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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #152

Pretty quiet week not much to report here. See you all next week.

Oh but hang on….. there was a minor event featuring about a zillion runners earlier today in a quiet corner of south west London. And one or two people dashing between ponds in Richmond Park earlier in the week. So one or two things to talk about after all.

And in fact, we did espy a few other things throughout the week – seems you’re not all wilting in the heat, and instead are out there racking up the miles. Or in metric terms, racking up 6,579km over some 756 activities. Keep at it, people, and in the meanwhile, sit back, read on and see if any of this lot inspire you:

๐Ÿ”น Starting the week super-strong was Kathy Henry with a “Casual Monday ultraโ€ฆwalking fuel breaks and a longer stop at the Runnymede cafe which I was VERY pleased to see. Watch running throughout breaks. Surely itโ€™s taper time now?? #RTTS100k” Kathy covered 52km, and no, she’s not yet tapering as she followed it up with another 21km of the Race To The Stones route on Friday accompanied by Ciaran O’Donnell and Maria Jovani. Others in the RTTS posse are also putting in the miles – Rebecca Bissell getting in 58km over Friday and Saturday, Wiebke Kortum getting in 35km this morning for a 50km weekend, Alex Ring also notching up more than 50km including a classic Grand Union canal / River Crane loop and Sarah Palmer notching up a speedy 38km. These guys (and the rest of the team) are primed and ready. We can’t wait to see you in action in a couple of weekends time. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿงก

๐Ÿ”ธ Tuesday started early for Clare Day, Jeremy Day and Cecily Day with a run out to Stone Henge for the summer solstice – picture below. ๐ŸŒž

๐Ÿ”น And later that evening in another ritual dating back many decades, there was a gathering of a multitude to celebrate “The 20 Ponds” of Richmond Park. Many came, ran off in all directions (some even correct directions!), lost their way, were trapped in neck high ferns, missed ponds, found ponds, found the Olympic steps, found themselves, but most importantly found the camaraderie of our great club on an idyllic summer’s evening. And for many topped off with the view from outside the Roebuck, and the libations from within.

๐Ÿ”ธ Midweek contraversy… in news that will bring solace to some, Paul Doyle was “DQed for bouncy shoes” from the Rosenheim 3000m track race (10:48). He took it in his (rapid) stride, noting “Fair cop” and also that “They are legal for the Ranelagh 10K ๐Ÿ˜€”. Indeed they are, and we’ll see how he got on lower down!

๐Ÿ”น Eschewing sex and drugs and rock’n’roll, or more likely taking a short break from it, Russell Holt was to be found on an early morning Tour de Glastonbury. Though we can’t help wishing that he’d included a Tour de Glastonbury Tor. Next time…

๐Ÿ”ธ Another protein rich evening on Thursday night, with Gaz Jenkin’s “Flying ant day”. He “began to question the pre-run Halloumi burger”. I hope the burger didn’t spoil your appetite too much Gaz.

๐Ÿ”น And so to the weekend. And of course parkrun ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. And a PB for the Kingston Kool Kids. Well done to Pete Vox, ably assisted by Kelly Thomas and Narissa Vox. A couple of miles further north and also bagging a PB was Ruth Gledhill. Top work. And a few miles further west at Bedfont Lakes getting a first ever first finisher was Jarryd Hillhouse ๐Ÿฅ‡. Boom ๐Ÿ’ฅ. Great running.

๐Ÿ”ธ Getting in a 10k a day early – was Nick Twomey in the Bracknell Samaritans 10k, getting a third successive win at the event in a time of 36:38. Well done Nick ๐Ÿฅ‡.

๐Ÿ”น Getting in the most distance over the weekend has been John Tovell who took on Race To The Tower, covering 53 miles and a lot of hills over two days and well and trul conquering the Cotwolds. Very strong running, well done John ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช.

๐Ÿ”ธ Sam Rhodes had a “Slightly fuzzy car retrieval”. This leaves us with a lot of questions. Who had it? And what did they do to it to render it so? How are you going to get it de-fuzzed? Good luck with it!

๐Ÿ”น Alliterator of the week is Henry Fagan who was “devising D of E de-stress dash”. He also gets an A* for French with his note “il pleut”. Watch this one, he’ll go far.

๐Ÿ”ธ Just time for a shout out to Keeley Phillips in the “Haldon Forest Purple Gecko 10 mile race”. She reports “Heavy rain, and so so so tough! Hills just kept going. Just used it as training”. Well done for sticking with it Keeley.

