Newsdesk 2018

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 522               13th March 2018
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  RGS Guildford win the Ranelagh Cup Schools Race
 *  Our under 17 girls team finishes 9th in the National Championships
 *  Freya Thomson, Izzy Atkins and Alice Patterson represent Middlesex in the
     Inter Counties
 *  Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap this Saturday
 *  Book now for the Baker Cup Prize Presentations evening on April 7th
 *  Wyn Williams
 We are very sorry indeed to pass on the sad news that our former Hon Sec Wyn
 Williams passed away on March 7th. He was one of our most popular members
 and will be greatly missed. The following comes from the Old Deer Park
 Facebook page:
 “For those of you who didn’t make it down to the ODP parkrun today, Paul
 Sinton-Hewitt shared with us at the briefing the extremely sad news of the
 loss of one of our dearest Old Deer parkrun friends - Wyn Williams. Wyn did
 his first parkrun in Bushy Park on 5th August 2005 and since then had
 volunteered over 50 times and run over 130 times. He was one of the first
 ODP Run Directors and from talking to those who knew him from those early
 days it’s clear that his cheerful, positive outlook helped shape ODP parkrun
 into the friendly, inclusive community event that we all enjoy today.
 Outside of parkrun Wyn was an integral part of the local running community
 both as a result of his huge involvement with the Cabbage Patch 10 over the
 last 30 years and his membership of the Ranelagh running club. As Paul later
 put it - Wyn’s footprints are all over Richmond and they will be there
 forever. A wonderful sentiment for us all to remember Wyn by.”
 Our sincere condolences go out to Linda and family. The funeral is to take
 place on Tuesday 27th March at 2pm in the Ogden Chapel at the South West
 Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Middlesex TW13 5JH.   

 A reminder that Michael’s funeral takes place at 12.15pm this Friday 16th
 March at Putney Vale Crematorium West Chapel and afterwards at Pembroke

 CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap  Saturday 17th March in Richmond Park. 2pm
 This is our longest club handicap race. All welcome, register on the day.
 Andy Bickerstaff writes:
 “Those of you intrepid souls doing the Clutton Cup 10 miler please look at
 the course beforehand as the first half of each lap won’t be flagged. Simply
 follow the Mob Match course but at just after 2 miles go straight on around
 the wood (not up the steep hill) and soon pass the car park and follow the
 main path to the centre of the ponds where a marshal (Hello Ivan) will
 direct you back on yourself following flags until you arrive back at the
 start...then do it all again! Great training whether you are doing a spring
 marathon or not’. More details and a course map here:. 
 BAKER CUP 3 miles ROAD HANDICAP  Saturday 7th 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

 Our Presentations evening will take place after the Baker Cup 3 miles
 handicap on Saturday 7th April, starting at 7pm. If you have a trophy to
 collect please try to attend.
 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 now. Your glass of bubbly
 awaits you!
 Please contact Michele Gibson, Email:- micheleagibson@hotmail.com,
 Mobile:- 07703 518956.
 Cheques payable to Ranelagh Harriers and posted / handed to Ms Michele
 Gibson, c/o Baker Cup Supper, 79 Thames Side, Staines upon Thames, Middlesex
 TW18 2HF or leave in the clubhouse safe with the name Michele Gibson / Baker
 Cup 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.

 Becky and Rob have kindly stepped in to cover the Trophies Steward job up to
 this year’s presentations evening, but we still urgently need a volunteer to
 take on the job on a more permanent basis. Please reply to this email if you
 can help, either individually  or as part of a team. 

 We still need lots more helpers for our Half Marathon on Sunday 6th May.
 Please let us know if you can help. There’s a sign-up sheet in the clubhouse
 or email ranelaghhalfhelpers@hotmail.co.uk. 
 Looking further ahead there’s help wanted too for the Richmond 10km on
 Sunday 17th June.
 …for our Half Marathon on May 6th here:...
 …and our 10k on June 17th - here:. 

 THAMES TOWPATH 10 miles  Sunday 8th April at Chiswick
 This is always a popular event and is the opening race in our 2018 Road
 Grand Prix. Details:. There are
 45 Ranelagh entries at the time of writing. Full details of the Road Grand
 Prix: here:. 

