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◼️◼️◼️ Ranelagh Rundown 163 – RIP HM Queen Elizabeth II ◼️◼️◼️

A very sad week and the end of an era. For most of us in the club, we have never known another sovereign and the Queen was the best of monarchs, steadfast, hard-working, committed, a constant in our lives. She will be much missed.

Thursday and Friday were damp and sombre, a suitable close to the week as we absorbed the news.

  • Commemorating her over the weekend were Shaun Griffith, who had formerly worked in the Royal Household and ran Royal Hills noting his “tough and emotional few days” but also looked to the future “as Queen’s Road finishes, King’s begins.“; Clare and Jeremy Day who ran “Parkrun wearing black 🖤” and Lauren Warner who had a “long run to see the flowers for the Queen 👑”.
  • There was a mixed reaction from sporting events with many cancelling but others going ahead, and I’m sure Her Majesty who loved sporting endeavour would have been supportive of that. So whilst Kew’s races didn’t go ahead there was a half marathon in Battersea Park. Huge congratulations are due to Clare Fowler who broke 90 minutes for the first time running 1:28:20 to be 9th female. And Captain Riley didn’t do too badly either posting a time of 1:16:43 to be 2nd V45.
  • Flying high in parkrun were: ODP: Ed Forbes 1st in 19:18, Alberto Esguevillas 5th in 21:32 and Richard Willoughby 9th in 22:10; at Oxford: Natalie Haarer 1st Lady in 20:46 (visiting Uncle Pete?); at Guildford: Ria Woodfield 1st Lady in 21:53; at Kingston: Nick Wright 3rd in 17:59, Nicola Douglas 5th Lady in 21:56; at Richmond: Phil Collins 3rd in 17:30, Dave Lawley 7th in 18:26; at Gunnersbury: Tom Cameron 5th in 18:18; at Exmouth: Eirin McDaid 3rd in 17:22 and at Hazelwood: Marc Leyshon 2nd in18:33 (outsprinted for 1st by 3 seconds). Work harder next time Marc! Meanwhile running 20:54 at Edinburgh parkrun, Paul Negri achieved a very impressive 80% age grading.
  • Running a marathon with a bit more height gain than most were a trio of Ranelites. Gaining over 2000m of height as it heads from Interlaken up to the base of the Eiger, the Jungfrau and the Munch, the Jungfrau marathon is no small undertaking. With some very impressive times (and photos in the case of Jimmy) we raise our hats to Jon Smith (4:21:57), Jimmy Whistler (4:22:02) and Gaz Jenkin (4:32:56) who also gets additional family kudos for beating both his brothers.
  • The Great North Run went ahead with “an emotional tribute to the Queen by Brendan Foster.” Representing Ranelagh in this awesome race were Joe Gomes (1:17:33), Alun Thomas (1:36:09), Dave Glanville (1:54:59), Roger Wallace guided by Colin Brett (2:07:18), Amanda Munro (2:22:06), Kathy Henry running an emotional first GNR without Nick 💙(2:26:47) and Carol Aikin getting through stomach cramps and hamstring trouble 💪 (2:34:48). Well done to you all.
  • Also racing over half marathon distance was Nick Twomey with a fantastic third place in 1:14:50 in the New Forest half marathon.
  • Other racers over the weekend were Andy Griffin with 49:17 at the Buxton 5 mile, whilst Rebecca Bissell, Aoife Kirkpatrick and Ann Kearey ran the Wimbledon Second Sunday 5 mile sandwiched in the middle of a long run. As you do.
  • Great news from the Middlesex Road Relays where Izzy Atkins, Natalie Haarer and Cecily Day retained the title as fastest women’s team, with Natalie running the fastest leg overall. Just behind in 4th place was the team of Rebecca Bissell, Rachel Revett and Clare Fowler (picture below).
  • Cross training at the Vitruvian half-ironman triathlon with some great and very close times were Ed Smith (5:04:34), Phil Andrews (5:06:18) and Paul Murphy (5:09:22). Well done all.
  • And finally, testing the boundaries of sanity was Kris Davidson. Even less running involved than a half ironman, but something that cannot go unmentioned. Kris took part in the Badlands cycling race in Spain, covering a distance of 780km and nearly 16,000m of elevation on a mostly off-road course. Chapeau M. Davidson. Recover well, my friend. 💪

Take care of yourselves one and all, have a good week.

▪️▪️▪️ Notices ▪️▪️▪️

Entries are still open for the Page Cup Handicap taking place at 3pm on Saturday 17 September. Entry is free but you must register via the Eventbrite link to allow the handicapper time to allocate the handicaps.

Entries will close at 11pm on Wednesday 14 Sept so please don’t delay:

Numbers will be available to collect at the start/finish opposite Pembroke Lodge from 2.15pm. We also need marshals & volunteers for this event, so if you can’t run, please contact Andy Bickerstaff at or Narissa Vox at as soon as possible. Thank you!

There will be a prize-giving after the race for a number of recent races, please do come by to support our winners.

▪️▪️▪️ The Podiums for this week ▪️▪️▪️

In total we ran 6,586km as a club across 728 activities.


🥇 James Riley 130.4km
🥈 Nick Impey 128.6km
🥉 Jonathan Moore 114.7km

🥇 Lauren Warner 92.6km
🥈 Sarah Palmer 82.3km
🥉 Clare Fowler 80.9km


🥇 Jon Smith 2,252m
🥈 Jimmy Whistler 2,177m
🥉 Garan Jenkin 2,072m

🥇 Suzy Whatmough 1,714m
🥈 Ria Woodfield 887m
🥉 Rebecca Bissell 487m

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