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Ranelagh Harriers Mob Match vs Thames Hare & Hounds : 4 Feb @ 2.30pm

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:

Hobble Gobble
Razzle Dazzle
Zis Boom Bah
Ranelagh Ranelagh
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.

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๐Ÿ”ท No pre-registration required but PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY (to allow time for registration & to collect numbers) at the THH clubhouse.
๐Ÿ”ถ 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.
๐Ÿ”ท Parking is limited but space can also usually be found in nearby side roads.

The Thames match is on their course on Wimbledon Common (see map below) over cross country terrain, covering approx. 7.5 miles or 12km.


Thames Hare & Hounds Clubhouse


THH Mob Match Route

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