Editor: Steve Rowland
Web site: https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk
Apologies, we’re a bit behind in producing e-news #603 and the result is that we just have too much to fit into one edition. So, this edition contains just info and reminders, while #604, which will follow in a few days, will catch up with reports and results.
🔷🔶 HON. SECRETARY 🔷🔶
Gordon Whitson has done an outstanding job during the past several years as our Hon. Secretary. Unfortunately Gordon has now been obliged to stand down and we need to find a replacement or replacements. It can be a one-person job or shared amongst a team. If you might be interested in taking a role please contact our President Ted Mockett who can give you further information: email@example.com.
We also need a new Welfare Officer. Again, contact Ted Mockett if you can help.
🔷🔶 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 🔷🔶
Ranelagh’s AGM will take place on Tuesday 5th July. More details to follow.
🔷🔶 RANELAGH RICHMOND 10k 🔷🔶
9.00am Sunday 26 June 2022
Riverside Drive TW10 7QA
Our annual club 10k is coming up on the 26th June, and we need your help to make it happen! We need roughly 50 volunteers, for a variety of roles including helping with set up before the race, packing down afterwards, and marshalling during the race. Please email Gavin Hillhouse (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer. If you want to run the race, then we can give you a role that allows you to do both, so please just mention that.
We currently have 423 entries, of which 51 are from Ranelagh. It would be nice to have some more! II you want to run and haven’t signed up yet, you can do so here: www.ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/10k.
After the race our Social Secretaries Rebecca and Hadi are planning to hold our summer BBQ at the clubhouse from 12:00 onwards where we will be providing BBQ food and a drink for £12 per person. We will also have additional drinks available for a voluntary donation. We will be in contact over the coming weeks to confirm numbers and dietary requirements.
you further information: email@example.com.
MINI MOB MATCH
Our “Mini Mob Match” against The Stragglers RC will take place in conjunction with the Old Deer Park parkrun on Saturday 18thJune. All are welcome, but in order to count in the match you must be registered with parkrun as Ranelagh Harriers. Deborah Blakemore is co-Director of the Old Deer Park parkrun and would like to hear from anyone who can help with the run.
The two Coaches in the Intermediate 2 training group, John Herriott and Martin Nance would welcome your help between now and the end of September in either doing the warm ups or taking the session on a Tuesday evening. This is because of their holiday commitments. If you would like to help, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred dates and roles and your interest will be passed on to John and Martin. Existing coaches, please get in touch with Martin or John using your existing contact details.
🔷🔶 AN EVENING WITH BRUCE FORDYCE 🔷🔶
Venue: London Scottish Golf Clubhouse, Windmill Common SW19
7.15pm 30th June Bar open 6.30pm to 10pm
Bruce Fordyce is one of the all-time greatest ultra-distance runners, who won the famous Comrades Marathon in South Africa 9 times, set the World Record for 50 miles while running one of his three victories in the iconic London to Brighton Race in the early Eighties and is also a former World Record holder for 100km.
He will be talking about the Comrades race, his experiences and training tips. The talk should be particularly relevant to those embarking or considering taking on this 89 km challenge. Bruce and his wife Gill also launched and manage parkrun South Africa.
There is ample parking, the nearest Tube Station is Southfields (2km) and the 93 bus runs from Putney and Wimbledon Park. Entrance is free, but please confirm to email@example.com if you would like to come as numbers are limited.
🔷🔶 RANELAGH JUNIORS 🔷🔶
Ted Mockett writes:
Ranelagh’s juniors need your help!
Our Tuesday night junior and youth training sessions have for years been run every week by a small dedicated team consisting of Colin Brett, Maia Rushby and, more recently, Katie Walton and we thank all three of them for their fantastic contribution. However, Maia and Katie can no longer commit to running the sessions every week and Colin has had to step down completely.
Therefore, if we are to continue with a youth coaching scheme at Ranelagh we need some new volunteers, ideally a larger team of 8-10 people who would be able to commit to helping out just once a month. You don’t need any prior experience and you don’t need to hold a current coaching qualification in order to volunteer, you just need to be able to turn up once a month on a Tuesday evening .
If you would be willing to help out with our junior training sessions on a Tuesday evening please get in touch with me, Ted Mockett at firstname.lastname@example.org
🔷🔶 CLUB SUBSCRIPTIONS AND TRACK SESSIONS 🔷🔶
Annual membership subscriptions were due on 1st April and remain unchanged from their previous levels despite an increase in England Athletics registration fees. Please ensure subs are paid promptly and that any Standing Order or Faster Payment clearly states your name and the word “subs” so that our finance team know that you have paid.
