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AGM Minutes 2020

Ranelagh Harriers Running Club

Annual General Meeting via Zoom.

Tuesday 7th July 2020


There being a quorum, Rebecca Curtis-Hall,
President, called the meeting to order at 19:35.


Apologies were received from the following

Clive Beauvais, Michele Gibson, Dave
Lawley, Michael Woods, Tim Woods.


Approval of the 2018 AGM Minutes,
circulated prior to the meeting was proposed by Angus Cater and
seconded by Steve Rowland


3. Honorary Secretary’s
Review of the 2019/20 Season

Writing in June 2020 and looking
back over the 2019/20 season, I am struck by the normality with
which the activities of the club proceeded until after the final
Mob Match of the season on 7 March against Blackheath. Then,
suddenly, together with the rest of the sport and indeed the
country as a whole, the club simply fell off a cliff. All
remaining fixtures for the winter season were cancelled,
organised training was curtailed and the clubhouse closed as the
severity of the impact of Covid-19 became apparent and we all
went into lockdown from 23 March onwards. The story of Ranelagh
under lockdown and whatever will follow it will, however, be told
in next year’s review. I shall instead focus on the high and
low points of the so normal year that preceded the pandemic.

Unlike in the previous year, up
until March 2020 at least, the Committee did not have to deal
with any major unexpected events. As detailed in the
Treasurer’s report, the absence of major one off expenses,
improved subscription income and increased profits from both the
road races successfully organised by the club led to a healthy
profit for 2019/20, in contrast to the two previous years.
Membership numbers were not impacted by the decision taken at the
2018 AGM to increase subscription rates. Tuesday training and
Thursday track sessions were generally well supported despite the
very wet weather we faced over the autumn and winter.
Participation in the Summer Grand Prix and Surrey Road League and
in Mob Matches was generally high. Some of the road relay events,
cross country fixtures and club handicaps attracted fewer members
that might have been wished and perhaps we should focus on
understanding why.

The 2019 AGM on 2nd
July 2019 was conducted in record time by the President and threw
up no surprises. The only notable change among the Officers was
that Phil Killingley stood down as Men’s captain after an
extended tenure and was replaced by Richard Kimber. Regrettably,
relations with the Lessees of the Dysart have not seen the hoped
for improvement and indeed permission for any access to the
clubhouse via the car park was withdrawn in July 2019. Plans for
work on the pathway to the clubhouse and the boundary fence were
impacted by this action and then frozen by Covid-19.

The spring road race season kicked
off with the Thames Towpath 10, in which just under 30 members
took part without any standout performances. In the London
Marathon, Aussie member David Criniti finished 3rd V40
in 2hrs 21mins 41secs and there were good performances by Ross
Macdonald and James Riley (both sub 2hrs 40mins) and by Tom
Fairbrother, Andy Starr and Richard Kimber (all sub 2hrs 50mins).
Among the Ladies, Laura Blazey was first home in 3hrs 18mins
47secs and Alice Forbes and Clare Fowler both broke 3hrs 30mins.
Mike Peace maintained his ever present status, finishing just in
time to get to the Roebuck for the evening post race celebration!
In the Boys’ under 15 Mini Marathon, Sam Nesbitt finished a
creditable 12th.

The Ranelagh Richmond Half
Marathon was held just a week later on 5th May in
glorious conditions and 526 finished the race led home by Andrius
Jaksevicius of Belgrave in 71mins 49secs. Szymon Chojnacki, 9th
in 75mins 25secs was first Ranelagh man home closely followed by
Ian Kenton, Jordan Mungovan and Marc Leyshon, forming a Ranelagh
ripple in positions 13 to 15 and securing first team. Our leading
lady was Rachel Smith. In all, 41 members finished the race. The
event, despite forebodings, was a resounding success and praise
is due to Sandra Forrest and her organising team.

