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The Ranelagh Harriers AGM took place on 7th July but very nearly didn’t…the scheduled start time was brought forward to 7pm to allow enough time to rattle through the proceedings before the 8pm kick-off time of a certain footy match. Evidently many members didn’t trust the technology and, come 7pm, we were well short of a quorum. One of the good  things about holding meetings through Zoom is that attendees are all at home and a few e-mails swiftly brought up our numbers until 7.15pm saw President Ted Mockett declaring the meeting open.

Fortunately there wasn’t too much business to transact and everyone who wanted to catch the match after the meeting had ample time to get ensconced in front of a telly.

Gordon Whitson’s Hon Sec report gave an excellent account of how the club managed to keep functioning during the year just past. It will provide a valuable account for future club historians. Treasurer Chris Read presented his accounts and it appears we are solvent!

There were a few personnel changes.   

Narissa Vox has agreed to take on the role of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Officer.

Sandra Forrest does not wish to continue as the Race Director for our Half Marathon and subject to confirmation Simon Martin will take over.

Louise Whapshott has replaced Deepa Sharma as Assistant Treasurer.

We don’t have a name yet for a replacement Fixtures Secretary, but one or two members have expressed an interest and we hope to be able to make a definite announcement soon. 

Joint Social Secretaries will be Rebecca Bissell and Hadi Khatamizadeh.  

We are still looking for a Junior Team Manager Рsomeone (of any age) to take on the job of liaising with the club’s junior members, keeping them up to date with training and racing etc.

Finally, the President’s Prize was awarded jointly to Suzy Whatmough and James Ritchie for their hard work in organising virtual events throughout the lock-down periods which did a great deal to keep the club together in these difficult times.


…to James Ritchie who recently sustained a hip fracture in a bicycle accident in the Surrey Hills. We wish a speedy recovery for him and for Paul Whapshott who fell at work recently and fractured his knee.  


…to Gill Sanders who is delighted to have qualified for the South African Triathlon team for her third consecutive Olympic Games. She will compete in the women’s individual and mixed relay events. We wish her the very best of luck.

Speaking of triathlons, Chris Owens succumbed to the heat a bit in Leeds and was only 3rd old geezer in the British Standard champs.

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On Sunday 20 June 2021 Ian Grange completed his 100th marathon in Richmond Park.¬† It had been a long wait as Ian had been stuck on 99 marathons when covid restrictions closed all races last spring.¬† Ian’s time was 4.42.19.¬† I am aware of one other¬†Ranelagh¬†member who ran the race.¬† This was Ciaran O’Donnell who recorded a time of 4.03.35.

Several Ranelagh members cheered Ian on during the race and/or ran the last few miles with him.  Ian was also presented with a commemorative tankard from his friends at Ranelagh before the Ponds Run the following Tuesday. For the future Ian plans to take it easy and only run about four marathons a year.

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Milton Keynes Marathon and Half

At Milton Keynes on June 27th Kris Davidson finished the Marathon in3:21.27 while not far behind Jarryd Hillhouse recorded 3:31.13. Running in the colours of her first-claim club Abingdon AC in the Half Marathon, Cordy Parker was the leading woman in 1:24.36.

ULTRA NEWS…when 26.2 miles just isn’t far enough!

Race to the Castle 100k

In reportedly awful conditions Michael Morris finished in 14 hours 12 mins.

Salomon Serpent 50km 

Ranelagh successes in the Salomon Serpent 50k Trail at Haslemere on Saturday 3rd July. On a tough and hilly trail Mitch Phillips was the first MV50 in 4:51.33 and Susan Ritchie was third WV50 in 5:50.43. 

South Downs Way 100 miles  Saturday 12th June

Andy Freeman had a great run on the South Downs to finish 25th in 19:28. In the virtual Comrades Marathon Bruce McLaren and Si Martin finished but Thomas Lahille had to give best to the hot conditions.

Hadrian’s Wall 111k Ultra   Saturday 19th June

Remarkably Andrew Kew was one of over a thousand competitors and finished in 16:55.37.