๐Ÿ”น And, warming the cockles of our hearts, Cap’n Rich Kimber had his “Best 5 miles ever ๐Ÿ˜ – Olive’s first proper buggy run”. Get her started early, and we’ll look forward to her racing on her own in a few years.

๐Ÿ”ธ Drumroll please. You’ve had your appetisers. On to the main event:

๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น The Ranelagh Richmond 10k ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”น

This morning saw a huge turnout of Ranelagh’s finest, putting on a huge event, with a cast of hundreds (more than 600 registered runners). From early morning, volunteers were to be found putting up gazebos, course markings, taping trees and bollards, marking the start and finish, then on to helping and directing the runners, marshalling the course, making sure everyone was ok and safe and not left behind, collecting timing chips, giving out water and bananas and prizes and trophies*. It’s a huge club effort and so many people put in so much effort and thank you to you all. But taking responsibility for it all was Ed Perry to whom we must say a huge congratulations. We’ve shown our club off at it’s very best.

And of course, there was a bit of running to be found from club members too. Taking first place for Ranelagh (* but not the Don ‘Flash’ Gardner trophy as he’d dashed off too soon) was Josh Reed in 34:02. First Ranelagh women (this is becoming a habit ๐Ÿ˜ƒ) was Adrienne Baddeley in 39:27 (* also leaving trophyless). Following on where nearly 50 of you, with especial congratulations to Jon Lear for a 70s PB (43:04), Neil Kitching (38:48) and David Ready (34:46). And possibly many more of you who are too modest to mention this on Strava.

Provisional results:
Place Name Chip
16 Joshua Reed 00:34:02
18 Samuel Harry 00:34:33
22 David Ready 00:34:46
24 Marc Leyshon 00:35:08
44 Ted Mockett 00:36:22
51 Chris Lepine 00:36:38
56 Dave Lawley 00:36:47
62 Andy Starr 00:37:00
65 Peter Haarer 00:37:06
80 Tristian Thornhill 00:37:43
98 Neil Kitching 00:38:45
99 Stewart Stanton 00:38:47
100 John Shaw 00:38:50
114 Adrienne Baddeley 00:39:27
139 Jonathan Holliday 00:40:17
156 Neil Rae 00:41:14
158 Mick Lane 00:41:19
178 Philip Beausang 00:41:52
179 Sam Slater 00:41:54
181 Simon Baxter 00:41:58
197 Lukas Appenzeller 00:42:44
200 Ciaran O’Donnell 00:42:46
208 Liz Kipling 00:43:02
210 Jon Lear 00:43:04
219 Ben Shore 00:43:27
222 Clare Fowler 00:43:25
232 Vaughan Ramsay 00:44:19
254 William Griffin 00:45:32
275 Philip Roberts 00:46:16
295 Amrut Sharma 00:47:41
306 Richard Pender 00:48:25
324 Andrew Kew 00:49:21
345 Christopher Read 00:50:36
350 Dave Glanville 00:50:57
353 Will Cavendish 00:51:14
364 Carol Aikin 00:52:16
380 Sally Bamford 00:53:59
418 Ellie Lawley 00:58:16
442 Jackie Dunkley 01:04:27
446 Ruth Gledhill 01:06:00
449 Janet Turnes 01:06:59
454 Bronwen Northmore 01:09:12
455 Sue Lear 01:09:27
457 Alan Meaden 01:10:09
462 Wendy Fisher 01:19:15

Note – we can see Paul Doyle bounced round in 39 mins 1 second but he’s missing from the results at present. As is your correspondent, although that’s probably a run that is favoured by anonymity.


The Leaderboards:


๐Ÿ”ธ Tom Middleton 124.7km
๐Ÿ”น Joji Mori 111.8km
๐Ÿฅ‡ Jonathan Moore 111.2km
๐Ÿฅˆ John Tovell 110.3km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Nick Impey 108.9km

(With a RTTS theme:)
๐Ÿฅ‡ Kathy Henry 88.9km
๐Ÿฅˆ Rebecca Bissell 88.0km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Sarah Palmer 81.3km


๐Ÿฅ‡ John Tovell 2,343m
๐Ÿฅˆ Nick Impey 1,937m
๐Ÿ”น Joji Mori 1,705m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Bruce McLaren 1,534m

๐Ÿฅ‡ Ria Woodfield 1,120m
๐Ÿฅˆ Wiebke Kortum 764m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Suzy Whatmough 679m

Have a fantastic week, enjoy your chocolate-powered running!

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