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Ranelagh Rundown #193 – ‘extreme edition’

It’s been a bit cold and wet recently so I suppose in the circumstances the Sahara Desert could seem a little appealing. To some people. Such as Bruce McLaren and Kris Davidson. They have been out in southern Morocco, doing the Marathon des Sables, the six-day, 250km ultramarathon. The longest single stage is 91km long. It is regarded as one of the toughest races anywhere in the world.

The new Run Alive podcast launched on 28 April with Ranelagh’s Ed Perry and Gary Armstrong and their first guest, ultra runner and activist Damian Hall who completed four out of five loops at the infamous Barkley Marathon and who spoke eloquently about environmental activism, and how to live out in practice, in a life that might occasionally require us to get on a plane, the challenges of environmental ethics.

For swim-bike-run podcast addicts such as myself, it was then a real treat when the second episode went live just a day later, yesterday. This time, the guest was elite physio and coach Alex O’Gorman, a physio for British Triathlon, who talked about his holistic approach to coaching. He is also a lecturer at St Mary’s University. “I like puzzles I like challenges I like always to have a problem to solve,” he said. He loves helping people to challenge themselves. Integrity, honesty, growth and performance are the four “personal values” he chooses to focus on.

I do hope Ed and Gary get Bruce and Kris on soon, to talk about hydration, endurance and just what makes something like the Marathon des Sables an appealing thing to do, and whether, knowing what they know now, they would do it again.

Do any Ranelights ever stop running? Updates were still coming in this week from the London Marathon, with congratulations appearing for Richmond’s Sporting Feet manager Michael Morris who finished in 2:58:15, his all-time marathon PB after his previous PB an incredible 34 years ago. Must make a note to pop in next time I’m passing and find out what his secret is! Gives me back the hope that I had actually abandoned of ever equalling or surpassing my own one and only effort back in 1987. Anyway I have taken the plunge and entered the ballot for next year and good luck to everyone here who has done likewise.

In doing this I was inspired partly by Narissa Vox, who was among those venturing back out training this week, running with Marianne Malam, in what Narissa, clearly still recovering, described as a “birthday waddle”. Sam Rhodes moved from the marathon straight into ultra training with 21.5k near Farnham

The great thing about writing these rundowns every few weeks is it really makes you pay attention to what is happening on Strava with our club members, and truly it is awe inspiring. Amanda Munro, for example, last week completed year two of her “run every day” challenge and moved into year three. As I said above, you lot never stop!

Run Through has regular midweek and weekend races in Battersea Park, a good place apparently to go for new PBs. Last Wednesday, Edward Forbes was first V40 and ninth overall with a new 10k PB, knocking 23 seconds off his previous finishing in 37:17. Philip Collins thanked his coach, James Riley of Run Unbound, for his own new PB in the 5k of 16:37.

James Riley himself went up to do the Three Peaks Race, when he came 68th and 18th V40 in 3:49:38. His report speaks for itself: “Absolutely brutal 🥵 Felt terrible going up Pen-y-ghent but recovered coming off the top. Felt great to the Whernside ascent. I knew it was steep but not THAT steep – on all fours at the top. Suddenly I was feeling awful again and my calves and hamstrings were in pieces (made me forget about my toe 😀). Luckily so did everyone else as I managed to pass plenty of runners off Ingleborough. Lady behind me ended up in the First Aid tent in her bid to qualify for England 😬 Rookie error getting nervous about being cold and putting on a base layer because everyone else had one. A vest would have been enough 🥵.” Yet just hours later he was working out, getting “ready to run” again!

In Allerdale, James Ritchie was prepping for an attempt in May of the Bob Graham Round. He did most of leg one, scooping no fewer than 11 peaks on summitbag. By Friday he was on Skiddaw and Little Man. And then he went on, with Suzy Whatmough, Jess and Sally Minchella, to do the Great Lakeland 3-Day. Today, day two, he ran 40.18k with no fewer than nine peaks. In between my starting and finishing this report, he someone managed to add an additional 7,000m of elevation which just goes to show how important it is to check stats regularly when writing these! Sally herself suddenly appeared near the top of the leaderboard, in second place, with an incredible 6,124m elevation. Other positions also changed as runners continued to leg it up and down mountains as darkness fell and beyond, so apologies if anyone climbed Everest or something and didn’t manage to upload to Strava before I finished this. Also up in the Lakes doing beautiful things in GLD are Rebecca Bissell and Kathy Henry who have been posting some stunning photographs.