 HOGSMILL LADIES ONLY 5 miles  Sunday 13th May
 Claire from Epsom Allsorts writes:
 “This year’s race is set to be on 13th May 2018, once again starting from
 the Harrier Centre in West Ewell at 10 am.  There are also children's races
 starting at 9:15.This year there is a technical t-shirt for all finishers!!
 Entries are now open. Please see a link to our website with more information
 and how to enter here:. We can't
 promise perfect weather but we can promise that there will be a charity cake
 sale at the end!!!”

 This takes place on the 15th and 16th September, though note it clashes with
 the Surrey Road Relays on the 15th. There’s a 10k, Half Marathon and
 Marathon. We have been offered a £2 discount on the entry fee by quoting

 Gordon Whitson writes:
 “I and Aegli my wife attended as representatives of Ranelagh Harriers a
 dinner organised by Thames Hare & Hounds to celebrate their 150th Season on
 Saturday, 3rd March at the Whitehall Suite near Horse Guards Parade. The
 location was magnificent, food excellent and the wine copious. Thames made
 us and their other guests most welcome and everybody seemed to enjoy this
 very well attended event.

 As befits such an occasion, there were a number of speeches, not least of
 which was that of James McMullan, Captain of Thames, in which he made very
 specific reference to the 561 point victory secured by Thames on Wimbledon
 Common over Ranelagh in the annual mob match last November.  Obviously, this
 victory is a matter of considerable satisfaction to Thames and we must
 therefore make absolutely sure that it is not repeated when we meet them
 again this coming autumn in Richmond Park.”

 Don’t forget that we meet for a casual drink after training on the first
 Tuesday of each month. Venue is upstairs at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill.
 All welcome.

 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 ranelagh.men@gmail.com
 or the women's Captain / Team Manager  ranelagh.women@gmail.com      

 Saturday 17th March           Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap. 2pm start in
 Richmond Park

 Sunday 18th March              Finchley 20 miles at Ruislip

 Saturday 7th April                Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in
 Richmond Park (White Lodge) 3pm start

 Sunday 8th April                  Thames Towpath 10 miles at Chiswick

 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

 ELLIS CUP and DYSART CUP  Saturday 3rd March in Richmond Park
 The decision was taken on Friday afternoon to cancel the race in view of the
 icy conditions, for the sake of the officials as much as the runners. As it
 turned out a thaw had set in by Saturday afternoon, but unfortunately too
 late for a change of plan.  

 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE  Saturday 10th March in Richmond Park
 Once again schools fixture clashes resulted in a fairly small field for our
 event. There were 55 runners representing eight schools, of which seven
 closed in a complete team of four. The Judd School came into the race with a
 sequence of four straight wins but this time they were narrowly outscored
 by last year’s runners-up RGS Guildford. Brighton College took the bronze
 medals. Individually there were some very impressive times by the top two,
 Kershaw and Fitzpatrick of RGS Guildford. The clear winner Charlie Kershaw
 is a member of the powerful Aldershot squad.

 1   C Kershaw (RGS Guild)     20.35
 2   B Fitzpatrick (RGS Guild  20.57
 3   A van der Plas (Judd)     21.35
 4   A Emm (Judd)              21.55
 5   O Hurdle (RGS Guild)      22.13
 6   A Thompson (Judd)         22.44
 7   J Davies (Brighton)       22.55
 8   S Southall (Hampton)      22.57
 9   T Jones (RGS Guild)       22.59
 10  D Seaton Judd)            23.03
 32  Euan Sinclair (Tiffin)    26.10

 Teams (4 to score)
 1   RGS Guildford              17
 2   The Judd School            23
 3   Brighton College           84
 4   University College School  87
 5   Tiffin School             108
 6   Charterhouse School       119
 7   King’s College School     

 NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 24th February at Parliament
 Apologies for omitting some excellent junior results from the report in the
 last e-news. Our under 17 girls were outstanding, with Freya Thomson and
 Izzy Atkins both in the top thirty and Emily Coulson and Jennifer Silva
 backing up well to bring the team home in 9th place. Lexi Keech was our only
 runner in the under 15 race and she also ran well to finish in the top half
 of the field.

