Newsdesk 2002

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 63                23 MAY 2002
 Web site: http://www.surreyweb.net/rharriers
 Owing to constraints of time and space (sounds like Dr Who!) I am going to
 hold over the full report and results of the GBR until next week. Suffice
 it to say that well over 50 Ranelagh members and supporters took part in
 some way, and all (I think!) enjoyed it immensely. We finished four
 complete teams and most of a fifth and came away with two prizes: the
 Green Belt itself for the winning team and the Toilet Seat for the last
 team to finish. In addition Hugh Jones was given the men's "Run of the
 Race" award for his ten minute victory on stage 7. Congratulations and
 thanks to all those who ran, organised or drove - in some cases all three!
 Thanks also to the Stragglers for their brilliant organisation.
 A couple of reminders to those who ran: firstly, the Stragglers would
 welcome feedback on the organisation in general but particularly about
 route-finding difficulties. I know quite a few of us had problems at one
 time or another, so if you don't want to get lost again next year make
 sure you let them know what happened! Send your comments in to me and I'll
 collate them and pass them on. Secondly, there are still a few who have
 not paid their contribution towards entry fees and mini-bus hire. I'm
 asking for 20. Please send it to me at 2 Sapte Close, Cranleigh, Surrey
 GU6 7HA. Cheques payable to me please.  
 The experiment with starting our Half Marathon at 8am last Sunday seemed
 to be quite successful: conditions were comfortable, the worst of the
 traffic was avoided and the number of starters was actually slightly up on
 last year - though the early start seemed less attractive to club runners
 who found themselves outnumbered two-to-one by the "unattached" hordes.
 Surprisingly, "unattached" also appears beside the names of the winners of
 both the men's and women's races.
 Our first man home was a strong looking Paul Doyle, just missing the
 prizes in 4th place. Next came Marcus Gohar, the only RH turning out today
 who had also run both days of the Green Belt Relay the week before. He
 looked understandably a bit tired but ran well for 9th and with new member
 Tom Hall an impressive 20th we won the team event quite comfortably. 
 The team win was echoed by the women with excellent performances from Liz
 Kipling - 3rd overall - Kathy Mallett and Estelle Damant.
Robin, Julie, Alan and Ken's organisation was as efficient as ever, even
allowing for some bleary eyes. Full results are on our web site.

 1	P Buckley (Unatt)	73.10
 4	Paul Doyle		75.11
 9	Marcus Gohar		76.55
 20	Tom Hall		83.28
21	E Schabort (Unat/1st W)	83.37
 23	Stephen Instone		84.21
 35	Liz Kipling		87.02
 47	Ed Barker		89.33
 57	Jonny Rowan		90.50
 68	Chris Read		92.26
 74	Matt Thorogood		93.19
 97	Kathy Mallett		96.14
 129	Estelle Damant		100.05
 153	Alan Craig		103.32
 156	Rachel Dixon		103.46
 207	John Hanscomb		109.36
 315	Alan Meaden		129.28
 325	David Meaden		133.54
 We fielded one scratch team in Thames Hare and Hounds' Wednesday evening
 Parkland Relay in Richmond Park on May 8th:
 1	St Mary's UC	60.01
 5	Ranelagh	66.33
 	Paul Doyle		15.32
 	Kevin Jacques		16.31
 	Dave Knight		17.12
 	Mike Peace		17.18
 Mick Lane finished 9th in 35.05 in the Horsham Joggers 10km on May 5th,
 while on the same day Margaret Auerback was winning the over 55s prize in
 the Sutton 10km in 42.27.
 On May 19th Peter Haarer finished 4th in the Oxford Town and Gown 10km in
 On April 28th Chris Spink took part in the George Littlewood Challenge 6
 hour race in Sheffield as part of his preparations for the Grand Union
 Canal Run in June. Chris covered 37.78 miles to finish 7th.
