It got cold and beautifully iced again – but that hasn’t deterred you all one bit – and we have a plethora of racing to tell you about this week, both on and off road, so let’s get to it!
Highlights for this week:
🔷 The 101st Annual Mob Match vs South London Harriers.
This weekend saw surely one of the oldest and most traditional events to be held in Richmond Park once again return to its traditional course as the two old clubs competed for the Stubbs Cup. The numbers battle was well and truly won by Ranelagh with 59 Blue and Yellow vests starting the course compared to just 24 from SLH. Would quantity produce sufficient quality to win the fixture?
Read the full race report and results here: https://strava.app.link/rf8IkLYLNwb
Special shout outs to Mark Leyshon and Imogen Parker Elms, first Ranelaghs home, and for all the volunteers and marshals, especially Andy and Narissa the Race Directors.
🔶 A popular option for some non-mobbers yesterday Box Hill Fell Race, with some fabulous results: Suzy Whatmough won the ladies race 1:04:24 and the ladies team won the team race, with support from Lizzie Broughton, Sally Minchella and Clare Fowler rounding out the team.
On the men’s side Jonathan Smith came home 14th overall, Mark Herbert 25th followed by James Ritchie (80th), Michael Thomas (92nd) Bruce McLaren (135th) and Marcus Atkins (180). But for some, one race in a day simply wasn’t enough! Clare, Bruce, James, Herbie and Mike all decided that a parkrun and a mob match would be the perfect way to warm up / recover – I don’t know what you’re all drinking, but I want some!
🔷 Jarryd Hillhouse sped round the Farnborough Half this morning in sub zero temperatures clocking a very respectable 1:26 in a fitness test before Seville Marathon in 3 weeks – good luck as you near the taper Jarryd!
🔶 Yesterday also saw the Middlesex Championships XC across the hallowed mud of Parliament Hill, and it was a rather lonely affair for the single Ranelagh runner – Cecily Day, who came home an excellent 12th – Huge well done!
🔷 In the south west Keeley Phillips and Loki took on the Copper Noir Canicross night race last night, with both completing the 11.74 miles in 2 hours and 9 mins despite the dark and the freezing cold!
🔶 Earlier in the week Bruce rounded off his warm weather training camp with the Trans-Lanzarote Marathon, which according to the man himself was ’not quite the desert experience’ with driving rain and a headwind. Although there’s not a huge amount of sympathy from us back here Bruce, we’re just disappointed that you didn’t make it all the way to the south coast!
🔷 Last but not least this morning saw the inaugural Run Unbound “In it for the long run” erm… Long, Run. Designed for those running spring marathons to give company and support on your long runs, led by coach and men’s captain James Riley – do get in touch with him if you’re interested in join future weeks!
🥇Nick Impey 93.6 mi
🥈Ralph Street 86.0 mi
🥉Carl Selya-Hammer 76.8mi
🥇Cordy Parker 62.7m
🥈Lucy Urbas 51.1m
🥉Suzy Whatmough 48.4m
🥇 Ralph Street 14,208ft
🥈 Logan Jory 8,182ft
🥉 Sujan Shrestha 4,418ft
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 3,353ft (3rd Overall)
🥈 Clare Fowler 3,176ft
🥉 Lizzie Broughton 3,114ft
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