 Under 17 Girls
 1   E McNiven (Liv H)         18.27
 25  Freya Thomson (Rane)      19.52
 30  Izzy Atkins               19.55
 156 Emily Coulson             22.41
 168 Jennifer Silva            22.55

 Teams (4 to score)
 1   Liverpool H                95
 9   Ranelagh H                379    

 Under 15 Girls
 1   S Heslop (Macc)           14.35
 206 Lexi Keech (Rane)         17.23                       

 Here’s an additional report of the senior men’s race by Pheidippides:
 “Parliament Hill is a regular venue for the Southern and the National, but
 still manages to surprise.  This year we had the brightness of sunshine on a
 weekend less than a month from the vernal equinox combined with the rawness
 of a late winter cold snap.  Other clubs sheltered from the wind on the
 sunnier south-facing slopes of Hampstead Heath, but such soft-living
 luxuries were not for the men and women of Ranelagh who pitched near the
 track at the most icy spot in all of London Town.  Members of other teams
 duly shuffled past on their way to the start and shivered in fear at our
 Spartan hardiness (or was it the cold?).

 After the sogginess of the final league races and mob matches this season,
 the ground would surely have its traditional consistency of over-done school
 porridge left to go cold overnight but was surprisingly dry - or rather this
 was true of about four-fifths of the way with the remaining fraction making
 up in due measure and justifying 15mm spikes.  The men's course was modified
 at the last minute and was identical to the usual route of the Southern with
 the exception of a shortened first lap.  This made things rather lively as
 we reached the tumulus for the first time and quite a large portion of the
 field collided with the tail-end runners of the senior women's race. 
 Liveliness was to be found also on the start-line at the gun as our lead
 runners shot out of the blocks and charged away up the hill with enthusiasm
 (or were we simply still cold and trying to warm up?).  Ben Anderson headed
 the team in fine style, only just missing the top fifty but comfortably
 winning the Roffey Salver.  The National was popular this year (2328
 finishers) and therefore rather crowded further down the field.  The team
 finished a very creditable 24th of the 162 which closed in, and was
 supported by a very good turnout (though we were sorry that Mike Peace was
 not able to run this year due to an injury).  Of course, the real reason for
 competing was not the challenge, the occasion, or a crown of wild celery /
 vel sim, but the rich reward of Alan Hedger's finisher's coffee with special
 additive: what would we do without him?”  

 …And a note from Bill Bird about the Centennial Shield:
 “I wonder if you noticed that we were fourth in the contest for the
 Centennial Shield, which is competed for in the men’s race in the National
 championships between the 11 clubs founded when the ECCU was formed in 1883
 and still going strong when it celebrated its 100th anniversary.” For the
 record, the eleven clubs involved are Bristol & West AC (then plain Bristol
 AC, finished 2nd today), Highgate H (4th), Thames H&H (13th), Ranelagh H
 (24th), Blackheath & Bromley HAC (25th), Coventry Godiva H (49th),
 Birchfield H (87th), South London H (124th), Liverpool H (did not close in),
 Reading AC (did not close in), Cheshire Tally Ho H&H (did not compete). 

 RICHMOND HALF MARATHON  Sunday 18th February
 Margie Marshall took second place in the over 60 class.

 1   J Wilson (unatt)          1:17.56  (chip time 1:17.56)
 15  Duncan Mallison (Rane)    1:23.57  (1:23.54)
 379 Margie Marshall           1:53.33  (1:53.27)
 622 Ian Harrison              2:09.02  (2:08.57)

 VITALITY BIG HALF MARATHON  Sunday 4th March in London
 The “team” filter on the official results does not seem to work, so the
 following list is probably incomplete.

 1   Mo Farah (N&EB)           1:01.40
 150 Carl Selya-Hammer (Rane)  1:16.03
 228 Gareth Williams           1:18.51
 238 James Whistler            1:18.58
 369 Kris Davidson             1:22.42

 CAU INTER-COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 10th March at Loughborough
 Ranelagh provided three members of the 8th placed Middlesex team in the
 Under 17 Women’s race. 

 Under 17 Women
 1   G Brock (Cornwall)        21.57
 48  Freya Thomson (Middlesex) 24.42
 52  Izzy Atkins               24.56
 144 Alice Patterson           26.58               

 SURREY HALF MARATHON  Sunday 11th March at Woking
 This fast-growing event had over 3,000 finishers, with Ted Mockett and Nick
 Twomey both in the top thirty.

