Newsdesk 2020

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 565           4th February 2020
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Ranelagh women 25th, men 21st in the South of England Championships 
 *  Megan de Silva wins Vets AC Masters race 
 *  Races far and wide in a quiet club week 
 *  Final Surrey League races on February 8th 
 *  Celebration Mob match v Blackheath & Bromley HAC at home on 7th March   

 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  here:. 
 Details of the women’s race in Richmond Park here:.     
 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

 John Herriott writes:
 “I am part of the team that help the Intermediate 2 group every week
 together with Martin Nance, Anna Reichwald and Ian Grange. In Intermediate 2
 we have an enthusiastic Partially Sighted Runner, Roger, who comes along
 every 2 to 3 weeks and each time he attends a member of I2 guides him on the
 training session. 
 I am looking to get more RH volunteers interested in helping Roger and other
 partially sighted runners. I have made contact with a local partially
 sighted runner Roy Smith, MBE, via the RNIB Website. He is happy to come
 along to the clubhouse to talk to volunteers who would be interested in
 taking up this role. The talk would be after a  Tuesday training session and
 take place in March/April.
 If you would like to find out more and/or become involved in making a
 rewarding contribution to the club, please send an e-mail to
 ranelagh.hon.secretary@gmail.com and I will put together a rota of RH
 runners potentially interested in assisting our visually impaired

 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!       

 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 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 amd 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

 SOUTH OF ENGLAND CC CHAMPIONSHIPS  Saturday 25th January at Parliament Hill
 The Southern returned to its spiritual home at Parliament Hill on Hampstead
 Heath. It’s a testing but fair course with a bit of everything in its
 winding 9 miles.

 All the junior races came first, just to prepare the ground nicely. Felix
 Allen was our only representative and acquitted himself well in the under

 The women’s race was up next and Suzy Whatmough fought with Fenella Ross to
 have the honour of leading Ranelagh home. Their battle carried them into
 74th and 79th places. There was another ding-dong for third and fourth
 Ranelagh between Ria Woodfield and captain Becky Northmore. Fifth to seventh
 were just seconds behind. Team-wise we were 25th.   

 For Ranelagh’s men Pat Wright put in an exceptional run to narrowly miss the
 top 100. The rest of our scoring six packed in well together and were home
 in the space of a little over two minutes. Last counter was Mark Herbert who
 ran well on his favourite type of course to push Peter Haarer out of the
 six. Captain Rich reports that our 21st team place was our best since 2017.

 Senior Women
 1   Jess Gibbons (Reading)   28.41      
 74  Suzy Whatmough (Rane)    33.36      
 79  Fenella Ross             33.56      
 284 Ria Woodfield            39.56      
 290 Rebecca Northmore        40.02     
 307 Marie Synnott-Wells      40.24    
 322 Alice Littler            40.53      
 324 Marianne Malam           40.56    
 415 Rebecca Bissell          43.09    
 TEAMS (Scoring 4 a side)            
 1   Highgate Harriers        66             
 25  Ranelagh Harriers       727

 Senior Men
 1   Adam Hickey (Wycombe Ph) 47.28      
 105 Pat Wright (Ranelagh)    54.21      
 208 Ross Macdonald           56.52      
 218 Graham Brook             57.06    
 255 David Ready              58.10      
 264 Jonathan Smith           58.19      
 306 Mark Herbert             59.17      
 319 Peter Haarer             59.32    
 615 Paul Doyle               65.20    
 645 James Ritchie            66.05    
 TEAMS(Scoring 6 a side)              
 1   Wycombe Phoenix H&AC     97             
 21  Ranelagh Harriers      1356

 Boys Under 15             
 1   Lewis Sullivan (St Edm)  14.24     
 184 Felix Allen (Ranelagh)   17.29  
 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles  Sunday 12th January on Wimbledon Common
 Jordan Mungovan placed 4th.

 1   M Alvarez -Espinar (THH) 29.19
 4   Jordan Mungovan          31.37
 10  James Winch              34.38
 23  Alice Forbes             38.44
 70  Anne Kearey              43.57
 75  Gavin Hillhouse          46.52   

 BOX HILL FELL RACE  Saturday 18th January at Dorking
 Men of the north country claim that we don’t have any fells down south. This
 race on and up and around Box Hill is perhaps as close as we get. James
 Riley and Kris Davidson finished 2nd and 3rd in the M40 category. Suzy
 Whatmough was 5th woman.

 1   A Barrington (VP&TH)     54.36
 15  James Riley              62.41
 16  Kris Davidson            62.56
 53  Rick Jenner              68.15
 65  B Philips (Serp)         69.13  (1st woman) 
 83  Suzy Whatmough           71.20
 115 James Ritchie            75.16
 134 Gareth Williams          77.38
 152 Bruce McLaren            79.43
 198 Jarryd Hillhouse         88.11
 230 Susan Ritchie            96.45
 231 Tim Miller               96.45
 265 Julian Holden           145.34         

 VETERANS AC OPEN MASTERS RACE  Saturday 18th January on Wimbledon Common
 Megan de Silva won the women’s race and Marie Synnott-Wells was 2nd over 55.

