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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #170

Evening all.

It’s been a great week of running, and with a lot of excitement jam-packed into the weekend including, in one of the most audacious engagements of recent times, a crack team of Ranelites being called upon to form a commando unit, to move deep into occupied territory and engage various enemy forces before safely making their way back to base. You can read more about this secret mission below.

But first, the stats: We have run 6,139 km in some 735 activities. Great work everyone, keep it up!

And now, the Highlights of the week:

๐Ÿ”ท It was a bad start to the week, with Shaun Griffith’s “What’s the best advice for getting throught the start of the work week? Just take it Mon-day at a time”. Take a long hard look at yourself, Shaun. Thankfully, as we’ll see below, Shaun was able to make up for this punny run…

๐Ÿ”ถ Monday continued with an amazing feat – Amanda Munro ran around an entire country! Preparations for a swift recruitment into the Ranelagh Ultra Crew were put on hold when it was discovered that the run was marginally longer than a parkrun… guess the country – answer at the end.

๐Ÿ”ท Celebrity spot of the week goes to Ellie Lawley “Brilliantly spooky Conkers Parkrunโ€ฆ beaten by Ali G! ๐Ÿ˜Ž”. Booyakasha Ellie!

๐Ÿ”ถ Meanwhile winning most awesome location of the week are Charlie and Margie Harrison with “๐Ÿ Mauritius Not Parkrun in 27 degrees ๐Ÿ”. So just a couple of degrees warmer than here, until autumn has turned up today with a splash ๐ŸŒง๏ธ.

๐Ÿ”ท Parkrun roundup – Well done to Natalie Haarer at Bedfond Lakes, first woman in 20:56; Josh Reed first at Kingston in 16:33 (“Holding on at the end but pleased with that. Havenโ€™t felt lactic in the arms for a while ๐Ÿ™ƒ”); Cordy Parker, second woman at Eastville in 20:35; Eirin McDaid, second at Parke and a course PB for Loki in 18:56 and Holger Westphely, third at Old Deer Park in 19:24.

๐Ÿ”ถ Over in Nonsuch Park, the more senior members of the club gathered to compete, rather successfully, in the Surrey Masters Cross Country Championships. Ruth Gledhill was the sole female representative, completing the 6.2km course in 35:23 to come 8th in her age category. For the men, racing slightly over 9km, El Presidente, Ted Mockett came top Ranelite in 11th in a time of 34:47, followed by Dave Lawley, 14th in 35:05 and Gareth Williams 18th in 35:26 for 1st V40 team ๐Ÿฅ‡ – amazing! Chris Lepine, 21st in 35:32, Neil Rae 47th in 38:34 and Paul Doyle, 50th in 38:48 followed shortly behind to take 3rd place ๐Ÿฅ‰. Awesome! And well done too to Mark Herbert, 24th in 35:48, James Riley 30th in 36:11 and Bruce Mclaren, 78th in 42:54.

๐Ÿ”ท Final racer of yesterday was Ellen Clague, completing the Foretrails Hallows’ Eve 10k trail race (with nearly 350m of up) in 65:40 to finish as 4th woman. Great running Ellen.

๐Ÿ”ถ Racing today in the Up and Running Last Sunday 10k were a couple of Days. Jeremy finished in 47:45, with Clare shortly behind in 55:45. Meanwhile Nick Twomey was running just over 5 miles at Ashenbury Park near Reading for the second race in the Thames Valley Cross Country League. Nick finished 14th man in 31:35. Well done!

๐Ÿ”ท Enjoying the craic and the Guinni in Dublin were Jarryd Hillhouse, Aoife Kilpatrick and Gavin Hillhouse, completing Bushy Park (Dublin) parkrun ahead of today’s marathon. Jarryd, feeling strong throughout and with a 3 minute negative split, finished in 3:19:31. Aoife finished in 4:04:21. Well done both, especially Gav on that massive PB, and we hope you have an excellent night ๐Ÿบ!