Full details of our membership subscription rates and how to pay can be found on the club’s website:
If you need to update your email or home address you can do so by completing the online form on the membership page.
THURSDAY TRACK SESSIONS AT OSTERLEY
One change for next year concerns our Thursday evening track sessions at Osterley where the fees for our use of the track have almost doubled in just two years. The fees were previously covered by a gift made to the club but these funds have now run out. Since the track is used by a fairly small proportion of members, the committee felt it fairest to ask our senior/adult members who use the track on a regular or occasional basis, and who can afford to do so, to make a contribution of £40 a year in addition to the annual subs in order to help us cover the not inconsiderable cost of hiring the track and so that we can continue to provide this facility. Junior members do not need to make any additional contribution to attend the track training sessions.
Payments for using the track should be made to the following account:
Sort Code: 40-23-29
Account Number: 81109847
The payment reference should be your name followed by the word Track. For example: “J Smith Track”.
🔷🔶 OTHER RUNS and RACES COMING UP 🔷🔶
RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX & SURREY ROAD LEAGUE
Our Ranelagh Road Grand Prix and the Surrey Road League both kicked off with the Wimbledon 5k back in March. Then we had the Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon and the Sutton 10k in May. Although three races have taken place, technical problems have prevented the full Road League points from being calculated for the Sutton 10k. Here’s the position so far: https://www.surreyathletics.uk/road/league/index.php?Y=2021&O=L&S=2021&T=.
Here are details for the remaining races:
Sunday 12th June Dorking 10 miles * Details: https://www.dmvac.org/events/dorking-tens/.
Sunday 26th June Richmond 10km * Details: https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/events/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-10k/.
Saturday 16th July Elmore 7 miles Details: https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/event/SLHElmore72022
Sunday 24th July Elmbridge 10km Details: http://www.err.club/pages/2-10K.html
Those marked with an asterisk are also Surrey championships.
Our women’s team is currently 3rd and the men 6th in the League. Our best placed individuals are John Shaw who is joint 2nd in the M60 category and Adrienne Baddeley who is also joint 2nd in the W35s.
20 PONDS RUN Tuesday 21st July. As an alternative to our normal Tuesday training here’s a chance to visit every pond in the Park!
COAD CUP Summer 5 miles Handicap in Richmond Park. Tuesday 12th July. Pre-entry required. See our web site.
WEDDING DAY 7K Friday 29th July iat 7.30pm in Bushy Park – one of the most popular summer races
Father Onn of The Stragglers writes:
You don’t need me to point out that the Covid 19 Pandemic lead to the postponement of many a wedding. Although much more light-hearted than real people’s nuptials, the Wedding Day 7K is pleased to invite you, following the hiatus, to the 2022 Wedding Day 7K. This marks the 40th running of the event, albeit two years late. Friday 29th July is the date starting at 7:30pm. Hampton Hill Cricket Club in Bushy Park is the venue. Bless you!
PS All the stuff you need to know will be on the race website.
WIMBLEDON TRAIL RACE SERIES
Andy Bickerstaff’s very popular summer Wednesday evening trail race series on Wimbledon Common has returned. There were three races but the first two have already taken place. Remaining is the final 8 miles on 6th July .Race HQ is at the Windmill. There’s still time to enter:https://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RaceDetails.asp?RaceID=30918. .
HENTY RELAY Tuesday 2nd August
This is a low-key event in the Park comprising three-person teams running laps of Sidmouth Wood. More details to follow.
TAMSIN TRAIL Handicap Tuesday 9th August. A lap of the Park. More details to follow.
RATCHFORD RELAY Tuesday 16th August. Women only, details to follow.
CONCORDE ONE HOUR RACE
BA Runners have invited us to their Concorde One Hour Race on Sunday 5th June: They write: The Concorde One Hour Race is being held on the closed road circuit of the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit (UB4 0LP) on the morning of Sunday 5th June. Mo Farah holds the world record at 21.33km; we would expect most club runners to achieve somewhere between 10km and 15km. Details: https://barunner.activetrainingworld.com/tc-events/concorde-1hr/ . This could be an opportunity to set a one-hour record for your club!.