Dorking Tens¬†¬†Sunday 11th¬†JulyTwo races in one‚Ķa 10 miles, which might be considered the main event, and a 10km. Both were started in waves, which gives substantial differences and anomalies in recorded ‚Äútimes‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúnet times‚ÄĚ. Times shown below are ‚Äúnet‚ÄĚ and may be subject to correction and amendment. The first¬†Ranelagh¬†finisher in the 10 miles was Ross Macdonald who placed 11th¬†in 57.52. Michael Morris and Jarryd Hillhouse followed, then Mick Lane picked up first place in the 60-69 category, a result which seems to be becoming a habit with him. Natalie Haarer was our leading woman and her 74.08 gave her third place in the 17-29 women category. Not so far behind Wiebke Kortum was also third, but in her case it was the women‚Äôs 50-59s.In the 10k race we had only a handful of runners. Gary Armstrong, returning from injury, was the leading over 40 in 7th¬†place, and Michael Sikora was 2nd¬†over 70.
10 miles
11  Ross Macdonald      57.52
60  Michael Morris      68.07
62  Jarryd Hillhouse    67.58
65  Mick Lane           70.21
74  Richard Willoughby  70.52
81  James Russell       71.16
96  Natalie Haarer      74.08
105 Shaun Griffith      72.07
128 Wiebke Kortum       76.51
136 Liam Griffin        75.00
150 Richard Pender      80.41
161 Rebecca Bissell     78.58
166 Lloyd Camp          79.36
187 Stephen Logue       84.29
204 Hadi Khatamizadeh   87.29
225 Sally Bamford       90.18
226 Carol Aikin         92.13
238 Aoife Kilpatrick    96.03
239 Joanne Marshall     96.36        
7   Gary Armstrong      39.05
86  Michael Sikora      62.121
16 Alan Meaden         68.061
21 David Meaden        70.38       

Wimbledon Common Half Marathon  Sunday 20th JuneA great performance from Sarah Palmer who was third woman home in 1:32.13. 

North Downs Half Marathon  Sunday 4th JulyCold, wet and muddy, not to mention hilly, was the consensus opinion! Ian Kenton was well placed before getting lost and adding a good mile and a half to the official route. He still finished 12th in 2:01.34.  Wiebke Kortum Was 5th woman home in 2:18.33, followed by Karima Graham in 3:10.48…. 

…not to be confused with…

North Downs Way Half Marathon one week earlier.Full results are not to hand, but Rebecca Bissell finished in 2:01, Rachel Revett in 2:06, Ann Kearey in 2:09 and Aoife Kilpatrick in 2:31. In addition Sue Camp selected the 10k version and finished in 60:02.

Harder Than Snails 10k trail race.  Wednesday 30th June

This was Clare Fowler‚Äôs first ‚Äútrail‚ÄĚ race and she ran exceptionally well to win the women‚Äôs event in 53.07.

Down in Deepest Cornwall

Eirin McDaid won the Tamar Lake 10k by a good 3 minutes in 36.54. Keeley Phillips took part in the accompanying Canicross 5k with Clover and finished 6th. In the Siblyback 10k Mark Herbert came in 3rd in 35.06 while Keeley and Clover jointly won the Canicross 10k.   


Roger Wallace continues to complete more races in a week than some of us in half a year. Runthrough seem happy to feed his addiction and Roger lines up at anything up to 4 races in a week. Recently he finished the Victoria Park Chase the Sun 10k in 55.13, Brixton in 58.21, Battersea Park in 57.24, Wimbledon Common in 59.05 and Clapham Common in 61.28.

Battersea Park 10k  24th June

Apart from Roger Wallace we had one more runner in the Battersea Runthrough races. This was Steph Tindall in her first race for Ranelagh. She finished 4th in the 5k in a very impressive 18.13.

Sri Chinmoy Kangaroo Hop 5k  Monday 21st June in Battersea Park.

Gareth Williams finished 24th in 16.35.

Richmond Park 10k  Saturday 19th June

Tamsin Burland finished 32nd in 57.16.

Goodwood Festival Half Marathon  Sunday 4th July

Jarryd Hillhouse sneaked inside 90 minutes by one second.

Yateley 10k  Wednesday 7th July

Nick Twomey finished in a clear second place with a 34.07 PB.


Coad Cup 5 miles handicap will be held in the Park on Tuesday 13th July starting at 7.15pm. Entries are now closed.

Ratchford Relays РLadies Only Event  Tuesday 17th August 7pm- ALL welcome to this fun event Рteams of 3 of various speeds this time running laps of a 1k course near to Petersham Gate in Richmond Park. 

Wimbledon Common Trail Races

Andy Bickerstaff’s popular Wednesday evening events on Wimbledon Common are taking place again this year, though the date of the first has been put back to July 21st. Check the race website for up-to-date news. Dates are 21st July, 4th August and 1st September, distance 5 miles. Details:

Summer Dash for the Splash 10k Sunday August 15th on Wimbledon Common

Our friends from Thames Hare & Hounds have sent us the following:

Our annual Dash for the Splash is on Sunday 15 August and is extra special for all our local clubs as it’s part of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons’ 150th anniversary celebrations.¬† There’s a number of events taking place at the Windmill over the weekend and it should be a really fun festival of sport and of the Common which so many of us have loved running on for years.¬† .

