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Ranelagh Rundown #167

Richmond Run Fest finally happened and many congratulations to Ryan Hogan on his marathon victory in 02:38:23. Also an early shout-out here to Narissa Vox on completing her first ever half in the Royal Parks Half in 2:11:49 this morning, notching up a string of new PBs from 10k up. Among those who joined Narissa running through four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens – were Hadi Khatamizadeh, who was on fire this weekend with a new PB at 1:33 just a few hours after his 39:42 PB in the Kew Gardens 10k. Chris Lepine was the fastest man over 45 in the Royal Parks Half at 1:19:41 and Andy Griffin ran 1:49.

But first to the Lake District, where two of Ranelagh’s top runners embodied the spirits of competition and cooperation that epitomise our sport in one of the most challenging yet awe-inspiringly beautiful events in the running calendar.

Lakes in a Day is a 50-mile route starting at the top of the Lake District in Caldbeck and finishing in the south, in Cartmel village. It’s a race of two halves, with the first going over the fells, including High Pike, Blencathra, Clough Head, Helvellyn and Fairfield, and the second half staying lower, following various undulating paths and skirting Lake Windermere.

Suzy Whatmough (fourth female in 11:55:38) told Rundown: “James Ritchie and I both ran this year, neither of us feeling especially prepared due to last minute planning, lingering colds, and recent races possibly still in our legs (James had run the London marathon the weekend before). We both set off fairly quickly, hoping to avoid traffic jams of people coming down Hall’s Fell. Though standing next to Jasmin Paris at the start was perhaps a little over-confident (in our defence, we were about three rows back, so maybe Jasmin was looking for a steady start!) James could still see her at 4km, so perhaps he started a bit faster than necessary. Needless to say, we didn’t see her for the rest of the race, and she went on to set a women’s record of 10:19:30 – amazing.

Suzy and James decided in the end to run their own races, rather than sticking together. Suzy explains: “Typically I’d slow him down on the downhills, and he’d slow me on the uphills. As it turned out, we were always within about five minutes of each other, occasionally running together or passing the other. We thought it might take us 13 to 14 hours, so we were delighted to finish in 11:50:23 (James) and 11:55:38 (me), achieving 25th and 26th placings overall out of approximately 600 runners. I was really pleased to finish as fourth female.

The best bits for her were seeing Blencathra emerging from the crag and the views from the Helvellyn ridge, looking down to Thirlmere, as well as what she describes as the “fun” scrambling down Hall’s Fell and some of the sections from Fairfield to Ambleside.

Suzy also loved “the pizza at the aid station in Ambleside. Wading across River Caldew (thankfully with two marshalls stationed in the river to assist) and surprise wading on the edge of Lake Windermere. The sunset, and the beautiful moon. Bumping into sheep and cows at night, silhouetted by the moon, and seeing their shiny eyes reflected by my head torch. Though running through a herd of cows at night was a bit scary (for me at least) and distracted James into accidentally taking a wrong turn.

She lists the worst bits: “Quite a lot of bog slogging. Some people got more bog than they bargained for. Having to put on overshoes at Ambleside, 30 miles into the race, when bending down was becoming challenging. We both had moments of tired legs and low energy. James could feel the marathon in his legs, and I was struggling with my stomach at times. But we both managed to bounce back from the dips, usually assisted by food. Overall a fantastic route, taking in some beautiful parts of the Lakes. It was a tough day, and we’re both knackered now, but delighted with how it went.

Sue Lear from Int3 was among those running the Ultra London. She told Rundown this was a “friendly 25k trail organised by the London Ultra crew. It’s very much an urban trail with mixed terrain a lot of pavement and road crossings in the early part. Runs from Upper Norwood to Richmond joining up the green spaces in between following the capital ring. Was great fun on a sunny day!

Also today, James Riley and Sally Minchella’s son Sam ran a new PB of 9:27 in Moormead Junior Parkrun. Great to see the next generation coming on so fast.

Gordon Whitson ran the Thames Hare and Hounds second Sunday 5m race at Wimbledon Common and described spending a few minutes communing with the late John Bryant sitting on his bench overlooking the start and finish of the course, while drinking tea in the bright sunshine after the race. “What a glorious morning!” John would certainly agree. And what another glorious set of results from all our runners this week.

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Reminders:

📢 Don’t forget to book your place at the club party of the year: The Ranelagh Harriers Christmas Party on Saturday 26 November 🎄 Festivities and merriment will commence from 6.30pm onwards at the den of fun & frolic that is The Anglers in Teddington. We’re going to have a big Christmas bash and we ho-ho-hope you can join in with us to mingle and jingle the night away 🤶🏻

Our lovely social secretaries – Rebecca Bissell & Hadi Khatamizadeh – have been busy elves and they’re putting the call out for everyone to BOOK NOW so as not to miss out on what promises to be the party of the year 🎅

Menu choices* are available here @ https://bookings.designmynight.com/place-your-order?booking_id=62e11b50895629400656c932

You can choose 2 or 3 courses, from traditional and vegan Christmas menus*, with drinks ordered individually on the night 🍻 🥂 Closing date for booking is Friday 4 November, so what are you waiting for?

The Leaderboards

Distances:

🥇 Jonathan Moore 106.1km
🔸 Joji Mori 104.3
🥈 James Graham 96.4km
🥉 Michael Morris 93.6km

🥇Suzy Whatmough 98.5km
🥈Ann Kearey 64.4km
🥉Aoife K 58.7km

Elevation:

🥇James Ritchie 4,011km
🥈Sujan Shrestha 2,076km
🥉James Graham 1,341m

🥇 Suzy Whatmough 4,120
🔸 Ria Woodfield 493m
🥈 Maggie Allen 479m
🥉 V Leaf 375m

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