🔷🔶 IMPORTANT RACES COMING UP 🔷🔶
SURREY CROSS-COUNTRY LEAGUE THIS SATURDAY
The final race in the Surrey Cross-Country League was due to be run on Saturday 19th February on Effingham Common. We haven’t run there for several years and we were curious to see whether Effingham lived up to its mud bath reputation. Well, we’ll have to wait for that. Storm Eunice passed by the day before and on Saturday afternoon conditions in the woodland were plainly unsafe or unnavigable. It seemed probable that that the League would have to be curtailed altogether after just three races. But no. Some hard work by the League and County officials found that Lloyd Park in Croydon was available this Saturday 5th March. That’s only this weekend but…away we go…
According to the Surrey League website the start times on Saturday are as follows:
11am Under 13 Girls
11.20am Under 13 Boys
11.40am Under 15 & Under 17 Girls
12.05pm Under 15 & Under 17 Boys
12.30pm Senior Women Division 2
1.45pm Senior Women Division 1
3pm Senior Men Division 1
Check the Surrey League website for times and maps etc. www.surreyleague.org/slm/match/130/ or www.surreyleague.org/sll/match/126/. Men’s Captain Rich says: The short notice means the outcome of this race could now be less predictable than we thought. It’ll be interesting at the very least. We need you to race! Show your Ranelagh pride and turn out for your club in this most competitive of fixtures if you possibly can. We’re fortunate to be able to race this, given the last-minute cancellation. Register through Teamer or just turn up..
CLUTTON CUP 10 miles handicap Saturday 19th March in Richmond Park 2pm start
Our longest handicap. Entry is free but you MUST enter in advance to allow the handicapper time to do his job. Closing date for entries is 11pm on 14th March See
Owing to temporary restrictions in the Park we are obliged to use a new course for this year only. It will be three laps of 3 and a bit miles starting at the top of Queen’s Ride. Exact route to be confirmed.
NEXT JOB FOR THE MOB
We have two remaining mob matches on the fixture list:
Sunday 13th March away to Blackheath and Bromley HAC at The Warren, Hayes 11am start. All welcome and needed! There’s a map on our website:
Saturday 30th April at home in Richmond Park to Thames Hare and Hounds
SURREY ROAD LEAGUE, RANELAGH ROAD GRAND PRIX & SURREY ROAD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The road league and our own road GP are in operation again this year after having been struck down by COVID in 2020 and 2021. The general format is unchanged but there are significant differences to the fixtures. In previous years the Wimbledon 5k has been the final race in the calendar, run in mid-August. The organising club Hercules Wimbledon have decided to bring it substantially forward – to Sunday 13thMarch. It will still be included in the League. The London Marathon is in October and so probably won’t be included. The current list is as follows, but for the GP we’ll hope to include one or two more, subject to confirmation:
Sunday 13th March Wimbledon Dash 5km * Details: https://www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk/the-perseverance-5km-dash.
Sunday 8th May Ranelagh Richmond Half Marathon * Details: https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/events/ranelagh-harriers-richmond-half-marathon2022/.
Sunday 15th May Sutton 10km Details: Sutton 10K [event] (stuweb.co.uk).
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, subject to confirmation.
🔷🔶 RANELAGH CUP SCHOOLS RACE 🔷🔶
This was due to take place on Saturday 12th March in Richmond Park. For a variety of reasons we had to postpone the event but we hope to reschedule it in November. We would like to include more local schools. If anyone knows of any who might be interested in taking part please let us know.
🔷🔶 SPONSORSHIP 🔷🔶
Martin Halvey writes:
I am running the Manchester marathon on the 3rd of April, and have decided to run on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society. As my running times seem to be slower I feel I need another reason to run. Running for a charity gives an impetus to continue to enjoy the delights the four seasons have to offer. However, I still feel there is another decent race to be run. Self-deception may be useful!
I understand the cost of living is increasing so any amount would be gratefully received by the Alzheimer’s Society.
🔷🔶 SPORTING FEET 🔷🔶
Michael Morris writes
We are currently looking for part-time staff to work with us in our Putney and Richmond stores.. We are looking for someone with an interest in sports who is available for one weekday shift and one weekend shift. We already have myself (full-time manager at Richmond), Vaughan Ramsay (part-time at Putney) and James Hall (full-time manager at Putney) from Ranelagh on the staff and thought it may be possible that someone else from Ranelagh may be interested in a part-time role.
We have a great reputation for our customer service levels, so we want people who can help us to continue to deliver a great experience. The one thing we definitely want are people who are passionate about sport. You may be a local student or just someone who would like to work in a great, local business for a couple of days per week. We offer a competitive standard hourly rate, rising dependent on age and experience. Or maybe you know someone who might be interested? Please email your CV to email@example.com if you are interested in replying. We look forward to hearing from you.
Dom, Geoff and the Sporting Feet team:
3, Lacy Road, Putney, SW15 1NH, T: 020 8780 0558
9, King Street, Richmond, TW9 1ND, T: 020 8948 6059
🔷🔶 RESULTS 🔷🔶
HAROLD LEE CUP MOB MATCH v ORION HARRIERS Saturday 12th February in Epping Forest
“Epic at Epping” encapsulates Saturday’s mob match against Orion, an away fixture with the HQ at Orion’s rather nice recently refurbished and extended clubhouse. As 2.00 p.m. neared, off we scampered to the start, not in the usual place for the seven-mile course but elsewhere, so that Orion could combine the mob match with the ‘Mercury’, described on their website as “a tough ten-mile cross-country race”, and one which includes one of their own handicap events. Chants were duly chanted (ours reportedly heard on the far side of a valley two miles away) and we began our odyssey through the wildest reaches of Epping Forest (passing places hitherto unknown even to Dave Wright).
The first few miles followed the usual mob match course in reverse (so yes, down that long hill which usually comes at the end of all things). Thereafter, I found it difficult to keep track of where we were; all I can say is that the scenery was breath-taking, especially with the dappled light from the late winter sun shining through the dense branches overhead, and that the variety of terrain was extraordinary. There was the easy stuff: road (but not too much) and firm, level bridleways where it was possible to motor at speed; but there were also long lengths of soggy grassland, something that resembled practice trenches from a bygone military training exercise, and tricky, twisting tracks through trees (and sometimes over fallen trees: I didn’t know I could still hurdle). There were also wild, steep, downhill plunges but, in cross country, what goes down must come up, so there was also a long, sapping hill after seven miles up which it was said, in pre-race chatter amongst Orion members, that it was impossible to keep running (almost true from my perspective).
Most absorbing, however, was the ground underfoot, with long tracts where considerable concentration was required to avoid disaster due to the loose mud pocked with puddles, and the treacherous truth that, just as confidence has been built up that the substrate is firm, a foot sinks into yet another surprise quagmire. Even the mud came in multiple varieties which may be categorised by texture and smell, some of it fruitily pungent and with unmistakable signs that a good percentage had recently made a progress through the guts of a horse. Some stretches are also festooned with stringy bramble ready to scratch or ensnare the unwary.
Therefore ,this was indeed, as billed, a tough course. I offer as compelling proof not just the impressive spattering of mud attached to all finishers, or the number of falls during the race (fifty percent of the group sampled – O.K., I confess that means two out of four), but also the fact that many competitors had raw and bleeding wounds to display. (By the way, if anyone came across the missing sections of skin from the back of my ankles, please post: my feet would like them back).
A more granular analysis of the day’s proceedings is difficult to supply. Due to the trees, there are few sections which offer insights into the whereabouts of the pack, so visibility for most of the event was reduced to just two Marks (Herbert and Leyshon) plus one member from Orion. For us, as a quartet, the course offered a great deal of opportunity for committee work and team-building at moments where the trail became obscure, and we clubbed together to formulate a working hypothesis about which way to go. Marc Leyshon kindly stayed with us up until the fabled steep hill and then cruised away (that’s a kinder way of saying “left me to eat his dust”).
The first individual to cross the line won the race by a massive margin but, by all accounts, looked as if he had scarce broken into a sweat. He was followed by quite a drift of white vests before a trio from Ranelagh finally added a splash of blue, Marc Leyshon leading us home, and then a lively Mark Herbert (who had been shoulder to shoulder with yours truly before finding a bit of extra power within sniffing distance of the end).
Looking back down the course, Suzy Whatmough hove into view as our leading lady and had an exciting finish as she fought off the immediate competition to finish as first lady overall. This brought our only real success of the day: away matches often attract fewer participants than home matches, and perhaps the extra three miles was off-putting over this challenging ‘forest-scape’. Whatever the reason, we had a hearty twenty-eight but this was never going to be enough to eclipse a mob of over seventy, and we were thrashed comprehensively. We dutifully handed back the Harold Lee Cup (those who scrutinise the photographic record of the day may observe that the cup lacked a little polish. I’m sure that the explanation must be that we wanted to reassure Orion that we had not substituted the silver original for a cheap imitation).
The last word has to go to the forest (this must be the most scenic of the four mob matches that we do) and the amazing team of marshals from Orion. These dedicated individuals had marked out the course carefully, gave us excellent instructions at key points as we thundered past, and managed the traffic at the several road crossings. The tea was fab too and, in sum, although we lost, this was a very friendly and good-natured meeting – everything, in fact, that a mob match should be.
Pos Name Club Time Cat.
1 James Stockings Orion H 62.00 SM
6 Marc Leyshon Ranelagh H 68.52 M40+
7 Mark Herbert 69.15 M40+
8 Peter Haarer 69.24 M50+
11 David Lawley 71.20 M40+
15 Jonathan Smith 72.34 SM
19 Ted Mockett 75.49 M40+
20 Suzy Whatmough 75.53 SL
21 James Whistler 75.56 SM
31 James Adkins 81.58
33 Neil Rae 82.18 M50+
35 Richard Willoughby 82.43 M50+
38 Nicola Douglas 83.10 L35+
44 Jessica Busen-Smith 84.35 L40+
45 Alex Ring 85.23 M45+
46 John Cadogan 85.44 M45+
48 Dave Wright 87.10 M60+
50 Marcus Atkins 87.58 M55+
53 Rebecca Bissell 89.43 L45+
54 Wiebke Kortum 89.44 L50+
55 Tom Cameron 91.22 SM
78 Stephen Logue 100.26 M60+
79 Ann Kearey 100.23 L50+
84 Stephen Aikin 101.56 M55+
86 Andrew Kew 107.51 M45+
87 Chris Read 108.13 M55+
97 Ian Grange 129.30 M60+
TEAMS: (Scoring 25 a side)
- Orion Harriers 460
- Ranelagh Harriers 1053
ENGLISH NATIONAL CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 26th February at Parliament Hill
The “National” was back at its spiritual home this year, and Parliament Hill with its mixture of mud, fast running and hills did not disappoint. We were unfortunately one runner short of the required four to complete a team in the women’s championship, but the trio who ran all performed very well. Suzy Whatmough was our first finisher in 121st position and to her will go the Aotearoa Trophy for the first Ranelagh finisher. Cecily Day and Natalie Haarer were 198th and 248th respectively.
The equivalent trophy for our first finisher in the men’s championship goes to Ben Anderson, 282nd and nearly 500 places ahead of our second finisher Dave Lawley. Jonathan Smith, Chris Lepine, Neil Rae and Richard Willoughby completed the scoring six with James Ritchie backing up. Our team position was 77th out of 133 closing in.
Pos Name Club Time Cat.
