Newsdesk 2020

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 564           23rd January 2020
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Surrey Leagues – men led by Carl Assmundson into 1st place and 1st
     overall in Division 2
 *  Surrey Leagues – women led by Cordy Parker into 12th place and 11th
     overall in Division 1
 *  Ranelagh team win at the Bank of England race, won by Ben Anderson for
     the third time in four years
 *  We win Hec Petersen Trophy also at the Bank 
 *  South of England Championships on 25th January
 *  Final Surrey League races on February 8th  – help needed in the Park
 *  Nike Product Trial at track training
 *  Mara Yamauchi Marathon Workshop

 The fourth and final Surrey League races of the season take place on
 Saturday 8th February. The men are at Lloyd Park Croydon while the women are
 running on our own country in Richmond Park. Start times are early – 1pm for
 men and also 1pm for women. Note there is also a Division 2 women’s race at
 11am and junior women and girls at 12pm and 12.30pm all preceding our
 Division 1 race.
 Details of the men’s race at Lloyd Park, Croydon:
 Details of the women’s race in Richmond Park:
 The Lloyd Park event includes the junior men’s races at 2pm and 2.30pm 

 Please note we are hosting the final Surrey Ladies League fixture in
 Richmond Park on Saturday February 8th. This is a major undertaking and we
 will need plenty of marshals and recorders to ensure everything goes
 smoothly. The proceedings start at 11am for the Division 2 race. If  you can
 help for at least part of the afternoon please contact Andy Bickerstaff at

 On Thursday 30th January Nike are going to be at our track session at
 Osterley. One of their coaches is going to give a short talk and introduce a
 new road shoe - the Nike React Infinity Run. There will also be lots of
 pairs to trial during the session. If you’d like to take part please come
 slightly earlier at 7.15pm. The advertised sessions will start at or shortly
 after the normal time of 7.30pm.

 Surrey Athletics are organising this session with Mara Yamauchi at the
 Ranelagh clubhouse on Wednesday 5th February from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.
 Mara Yamauchi is the UK's second-fastest female marathon runner ever, with a
 PB of 2:23:12. She finished sixth in the 2008 Beijing Olympic marathon, was
 runner-up at the 2009 London Marathon, and won the bronze medal at the 2006
 Melbourne Commonwealth Games 10,000m. Since retiring in 2013, Mara has
 qualified as a UKA Athletics Coach and now coaches runners of all abilities.
 Mara will talk about all aspects of preparing for a marathon, including
 marathon-specific training, nutrition & hydration, rest & recovery, race
 preparation, injury-prevention and strength & conditioning. There will be
 plenty of time for questions after her talk. It’s open to all, not just
 Ranelagh members. There are 50 places available so please book your place
 ASAP by email to sampc@surreyathletics.uk by 1st February. Please
 include the following information: name, club, athlete and/ or coach.

 Note the date for our final mob match against Blackheath Harriers and
 Bromley AC at home in Richmond Park on Saturday March 7th. Start time is
 11am.  All needed. Help us to win the Pelling-Ratcliff Cup and the mob match
 grand slam! It’s also a very special race in a different way. It will be the
 100th mob match between the two clubs. Andy Hayward will be brewing a
 special Thames Side commemorative beer for the occasion and all runners and
 officials will be presented with a bottle. We hope some previous mob match
 winners will be able to attend. Come and celebrate this historic occasion.  

 The mob match mentioned above is just  the first race in what has turned out
 to be a very congested month. After a season with very few home fixtures in
 Richmond Park, we now have something almost every week in March. See “What’s
 Coming” below for details. Run any or all of them but bear in mind we’ll
 need officials and marshals. If you can help please contact Andy Bickerstaff

 PRIZE PRESENTATIONS  Saturday 4th April
 Our presentations evening, otherwise known as the Baker Cup Supper, will be
 held as usual on the evening of the Baker Cup handicap on April 4th upstairs
 at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill. Our complete collection of trophies will be
 there for distribution to their new owners. If you have won a trophy in the
 last twelve months – be it a handicap or a club championship etc – please do
 make the effort to attend. It’s very disappointing when half the trophies
 are not collected. Put the date in your diaries now!      

 We had a couple of crews ready last week to contest this rowing event for
 local running clubs, only for it to be cancelled owing to dangerous
 conditions on the Thames.  

 RANELAGH RICHMOND 10k  Sunday 21st June
 Race Director Ed Perry writes:
 “Our 10k on June 21st 2020 is now open for registrations. It’s a fabulous,
 fast event, perfect for a PB in mid-summer. It’s also one of the biggest
 money raisers for the club so please do either consider running or
 volunteering. It’s sold out in the last few years so even if summer seems a
 long way away when you’re just trying to get over Christmas I can ensure you
 there’s no better time to register than now! ranelagh-10k.co.uk RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON  Sunday 10th May
 And of course entries are already coming in for our Half Marathon on 10th
 May. Details:. 

