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🔷🔶 RANELAGH HARRIERS RICHMOND 10k Sunday 28th November  🔷🔶

Our own 10k takes place this Sunday at 9am, starting at Ham. Current weather forecast is for a bright day, but very cold. There are close to 500 entries, of which an astonishing 91 are representing Ranelagh. Good luck to all those racing and thanks to all those helping. Next year we hope to revert to our traditional mid-June date.


WOMEN – 13th November 2021          Wimbledon Common 

After years of rebuffing each other’s advances, the men’s and women’s Surrey Cross-Country Leagues have finally linked up. Congratulations! The result is a long afternoon of cross country running including up to six separate races. Here we had six junior events – namely under 15 and under 17 races for boys, under 13 for boys, under 17, Under 15 and Under 13 for girls; also senior women divisions 1 & 2 together and senior men division 1.  This arrangement covered everything bar senior men divisions 2, 3 & 4 which took place at Denbies in Dorking. This is quite an undertaking for the organising clubs but all seemed to go well here on Wimbledon Common, just as it had last month for the first fixture organised by us in Richmond Park. This format makes travelling easier to organise and allows more mutual support from the teams.

The head count at the women’s Division 1 start was not far short of 300, which makes Cordy Parker’s run in 7th place all the more impressive –  probably the run of the day. Cordy’s first-claim club is Abingdon, where her coach is Bernie Wilkins – himself a Ranelagh Harrier some years ago when he lived in Kingston. Bernie writes: “It was an excellent run, one of her best ever over the country.  She tells me it was a torrid battle over the last 100m with a Clapham Chaser and she had to find another gear to get in front of her.  Not for the first time, she could barely stand at the finish.” Cordy finished  7th, less than a minute behind the winner.

Sarah Palmer also enjoyed a great run in 19th place, and she was pursued to close in the team of five by Steph Tindall, Cecily Day and Suzy Whatmough. They finished in sixth place, echoing their result in the first League race. And not surprisingly they hold sixth overall, but not far behind South London and Herne Hill. Our ‘B’ team of Natalie Haarer, Bonnie Morgan, Clare Fowler, Wiebke Kortum and Claire Warner finished 11th.

Pos       Name          Club   Time     Cat.

1   Olivia Matthews    C/C   22.19    SL

2   Ruby Woolfe        THH   22.31    SL

3   Carolyne Baxter    G&G   22.36    SL

7   Cordelia Parker    RAN   23.12    SL

19   Sarah Palmer             24.01    SL

37   Stephanie Tindall        24.57    SL

53   Cecily Day               25.42    SL

56   Suzy Whatmough           25.44    SL

98   Natalie Haarer           27.17    SL

118   Bonnie Morgan            28.02    L45+

132   Clare Fowler             28.26    L40+

166   Wiebke Kortum            29.40    L50+

221   Claire Warner            32.28    L35+

236   Carol Aikin              33.29    L55+

238   Clare Day                33.33    L50+

243   Sally Bamford            34.37    L60+

262   Colette Doran            36.45    L45+


1  C/C   49          1  BEL  150

2  BEL   84          2  THH  302

3  STR  152          3  C/C  266

4  SLH  166          4  SLH  344

3  G&G  171          5  HHH  360

6  RAN  172          6  RAN  379

7  FUL  175          7  FUL  492

8  HHH  186          8  H/W  509

9  THH  200          9  G&G  529

10  KEN  231         10  STR  552

11  H/W  254         11  E&E  644

12  E&E  316         12  KEN  715

13  W/W  496         13  W/W  817

14  W4H  572         14  W4H 1102

15  WOK  860         15  WOK 1103

MEN    13th November 2021         Wimbledon Common

Pheidippides reports:

Wimbledon Common, site of the birth of cross country running (as one club has modestly been reminding EVERYBODY for the last 153 years), an epic venue with mud, mud, and mud occasionally enlivened with driving rain and even thunder and lightning… ‘the butts’, grave of a thousand lost shoes….  Saturday 13 November 2021 and it’s warm (double digits), windless, not raining, and the surface is almost a tartan running track.  Alas, I missed the après race, but I feel confident that all the talk was on the hot topic of the day, namely whether a worn twelve mill spike would have been better than a sharp nine mill, or whether those fools who favoured GRIP would have prospered more in flats or claws.

