🔸🔹🔸🔹 Newsflash 🔸🔹🔸🔹
In a stunning run this morning in Wokingham, Nick Impey broke Hugh Jones’ 25-year-old Ranelagh V40 half-marathon record. For those of you unsure of the achievement, Hugh Jones is one of Ranelagh’s greatest male runners. In 1982 he became the first Welshman to win the London Marathon, finishing in a time of 2:09:24. For those of you interested, you can read more about Hugh here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Jones_(runner).
You can see the new V40 half marathon rankings here http://ranelagh-harriers.com/ranelaghstats/rankings/40vethmr.html. For those of you who don’t know, there is a wealth of statistics about you lovely people put together by the Club statistician, Ken, and held on the old website at http://ranelagh-harriers.com/ranelaghstats/index.html.
And now back to weather…
After the excitement of the weekend, I thought you’d all be tired of the weather but apparently not, as we shall see:
Monday 21st – 🌥, high 11, low 5
🔹 Ranelagh weather rating 3/10 – ‘gale force jog with dog’ – Bill Neely, ‘breezy like Monday morning’ – Alun Thomas, ‘sunset o’clock’ – Suzy Whatmough
🔸 Winner of the ‘James Riley early start award’ goes to Sam Slater for a 5:22am run, the day after a half marathon PB!
🔹 Welcome back from injury Rich Kimber and Jonathan Moore! Rich ran ‘4 whole miles’, while Jonathan ran ‘8k w/ 2 x 1k test’. Oh Jonathan, we’ve missed those Ronseal titles!
🔸 Finally, happy birthday Charlie Harrison 🎂
Tuesday 22nd – ⛅️, high 13, low 5
🔹 Ranelagh weather rating 2/10 – Sally Minchella ‘daylight and daffodils’, Verka Leaf ‘signs of spring’
Wednesday 23rd – 🌥, high 11, low 2
🔸 Ranelagh weather rating 0/10
🔹 As Omicron recedes Strava shows your return to work with Garan Jenkin’s ‘work run club’ and Neil Rae’s ‘return of the [city] runch’
Thursday 24th – ⛅️, high 9, low 3
🔸 Ranelagh weather rating 8/10 – Garan lucked out and got the sun judging by his photos, Bruce McLaren had ‘ hail out, sun back’, Jim Graham had ☀️💨🌧 ☀️💨🌧☀️💨🌧, Ciaran O’Donnell experienced hail, fallen trees and mud, Marc Leyshon ‘should have checked the forecast’, Jackson Creegan was ‘beaten to a pulp by hail’, Ed Smith’s sunglasses at least kept the hail out of eyes, Sarah Palmer ran in the rain, Julian Holden managed a run of two parts in the ‘wet’ and Margie Harrison noted the fallen trees, puddles and hailstones.
Friday 25th – 🌤, high 11, low 0
🔹 Ranelagh weather rating 4/10 – Mike Morris commented on the tree still blocking his route, Ted Mockett had a sunny lunchtime loop, James Ritchie enjoyed a ‘sunny three rivers and Alison Targett and Nic Douglas had glorious mornings (Alison’s in Yorkshire).
🔸 On a more athletic note, Wiebke Kortum ran 30k, her longest run on Strava. Well done, Wiebke 👏🏻
Saturday 26th – ☀️, high 11, low -3
🔹 Ranelagh weather rating 8/10 – Bruce ran a sunny 39k in the Surrey Hills, Simon Martin’s run was ‘🏃♂️🎧🎶☀️’, Cordy Parker noted spring was in the air, Narissa and Kelly Thomas enjoyed the ‘lovely sunshine’, Ed Forbes had a ‘gentle trot in the☀️’, Ellie Lawley enjoyed a sunny Osterley parkrun and Clare Day noted the blue sky and sun!
🔸 The weather made this year’s Cross Country Nationals at Parliament Hill even more spectacular than normal. Congratulations to our women’s team of Suzy Whatmough, Cecily Day and Natalie Haarer and men’s team of Ben Anderson, Dave Lawley, Jonathan Smith, Chris Lepine, Neil Rae, Richard Willoughby and James Ritchie.
🔹 Running a little longer were Paul Murphy and Thomas Lahille who ran the 50k Dartmoor Winter Traverse, with Thomas winning in a new course record!
Sunday 27th – ☀️, high 11, low 1
🔸 Ranelagh weather rating 6/10 – Narissa Vox noted the ‘fab weather’ will running her new Strava record of 28k. Go Narissa! Andy Griffin had a ‘sunny muddy run’; Claire Warner, Aoife Kilpatrick and Ann Kearey enjoyed a sunny run to the pub; Andrew Kew got his LSR ‘done 😎’ with Cordy Parker deciding it was a ‘SLR 😎’, Keeley Phillips enjoyed a ‘lovely morning with all my boys’ and Sam Dalgleish simply said ‘sunny’.
🔹 Running Wokingham alongside Nick Impey, we had Mike Thomas, Ed Smith, Alex Ring, Shaun Griffith, Mark Herbert and Nick Twomey. Congratulations to Alex and Shaun on their PBs of 1:28 and 1:25 respectively. Wokingham also wasn’t the only half marathon, with Alun Thomas, Jarryd Hillhouse and Dick Johnson running the Brighton Half
🥇 Neil Kitching 122.1km
🔸 David Criniti 112.5km
🥈 Ralph Street 106.9km
🔹 Ryan Fisher 105.5km
🥉 Carla Selya-Hammer 104.4km
🥇 Cordy Parker 98.1km
🥈 Suzy Whatmough 92.3km
🥉 Amelia Churnside 70.8km
🥇 Neil Kitching 1,938m
🔸 Ryan Fisher 1,879m
🥈 Ralph Street 1,454m
🥉 Paul Murphy 1,419m
🥇 Amelia Churnside 2,090m (1st overall)
🥈 Ria Woodfield 1,200m
🥉 Suzy Whatmough 1,086m
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