Over the weekend of 18/19th
May, Ranelagh finished a solid 3rd in the Open and 4th
Ladies team categories in the Greenbelt Relay. Ross Macdonald
carried his marathon form into the London 10km on 27th
May, although his 33mins 17 secs was only good enough for 188th
and Peter Haarer entered the V50 club rankings in 5th
with 34mins 50secs. Fanny Vein was leading lady in 40mins 31
secs. Our correspondent reported that the sultry conditions left
a trail of bodies in the Dorking 10 miles on 31 May and resulted
in unimpressive club performances with no man breaking the hour
and no lady 70mins. Ross, however, capped a busy few weeks by
taking 10th position in the 22 mile Man versus Horse
in Powys on 8th June but was well beaten by
Wootonheath Herbie, 4 further four hooved and 4 two footed

The Ranelagh Richmond 10km on 16th
June was a sell out and the race which went off smoothly was a
credit to Race Director Michael Morris and all those that
supported him. George Howard became club 10km Men’s
champion, his 34mins 17secs being good for 10th
position and Kathy Henry Ladies’ champion, running 43mins
3secs for 220th position overall. An enormous number
of club members seemed to run the race and most members who did
not run seemed to be helping out in some way. Returning to the
club’s natural habitat, Ranelagh entered 4 teams for the THH
organised Parkland Relay in Richmond Park on 12th June
and our A Team matched the club’s best ever finishing
position of 5th, closely followed by a nifty vets team
in 8th. Sam Davidson, son of Kris, laid down a marker for the
future, running 17.55 for the B team.

Bushy Park parkrun, 29th
June, was the scene of this year’s mini-mob match versus
Stragglers on their “home” course with Ranelagh out to
stem a flow of Straggler victories in Captain Phil’s final
fixture. We turned out 89 versus 117 but Killingley’s
die-hard Surrey League squad were out in force, packing the front
of the field and we were never headed – a fitting curtain
call for the retiring men’s captain. Cordy Parker was our
leading lady in 18.48, just ahead of Phil!

68 members and guests competed for
the Coad Cup, our Summer 5 mile cross country handicap on Tuesday
9th July. The clear winner was Andres Garcia and the
fastest time was recorded by Marc Leyshon who ran through the
field to finish 4th in 28.08.

The Club was modestly represented
in the Elmbridge 10km on 21 July, possibly because members were
saving themselves for the Wedding Day 7km on Friday 26th
July in Bushy Park in which 71 members took part. The Men’s
team (MacDonald, Twomey, Herbert and Whistler) won the handsome
Stag trophy and Cordy Parker was our leading lady once more.

Tuesday, 6th August saw
two internal club events. The first was the established Ratchford
Relay which was won by a team of wonder W’s, Whatmough,
Warner and Walton, who stormed home a minute to the good. The
second event was the inaugural Tamsin Trail informal handicap run
round Richmond Park organised by James Riley, in part to
commemorate the legendry training exploits of his now
semi-mythical namesake Mike. After reviewing the handicaps
beforehand, the Hon Sec declared Phil Killingley a racing
certainty and he duly was first back to the Petersham Gate after
his lap of the park, hotly pursued by Jackson Creegan in a time
that perhaps Mike Riley himself would not have dismissed out of

Unfortunately, Ranelagh’s men
blew away their chances of a team award in the Surrey Road League
at the final fixture, the Wimbledon Dash 5km on 11 August,
fielding a depleted team. Szymon Chojnacki ran well for 11th
position, but the team, 9th on the day, slipped from 2nd
to 4th overall in the competition. Megan de Silva was
our leading lady in 52nd overall, 6th lady,
and also picked up a Surrey VL35 bronze medal as the race doubled
as the Surrey 5km road championship. Ranelagh Ladies ended with
10th position in the League. The race was also the
final fixture in the Ranelagh Grand Prix in which 156 members
competed in at least one race. Ted Mockett was declared a clear
Open category winner and Wiebke Kortum narrowly won the Open
Women’s competition.

Ranelagh representation at both
the Surrey and the SEAA Road Relay champs was limited. A
men’s team finished 10th in the former with Ben
Anderson, fresh from a track season, running a sound 15.19, but
failed to enter the latter whereas, the ladies had an incomplete
team in the former but closed in a team in 44th
position in the latter.