Wiebke Kortum writes:
I have spaces in my two local in-person yoga classes in St Andrew’s Church (Wednesdays 7- 8:15 pm) TW10 5HG and St Richard’s Church TW10 7NL (Wednesdays 9:15 – 10:30 am). Ranelaghs receive a discount of £1 per class (£9 for the class if you sign up for the term/ £10 for drop-in). I also have a Monday evening online class if you are interested. More info and contact details can be found here: https://yogawithwiebke.com/welcome/classes/. – Finally, I have taken some training for people who are experiencing cancer. I aim to start a small supportive yoga class this year. If you know anyone touched by cancer who might be interested don’t hesitate to forward my details. Thank you.
🚨🎓 GIVE A GRAD A GO 🎓 🚨
Dear fellow Ranelagh Members,
My name is Tom Bradley and I was a frequent runner at Ranelagh Harriers prior to starting at Bristol University. Now I have returned I am on the lookout for a job!
Graduate roles appear to be pretty competitive in the post-pandemic era so further experience and the opportunity to try out different types of work would be hugely valued. I am interested in all things branding, technology, and (obviously) sports!
If anyone has any job availability, recommendations, referrals or simply needs a fresh graduate to help out then please contact me:
📈 We can also connect on Linkedin! https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-bradley/
🔷🔶 RANELAGH RICHMOND HALF MARATHON POST-RACE TECHNICAL REPORT 🔷🔶
Registered for the event (including 11 on the day): 446 Finishers: 323 Affiliated Men: 188 Unaffiliated Men: 56 Affiliated Women: 65 Unaffiliated Women:14 [78% of finishers were affiliated runners] Ranelagh finishers: 42
Volunteers: approx. 90 Race Officials, Adjudicator: Richard Carter, Referee: Frances Ratchford.
Open Race Results 1. Ben Goddard (Woking AC) 71:17 2. John Hutchins (Woking AC) 71:40 3. Thomas Almond (Reigate Priory AC) 73:20 10. Marc Leyshon (Ranelagh Harriers) 75:32 1. Cecilia Siruffo (Guildford & Godalming AC) 84:45 2. Niki Densley (Camberley & District AC) 84:55 3. Adrienne Baddeley (Ranelagh Harriers) 86:21
Team Results Men: (3 to score) 1. Reigate Priory AC (16 pts) 2. Woking AC (35 pts) Women: (3 to score) 1. Wimbledon Windmilers (33 pts) 2. South London Harriers (39 pts) Surrey Champs The race again doubled as the Surrey half marathon championship. As the medals did not arrive in time for the race it is planned that they will be presented to those present by Frances Ratchford at the 10k on Sunday 26 June 2022.
Race Partners / Initiatives We again partnered with Sporting Feet who provided discounted prize vouchers and also a 10% discount code for all runners and volunteers. Additionally, Sporting Feet kindly donated vouchers for £130 towards a pair of shoes to the male and female winners. A new initiative this year was race photographer MyBibNumber. Its photographers took photos at a few points on the course, the finish and also of the prize presentation. Competitors can buy their photos and were given a discount voucher as an inventive. We were given a code to download photos for free for Ranelagh marketing purposes.
We provided finishers with a TRIBE protein bar following the success of the 10k partnership in 2021. We reverted to using The Rose of York pub as the pre-race HQ as we struggled to get firm commitment from The Fox and Duck pub. This worked extremely well and provided a safe environment for the runners to congregate before the race. The large car park area was closed and there was ample space to have separate areas for the portaloos,
Sports Systems (race packs and on the day entries) and the baggage van. Our post-race HQ was again Richmond & Kew FC. In the finish area we had the Argonaut coffee van, which is usually located between Kingston Bridge and Canbury Gardens. The van’s coffees and snacks appeared to sell extremely well. There was also a Creamy ice cream van for which we received 25% of the morning’s takings. The race memento was a Ranelagh-branded Buff-type neck tube. Unfortunately One Water, a Richmond based company, was unable to fulfil our water order. We therefore instead successfully reverted to water stations equipped with large sterilised containers of water and paper cups. This worked well and was ultimately less costly.
Post-Race Email: 2 days after the race runners were sent a Thank You email. This mentioned the 10k with a link to enter online and we also included a post-race survey. We also included discount vouchers for Sporting Feet, Tribe and MyBibNumber. The email was forwarded to our various race partners who reverted expressing their gratitude and that they would like to partner with us again in 2023.
Feedback Feedback from runners has been excellent with many people commenting on the amazing marshals. Feedback in emails to the race director included: • “You guys did a great job organising, had a nice time” • “Great atmosphere and friendly, enthusiastic marshals all the way around” • “Thanks for a lovely day” • “Fabulous organisation, course and volunteers/marshals” • “I may be one of the later finishers but I really love doing the race and have done it more than 10 times” • “Well done on an impeccably organised and brilliant race” • “Thanks for a beautifully organised race… It was a really good event” We also asked our volunteers for feedback. We will take that onboard, together with the post-race online survey, when considering possible refinements to the race next year. The race adjudicator’s feedback was that it was “A well organised race as I would expect from Ranelagh and yourself”. We will also consider his 3 suggested refinements for the 2023 race.