There were absences due to injury, and we hope that the limbs of those affected will soon be out of the garage and back in action (we missed you!) but we had a decent turnout.  Everyone clearly put in a gutsy performance and no one can ask for more.  Woe for the lack of royal blue in the top hundred, but a twelve-spike salute to James Hall for leading the team home in an amazing tenth and for newly crowned club champion Nick Impey following up in 37th and Ben Anderson in 80th. Jonathan, Thomas, Marc and Ross showed good packing in the next twenty-five, but of their derring-do I can write little, being but a distant spec well back from our top seven scorers.  By the time I had crossed the line the battle to move out of the relegation zone had been well and truly lost for this match, but a very different contest was in progress to make the scoring team, and those of us in contention had FUN: what else is cross-country for?

We all had the same steady start and the same slowdown as the broad path narrowed to half its width (hadn’t I just had enough of this sort of thing on the M25?).  That steady start was a wise move as the first segment of the course was a long drag uphill (and thanks to Fulham for posting the hypsographic profile).  At the ‘Alps’ things started to get more interesting and, as we turned some sharp corners and hurtled down the hills, the truth of the mystery was revealed as to whether flats or spikes had been the right choice (“Twelve is too long, but none is wrong, so mix and match your twelve and nine and your man you’ll catch,” said the oracle claret which I had consulted).  I’m not so sure that there was so much to choose between shoes at the various bogs pungent, or indeed on the ascent up the notorious butts which were disappointingly unpuddled – but there, at the top, we discovered our relative positions from a handy huddle of supporters, and it became immediately clear that there would be quite a tussle for tenth.

David Ready had set himself up well for contention with a nicely-paced start, and we had changed positions relative to each other several times over the first lap.  He may have dropped back on this occasion but I am sure that he will return.  On to the second lap, and I adopted a “silent assassin” approach to put me into an attack position behind Carl Assmundson and David Lawley; I then clung on for dear life (in part in fear of a resurgent Ready).  Finally, before the last descent, some nifty cornering put me in front of both.  “Eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh!” yelled the Ranelagh contingent at the butts as we passed for the second time.  So… it was time to use the advantage of having run the course n times before and to open the throttle and discover what still worked (and what did not).  It was a revelation to hurtle down towards the finish at great speed and not pass out, and Messrs Assmundson and Lawley were held off.

Would I therefore finish as eighth scorer?  Not a chance!  If there is such a thing as a silent rocket then it is Joe Gomes who had obviously been lurking in the shadows before getting in touch with his killer instinct and sprinting to produce a two-second margin by the finishing funnel.  It is rumoured that he has been fretting about whether it is entirely gentlemanly to burn off an ancient antique in the last two hundred yards.  “Absolutely,” say I, and if I still had the legs for it I would repay that sprint with interest!

Our endeavours in the ‘A’-team may not have ended as we wished but we have the consolation of a good performance in the ‘B’-team competition – all credit to those involved.  Thanks again, too, to the various supporters, whether retired team members, the women of Ranelagh who stayed on after their own race to cheer us, or conscripted friends and relatives.

Post scriptum: Pheidippides has been enjoying Thame Side ‘Gang of Four’ (purely as a muscle relaxant, of course).

Overall we packed well but a little too far down the field. Eighth place was our allotted result, quite some way behind seventh and a long way ahead of Fulham in ninth and last place. With two clubs bound for relegation I’m afraid it already looks as if we will be one of them. Never mind, it’s happened before and it gives us a chance to enjoy a year at the sharp end of the division 2 field. Our strength is our numbers and today we had 26 runners, enabling our B team to finish 6th. In the individual reckoning Marc Leyshon and Peter Haarer are both in 5th place in the Over 40 and Over 50 categories while John Shaw is 2nd in the Over 60s. Anchor Man awards for the last finisher in our A and B teams went to Carl Assmundson and Neil Rae.

After a steady start in the junior race, Henry Fagan moved through strongly for a very creditable 14th.

Pos       Name         Club   Time     Cat.

