Newsdesk 2019

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 546           11th April 2019
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *   Ranelagh win the Ellis Cup men’s team race, and finish 2nd in the Dysart
      Cup women’s team race
 *   George Howard wins overall, Fanny Vein is our leading woman
 *   Tor Heron Brett and Ciara McLaren win our junior championships
 *   Allan Lang wins the Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap
 *   Fastest times by Eirin McDaid and Becky Northmore & Marianne Malam
      (behind guesting Natalie Haarer)
 *   Good road results, including a successful return by Megan de Silva  
 *  Subscriptions are due

 Hon Sec Gordon Whitson writes:
 “Ranelagh Harriers club membership subscriptions for the year from 1 April
 2019 until 31 March 2020 are now due. You are encouraged to check the new
 subscription rates that were approved at the last AGM and are listed below. 

 If you are a first claim member, an amount of £15 is allocated from your
 subscription to cover your annual registration fee with England Athletics
 and paid on your behalf by the Club. England Athletics have imposed a
 deadline of 30 June 2019 for the payment of their 2019/20 registration fee
 which was also due on 1 April 2019. Any athletes not registered with England
 Athletics by 30 June 2019 become ineligible to compete in EA licenced events
 until their registration fees are paid.

 To ensure that no Ranelagh members find themselves inadvertently ineligible
 and therefore unable to enter EA licenced races, we would strongly encourage
 all members to make sure their subscription is paid as soon as possible and
 in any event no later than 30 June 2019.”

 The new subscription rates are as follows:.
 Seniors £50
 Under 20 or Student £20
 Family Membership £90
 Retired and Over 60 £25
 Second Claim £20
 Non-Running Member £10

 Payment may be made by Standing Order or Bank Transfer to:
 Sort code: 40-23-29
 Account number: 81109847
 Reference: your initial and name and SUBS – e.g. J SMITH SUBS

 Those of you who pay by standing order will have to contact your bank to
 change the amount.  The club cannot do this for you.
 Alternatively you can leave a cheque for the Membership Secretary in a
 sealed envelope in the clubhouse or give cash to the Treasurer Chris Read or
 either of the Assistant Treasurers Deepa Sharma and John Herriott.

 Looking forward to our two road races – the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon
 on Sunday 5th May and the Ranelagh Richmond 10km on Sunday 16th June. A new
 website has been set up for each race - ranelagh-half-marathon and ranelagh-10k.co.uk/.
 Entries are coming in steadily so if you’re planning to run don’t wait too

 As ever, plenty of marshals are needed for the two road races above. If you
 helped last year we’ll be happy if you can take on the same job again. But
 in any case if you can help in any capacity please contact

 Good luck to all those taking part in the forthcoming Spring Marathons –
 London, Brighton, Boston and others.

 All under-18s are welcome. Dates and venues are shown below. Registration
 opens at 6.50pm for a 7.25pm start.
 Pre-registration is necessary and a parental consent form must be completed
 for any child taking part for the first time. 

 Thursday 25th April at the Hawker Centre
 Thursday 16th May at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
 Thursday 6th June at the Russell School, Petersham
 Thursday 27th June at the Hawker Centre
 Thursday 11th July at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
 Thursday 29th August at the Hawker Centre

 For registration and more details: 

 Our Grand Prix is to include only nine events this year, instead of the
 usual ten. This is because the Elmore 7m and the Elmbridge 10k are on the
 same weekend. The Elmore has consequently been dropped for this year both
 from our GP and from the Surrey Road League. The first event in the Grand
 Prix is the Thames Towpath 10 miles on Sunday 14th April. Unfortunately the
 entry limit of 750 has been reached and no further entries will be accepted.
 32 Ranelagh are amongst the crowd. More details about the Grand Prix,
 including the list of races here:.  

 Deborah Blakemore writes:
 “Our annual Ladies Beginners Course starts again on Tuesday 14th May, 7 -
 8pm at the clubhouse. Couch to 5k in 8 weeks for the bargain price of only
 £10. Further details and an application form can be found here:.
 Any queries, please contact Deborah Blakemore at deboraheblakemore@yahoo.co.uk
 or you can find me  at the clubhouse on a Tuesday evening.