 1    S Overall (B&B)          1:08.38  (chip time 1:08.37)
 24   Ted Mockett (Ranelagh)   1:15.15  (1:15.13)
 28   Nick Twomey              1:16.17  (1:16.16)
 43   J Hill (Sale)            1:19.20  (1:19.20 – 1st woman)
 392  Lara Werrett             1:35.36  (1:35.09)
 958  Michelle Ogilvie         1:47.03  (1:46.30)
 972  Mark Westwood            1:47.11  (1:46.38)
 2244 John Herriott            2:09.28  (2:04.01) 

 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles  Sunday 11th March on Wimbledon Common
 1   N Marriage (Fulham)       31.06
 11  A Riddell-Webster (Ful)   36.12 (1st woman)
 19  Stephen Aikin (Rane)      40.18
 33  Perry Rendell             43.15
 53  Carol Aikin               47.25
 60  Sue Camp                  50.15                  

 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 3rd March

 Bushy Park
 Glen TURNER 18:03, Nick WRIGHT 18:51, Eliott WELLS 19:59, Emily COULSON
 (jnr) 20:56, James WHISTLER 21:49, Richard GURD 24:35, Hannah MALAM (jnr)
 27:07, Marianne MALAM 27:09, Paul SINTON-HEWITT 28:07, Joanne SINTON-HEWITT
 28:08, Jackie DUNKLEY 30:21, Janet TURNES 33:20, Wally GARROD 44:17

 Richmond Park
 Ed Perry was first overall while Suzy Whatmough was third woman.
 Ed PERRY 18:29, Graham BROOK 19:19, Suzy WHATMOUGH 20:51, James RITCHIE
 21:04, Adrienne BADDELEY 21:28, Alberto ESGUEVILLAS 22:20, Philip ANDREWS
 22:54, Jeremy DAY 24:11, Rachel REVETT 24:27, James RUSHBY (jnr) 24:45,
 Chris CAMACHO 25:59, Carol AIKIN 26:28, Clare DAY 26:46, Matilda HARRISON
 (jnr) 28:08, Andrew BROWN 29:14, Verka LAFEUILLE 29:30, Alison DICKS 29:31,
 Ally PICKARD 29:41, Wiebke KORTUM 30:23, Aoife KILPATRICK 30:25, Hadi
 KHATAMIZADEH 30:26, Michael WHITE 30:27, Sue CAMP 30:27, Gavin HILLHOUSE
 30:28, Bronwen NORTHMORE 34:23, Ewa SOLTYS 36:27, Katie WALTON 38:30, Cindy
 CROUCHER 39:42, Martin CLARK 48:10

 Old Deer Park
 Gareth WILLIAMS 20:14, Vaughan RAMSAY 20:42, Niamh HOLT 24:07, Mark ROPER
 27:31, Lorna SMITH 30:57, Julian HOLDEN 32:24, Colette DORAN 33:04, Louise
 ROPER 35:41, Katrina ROCHE 37:01, Deborah BLAKEMORE 37:02 

 Bonnie Morgan was the leading woman.
 Bonnie MORGAN 22.53, Kirsty NOBLE 26:27, Fiona PUGH 26:54

 Peter FORDHAM 35:22

 Osterley Park
 Dave LAWLEY 19:37, Ted MOCKETT 20:33, Tom CAMERON 20:48, Mark HERBERT 20:51

 Julian SMITH 26:25

 Atholl, South Africa
 Sam DALGLEISH 19:24

 Junior parkruns 2km  Sunday 4th March

 Chase LAWLER 8:47, Astrid ROPER 9:49
 Bushy Park
 Jonny Brook and Freddie Lett finished first and third.
 Jonny BROOK 7:11, Freddie LETT 7:22, Euan SINCLAIR 7:41, Finlay SINCLAIR
 7:58, Eilidh SINCLAIR 11:45

 parkruns 5km Saturday 10th March

 Bushy Park
 Nick WRIGHT 18:47, Joe BRYANT (jnr) 21:13, Simon COLLINGRIDGE 22:58, Julie
 DRUMMOND 26:55, Noel SIMPSON 27:46, Clive NAISH 29:29, Wally GARROD 41:10,
 John HANSCOMB 56:48

