Newsdesk 2003

 RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 94           19 MARCH 2003
 Web site: www.ranelagh-harriers.com 
 CLUTTON CUP 10 MILES HANDICAP  Saturday March 15th in Richmond Park
 Ken Powley reports:
 "The Clutton took place on almost a summer's day.Turnout was only 19, but
 then that's been the average for the last four years. Not a popular race. 
 Scratch man Andy Bickerstaff fairly scooted round in a very fast time. He
 overtook a very unfit Marcus before reaching Pen Ponds, despite starting two
 minutes behind him. 
 Francisco Baratta finished first, but had to run as a 'guest' since he had
 not completed the mandatory three races to be eligible. The winner Rod Hogg
 has been a regular Wednesday night trainer round the Park this winter. He
 showed improved form on his recent run in the Bank of England. A well
 deserved victory.
 Kathy Mallett ran the third fastest time for a woman in the Clutton, and is
 now also the fastest O/45. Newcomer Joanne Ronaldson ran very well, after
 coming out for the first time last Wednesday, and running a lap of the

 Preceding the Clutton was our annual schools race for the Ranelagh Cup.
 Julian Smith reports:
 "Perennial winners Winchester missed the start and ran the course as a time
 trial on their own, their first runner apparently being a minute quicker
 than the winner of the actual race. It's noticeable that parking is becoming
 an increasingly serious problem now on nice days, some schools having to
 wait 10 minutes for a vacant spot to appear in the Pembroke Lodge car park".
 1 L Hearne  (Epsom) 21.43
 2 A Bell  (RGS Guildford) 21.53
 3 G Earle  (Charterhouse) 22.17 

 Teams (4 to score)
 1 Charterhouse 21
 2 Epsom 52
 3 RGS Guildford 63 

 Marlene Pautard finished 4th in the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon on
 February 23rd in 91.41. 

 ...takes place on Saturday April 5th. The afternoon race is a 3 miles road
 handicap starting at 3pm at White Lodge in the centre of the Park (near the
 Pen Ponds car park). The evening bash will be at the Hawker Centre in Ham.
 All are welcome at both events! Plenty of tickets still available, but don't
 leave it too late. Do try to make it, especially if you're a prize winner.
 Tickets are 16. Book with Carol Barnshaw on 020 8898 9285 (home), 020 8547
 6600 (work) or c_barnshaw@yahoo.com.
 ...were presented at a special get-together of our youngsters, parents,
 coaches and supporters hosted by Janet Turnes at the Wych Elm on March 2nd.
 First, small mementos were awarded to the members of the winning Under 20
 and Under 13 teams in the Surrey Ladies League. Then the main trophies were
 presented to the first Ranelagh finishers in the Richmond Mini-Marathon
 trial: the Camilla Cup to Alex Hook (11-12yrs), the Chalkie White Salver to
 Anair Beverly (15-17yrs), the Centenary Cup to Dan Jermy (13-14yrs) and the
 Brasher Cup to Richard Simm (15-17yrs). In addition, the David Malleson
 trophy for the most promising junior was awarded to Ben Gateley. It has also
 been agreed that the Lotinga Cup, traditionally the overall club junior
 championship trophy, should go to the fastest under 18 in the Baker Cup race
 on April 5th. 
 Ten events will feature in our Grand Prix this year, starting with the
 Thames Towpath 10 and the London Marathon. Points are scored according to
 finishing positions amongst the Ranelagh contingent in each race. If any
 member competes in more than eight of the ten races, only the best eight
 scores will count. There are trophies for four categories: open, over 40,
 over 50 and women. See our web site for more details and the complete
 calendar of events. 

 More details of the following from Andy Bickerstaff (07966 552302 /
 mailto:norris.hobs@ndirect.co.uk ) or Sarah Seal (020 8995 2380 /
 mailto:sarahs@walker.co.uk ).

 Sunday March 23rd Worthing 20 miles road race incl Spendlove Cup club
 20 miles championship 

 Sunday March 30th Thames Towpath 10 miles road race at Chiswick. Race
 1 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix series 2003. Entry forms in the clubhouse or
 send your details to the race organiser at Flat 3, 15 Grosvenor Road,
 Chiswick, London W4 4EQ. Entry fee is 7 payable to West 4 Harriers. Entry
 on the day is 10.  

 Saturday April 5th Baker Cup 3 miles road handicap. Start 3pm at White
 Lodge in Richmond Park. All members welcome. Followed by the annual supper
 and prize-giving: see above for details.

 Sunday April 13th London Marathon. Race 2 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix
 series 2003. 

 Sunday May 4th Sutton 10km. Race 3 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix
 series 2003. Start 11am at Beddington Park. Entry forms in the clubhouse.

 Sat/Sun May 10th /11th Green Belt Relay 

 Sunday May 18th Richmond Half Marathon. Race 4 in the Ranelagh Grand Prix
 series 2003. Start 8.30am at Old Deer Park. Entry forms in the clubhouse or
 from our web site.
 Andy Bickerstaff spotted the following in 'The Times':
 'Police in Norway stopped Sigrid Krohn de Lange running down the street in
 Bergen because they thought she had escaped from a nursing home. The 94 year
 old jogger was out getting fit'. "So that's the fate that awaits us all!"
 says Andy. Some sooner than others.... 

 Steve Rowland
 e-mail: srowland@calor.co.uk
 Tel: 01926 318734
 Fax: 0870 4006901