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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #190: Happy Easter everyone! 🐰

While Easter remains very much a holy Christian celebration, for the more secular of us, it can also be a time of symbolic hope and renewal, taking place as it does during springtime. Either way, whatever your preference, here at Rundown HQ, we’d like to wish you, and your loved ones, a very happy Easter weekend, with everything that you do be done in love.

And because of that, we’re going to keep it short & sweet. Not least because everyone seems to be tapering (or close to tapering) for either Boston, London, Milton Keynes or Marathon de Sables but also because many of you are travelling far and wide during this holiday period. So, there’s not that much to report.

And yet, despite all the above, we’ve still managed to collectively clock 7,063km over 764 activities! So well done all – you have indeed been busy bunnies πŸ‡


πŸ”· So with this being holy week, the first miracle was that it was sunny. And we don’t mean pathetic springtime sun, we mean SUN SUN! Ross Mac enjoyed β€˜sunshine loops’, Victoria Martin said β€˜Hello sunshine β˜€οΈβ€™, James Graham stated this is β€˜more like it’, James Riley affirmed it was a β€˜beautiful morning for a run β˜€οΈβ€™, Margie Harrison enjoyed a β€˜lovely bright morning β˜€οΈ with fragrant blossom 🌸,’ while Clare Fowler was prompted to ask, β€˜What’s that strange yellow thing in the sky?!’

πŸ”Ά For the less secular of us, Easter is also about resurrection. And apologies for any blasphemies, but there was a resurrection of sorts for some: Suzy Whatmough, recovering from illness, managed a β€˜tired legged river loop’, Ignatius Li overcame β€˜tired legs (by slowing) to recovery pace’, Sam Rhodes, β€˜felt stronger today than (he) had in a while’, Calum Campbell β€˜didn’t give up’ on his β€˜hilly windy beautiful hell’ of a long run, John Cadogan had an β€˜easy leg stretcher’ although he was β€˜very tired’, as did James Russell whose β€˜legs were very sore’. Well done for getting out there all!

πŸ”· For some, Easter is also a time for thankfulness: Anthony Taylor’s relief that his β€˜achilles passed the speed test πŸ‘Œβ€™, Nic Douglas for surviving a β€˜goose attack πŸ¦…β€™ and while she β€˜absolutely sh*t (herself), at least the hip didn’t hurt’. Similarly, Clare Day had something to be thankful for as she reported being β€˜almost taken out by a low-flying goose’ on a Clutton route recce with Sally Bamford & Colette Doran.

πŸ”Ά But ultimately Easter is about love. And we had lots of love on show this week: James Riley had a β€˜sunny runch with Sall πŸ˜β€™, Dave Lawley enjoyed some β€˜brothers in arms’ time in Scotland while Hadi Khatamizadeh β€˜finally (fell) in love ❀️ with trail (running)’. But nowhere was there more love present – heartfelt, eternal and poignant in equal measure – than at Old Deer Park, where many Ranelaghs and others gathered with Kathy Alison Henry, who β€˜(walked) ODP with Maddy & Harper. One year since Nick died. Thank you to everyone who was a part of marking this day with us. It means a lot πŸ§‘πŸ§‘β€™ As described by Clare Fowler, it was indeed, β€˜a sunny, love filled morning of remembering Nick πŸ§‘β€™

And so, we end this Easter edition with some shout outs to:

πŸ“· Those sharing their wonderful and utterly stunning holiday snaps with us: Marianne Malam in Prague, Shaun Griffith in Turkey, James Graham in East Devon, Ann Kearey in Paris, Rick Jenner in Spain, Verka L in Brighton, Gareth Williams in the US, Clare & Cecily Day in Switzerland, Ellie & Dave Lawley in Scotland, Kathy Allison Henry in Cornwall, James Riley & Sally Minchella in Wales, Ian Kenton in Yorkshire, Dave Glanville in Spain, Neha Rani in Scotland and Ross Clayton in Slovenia.
🌳 Those celebrating parkrun milestones & podiums: Raymond Sturton (200th), Oliver Hickson (100th), Natalie Haarer (1st lady @ Bedfont), Ted Mockett (1st @ Rugby), Nick Twomey (1st @ Alice Holt), Sam Dalgleish (3rd @ Wotton), Karen Weir (2nd lady @ Tollcross, Glasgow), Eirin McDaid (1st @ Parke), Prelini Udayan-Chiechi (2nd lady @ South Boulder Creek, USA), Kirsty Steel (3rd lady @ Hazelwood) and Dave Lawley (3rd @ University of Stirling),
πŸ… Those racing: Carol Aikin, Rachel Revett and Rebecca Bissell at the Maidenhead 10 miler, Ruth Gledhill at Dorney Duathlon and at the Thames Hare & Hounds Second Sunday, Ann Kearey, Carol & Steve Aikin, Claire Warner and Rebecca Bissell. Great effort everyone!

πŸ“’ πŸ“’πŸ“’πŸ“’ NOTICES πŸ“’πŸ“’πŸ“’πŸ“’

There’s still time to enter:

πŸ’™ The Clutton Cup Handicap on 15 April but please sign up by 11 April @ πŸ‘ˆ
πŸ’› The Ranelagh Harriers Half Marathon on 7 May. Simply go to πŸ‘ˆ
πŸ’™ The Ranelagh Harriers 10k on 25 June, which you can do here πŸ‘ˆ

πŸ“’ WE ALSO NEED VOLUNTEERS for the above events. If you can help at one (or more) of any of them, please email ASAP. We really couldn’t realise any of these events without your support, so any time you can give would be greatly appreciated.


πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‡πŸ₯‰ The Leaderboards:


πŸ”Ά Nick Impey 133.1 km
πŸ₯‡ James Ritchie 127.7 km
πŸ₯ˆ James Riley 118.7 km
πŸ₯‰ Mark Herbert 108.4 km

πŸ₯‡ Cordy Parker 107.6 km
πŸ₯ˆ Suzy Whatmough 106.3 km
πŸ₯‰ Sarah Palmer 67.1 km


πŸ₯‡ Rick Jenner 4,417 m
πŸ₯ˆ James Ritchie 2,659 m
πŸ₯‰ James Graham 2,468 m

πŸ₯‡ Suzy Whatmough 1,608 m
πŸ₯ˆ Sally Minchella 1297 m
πŸ₯‰ Kathy Allison Henry 1,013 m


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