๐Ÿ”ถ Starting on a long journey, was Sally Bamford with a ‘Thames Path Walk with Tim, Paula and Trevor [Maguire] 1st Stage” taking them from the Thames Barrier to Tower Bridge. We’ll look forward to seeing how you get on over the rest of it!

๐Ÿ”ท Alliterator of the week is Victoria Orme with an “Autumn amble as Arsenal ascendant“. I think Yeovil town need a bit of what you’ve been having!

๐Ÿ”ถ Finally, with something lost in translation: Hadi Khatamizadeh: “Hammersmith Loop – How can I get rid of hamstring?” Suzy Whatmough’s comment: “Iโ€™d keep it, itโ€™s quite important!” ๐Ÿคฃ You’ll get there Hadi – it doesn’t seem to have stopped you running PBs at every distance.

๐Ÿ”ท๐Ÿ”ถ OPERATION CELERITY ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท
๐Ÿ”นMISSION: Infiltrate the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. Complete a 5 mile tactical advance to battle engaging the enemy (Milocarians, Thames Hare & Hounds, British Airways and others), exfiltrate ensuring no casualties are left behind.

๐Ÿ”ธADVANCE TO BATTLE: In an early blow to the unit, two elite members were assigned at the last moment to another operation. Undaunted the team proceeded to the RV in two groups – Capt. S. Whatmough (team commander), Royal Manchester Yeomanry; LCpl T. Cameron, Cameron Highlanders; Mne. Lizzie Nothguorb (name changed for security reasons), RM on detachment with SBS, Midshipman C. Day, RN and Cpl J. Ritchie, Royal Green Jackets traveled in advance and were able to gain covert access to the likely area of battle. Meanwhile in another blow, a signal was received noting that the remainder of the team Able Rate Seaman S. Griffith, RN (Minewarfare specialist) and Lt. N. Douglas, Royal Anglerians had been held up by. Things looked touch and go for the team.

๐Ÿ”นINTEL. GATHERING: The advance unit recced the immediate area to gain intelligence as to the strength of enemy units, terrain of battle and any other information that could be useful. A large force of enemy cadets was observed gathering for a briefing, and the team took the bold decision to approach them, passing ourselves off as a related enemy unit, to surreptitiously gather information from them. It immediately became clear that this unit was tasked to take part in the engagement. The enemy forces that our unit were up against had thus increased significantly and the task was a daunting one indeed. Thankfully at this time ARS Griffith and Lt. Douglas arrived to bolster the team. Further intel on the terrain was gathered as one of the enemy commanders gave a lengthy briefing on the forthcoming battleground. Following this our unit withdrew to discuss final orders and prep for battle.

๐Ÿ”ธENEMY FORCES: We had anticipated an engagement against 7 small enemy units (Sandhurst Joggers, Runnymede Runners, Orion Harriers and more), but as noted now had hundreds of officer cadets to face.

๐Ÿ”นEARLY STAGES OF BATTLE: The combatants had now all moved to the middle of the Polo field and were awaiting H-hour. A senior officer, identified as a Milocarian Brigadier, gave the command to advance to battle and the forces were off on a running engagement. In the mass advance our unit became split and it was a case of each man (and woman) for themselves. The was an early scare when a Chieftain tank hove into view, but this was safely passed and the enemy and are unit all moved off up the hill, with LCpl Cameron boldy putting himself at point.

๐Ÿ”ธTERRAIN: The battleground covered some 5 miles of very mixed terrain – some metalled roads, dirt tracks, gravel, some grass, puddled and muddy grounds, sandy ground and with some stiff uphills and steep descents.

๐Ÿ”นCONTINUATION OF BATTLE: The running battle continued with the team doing their best to occupy high ground, but then immediately moving off it again. Enemy forces were engaged and defeated gradually and the team was able to move forwards over the rough terrain to a final steep ascent overlooking the enemy stronghold. This ascent required a slow and steady assault, but from the top there was now only a couple of kilometres to be taken. The whole team pushed strongly over this ground, defeating multiple enemy en route, and finally reaching the target.

