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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #188

Whether the weather be fine, or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot,
We’ll weather the weather, whatever the weather,
Whether we like it or not.

Despite this being the week that saw the first day of spring – the vernal equinox signalling the end of winter and the promise of warmer days ahead – it is the above poem that persistently โ€˜springsโ€™ to mind. And we have indeed had some weather this week. Just as the Inuit apocryphally have 50 words for snow, the British it seems, have just as many, if not more, to describe rain. For example, โ€˜spittingโ€™, โ€˜dreichโ€™, โ€˜flurryโ€™, โ€˜torrentsโ€™, โ€˜biblicalโ€™, โ€˜tippingโ€™, โ€˜mizzleโ€™, and โ€˜lashingโ€™. Weโ€™ve certainly had occasion to use them all this week, and then some.

Yet despite the inclement weather, this hasnโ€™t dampened (ha ha) your collective enthusiasm to lace up and get out there. โ€˜Weโ€™ll weather the weather, whatever the weatherโ€™ is exactly what youโ€™ve all done, resulting in an AMAZING club total of 8143km over 844 activities. Well done all!


Some clearly had โ€˜springโ€™ in their step, up as they were with the larks from 5.30am onwards to start their runs: Chris Lepine, Ian Kenton, James Graham and Michelle Beaumont (a cracking 32km!). Others found it a tad more arduous; Ed Perry had a โ€˜tired lap ๐Ÿฅฑโ€™, Neha Rani couldnโ€™t โ€˜get those legs working ๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธโ€™, James Whistlerโ€™s legs โ€˜felt like tree trunksโ€™, Rebecca Bissell was โ€˜#sluggish ๐ŸŒโ€™, James Riley could only โ€˜roll aroundโ€™, Natalie Haarer was โ€˜plodding alongโ€™, Dave Lawley had โ€˜lead legsโ€™, Raymond Sturton proclaimed โ€˜that felt horribleโ€™, while Dave Kew poetically decried himself as the โ€˜local Wreck lapping the local Rec.โ€™

Through the week, the changeable weather featured prominently: James Russell had a โ€˜soggy runโ€™, Lizzie Broughton had โ€˜wet socks ๐Ÿงฆโ€™, Victoria Martin was a โ€˜drowned rat in ODP ๐ŸŒง๏ธโ€™, Joshua Charkin lamented โ€˜another run in the rainโ€™, Ed Perry faced โ€˜wind from all directions ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธโ€™ Liam Joyce pushed through โ€˜a windy, damp nightโ€™ and Natalie Haarer queried whether โ€˜Strava should have a wind adjusted paceโ€™.

Yet, as with all inspirational running journeys, everyone persevered, despite the various weather, health and ruminant mammal challenges: Marianne Malam made it from โ€˜Whitton to Waterloo.. in every kind of weather ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ โ›… ๐ŸŒง๏ธโ€™, Lucy Urbas knocked out a fab 34km despite a โ€˜brutal head windโ€™, and although Suzy Whatmough was โ€˜still not feeling greatโ€™, she was cheered up by โ€˜the sunshine and mudโ€™.

Elsewhere, Anthony Taylor found a 37km alternative to his โ€˜shutโ€ฆ boggy/floodedโ€™ Downs Link run, Calum Campbell declared heโ€™s back, despite an โ€˜insane run – thunderstorm, hailstones smashing windows, then hot sunshine, then gale force winds!โ€™, Neil Kitching smashed out 31km even after having โ€˜dropped (his) fruit pastilles ๐Ÿ˜”โ€™, and Sue Lear overcame her โ€˜๐ŸŒ pace fighting covid exhaustionโ€™โ€™.

As for the ruminant mammal issue, spare a thought for Dave Glanville who overcame a โ€˜small deer diversionโ€™, which he clarified as being โ€˜a small diversion around lots of small deerโ€™. Thanks for the elucidation, Dave ๐Ÿคฃ

Saturday saw some amazing parkrun efforts: Jonny Smith (17:47) 1st at Llyn Llech Owain, Cecily Day (19:25) 1st lady at Brockwell Park, Eirin McDaid (20:52) 3rd at Tamar Lakes, Ross MacDonald (19:35) 3rd at Mole Valley, Natalie Haarer (21:35) 4th lady at Southsea, Dave Lawley (18:03) and Tom Cameron (18:16) 3rd & 4th respectively at Gunnersbury, plus Alun Thomas (20:28) 3rd and Melanie Thomas (24:21) 4th lady at Crane. But the star Ranelagh performances were at Old Deer Park, where a podium 1st โ€“ 3rd sweep went to Ranelaghโ€™s Holger Westphely (19:35), Mark Herbert (19:48) and Ed Forbes (19:53); as Victoria Martin (23:53) took 2nd lady. Well done all!

By the weekโ€™s end, even with the clocks going forward, gifting us that wonderful extra hour of light, the weather remained unforgiving: rain, wind and mud ad infinitum. Yet off everyone went on their Sunday runs: we noted James Russellโ€™s โ€˜soggy 10 milerโ€™, James Riley leading likely lads Ed Forbes, Michael Morris, Andy Starr and Joshua Charkin on a โ€˜damp editionโ€™ of Run Unboundโ€™s LSR club, Neha Raniโ€™s โ€˜wet and muddyโ€™ run, Sergio Stillacciโ€™s trot around โ€˜muddy muddy Wimbledon Commonโ€™, Aoife Kilpatrick, Rachel Revett & Carol Aikinโ€™s โ€˜muddy, soggy towpath runโ€™, and Suzy Whatmough & James Ritchieโ€™s โ€˜random muddy trailsโ€™ around Box Hill.

