What a beautiful week it’s been. We’ve enjoyed seeing all your photos – Jim Graham’s early morning Surrey Hills run, Mark Herbert’s early morning run up Snowdon, and Andy Griffin’s Bushy Park in the mist were particular favourites.
This week we’ve collectively run 7,145km in 764 activities. Well done everyone!
The highlights of the week:
🔸The weather – Wiebke Kortum said “hello to pen ponds and the sunshine”, Ellie Lawley’s run was “stunning 🌞”, Mike Thomas was “loving the end of winter”, Shaun Griffith ran a “tropical 10 miles”, Dick Johnson enjoyed the “fabulous spring like feel”, Ed Forbes ran a “long run in absolutely perfect weather”, Neil Rae had a “solid effort in the park on a beautiful day”, and Kathy Henry appreciated the “headspace on a beautiful evening”.
🔹Long long runs – some great runs this week from Bruce McLaren and Gareth Williams (both 39.2km) in the Surrey Hills, Ann Kearey (37.9km) who isn’t letting her broken wrist hold her back, Garan Jenkin (37.6km) who started the week with this solid run to Windsor, and James Graham (36.8km) starting at 5:45am to get in his long run in the Surrey Hills.
🔸Animal corner – Jo Marshall had a “very chaotic run with Cooper“, Paul Murphy went on a “daft dog jog”, and Bruce McLaren’s dog Jessie joined for the whole 39.2km of his long run 🐶.Amelia Churnside rescued some frogs 🐸, and Sue Lear ran a turtle 🐢 in Copenhagen, as well as spotting red squirrels 🐿
🔹Names for a treadmill – the nominations are: (1) Jarryd Hillhouse’s dreadmill, and (2) Garan Jenkin’s “Tready McTreadface”. We should let the public decide.
🔸Comebacks – Louise Wapshott ran her “first trot since January”, Felix Von Schubert did his first Ranelagh session in 9 months, and Rick Jenner ran a “comeback PB” at Southall parkrun (19:38). Meanwhile Ed Perry isn’t quite ready to announce a comeback (yet). Watch this space! Great to see you all back running.
🔹The Clutton Cup isn’t the most popular of the handicaps, being 10 miles long. This year the route had to be altered, rewarding runners with a bonus 1km, and a challenging 3 loop course. Rebecca Bissell was first home (having already ran 20km in the morning). She was followed by Ciaran O’Donnell and Marc Leyshon. Full results here – http://www.ranelagh-harriers.com/results2/220319h.html
Thanks to Bruce McLaren for his first race as handicapper, and all the other organisers, marshals and people coming out to support 💙💛
🔸Henry Fagan is going from strength to strength. This week he ran in the English Schools XC, finishing 4th for Middlesex and 155th overall 💪
🔹Pete Vox ran his first 10k at the Richmond Spring Riverside 10k, with Narrisa Vox and Kelly Thomas joining him for extra encouragement. Top work Pete 👏
🔸Becca Ireland completed her final week of couch to 5k with parkrun at Gloucester North 🙌
🔹In other parkrun highlights this week – Amrut Sharma ran a hard earned PB at Osterley (21:17), Paul Negri ran an unofficial sub 21 at Edinburgh parkrun (unluckily for Paul it was recorded as 21:00), Cordy Parker was first female at Old Deer Park (19:24), Nick Wright was first at Kingston (17:52), David Ready was first at Hazelwood parkrun (18:24), and Dave Lawley was first at Southall (18:11). Well done all!
🔸At the Hampton Court Half Marathon, we saw (at least) four PB’s for Ranelagh – sorry if we missed any! Alun Thomas went sub 90 for the first time ever (1:29:00), finishing as 4th M50. Neil Kitching ran a whopping 6 minute PB in 1:24:26. Sarah Palmer ran a PB of 1:24:45, and Sam Slater earned a 1:32:11 PB. Well done to Chris Lepine as the first Ranelagh home in 1:22:24, and top running also from Liam Joyce, Ross Clayton, Paul Murphy, Mel Thomas, Camilla Clayton, and John Scally.
Finally, we wish Simon Martin and Gary Armstrong speedy recoveries from their new injuries this week. Hope you’re both back up and running as normal soon.
The Podiums for this week:
🥇 Ralph Street 140.8km
🥈 James Riley 128.1km
🔹 David Criniti 119.5km
🔸 Ryan Fisher 106.8km
🥉 Samuel Harry 106.6km
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 94.1km
🥈 Amelia Churnside 87.0km
🥉 Cordy Parker 75.8km
🥇 Ralph Street 2083m
🥈 James Graham 1710m
🔹 David Criniti 1407m
🥉 Gareth Williams 1,310m
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 1,823m
🥈 Amelia Churnside 1,802m
🥉 Ann Kearey 1076m
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Jim Graham’s early morning in the Surrey Hills
Mark Herbert’s morning run up Snowdon
Andy Griffin’s Bushy Park in the mist
Sue Lear’s turtle run