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Ranelagh Strava Rundown Week 126

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,
No comfortable feel in any member –
No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! –

November!

So ends the poem ‘No!’, written by English poet, author & humourist, Thomas Hood in 1884. And with the recent fall in temperatures, coupled with the shorter daylight hours, this very much resonates with us here at Rundown HQ. And on top of that, there’s only 34 days left before Christmas! 😨 Cue the silent screaming… 😱

Yet through it all, the Ranelagh spirit shines forth brightly 💙 and this is reflected in our respectable club total of 5,725 km over 726 activities this week.

WELL DONE EVERYONE for getting out there – whatever the season, weather or regulations, you’ve continued to rise up, put those shoes on and run your hearts out. Don’t forget that you’re an amazing bunch and an inspiration to all, so keep on going, keep on rocking and keep on running!

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🔷 This week started very much in keeping with the month – grey, damp and dark. Shout out to Chris Lepine, Sam Dalgliesh, Ellie Lawley & Sarah Palmer for their early morning efforts and particularly so to Eirin McDaid as he embarked on his ‘Sorting my life out run #1’, noting that ‘this was really tough and I have a seriously LONG way to go to get back into any sort of shape or fitness 🤦🏼‍♂️’

🔶 Tuesday night’s training saw the usual mix of hills, sprints and other equally challenging sessions with some reporting ‘extra’ benefits from their efforts – Gareth Williams stated he could feel his ‘legs coming back 👍’, while Dave Lawley claimed, ‘Mud is a marvellous exfoliant – my hairy pins are looking fab’, leaving James Riley to surmise that ‘Tuesday night’s alright for training 😃’. And for exfoliation too it seems. Ladies, might we want to take note? Maybe not.

🔷 By Wednesday, the most exciting thing reported in Ranelagh Strava-land was that Suzy Whatmough ‘saw a badger!’. Yup. That was it, in and around everyone’s ‘Morning Run’, ‘Afternoon Run’ and ‘Evening Run’ 😂 Thursday brought a small flutter of excitement as Mark Herbert picked up two Crowns training in Thornbury Park which was quickly matched by Nick Impey’s two with his ‘helping with the pacing’ run on Saturday.

🔶 Crowns aside, Saturday did see things pick up quite significantly, with great results in Parkrun land to liven up the spirits. At Bushy, Ted Mockett came in 2nd with a cracking 15:59 PB, at Crane Park, Nick Twomey (16:54) also placed 2nd, while Nick Wright (18:55) took 7th in Kingston. At Pontefract, Alun Thomas placed 8th (19:47 course PB), while Alberto Esguevillas (21:08) and Stewart Anderson (21:25 ) placed 8th and 9th respectively at Old Deer Park. Well done guys! Shout out too to Hadi Khatamizadeh for his 21:30 PB at Richmond Park and Ian Harrison for his 27:11 PB at ODP.

🔷 Away from Parkrun-Land, at the London Cross Country Championships, the men’s team (Richard Kimber, Mark Herbert, Gareth Williams, Richard Willoughby, Neil Rae, James Ritchie & Chris Lepine) joined the women’s team (Suzy Whatmough, Ann Kearey & Rebecca Bissell) in tackling the (thankfully-not-as-muddy-as-it-could-be) iconic cross-country venue that is Parliament Hill. Results are yet unofficial but it’s clear they all ran fabulously, with the following times for the women over 5.9k: Suzy Whatmough 24:44, Rebecca Bissell 28:37, Ann Kearey 30:28 and for the men over 10.5k: Mark Herbert 41:34 (with a cracking sprint finish!), Richard Kimber 41:51, Gareth Williams 43:05, Chris Lepine 43:31, Neil Rae 45:07, Richard Willoughby 49:02 and James Ritchie 52:53. Great effort everyone!

🔶 Closer to home at the Hampton Court Palace 10k, Shaun Griffith was on fire finishing 44th overall in 40’33 (chip time) and smashing BOTH his 5k and 10k PB! Fiona Jones and Louise Wapshott also brought it home with chip times of 1:09:08 and 1:14:13 respectively. Awesome work guys!

🔷 Slightly further west at the South of the Thames 5 mile in Aldershot, Suzy Whatmough, Clare Fowler, Jonny Smith, Mike Morris, James Russell, Marcus Atkins & Ciaran O’Donnell flew Ranelagh blue & yellow to come in 9th female (35:02), 21st female (38:10), 26th male (30:01), 64th male (37:17), 68th male (38:02), 72nd male (38:16) & 73rd male (38:24) respectively. Congratulations to everyone!

🔶 Other noteworthy efforts come from Eirin McDaid placing 1st in the Lobster Lollop 10k, Ross Mac placing 8th in the Orion 15 (aka 15 miles of mud, hills, stiles plus more mud) in Epping Forest, Mike Thomas walking a 50k ultra (under 10 hours) plus some cracking times & efforts from Siena Lepine, Maya Lepine and Henry Fagan (1st for Richmond / 21st across London), at the London Youth Games. Absolutely inspirational!