Meanwhile Clare Fowler simply settled for โ€˜trying to stay uprightโ€™, Tristian Thornhill stated it was a โ€˜bit too muddy in places to sprintโ€™, while Liam Joyce and Sonia Pham sought running inspiration through the music of Katy Perry and Beyonce respectively. With such wet weather, it was Rebecca Bissell who showed us how it shouldโ€™ve been done: by going swimming instead.

There was also some amazing racing. Shout to the following at the Hampton Court Half: Chris Lepine (1:20:20 | 1st V50), Ignatius Li (1:34:10 | 31st V40), John Gallagher (1:35:10 | 22nd V45), Alun Thomas (1:38:00 | 17th V50), Melanie Thomas (1:49:46 | 2nd V55 Female), Mark Russell (1:57:39 | 11th V60), and Colette Doran (2:14:28 | 66th V50 Female). Kudos too to 2nd claim member Emily Jenkins (1:55:16 | 13th V50 Female).

At the Hillingdon 20 miler, there were amazing runs from Ryan Hogan (1:53:44 | 8th overall | 5th V40-49) and Mark Herbert (2:11:04 | 27th overall | 13th V40-49). Shout out too to 2nd claim Nick Impey (1:53:42 | 7th overall | 3rd V40-49). Weโ€™re also awaiting official results from the Clapham Chasersโ€™ Thames Riverside 20 but well done to James Whistler and Eric Fat for their efforts. Similarly, in lieu of official results, kudos must go to Wiebke Kortum and Amrut Sharma for their runs in the โ€˜half road/half mudโ€™ Cranleigh 21 miler.

In closing, weโ€™d like to say well done to:

๐Ÿ˜ Cordy Parker for going straight from bridesmaidโ€™s duties to a โ€˜muddy towpathโ€™ for a โ€˜post wedding very long runโ€™ of 32k
๐Ÿ’ช Martin Cooper for a sterling run of 36k on a โ€˜grand tour of Maidstoneโ€™
๐Ÿ”ฅ Mike Thomas for his brilliant efforts at the 17.5 mile Ashridge Boundary Run
๐Ÿ’ช Rick Jenner for completing the 3-day Jurassic Coast Challenge: the equivalent of 3 marathons in 3 days!
๐Ÿ”ฅ Nic Douglas for her 15k GBR Stage 18 recce, which in her words was a, โ€˜total mud bath, stunning but brutalโ€™
๐Ÿ’ช Shaun Griffith for a cracking 37:53 PB at the Battersea 10k
๐Ÿ”ฅ Andy Griffin racing the Liverpool Half Marathon in a brilliant time of 1:46:52
๐Ÿ‘ Sally Minchella who finally got out for her run โ€˜after a day eating ALL the snacks at CMSโ€™
๐Ÿ˜‚ James Riley & James Ritchie with their unwitting pastiche of Enid Blytonโ€™s Famous Five as they did their Two On A โ€˜Yorkshire 3 peaksโ€™ Recce
๐Ÿ˜ Marianne Malam as she continues her amazing training efforts for an upcoming ultra for her 50th


๐Ÿ“ข ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข NOTICES ๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข๐Ÿ“ข


A reminder that you can still register for the Baker Cup on 1 April here but only until 28 March. For those hungrier for a longer, more challenging distance, thereโ€™s also the Clutton Cup on 15 April, which you MUST sign up @ by 11 April.

We could also do with volunteers for both events so please email narissa.vox@gmail if you can help out.


The first of our two races for the general public is the Half Marathon on 7 May. It’s really important to the club to put on a great race and that means having lots of volunteers. And that doesn’t mean that you can’t run it! Details @ or simply email Marcus Atkins ย ASAP.


Parkplay is a brilliant initiative to get communities gathering to play games and have fun. It’s a charity that’s run by our own Rick Jenner. As part of a fundraiser for this they’re taking part in the Sporting Chance Prize Draw 2023. There are eighty amazing sports prizes up for grabs, including Paris Olympic Games tickets, Premiership rugby tickets and skiing holidays. Tickets cost just ยฃ10 and 100% of your cash goes to ParkPlay. Please buy tickets and hopefully youโ€™ll win a great prize. Enter and share:



๐Ÿฅˆ๐Ÿฅ‡๐Ÿฅ‰ The Leaderboards:


๐Ÿฅ‡ Rick Jenner 139.0 km
๐Ÿฅˆ James Riley 135.7 km
๐Ÿฅ‰ James Ritchie 128.8 km

๐Ÿฅ‡ Cordy Parker 98.1 km
๐Ÿฅˆ Clare Fowler 74.6 km
๐Ÿฅ‰ Lucy Urbas 67.1 km


๐Ÿฅ‡ Rick Jenner 4,485 m
๐Ÿฅˆ James Ritchie 3,210 m
๐Ÿฅ‰ James Riley 2,361 m

๐Ÿฅ‡ Suzy Whatmough 1,153 m
๐Ÿฅˆ Ria Woodfield 795 m
๐Ÿฅ‰ Cecily Day 711 m


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