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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #185: Running Makes You Smarter

The aerobic fitness you get from running makes you better able than sedentary people to sustain mental focus. That’s the takeaway from research conducted at the University of Granada in Spain. This could be the reason that Suzy Whatmough who is one of top 100 cross country runners noticed, being overtaken by man in jeans who carries a rucksack .

This might not be applied all the time. James Riley passed by a gate in Richmond Park more than 100 of times and just noticed it for the first time on Tuesday.

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿- Wednesday 1st of March was St David’s Day. Marianne Malam honoured it by 10 mile run. Meanwhile Sally Minchella, celebrated her birthday (and St David’s Day) by saying nothing says happy birthday than head torch on top a hill session after a busy day at work. Happy birthday Sally.

It was great day for Lucy Urbas and Tom Williams. Lucy marked her first under 20″ parkrun in Osterley Park . Tom also did it for the first time since the lockdown. Congratulations to Alberto Esquevillas for achieving 350th parkrun.

🔷️ In South Downs National Park, Aoife Kilpatrick and Anne Kearey completed Maverick Hampshire half marathon respectively in 2hrs 25m and 2hrs 39 min. The race was actually more than usual half marathon and advertised as 24 km but both did 25 Kilometres 🤔.

Other runner, was Rebecca Bissell, who listened to her coaches’ advice by running a short 9k Maverick race in just over 50 minutes. (There are some gossips that suggests Rebecca was forced to be an example of good pupil as companied by two teachers 😁) .

🔷️🔶️ Mob Match : Ranelagh vs Orion Harriers
East indeed met West this Saturday at the 94th annual mob match against Orion Harriers. Kudos to the brilliant coach load of Orion athletes, who travelled all the way to join us for a closely fought mob match in Richmond Park 🥳 🦌 🌳

Despite our efforts, on this day, the better team won – WELL DONE ORION! 💪👏 With only 32 to score, Orion claimed victory with 1021 points to Ranelagh’s 1063. Thanks to everyone involved for a lovely day of cross country running! 💙💛

Race report & full results are available here:

🇯🇵 The big race of weekend was in Japan.
Few very lucky Ranelaties managed to participate in Tokyo Marathon by beating their jetlagged legs. Jonathan Moore smashed his personal best in 2:41:40″. He was followed by Gareth Williams in 2 Hrs 48 minutes. Paul Doyle crossed the line in 3hrs 16 min and Neil Rae completed it in 3 hrs and 48 minutes.

Jonathan’s time promoted him 2nd on all time Ranelagh V50 list (splendid). Amanda Munro was our only female runner who achieved her honour in 5 hrs 24 minutes. Paul, Gareth and Neil collected their Six Star Medal. This was introduced by the Abbott World Marathon Majors in 2016 to honour the runners who complete all six Major marathons.

🔶️ On Sunday, back to South Downs, Wiebke Kortum finished Steyning Stinger Half Marathon (a hilly cross-country run) in 1hr 55 minutes.

🔷️ In East London, Thomas Lahille and Jo Moore ran the Olympic Half Marathon. The former did it in 1:17:26 and latter completed the race in 1hr 46 minutes.

🔶️ A bit further, next to M11 and in Cambridge, James Riley fulfilled his promise to run it under 75 minutes and crossed the finish line in 74 minutes 50 seconds. This is James’ second fastest half marathon of all time. Shaun Griffith continued his fine form and for the second Sunday in row improved his half marathon PB. Shaun did in 1hr 21 minutes and 27 sec.

🔷️ In East Devon coastline and countryside, Andy Starr completed 9mile Grizzly Club in 72 minutes


🥈🥇🥉 The Leaderboards:

🔷 Carl Selya-Hammer 127.8 km
🥇 Ian Kenton- 117.4 km
🥈 Ralph Street 111.6 km
🥉 Joshua Charkin – 101.7 km

🥇 Cordy Parker – 123.5 (1st overall)
🥈 Lucy Urbas – 90.2 km
🥉 Amanda Munro 79.1 km

🔷 Sujan Shrestha 2215 m
🥇 Ralph Street – 1909 m
🥈 James Ritchie 1720 m
🥉 Ian Kenton – 1410 m

🥇 Sally Minchella – 1820 m
🥈 Wiebke Kortum – 729 m
🥉 Aoife Kilpatrick 720 m



Calling all Ranelagh Harriers – after a nail-bitingly close loss to Orion Harriers, all hands on deck for our next mob match against ‘The Heathens’; Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC.

First run in January 1907, we are, whichever way you cut it, trailing waaaay behind in the standings against the mighty Blackheath. Last year’s (away) mob match saw 11 stalwart Ranelaghs make the journey to Hayes to be trounced once again.

This year we have the advantage of home ground, and we require the efforts of every able-bodied Ranelagh Harrier to repel The Heathens. So once again, another call to arms to all Ranelagh Harriers to come for a ‘good run in the country side‘, to support our club and for the chance to chant the Club Cry:

Hobble Gobble
Razzle Dazzle
Zis Boom Bah
Ranelagh Ranelagh
Rah Rah Rah.

If you’re not able to run, we would really appreciate your help in volunteering. So please email Andy: or Narissa: ASAP. Thank you!

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Surrey cross country league standings

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