For you – any pace, any distance, any terrain

january, 2023

2023sat21jan2:00 pm4:00 pmMob Match v South London Harriers (Home)2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Richmond ParkGender:OpenAge:Senior,VetsTerrain:Cross countryDistance:c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres Format:Mob Match


(Saturday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Richmond Park

How to Enter

  • No pre-registration required but please arrive early to allow time to collect your numbers.
  • Registration & number collection will be available from 1pm – 1.30pm at the clubhouse.
  • After 1.30pm, please collect numbers from the start/finish by Sidmouth Woods (opposite Pembroke Lodge)


c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres

Event Details

In December 2008, Niall O’Connor wrote in the RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 295

…. our next match is against the…South London Harriers. Historically SLH have ‘shaded’ these matches with an impressive 70 wins to Ranelagh’s total of 18 and won last year’s race comfortably when a minimal 17 Ranelagh Harriers made the trip south.

In case you missed the note in the previous newsletters on what a ‘mob match’ is, here’s a brief recap: consisting of about 80-100 runners and covering a distance of 7.5 miles, these races are not as daunting as they sound. They are more like a ‘good run in the countryside’, or an extended version of the Saturday morning time trials. This is perfect for anyone who has run a 10k and wants to step up to either 10 miles or a half-marathon.

There is no fee to enter and it’s perfectly acceptable to use it as a training run if you don’t feel like racing. Everyone on the start line contributes to the scoring so the more Harriers in attendance the better our chances are. This race was first run in 1909, so come along and represent Ranelagh in a historical race against a famous London club on a scenic course!

ALL Ranelagh Harriers’ are welcome for a ‘good run in the country side‘, to support our club and also for that oh-so-special chance to chant the Ranelagh Club Cry:

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

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