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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #171

A week featuring all the rain, fireworks, the New York City Marathon, and 5,946 total kms run. Well done everyone. Not a total washout ☔

The Highlights of the week:

🔷 This week felt like the first properly autumnal week of the year. We had some aptly titled runs during the week including Sergio Stillacci’s evocative “Dark, wet, slippery, foggy, lonely Old Deer Park”, Toby Cooper’s “soggy Box Hill”, Ed Perry’s “Just a bit of rain, and several floods, and a bazillion slippery leaves”, and James Graham’s succinct “drizzler”. But even today’s weather didn’t dampen your spirits, with Ed Forbes enjoying a “run/paddle” with Sergio, who noted the new swimming pool on Richmond Bridge. Mike Morris managed some nimble parkour along the bridge wall to avoid getting his feet wet, risking getting a whole lot wetter in the process. And Rick Jenner had fun on his “swim home along the canal” given that the path was lost underwater somewhere.

🔶 So we weren’t jealous at all when we saw Narissa and Pete Vox trotting around Barcelona, Charlie and Margie Harrison enjoying the sun in Mauritius, Rich Kimber “working” in Lisbon, and Ross Clayton running along Miami Beach.

🔷 The Ranelites in New York also looked like they were enjoying some (unseasonably) good weather for today’s New York City Marathon. On a bonfire night theme (which our overseas marathoners will have missed) a huge well done and congratulations to:

🎆 Jonathan Moore who lit the fuse for yet another superb marathon performance of 2:55:10.

🧨 Melanie Thomas who proves she has a flare for this marathon running malarkey, covering the course in 4:25:59, and finishing as the second Ranelagh home.

🎇 Jon Lear who ran like hell on (pin)wheels finishing in 4:40:24

🔥 Dick Johnson who must have eaten rocket fuel for breakfast, finishing in 5:11:54.

💥 Andrew Kew who had a crack(le)ing run, completing in a dynamite time of 5:37:38.

✨ Sue Lear who is, as I write, continues to keep the (Catherine) wheels spinning, going through 15.5 miles in 3:45. Good luck for the rest of the race Sue 👏

Sadly Alun Thomas’ marathon went up in flames at mile 15 due to illness. Rest up and recover Alun, and we look forward to seeing you continue your quest to conquer the marathon!

🔶 🚀 On the theme of rock(et)ing all over the world, also running a marathon today was Liam Joyce, coming back from injury but still managing to enjoy the Maratona Do Porto in Portugal in 3:50. Congrats Liam, enjoy the rest of your hol.

🔷 A bit closer to home, Keeley Phillips and Eirin McDaid ran the Readymoney Ramble in Cornwall with “ridiculous hills, strong headwinds, lots of mud and torrential rain”. Eirin claimed yet another local win. Well done! Meanwhile jammy Dave Lawley in the Cotswolds appeared to be the only Ranelagh in the country enjoying a “dry run” today.

🔶 In the category of creating more questions than it answers, we had three head scratchers this week. James Graham’s run this morning “in and out of the otter’s pocket” raised the eyebrows (I’m sure his definition differs to Urban Dictionary). Andy Starr’s “roast potato pick up” run left me wondering why Andy doesn’t roast his own potatoes and where the mysterious roast potato vendor is, whilst also having serious roast potato envy. I was also intrigued by Cordy Parker’s new pacing strategy of running to a hair washing schedule – is that what I need to do to finish second at Bushy Park parkrun? Don’t skip the details people!

🔷 In parkrun news this week, Kathy Henry, and Clare and Maisy Fowler headed to Maidenhead, joined by Joe Wicks and Pudsey Bear for the “Walk With Joe” campaign, raising money for BBC Children in Need. Pavilion Gardens parkrun in Buxton was a popular spot for the inter 3’s, who were up in the Peak District for a weekend of running with former Ranelagh coach Karen Weir (Home – Run with Karen). Sally Minchella completed her 50th parkrun, at Old Deer Park, where we had a Ranelagh podium of Kris Davision, myself, and Mark Herbert. Fiona Jones ticked off her “Z” parkrun at Zuiderpark, Amsterdam. Natalie Haarer enjoyed her new parkrun commute in Portsmouth – a mere 200m, and followed that up with coming first. But there was a close but no cigar (or second the best?) theme this week, with multiple people finishing second – Mike Thomas at Great Dunmow parkrun, Cordy Parker at Bushy Park, Dave Lawley at Bath Skyline, and Nick Twomey at Brockenhurst. Jimmy Whistler earned a Kingston parkrun PB in a time of 17:19, also coming second. Cecily Day ran 19:17 at Tooting parkrun, also second place, describing it as “maybe the best a run has ever felt”. Hopefully next week’s Surrey League feels just as good 🤞

🔶 Speaking of Surrey League. Men, women and juniors are all racing this weekend, and everyone is welcome to join in, whether running, spectating, or just eating cake*. The women are racing 6km in Wimbledon Common at 12.30pm, and the men are racing 8km in Oxshott Woods at 1pm. Whether you’re an old timer or you’ve never done cross country before, do come along and give it a go. Contact Suzy Whatmough (women’s captain) at or James Riley (men’s captain) at if you’d like to get involved.

* Cake guaranteed at Wimbledon Common. I can’t confirm the cake probability in Oxshott Woods.


☃️ It’s an early Christmas miracle! 🎄 The booking deadline for the Ranelagh Harriers Xmas Party @ The Anglers 26 November has been EXTENDED till Monday 21 November 🥳

It’s snow secret that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year so BOOK NOW to secure your place 🎅 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 🤣 at what promises to be the party of the year!

To book (& make the puns stop 🤦♀️), go to

You can choose 2 or 3 courses, from traditional and vegan Christmas menus*, with drinks ordered individually on the night 🍻 🥂

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 Santa’s naughty list so you might as well make the most of it! 🎅


The Podiums for this week:


🔹 Nick Impey 150.9km
🥇 Ralph Street 118.9km
🥈 Ignatius Li 104.9km
🥉 Bruce McLaren 102.5km

🥇 Sarah Palmer 65km
🥈 Lizzie Broughton 63.7km
🥉 Suzy Whatmough 60.9km


🥇 Ralph Street 2,692m
🥈 Bruce McLaren 2,056m
🥉 Jim Graham 1,119m

🔹 Ria Woodfield 776m
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 621m
🥈 Lizzie Broughton 607m
🥉 Ann Kearey 589m

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Sue Lear visiting Lewis Carroll in Hyde Park


Liam re-Joyce-ing at the Maratona do Porto

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Surrey cross country league standings

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