A few snapshots:

💙 Shout out to those coming back from injury, illness and or just plain tiredness – Jo Marshall, Aoife Kilpatrick, Marianne Malam, Paul Barry, Ed Perry and a few others. Great to see you all out getting out there.
💛 Commiserations to Charlie Hyde’s, ‘To Chemist -> Chemist closed -> small cry -> limp to bus stop’. Goodness knows we’ve all been there.
💙 Kudos to Amanda Munro as she continues her #runeveryday year 1 day 207 – we see you!

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🏃🏻‍♀️ Ranelagh Harriers Richmond 10k: Sunday 28 November @ 9am 🏃🏻

If you haven’t already signed up, there’s still time to enter and enjoy a 10k on this picturesque route. Entry is only £16 for UKA affiliated runners and £18 for unaffiliated and you can register instantly @ www.ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/10k

Run partly on roads and the Thames Towpath, this two-lap course has scenic views of the river and trees around Teddington Lock and Ham House. It’s also very flat and fast, making it a great opportunity for a new PB, particularly if you’re not bothered with the view.

📢 Not that you should need it but here’s a reminder of 2 GREAT reasons to enter:

1️⃣ To support Nick & Kathy Henry as they fundraise for @CR_UK. As Nick continues to bravely battle cancer, it’s important for both to make a difference while they can 🥰 So when you book, you’ll have the chance to #PlayYourPart & donate to their campaign. All contributions are greatly appreciated & you can also follow their inspirational story here @kathy_running_late or https://bitly/KathyandNick 👈

2️⃣ @onewateruk is the UK’s leading ethical water brand and our official hydration partner, supplying water for our event & giving you one of their unique refillable water bottles to take home. They have a simple vision: to sell bottled water in the UK to fund water projects across the world, so that everyone has access to clean, safe water, forever 😍 Through their partner, The One Foundation, they have raised over £20 million & changed the lives of over 4 million people 💙

💙 SO… if you haven’t already signed up, with 1 more week to go, there’s still time to enter our 10k #RaceWithPurpose on 28 November @ 9am. Entry is £16 for UKA affiliated runners & £18 for unaffiliated & you can ENTER NOW @ www.ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/10k 👈

💥 STOP PRESS 💥 Ranelagh Harriers Christmas Party @ The Anglers Teddington | Saturday 11 December @ 6pm | EXTENDED TIME TO BOOK! 🎄

🥳 It’s snow secret that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and we’d hate for yule to miss out on the GREAT night that is the annual Ranelagh Harrier’s Christmas Party.

🤶🏻 In an amazing last minute reprieve – some might even say miraculous – the deadline to book has been EXTENDED until 23 November. So get your skates on & book your place & menu choices* online @ https://bookings.designmynight.com/place-your-order?booking_id=61059c8133b12b243a584d97&fbclid=IwAR1DL9tKtU6QxQsS65-dy7kJrK1zqD4I_3JE67FWSEtw9yEmm3-CVFZ76Ks

🎄 We really ho-ho-hope you can join in the fun to mingle and jingle the night away – it’s going to be a simply wonderful Christmas thyme!

🍻 Drinks will be ordered individually on the night 🥂 and should you have any *dietary requirements, please contact the Anglers directly so that they can advise accordingly.

Come on Ranelagh – what are you waiting for?! GET BOOKING NOW!!! 🥳

The Leaderboards:

Distance:
🔹 Tom Middleton 148.2km
🥇 Ralph Street 118.7km
🥈 Nick Impey 115.6km
🔸 David Criniti 109.7km
🔹 Joji Mori 96.6km
🥉 Jackson Creegan 96.5km

🥇 Cordy Parker 74.6km
🥈 Suzy Whatmough 60.9km
🥉 Amanda Munro 60.2km

Climbers:
🥇 Ralph Street 2,676m
🔸 Joji Mori 1,765m
🔹 Simon Wolnizer 1,281m
🔸 Tom Middleton 1,078m
🔹 David Criniti 1,012m
🔸 Ryan Fisher 976m
🥈 Stephen Logue 911m
🥉 Jackson Creegan 823m

🥇 Amelia Churnside 1,200m
🥈 Gillian Sanders 1,117m
🥉 Rebecca Bissell 872m

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Women & Men’s London X-Country Champs teams

Eirin McDaid: 1st place in the Lobster Lollop | Shaun Griffith: 44th in Hampton Court 10k

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Surrey cross country league standings

LeagueTeam PositionFull details
Ladies Div 17/15league table
Men Div 18/9league table
Ladies Div U159/16league table
Men Div U15/U1716/18league table

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