Newsdesk 2020

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 571           24th June 2020
 Editor: Steve Rowland
 mailto: sandsrowland@btinternet.com  
Hi Ranelaghites, 
 Good to see lots of you taking up our virtual races. Many thanks for Suzy and James for    organising. Looks like many of you will be setting some good pbs when racing comes back around. 
 Currently, we are still doing no organised training, but you can meet in groups of up to 6    people to run provided your location allows for the required social distancing, between    yourselves and everyone else. 
 I would remind you that our club relies heavily on volunteers and that a return to training will  probably be slower than the government rules allow because of our small clubhouse and large    training groups. I can't see training groups of 20 plus being feasible for a long time. 
 If you are not involved in helping out the club at all then have a think about something you    might like to do: informal leading for a small group, wiping down an area of the clubhouse on a  regular basis or organising who is where and when at a track night are all examples of roles    that are likely to be needed in the not too distant future. 
 Don't forget the virtual AGM on 7th July (see below), papers and instructions will be sent in    due course. 
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 Ranelagh Harriers AGM will be held virtually via Zoom starting at 19:30 on Tuesday, 7 July 2020.  The Zoom Meeting ID is 932 0871 8504 and the password is ranelagh. Members who are not currently  Zoom users who wish to attend the virtual AGM can sign up by going to https://zoom.us and   completing the sign up procedure. 

 Women's Captain Becky Northmore writes:
 "The team is changing a bit for 2020/21. I am very pleased to be handing my captaincy over to    Suzy Whatmough. In addition to me demoting myself to vice-captain, Phil Aiken is stepping down   as Women's Team Manager. The amount of work Phil has put into our team is astounding. Thank you,  Phil, for your many many years of dedicated cheering, stats, results, entries... the list goes   on. You will be missed. We are also welcoming Carol Aikin to the team to help us fill the void   left by Phil in our Ranelagh lives."
 A note from Suzy - 'A huge thank you to Becky for all her hard work as Women's Captain over the  last two years. Her enthusiasm, encouragement and dedication has continued to bring together the  Ranelagh women in running, competing and friendship, so we're delighted that she's staying on as  Vice Captain. I'm excited to swap places with her and take on the role of Women's Captain, with  big shoes to fill!'

 Our virtual summer race series consists of five events of varying distances at fortnightly   intervals during the summer. The first was the Virtual Flying Five 5km, followed by the Virtual  Baker Cup 3 miles handicap. Details and results can be found below. The remaining three are:
 3 - 5 July  Virtual Turbo 10   10k
 17 - 19 July Virtual Coad Cup 5 miles Handicap (must be entered a week in advance for the   handicap)
 31 July - 2 August  Virtual Mercurial Mile
 Details and entries for these are here:. 

 VIRTUAL FLYING FIVE  5th to 7th June  5km
 Organisers Suzy Whatmough and James Ritchie report:
 We had 78 runners taking part in this 5k, which kicked off Ranelagh's Virtual Summer Series.
 Despite having to race solo and some of us getting a lot of headwind, there were some fantastic  results. Although it's not the same as racing together, being able to choose the location and    time of day definitely helps. Hopefully those of you achieving personal best times can do it     again as soon as racing and parkruns are back!  

 A big virtual round of applause for our podium finishers:
 Nick Impey 16:25 ?? Pat Wright 16:30 ?? James Riley 16:36
 Clare Fowler 19:36 ?? Natalie Haarer 19:42 ?? Suzy Whatmough 19:47
 And our age group winners:
 Juniors - Jaden Russell 24:04
 M35 - Nick Impey 16:25
 L35 - Holly McGuigan 20:23
 M40 - James Riley 16:36
 L40 - Clare Fowler 19:36
 M45 - Kris Davidson 17:37
 L45 - Marianne Malam 21:37
 M50 - Jonathan Moore 18:02
 L50 - Wiebke Kortum 22:27
 M55 - Marcus Atkins 19:41
 L55 - Carol Aikin 25:01
 M65 - Angus Cater 28:03
 M75 - Dave Kew 27:07

 VIRTUAL BAKER CUP 3 miles HANDICAP  19 - 21 June  3 miles
 Suzy and James again:
 We had 66 runners taking part in the Virtual Baker Cup, including 54 running on the actual    course in Richmond Park (almost twice the number of runners racing last year's Baker Cup). It    wlas lovely to see that some of you had gone to the course in socially distanced groups, seeing   friendly faces, motivating one another and pointing out the hotly debated turning point by the   trees. 