So we arrived at September and the
start of the cross country season with the Opening Run/Thomas Cup
on Saturday 7th, which was preceded by the club photo
and cameraman Ken Powley’s annual speed session. 67 members
and guests took part. Keeping it in the Sinclair family, the
Thomas Cup was won this year by a country mile by mum Sue,
following on from daughter Eilidh’s victory in 2018. With
many of the club’s swiftest runners absent, James Riley
seized the opportunity to record the fastest time, coming home
mid field in 22.12.

The 5 mile Page Cup, contested by
a small field of 37 runners on 28th September produced
the result of the year. Clive Naish has been trying to win a
handicap since shortly after the formation of the club in 1881
and today he finally managed it, converting those speed sessions
over the summer at Osterley Park into silverware. It was a close
run thing however as Richard Kimber, with the day’s fastest
time of 29.01, was bearing down at speed over the final yards.
But Clive was not to be denied!

The Surrey League fixtures
produced contrasting outcomes for the Men’s and Ladies’
teams. Relegated from Division 1 at the end of the preceding
season, the men proved themselves by far the strongest team over
4 fixtures in Division 2, winning three of them and surrendering
first place narrowly just once to Fulham in that club’s home
fixture. In the first fixture at Reigate, Ben Anderson and
Jackson Creegan were first and second and the team closed out in
38. In the second fixture on Wimbledon Common in November, Pat
Wright was first home in 13th but a tidal wave of blue
led to our tenth runner finishing in 36th and
restricting the loss to Fulham. Ranelagh’s dominance after
Christmas increased, 3 (Assmundson, Pat Wright, Killingley) in 10
and 10th man in 27th position at Chobham in
January and 10 in 22 in the final fixture at Lloyd Park. So
Ranelagh was promoted as champions along with Fulham, who should
not be relied upon as relegation fodder in the 2020/21 season
when we are faced with the prospect of surviving in Division 1.
The season closed with Peter Haarer uncomfortably poised on 64
scoring 10 Surrey League finishes, needing just one more to
dethrone Julian Smith on the all time list.

The Ladies team struggled for
consistency at the front although the club was well supported by
a dedicated core of ever presents. In the final fixture at home
in Richmond Park in February a weakened turnout finished dead
last and meant that Ranelagh clung on to first division status by
a narrower margin than was comfortable, finishing 11th
team of 15 over the 4 races. The season started well enough at
Reigate in October with Cordy Parker and Megan de Silva prominent
in 11th and 13th, well supported by Fanny
Vein in 24th and we closed in 7th team. In
the November fixture, Megan and Fanny were again up there with
debutante Fenella Ross close behind but the team slipped to 10th.
In January on Wimbledon Common Cordy Parker was back in action
and Suzy Whatmough made a welcome appearance along with Sarah
Palmer but the team only managed 12th position. Then
in February, we suffered the nail-biter in Richmond Park with
only Megan at the front end of the field. Still, our Ladies live
to fight another season in Division 1.

After the summer success against
Stragglers, Ranelagh made a clean sweep of the 4 cross-country
Mob Matches. First up were Orion at home on 2nd
November. They brought a creditable 48 runners from Epping but
were swamped by the Ranelagh mob, led home by Jackson Creegan who
won by over a minute and George Howard in 3rd. The
race was preceded by a brief silence in memory of Jim Forrest and
Bill Harvey, both mob match centenarians who had died in recent
months. Bonnie Morgan won the Hastings Veterans Handicap held in
conjunction with the race. The final result of the Thames mob
match away at Kingston Vale was long delayed, leading us to
conclude that firstly the result was close and secondly we had
probably shaded it. Thames fielded only 28 runners against 65 for
Ranelagh, and for once Ranelagh was able to match our hosts up
front (Pat Wright 2nd, Assmundson 4th and
Anderson 5th). Our weight of numbers brought us a
narrow victory by 608 to 653. 14th December saw us at
Coulsdon to take on SLH. We eventually started 34 runners after
Mike Peace showed up, slightly fewer than our hosts and the
result was very much in the balance throughout. However, we won
narrowly by 944 to 1013, with Mike having overtaken 11 runners to
finish as our final scorer.

