Bit of a common theme this week. 🌞. And more ☀️. Not much ☁️. A lot of 💦. And most of us looking pretty much like this 🥵.
But although we may be mostly looking various shades of puce this week, it hasn’t stopped us from getting out there and getting it done. Altogether we’ve done 5,870 km in 694 activities. Fellow club members, I salute you. It takes more than mid to high 30’s temperatures to stop you running.
Although neat segue (🤔) into a note that training is cancelled on Tuesday due to the heat… See announcement here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/32034/posts/21366273. It’s going to be darn hot, so be careful if you’re getting out there.
🥳🎈💃 S O C I A L 🕺🎈🥳
And whilst I’m making announcements, please note the event of the summer is upcoming – it’s the event we’ve all been waiting for – it’s only the second edition of Dave’s cRaZy Track Meet 🥳😃!!!
This is open to all members + their family and friends and takes place at Osterley track between 1 and 5pm. There’s something for everyone – Music, picnics (BYO), and a mix of traditional, unusual, and novel events including 400m, beer mile, backwards 100m and many more. Get signed up! Get your family and friends signed up! We’ll look forward to seeing you all there.
Sign up sheet is here: https://forms.gle/gdtt8WNrGdQ4DN9r8.
So back to business. What have you all been up to this week:
🔹 First up, in an unusual twist, was a Monday running of the Coad Cup. A strange day on a strange course on a ridiculously hot day. Everything else though was the same – some fantastic racing and a stunning victory for Marc Leyshon. But this has already been far more eloquently written up here: https://www.strava.com/clubs/32034/posts/21329293. Enjoy!
🔸 Tuesday saw more racing. First up was Vaughan Ramsay in a debut (?) outing for Veterans Athletic Club running 5km in Battersea Park in 19:44. Following swiftly on were the team of David Ready, Ed Perry, Jonny Smith and James Whistler in the Imber Court Relays, posting times respectively of 8:28, 8:56, 9:07 and 9:00 over the 1.6 mile course to come in an impressive 3rd senior men’s team (and 5th overall) a minute down the winning team. Well done all.
🔹 Wednesday saw Sally Minchella (possibly the most prolific photographer for this publication) “entranced by the sunset 😍”. I was entranced too, but A. wasn’t running and B. never take any photos half as good as Sally’s. So you get to enjoy Sally’s picture. And it was pretty darned good the following night, as captured by Jarryd Hillhouse. Both pics below. Beautiful indeed.
🔸 Meanwhile breaking a 3yr old 3000m PB was Cordy Parker in a fantastic 10:15. Very impressive, well done!
🔹 Thursday was noted by a few of you as being warm. Josh Reed enjoyed (?) “50 minutes in the sauna”. Verka Leaf was keeping positive “27 degrees definitely feels a bit better than yesterday’s 32 😜”, whilst James Riley was positively loving it and “starting to acclimate ☀️”! Impressive stuff.
🔸 Meanwhile in the first of two entries from over the water, Gareth Williams impressed with his running and his mastery of the French language, noting “Mont Blanc est magnifique”. Nearby, ticking off the Tour of Mont Blanc route and covering 185km and 10,800m of climbing over the course of a week, was Mike Thomas. Presumably a recce for the ultra and we look forward to attempts from both in the coming years 😃.
🔹 On Friday, Josh was almost joined by Cecily Day “.. running in a literal sauna”, but Cecily was thousands of miles away in Costa Rica, so decorum was maintained. It was, it seems, rather cooler back on these shores, with Clare Day’s helpful clarification. “Very hot – but not very, very hot”. And at 5:30 in the morning, Jim Graham’s curtly titled “🥶” suggests that he was even pretty cool.
🔸 Vaughan Ramsay and Shaun Griffith were to be found doing hill reps opposite the club that evening, with Shaun’s “King Henry’s Mound of Pain” earning the prostigious “Funniest title of the week” award. 🤣.
🔹 Getting in some big miles and big hills were newly encaptainated James Riley joining Sally Minchella for a Dragon’s Back recce of Snowdonia peaks, covering 37km and 2000m of up and down across the Carneddau on Friday, followed by another 37km and 2000m of up and down on Tryfan, the Glyders and Knicht on Saturday. James’s mood seems to have been weighed down by the 7kgs of provisions and kit that he was forced to carry, whilst Sally was, of course, snapping away, even if this was not the “One day I may see the Carneddau out the cloud”. Looks like a fantastic escape to me! Well done.
🔸 And so to the weekend, and a debut ultra for Nick Impey in the 55km and > 2000m of elevation Cameron Ultra. A few firsts for Nick – first ultra, first time in trail shoes. And despite being through the jungle and a “mind stretch” a stunning “first place”. Well done, great application for the Ranelagh Ultra Crew!
🔹 There was a somewhat reduced turnout for the penultimate road relay, the Elmore 7. Herbie noted that he “went out with intent and that only lasted a mile”! Well done for turning out, and getting it done in the ☀️.Times were as below:
- David Ready 41:01
- Mark Herbert 42:53
- Mick Lane 49:04
- Phil Andrews 51:55
- Liam Griffin 52:00
- Rachel Revett 59:06
- Janet Turnes 1:19:59
🔸 So with the evening drawing to a close, and an early start for your correspondent on Sunday, was it safe to put Strava to bed for the night? Er no! Hitting the slopes of the Chilterns for the Wendover Woods Night 50km were Suzy Whatmough and (a barely recovering from Covid) Bruce McLaren. Despite nearly 2000m of elevation, a tricky trippy technical course in the dark, including an early fall, and getting slightly lost and having to retake places, Suzy Whatmough put in a sterling performance to come first lady and set a new course record of 5:38:10. Wow. And she walks away with a trophy almost bigger the her! Bruce notes that he could only just fit it in his 7 seater for the journey home. Bruce, of course, put paid to his suggestions of only doing two of the three laps, and fears of getting lapped with an excellent 6:30 to finish 41st overall and second MV50.
🔸 And so on to today and more racing – the Harry Hawkes 10 mile had positives and negatives for Ben Shore who finished in 1hr 18, noting “I believe the phrase is “dying on your arse”… But pleased to have finally run the Harry Hawkes course.” Ed Forbes wilted a little in the second half but held on for 21st in a time of 1hr 7. Great running both.
🔹 In a new version of Beat the Boat, variously called “Follow the boat” or “What boat?” the twinkling trio of Kelly Thomas, Narissa and Pete Vox had a fabulous day out running 10k along the Thames near Windsor.
🔸 And finally, someone finding a way to race and hopefully keep cool for a bit of it – Sam Dalgleish. Sam ran a “PW as expected, quite enjoyable though” in the Wye Valley Tunnel 10k race. Can someone find a few abandoned tunnels in the Richmond area for next week please?
🥇 James Riley 128.2km
🔹 Joji Mori 118.8km
🥈 James Ritchie 113.1km
🥉 Arben Canolli 110.4km
🥇 Sally Minchella 94.2km
🥈 Suzy Whatmough 89.2km
🥉 Neha Rani 77.5km
🥇 James Riley 4,756m
🥈 Gareth Williams 2,645m
🥉 Nick Impey 2,590m
🥇 Sally Minchella 4,372m (and 🥈 overall)
🥈 Suzy Whatmough 2,215m
🥉 Ria Woodfield 749m
Have a fantastic week, take it easy, stay cool, get in plenty of 🍦!
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