 These are Andy Bickerstaff’s annual promotions on Wimbledon Common. I can
 think of many less pleasant ways of spending a summer Wednesday evening.
 Andy writes: 
 “It’s back for the 6th year and yet another iconic mug featuring a part of
 the course is to be had. It would be nice to see a few more of my team mates
 from Ranelagh giving it a go this year for five fun filled and challenging
 Wednesday night miles! There is a series team trophy which has Ranelagh’s
 name on from 2014 but sadly since then it’s been all Clapham and Fulham.
 First race is 1st May and the other two dates are 5th June and 3th July.
 Enter the series here:  or follow links
 to individual races.” 

 Steve Vincent of SLH writes:
 “I am writing to inform your members about our popular three race series of
 cross country 10K races, which are held annually on the last Thursday of
 May, June and July. This year the dates are 30th May, 27th June and 25th
 July. As the name suggests these are open and informal races held over the
 countryside at Farthing Downs and Happy Valley in Coulsdon (south of
 Croydon). Our clubhouse is located close to two stations, Coulsdon Town &
 Coulsdon South, and has changing and shower facilities and a very reasonably
 priced bar for post-race refreshment - each runner will be entitled to their
 first drink at half price. The clubhouse is secure and someone will be on
 site whilst the race is happening. Each race costs £4, or there is the
 option to enter all three for £10. Entries on the day are accepted at no
 extra cost and I would suggest any interested runners should report to the
 clubhouse no later than 7 p.m. to register / collect numbers etc. before
 making their way to the start, which is approximately 10 - 15 minutes
 jog/walk away.
 Entry form here:.” 

 Stragglers’ Chris Coates writes:
 “I’m reaching out to you as I am part of The Stragglers Running Club in
 Kingston, and my partner and I are starting a new business offering running
 holidays with a difference, which I thought your members may be interested
 As two very keen runners, but also wine lovers, we are offering running
 holidays in wine regions where participants can improve their running with
 over 100kms of guided sessions (over the 7 days), whilst also relaxing and
 enjoying the food and wine the region has to offer. We are both certified
 through England Athletics, and on top of this we have significant wine
 knowledge having spent 6 months on a vineyard in Chile to add to Level 2 & 3
 qualifications in Wine from the International Wine & Spirit Education Trust.
 We have several holidays planned for this year in Kent, France and Spain. We
 are offering £50 off all of our holidays for UK running clubs with the
 coupon code RUNNING50. All upcoming holidays are on our website, please
 shout if you have any questions
 - trailsandvines.co.uk/our-holidays/,
 email holidays@trailsandvines.co.uk,  tel 07805 034369.”

 Ed Perry writes:
 “We are looking to build our presence on Social Media to help build
 community within the club, raise awareness of who we are for those
 interested, and promote races. I'm looking to pull together a team from
 across the club to help moderate and produce content that represents
 everything we do. If you'd like to help please drop me an email on

 In the meantime do give us a like or a follow:
 Instagram: @ranelaghharriers

 Our new supplier for club singlets, men’s and women’s. is iProsports.
 Details and orders:

 Don’t forget that we meet for a casual drink after training on the first
 Tuesday of each month. Venue is 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: http://www.facebook.com/ranelaghharriers. 

 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      

 Sunday 14th April            Thames Towpath 10 miles  *GP race 1*  Details:. 
 Entries closed.

 Sunday 28th April            London Marathon   *GP race 2*

 Sunday 5th May              Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon. See above. *GP
 race 3* 

 Sunday 19th May            Sutton 10k    *GP race 4*   Details:. 9.30am start. This race often
 fills up before its closing date.

 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

 Richmond Park
 Phil Killingley reports:
 “Cracking spring weather for the inter club race and a superb, gripping
 spectacle thanks to a fierce battle for the individual men’s win and a very
 very close team result.  

 The men’s race was two laps. After one, a grimacing George Howard was neck,
 neck and neck in a trio of front runners. One of them dropped off during the
 second lap but at the final corner it was still a two horse race with
 George’s grimace turning into a rictus. But no-one is going to beat George
 on that uphill finish with the gold medal in sight. And so it proved, as he
 surged ahead and took the gold. 

 No blue waves today but Ranelagh did just enough to stay ahead of Stragglers
 on a ten to score basis - with a one point victory of 149-150 in the
 Inter-Club fixture for the Ellis Cup. There was a particularly strong
 performance from the fast improving Ed Forbes in tenth. 

 Stragglers got their revenge by taking the Dysart Cup women’s event with
 five to score. Fanny Vein in 6th place was our leading finisher.

