYS 29:16, Hadi KHATAMIZADEH 30:10, Maia RUSHBY 33:08, Ben RUSHBY (jnr) 33:10, Penny MERRETT 34:26, Robert HILLHOUSE 39:19, Beverley ALI 45:07, Pat HEWLETT 45:41 Ashton Court Alex FORDHAM 21.12 Old Deer Park Eirin McDaid was the first finisher. Eirin McDAID 17.36, Mark ROPER 29:02, Julian HOLDEN 29:39, Louise ROPER 36:46, Wyn WILLIAMS 41:19 Kingston James MCLAUCHLAN (jnr) 24:43, Simon TAYLOR 25:20, Chris CAMACHO 27:11, Tom REAY 27:35,Verka LAFEUILLE 27:48, Fiona PUGH 28:25 Oxford Tomas STERNER 25:37, Evelyn JOSLIN 29:17 Plmvalley Mary HICKSON 32:32 St Albans Paul SINTON-HEWITT 21.00 Whitley Bay Clare FOWLER 22:28, Jo SINTON-HEWITT 27:36 Gunnersbury Colette DORAN 30:43 Newbury Henry MAGUIRE 58:58 Bracknell Lee DAVIES 24:59 Killerton Jackie DUNKLEY 31:50 Tilgate Duncan MALLISON 20:44 Crane Park Kevin KEAREY 20:21, Daniel CHIECHI 22:06, Richard GURD 23:49, Ann KEAREY 25:09, Claire WARNER 25:16, Josie KEAREY 25:27, Melanie DAVISON 26:29, Michelle BEAUMONT 26:30, Tamsin BURLAND 30:43, Hilary THOMSON 32:43, Louise WAPSHOTT 52:39 Newent, Forest of Dean John ATKINSON 22:15 Osterley Park Peter WEIR 21:10, Karen WEIR 23:39, Philip JACKSON 25:27, Christine DAVID 31:00, Cindy CROUCHER 34:31 Keswick Marina QUAYLE 35:31 Parke Mike PEACE 26:05 Hastings Trevor MAGUIRE 18:25, Paula MAGUIRE 26:48 Tooting Common Megan de Silva was the leading woman. Megan de SILVA 18:38, Marie SYNNOTT-WELLS 20:48 Stratford-upon-Avon Paul Hodges 21:31 Marecchia, Italy Peter FORDHAM 26:09 Junior parkruns 2km Sunday 5th March Bushy Park Euan Sinclair was third finisher. Euan SINCLAIR 7:35, Freddie LETT 8:11, Finlay SINCLAIR 8:37, Eilidh SINCLAIR 10:21, Isla SINCLAIR 12:03, Savill Gardens James RICKETTS 13:02, Connor SCALLY 17:04, Aaron SCALLY 19:14 FINALLY... From Inside Croydon Shock, horror, and barely disguised disgust among the demure "ladies who lunch" in Selsdon and Ballards after "outrageous" behaviour - outrageous, no less - following a cross-country race in Lloyd Park a fortnight ago. There were even mutterings of refunds having to be made to unhappy customers. The Parklife Cafe near the Lloyd Park tram stop has been doing a good trade since it opened at the end of last year. But on busy, sporty Saturdays it has found itself over-run on occasions by some of the participants. This is not an issue with the well-dressed participants in the parkrun which starts and finishes outside the cafe each Saturday morning. Inside Croydon Nor is it much of a problem even with the footballers who turn up for their match and manage to enjoy the pies and pasties in the cafe after their game without the FA ever having to call in the betting fraud squad. But there were shocking scenes after the staging of a Surrey League cross-country fixture for some of south London's leading distance runners in Lloyd Park a fortnight ago. "There were grown men in here standing around in their underpants," one witness to the lewd goings-on told Inside Croydon, "They seem to regard the place as their clubhouse. The changing rooms are only 10 yards away." The unprecedented scenes so upset a party of more demure women from the better part of the borough that one of them actually spilt her tea. Strong words have been had with the parks department at the council, and a request has gone out to cross-country runners ahead of the next fixture to consider other customers when ordering their sausage. And buns. Dog-friendly Parklife Cafe, which has received a series of excellent reviews since it opened in December, maintains a welcome to all walkers, joggers, runners and casual passers-by, seven days a week, from breakfast time to tea. Though the management does request that patrons keep their trousers on at all times.