 We also had people running as far afield as the New Forest (Phil Roberts), Bristol (Angus    Cater), Brighton (John Pratt) and Spain (Alberto Esguevillas). 

 Knowing how tricky the Baker Course is with the elevation and 4 x 180 degree turns, we tried to  make it as fair as possible by applying suitable time penalties where people couldn't quite get  a course that was sufficiently Baker Cup-like. For example one runner, who shall remain    nameless, ran on Barnes Elms running track!

 Paul Doyle won the virtual Baker Cup by over a minute (with Felix von Schubert not having run    sufficient races for the club to take his place on the podium).  In second and third, following  a very close virtual sprint finish were Vaughan Ramsay and Suzy Whatmough.  A nod to the     handicapper here, as the next two minutes saw all but a handful of runners come in (virtually)   together.
                               Hcap      Hcap     Actual  Speed
Pos.                           Time     Allow      Time   Order
  1   Paul Doyle               14.11     4.50      19.01    20 
      Felix Von Schubert   (G) 14.38     8.20      22.58    50 
  2   Vaughan Ramsay           15.18     4.30      19.48    29 
  3   Suzy Whatmough           15.19     3.20      18.39    18 
  4   Ellie Lawley             15.27    13.10      28.37    65 
  5   Jarryd Hillhouse         15.34     3.50      19.24    23 
  6   Jonathan Moore           15.36     1.30      17.06     8 
  6   Lloyd Camp               15.36     6.20      21.56    44 
  8   Richard Willoughby       15.43     4.10      19.53    30 
  9   Mark Herbert             15.49     2.10      17.59    16 
 10   Andy Starr               15.51     1.30      17.21    11 
 11   Dave Kew                 15.52    10.20      26.12    61 
 12   Ed Perry                 15.56     0.50      16.46     4 
 13   Amrut Sharma             16.00     6.40      22.40    47 
      Gary Armstrong       (G) 16.01     0.20      16.21     2 
 14   Wiebke Kortum            16.02     5.50      21.52    43 
 15   David Lawley             16.04     0.40      16.44     3 
 16   Simon Taylor             16.05     6.40      22.45    48 
 17   Stephen Aikin            16.05     5.20      21.25    40 
 18   Michael Morris           16.05     3.30      19.35    26 
 19   Pat Wright               16.12     0.00      16.12     1 
      Alison Targett       (G) 16.13    11.00      27.13    62 
 20   Kris Davidson            16.13     1.10      17.23    12 
 20   Sarah Palmer             16.13     3.20      19.33    25 
 22   Alberto Esguevillas      16.14     5.00      21.14    39 
 22   John Scally              16.14    12.10      28.24    64 
 24   Rebecca Bissell          16.18     6.40      22.58    50 
 24   Carol Aikin              16.18     8.20      24.38    55 
 26   Martin Harris            16.24     4.40      21.04    37 
      Phil Collins         (G) 16.25     0.40      17.05     7 
 27   James Whistler           16.31     0.20      16.51     5 
 27   Alex Ring                16.31     2.30      19.01    20 
 27   Ann Kearey               16.31     7.00      23.31    52 
 30   James Russell            16.33     3.00      19.33    24 
 30   Ted Mockett              16.33     0.20      16.53     6 
 32   Natalie Haarer           16.34     3.10      19.44    28 
 33   Angus Cater              16.36    11.10      27.46    63 
 34   Marianne Malam           16.37     5.00      21.37    41 
      Mike Thomas          (G) 16.37     3.40      20.17    34 
 35   Hadi Khatamizadeh        16.40     4.20      21.00    36 
 36   Fiona Pugh               16.41     8.30      25.11    57 
 37   Sally Bamford            16.43     8.40      25.23    58 
 38   Nicholas Twomey          16.47     0.30      17.17    10 
 39   Phil Roberts             16.49     6.00      22.49    48 
 40   Kevin Knowles            16.50     5.30      22.20    45 
 41   John Pratt               16.52    15.50      32.42    66 
 42   Richard Kimber           16.56     1.00      17.56    15 
 42   Sergio Stillacci         16.56     2.10      19.06    22 
 44   James Riley              16.58     0.10      17.08     9 
 45   Kevin Kearey             16.59     8.30      25.29    60 
 46   Bruce McLaren            17.00     2.40      19.40    27 
 47   Ian Keith                17.02     6.50      23.52    54 
 48   Rick Jenner              17.02     1.10      18.12    17 
 49   Michael Everard          17.03     2.50      19.53    31 
 50   Paul Murphy              17.07     2.50      19.57    32 
 51   Neil Rae                 17.10     1.50      19.00    19 
 52   Jonathan Smith           17.15     0.20      17.35    13 
 53   Rebecca Northmore        17.15     4.30      21.45    42 
 54   Clare Fowler             17.16     3.00      20.16    33 
 55   David Ready              17.20     0.20      17.40    14 
      Jaden Russell        (G) 17.24     6.10      23.34    52 
 56   Ben Shore                17.29     3.30      20.59    35 
 57   Adrienne Baddeley        17.40     4.50      22.30    46 
 58   Marcus Atkins            18.00     3.10      21.10    38 
      Rachel Singleton     (G) 21.34     3.30      25.04    56 
 59   Stewart Anderson         21.46     3.40      25.26    59 
 Podium finishers
  Paul Doyle 14:11   Vaughan Ramsay 15:18   Suzy Whatmough 15:19

