‘Now have come the shining days
When field and wood are robed anew,
And o’er the world a silver haze
Mingles the emerald with the blue.’
So begins June’s Coming, a poem written by American naturalist and nature essayist, John Burroughs (b. April 3, 1837).
And these are shining days indeed as our nation gathered for a celebratory 4-day bank holiday Platinum Jubilee weekend, to mark Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service. For many it was also half term week and so to ‘… field and wood…. robed anew’ some went, while others took to ‘… o’er the world..’ to enjoy ‘… the emerald with the blue’ in far sunnier climes.
And cause we’re not like most normal folk, being at rest hasn’t stopped many from running, walking, cycling or even kayaking! Which has been great, as some of us at Rundown HQ have been living vicariously through your fab holiday snaps, a selection of which we’ve shared here. So, with a respectable club total of 6,548km over 757 activities, let’s see what you been up to this week:
🔷 So there’s been plenty of runs in far flung places: James Riley (guided by Sally Minchella) indulged his compulsion to run up every possible mountain/hill/elevation in the world. Or at least within 500 metres of his current location; this time in Italy. After a few attempts, they finally made it up that hill (cue that Kate Bush song..) in the blazing heat, to find the most staggering views…. and a tortoise 🤦♀️ 🐢 Certainly not what one would expect but there is photographic evidence.
And in echoes of ‘Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?’, Vierka Leaf ran through ‘fields and rivers’ in the Czech Republic; Nick Impey traded the flats of Singapore for the hills of Australia; Marco Perinelli did ‘long hill reps’ in Barcelona and Daniel Chiechi had a run with an ‘unexpected swim’ in Antigua & Barbuda. Over in Ireland, Aoife Kilpatrick went round ‘Lough Fea in the rain 🌧 ‘, Fiona Jones went kayaking, walking and cycling (everything other than running to be fair) in Norway, Ann Kearey went ‘bridge hopping in Burges’, while Chris Lepine enjoyed runs round the coasts of Kefalonia and Rick Jenner had multiple ‘sweat fests 🥵’ in Macedonia.
🔶 Others opted to stay closer to home, thereby avoiding the much-publicised airport horrors: Nicola Douglas ran through ‘never ending wheat fields’ in Canterbury; Wiebke Kortun completed a fab 31km from Box Hill to Gatton Hill Park (and back again, of course), James Graham (yeah, he DEFINITELY hasn’t retired) shared his own interpretation of majestic by way of stunning views from Snowdonia National Park, Liam Joyce found ‘hills, hills and more hills’ in Devon, while Alberto Esguevillas explored the Cornish coastal paths and Neil Rae went ‘back on the Fife Coastal Path’.
Oh, and a word of caution if you’re considering the Mole Valley for your next holiday destination: Rebecca Bissell ‘came a cropper after 3km’ and ended up with a ‘nice big lump’ on her kneecap, while Ross Mac found only ‘non-trails and nettles’ when he popped out for what was supposed to be and easy 10k. You have been warned.
🔷 For those staying in the Big Smog, there was much to amuse and entertain: Ted Mockett ran 10k from Paddington Basin along the Grand Union Canal (the outgoing leg involved a barge), Sue Lear celebrated ‘the Jubilee with some Nightingale pyramids’ 🤷♀️while Simon Martin and Victoria Hart ran a ‘Platinum jubilee Kew loop’. They were not the only ones celebrating the Jubilee with runs: Richard Gurd ran from Windsor to Buckingham Palace (23k), Bruce McLaren ran a Platinum Jubilee Surrey Hills (32km), Ellie Lawley went ‘bunting hunting’, Jon & Sue Lear covered 17km in their ‘Jubilee Theme run’ and Cecily Day kept ‘running past street parties’ until she got to the one she needed to be at!
🔶 So with half the country in far flung lands and other destinations, the rest of us were able to take advantage of the peace and quiet to do local loops: Raymond Sturton, Bruce McLaren, Kathy Henry, Ed Perry, Owen Delaney, Ben Shore, Neil Kitching, Ed Forbes, Sarah Palmer, John Tovell, James Ritchie, Jonathan Moore, Suzy Whatmough and many more. All in all it was lovely but for some eerily quiet, leaving Dave Lawley to sum it up perfectly, as always, by saying it ‘felt like the world had a hangover’.
🔷 But you’d be mistaken to think there was no racing. Of course there was racing – we’re Ranelagh! In Bath at the South West 5k PB Series, Cordy Parker smashed out a PB-equalling 0:18:12 while in the BAAC Concorde 1 Hour Race in Hillingdon, Clare Fowler and Rebecca Bissell placed 1st and 2nd Ladies, running 14.77km and 13.30km respectively. Fab work ladies!
