Newsdesk 2002

  RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 57           14 MARCH 2002
  Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers
  There's nothing doing at the clubhouse this Saturday, but a good few
  Ranelagh vests will be present at the Thames Towpath 10 at Chiswick on
  Sunday or, for those in serious marathon training, at the Cranleigh 15 /
  21 miles.
  The week after, Saturday March 23rd, will be the Baker Cup 3 miles road
  handicap in Richmond Park. It's only three miles and it's road so we'll be
  hoping for a good turnout of all ages and speeds.
  In the evening at the Rose of York, Petersham Road, will be the annual
  Baker Cup supper and prize presentation. This year it will be dedicated to
  the memory of Bill Day and it will be FREE of charge to all club members.
  Guests will have to pay a fiver. We're limited to 65 places, so early
  booking is advised. When you book please state your menu selection, which
  you must then keep to! No changing your mind on the night. Book with Bev
  Ali at the club on Tuesday and Thursday nights or mailto:bev.ali@fluor.com
  or mailto:bxali@hotmail.com; you can also book with Mike Peace on
  Wednesday nights or mailto:admin@frimley.surrey.sch.uk; or just add your
  name to the list on the clubhouse noticeboard. Menu choices are: (Starter)
  Eggs Mayonnaise or Pate and Toast or Prawn Cocktail or Mixed Salad; (Main
  Course) Roast Chicken or Roast Beef or Lasagne or Vegetarian (tba).
  Desserts can be selected on the night.
  99 young men and one young woman, representing 11 schools, turned out for
  the Ranelagh Cup schools race on Saturday. Gale force winds brought even
  the leader to a virtual standstill on the last hill, hence the relatively
  slow times. Many of the schools were also missing their top runners at the
  English Schools championships and this was probably the reason that
  Winchester just failed to retain the trophy they have come to regard as
  their property. Despite having six in the top 14 they were pipped by one
  point by Charterhouse whose four scorers were home in the top ten.
  1	J Hogan (Winchester)		22.39
  2	G Gristwood (RGS Guildford)	23.29
  3	J Worcester (Lancing)		23.39
  (Scoring 4)
  1	Charterhouse		31
  2	Winchester		32
  3	RGS Guildford 		48
  When the scholars had disappeared to consume large quantities of tea and
  buns in the clubhouse and the inevitable lost laggard had found his way
  back, we were finally ready to start our 10 miles handicap for the Clutton
  Cup. Only 21 started, making some of the starting intervals very big
  indeed. As they came past the shivering and windswept officials at half
  way the clever money was on Sue Ashley; and the clever money was proved
  First across the line by a country mile (the country in this case being
  the Czech Republic) was new member Jaroslav Hajny, but he was guesting.
  Much later Sue appeared, hotly pursued by Paul Doyle; and then a minute
  later Mike Peace outsprinted Kevin Jacques for third. But never could
  there have been three more reluctant prize winners. Sue didn't want to win
  the Cup (for the second time, too!) because she felt that she hadn't run
  enough in Ranelagh races this year. Paul did his best to run Sue down, but
  didn't really want to win because he'd won one handicap already this
  season. Mike battled all the way with Kevin but cursed when he found he'd
  finished third: he's currently the leader in the Points Prize, and the 10
  points on offer for finishing 4th would have secured him that trophy.
  Third place bags a bronze medal but no points.
  Paul, Kevin and Mike secured the three fastest times too, and Sue was the
  fastest woman, so the prizes were spread very thinly. Mike found some
  consolation for his meagre return of two bronze medals by literally
  running into Hugh Grant as he warmed down. The "News of the World" has the
  full story.
  We had three runners at the Bramley 20 miles on 24th February. Lucy Facer
  "It was well attended since it was part of the Runners World Team in
  Training event. I was fearful of following the pacers after hearing
  reports from the Richmond Park Training Run where the pacers went too fast
  by all accounts.... I basically took it steady at my own pace and was
  pleased with my time".
  1	R Bentley (Wessex)	1.51.29
  315	Stephen Stuart		2.33.00
  340	Alberto Simon		2.33.37
  538	Lucy Facer		2.48.22
  Lizzie Clifford ran an excellent 92.19 for 10th in the Petersfield Half
  Marathon on March 10th, while in the Team Solent 5km on the same day Allan
  Lang secured another victory in the over 60s section in 19.43.
  on May 11th and 12th. Fuller details of stages etc to follow next week. We
  have to decide how many teams to run by the end of the month, as entries
  close on April 8th. So if you're interested in taking part and haven't
  already contacted me please do so as soon as possible
  More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
  mailto:norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /
  Saturday March 23rd    Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap in Richmond Park.
  3pm start for the shortest handicap race of the year. In the evening will
  be the club supper and prize-giving. See above for details.
  Our club 20 miles championship will be held with the Worthing 20 on March
  24th. The next road Grand Prix event after this Sunday's Thames Towpath 10
  will of course be the London Marathon on April 14th.
  Steve Rowland
  Telephone: 01926 318734
  Fax: 0870 4006901
  e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk