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πŸŽ„ πŸ”” Ranelagh Strava Rundown Week 130 🎁 πŸŽ…

This is our last rundown of the year, and we’d like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Thanks for being an awesome bunch of runners and making it so much fun to write these rundowns πŸ’™πŸ’›

This week we collectively ran 5,507km, including two bells, a jingle, an ice cream, and a one finger salute – more on these below!

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Don’t forget that you can still enter our Ranelagh Festive Challenge. The Rundeers (Narissa and Pete Vox, Kelly Thomas and Suzy Whatmough) are continuing to spell out their festive greeting, and Ed Forbes has already finished his. The idea is simple – just spell out a festive greeting in numbers e.g. a = 1km, b = 2km and so on. You can do it individually or in teams, and the more creative you are, the more points you get!

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The Highlights of the week:

πŸ”· Monday began with underwhelming levels of enthusiasm – Ed Perry was in a cloud, Amelia Churnside struggled after too many Christmas biscuits, and Richard Willoughby procrastinated due to a bad case of cba, eventually getting his run done. But the award for best procrastination of the week goes to Sally Minchella who managed to make mince pie pastry, baked oats AND pancakes whilst putting off a run – very productive!

πŸ”Ά Things were slow to pick up on Tuesday too, with early bird James Riley starting us off with a stiff legged stomp. Garan Jenkins didn’t fare much better whilst still nursing a calf injury (🀞it improves soon and you can exercise outside of your shed again!) But by the evening our Christmas spirits were much higher because Tuesday is Ranelagh night! Steph Tindall enjoyed it being shorts weather in December, and Natalie Haarer rewarded herself with a segment crown after 8 hours of Teams calls πŸ˜΅β€πŸ’«

πŸ”· Later in the week, Rebecca Bissell spotted Ed Forbes up to snow good. Turns out he was a busy elf this week, drawing out his Ranelagh Festive Challenge. We’re very impressed with Ed’s two Christmas bells and his β€œjingle” – together making β€œJingle Bells”! Loving the festive spirit Ed! πŸ””πŸŽ„

πŸ”Ά Jackson Creegan’s Strava art was somewhat less festive – his run of a muscly arm giving the middle finger was a bit more grinch than Elf, but perhaps he’s just warming up to some festive art next week? Meanwhile Henry Fagan is pretending it’s still summer with his ice cream cone.

πŸ”· Big kudos to Richard Gurd and Mike Morris, running every day in December so far. Richard is doing an advent challenge, and Mike is doing marcothon. Keep up the good running you two πŸ™ŒπŸŽ„

πŸ”Ά We spotted a few of you racing this week – Nick Impey ran an awesome 25:04 5 mile PB at the Battersea Park Christmas Under the Lights run. Vaughan logged a warm up and a cool down, but mysteriously no race appeared. The rundown elves have done their research and have discovered that even though it wasn’t on Strava, it did actually happen! Well done to Vaughan who finished in 31:05.

πŸ”· Mark Herbert ran the South of the Thames 7.5 mile race over in Beckenham Place Park, clocking 48:46. We don’t usually mention cycling in rundowns, but it is worth noting that Herbie cycled there and back – an impressive 73km round trip for a race! We’re not sure if any other Ranelites took part in this and the results aren’t out yet, so apologies if we’ve missed anyone.

πŸ”Ά Keeley Phillips and Eirin McDaid took part in the Santa Scamper race series down in Devon. Keeley ran the 10k, and Eirin, dressed as an elf, ran both the 5k canicross with Clover (6th place) and the 2.5km fun run pacing JB for the win πŸ₯‡

πŸ”· Last but not least – parkrun! Yesterday morning saw lots of superb runs, tourism and milestones….

πŸ”Έ James Ritchie, James Russell, Aoife Kilpatrick, Alex Ring, Ed Smith, Claire Warner, Fiona Jones, Hadi Khatamizadeh, Phil Andrews and Rachel Revett all headed to York to collect their Y. This completes the alphabet for James Russell βœ…. Hadi ran a superb PB (19:21), and Ed Smith (19:25) and James Ritchie (20:25) both ran their fastest times this year.

πŸ”Ή Jo Marshall ran a PB in Richmond (27:38) – assisted / hindered by Cooper 🐢

πŸ”Έ Alison Targett ran her 150th parkrun in PB – congrats Alison!

πŸ”Ή Natalie Haarer (21:09) was first female at Bedfont, and 6th overall, and Clare Fowler (21:55) was first at Peel . Henry Fagan (19:11) was first finisher at Old Deer Park, and Gareth Williams (18:29) was first at Crane Park.

The Podiums for this week:


πŸ”Ή Tom Middleton 172km
πŸ₯‡ James Riley 111km
πŸ₯ˆ Nick Impey 104km
πŸ”Ή Ryan Fisher 100km
πŸ₯‰ Jackson Creegan 97km

πŸ₯‡ Gill Sanders 87km
πŸ₯ˆ Rebecca Bissell 54km
πŸ₯‰ Amelia Churnside 53km

πŸ₯‡ Ralph Street 1,456m
πŸ”Ή Ryan Fisher 1,373m
πŸ”Ή David Criniti 916m
πŸ₯ˆ Gerry Ocall 895m
πŸ₯‰ Ian Kenton 870m

πŸ₯‡ Amelia Churnside 782m
πŸ₯ˆ Gill Sanders 680m
πŸ₯‰ Suzy Whatmough 391m

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