  Pat Wright 16:12   Gary Armstrong 16:21   Dave Lawley 16:44
  Suzy Whatmough 18:39   Sarah Palmer 19:33   Natalie Haarer 19:44
 And our age group winners:
 Juniors - Jaden Russell 23:34
 M35 - Pat Wright 16:12
 L35 - Adrienne Baddeley 22:30
 M40 - Gary Armstrong 16:21
 L40 - Clare Fowler 20:16
 M45 - Kris Davidson 17:23
 L45 - Marianne Malam 21:37
 M50 - Jonathan Moore 17:06
 L50 - Wiebke Kortum 21:52
 M55 - Marcus Atkins 21:10
 L55 - Carol Aikin 24:38
 M65 - Angus Cater 27:46
 M75 - Dave Kew 26:12

 It's been great to have so many people getting involved and coming together as a club again for  these races, even if it is virtually. Don't forget to enter the last three - all races in the    series count towards the leader board here:. 

 Following Nick Impey's withdrawal from the Virtual Baker, Pat Wright looks in a commanding    position in the Open competition.  In the Women's competition, it's much more open with Suzy    Whatmough holding a narrow lead over Clare Fowler and Natalie Haarer.  For the veterans, Wiebke  Kortum and Jonathan Moore have solid leads for the over 50s, whilst the over 40s are again more  uncertain with Clare Fowler and Marianne Malam vying for the top spot for the women, and a three  way tie for the men between Gary Armstrong, James Riley and Ted Mockett.  It's all too close to  call - who will come out strongest on the flat in the next race?

 For those of us aged 35+ this was a chance to try a fast 5k as part of virtual teams. We had 24  men and women on the scoreboard. Provisional Team Results:
 - 15th team in the W35-44 category (Megan De Silva, Holly McGuigan, Clare Fowler and Adrienne    Baddeley).
 - 26th team in the W45-54 category (Kathy Henry, Wiebke Kortum and Marianne Malam), plus B team  Ann Kearey, Fiona Pugh and Clare Day.
 - 27th team in the M45-54 category (Kris Davidson, Jonathan Moore, Neil Rae and Bruce McLaren)
 - 28th team in the W55-64 category (Carol Aikin, Sally Bamford and Karen Herbert).
 Special mentions for Sally and Karima who both got PB's, and for Wiebke who got her fastest time  in the last 2 years and a special shout out to Ann who ran her 5k TWICE after finding out her    first go was run a day too early, before the race dates had started! A huge well done Ann for    getting back out there later in the week and running your 5k all over again - and knocking a    second off your time too!
 Individual times:
 347 Kris Davidson 17.21, 441 Jonathan Moore 17.39, 830 Neil Rae 18.41, 915 Bruce McLaren 18.52,  1027 Paul Doyle 19.10, 1064 Michael Everard 19.15, 
 1094 Megan de Silva 19.21, 1454 Holly McGuigan 20.26, 1463 Stewart Anderson 20.27, 1505 Clare    Fowler 20.33, 1690 Kathy Henry 21.07,
 1773 Adrienne Baddeley 21.20, 1826 Fanny Vein 21.30, 1885 Wiebke Kortum 21.40, 1936 Stephen    Aikin 21.49, 2107 Marianne Malam 22.02, 
 2432 Ann Kearey 23.35, 2667 Carol Aikin 24.42, 2754 Fiona Pugh 25.09, 2768 Sally Bamford 25.16,  2804 Clare Day 25.34, 2887 Karen Harbert 26.11    

 The sensational six: all set out at  5.30am to complete the virtual Comrades, all clocking in the region of nine and a half hours for  the 56 miles.