1   Andy Coley-Maud   G&G   26.20    SM

2   Dylan Evans 2C    BEL   26.27    SM

3   Dan Cliffe  2C    H/W   26.42    SM

10   James Hall  2C    RAN   27.10    SM

37   Nick Impey              28.35    SM

80   Ben Anderson            29.49    SM

102   Jonathan Smith          30.28    SM

107   Thomas Lahille          30.45    SM

111   Marc Leyshon            30.50    M40+

117   Ross Macdonald          31.01    SM

125   Joe Gomes               31.16    SM

127   Peter Haarer            31.18    M50+

128   Carl Assmundson         31.18    SM

131   David Lawley            31.25    M40+

148   James Riley             32.08    M40+

152   David Ready             32.06    SM

155   Rich Kimber             32.11    SM

160   Mark Herbert            32.21    SM

165   Gareth Williams         32.29    M50+

167   Philip Collins          32.32    M50+

173   Chris Lepine            32.56    M50+

184   James Whistler          33.24    SM

205   Neil Rae                34.15    M50+

217   Andy Starr              35.05    M45+

227   Michael Thomas          35.58    M50+

243   Marc Snaith             37.03    M40+

245   Mick Lane               37.10    M60+

249   Richard Willoughby      37.23    M50+

270   James Ritchie           41.17    M45+

            BEL   FUL   G&G   H/W   HHH   KEN   RAN   SLH   THH

1         2    27     1     3    13    11    10    23    17

2        15    79     4     5    24    16    34    30    25

3        21    80     9     6    38    29    67    32    40

4        31    82    14     7    46    35    71    36    43

5        33    84    22     8    48    39    73    44    51

6        41    85    28    12    54    42    74    45    68

7        47    86    37    18    55    50    75    56    73

8        49    88    66    19    57    52    76    60    81

9        61    89    69    20    59    53    77    64    83

10        62    90    70    26    63    58    78    65    87

TOTAL       362   790   320   124   457   385   635   455   567

MATCH POS     2     9     5     1     7     3     8     6     4

B/FWD       319   896   444   164   553   345   617   465   382

LGE TOTAL   681  1686   764   288  1010   730  1252   920   949

LGE POS       2     9     4     1     7     3     8     5     6

YOUNG ATHLETES (Div 1 Fixture)       

1  Oscar Curry       REI  15.18  U17

14 Henry Fagan       RAN  16.19  U17

🔷🔶 SOUTH OF THE THAMES 5 miles Team Race  Saturday 21st November 🔷🔶

There wasn’t much interest in the South of the Thames race this year. First finishers for Ranelagh were Jonathan Smith and Suzy Whatmough.


Pos       Name             Club          Time     Cat.

1   Andy Coley-Maud  Guildford & God.  26.02    SM

26   Jonathan Smith   Ranelagh H        30.01    SM

64   Michael Morris                     37.24    M50+

68   James Russell                      38.01    M45+

72   Marcus Atkins                      38.21    M55+

73   Ciaran O’Donnell                   38.23    M50+

MEN’S TEAMS: ( 4 to Score )

1  Guildford & God.     24

13  Ranelagh H          230


Pos       Name                 Club         Time     Cat.

1   Emily Wicks         Aldershot F&D     30.11    SL

9   Suzy Whatmough      Ranelagh H        35.01    SL

21   Clare Fowler                          38.09    L40+

🔷🔶 LONDON CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS  Sunday 22nd November at Parliament Hill 🔷🔶

Men 10.5k

112  Mark Herbert       41.36

116  Richard Kimber     41.51

147  Gareth Williams    43.05

167  Chris Lepine       43.22

227  Neil Rae           45.10

312  Richard Willoughby 49.05

380  James Ritchie      52.54

Women 5.9k

39   Suzy Whatmough     24.44

146  Rebecca Bissell    28.37

186  Ann Kearey         30.28


🔷🔶 LONDON YOUTH GAMES  Saturday 21st November at Parliament Hill 🔷🔶

There were good performances by  three of our juniors all representing Richmond.

In the Boys Under 17 event Henry Fagan finished 21st as the first finisher for the 5th-placed team.

In the Girls Under 15 event Siena Lepine was 39th , 2nd for the 6th-placed team.

In the Girls Under 11 event Maya Lepine was part of the winning team, finishing 6th.




Mike Thomas seems to have been the only member of the Ranelagh Ultra Crew in action this week, completing a 50k race in less than 10 hours.


Ross Macdonald enjoyed the mud bath that is the Orion 15 miles in Epping Forest, finishing 8thin 1:44.09… Eirin McDaid won the unlikely-sounding Lobster Lob… Sam Dalgleish finished 14thin the Sodbury Slog 10 miles in 68.45… Michael Morris finished 8th in 36.08 and Marie Synnott-Wells 37th in 44.04 in the Second Sunday 5 miles on Wimbledon Common…in the Remembrance Day Half Marathon Rebecca Bissell finished 3rd in her age group in l:45.22… Shaun Griffith finished 44th in 40.30 in the Hampton Court Palace 10k, followed by Fiona Jones in 69.08 and Louise Wapshott in 74.13.



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As you may know, I am a visually impaired runner who regularly partakes in training sessions with intermediate two. I’m very keen to widen my pool of Guide Runners and therefore would invite anybody who fancies giving this a go to get in touch with me via email  –  – or my WhatsApp group.

In advance, thank you.



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Surrey cross country league standings

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Ladies Div 17/15league table
Men Div 18/9league table
Ladies Div U159/16league table
Men Div U15/U1716/18league table