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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #183

Ok everyone, pub quiz time. Phones away, pens at the ready, round one: Ranelagh Harriers this week:

Q1: How far did we collectively run this week and in how many different activities
Q2: Who should I spend Valentines Day with?
Q3: Where has everyone been?
Q4: Who survived a canine assault?
Q5: Who set 2 PBs in 2 days at parkrun, and which is the toughest parkrun in the UK?
Q6: When was Saw Pit Plantation planted?
Q7: Who make the best pastries?
Q8: Which long awaited path is finally open?
Q9: What races have people been participating in?
Q10: Who have run the furthest and climbed the highest?
Bonus Question: Who is the cleverest in the club?

Right, pass your sheet to the person next to you and I’ll run through the answers:

๐Ÿ”ท This week we have collectively run 8,576 km in 919 activities. Seriously impressive!

๐Ÿ”ถ Clearly you should spend it with your fellow Ranelites – love was in the air for James Riley “Out with my boos โค๏ธ” (see pic), Suzy Whatmough “Valentineโ€™s Special with Adv 2 ๐Ÿ’•”and Lauren Warner “Valentines Run Club ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธ”, though Narissa Vox’s “Valentine’s Day threesome with Andy B & Pete V ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜†” is possibly taking things a bit far!

๐Ÿ”ท It’s half term and loads of you have been off running in exciting exotic locations – we’ve seen Mark Byatt with a “Montreal jet lag run“, Cordy Parker in Spain and the Cotswolds (definitely keeping her running up including 32km of “Love me a disused railway ๐Ÿš‚”, Aoife Kilpatrick “Itโ€™s good to be home ๐Ÿก โค๏ธ” in Northern Ireland, Ann and Kevin Kearey in North Yorkshire with a lot of exploring including “Malham, Dales High Way, Settle Loop, Malham Cove“, Tristian Thornhill meeting some furry friends in Wales (see pic) and Ralph Street can be found running in Turkey right now, though obviously still involving some hills. But enjoying the finest holiday location was Ed Forbes “Exploring” the Mendip Hills above Cheddar. Shame about the weather “Iโ€™m sure there would have been some lovely views on the tops if the visibility hadnโ€™t been about 50m“!

There were some others in Spain, but more on that below.

๐Ÿ”ถ Ben Johnson deviated from the usual Strava standard Morning run, his being “with added bonus dog attack“. We trust that Ben is ok, he didn’t respond to questions on the breed, but was to be seen completing his commute less than an hour later in central London. On this basis we’re scoring it Runner 1, Mad dog 0.

๐Ÿ”ท Rayka Khatamizadeh had back to back PBs in Richmond Parkrun (32:24) and Moormead Junior parkrun (10:34), see pic. Top stuff Rayka. There were several complaints to be made about the headwind, though a little further north it was surely worse with Ellie Lawley running “A headwind-tastic Gunnersbury Parkrun ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ”. No complaints from Jon Smith though, running a fantastic 17:01 to finish first at Osterley. And the UK’s toughest parkrun? According to James Russell it’s “Great Yarmouth parkrun – UKs toughest parkrun ๐Ÿ˜Š”. There was some questioning of this, and Alberto Esguevilla picking up his Q at Queen Elizabeth’s parkrun could rightly claim that that wasn’t the easiest, but JR3 has run more than a couple of parkruns, so knows a thing or two.

๐Ÿ”ถ Courtesy of Cap’n Riley’s “Park bimble ๐Ÿ˜€”, we can confirm that Saw Pit Plantation was planted in 1874, see pic. Probably shortly before the first cross-country race through it – a tradition that continues in Richmond Park to this day.

๐Ÿ”ท Yesterday saw Cecily Day running “To claim my free pastry from Lidl ๐Ÿฅ”. We’ve already seen an huge correlation between running and cake eating, and it’s excellent to see that the youth are picking up the baton and making sure that these traditions are carried forward to the future. Are Lidl’s the best? Being free certainly helps!

๐Ÿ”ถ For those of you living in St Margarets – there’s a new route through from Moormead to Twickenham. Thank you to Sue Lear who today went “Home via the new path”, though not without stopping to take the photos below.

๐Ÿ”ท And so to racing! Running in the Seville Marathon were Sarah Palmer (Happy Birthday!) with 3hr02, Nick Impey (Happy Birthday!) with 2hr34 and Jarryd Hillhouse (Happy… er no, not joining the party) with 3hr 17. Running in the Austin half marathon in a time of 1hr 34 were Peter Faull and Matthew Williamson. Closer to home in the Richmond half marathon were Sonia Pham with a brilliant 20 minute PB in 2:02, Jordan Mungovan 1:25 and Eric Fat in 1:54. Top work all of you.

Meanwhile, with a slightly soggier ending, there was a great turnout on Wimbledon Common for the Dash to the Splash (see pic). This race, put on by Thames Hare and Hounds, is a 10km including a fording of Beverley Brook 1km before the end (and a sticky toffee pudding for all finishers ๐Ÿ˜ƒ). Great runs from Suzy Whatmough saw her placed 1st woman, whilst Mark Herbert finished 5th. It was great to see Rebecca Bissell back racing for Ranelagh, even if slightly navigationally challenged at times! Full line up was Mark Herbert 40:29, Mike Morris 42:07, Suzy Whatmough 42:32, James Ritchie 45:44, Richard Willoughby (not yet on Strava – so was he even there?), Steve Aikin 52:41, Kathy Henry 54:36, Carol Aikin timing it to perfection with 59:59, Rebecca Bissell 1:06:11, and with John Cadogan also completing (time unknown as this was part of a longer run).


The Leaderboards:

๐Ÿฅ‡โ€จCordy Parker 115.6km (and ๐Ÿฅ‡ overall)
๐Ÿฅˆ Suzy Whatmough 100.5km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Lauren Warner 73.8km

๐Ÿ”ท Simon Wolnizer 116.0km
๐Ÿฅ‡ Chris Davidson 113.5km
๐Ÿฅˆ Ralph Street 113.4km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Adrian Kerr 107.7km

๐Ÿฅ‡ Ralph Street 1,786m
๐Ÿฅˆ James Ritchie 1,579m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Euan Sinclair 1,413m

๐Ÿฅ‡ Ria Woodfield 1,096m
๐Ÿฅˆ Ann Kearey 979m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Cordy Parker 823m

๐Ÿ”ถ Cleverest in the club… last night saw the Ranelagh Quiz Night. Huge thanks to Hadi and Rebecca for organising this excellent evening and to Ted Mockett and Ellen van Keulen for officiating. The outright winner, with some minor assistance from some people who seemed mostly interested in stuffing their faces with pizza, was sometime women’s race mascot Magnus Whatmough. Doggy genius!

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Rayka smashing out a new PB ๐Ÿ’ช


Sue Lear’s pics from the new path


Saw Pit Plantation


A gaggle of eligible young men ๐Ÿค”


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