 In case anyone was not sure whether our summer 5 miles handicap for the Coad Cup - scheduled for  July 14th - would go ahead, we can confirm that it has been cancelled. However, its virtual   equivalent - with no cup at stake - will be run on  the weekend  of July 17th-19th as part of   our summer virtual series. 

 Karen Weir writes:
 Hello from the Peak District! Thought I'd send a report from the P24 virtual event Peter and I   did over the weekend. The premise of the event was to run (a minimum of) 1 mile every hour, on   the hour for 24 hours, from 8am on Saturday morning. So the last lap was 7am Sunday morning.   Inspired at being up to see sunset/sunrise over the solstice weekend I thought this sounded like  an intriguing event. As a running coach it was also a bit of an experiment to see how sleep   deprivation impacts your running. Although I had been training for Comrades this year, once the  lockdown hit I had carried on running but nothing longer than the Green Belt Relay legs I   completed last month. So I figured one mile every hour for 24 hours was a low risk way to   complete a marathon (I'd actually planned to do 1.1 miles every hour to reach marathon   distance). 
 It started well, there was a pre-event Facebook Live briefing at 7.45 and we were off at 8am.   The first few miles passed easily, with breakfast after the first mile, a cuppa after the second  mile, a few household chores after the 3rd mile, finishing at our local cafe after mile 4 for a  bacon sarnie etc. It soon became clear that the initial challenge was going to be finding   something to do in the 50 mins you weren't running, not falling into the trap of re-fuelling   after every single mile and avoiding the masses of (not social distancing) tourists that are now  turning up every weekend in the Peaks. So we changed our mile route plan to get away from as   many people as possible. By the time we got to the 4pm run, visitors had started to disappear   and the village was starting to quieten down again. Looking back, Peter and I both agreed that   the time around the 5pm and 6pm miles was actually the hardest. You'd been going for 10 hours or  so and although the physical exertion was definitely fine, from a mental perspective the thought  that there were still 14 hours to go, with some in the dark and some in the rain, it seemed like  it was going to go on forever.
 Getting nutrition right was a challenge, with the luxury of running from home each time you   could eat normal food but you had to balance not eating too much, with being able to digest what  you were eating and remembering that you were only running one mile every hour. So my plan was   to eat a small amount of real food after every 3rd mile. About 8pm we put the oven on, went out  for our 1.1 miles and then came home and stuck pizza in the oven which then pretty much lasted   through the night. Although we were definitely getting 'sleepy' tired (after all we're normally  in bed by 10pm these days) the evening hours seemed to pass more quickly. Probably the   psychological effect of being past the half way point. We'd planned not to sleep at all in   between runs, I think the shock of falling into a deep sleep and then having to wake up again   would have been the worse option. So instead we had all the lights on and re-runs of ER on the   TV. We'd pause the episode, go out for a run then come back and start watching again. We only   needed head torches from 11pm to 3am, by 4am it was light enough to not need them. Unfortunately  the rain started exactly at 2am so we dug the dryrobes out and after each run from then on just  came in the house, put them on and got back into ER. There didn't see any point changing after   every run, you'd only get wet again and it wasn't cold. 
 The daylight returning was a welcome boost to the psychology, and from 4am it seemed like we   were on the home straight. Time seemed to pass more quickly and although we were wet it didn't   bother me. The forecast had implied that by 6am the rain would have passed so I did take the   opportunity to dry off and put fresh kit on after the 5am run, I was even going to put on dry   trainers, but actually the rain got worse and our 6am run was probably the wettest, but it was   the penultimate one, so I didn't care. Finally 7am arrived - the victory lap! And it was done.   Like any of the endurance challenges we've all done, there was just quiet satisfaction at the   end. A challenge completed. The mile paces held up, we just about got the nutrition right and   we'd survived 24 hours with no sleep and in all 27 miles were covered.
 After a protein shake and a shower it was time for bed, though with our natural circadian   rhythms we were never going to sleep long now it was daylight. So woke up about 11am. Had   breakfast, did loads of washing, pottered about and went for a walk. Although legs felt pretty   good, no real sign of running a marathon distance. Had a couple of celebratory drinks around   5pm, and pies for tea at 6pm. Had that real 'jet lag' feel, so just after 8pm we gave up trying  to watch a movie and headed to bed. I slept very well last night and happy to report no aches or  pains today.
 Guess what, if you fancy it - the organisers are putting it on again in October;   (https://www.phoenixrunning.co.uk/events/virtual-p24-twist), although there is nothing to stop   you giving it a try anytime. As endurance events go, its tougher than I expected, mainly from a  mental/psychological perspective. I'd give it an 8/10 whereas I'd give running a marathon in one  go a score of around 6/10. Definitely a challenge and definitely something to 'endure' but an   event achievable by most runners. 
 By the way, if anyone does want to come and run in the Peak District and seeing as we are   probably staycationing for the foreseeable future we have a holiday cottage to rent and Peter   and I are happy to guide you on some stunning runs (if we can keep up with you!) or else just   recommend some routes. http://www.tollcottagehope.co.uk

