*************************************************** RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 567 12th March 2020 Editor: Steve Rowland mailto: email@example.com *************************************************** HEADLINE NEWS ************* * At present all fixtures are scheduled to take place despite the Corona virus, but the situation is being kept under review * Ranelagh win the mob match v Blackheath & Bromley H&AC * Our mob led by Ben Anderson and Bonnie Morgan * Ben Anderson wins the FB Thompson Medal and the Wynne Cup * Clive Naish wins the sealed handicap * Suzy Whatmough and Ben Anderson are our first finishers in the National * James Ritchie and Suzy Whatmough win the club 20 miles championships * Marathon wins for Ryan Hogan and Nick Twomey * Many good road results * Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap this Saturday * 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 ATTENTION PLEASE **************** CORONA VIRUS The situation is obviously still developing, but so far all races are scheduled to take place. However, members are requested to take sensible precautions and in particular should not attend training sessions or races if they are exhibiting any of the widely publicised symptoms associated with Covid-19 See the statement from England Athletics here: . TROPHY HOLDERS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org TROPHY WINNERS 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 dont 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. Its very disappointing when half the trophies are not collected! BAKER CUP SUPPER AND ANNUAL AWARDS PRESENTATION 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 dont delay. RSVP to Michele Gibson your glass of bubbly awaits you! Please contact Michele at email@example.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. Leave in a named envelope in safe / hand to me. BACS Payments - Ranelagh Harriers, Sort Code 401310, Account 12154501 Ref- Baker Cup & YOUR NAME PARTIALLY SIGHTED RUNNER GUIDES REQUIRED John Herriott writes: "Thank you for those who have already shown an interest in helping the club out in this role. For anyone who missed the original request please see the article below." 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and I will put together a rota of RH runners potentially interested in assisting our visually impaired colleagues. CALLING ALL JUNIORS 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. The Stragglers / Ranelagh junior handicap series kicks off on 23rd April see below. CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap Saturday 14th March in Richmond Park NOTE the date is March 14th not the 21st as previously advertised. 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. RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE Saturday 21st March in Richmond Park NOTE the date is March 21st not the 14th as previously advertised. Start time is 3pm. 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) . Its 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 mens. 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. McLEOD CUP and WOMENS PERFORMANCE AWARD These two competitions for men and women respectively are based on points scored throughout the winter season. The mens competition is still very close. Peter Haarer has leap-frogged into first place but close behind only six points currently separate Ed Forbes, Jonathan Smith and Dave Lawley. In the womens competition Marianne Malam is streets ahead of Rebecca Northmore and Rebecca Bissell. Full scoreboards here:. 2020 STRAGGLERS / RANELAGH JUNIOR HANDICAP SERIES 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 HALF MARATHON Sunday 10th May and RANELAGH RICHMOND 10k Sunday 21st June Its unclear yet whether we will be able to hold these races or not. All big events are vulnerable including the London Marathon but the situation is fluid. In the meantime entries are still open at ranelagh-half-marathon.co.uk and ranelagh-10k.co.uk ranelagh-half-marathon.co.uk/ and Details and entry:. The next GP event is the London Marathon on 26th April or any spring Marathon up to 10th May. WIMBLEDON TRAIL RUNS Andy Bickerstaff is once again organising his three summer evening 5 mile trail races on Wimbledon Common. They are all on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Dates are May 6th, June 3rd and July 1st Details:. CLUB KIT Our supplier for club singlets, mens and