Also competing in Andy Bickerstaff’s Wimbledon Trail Series were Ed Forbes (0:31:50 | 21st overall | 5th MV40), Ed Smith (0:31:50 | 45th overall | 8th MV40), Ben Shore (0:34:41 | 61st overall | 11th MV40), Rebecca Bissell (0:39:25 | 80th overall | 1st LV40), Marie Synnott-Wells (0:44:14 | 117th overall | 5th LV50) and Sally Bamford (0:45:46 | 120th overall | 2nd LV60). Well done everyone! By the way, Race 3 is on 6th July @ 7pm, so for those who’d like to give it a go, there’s still time to sign up @ https://www.goodrunguide.co.uk/RaceDetails.asp?RaceID=30919
Over in the Isle of Wight, and certainly making the most of his childhood upbringing there, Michael Morris placed 13th overall, 12th Male and 4th V50 in the Needles Half Marathon with a fab time of 1:37:44. Closer to home, at the Arethusa Mile in Bushy Park (no passports or check-ins necessary), there were also cracking times from Dave Lawley (0:4:53), Mark Herbert (0:5:11), Jarryd Hillhouse (0:5:16) and Suzy Whatmough (0:5:32 – PB!). Way to go guys.
In Parkrun Land, Jonny Smith claimed 1st overall (0:18:26) at Llyn Llech Owain, while Suzy Whatmough (0:19:59 | 7th overall), Sarah Palmer (0:18:12 – PB! | 11th overall), Adrienne Baddeley (0:20:12 | 15th overall) and Natalie Haarer (0:20:33 | 2nd overall) claimed 1st Lady in Old Deer Park, Richmond Park, Bushy Park, and Bedfont Lakes respectively. Great work everyone.
In closing, here are a few shout outs to:
💙 Amrut Sharma who summited Mount Toubkal (4167m) in Morocco, and in his own words: ‘Huffed and puffed my way to the summit. Finished the hike from the valley to the Toubkal summit and back in 15 hours. Extremely windy and slippery rocky path, fell down a few times but luckily escaped with all body parts intact.’ We’re glad you made it down in one piece Amrut 👏
💛 James Whistler who cycled 200 miles to Exeter in the Rival Ride 2020 to raise funds in support of their core programmes for The Harlequins Foundation 💪
💙 Those clocking up epic miles in preparation for Race to The Stones to support Kathy Henry as she runs to raise funds for Cancer Research and the awareness of the importance of making every moment count 🥰
💛 Deborah Blakemore as she coaches a new c25k group on Thursdays, ably supported by Kelly Thomas, Louise Wapshott and Narissa Vox. 4 more weeks to go till their 5k run round Sidmouth Woods!
📢 If you haven’t signed up for the 2022 Ranelagh Harriers 10k on 26 June @ 9am, there’s still time to do so here https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/10k 👈 And if you’re not running, we still need volunteers for a variety of marshalling & course duties from 8am onwards. It’s a fab day out & a wonderful atmosphere all round, so please email Gavin Hillhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org
📢 (mini) MOB MATCH against The Stragglers RC: It’s all about numbers (and some speed but not necessarily) so please register with parkrun as Ranelagh Harriers. All you have to do is sign into your parkrun profile, and under Groups in My Links, add Ranelagh Harriers as your club. If you have more than one club, please make Ranelagh your primary club for it to count. Then turn up at Old Deer Park on 18 June at 9am and RUN!
🔹 Tom Middleton 165.9km
🔸 Ryan Fisher 150.0km
🥇 Nick Impey 132.5km
🥈 Jonathan Moore 120.2km
🥉 James Riley 101.7km
🥇 Wiebke Kortum 93.6km
🥈 Rebecca Bissell 77.3km
🥉 Cordy Parker 73.1km
🥇 James Riley 2,544m
🥈 Nick Impey 2,190m
🥉 James Graham 1,461m
🥇 Wiebke Kortum 1,114m
🥈 Rebecca Bissell 1,051m
🥉 Suzy Whatmough 892m
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Arun Fawddwy – photo by James Graham
Macedonia – photo by Rick Jenner
Jubilee Themed run – photo by Sue & Jon Lear
Norway – photo by Fiona Jones
The Tortoise – photo by James Riley & Sally Minchella
The top of THAT hill in Italy – photo by James Riley & Sally Minchella
BAAC Concorde One Hour Race 1st and 2nd ladies 💛💙 – photo by Clare Fowler & Rebecca Bissell