 There is still a possibility that the 40th edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon can take  place on October 4 despite cancellation of the Great North Run and other major road races. In an  open letter to entrants on June 19, Event Director Hugh Brasher stated that his team had been   looking at the logistics "and coming up with innovative ways to socially distance the event." He  added: "We still don't know whether we will be able to run together, walk together and be   together on that journey of 26.2 miles on October 4. While some may think that what we are   trying to do is impossible, we will not give up hope." He will make a further announcement on   July 28.

 Clive Beauvais writes:
 In these lockdown times, I have spent a few happy hours browsing the wealth of information on   the Ranelagh web site. I have noticed that Ken has got the "Best of Age Groups" lists up to   date, including the excellent runs by John Shaw which he achieved just before lockdown.

 However, unless I am missing something (quite likely) he has failed to note that Mike Peace ran  65.37 in the Blackheath Mob Match, which, by the huge margin of over 7 minutes was the best ever  by a Ranelagh V70 since the course was slightly altered in, I believe, 2014.  I appreciate that  Martin Clark ran a faster time on the "old, pre 2013 " course, but as a ranking list for 2014   onwards is published, Mike should be at the head of it.
 It is also significant (but only to me of course) in that Mike destroyed my last remaining   running ambition, which was to be the first Ranelagh runner to feature in the rankings in all   four veteran age groups.

 I reckon that this demonstrates Mike's enormous loyalty to the club, and that this should surely  be worth a mention in your next Newsletter.

 We are sad to report the death last week of John Kirk, one of a handful of young runners who   spearheaded Ranelagh's revival in the 1950s. Within a very short time of his first donning a   Ranelagh vest as a junior John was first finisher for the club in 3rd place in the mob match   against Finchley Harriers in October 1954 and he was then 2nd in the first team match against   Thames Hare & Hounds at Roehampton a little later. By the end of that season he had gained the   club championship, producing in the process times over our club courses not seen since before   the war. 

 In January 1955 John was first home in the mob match against Blackheath at Hayes (capturing the  F B Thompson medal) and went on to finish 43rd in the Southern Junior and 25th in the National   Junior. He finished the season by running through the Baker Cup field from scratch to gain a   well-merited win. In March 1956 he won club honours for 33rd in the Southern. John maintained   this remarkable form by beating Chataway and Brasher by over two minutes in the mob match   against Thames H&H. His name appears on the Wynne Cup club championship trophy in three   successive years from 1955 to 1957, giving way only to the start of  Bill Bird's sequence of   seven in a row.  

 John's job with BOAC took him abroad frequently but he was a regular competitor in club events   for many years, chalking up 71 mob match appearances. In recent years, although no longer a   member, he maintained a keen interest in the club's progress. We offer our condolences to his   wife Pat and children Sue and Peter, who was himself a member for a few years and won the Thomas  Cup and Baker Cup during the 1970s. 
 Our friends at sporting  feet (http://www.sporting-feet.com) continue to support runners in these challenging times.  Please support this local business and friend of the club when you're thinking about any running  / footwear purchases. Their Richmond and Putney shops are physically closed but you can order   online or over the phone. You can pick up in store or they will deliver within two days free of  charge. If you quote the code WEB10 and you will get 10% off whatever you purchase.

 Andy Hayward writes from his Brewery and Tap Room on the Thames close to Staines Bridge:
 We're open for off-sales 4-7 pm Thursday-Saturday, please try to pre-order if you require   bag-in-box beer, see website for details:. 

 CABBAGE PATCH 10 miles  Sunday 18th October at Twickenham. 
 1500 runners have put their names on the waiting list though it's looking increasingly unlikely  that the event will take place. Check the website for further announcements.  https://www.cabbagepatch10.com/

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