Evening Ranelites. Half-marathons, National XCs, parkruns, moonlit 10ks; we’ve got a plethora of race results to bring you this week so let’s dive straight into it.
🌙 We begin with the mid-week Battersea Park “Chase the Moon” 10k, which saw Andy Starr put in a solid 38:33 run for 3rd V45 and Dave Ready making a very welcome return to racing with a 40:44, having injured himself haring around Oxshott Heath in the second Surrey XC League race back in November. Good to see you back, Dave!
🏰 The real racing action got underway at the weekend, however, with an intrepid team of Ranelagh’s finest heading to Bolesworth Castle in Chester for this year’s National XC Championships. By all accounts the course was a bit lacking in a) hills and b) mud (rumours that it was organised by the Royal Parks have not been confirmed). Despite the lack of cross-country character, Suzy Whatmough put in a stand-out performance, leading the ladies home with a career-high 85th place. Suzy was followed in by Natalie Haarer, Nic Douglas and Clare Fowler to make up the scoring team, securing 24th place in the overall standings. They were ably supported with runs from Becky Curtis-Hall, Ann Kearey, Kathy Henry and Ruth Gledhill – well done ladies! Sadly the men couldn’t muster a team of six to score but four stalwarts did make the journey and it looked like Mark Herbert and Tom Cameron were involved in a cracking sprint finish, Mark just pipping Tom by one second! Sam Roberts and James Ritchie followed them in.
📈 Meanwhile, a bit closer to home a LOT of you were taking on half-marathons and there must have been something in the air because there were some fantastic runs. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone but there were a huge number of you popping up on the Strava feed. In no particular order:
🚨 The Wokingham half is always popular with Ranelagh runners and this year was no exception. Organisers will be spending a lot of time picking up all the PB’s that were left littering the course. Clare Warner came home in a new PB of 1:49:54, Shaun Griffith joined her by lowering his PB to 1:21:33 and Josh Charkin also PB’d with a 1:23:29. Congratulations to you all. 👏
💿 Meanwhile Mike Morris was joining some illustrious names on the Ranelagh V50 record board, charging home at Wokingham in a seriously impressive 1:20:58. Superb running, Mike. 👏
⭐ The above are just the PBs we know about. Elsewhere at Wokingham there were some other very good runs (if they were PBs please let us know and we’ll update the rundown!). Stew Stanton led the Ranelites home, just missing out on a sub 1:20:00 by two seconds! He was followed in 30 seconds later by Matt Hirschler. There were solid runs too for Jarryd Hillhouse, Mike Thomas, Vaughan Ramsay, Alex Ring and Hadi Khatmizadeh. Special mention as well for Rayka Khatamizadeh, who ran the 1 mile fun run in 09:39. Well done Rayka! 👏
🏖️ There were more PBs down on the coast at the Brighton Half Marathon. Lauren Warner had a fantastic run to set a new personal best time of 1:35:03. She was joined in the PB column by Mel Thomas who was paced home by Alun Thomas in 1:45:19. Well done to you both! 👏 Stephen Logue, Andy Griffin and Dick Johnson also made the trip.
🏰 Meanwhile, at the very local Hampton Court Half Marathon, there was a big run from Holger Westphely in 1:22:06. Holger was followed in by Imogen Parker-Elms in 1:23:41 and Bob Tinsley in 1:23:58. They were also joined by Karen Campbell in 1:43:36, Mark Russell in 1:52:02, Neha Rani in 1:56:24, Dave Kew in 2:08:33, Margie Harrison in 2:12:46 and Ian Harrison in 2:18:40.
💨 Incredibly there were also some people not running half-marathons this weekend. Neil Kitching was up in Northumberland running the 36 mile Endurancelife Northumberland Ultra into a 20mph headwind with a large part of it on sand, which frankly sounds horrendous. Emily Jenkins was at the Serpie Winter League 5k whilst Bruce McLaren and Kris Davidson continued their Marathon des Sables training. Simon Martin is clearly keen to avoid getting lost at the Green Belt Relay this year and was out recceing Stage 15 in February! Clare Day was enjoying some early daffodils and Tristian Thornhill was the latest masochist to sacrifice himself on the Nightingale Lane altar, running 40 reps in one go.🤪
🧡 A whole raft of you were out parkrunning and there are too many epic runs to name them all. Sue Camp was joined by a huge posse of Ranelites at Squerryes Winery for her 300th parkrun. We hope Sue celebrated with some wine afterwards. Nic Douglas, James Ritchie, Clare Fowler and Maisy Fowler also ran at Banbury, with the first three clearly deciding that the Nationals just weren’t enough running for one day. Chris Read, Chris Wilson, Ally Pickard and Ashleigh Davidson were all involved in some parkrun tourism with runs at Erddig, Fell Foot, Highwoods and Humber Bridge to name but a few. There were parkrun “first finishes” for Ross Clayton at Hanworth, Eirin McDaid at Tamar Lakes and Ross MacDonald at Wendover Woods, with Ross grateful that he didn’t have to entertain a sprint finish due to “quad management”. Maya and Siena Lepine had brilliant runs at Richmond Park, coming home 2nd and 3rd ladies in times of 21:23 and 21:41 – great work. And there were further podiums for Nick Wright at Kingston, James Whistler, Kris Davidson and Joanna Moore at ODP, Jessica Harbert at Gunnersbury and Melanie Thomas at Crane Park. Congratulations to you all. 👏
🌲 A quick reminder that it’s all hands on deck for the next Mob Match next weekend against Orion Harriers. See details on the earlier Rundown post. Have a great week and enjoy your running!
🥇 James Riley – 72.1 miles
🔷 Simon Wolnizer – 71.9 miles
🔷 Ryan Fisher – 70.5 miles
🥈 Ian Kenton – 68.7 miles
🥉 Bruce McLaren – 66.2 miles
🥇 Lucy Urbas – 50.3 miles
🥈 Suzy Whatmough – 45.4 miles
🥉 Lauren Warner – 42 miles
🥇 Ralph Street – 7,048ft
🥈 Julian Smith – 5.493ft
🥉 Ian Kenton – 4,331ft
🥇 Liz Kipling – 2,062ft
🥈 Ria Woodfield – 2,057ft
🥉 Emily Jenkins – 1,767ft
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