womens, is iProsports. Details and orders: TUESDAY NIGHT SOCIALS Dont 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. THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING AT OSTERLEY 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. FACEBOOK Follow Ranelagh on Facebook WHATS COMING ************* < Our winter fixture list is now up on our website here:. More details of the following from the mens Captains (email@example.com) or the womens Captain / Team Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org ) Saturday 14th March Clutton Cup 10 miles handicap in Richmond Park. 2pm start. Register on the day at the clubhouse. Saturday 21st March Ranelagh Cup schools race 6k in Richmond Park. 2.30pm start 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 www.parkrun.org.uk/events/juniorevents/. WHATS HAPPENED *************** ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 22nd February at Wollaton Park, Nottingham Pheidippides reports: It was a pleasure to return to Wollaton Park for the National, a special favourite with fond memories including the days when it provided the venue for the Inter-Counties competition (but on a different course which opened with a charge up the hill towards 'Batman's lodge'). The course repeated that of 2017 to which I have nothing to add to my previous description, but there was novelty. Starting pens were abandoned (I avoided the pile-up on the side where everyone wanted to be first to reach the first turn, and enjoyed the open spaces to the left). Also, someone had decided to dump three tree-trunks on the course, two on long fast down-hill stretches but the third across a quagmire which was a real cadence-breaker. And what a quagmire it was due to the abundant recent rainfall. Appropriate descriptors for the mud provided the hot topic of conversation: was it best to bring up comparisons to food (soup, rice-pudding, porridge) or to pass through less salubrious comparanda (slurry, semi-solids, worse ...)? - and the pungent smell should not be forgotten. Nothing can rival Parliament Hill for overall mud content (with the exception of Alton Towers in 2011) but the Wollaton mire, when we met it, provided the most challenging matter I have met: would my leg, knee-deep, ever resurface? Does the intention of running mean that one is also performing the act, however slow the cadence? And would my toes fall off? (That mud was colder than it looked, and my sockless tactic meant that all feeling fled the extremities of my feet mid-course.). The women's race was run before the junior men with the advantage of offering much better opportunities for spectating by the senior men, so we were able to cheer on Suzy Whatmough as she led the Ranelagh women home (winning the Aotearoa Trophy), followed not too far behind by the rising star of Natalie Haarer (is that bias?) and a little further back by Rebecca Northmore, Marianne Malam (always improbably cheerful when racing) and Ann Kearey. In the men's race, Ben Anderson was spotted hurtling through the melée towards a good spot on that first corner thereby contributing to a decent finishing position to bag the much-coveted Roffey Salver. Graham Brook hared off to a good start also and finished very creditably, followed at increasing distance by Peter Haarer and James Ritchie. Culinary delights were supplied by Marianne and wolfed down by all, and where would we have been without the support on-course of Phil Aiken? It was regrettable that Ranelagh was thin on the ground for such a magnificent course, and that our front-runners were not supported in depth by a larger turn-out (but all credit to those happy few who were there sporting the blue and gold). The English National is a terrific day out - all welcome come next time around!. Although there are no official masters categories in the National, its worth noting that Peter Haarer was the third over 50 to finish. Senior Women 1 Anna Moller (AFD) 32.59 110 Suzy Whatmough (Rane) 39.20 188 Natalie Haarer 41.34 439 Rebecca Northmore 47.39 468 Marianne Malam 48.15 664 Ann Kearey 53.40 Teams (4 to Score) 1 Aldershot F&D AC 48 37 Ranelagh H 1205 Senior Men 1 Calum Johnson (Gates) 43.36 142 Ben Anderson (Rane) 48.57 333 Graham Brook 52.15 460 Peter Haarer 54.12 866 James Ritchie 60.21 PELLING RATCLIFF CUP MOB MATCH v Blackheath and Bromley HAC Saturday 7th March in Richmond Park Rich Kimber reports: There are no foregone conclusions in running, and