 Our GP kicks off with the Thames Towpath 10 at Chiswick on Sunday 19th April
 starting at 8.30am. Entries are already coming in and the limit is likely to
 be reached well before the closing date. Details and entry:.
 The next GP event is the London Marathon on 26th April or any spring Marathon up to 10th May. 

 Our 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. 

Our provisional winter fixture list is now up on our website here:. 
More details of the following from the men’s Captains ranelagh.men@gmail.com
the women’s Captain / Team Manager ranelagh.women@gmail.com
 Saturday 25th January  South of England Championships – Senior Women at
 14.05, Senior Men at 14.50. Entries closed.

 Saturday 8th February  Surrey Leagues – women in Richmond Park (1pm), men in
 Lloyd Park Croydon (1pm)

 Saturday 22nd February  National CC Championships at Nottingham. Entries

 Saturday 7th March      Mob match v Blackheath & Bromley H&AC  7.5miles in
 Richmond Park. 11am start. All needed, register on the day.

 Sunday 8th March      Hillingdon 20 miles incl club 20m championship 9am
 start. Details and entry:. 

 Saturday 14th March   Ranelagh Cup schools race 6k in Richmond Park. 2.30pm

 Saturday 21st March   Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2pm

 Sunday 22nd March    South of England Road Relay Champs at Milton Keynes

 Saturday 28th March   Ellis and Dysart Cups inter-club 5miles in Richmond

 Saturday 4th April        Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park

 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 LADIES LEAGUE DIVISION 1  Saturday 11th January on Wimbledon Common
 On the familiar territory of Wimbledon Common we had twelve runners taking
 part but it was a high quality race and this was reflected in our finishing
 position. We were placed 12th of the 15 division 1 clubs and slipped back to
 11th overall. It’s the bottom three clubs to be relegated to division 2 at
 the end of the season. With the final race being on home soil in Richmond
 Park in February we should be safe, but we’ll have to give it our very best

 Individually Cordy Parker ran well for 20th, half a minute ahead of Suzy
 Whatmough at 31st. Sarah Palmer followed up at 56th and the A team was
 completed by Ria Woodfield and Alice Littler who had their own private
 little battle to finish 118th and 121st. Just behind that duo, Bonnie Morgan
 led the B team home at 126th with Marie Synnott-Wells, Becky Northmore,
 Marianne Malam and Rebecca Bissell in pursuit. The B team placed 13th, and
 backing up came Tamsin Burland and Sally Bamford.         

 1   Olivia Matthews (Clapham) 32.08      
 2   Lauren Major (TH&H)       33.10      
 3   Georgie Fenn (Belgrave)   33.24      
 20  Cordelia Parker (Rane)    35.03      
 31  Suzy Whatmough            35.37      
 56  Sarah Palmer              37.12      
 118 Ria Woodfield             40.06      
 121 Alice Littler             40.09      
 126 Bonnie Morgan             40.34    
 148 Marie Synnott-Wells       42.01    
 183 Rebecca Northmore         43.55      
 190 Marianne Malam            44.18    
 191 Rebecca Bissell           44.21    
 252 Tamsin Burland            50.31    
 254 Sally Bamford             50.59    
 1  Thames H&H       50        1  Clapham Ch.      272 
 2  Belgrave H      103        2  Thames H&H       283 
 3  Clapham Ch.     114        3  Belgrave H       366 
 4  Kent AC         130        4  Kent AC          371 
 5  Fulham RC       134        5  Herne Hill H     560 
 6  South London H  137        6  Herc Wimb AC     613 
 7  Herne Hill H    190        7  South London H   631 
 8  Woking AC       237        8  Stragglers       639 
 9  Herc Wimb AC    341        9  Fulham RC        665 
 10 Stragglers RC   249        10 Woking AC        839 
 11 Ful-On Tri      330        11 Ranelagh H       847 
 12 Ranelagh H      346        12 Reigate Pr.     1014 
 13 Reigate Priory  350        13 Epsom & Ewell H 1025 
 14 Dulwich Run.    401        14 Dulwich Rnnrs   1048 
 15 Epsom & Ewell H 480        15 Ful-On Tri      1196

 B Teams only
 1  South London H  283
 2  Clapham Ch.     361
 3  Thames H&H      373
 4  Kent AC         450
 5  Fulham RC       467
 6  Herne Hill H    550
 13 Ranelagh H      838               

 SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE DIVISION 2  Saturday 11th January at Chobham
 Rich Kimber reports:
 “At one stage in the week leading up to the third Surrey League race of the
 season we had 30 runners on the teamsheet, with an impressive pedigree
 between them. Inevitably, a couple of notable names fell off with illness
 and injury, but this was a roster that would have our rivals at Fulham RC
 quaking in their spikes.