The morning fixture against
Blackheath on 7 March 2020 was the 100th running of
the event. The race itself was a foregone conclusion as Ranelagh
with 69 finishers outnumbered our guests by three to one. Ben
Anderson won the race and regained the Wynne Cup, held alongside
the mob match, followed home by Pat Wright and Carl Assmundson.
Afterwards, at the club house it was a privilege to welcome a
good number of Ranelagh past winners of this fixture from the
1960s onwards and Ranelagh leading ladies from the 1980s to the
present time. Andy Hayward had brewed a special commemorative
beer and sundry speeches were made by representatives of both
clubs as we enjoyed one of Carol Barnshaw’s excellent teas.

5 ladies represented Ranelagh in
the Surrey Championships, held in fine weather at Denbies on 5th
January. Megan da Silva was 15th, Suzy Whatmough 20th
and Fenella Ross 26th, with Alice Littler 78th
and Marie Synnott-Wells 85th completing the team.
Ranelagh was represented in the Boys U15 by Felix Allen and
Finlay Sinclair and his brother Euan in the Youths U17. In the
senior Men’s event, Ranelagh had 7 runners. Ralph Street
paid one of his all too rare visits from Norway and ran a very
strong race to finish 2nd and Ben Anderson ran well
for 12th. Both Marc Leyshon 41st and
Jonathan Smith 44th performed well but the club could
have benefited from more support from our younger members in what
remains an important championship race. In the Middlesex
Championships, held at Wormwood Scrubs the previous day, Ladies
Captain, Rebecca Northmore, finished 45th in the
Senior Ladies, Carl Assmundson 21st in the Senior Men
and Greg Atkins 7th in the Junior Men U20.

From my vantage point as a course
marshal, it was good to see a solid team turnout for both the
Ladies and the Men at the Southern Championships at Parliament
Hill on 25th January. It was dry on the day but
underfoot conditions were pretty diabolical in places. Suzy
Whatmough 74th and Fenella Ross 79th
spearheaded our efforts and Ranelagh’s team completed by Ria
Woodfield and Captain Northmore was 25th. Felix Allen
was our lone representative in the U15 boys, finishing 184th.
In the senior Men’s race Pat Wright ran solidly for 105th.
Our remaining 5 scorers topped by Ross Macdonald, tailed by Mark
Herbert formed what constitutes a blue wave in a field of this
size by closing in within 100 places of each other to secure 21st

The brave few who went to
Nottingham for the Nationals on 22nd February seemed
to have survived the experience. The Ladies, led home by Suzy 110th
and Natalie Haarer 188th finished a team in 34th
position. Ben Anderson was 142nd in the Men’s
race but with support from only Grant Brook, Peter Haarer and
James Ritchie, we failed to finish a team.

The final fixture before lockdown
was the Clutton Cup on 14th March, contested by 26
members and won by Mark Herbert. Pat Wright was the only
competitor under the hour, recording 57.28 for the fastest time.

In addition to the major races
described above, the regular programme of inter-club and minor
championship events that are supported by a wide distribution of
members trundled along throughout the autumn, winter and early
spring of 20/21. There seems to have been a rise in interest in
ultra-distance events during 2020/21 and as usual, members have
reported their exploits in unusual events in strange places all
over the globe. Let us all hope that when I come to write next
year’s review I will be able to describe another year of
great activity.