only a fool would completely write off a club that had 70 wins to Ranelagh's 29 in the long history of this fixture. All the same, with recent form on our side, the home advantage, an audience of Ranelagh legends including Bill Bird and Hugh Jones, several returning past winners and the added incentive of free beer, you had to like us for the win. Blackheath mustered bigger numbers than they've brought to the fixture for a while but their 22 were no match for us. With 19 to score, a crushing win of 230 to 744 meant we completed the Grand Slam for the season, winning every one of our mob matches. So first of all, huge congratulations go to all of you for giving it everything so consistently. Just a skim over the full results says it all. By the time our scoring 19 were home (Ross Clayton in 26th), just seven Heathens had finished. And it was still wave after wave of blue vests after that breaking things up. Ben Anderson wrote himself into Ranelagh history once again, capping a season of brilliant performances to take the Wynne Cup for the club championships and the FB Thompson Medal as race winner. Pat Wright ran a course PB for 2nd, pulling away from Carl Assmundson at the finish after running the whole race with him. Special mention to comeback king Jordan Mungovan, who was next home in another course PB of 44:57 and a whopping age grade best of 78.6%. Jon Smith also continued his excellent form with another course PB, and returning winner Chris Illman put in a strong run just ahead of him. Behind Jon was Peter Haarer, again taking the Harry Sheer Trophy for first V50. Congrats to Clive Naish, who took the sealed handicap, narrowly beating James Russell. Chapeau to Andy Hayward too, whose commemorative Celebration Ale went down a treat after the race. It was especially pleasing to see so many Ranelites slogging it out right to the bitter end, from the intra-club battles at the front to Rue Turner's spectacular sprint finish to beat a Blackheath runner on the line. As this extends our mob winning streak to six (seven including the Stragglers mini mob), the same feat next season would take us to double figures. Now there's a target. This was the 100th mob match between the two clubs, and so it was thought that some small celebration was called for. As mentioned above, Andy Hayward and his Thames Side Brewery produced a special commemorative brew of best beer and all runners and officials were presented with a bottle.. As many former winners of the mob match as Hon Sec Gordon Whitson could locate were invited to come along for the morning. Not everyone could make it (and we managed to rouse none from Blackheath), but amongst those who did was a veritable panoply of the great and the good from Ranelaghs recent history. We welcomed as spectators Bill Bird, Alan Hedger, Hugh Jones, Tim Woods, Dave Daniels, Phil Killingley and Eirin McDaid, plus taking part David Wright , Peter Haarer, Chris Illman, Simon Collingridge and of course coming right up to date Ben Anderson. Leading women were not left out and we were pleased to see Margaret Auerback, Sonia Rowland, Sue Colver, and Becky Curtis-Hall in attendance, plus Marie Synnott-Wells, Wiebke Kortum and Anna Reichwald taking part in the race. Nice to see you all! This was David Wrights 180th mob match, and Mike Peaces 149th. Clive Naish moved into third place in the mob match count with 142. Clive also won the sealed handicap ahead of James Russell and Neil Walford, only 15 seconds covering the three of them. Well done Mr Handicapper! THORPE AND AND EGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 2nd February In the results in e-news #565, James Ritchie was credited with a time of 1:15.38. Im sure he would have been delighted with this, but unfortunately the correct time was 1:25.38 RUNTHROUGH HYDE PARK 10km Saturday 22nd February 1 A Ugarte (unatt) 32.49 244 Roger Wallace 56.18 QUICKSILVER HAMPTON COURT HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd February A PB and a 4th place for the second week in succession for Pat Wright. 