1 Jessica Gibbon Reading AC 29.00 SL
121 Suzy Whatmough Ranelagh H 35.02 SL
198 Cecily Day 36.41 SL
248 Natalie Haarer 37.41 SL
Pos Name Club Time Cat.
1 Mahamed Mahamed Southampton AC 40.52 SM
282 Ben Anderson Ranelagh H 49.26 SM
747 David Lawley 55.56 M40+
813 Jonathan Smith 56.54 SM
965 Chris Lepine 59.01 M50+
1044 Neil Rae 60.03 M50+
1282 Richard Willoughby 63.32 M50+
1287 James Ritchie 63.35 M45+
SEVILLE MARATHON Sunday 20th February
Gill Sanders ran a fine first Marathon in Seville and ducked well inside the 3 hours barrier. She was placed 7th in the W40 category and her time of 2:54.36 moves her into 4th place in Ranelagh’s all-time women’s ranking list.
QUICKSILVER HAMPTON COURT HALF MARATHON Sunday 20th February
Martin Halvey was the second over 60 home and his 92.33 clocking catapults him into 5th place in our all-time list for that age group.
25 James Riley 1:18.25
105 William Joyce 1:25.40
193 Nic Douglas 1:30.02
216 Sam Slater 1:31.59
229 Martin Halvey 1:32.33
426 John Reece 1:41.41
831 Neha Rani 1:55.22
1172 Colette Doran 2:09.57
WOKINGHAM HALF MARATHON Sunday 27th February
Nick Impey ran a great race to record 69.17 for 14th overall and 5th over 40. As a new vet a whole new world is opening up for Nick as he polishes off vets prizes and picks up the odd club M40 record along the way. Principal target and consigned to history this time was the great Hugh Jones’s 69.43 back in March 1997.
14 Nick Impey 69.17
74 Nick Twomey 74.38
300 Mark Herbert 83.04
403 Shaun Griffith 85.53
507 Alex Ring 88.34
543 Mick Lane 89.52
626 Michael Thomas 91.26
639 Ed Smith 91.48
1196 Karen Campbell 104.39
VALENTINE’S DAY 10k at Chessington on 17th February
141 Mick Lane 40.09
180 Alex Ring 42,05
252 Becky Curtis-Hall 45.07
337 Claire Warner 49.17
360 Rob Curtis 50.57
390 Dave Kew 53.16
485 Tom Reay 60.18
486 Janet Turnes 60.51
506 Jackie Dunkley 62.33
559 Alan Meaden 69.43
DARTMOOR IN A DAY WINTER TRAVERSE 50k South Brent to Meldon Saturday 26th February
“A fully supported 50 km journey from South to North, through some of the most remote parts of the moors” says the race details. Thomas Lahille literally took it all in his stride and set a new course record of 4:55 in winning by 2 minutes. Paul Murphy was 16th in 6:32.
🔷🔶 OTHER RESULTS 🔷🔶
In action at the Brighton Half Marathon on 27th February were: Jarryd Hillhouse 1:24.28, Phil Leicester 1:30.29, Alun Thomas 1:31.19, Mel Thomas 1:49.18, Dick Johnson 2:09.10 and Ally Salisbury 2:16.08…Roger Wallace recorded 60.33 in the Chase the Moon 10k in Battersea Park on 16th February…Jon Lear ran 3:51.38 for the Goodwood GP Marathon…in the Victoria Park Half Marathon Richard Gurd recorded 1:40.57 and Jarryd Hillhouse 1:42,40…Bill Neely was 2nd over 60 in the London Winter 10k in 43.21…Jeremy Conway ran 1:45.30 in the Run Richmond Park Half Marathon on January 23rd.
THURSDAY NIGHT TRACK TRAINING at Osterley is now in operation again. All welcome, no need to book. See the website for more info.
🔷🔶 RANELAGH HARRIERS WEB SITE 🔷🔶
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🔷🔶 FINALLY 🔷🔶
Eton College Three Princes Race 1957: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahcT12lkU8I