Newsdesk 2020

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 566           21st February 2020
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  

 HEADLINE NEWS                                                                     
 *  Ranelagh men win Surrey League Div 2 and take title and promotion
 *  Ranelagh women finish 15th in Div 1 and avoid relegation
 *  Pat Wright and Megan de Silva lead our teams 
 *  Celebration Mob Match v Blackheath & Bromley HAC coming up at home on 7th
 *  Calling all club trophy holders and trophy winners!
 *  Book now for our awards presentation on 4th April
 *  First club road Grand Prix event – the Thames Towpath 10m – filling up

 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, register at the clubhouse if you can, otherwise at the
 start. 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. 

 Ted Mockett writes:
 “Calling all trophy holders. We now need all the trophies back (and
 POLISHED!) in time to be engraved for our annual Baker Cup prize giving on
 4th April. If you were lucky enough to win one of our trophies last year
 please could you get in touch with me, either on Facebook or by email

 All our splendid trophies are on display at the annual awards presentation
 on April 4th ready to go to their new owners – see below. We don’t want to
 have to take them home again! If you have won a club trophy during the past
 twelve months – handicaps, cross country club championships, road club
 championships etc do PLEASE try to attend the presentation. It’s very
 disappointing when half the trophies are not collected! 

 This takes place on Saturday 4th April at the Roebuck on Richmond Hill,
 starting at 7pm. Book your place now – especially if you have a trophy to
 collect! The cost is £25 per head to include a welcoming glass of bubbly,
 free beer while stocks last and a buffet supper. There is a limit of 60, so
 don’t delay. RSVP to Michele Gibson – your glass of bubbly awaits you!
 Please contact Michele at micheleagibson@hotmail.com,  mobile:- 07703
 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.
 Leave in a named envelope in safe / hand to me.
 BACS Payments - Ranelagh Harriers, Sort Code 401310, Account 12154501 Ref-
 Baker Cup & YOUR NAME

 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

 The club junior championships for the Lotinga Cup (male) and the Camilla Cup
 (female) take place on Saturday 28th March in Richmond Park over a 2.7 miles
 / 4km course. Start time is 3pm and all under 20s are welcome. Register on
 the day at the  clubhouse or at the start. Juniors will run with the Ellis
 and Dysart Cups senior race but will finish after one lap only.
 One week later we have the last club handicap of the season, the 3 miles
 road race for the Baker Cup. Again, all juniors are welcome and the Jack
 Ellicock Trophy goes to the first under 18 to finish.

 CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap  Saturday 21st March in Richmond Park
 Start time is 2pm. This is our longest club handicap and arguably the
 easiest to win as it usually attracts a fairly small field. All are welcome,
 register at the clubhouse. Note that the course will be flagged but not
 marshalled, so please familiarise yourself with it.  

 ELLIS CUP and DYSART CUP  Saturday 28th March in Richmond Park 
 Start time is 3pm. This is an inter-club race for the Ellis Cup (men) and
 the Dysart Cup (women) . It’s two laps of our old League course, totalling
 about 5.5 miles. The Stragglers are current holders of the Dysart Cup while
 we hold the men’s. All are welcome, register on the day. As detailed above,
 the race also incorporates our club junior championships. All under 20s are
 eligible. The juniors will start with the main race but will finish after
 one lap.   

 These two competitions – for men and women respectively – are based on
 points scored throughout the winter season. The men’ competition is
 currently very close with just five points separating Ed Forbes, Jonathan
 Smith and Dave Lawley. Conversely Marianne Malam has a couple of hundred
 points to spare in the women’s competition over Rebecca Bissell and Rebecca
 Northmore. Full scoreboards here:. 

 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
 consent form must be completed for any child taking part for the first time.

  Thursday 23rd April at the Hawker Centre
  Thursday 21st May at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
  Thursday 11th June at the Russell School, Petersham
  Thursday 25th June at the Hawker Centre
  Thursday 9th July at the Ranelagh Clubhouse
  Thursday 27th August at the Hawker Centre 

  For registration and more details:. 

 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 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)
or the women’s Captain / Team Manager (ranelagh.women@gmail.com )
 Saturday 22nd February   National CC Championships at Nottingham. Entries

 Saturday 7th March      Mob match v Blackheath & Bromley H&AC  7.7 miles 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
 start. Register on the day at the clubhouse.

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

 Saturday 28th March   Ellis Cup (men) and Dysart Cups (women) inter-club 8km
 in Richmond Park incl club junior championships 4km

 Saturday 4th April        Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park
 near White Lodge. 3pm start. All welcome, register at the clubhouse.

 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

 Men’s Captain Rich Kimber reports:
 “We are the 2019/20 Surrey League division 2 champions!

 A superb finish to the Surrey League means we go straight back up to
 division 1 next season to race with the very best runners in Surrey (and
 Kent. And various bits of south and southwest London). Huge congratulations
 to the whole team, and huge personal thanks for making this campaign an
 overwhelming success.

 One year ago a hardy Ranelagh team travelled to Lloyd Park with relegation
 from division 1 looming. The wind howled, the rain came down in sheets and
 the course was a quagmire. Beset with bad luck through injury and illness,
 the starting team was reduced to 15 and, despite several standout
 performances, our efforts weren't enough to keep us up.

