What a jam packed week of running it has been! It started with what many hailed as end of an era, when “unheralded (really very good) club runner” Ellis Cross defeated Sir Mo Farah over 10k on the roads, even managing to hold off the famous Farah kick at the end… Will we see Mo on the track (or even the road again? And as for Ellis, a week of media duties ensued – even making it onto Claudia Winkleman’s radio 2 show on Saturday morning live from work at Up and Running. One imagines him sneaking off to a back room piled high full of shoeboxes to take her call!
It may well be the end of the era… but what will never change is Ranelagh continuing to put on amazing races, and all of you showing up to absolutely smash them and others around the country and world… buckle up there’s a LOT to talk about!
The Highlights of the week:
🔷 First up – Today saw the first running of the Ranelagh Half since Covid – and a huge congratulations and thank you go to Race Director Simon Martin, and all the volunteers who made this, once again, such a friendly and fun event. As we set off round the streets of Richmond, Teddington, Hampton Court and Kingston the friendliness, encouragement, and sense of the club putting on an event to support the grassroots local running community was palpable, it made your correspondent so proud to be part of such an amazing club. To the running – and it was Mark Leyshon who scooped the JF Williams trophy for first Ranelagh home in 1:15:32, followed by Ian Kenton in 1:17:57 and a stunning run from John Shaw, who was first V60 and third home for the club in 1:24:26. For the Ladies, Adrienne Baddeley put Ranelagh on the podium in 3rd in 1:26:21 and took home the Chalkie White Rose Bowl as first Ranelagh Lady home, and she was followed by Wiebke Kortum in 1:41:10 and Aoife Kilpatrick in 1:43:57. In all 42 Ranelagh took part, and many stayed for coffee and ice cream and presentations in the sun afterwards. A great day for the club!
🔶 While we were all soaking up the sun in west London, a little further from home Michael Morris was in Italy battling torrential rain at the Maratona Delle Cattedrali which he finished in 3:34:25, overcoming a dip and finishing strong – chapeau! Staying on marathons, last Monday saw the Milton Keynes Marathon, where Neha Rani ran 4:02:41 and Toni Borreda 3:15:12, claiming it was more of an off road course! Better luck next time Toni!
🔷 Last weekend a large contingent of your rundown team were up in the Lakes at the Great Lakeland 3 Day (GL3D) and seeing as we only managed to get reception and upload our runs on Monday afternoon, not only did we miss the rundown, but our epic adventures missed out on the leaderboards for the week – so please indulge us sharing a few details:
As the name suggests GL3D is a 3 day event over the bank holiday weekend that sets off from an event centre announced a few weeks beforehand. (This year Braithwaite – outside Keswick) Beyond that, nothing is known about the route until you arrive for the event, where you are presented with the event map complete with numbered checkpoints. Each day there is a choice of route: Cafe, Short, Long, or Expert, each involving increasing checkpoints, navigation and technical skills, and you can pick your route every morning. The intrepid trio of James Ritchie, Suzy Whatmough and Mark Herbert took on the long course each day – Mark even having enough spirit to round his 2nd day up to a marathon distance with an out an back along the lake, when the rest of us opted for hot tea and pizza instead. Ed Perry ran the short route each day, and was joined by Jess Busen-Smith for two of those and Chris Owens ran the cafe route. All in all it was a smashing weekend – the overnight camps were very friendly, there were epic food options and the fells of course were at their most alluring and treacherous depending on the day. Plans are already afoot for next year! The amended climbing leaderboard for last week:
🔶 James Ritchie – 5894m
🔷 Suzy Whatmough – 5790m
🔶 Mark Herbert – 5736m
🔷 Talking of the Lakes, James Riley and Rick Jenner were up there this week recceing Bob Graham legs, including in the night – the excitement is building for James’ attempt in June.
🔶 Yesterday saw a small party of Ranelagh-ites head to Maverick Race Surrey Hills for a trail race to celebrate Narissa’s birthday (what better way to celebrate we hear you say!) Not only was this Narissa’s first trail race, but Suzy Whatmough went and scooped First Lady! Obviously didn’t take long to recover from the lakes!
🔷 In other highlights, Samuel Harry smashed a PB on the track at the Watford open 3k running 8:56. Henry Fagan picked up 3rd place at the Achilles Relays 4 x800m and Ann Kearey took on the Tribesports 10k Challenge, proving she’s made of sterner stuff than most of us, interspersing 2k reps with push ups, squats, crunches, lunges and a plank!
🔶 And finishing where we started with the Vitality 10,000, of course Ranelagh were well represented there to see the passing of Mo’s baton: Jarryd Hillhouse ran 39:18, Liam Joyce 39:41 Paul Doyle starting his race-yourself-fitter experiment (seems to be working!) in 38:47 Clare Fowler 44:12 and Carol Aitken 53:38. Well done all!
A couple of admin points:
🔷 For those of you with friends and family who might consider getting into running Ranelagh are running a ladies-only couch-to-5k beginners course from 12 May to 30 June. The programme is ideal for complete beginners – mums, aunts, grannies, sisters, cousins & friends – pretty much anyone who would like to try out running for the first time. The emphasis is on having fun, being sociable and the end goal is for participants to learn how to run 5k, at their own pace. Find out more here: www.ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/beginners
🔶 Next week there’s a small event called the Green Belt Relay, that has swallowed up all of our Rundown writing team, so we’re having a week off! But we’ll be back the week after with a bumper edition – and this serves as the perfect moment to say, if you’d like to join the team, and write one of these every couple of months, then give us a shout!
The Podiums for this week:
🥇 James Riley 134.3km
🥈 Gareth Williams 101.5km
🥉 Rue Turner 100.2km
🥇 Amanda Munro 87.1km
🥈 Susan Ritchie 67.0km
🥉 Suzy Whatmough 65.7km
🥇 James Riley 6,950m
🥈 Rick Jenner 2,883m
🥉 James Ritchie 1,911m
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 2,488m
🥈 Susan Ritchie 1,721m
🥉 Amanda Munro 1,163m
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