2023sat04feb2:30 pm4:00 pmMob Match v Thames Hare & Hounds (Away)2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Kingston ValeGender:Men,Open,WomenAge:Senior,VetsTerrain:Cross countryDistance:c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres Format:Mob Match
(Saturday) 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Thames Hare & Hounds Clubhouse The Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3PQ
How to Enter
🔷 No pre-registration required but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY (to allow time for registration & to collect numbers) at the THH clubhouse.
🔶 THH’s clubhouse is on Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, at the edge of Wimbledon Common near the Robin Hood roundabout on the A3. Follow the gravel path to the right of the pavilion and look for the door with the saltire logo.
🔷 Parking is limited but space can also usually be found in nearby side roads.
c.7.6 miles / 12.2 kilometres
Once again, a call for ALL HANDS ON DECK for our upcoming Mob Match on Saturday 4th Feb as we travel away (well, across the way more like) to Thames
Once again, a call for ALL HANDS ON DECK for our upcoming Mob Match on Saturday 4th Feb as we travel away (well, across the way more like) to Thames Hare and Hounds on Wimbledon Common.
Another chance to participate in a running rivalry that dates back to the early 20th century, when THH ‘established its most enduring fixture against Ranelagh (later to evolve into the Mob Match in 1973/74)‘.
And from the first mob match v Thames in November 1974, the tally so far is 21 Ranelagh wins against 26 Thames wins.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in mob matches – the more starters we have, the better our chance of victory. If a hard race doesn’t fit in with your training plans, just take it as a training run – it’s the number of bodies on the starting line that’s the important thing.
There is always a convivial and entertaining supper after the Thames match so COME ON RANELAGH – let’s come together for another ‘good run in the country side’, in support of our club and another chance to chant the Club Cry:
Zis Boom Bah
Rah Rah Rah.
The final word is from the late Stephen Instone who wrote in the RANELAGH HARRIERS E-NEWS # 159 (20 November 2004) that “since the benefits of running a Mob Match for Ranelagh may not be immediately apparent, it may be worth considering that…
- Mud is good for the skin, and preserves old fossils.
- You get a feel for what it was like to live in ancient Sparta.
- You gain experience in tolerating crushing defeat and ignominy.
It’s good for the physiotherapy industry.
- You can philosophise over whether 50 counts as a mob.
- Spikes aerate the soil.”
Please arrive in plenty of time at the THH clubhouse on Richardson Evans Memorial Playing Fields, at the edge of Wimbledon Common near the Robin Hood roundabout on the A3. Follow the gravel path to the right of the pavilion and look for the door with the saltire logo.
- Thames club photo is at 2pm
- The race will start at 2.30pm
- Tea will be served after the race from 6pm (Hogarth Room at the King’s Head, Roehampton)
- A buffet will be served at 7pm
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 the other team 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).
Thames’s bit of Wimbledon Common is on the west side, with car parking and their club HQ a couple of hundred metres up the A3 from Richmond Park’s Robin Hood Gate. Parking is limited but space can also usually be found in nearby side roads.
The course is on Wimbledon Common – approx. 7.5miles / 12km