 Richmond Park
 Tom BRADLEY (jnr) 20:23, Nick FORDHAM 21:51, Richard PENDER 22:25, Stephen
 AIKIN 22:28, Will CAVENDISH 22:56, James RUSHBY (jnr) 23:52, Amrut SHARMA
 24:16, Christopher READ 25:12, Carol AIKIN 25:23, Margie MARSHALL 25:51, Ben
 RUSHBY (jnr) 26:41, Maia RUSHBY 26:43, Andrew BROWN 27:16, Karen HARBERT
 27:24, Ian HARRISON 27:37, Aoife KILPATRICK 27:40, Sue CAMP 27:51, Jarryd
 HILLHOUSE 28:07, Gavin HILLHOUSE 28:08, Phil RUSHBY 29:16, Bronwen NORTHMORE
 33:59, Deepa SHARMA  34:11, Wendy FISHER 37:32, Beverley ALI 62:39, Pat
 HEWLETT 62:41 

 Carl Assmundson finished second...
 Carl ASSMUNDSON 17:08

 Frimley Lodge
 …and so did Nick Twomey
 Nick TWOMEY 18:31

 Old Deer Park
 Tributes were made to former Ranelagh Hon Sec and Old Deer Park parkrun
 director Wyn Williams who sadly died a few days ago. Eirin McDaid and Wiebke
 Kortum were the leading finishers, with Tom Cameron taking third place
 Eirin MCDAID 17:37, Tom CAMERON 20:35, Vaughan RAMSAY 22:15, Wiebke KORTUM
 23:18, Kevin KNOWLES 23:58, Clare FOWLER 24:14, Niamh HOLT 24:27, Grace
 MUNRO (jnr) 27:24, Ciara MCLAREN (jnr) 29:04, Bruce MCLAREN 29:10, Lorna
 SMITH 29:46, Melanie DAVISON 31:30, Julian HOLDEN 31:38, Katie WALTON 33:35,
 Katrina ROCHE 38:03, Deborah BLAKEMORE 41:49, Joanne SINTON-HEWITT 49:52

 Adrienne Baddeley was the leading woman.
 Adrienne BADDELEY 21:32

 Julia Bailey was second woman.
 Julia BAILEY 22:42, Chris Camacho 24:16, Fiona PUGH 26:28 

 Peter Haarer placed third.
 Peter HAARER 17:17

 Alan DAVIDSON 28:46

 Emma WELLHAM 32:16

 Mark HERBERT 18:04

 Angus CATER 30:09

 Ellie LAWLEY 34:32

 Alex FORDHAM 19:29

 Crane Park
 Marianne Malam was second woman to finish.
 Gareth WILLIAMS 19:59, Eliott WELLS 21:03, Kevin KEAREY 21:11, Richard GURD
 21:47, Marianne MALAM 23:05, Hannah MALAM (jnr) 24:51, Ann KEAREY 25:25, Rue
 TURNER 25:33, Abigail MALAM (jnr) 27:18, Josie KEAREY (jnr) 27:43, Michelle
 BEAUMONT 28:05, Hilary THOMSON 33:18, Cindy CROUCHER 34:50, Anne CHILDS
 35:26, Nigel COOMBES 40:11

 Richard Kimber was first home.
 Richard KIMBER 19:22

 Ranelagh filled positions 2-5 in the women’s section.
 Becky CURTIS-HALL 19:22, Laura BLAZEY 19:34, Fanny VEIN 19:49, Rebecca
 NORTHMORE 20:32, Rob CURTIS 21:37

 Osterley Park
 Charlie BROOK (jnr) 20:54, Kate BROOK 25:02 

 Fulham Palace
 Pete WARREN 26:39

 Bryanston, South Africa
 Sam DALGLEISH 18:09

 Exeter Riverside
 Cecily Day was the leading woman.
 Cecily DAY 21.10

 Bois de Boulonge, France
 Ally PICKARD 26.10

 Clover Point, Canada
 John ATKINSON 20:06

 Black Combe
 Glen Turner was first in.
 Glen TURNER 18:32

 Peter WEIR 20:28, Karen WEIR 22:23

 Jackie DUNKLEY 29:30

 Farfalle, Italy
 Peter FORDHAM 30:15

 Junior parkruns 2km  Sunday 11th March

 Chase LAWLER 8:38, Piper LAWLER 10:30

 Nathaniel BOND 9:03

 “Why, what a rascal art thou then, to praise him so for running!”
 William Shakespeare, Henry IV Part1