1 A Blyth (Herc Wimb) 1:11.41 4 Pat Wright 1:13.38 55 Sam Dalgleish 1:22.32 67 Gareth Wlliams 1:23.13 97 Will Harding 1:25.01 188 Neil Rae 1:29.39 189 Alex Ring 1:29.44 395 Ross Clayton 1:30.22 940 John Reece 1:45.40 957 Rebecca Bissell 1:45.49 1068 James Ritchie 1:48.38 1069 Susan Ritchie 1:48.38 1230 Camilla Mignot 1:50.09 1690 Karima Graham 2:00.25 2009 Anne Lotter 2:05.22 2018 Colette Doran 2:14.12 2060 Margie Harrison 2:07.07 2136 Ian Harrison 2:09.47 GRAND BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd February 1 K Moore (Brighton & H) 1:09.05 416 Alun Thomas 1:33.32 2415 Melanie Thomas 1:54.27 2782 Danni Croucher 1:54.44 3322 Ella Stanbrook 1:56.36 3737 Ally Salisbury 2:05.51 WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 23rd February 1 J Cornish (Herc Wimb) 1:07.13 67 Marc Leyshon 1:17.22 75 James Whistler 1:17.49 665 Phil Roberts 1:37.31 HILLINGDON 10km Sunday 23rd February John Shaw is flying since he turned 60, and here he won the overall masters first prize in 7th place. His time of 37.35 places him top of our all-time 10km rankings for over 60s, displacing at last the late Ken Fotherby senior whose 37.50 had stood since 1989. It should be noted however that the legendary Ed Whitlock ran 37.33 as an over 70! There was also a PB of 36.16 for David Ready who finished in third place. 1 M Mohamed (Hill) 31.43 3 David Ready 36.16 7 John Shaw 37.35 UP AND RUNNING LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH 10k TIME TRIAL Sunday 23rd February at East Sheen Cecily Day finished third overall and first woman. 1 S Struthers (unatt) 41.00 3 Cecily Day 44.16 8 Jess Harbert 48.34 9 Jeremy Day 48.37 16 Clare Day 54.30 LAST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH 5k Friday 28th February in Hyde Park 1 O Newton (TVH) 15.52 104 Andrew Kew 20.35 VITALITY BIG HALF MARATHON Sunday 1st March in London 1 K Bekele (Ethiopia) 1:00.22 99 Ross Macdonald 1:15.18 319 Kris Davidson 1:18.10 1279 Felix Adams 1:29.56 2796 Simon Martin 1:39.55 3292 Emma Lloyd 1:41.54 3979 Hadi Khatamizadeh 1:45.12 4693 Richard Gurd 1:48.17 5984 Melanie Thomas 1:53.17 7496 Fiona Pugh 1:58.32 9089 Roger Wallace 2:04.56 10003 Colette Doran 2:09.30 15097 Siobhan Sharp 2:51.49 RUNTHROUGH VICTORIA PARK 10km Saturday 7th March 1 J Van Deventer (Clapham) 31.27 242 Roger Wallace 54.56 HILLINGDON 20 miles Sunday 8th March at Ruislip This race incorporated our club 20 miles championships, which were won by James Ritchie and Suzy Whatmough. 1 George Suthon (Serp) 1:56:57 51 James Ritchie 2:18:15 78 Ross Clayton 2:25:15 172 Suzy Whatmough 2:43:11 253 Ann Kearey 3:03:11 RUN THROUGH RICHMOND PARK HALF MARATHON Sunday 8th March Ryan Hogan was an impressive winner in his build up to the Brighton Marathon. 1 Ryan Hogan 1:13.34 SURREY HALF MARATHON Sunday 8th March at Woking 1 B Cole (Tonbridge) 1.10.17 36 Ed Perry 1:16.47 60 David Ready 1:19.28 2278 John Herriott 2:10.17 BIDEFORD HALF MARATHON Sunday 8th March Ross Macdonald reports: 8th place at Bideford Half Marathon (1:14:54) on Sunday. An undulating first half in wind and heavy rain, followed by a pan-flat second half in sunshine and with a tailwind. This followed last weekend's Big Half time of 1:15:15. Heading in the right direction! 1 R Richmond (Bideford) 1:07.39 8 Ross Macdonald 1:14.54 MARRIOTTS WAY TRAIL MARATHON Sunday 8th March at Norwich Rich Kimber writes: Some runners would lose their nerve after their target marathon was rescheduled due to adverse weather. What if they'd peaked? How would they train for the next two weeks? Not Nick Twomey. The Marathon Man put in an impressively paced solo run, without company from start to finish, to win the Marriott's Way trail marathon in 2:49:56, a mere 36 minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. Nick Twomey adds:: Delighted to win the Marriotts Way Trail Marathon today in just under 2hours 50mins. I was on my own from start to finish but it was a great marathon. My first marathon running wearing a hydration vest! 1 Nick Twomey 2:49.56 CAMBRIDGE HALF MARATHON Sunday 8th March Rich Kimber again: James Riley ran an amazing 1:13:50 for a top 50 finish (4th V40) at the highly competitive Cambridge Half. He jumps six places to 7th on the club's Half Marathon leaderboard". 1 J Escalante (C&C) 1:05.36 45 James Riley 1:13.50 1096 Sally Minchella 1:33.21 1283 Jonathan Martin 1:35.13 2640 Paul Hodges 1:43.44 SECOND SUNDAY 5 miles Sunday 8th March on Wimbledon Common 1 A Ismaili (Fulham) 31.55 50 Carol Aikin 49.41 THAMES MEANDER MARATHON Sunday 8th March at Kingston 1 J Groves (unatt) 2:55.17 22 Bruce McLaren 3:18.08 191 John Reece 4:16.21 275 Ian Grange 5:02.00 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. FINALLY Wally Garrod writes:I know self-praise is no recommendation but follow this link to Bushy parkrun news for 22nd February ..and be ???impressed ?? Video:.