 What a difference a year makes. Saturday's race was the polar opposite in
 every respect except for the reliably boggy conditions underfoot (which
 were, in fact, worse this year - or better, depending on your view). The sun
 shone on a mild day, and a strong Ranelagh team of 21 stormed to division 2
 victory in style.

 The A team's 152 was our lowest score of the season and, again, the
 second-best of any team in any race in any division of the 2019/20 Surrey
 League competition. This was an utterly comprehensive win and one that I
 (sidelined with injury) was immensely proud to watch.

 And watching on, it was never in doubt. At the first hill Pat Wright and
 Carl Assmundson were working well together, a few yards behind a small
 leading pack. Behind them a couple of rival vests broke things up (with a
 notable absence of Fulham's black and white hoops), before a torrent of blue
 surged past inside 30. It more or less stayed that way, with a few shuffles
 of the pack. Carl held his own but Pat powered on to a superbly paced 2nd
 place overall, pulling well clear of Striders' first scorer in a strong
 sprint to the funnel. Carl was next in 10th, followed by 12th-placed Marc
 Leyshon, who continued his remarkable record of scoring in every one of his
 Surrey League outings (now up to nine).

 Next was James Riley, whose 14th overall made him 2nd V40 both on the day
 and in division 2 overall. George Howard was seconds behind him, closely
 followed by Ted Mockett. Closer still was 7th scorer Jon 'the Gaffer' Smith,
 who joined the Leysh and JRiles in a trio that scored in every Surrey League
 match this season.

 One second later was Dave Ready, still going from strength to strength, and
 Ross Macdonald was understandably pleased to earn his pint and trophy as
 anchorman, closing us out in 22nd overall. But in between them the day
 belonged to 9th scorer Peter Haarer.

 Commitment, dedication, really flipping impressive running. Invoke as many
 overused concepts and accolades as you like and you won't be overdoing it in
 trying to describe Peter's achievement in the Surrey League competition. His
 scoring appearance on Saturday was his 64th, which saw him draw level with
 Julian Smith as Ranelagh's joint top Surrey League scorer of all time,
 further cementing his place in Ranelagh Harriers history. Will he go one
 more to take the record outright in October?

 It doesn't even end there, as the B team took seven of the top 10 finishing
 spots, again showing our formidable strength in depth. Fulham sneaked ahead
 of us in the overall scoring and took the B team title. Honourable mention
 to Louis Sartori, back from Uni, who put in a seriously impressive senior
 Surrey League debut as first B team finisher of the race and 2nd U20. One to

 Having to watch from the sidelines is often a bittersweet experience at
 best, but I can honestly say I enjoyed every second of watching this totally
 dominant performance unfold. Just 31 seconds separated our 3rd to 10th
 scorers, and I actually did a double-take when I saw the closing five flash
 by within 12 seconds.

 Immense thanks go to every one of you who took part this season; to the
 various supporters, often led by Alan, Ken (both attending at Lloyd Park),
 Becky, Steve, Sonia and numerous other friends and loved ones; to all those
 who give up their time to make these races happen, including our own Gordon,
 and to vice captains James and Dave, and team manager Jon for their
 unfailing dedication to the cause (utterly indecent shorts notwithstanding).

 Division 1 is a different prospect, and more on that in the coming weeks as
 we look ahead to next season. For now, bask in that glory and congratulate
 yourselves on a massively successful Surrey League campaign.

 Bring it on!”

 1   James Hancock (Croydon)  28.46      
 2   Pat Wright (Ranelagh)    29.35      
 10  Carl Assmundson          30.02      
 12  Marc Leyshon             30.48      
 14  James Riley              30.55    
 15  George Howard            30.58    
 17  Ted Mockett              31.07    
 19  Jonathan Smith           31.11      
 20  David Ready              31.12      
 21  Peter Haarer             31.13    
 22  Ross Macdonald           31.19      
 36  Louis Sartori            32.00    
 40  David Lawley             32.08     
 42  James Whistler           32.09      
 47  Mark Herbert             32.19      
 56  Andy Starr               32.46    
 65  Sam Dalgleish            33.24      
 73  Sergio Stillacci         33.35    
 105 James Ritchie            35.05    
 112 Marc Snaith              35.36    
 171 Vaughan Ramsay           39.57    
 180 James Russell            41.16 

 Teams (10 to score)                        Final Overall
 1   Ranelagh H               152             1   Ranelagh H              759
 2   Fulham RC                309             2   Fulham RC              1078
 3=  Striders of Croydon      443             3   Woking AC              1869
 3=  West 4 H                 443             4   Croydon H              2042
 5   Wimbledon Windmilers     490             5   Reigate Priory AC      2047
 6   Reigate Priory AC        496             6   The Stragglers RC      2086
 7   Croydon H                555             7   Striders of Croydon    2130
 8   Woking AC                596             8   Wimbledon Windmilers   2182
 9   The Stragglers RC        611             9   West 4 H               2187

 B Teams (final overall)
 1   Fulham RC               607             
 2   Ranelagh H              664  
 SURREY LADIES LEAGUE Division 1  Saturday 8th February in Richmond Park
 Primary task for our women’s team was to hold on to a Division 1 spot.
 Approaching the day this didn’t look too difficult but as the race loomed
 ever nearer so the task grew to look more of a challenge. Many of our key
 personnel were going to be missing for various good reasons. Other clubs in
 relegation danger were reportedly pulling out the stops in their own
 struggles to avoid the drop. Team Manager Phil Aiken – who devised the
 course we now use for League events – was pessimistic about our chances. 

