“Spring flew swiftly by… it was now in the full glow and luxuriance of its richness. The great trees, which had looked shrunken and bare in the earlier months, had now burst into strong life and health; and stretching forth their green arms over the thirsty ground, converted open and naked spots into choice nooks, where was a deep and pleasant shade from which to look upon the wide prospect, steeped in sunshine, which lay stretched out beyond. The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing. Forsooth, twas time for Oliver to don his trainers and run gaily through the park.”, writes Dickens. And here in our little corner of SW London, basking in the glow of a sunny bank holiday weekend, it really seems the best of times.
But were you sat at home scoffing chocolate or out racking up the miles. Let’s check the Strava supercomputer. Kerching, ping, plink…. This week with a modest 5,362km over 637 activities it seems the eggs are the winners🤣. Highlights of the week:
🔹 Nick Twomey’s rather undertitled “Evening Run” on Wednesday saw him place 2nd in the RunThrough Chase The Sun Olympic Park 10k in a time of 34:08.
🔸 Thursday saw James Riley feeling the vagaries of Garmin critiquing his performance “From de-training to unproductive. I’m moving up in the world…”
🔹 Meanwhile, feathers were flying as observed by Russell Holt “Afternoon Run including a stop to watch a goose fight (inconclusive)” Down with this sort of thing.
🔸 Enjoying the free protein diet available in these warmer times were Narissa Vox “Midgies for breakfast 🤢 easy run/walk with Pete 🥵” and overindulging at dinner time, Vaughan Ramsay “Too many midgies!!”
🔹 The first of the weekend’s racing was to be found at the Maidenhead 10 Easter mile where we were well represented by Alex Ring (1:12), Rebecca Bissell and Rachel Revett (1:29), Claire Warner (1:31) and a birthday celebrating Carol Aikin (1:32). Even more reason for cake!
🔸 Also making the most of the Good Friday day off, was Suzy Whatmough who ran a 54km sight-seeing tour through Dorset from Wareham to Weymouth taking in Blue Pool, Corfe Castle and a long stretch of the Jurassic coast including Lulworth Cove and Durdle door. What a stunning run 😃.
🔹 Saturday is of course parkrun day. We saw Richmond Park PB’s for Hadi Khatamizadeh (21:22) and Amrut Sharma (21:37) and a large group of Ranelites running at ODP to celebrate Deborah Blakemore’s 250th parkrun. Nick Twomey seems to have recovered not tooooo badly from his midweek 10k – running 16:53 for first at Frimey Lodge! David Ready meanwhile ran a PB (17:31) to come in first at Hazelwood. Llyn Llech Owain parkrun saw a few holidaying Ranelites, with James Riley claiming third spot followed by Jonny Smith in fifth. But for your correspondent this was most memorable for the pink (slightly grumpy looking) inflatable Easter bunny spotted by Sam and Sally Minchella. Congratulations also to a holidaying Dan Chiechi on a first ever podium with second place at Salento in Italy. Meanwhile Fiona Jones’s quest for sub-30 continues with the Minehead course measuring rather long for her. Coming soon Fiona, keep at it.
🔸 Also racing was Michael Morris, back on home turf on the Isle of Wight in the Newport to Ryde mixed terrain race, with a 15th overall and third M50. Nicely done Michael, and good luck for tomorrow! And on that note, good luck to our representatives over the water in Boston – tomorrow sees Alun and Mel Thomas, Gareth Williams and Jimmy Whistler run in the 126th Boston Marathon. Have a fantastic day all, make us proud 💙🧡.
🔹 Finally racing half-marathons in not the easiest of circumstances were Nick Impey (“had less than 24 hours notice and a couple of hours sleep…Ran across a stream of traffic coming both directions”) who finished the Ho Chi Minh city half in 2nd place overall (1:16) but first amateur; and Eric Fat (who on account of Ramadan was allowed “no water no food until the sunset 8 pm. Tough one especially with the heat.”) yet ran a great 1:49 in today’s RunThrough Richmond Park Half Marathon.
🔸 Pics of the week are courtesy of Jim Graham (who is embracing the early mornings in Rileyesque style) and Nic Douglas (“Late bird catches the… sunset”). Great pictures – keep them coming 😍.
🔸🔹🔸🔹 H E L P N E E D E D ! 🔸🔹🔸🔹
Sunday 8 May 2022 : Ranelagh Half Marathon
We need AS MANY VOLUNTEERS AS POSSIBLE for a variety of marshalling & course duties from 8am onwards. No experience necessary, just your support and commitment. The course passes through Richmond, Twickenham, down to Hampton Court Bridge and back up along the Thames towpath to Ham, so there’s a variety of locations to help out. This is one of Ranelagh’s key events, forming part of the club’s Summer Road Grand Prix, the club’s Half Marathon Road Championships, as well as part of the Surrey Road League & the Surrey Half-Marathon Championships. It’s HUGE so we need lots of help. Whatever time you can give will be immensely helpful, so please email Trevor Maguire: firstname.lastname@example.org.
🔸🔹🔸🔹 P A R T Y P A R T Y P A R T Y ! 🔸🔹🔸🔹
Following the Baker Cup 3-mile Handicap on 23 April we will be presenting a number of trophies (including the Baker Cup) at the club house with the usual lovely afternoon tea provided by Carol.
To celebrate the occasion; beer, wine and prosecco will be available at the clubhouse for a voluntary donation.
Please remember to bring some cash with you.
For those who want to continue with the celebrations we have reserved a space at the Roebuck for drinks from 19:00 onwards.
This is a great opportunity to get together, celebrate and socialise regardless of whether you are running or supporting.
🔸 Tom Middleton 138.1km
🥇 Nick Impey 113.2km
🥈 Jim Graham 95.8km
🥉 Tony Borreda 90.1km
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 87.5km
🥈 Neha Rani 71.2km
🥉 Sarah Palmer 61.0m
🥇 Rick Jenner 3,446m (holidaying in the Lake District is always going to help!)
🥈 Neil Kitching 2,032m
🥉 Ralph Street 1,527m
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 2,132m
🥈 Ria Woodfield 1034m
🥉 Amelia Churnside 860m
Have a fantastic week, enjoy your chocolate-powered running!
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