 I can't say I did witness any quaking first-hand, but what I did see from my
 vantage point back in the field was a sea of blue storming away down the
 trails of Chobham Common to a thumping win. The blue wave included a few,
 er, brave starts, but they were more than equalled by some classy finishing,
 with several A team scorers expertly picking their way through the field in
 the latter stages.

 Our Man in Chobham, Mick Lane, had done a sterling job of reconnoitring the
 course, which proved as fast and furious as expected. Mud was in short
 supply, but constant undulation kept things interesting and seemed to favour
 the real cross country prowess that we pride ourselves on.

 Carl Assmundson was on great form to lead us home in a fantastic third place
 overall. Pat Wright was next in fifth, and eighth-placed Phil Killingley's
 continually improving fitness meant we had three scorers in the top 10. Marc
 Leyshon was fourth scorer, shortly followed by Jon Smith, who I have to
 single out for another exceptional run (an age grade PB). Ross Macdonald
 made a welcome return from injury to follow him in, with Graham Brook next.
 James Riley just pipped Peter Haarer to the eighth scoring spot, but the
 Flying Classicist will no doubt take solace in now sitting just one score
 from the club's all-time Surrey League scoring record of 64. It'll take some
 combination of hell, high water, wild horses and other similar obstacles to
 keep him out of the A team at Lloyd Park next month. Anchoring the A team
 with a supremely classy run was James Whistler, who worked his way through
 the field on the second lap at blistering speed. Commitment continues to be
 the watchword this season; Killingley, Leyshon, Riley and Smith have all
 scored in all three matches so far.

 Between the mass of info available from statmaster Ken and the Surrey League
 results it would be very easy to bombard you with stats – not least because
 they're reflecting very well on us this season! I'll resist, but the numbers
 did tell a couple of stories worth recounting:

 Firstly, our total of 156 points was our best of the season so far – even
 better than when we took first and second place at fixture 1. This not only
 shows the strength in depth of the team, but also the amount of hard
 training that everyone has put in to collectively up their game. And
 secondly, as if to underline that strength in depth: the B team's perfect
 score of 55, taking places 1 to 10. Chapeau to John Shaw, who (I'm pretty
 sure) recorded the best non-Haarer age grading of the day (that's a thing)
 with 82.8%. He's fifth overall in the individual V50 standings for div 2,
 while James Riley, Ed Forbes and Sergio Stillacci are second, third and
 fifth in the V40 table. Remarkable running.

 While it's mathematically possible for Fulham to overtake us at the final
 fixture (such things have happened), it's very unlikely. You have to hand it
 to Fulham for consistency – their score of 242 points was exactly the same
 as last time out – but it was no match for a strong Ranelagh team. It goes
 without saying that this should be motivation to approach the final race as
 we have the rest of the season – pulling out all the stops for a thumping
 win rather than being complacent. Let's give ourselves something to
 celebrate at Lloyd Park!”

 1    James Hancock (Croydon)  25.30      
 2    Charlie Sanderson (Ful)  25.48      
 3    Carl Assmundson (Rane)   25.30      
 5    Pat Wright               26.12      
 8    Phil Killingley          26.23      
 14   Marc Leyshon             26.55      
 15   Jonathan Smith           27.07      
 19   Ross Macdonald           27.22      
 20   Graham Brook             27.28    
 22   James Riley              27.38    
 23   Peter Haarer             27.40    
 27   James Whistler           27.56       
 29   Edward Forbes            28.00    
 30   Sam Dalgleish            28.00      
 32   David Lawley             28.07      
 35   David Ready              28.12      
 38   Ed Perry                 28.16    
 44   Mark Herbert             28.45      
 46   Ted Mockett              28.49    
 49   Rich Kimber              28.53      
 54   Nick Twomey              28.59      
 57   George Howard            29.01    
 61   Sergio Stillacci         29.12    
 68   Andy Starr               29.35    
 93   John Shaw                30.35    
 98   James Ritchie            30.45
 126  Marc Snaith              31.44

 1  Ranelagh H      156        1  Ranelagh H       607  
 2  Fulham RC       242        2  Fulham RC        769 
 3  Woking AC       372        3  Woking AC       1273 
 4  West 4 H        464        4  Stragglers RC   1475 
 5  Stragglers RC   500        5  Croydon H       1487 
 6  Wimbledon W     544        6  Reigate Priory  1551 
 7  Str of Croydon  573        7  Str of Croydon  1687 
 8  Croydon H       588        8  Wimbledon W     1692 
 9  Reigate Priory  656        9  West 4 H        1744

