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march, 2023

2023sat04mar3:00 pm5:00 pmMob Match v Orion Harriers (Home)3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Richmond ParkGender:OpenAge:SeniorTerrain:Cross countryDistance:c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres Format:Mob Match


(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Richmond Park

How to Enter

  • Registration & numbers is at 2pm by the start/finish by Sidmouth Woods (opposite Pembroke Lodge).
  • NOTE: We will NOT be doing numbers at the clubhouse.
  • PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY to allow plenty of time for registration & numbers. Pins will be available.


c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres

Event Details


Calling all Ranelagh Harriers – can we emulate our recent ‘home’ mob success against South London Harriers, but this time against Orion Harriers?

First run in 1920, last year’s mob match saw us having to hand over the Harold Lee Cup after we were ‘thrashed comprehensively‘ (as reported by Pheidippides in last year’s e-News) on a tough course set in the wonderfully scenic, mud-ridden, bog-strewn, quagmire that was Epping Forest.

This year we have the advantage of home ground, and we require the efforts of every able-bodied Ranelagh Harrier to take on the Orion coach-load. So once again, another call to arms to all Ranelagh Harriers to come for a ‘good run in the country side‘, to support our club and for the chance to chant (shout, holler – take your pick) the Club Cry:

Hobble Gobble
Razzle Dazzle
Zis Boom Bah
Ranelagh Ranelagh
Rah Rah Rah.

The last word lies with our dear David Wright, who stated waaaay back in the Ranelagh e-News 1 November 2000:

I’m just a boring old fart who has had nothing better to do on winter Saturday afternoons for the last 25 years than run mob matches. As the club fixture list used to state “all members are expected to compete in mob matches”. I always thought that this was a condition of membership and was too frightened to challenge it!

It’s now 2023 and he’s still running mob matches for Ranelagh, so that makes 48 years and counting…

See you all there!

More details

What is a Mob Match?

A mob match is a head-to-head race against another running club. Originating in the early 20th century, Ranelagh has traditionally enjoyed these en-masse cross country races with our friends at Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, Orion Harriers, South London Harriers, The Stragglers, and Thames Hares & Hounds.


This format sees each club field the biggest “mob” it can muster. Scoring is based on 3 runners less than the smaller team’s numbers. E.g. if we are at home and have 50 runners, and Orion Harriers field 46 runners, then it is 43 runners to score.


Points are awarded based on position across the finish line, and then added together. The lowest total wins and this means that everyone has the potential to score (based on the total number participating), with each opponent overtaken yielding a 2 point gain (1 less for us, 1 more for them).



Mob Match