๐Ÿ”ธAFTERMATH: Having disengaged from battle the unit regathered to discuss the operation and consider its successes. Lt. Douglas at this point gave assistance to a fallen TH&H combatant. The team then moved into the Milocarians Rear Combat Zone and performed a raid on their supplies, making away with a significant amount of tea, cake and sandwiches.
As ever, it is always difficult to fully understand what has happened in any battle, and SIGINT from the Milocarians’ website is extremely sketchy, but the outcome would appear to be thus:

  • Cameron, T.: 15th in 33:17
  • Griffith, S.: 21st in 34:18
  • Whatmough, S.: 26th in 34:53
  • Broughton, L: 27th in 34:58
  • Ritchie, J: 33rd(?) in 36:41
  • Douglas, N: 35th(?) in 36:45
  • Day, Cecily: 38th(?) in 37:05

 

From a team perspective, this saw the women (teams of four) come second ๐Ÿ’ƒand the men (teams of six, but with women allowed to make up understrength teams – that’s modernisation of the army for you ๐Ÿ‘) finishing in third ๐Ÿ•บ.

๐Ÿ”นEXFILTRATION: All that now remained was for the team to fall back to the original forming up areas, but such is their professionalism that they managed to photograph some of the enemy’s key weaponry as they left. (See picture below). I’m glad to be able to report that no casualties were sustained in the battle or the subsequent exfiltration. This was an excellent operation, with citations for several of the participants under consideration by senior officers. This battle hardened team now returns to duties, but is ready to reform for engagements in the Surrey League and beyond at short notice.

Upcoming:

โ˜ƒ๏ธ It’s an early Christmas miracle! ๐ŸŽ„ The booking deadline for the Ranelagh Harriers Xmas Party @ The Anglers 26 November has been EXTENDED till Monday 21 November ๐Ÿฅณ

It’s snow secret that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year so BOOK NOW to secure your place ๐ŸŽ… Yule hate to miss out on the myrrhh-y-ment, so get your sleigh on & join us to mingle & jingle the wine-derful night away ๐Ÿคฃ at what promises to be the party of the year!

To book (& make the puns stop ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ), go toย 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 ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿฅ‚

The festivities and merriment will commence from 6.30pm onwards at the den of fun & frolic that is The Anglers in Teddington so get your skates on and join us in having a simply wonderful Christmas thyme!

Should you have any * dietary requirements that are not catered for on the menus, please contact our lovely social elves – Hadi and Rebecca – so that they can advise accordingly.

HURRY! The closing date for booking is Monday 21st November, so what are you waiting for? You know you’re already on Santaโ€™s naughty list so you might as well make the most of it! ๐ŸŽ…

SEE YOU THERE!!!

The Podiums for this week:

Distances:

๐Ÿ”น Nick Impey 161.9 km
๐Ÿฅ‡ Ralph Street 125.3 km
๐Ÿ”ธ Joji Mori 108.4 km
๐Ÿฅˆ Jim Graham 99.7 km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Jonathan Moore 92.2 km

๐Ÿ”น Emily Jenkins 93.0 km
๐Ÿฅ‡ Sarah Palmer 80.1 km
๐Ÿฅˆ Ann Kearey 73.7 km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Suzy Whatmough 70.4 km

Climbers:

๐Ÿฅ‡ Ralph Street 2,760 m
๐Ÿฅˆ Jim Graham 2,238 m
๐Ÿ”น Joji Mori 1,419 m
๐Ÿ”ธ Sujan Shrestha 1,111 m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Toby Cooper 992 m

๐Ÿ”น Ria Woodfield 1,007 m
๐Ÿฅ‡ Suzy Whatmough 992 m
๐Ÿ”ธ Emily Jenkins 763 m
๐Ÿฅˆ Sally Minchella 739 m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Ellen Clague 630 m

๐Ÿ”ท๐Ÿ”ถ Tiny Country Answer ๐Ÿ”ถ๐Ÿ”ท
๐Ÿ”น It was, of course, the Vatican City, taking a mere 5.76km. Anyone able to run around a country in less distance qualifies for a free subscription to the Ranelagh Strava Rundown. Get out there people!

 

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