 Meanwhile the junior lap and championships had concluded. Hercules runners
 won the day but there were some excellent performances not far behind for
 Ranelagh. Tor Heron-Brett, who is looking to focus on 800m this summer, won
 the U17 champs in a speedy time of 17:44.  Meanwhile the U15 and U13 champs
 were sewn up by Finlay Sinclair and Josh Harwood-Wright, both 18:08, with
 Bertie Thomas the first U11 home a few seconds after in 18:11. Ciara McLaren
 was the first girl home, in the U13 category, and Alexandra Bramwell the
 first U11. Well done to all - some very promising runs and great to see so
 many juniors out competing for silverware!”

 1  George Howard        V  RAN   31.40
 2  Rory Jordan             MILO  31.50
 3  Oli Garner              STRG  32.24
 4  Graham Brook            RAN   32.39
 7  Ted Mockett          V  RAN   33.46
 10 Edward Forbes        V  RAN   34.22
 11 Leigh Schvartz          RAN   34.26
 16 John Shaw            V  RAN   35.39
 17 Kelly Haniver        V  MILO  36.01  (1st W)
 20 Sarah Kinsella          STRG  36.09  (2nd W)  
 22 Sophie Biggs         V  STRG  36.57  (3rd W)
 24 Alex Ring               RAN   37.17
 30 Fanny Vein           V  RAN   38.18  (6th W)
 38 Becky Northmore         RAN   40.46  (9th W)
 40 Eliott Wells            RAN   41.12
 41 Marianne Malam       V  RAN   42.14  (10th W)
 45 Duncan Brown         V  RAN   43.18
 51 Becky Taberner          RAN   44.33  (13th W)
 52 Ellie Smith             RAN   46.38  (14th W)
 53 Anna Reichwald       V  RAN   47.03  (15th W)
 56 Alastair Sinclair    V  RAN   48.57
 59 Dave Kew             V  RAN   50.29
 61 Paula Maguire        V  RAN   55.01  (20th W)
 ELLIS CUP (Men)  (Scoring 10 a side)     
 1   Ranelagh H             149      
 2   The Stragglers RC      150      
 3   Milocarians            166      
     Hercules Wimbledon AC did not close in
 DYSART CUP (Women) (Scoring 5 a side)      
 1   The Stragglers RC       21      
 2   Ranelagh H              34
 Milocarians, Hercules Wimbledon AC and Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC did
 not close in      

 1   Morgan Rennie          U15  HERC  15.35
 2   Tommaso Forni          U17  HERC  15.59
 3   Hector Revill          U17  HERC  16.24
 6   Tor Heron-Brett        U17  RAN   17.44
 7   Finlay Sinclair        U15  RAN   18.08
 8   Joshua Harwood-Wright  U13  RAN   18.08
 10  Bertie Thomas          U11  RAN   18.10
 12  Ewan Lorimor           U15  RAN   18.29
 14  Ned Thomas             U13  RAN   19.23
 15  Euan Sinclair          U15  RAN   21.53
 16  Ciara McLaren          U13  RAN   22.50
 17  Eilidh Sinclair        U13  RAN   24.24
 18  Alexandra Bramwell     U11  RAN   24.56
 19  Ben Rushby             U11  RAN   24.56
 20  James Ricketts         U11  RAN   26.34
 BAKER CUP 3 miles road handicap  Saturday 6th April in Richmond Park
 Allan Lang nearly got away with a flyer by starting a minute too soon.
 Fortunately he was called back just in time to retrace his steps, line up
 for the second time and go. Allan, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in a
 few weeks, must have had the adrenaline splashing around the blood system
 for he soon took the lead and was never headed. The Baker Cup has been a
 happy hunting ground for Allan in recent years as he finished 3rd in both
 2016 and 2017. 2019 was a close-run thing though. As Allan dragged himself
 up the last hill Ellie Lawley was bearing down on him fast - but to no
 avail. Alan crossed the line seven seconds to the good. Ellie was a clear
 second, while third across the line was guesting Sarah Moran. Sarah didn’t
 qualify for a medal so the bronze went to Carol Aikin.