 The day was bright but there was a chilling wind – the precursor of the
 storm that was to strike the country the following day. A sizeable field of
 260 runners faced the starter and the multi-coloured ribbon was soon weaving
 its way up Queen’s Ride. Megan de Silva was handily placed at about 20th but
 there was a sizeable gap between Megan and Sarah Palmer who was our
 second-placed runner in her League debut. There’s very little flat to be
 found on the course, and it’s a good test, popular with most of the runners.
 At the end of the two laps it was still Megan leading our team and she
 crossed the line in 21st place. But that was it as far as the top 100 goes.
 Sarah Palmer held on well as our second counter in 104th place with Bonnie
 Morgan just a few seconds behind. Alice Littler came next and stalwart Marie
 Synnott-Wells closed in the team of five. 

 Marianne Malam  led in the rest of our contingent in 170th place, and our B
 team was completed by Rebecca Bissell, Susan Ritchie, Anna Reichwald and
 Clare Day.   

 So, what of the team? Were we still in Division 1? On the day we finished a
 resounding last, but had we done enough to dodge the drop? It couldn’t have
 been much closer. With three of the fifteen clubs doomed for relegation we
 placed 12th – just five points ahead of Reigate Priory in 13th place.
 Reigate therefore will ply their trade in Division 2 next season while we
 retain our hard-fought Division 1 spot. Phew.       

 1   Isabel Brinsden (E&E)   30.43      
 21  Megan de Silva (Rane)   33.03    
 104 Sarah Palmer            37.05      
 112 Bonnie Morgan           37.12    
 133 Alice Littler           38.23      
 160 Marie Synnott-Wells     39.51    
 170 Marianne Malam          40.46    
 178 Rebecca Bissell         41.15    
 197 Susan Ritchie           43.30    
 211 Anna Reichwald          44.41    
 218 Clare Day               45.15    
 220 Sally Bamford           45.24    
 221 Tamsin Burland          45.27    
 233 Karen Harbert           46.58    

 Teams (5 to score – A teams only)         Final Overall
 1  Thames H&H                47           1  Thames H&H              330 
 2  Belgrave H                80           2  Clapham Chasers         437
 3  Fulham RC                 94           3  Belgrave H              446
 4  Kent AC                  126           4  Kent AC                 497
 5  Clapham Chasers          165           5  Herne Hill H            775
 6  Herne Hill H             215           6  Fulham RC               759
 7  The Stragglers RC        230           7  The Stragglers RC       869
 8  South London H           247           8  South London H          878
 9  Ful-On-Tri               248           9  Hercules Wimbledon AC   959
 10 Epsom & Ewell H          265           10 Woking AC              1085
 11 Woking AC                276           11 Epsom & Ewell H        1290 
 12 Hercules Wimbledon AC    346           12 Ranelagh H             1377
 13 Reigate Priory AC        368           13 Reigate Priory AC      1382
 14 Dulwich Runners          397           14 Ful-On-Tri             1444
 15 Ranelagh H               530           15 Dulwich Runners        1445

 B teams                                   Final Overall 
 1  Thames H&H               234           1  Clapham Chasers        1366 
 2  Belgrave H               332           2  Thames H&H             1655 
 3  Fulham RC                341           3  Kent AC                1723 
 15 Ranelagh H               974           13 Ranelagh H             3264

 RUNTHROUGH LEE VALLEY VELOPARK  10km  Saturday 8th February
 1   A Farah (unatt)          34.40 
 297 Roger Wallace            53.18

 WHAT A BLOW  Sunday 9th February
 Pretty well every road and country race was blown away as Storm Ciara swept
 across the land. 

 RUNTHROUGH BATTERSEA PARK  10km  Saturday 15th February
 Jonathan Moore was first over 50 and Andy Starr was third over 40, PBs both.

 1   M Dickinson (Clapham)    31.33
 24  Jonathan Moore           36.03
 25  Andy Starr               36.19  
 365 Roger Wallace            55.17

 VALENTINES 10km  Sunday 16th February at Ewell
 Pat Wright hacked a good deal off his PB but just missed the podium.

 1   D Cheeseman (York)       31.42
 4   Pat Wright               33.44
 14  Jonathan Smith           35.49
 16  James Whistler           36.00

 1   B Hobbs (Tonbridge)      1:13.16
 578 Mark Herbert             1:57.32
 579 Keeley Phillips          1:57.32  

 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.     

 “What Next” is the title of this Pathe News clip from 1924 of a somewhat
 staged women’s cross-country “race”:

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