4. Hon. Treasurer’s
Report for the 2019/20 Season.


Financial Highlights
Income and Expenditure Account
The surplus for the year of £4,004 is a
significant improvement on the deficit before write back
reserves of £8,033 in the previous year. I
set out some of the reasons for this below.
Race profits increased from £1,336 in the
previous year to £7,325. This reflects both increased
numbers of entries and cost reductions.
Subscription income increased from 13,200 to
£15,634. This reflects a subscription increase that took
took effect on 1 April 2019.
The previous year’s results were adversely
affected by a charge of £1,455 in relation to kit. The
charge related to a contractual obligation
for the club to purchase unsold stock from a previous kit
No similar event occurred in the current
Coaching costs reduced from £1,459 in the
previous year to £399 in the current year. This reflects
the lack of a coaching day in the current
year and fewer people taking coaching qualifications.
Balance Sheet
The balance sheet looks relatively strong.
As at the year end date the club had just under
£130,000 in the bank.
There was a reduction in creditors from
£8,615 in the previous year to £2,618. The coronavirus
in reduction or elimination of race entries,
subscriptions and Baker Cup Supper payments
received in advance.
Future Prospects
Coronavirus will clearly have a significant
impact on club finances in 2020/21. The cancellation of
the 2020 Half Marathon and 10k will
significantly reduce club income. Non-recoverable costs
totalling £506 in relation to these races
are included in the current year’s accounts.
Early indications are that subscription
income in April and May 2020 is significantly lower than
for the
same period in 2019. This is likely to
reflect absence of club activities and potentially
difficulties for some members.
As long as the club has no activities, costs
are also likely to be relatively low. With substantial
reserves. I think the club will be
financially well placed to resume activities when
The club remains indebted to the many
members who give their time free of charge throughout
the year. Without the efforts of these
members the club would not be financially viable. In
particular I would like to thank John
Herriott and Deepa Sharma for serving as assistant
treasurers and and Anna Reichwald for serving as Honorary
and Anna Reichwald as Honorary Auditor.
Christopher Read – Treasurer

5. Officers and Club Roles for the 2020/21

Elected Roles

Role2019/2020 SeasonOffering to Serve for 2020/21

Curtis-HallTed Mockett

SecretaryGordon WhitsonYes

TreasurerChris ReadYes

Assistant TreasurerDeepa
Sharma, John Herriott

Men’s CaptainRichard KimberYes

Women’s CaptainRebecca NorthmoreSuzy Whatmough

Fixture SecretaryRick JennerYes

Chief Race OfficialAndy

Premises ManagersClive

Catering ManagerCarol

Social SecretariesMichele
Gibson/Andy HaywardNo

Press OfficerSteve

Kit StewardMarianne MalamYes

Membership SecretaryChris

AuditorAnne ReichwaldYes

Committee Appointed Roles

Role2019/20 Season2020/21

Data Protection OfficerHon Secretary ex officio


Rob CurtisYes and Clare Fowler

Non-Elected Roles

Season2020/21 Season

Men’s Vice
CaptainDave Lawley, James RileyYes

Men’s Team
ManagerJonathan SmithYes

Women’s Vice CaptainMarianne Malam, Suzy
WhatmoughCarol Aikin, Becky Northmore, Marianne Malam

Women’s Team ManagerPhil AikenNo

Junior Team

Assistant Membership

Half Marathon Race
DirectorSandra ForrestYes

10K Race DirectorEdmund PerryYes

Trophy StewardTed MockettJames

StatisticianKen PowleyYes

Gazette EditorJulian

E-News EditorSteve

Schools Race
Co-ordinatorJulian SmithYes

Assistant Chief
Race Official
Paul RiderYes

Club ArchivistSteve

Road G.P.
Co-ordinatorSteve Rowland, Ken Powley

Community LiaisonAndy

Club Coaches/Leaders

Marcus Atkins, Deborah Blakemore, Colin Brett, Tamsin
Burland, Lloyd Camp, Daniel Chiechi, Emily Coulson, Cindy
Croucher, Tor Heron-Brett, John Herriot, Andrew Kew, Phil
Killingley, Wiebke Kortum, Trevor Maguire, Simon Martin,
Ross Macdonald, Paul Murphy, Martin Nance, Rebecca
Northmore, Anna Reichwald, Rachel Revett, Philip Roberts,
Maia Rushby, Amrut Sharma, Katie Walton, Gordon Whitson.

Trevor Maguire, Chris Read

The President mentioned that the
Club is looking to appoint a female Welfare Officer to
join Rob

Curtis in his role and is also
looking to appoint a new Trophy Steward. Both positions
were subs-

equently filled. As regards the
vacant role of Social Secretary, a task specific approach
might be

appropriate with one person taking
responsibility for the Christmas Party, a second for the

Cup Supper etc.

6. AOB

There being no AOB, the President
closed the meeting at 20.05.

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