 There were only thirty starters which was a little disappointing. But there
 was some fast running done, headed by Eirin McDaid on 16.30. Ted Mockett was
 just one second slower, with Marc Leyshon a further seven seconds back.
 Fastest woman was Peter Haarer’s niece Natalie who ran 18.53 but as a guest.
 Fastest otherwise were Becky Northmore and Marianne Malam who both recorded
 21.15, and third was Ann Kearey on 22.18. 
                                   H'cap     H'cap    Actual   Speed
                                   Time      Allow     Time    Order
 1    Allan Lang                   12.44     19.30     32.14     27 
 2    Ellie Lawley         (L)     12.51     14.30     27.21     25 
      Sarah Moran          (L)(G)  13.17     19.30     32.47     28 
 3    Carol Aikin          (L)     13.56     10.30     24.26     19 
      Emily Lawson         (L)(G)  14.01     19.30     33.31     29 
 4    Deborah Blakemore    (L)     14.15     15.50     30.05     26 
 5    Ben Shore                    14.19      5.40     19.59     12 
 6    Mike Peace                   14.46      7.20     22.06     16 
 7    Ted Mockett                  14.51      1.40     16.31      2 
 8    Dave Lawley                  14.57      2.40     17.37      6 
 9    Ann Kearey           (L)     14.58      7.20     22.18     17 
      Rebecca Ireland      (L)(G)  15.07     20.30     35.37     30 
 10   Marc Leyshon                 15.08      1.30     16.38      3 
 11   Verka Lafeuille      (L)     15.10     11.40     26.50     24 
 12   Eirin McDaid                 15.10      1.20     16.30      1 
 13   Marianne Malam       (L)     15.15      6.00     21.15     14 
 14   Vaughan Ramsay               15.17      3.20     18.37      8 
 15   James Whistler               15.21      2.00     17.21      4 
      Natalie Haarer       (L)(G)  15.23      3.30     18.53      9 
 16   James Ritchie                15.26      3.00     18.26      7 
 17   Stephen Aikin                15.30      5.20     20.50     13 
      Matt Aikin              (G)  15.34      7.00     22.34     18 
 18   Simon Martin                 15.39      3.40     19.19     11 
 19   Peter Haarer                 16.01      1.20     17.21      4 
 20   Tom Reay                     16.13     10.20     26.33     23 
 21   Chris Camacho                16.32      9.40     26.12     22 
 22   Rebecca Northmore    (L)     16.45      4.30     21.15     14 
 23   Rob Curtis                   17.20      8.10     25.30     21 
 24   Becky Curtis-Hall    (L)     17.20      7.20     24.40     20 
 25   Mark Herbert                 22.02      2.30*    19.32     10 
                                              * Started late        

 BAKER CUP SUPPER AND PRIZE PRESENTATIONS Saturday 6th April at the Roebuck.
 Just as for the afternoon’s race, numbers were down a little for the
 evening’s celebrations. It was a pity that a significant number of trophy
 winners were nor present. Our President Becky Curtis-Hall gave us a review
 of the club’s activities in the past twelve months and joined with Trophies
 Steward Ted Mockett to distribute such trophies as they could. The three
 winter-long points competitions were secured by Peter Haarer (McLeod Cup),
 Marianne Malam (Women’s Performance Award) and Ben Shore (Points Prize). The
 President’s Award went jointly to Steve and Sonia Rowland in recognition of
 their work for the club over many years. Thanks go to Michele Gibson for
 organising the evening.      

 BEDGEBURY FOREST 10 miles  Sunday 3rd March
 Fiona Ford was the leading woman.

 1   A Taylor (Eton Manor)    62.29  (chip time 62.25)
 12  Fiona Ford               71.13  (71.06)

 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 29th March
 It was good to see Megan de Silva finishing 3rd in her first open race for
 more than two years.

 1   N Besson (Serp)          15.24
 48  K Rowland (Kent)         17.44  (1st woman)
 67  Megan de Silva           18.34
 150 Steve Aikin              21.14
 228 Carol Aikin              24.53
 158 Alan Davidson            27.49   

 RUNTHROUGH LEE VALLEY VELO PARK 10km   Saturday 30th March
 1   T Verheyden (Serp)       35.53
 72  Roger Wallace            56.26 

 In the 8 miler Martin Halvey won the M60 category by some eight minutes,
 while James Whistler missed the overall podium by just 20 seconds. In the 16
 miles race Fiona Ford was 3rd W45.