Finances The final finances for the race are expected to be available shortly. It appears the race will generate a small loss in the region of a couple of hundred pounds. There are a few key drivers of the race’s profitability: 1) Overall race entry numbers were lower than anticipated. There appear to be a number of key reasons for this including: a. The race entry fees (affiliated and non-affiliated) were overly competitive. We propose to hike the cost of entry, while possibly including an Early Bird entry incentive, having recently benchmarked the entry fees with some other races. b. In recent years there has been a proliferation of other local half marathons which may have reduced the appeal of our race, particularly to non-club runners. 2) Race entries were very slow for the first couple of months; likely due to ongoing uncertainties and concerns at that time about the pandemic. Consequently, from April onwards we had a massive push on social media to generate more entries. 3) Some of our largest costs have increased significantly. This is in part due to companies seemingly wanting to claw back some of their lost revenue from races that were cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. General price inflation is expected to further impact costs for 2023. 4) We were extremely fortunate and are grateful to a generous Ranelagh member, who wishes to remain anonymous, who very kindly donated £500 to the race given the financial strain it experienced for the reasons explained above.
Some Initial Ideas and Initiatives for 2023 • We intend to further enhance our social media footprint to assist race entry number for 2023. • To raise awareness of the race we can distribute promotional flyers at other local races, possibly on a reciprocal basis (as we did with RUNFEST this time). • We may extend the official race cut-off time, possibly to 2:45 from 2:30, to have wider appeal as we are aware that some people did not enter the race as they were unsure they would make the cut-off. In the end we provided timing for all finishers, including our last runner who finished in 2:38.
Race Director’s Overview: I gave up being the club handicapper after several years in the role to instead take on the exciting challenge of race directing our half marathon. I was relatively confident that the race would be a success given the exceptional core team I had working alongside me and the experience I have officiating at many races in numerous capacities. Thankfully my bullish optimism was not unfounded! I am indebted to all the volunteers and especially those with key roles such as Marcus Atkins (incident control and volunteers coordinator on race day), Chris Read / Mark Herbert (course signage), Andy Bickerstaff (race finish set up) and Andy Woodhouse / Mike White (water stations). The Richmond Scouts, overseen by Nat Nesbitt, deserve a very special mention for their various roles and the amazing assistance they provided. There was a small group of invaluable and incredible people though without whom I simply could not have managed, particularly as I was unfamiliar with some of the nuances of the event as it was my first year at the helm: Lindsey Simmons (permissions and toilet hire), Trevor Maguire (volunteers coordinator), Ed Perry (general advice and assistance, joint initiatives with the 10k, marketing), Narissa Vox (marketing & general assistance). Several new initiatives were introduced in 2022 to enhance the appeal of the race and overall event, including the prizes donated by Sporting Feet, the race photographers and the ice cream van. I hope to have additional race partners in 2023 to add further appeal to would-be entrants and boost race numbers. I will also incorporate some of the constructive feedback received to make the race even safer and more attractive for the runners. I look forward to race directing the half marathon again in 2023 with the assistance of the exceptional core team who made the race such a success this year! In the meantime, next month I will be race refereeing the Ranelagh 10k (which is of course also the Surrey Champs 10k).
Simon Martin 24 May 2022
Teamer is the app we use to confirm attendance at races. It’s pretty self-explanatory once you sign up. Join the group and see what it’s all about.
🔷🔶 KEEP IN TOUCH 🔷🔶
- Join the Strava group: https://www.strava.com/clubs/ranelagh-harriers
2. Log your run and give it a catchy title.
3. Give our segments a shot!
4. Check back every week for highlights
5. Note that Activity and Profile Privacy settings will need to be set to Everyone if you want the rundown team to be able to see your individual runs
Follow us elsewhere on social:
FB: Ranelagh Harriers
🔷🔶 FINALLY 🔷🔶
When French writer and philosopher Voltaire arrived in England in 1726, he attended a sporting festival by the River Thames at Greenwich. He wrote that, so far from the event being confined to young men, “I was agreeably surprised when I heard that there was to be a race for the girls as well, and that, besides the purse which was the winner’s prize, the chemise was to be given to the best runner among the girls and the hat to the best runner among the men.”