As before the run includes our ever popular trip through Beverley Brook and has become a favourite for many.  Entries are £20 which includes a contribution to Common funds, and there are team as well as individual prizes ,of course.

More information is on our website.

Harry Hawkes Half Marathon¬†Sunday 26th¬†September at Thames Ditton. In recent years this has been a 10mile race but for this year and for one year only it’s happening¬†as a half marathon. There has been some confusion over the date, but 26th¬†September seems right.¬†¬†

Reigate Summer Evening 10k  Wednesday 21st July

Reigate Priory’s race director tells us their Summer Evening 10k race is to be run over a multi terrain course in and around Reigate starting from Reigate’s scenic Priory Park at 7.30pm on Wednesday 21st July 2021. You can see full details including online entry at


As we don’t know individual’s circumstances, the club will extend the policy we applied last year on subscriptions:

¬†– we’d like those who can pay the full amount to do so, and we will register those who pay a full senior sub with EA-so they get the membership benefits listed here

¬†¬†– if you would find it difficult to pay, please pay what you can (or not) but keep taking part in training and club events. You won’t be able to represent the club in public races unless you ask us, and send at least the EA fee – the cost is ¬£15. The club gets no income at that level, so we will only do this if you are representing the club at County level or above. (typically Surrey cross country leagues, Surrey or Middlesex champs, or Inter-counties/National champs). You can still enter public races as an individual.

¬†¬† –¬†Ranelagh¬†is financially stable, but has lost two thirds of its annual income in the last year as we have not been able to organise our popular 10k and half marathon races in 2020. What will be allowed in 2021 is still not clear – so please support us if you can, either by paying your subscription or supporting training and racing activities. Our club culture is worth much more than money – keep that going!

 РIf you have any questions or queries on this please contact the membership secretary Chris Owens (

Fees for the 21\22 season are Senior £50, Family £90 (two Seniors+) Junior (u20) or student or second claim  £20, o60 AND Retired £25, non-running or outside M25 (county member) £10. Please do a transfer to the Ranelagh account, as below, and add your name as we cannot see who has paid. 

Beneficiary Bank:      HSBC

Sort code:                 40-23-29

Account Number       81109847

Account name           Ranelagh Harriers


The club Gazette is the main publication charting the history of the club. We have copies dating back to the very first in 1908. Unfortunately, there was no publication between 2005 and 2010, leaving a serious gap in our historical record. The present editor Julian Smith has been working for some time on filling the gap and Gazettes covering the missing period have now been published. Only a relatively small number have been printed but they are available to anyone who would like copies. Just reply to this e-news giving your postal address.  


You should be receiving a weekly email in which you can sign up for the following week’s Thursday track session.

Any queries should be directed to Gordon Whitson at

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD for the Thames Pedalo Challenge

Club member Alun Thomas writes:

I was part of a four-man team that smashed the old Guinness World Record for traversing the non-tidal section of the River Thames, from Lechlade in Gloucestershire to Teddington in London….in a pedalo! 124 miles of pain, raising funds for Challenging MND. Having smashed the old record by nearly 2 days and set a new standard of 2 days and 15 hours, they were unhappy to find out that once they had put a marker in the sand, another group managed to beat their record by 5 hours, only 3 weeks later. The skipper Alex Gibson, Alun and the team have put the record straight between June 16th & 18th 2021 by attempting the whole 124 mile course non-stop (no sleep) with rests lasting as long as each lock break actually lasted.  They set a new GWR of 51h:00m:59s.

Alex Gibson, was diagnosed in 2018 with MND. He drives his ‚ÄúChallenging MND‚ÄĚ charity forward with many fundraising events and challenges so that fellow MND sufferers can be funded for their own events with their friends and family to provide lasting memories. An ex-British decathlete, he takes on challenges that are tough for anybody (believe me) let alone someone living with MND. ¬†He is delighted with this result and described it as his toughest challenge to date. He is an inspirational leader for the charity, his favourite phrase being ‚Äúwhat‚Äôs stopping you?‚ÄĚ Apologies this is after the fact but if¬†you are able to support¬†the charity, it would be most appreciated.


Last year we reported on the birth of a baby daughter to Usain Bolt and¬†¬†his partner Kasi Bennett. The infant‚Äôs name was Olympia Lightning Bolt. The couple have recently announced¬†the birth of twin boys, named Thunder Bolt and Saint Leo Bolt (Saint Leo being Usain’s middle name).

june, 2024

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