We start this week with where we always start IRL – with training. Pyramids were the theme this week with many groups, with Int3 led by Deborah on Tuesday and then on Thursday with Daniel Chiechi where several personal records were recorded at the Osterley track.
Dan started us off with five minutes of tempo running then moved onto pyramids. Rick Jenner did a 200m personal record in 28s, Lucy Urbas scored three new PRs including a 200m at 36s and Kathy Allison Henry at her first ever track session recorded no fewer than 15 achievements including a PR 400m at Osterley of 1:42. Maia Rushby recorded a 400m PR of 1:36 at Osterley.
Clare Fowler speaks surely for many of us when she reports she nearly didn’t go but was glad in the end she did, running 5.30 km at an impressive average pace of 3:43/km. It seems to be almost universal that an intense track session leads to massive and pretty immediate improvements out in the field, so really worth doing if you have not tried it yet.
So after all that hard work, how did we get on in the Surrey League this weekend?
There were some exceptional performances in the Ladies Division One Match Two at Wimbledon Common. Nearly everyone commented on the unseasonably warm and sunny weather, similar to Match One, which means we have not really needed spikes yet this season. The brevity of the course at under 5km was also unexpected.
Sarah Palmer came in at 32 for Ranelagh in 19:00 with Cordelia Parker close behind at 19:03 and Suzy Whatmough next at 19:04. Cecily Day was not far behind at 19:26. Natalie Haarer was our fifth top scorer at 20:12, giving us a total of 225 points and putting the ladies in ninth place out of 28 teams.
For the ladies, it was a lesson in “knowing the course”. Often in a race, unless expecting to come near the front, it can be enjoyable to start at or near the back and work your way up the field, the challenge of taking the runner ahead being a motivational driver. But the narrow tracks, twists and turns and pretty-but-tricky woodland ups-and-downs and bottle-necks of Wimbledon Common meant that overtaking someone on this occasion could be pretty challenging. Plus, Clare Fowler was among many who wondered, where was the obligatory x-country mud?
Special thanks to Carol Aiken for the delicious lemon drizzle cake as well as to our blue-suited living mascot Magnus, the Brussels Griffon rat-catcher dog that owns the human Suzy and that “caught” my own first slice of lemon cake when I wasn’t looking. Thanks also to those who showed up in support – Gordon, Narissa, Pete, Emily, Anna, Sam. And Magnus of course!
The men raced at Oxshott Woods where they had more than 8km and came second overall out of nine clubs. Pat Wright was first in for Ranelagh at 30:37 followed by Marc Leyshon at 31:26, Nick Twomey at 32:06, David Lawley at 32:10 and Edward Mockett at 32:16. Leyshon came second in his age group, 40-49 and Lawley and Mockett were respectively sixth and seventh in the same age group. Chris Lepine was sixth in the 50-59 age group, Mike Thomas eighth, Neil Rae tenth and Richard Willoughby twelfth.
James Ritchie reported: “Hit all the goals: finished, didn’t get lapped, didn’t walk on the hill.” Shaun Griffith wrote: “Cracking turnout by the boys in blue and Amber 💙💛. Lovely course, able to run in road shoes, One tough climb. 36min 03sec. 109th from 203 runners. B team anchorman 🏃🏻.” Rick Jenner was “just happy to be racing in the blue and gold again” after three years.
James Riley reported: “Great to have so many guys out 😀 Personally a huge improvement from Nonsuch Park two weeks ago. A way to go but my best week for a while 💪🏻 13th Ranelagh I think.”
Belated and well-deserved congratulations to Sue Lear for finishing the NYC marathon in 6:38:33. Just a few days later, truly living, or perhaps running, the dream, she and Jon went for a high-rolling 8.01km along the Vegas Strip.
Fiona Jones completed the “Parkrun alphabet” running with Robin Jones at Victoria Dock. V Leaf at Ashton Court Parkrun in Bristol noted Mark White’s 500th Parkrun. Marianne Malam was among those who marked Armistice Day with a “remembrance run” via some local memorials – completing an appropriate 11.01km in 58m9s.
And close to last as ever but maybe not a little least, your Rundown writer for this week was delighted to be placed seventh in the 60-65 age group at the Surrey League and then unexpectedly to podium today for the first time in the Hillingdon novice duathlon, being placed third lady. I was just dashing home to start writing this report and heard my name being called in the distance so had to dash right back, which was not easy on those shaking legs!
We need volunteers to marshal on Saturday 26 November 2022 at the Ranelagh Cup Schools Cross-Country Race. For a bit of context, this is a single 6 km X-country race that we’ve historically organised for nearby schools, taking place in Richmond Park (race start opposite Pembroke Lodge).
As always, the success of any event, big or small, hinges primarily on the support of the volunteers who help out and marshal. We’ve all benefited from the dedication of event marshals & coordinators so please consider giving back a teeny bit by volunteering.
💙 TIMINGS: Approx. 1.45pm until 4.30pm (latest)
💛 SKILLS: No experience necessary, just your support and commitment
💙 ROLES: Both out on course and also at the race start/finish.
☃️ Hark! 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 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 🍻 🥂
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! 🎅
SEE YOU THERE!!!
The Podiums for this week:
🔹 Nick Impey 150.2km
🥇 Ignatius Li 103.2km
🥈 Michael Morris 102.1km
🥉 Ralph Street 98.8km
🥇 Sarah Palmer 70.4km
🥈 Neha Rani 68.5km
🥉 Emily Jenkins 66.5km
🥇 Ralph Street 2,196m
🥈 Euan Sinclair 1,489m
🥉 Al Whatmough 1,359m
🔹 Ria Woodfield 493m
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 447m
🥈 Sarah Palmer 434m
🥉 Lucy Urbas 421m
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