 1   M Cummings (Herne Hill)  23.47
 10  Megan de Silva           28.08  (1st woman)
 31  Marie Synnott-Wells      33.53 

 RUNTHROUGH LEE VALLEY VELOPARK  10km  Saturday 25th January
 1   B Kinghorn (Metro Aber)  35.54 
 70  Roger Wallace            55.22

 Jonathan Moore was 3rd in the over 50 class.

 1   C H Jensen (Denmark)     1:10.37
 44  Jonathan Moore           1:19.27
 70  Marco Perinelli          1:21.38
 153 Mick Lane                1:27.25
 571 Claire Warner            1:42.55
 645 Aoife Kilpatrick         1:45.28
 893 Gavin Hillhouse          1:51.06      

 LAST  FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5km  Friday 31st January in Hyde Park
 Paul Doyle just missed a sub-18 but was 3rd over 50 to finish.

 1   J Poole (Serp)           14.57
 39  Paul Doyle               18.00 
 131 Andrew Kew               20.59
 151 Steve Aikin              21.26
 196 Matt Aikin               23.16
 242 Carol Aikin              25.53
 265 Alan Davidson            28.32 

 FITSTUFF G3 10km  Saturday 1st February at Newlands Corner, Guildford
 1   O Matthews (Optima)      45.51
 141 Katie Walton             96.20

 RUNTHROUGH QE2 OLYMPIC PARK 10km  Saturday 1st February
 1   S Wardle (Horwich)       35.31 
 221 Roger Wallace            54.54

 A few PBs amongst the RH contingent.

 1   R Loader (unatt)         1:14.45
 34  James Ritchie            1:25.38
 56  Jarryd Hillhouse         1:28.43
 304 Gavin Hillhouse          1:47.05
 313 Rebecca Bissell          1:47.38
 393 Phil Rushby              1:52.16
 518 Hadi Khatamizadeh        1:57.34
 737 Colette Doran            2:16.52
 788 Michele Hillhouse        2:22.34  

 THORPE AND EGHAM 10k Sunday 2nd February
 1   D Lee (Datchet)          34.34
 34  Jonathan Martin          44.36  

 DASH FOR THE SPLASH 5 miles  Sunday 2nd February on Wimbledon Common
 5th place for Ross Macdonald.

 1   B Chown (26.2)           38.25
 5   Ross Macdonald           40.41
 80  Ria Woodfield            52.46
 82  Martin Harris            53.05
 151 Richard Gurd             60.13       

 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.     

 Stuart Perry sends the following, originally published in one of the Sunday
 spreadsheets on 5th September 1993. Stuart adds: “This must be one of the
 original incarnations of a shoe ‘with a spring in the foot’ literally! Only
 now has it been followed up by Nike (who else!).”

 “American scientists have made a breakthrough in running-shoe technology
 which they claim will shave six seconds off the four-minute mile. The
 Springboc – an ‘energy return’ running shoe – heralds the first real advance
 in sports-shoe technology for 30 years. It is designed to give energy back
 to the runner by behaving like a rubber band. The co-inventor, Professor
 Igor Gamow from the University of Colorado, says: ‘it’s embarrassing that
 while ski and tennis-racket technology have advanced enormously, sports
 shoes have remained unchanged. The only piece of equipment that is worse
 than no equipment at all is the running shoe.’ 

 On soft ground people can run better on bare feet because they store energy
 in their Achilles tendons and ligaments, which boosts speed. ‘Modern shoes
 have a lot of padding, which makes them rather like running on pillows,’ he
 says. Humans lack a special type of springing element that is found in the
 legs of fleet-footed animals such as horses and  antelopes. These ligaments
 and tendons function like elastic bands and are able to store and release
 energy to ‘push the animal off’ as the tendons recoil. Gamow put this type
 of device into his shoe. 

 The result is a strange-looking high-heeled shoe named after the gazelle.
 The device consists of a combination of two carbon-fibre leafsprings running
 along the sole of the shoe – one at the heel, the other at the toe. The
 fibres are able to store the tremendous energy created at heel impact. When
 your heel hits the ground the first spring compresses so that energy is
 stored and then transmitted to the toe spring at the front of the shoe.
 Between them the springs can store up to 300 pounds of force, which
 eliminates the need for heavy duty muscle activation. In trials runners went
 at their usual pace and discovered that their heart rates dropped by about
 eight beats per minute. Further refinements are likely to include
 custom-made shoes with the springs matched to the runner’s weight.”

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