What’s a Ranelagh?
The name originally comes from a district of Dublin. A family of Anglo-Irish peers held the title of Lord Ranelagh and their London estates were in the Putney and Fulham areas. Although the title is now extinct a number of roads and parks retain the name to this day, including Ranelagh Gardens, home of the Chelsea Flower Show. Many sports clubs also took on the name, including the Ranelagh Cricket Club; it was members of this club who, looking for some activity to keep themselves fit in the winter months, formed Ranelagh Harriers in September 1881.
1895 - Ranelagh host first recorded relay race in the UK
1981 - Founded the London Marathon
2004 - parkrun launches
1881 - Foundation of Ranelagh Harriers
The earliest members were from Ranelagh Cricket Club and it’s young club secretary Frank Wynne had the idea to form a cross country running club to keep fit during the winter months.
Viscount Ranelagh an Anglo-Irish peer held estates of land in the Putney and Fulham area and several roads, parks and sports clubs of the day took the Ranelagh name including Ranelagh Cricket Club of whom he was the patron and subsequently so did our own club.
The club was originally based out of the Green Man on Putney Heath and the club’s earliest recorded runs were out to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common and back. The club colours of blue and amber date back to the formation of the club as the colours were inherited from the cricket club.
1883 - First Clutton Cup 10 mile cross-country handicap
1883 - The English Cross Country Union formed
1895 - The first relay
1907 - First mob match
1935 - Headquarters crisis
1939 - 1945 War years
The War took its toll and with club members scattered far and wide club numbers were for a while gravely depleted. This period brought a struggle for survival, but with tremendous efforts from prominent members and not least Honorary Secretary Don Gardiner, the mid-fifties saw a remarkable resurgence in the clubs fortunes.
1950's - 1960's The club's resurgence
1970’s and 1980’s Relay records
6th/7th July 1973 Offa’s Dyke Path Relay - eighteen Ranelagh Harriers covered 168 miles in 24 hours, 48 minutes and 10 seconds knocking almost six and half hours off the previous record.
Barendrecht, Holland 100km track relay - Ranelagh teams won this event five years in a row between 1980 and 1984.
The 1984 team of Pautard, Wright, Riley and Collingridge set a record time of 4:46.48 averaging well under 70 seconds a lap with each member running 62 x 400 metres.
South Downs Way Relay - in 1985 a three-man team of David Wright, Mike Riley and Geoff Jones, in unfavourable conditions of wind and rain, recorded a time of 7 hours 8 minutes and 33 seconds over 72 miles beating the previous record by an astonishing 38 minutes.
1980 - Ranelagh half marathon
1981 - London Marathon
1982 - Introduction of ladies section of the club
1991 - The inaugural club 10k
1992 and beyond - ladies team win
Ranelagh Ladies won the 2005 and 2006 cross-country team championships following podium positions in 2001, 2002 and 2004. They were even more dominant on the roads being crowned champions - 5km - (1st team 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006; 1st individual L.Kipling 2002, J. Ronaldson 2005, 2006); 10 km - (1st team 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 1st individual Sarah Seal 2003); 10 miles - (1st team 2005 and 1st individual Sarah Seal 2003 and Marie Synnott-Wells 2005); Half Marathon - (1st team 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 1st individual L.Cartwright 2000, M.Synnott-Wells 2004 and 2006); Road Relays - (1st team 2006).
Surrey Road League - (1st team 2002, 2005, 2006 and 1st individual L.Kipling 2002 and 2004, A.McLaughlin 2005).