 8 miles
 1   M Jiggins (unatt)        46.00  (chip time 46.00)
 4   James Whistler           49.58  (49.56)
 17  R Hurford (Clapham)      54.51  (54.48 – 1st woman)
 18  John Rose                54.53  (54.43)
 22  Martin Halvey            55.27  (55.21)
 42  Ben Johnson              58.12  (57.57)
 54  Bill Neely               59.55  (59.40)
 57  Daniel Chiechi           60.48  (60.370
 141 Karen Campbell           69.05  (66.06)
 291 Nadia Khadoune           78.33  (72.26)
 499 David Meaden             89.48  (84.23)
 510 Claire Warner            90.37  (84.30)
 531 Prelini Chiechi          91.53  (88.39)
 554 Alan Meaden              93.10  (87.44)
 652 Janet Turnes            104.32  (99.15)

 16 miles 
 1   P Whittaker (RRC)        1:23.33  (chip time 1:23.33)
 19  H Pullen (Waverley)      1:41.50  (1:41.47 – 1st woman)
 26  Ed Perry                 1:44.27  (1:44.24)
 28  Gareth Williams          1:45.34  (1:45.31)
 74  Laura Blazey             1:54.50  (1:54.34)
 95  Fiona Ford               1:58.58  (1:58.41)
 120 Richard Willoughby       2:02.37  (2:02.01)
 264 Jon Lear                 2:19.58  (2:17.14)
 410 Jarryd Hillhouse         2:40.09  (2:34.03) 
 411 Gavin Hillhouse          2:40.09  (2:34.03)  

 CRANLEIGH 15m and 21m  Sunday 31st March
 Marie Synnott-Wells was aiming to run the full 21 miles but a muscle niggle
 decided her to call it a day when the course temptingly passes the 15 miles
 finish line. That proved to be a profitable move as she won the W50 class in
 the 15 miler.

 15 miles
 1   S Renfer (Highgate)      1:27.05  (chip time 1:27.03)
 57  Bruce McLaren            2:01.51  (2:01.34)
 58  Marie Synnott-Wells      2:01.58  (2:01.41)  

 21 miles   
 1   T Dudden (Bath)          2:05.47  (2:05.45)
 97  William Griffin          2:49.45  (2:49.27)
 290 Colette Doran            3:41.20  (3:40.45)

 BEDGEBURY FOREST 10km  Sunday 31st March
 Eirirn McDaid ran well to finish 3rd with Mark Herbert and Vaughan Ramsay
 not far behind in 4th and 7th.

 1   A Uren (Westbury)        36.51
 3   Eirin McDaid             37.30
 4   Mark Herbert             39.00
 7   Vaughan Ramsay           41.17

 DORSET OOSER HALF MARATHON  Sunday 31st March at Turners Puddle
 Nick Twomey finished second.

 1   S Edwards (Lytchett)     1:28.06
 2   Nick Twomey              1:30.53

 1   A Aitken (SoC)           1:18.48
 54  Paul Doyle               1:32.54
 331 Roger Wallace            2:12.17 

 SELF TRANSENDENCE FOOL’S PARADISE 10km  Saturday 6th April in Battersea Park
 Megan de Silva finished 3rd in the women’s race and Marie Synnott-Wells was
 the second over 50.

 1   B MacCronan (Bels)       31.09
 24  J Vongvorachoti (Bels)   36.55  (1st woman)
 41  Megan de Silva           38.46  
 63  Marie Synnott-Wells      44.41  

 Two races in two days for Marie Synnott-Wells and the top over 50 this time.

 1   R Collins (TVH)          1:14.37  (chip time 1:14.33)
 38  J Donovan (Wimb W)       1:33.19  (1:33.14 - 1st woman)
 133 Marie Synnott-Wells      1:46.27  (1:46.18) 
 589 Roger Wallace            2:24.42  (2:18.21)   

 There were several PBs including sub-3 for David Ready.

 1    A Richmond (Bideford)   2:21.34
 522  David Ready             2:57.24
 3113 John Rose               3:38.02
 3618 Alice Littler           3:36.37
 4178 Jarryd Hillhouse        3:43.18
 7882 Ian Grange              4:15.40  

 VICTORIA PARK 5 miles  Sunday 7th April
 1   A Abdulle (WG&EL)        25.18
 53  Richard Gurd             33.45

 parkrun results...
 Follow this link for the latest Ranelagh results:. Then follow
 the “Previously” link at the bottom of the parkrun screen to access previous
 weeks’ results.     

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