 1  Ranelagh H       55          
 2  Fulham RC       177         
 3  Wimbledon W     355         
 4  Woking AC       368         
 5  Stragglers RC   431         
 6  West 4 H        599         
 7  Str of Croydon  619         
 8  Croydon H       711         
 9  Reigate Priory  780        
 BANK OF ENGLAND INTER-CLUB  Saturday 18th January in Richmond Park
 (Roehampton Gate)
 This race is always a pleasantly low key affair and on this occasion there
 were fewer than a hundred starters from eight clubs. This race has also
 tended to be a happy hunting ground for Ben Anderson and he clocked up his
 third win in four years. He was made to work for it though as at the finish
 he had Milos’ Max Walker pressing him hard. Phil Killingley was a minute
 back in 3rd place with Jonathan Smith, Dave Lawley, Peter Haarer and Ed
 Forbes completing our scoring six in the top twelve. With six to score we
 inevitably won quite easily and by the same token we retained the Hec
 Petersen Trophy for the private contest between ourselves and Ealing,
 Southall and Middlesex. The Bank provided the leading woman, Lizzie
 Broughton in 28th place. Leading home our select quartet was Marianne Malam
 in 7th.  

 1   Ben Anderson     Ranelagh H   25.11    SM  
 2   Max Walker       Milocarians  25.18    SM  
 3   Phil Killingley  Ranelagh H   26.29    M40+
 7   Jonathan Smith                27.32    SM  
 8   David Lawley                  27.38    SM  
 10  Peter Haarer                  28.01    M50+
 12  Edward Forbes                 28.42    M40+
 13  Mark Herbert                  29.03    SM  
 19  John Shaw                     30.19    M60+
 25  Eirin McDaid                  30.47    SM  
 28  Lizzie Broughton Bank         31.15    SL    (1st woman)  
 36  Stewart Anderson              32.58    M50+
 37  Phil Beausang                 33.15    SM  
 42  Ben Shore                     34.00    M40+
 49  Phil Roberts                  35.11    M55+ 
 50  Marcus Atkins                 35.17    M55+
 51  Stephen Aikin                 35.29    M50+
 54  Marianne Malam                36.58    L45+  (7th woman)
 56  Daniel Chiechi                37.16    M40+
 57  Jeremy Day                    37.21    M50+
 58  James Russell                 38.02    M45+
 61  John Tovell                   38.26    M65+
 64  Rebecca Bissell               38.56    SL    (8th woman)
 68  John Ricketts                 40.39    M55+
 72  Clare Day                     42.07    L50+  (14th woman)
 73  Lloyd Camp                    43.13    M55+
 75  Karen Harbert                 44.16    L55+  (16th woman)
 90 finished
 TEAMS (Scoring 6 a side)           
 1   Ranelagh Harriers              41         
 2   Milocarians                    82         
 3   Bank of England                90         
 4   Thames Hare and Hounds        167         
 5   Ealing Southall & Middx AC    268         
 6   Beckenham Running Club        270         
 7   Elmbridge Road Runners        422         
 8   Dulwich Park Runners          470         

 HEC PETERSEN TROPHY  (Scoring 6 a side)           
 1   Ranelagh Harriers                   21       
 2   Ealing Southall & Middx AC  112       

 Peter Haarer was the leading over 50 and second vet overall.

 1   A Miell-Ingram (Radley)  32.47
 12  Peter Haarer             36.04

 RUNTHROUGH OLYMPIC PARK 10km  Saturday 11th January
 1   R Bowles (unatt)         37.05 
 138 Roger Wallace            52.48

 RUNTHROUGH FINSBURY PARK 10km  Sunday 12th January
 1   M Hughes (VPH)           34.11 
 147 Roger Wallace            58.21

 Paul Doyle finished 6th overall and won a giant cup as first over 50.

 1   D Holmwood (Finch C)     2:44.46
 6   Paul Doyle               2:52.42 

 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.     

 From Athletics International:
 Arguments for or against Nike's revolutionary Alphafly and Vaporfly running
 shoes, as worn by Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei in their spectacular
 marathons last year, are likely to continue until World Athletics rules on
 their legality. The latest respected figure to speak out is 1984 Olympic
 5000m fourth placer and TV commentator Tim Hutchings. "These shoes have to
 be outlawed," he says. "It's a technology that has lifted performances so
 dramatically that it has actually spoilt the sport of it. People are setting
 personal bests and breaking national records and course records, even
 setting world records like Kosgei did in Chicago, which is just ridiculous.
 People are running so fast at all levels. There are good club runners who
 are buying the shoes for $250-300 and improving their personal bests by over
 a minute in the 10k, by 2-3 minutes at half marathons and by 5 minutes over
 a full marathon. It's getting ridiculous!" The 1983 World marathon champion
 Rob de Castella commented on the lightweight shoes, which have thick soles
 and carbon-fibre plates that project the runner forward: "The concept of
 running with springs on your feet is just ludicrous – it definitely needs to
 be addressed. I'm not for technology where it is providing an unfair or
 unnatural advantage."

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