Looking south, Eirin Mc Daid did Run Like Hell in Cornwall on Saturday, an eight-mile coastal path from Hell’s Mouth cafe to Portreath and back. Wiebke K did the Three Forts Challenge in West Sussex, the 27.2 mile marathon race known as “the tough one”, winning the first lady over 50 trophy and coming in fifth lady overall.

In gazing at these magnificent men and women in their flying shoes, let’s not forget where it all starts for so many of them and us. In parkrun, Natalie Haarer did her 250th, at Bedfont, in 21:17. Of her 250 parkruns, 167 were at Bedfont, 102 of these being Bedfont first finishes and around 129 first finishes across all parkruns. Family and friends went with her to Bedfont to mark the milestone. Paul Sinton-Hewitt was there as well. “He obviously knew it was a special occasion,” reports Natalie. Jonathan Smith came third at Bushy and Ted Mockett came 10th. Tom Cameron came third at Richmond Park and Nicola Douglas first lady. Richard Willoughby was fourth and Ed Forbes fifth at Old Deer Park, fitting it into a longer 23k run, with Joanna Moore third lady. Niall O’Connor was first at Clonakilty parkrun and Melanie Thomas third lady at Crane Park. David Ready was first at Hazelwood and Alice Littler was third lady at Somerdale Pavilion. Michael Thomas was fourth at Ekebergsletta and Nick Fordham second out of just 11 runners at Skien Fritidspark. Of 728 Ranelites registered with parkrun, 104 ran this 5k somewhere yesterday – around one in seven. What a phenomenon parkrun is.


🥈🥇🥉 The Leaderboards:


🥇Bruce McLaren 208.9km
🥈Kris Davidson 208.6km
🥉James Ritchie 153km

🥇Sally Minchella 93.2km
🥈Lizzie Broughton 62.3km
🥉Wiebke K 59.7km


🥇James Ritchie 10,961m
🥈Kris Davidson 2,545m
🥉Bruch McLaren 2,364m

🥇Sally Minchella 6,124m
🥈Kathy Allison Henry 2,284m
🥉Wiebke Kortum 1,150m


📢 📢📢📢 NOTICES 📢📢📢📢

🔶 URGENT: We desperately need more volunteers for the Ranelagh Half Marathon on 7 May, for a variety of duties from 7am onwards. No experience necessary, just your support and commitment. We also have roles for those running, so if you can help, please email Narissa Vox ASAP at


🔷 New Podcast Launch from Ranelagh Members

We are thrilled to announce the launch of The RunAlive Podcast, a new podcast exploring the intersection of running, coaching, and personal growth. Hosted by current Ranelagh member Ed Perry and former member Gary Armstrong, RunAlive seeks to delve deep into this sport we love and explore how it can make you a better person both on and off the road.

The podcast will be launching on April 28th, and we can’t wait for you to hear our first interview with Damian Hall. Across the podcast, we’ll be exploring particular moments of guest’s lives and drawing out lessons that we can all apply in our own lives, whether that’s in our running, at home or at work. Our guests are not all elite runners, but a passion for running is the thread that ties them all together, you might even hear a familiar voice or two! Have a listen to our teaser now, ( and do subscribe or follow, wherever you listen to podcasts, so you don’t miss the first episode in 2 weeks time!

You can also keep in touch with Run Alive on instagram:


🏃‍♂️ Sunday 21 May @ 9.30am: Our friends at Sutton Runners are organising a 10k on a ‘fast, flat, accurately measured 2-lap road course; starting at Mansion House, Nonsuch Park, Cheam and passing through Nonsuch Park and Cheam Park’. Guaranteed to be a good event in a gorgeous setting. Entry is only £18 for affiliated & £20 for non (£1 admin fee); £25 on the day (if not sold out before). Chip timing & technical t-shirt for all finishers. Places are limited so hurry & enter online @ 👈


🏃‍♀️ Sunday 28 May @ 9.30am: Our friends at Quicksilver Running are organising the Kempton Park Running Festival with distances ranging from 5k to a marathon, suitable for all levels. They would love to see more local club runners involved, so are offering at 15% off code for Ranelagh members. Simply head to 👈 and use the code RANELAGH15 for your discount. All finishers will get a medal & goodies, plus there’s free parking onsite.


Saturday 17 June @ 10am: Ranelagh men’s captain James Riley is offering a FREE trail workshop under the banner of his coaching company Run Unbound. If you would like to try trail running or build your off-road confidence, join him & other like-minded runners for a practical session covering trail running techniques, how to tackle uphills & downhills, kit advice, trail race training and more. After which you’ll have the chance to practice your new skills with a run in Richmond Park. Details & registration @ 👈


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