 While most of us were dashing round the Green Belt, a few preferred the
 more peaceful confines of Norbiton for the Surrey track championships.
 Paul Doyle probably surprised himself as well as everybody else by winning
 the Steeplechase title in a time of 12.20.1. But as he was the only
 starter all he had to do was get round without breaking his neck! Paul
 "I'd rather not talk about the steeplechase, as it wasn't a race, more
 like a 'challenge'.  I won't be doing another one! I returned the next day
 anxious to restore some credibility. The 5km had a field of about 12
 runners and it was pretty open. Mike Treadwell (Hercules) lead the field
 until about 4km then faded badly, with Karl Corpes of Aldershot opening a
 6 second lead with 600m to go. Treadwell then put in an astonishing kick,
 a 62 sec final lap. He finished in 15:50, Corpes 2nd 15:59 and me 3rd in
 Sarah Seal adds:
 "Liz Kipling was by far the 3000m starlet with an amazing 5th place in a
 personal best time of 10.31 (this was an 11 or 12 seconds improvement on
 her previous pb). Alice Beverly also performed brilliantly with a pb of
 10.55. I'm not sure where she came overall, but she was first in the U20's
 - hence a gold county medal - (well actually there were no other U'20's
 but none of the credit should be lost for that as it was a fantastic
 time). Sara Grosvenor and I also ran, but not quite so spectacularly.....
 Jessica Harvey was 4th in the U17s 800m in 2.40 and showed her versatility
 by also competing in the Javelin and High Jump.
 Anair Beverly ran in the Middlesex Championships and came first in her age
 group (U17s) in the 3000m, her time 11.13".
 Mike McDowell writes from Gloucestershire:
 "Last week I ran the Minchinhampton 7.2 miles Beer Race. The race started
 at the Old Lodge Inn on Minchinhampton Common and was described by the
 organisers as 80% uphill. 
 We started by going down the scarp of the Cotswolds and immediately coming
 up again, followed by an uphill drag across the common. This we did three
 times. At the end of the first circuit I was lapped by the winner who ran
 sub 5 minute miles all the way and won the race by over 6 minutes! A fox
 in the middle of the road was an interested spectator on my second lap and
 I eventually finished 71st out of 74, first over 70 and probably over 60
 as well. 
 I enjoyed the free half pint at the end but next week at the Berkeley
 Power Station 10km we get a full pint. At least the free drinks make me
 keep running!"   
 John Keep writes:
 "2nd Year University Student Wanting Accommodation. Requirements: one
 single room with access to w/c, shower and kitchen, within easy reach of
 central London transport. Contact John Keep on 01189 321173 or
 Last weekend's Commonwealth Games trial race had some Ranelagh interest in
 both the men's and women's elite events. Stuart Hayes was always in
 contention in the men's race and with a final 10km run of 31.57 he
 eventually finished 4th in 1.52.11, only 43 seconds behind winner Simon
 Lessing. As Lessing was the only Englishman ahead of him Stuart's chances
 of selection look good. 
 In the women's race Kristina Semple finished 12th in 2.16.30, including a
 42.34 10km. As 4th Scot home she is within reach of a place in Manchester
 but still has some work to do.    
 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /
 Sunday May 26th     Logan's Run 10km at Aldershot. A race in memory of
 former Aldershot and Ranelagh member Ian Logan who died of lung cancer.
 Proceeds will go to the Phylis Tuckwell Hospice. 
 Sunday June 9th     Dorking 10 miles road race. Ranelagh Grand Prix race 4. 
 10.45am start.       
 Sunday June 30th    Dysart Dash 10km from our clubhouse. Ranelagh Grand
 Prix race 5. 10am start.   Entry form is available on the home page.
 Saturday July 6th     Brickmakers Arms Marathon Relay at Windlesham.
 Always a popular low-key event - teams of 10 each running 2.6 miles. 
 Steve Rowland
 Telephone: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901
 e-mail: srowland@calorgas.co.uk