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Ranelagh Rundown #194

As with William Wordsworth, your correspondent has recently been in the Lake District wandering lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills (apart from being joined by a mass of other Ranelites for the Great Lakeland 3 Day event, and a foray to recce a Ramsay Round with Cap’n Riley). But please accept this itinerant hill running sojourn as my excuse for missing any of the more exciting runs out there this week. Though probably in anticipation of this weekend’s Ranelagh half marathon πŸ’™πŸ’› it seems to have been something of a quiet week, with 6,867km run in 775 events.

Highlights for this week:

πŸ”Ά Monday saw the completion of the Great Lakeland 3 Day event – with Kathy Henry, Rebecca Bissell, Sally Minchella, Jess Busen-Smith and Chris Owens (pictured) combining to take on the Herdwick course from Great Langdale back to Coniston, whilst Suzy Whatmough and James Ritchie could be found taking on the Adventure course (aka just run anywhere you want). A great event, and for the second year with a big Ranelagh turnout. For anyone wanting to try out running in the fells, this is a great introduction – just ask any of those who were there, and we’ll hope to see you next year.

πŸ”· Running in some even bigger hills on Wednesday were Jameses Riley and Ritchie gathering 10 munros in a 38km slog from Glen Nevis to Fersit that saw nearly 4000m of elevation, a good coverage of snow in parts, some exposed ridges, some scrambling down vertical slopes in the dark, a lot of bog, very little that could be described as a path, and very little that could be described as running. Sadly strong winds on the following day forced a retreat from the mountains, but a great adventure nonetheless.

πŸ”Ά Further south, the other James R – Mr. Russell – was to be found racing in the “Arethusa mile Season Opener – 5:46″. A good start James, hopefully something that will see a lot more Ranelites joining over the course of the summer.

πŸ”· And so to the weekend which, as ever, begins with parkrun. Travelling to Westpark (Munich) were Phil Andrews, Alex Ring, Aoife Kilpatrick, Rachel Revett, Claire Warner, Sue Camp, Jo Marshall and Gavin Hillhouse (pictured). Meanwhile Ross Mac was fastest at Bideford ParkRun πŸ‘‘ in 17:34, Dave Lawley came in first at Osterley in 18:11 and Joanna Moore was first woman at Crane Park in 21:14. Well done all. Ellie Lawley ran a “Coronation Gunnersbury Parkrun sandwich πŸ₯ͺ” and “got overtaken by King Charles but I’ll take that! ☺️”. (disappointingly the otherwise excellent BBC covearge of the coronation seems to have missed this out). And for those who like coincidences both Dave and Ellie in their warm up / parkrun / warm down, ran exactly the same distance. Coincidence though.. or “Twin thing!😎”.

πŸ‘‘ And continuing on that coronation theme, other Royalists out at parkrun and beyond were Ed Perry (Coronation Bushy parkrun progressive πŸ‘‘πŸŒ³), David Ready (Bushy Park Coronation day πŸ‘‘ Parkrun – 10th), a brace of Days – Clare (πŸ‘‘ The Mall βœ”οΈ) and Jeremy (King’s Rise), Katharine Barton (out for a Coronation run with Hugo) and Sue Lear (out for a Coronation Day run, with Jon and Candice Goddard).

πŸ”Ά Running across the country (from Portreath to Devoran Quay)in the Purple Gecko coast to coast race were Keeley Phillips and Loki who smashed 8 minutes of last year’s time. Someone deserves a juicy bone! And at the other end of the country, Paul Negri seems to have consigned himself to the doghouse with a “Rather disappointing” Sri Chinmoy 5K. Hope you’re back in better form soon Paul.

πŸ”· And all this brings us to today. Eschewing the biggest race of the year so far was Jarryd Hillhouse asking himself “Qu’est-ce que c’est?” as he ran 60km from the Chilterns to home. An excellent Comrades training run. And running a less popular half-marathon on a somewhat undulating course at Denbies was Shaun Griffith who managed an impressive 1:34!

πŸ”Ά But for everyone else, the place to be (whether volunteering, for which huge thanks) or running – was at the Ranelagh Harriers Richmond Half Marathon. A huge turnout saw some fantastic personal results and team results with Nick Impey (5th overall), Marc Leyshon (6th), Jon Smith (9th), Chris Davidson and Phil Collins securing the men’s team win for Ranelagh and Sarah Palmer (3rd woman), Imogen Parker-Elms (5th), Nic Douglas (10th) and Natalie Haarer doing the same for the women. Superb stuff.

I’m sure there was a plethora of PBs, but Strava shows at least the following (and if you know someone else who PB’s but isn’t listed – please give them a shout-out in the comments): Phil Collins, Tristian Thornhill, Amrut Sharma, Oliver Hickson, Sonia Pham and Sarah Palmer. And coming in first VM50 with another storming run was Michael Morris. Well done all of you.

Full results are here:
Position Name Time Category
5 Nick Impey 01:14:52 M 40-49
6 Marc Leyshon 01:15:21 M 40-49
9 Jonathan Smith 01:16:58 Male Open
12 Chris Davidson 01:17:45 Male Open
17 Philip Collins 01:18:43 M 40-49
31 Graham Brook 01:22:08 M 40-49
39 Matt Hirschler 01:23:15 Male Open
40 Tristian Thornhill 01:23:22 M 40-49
43 Edward Forbes 01:23:43 M 40-49
44 Sarah Palmer 01:23:46 W Open
45 Michael Morris 01:23:55 M 50-59
47 Thomas Cameron 01:24:03 Male Open
48 Andy Starr 01:24:10 M 40-49
58 Imogen Parker-Elms 01:25:35 W Open
76 Nicola Douglas 01:28:09 W 35-44
83 Paul Murphy 01:29:01 M 50-59
93 Michael Everard 01:29:45 M 50-59
95 Mike Thomas 01:30:24 M 50-59
113 Neil Kitching 01:32:38 Male Open
116 James Stokes 01:33:23 Male Open
117 Ed Smith 01:33:34 M 40-49
121 Paul Doyle 01:33:43 M 50-59
122 Richard Willoughby 01:33:48 M 50-59
125 Calum Brackenridge 01:34:13 Male Open
126 Neil Rae 01:34:17 M 50-59
128 Natalie Haarer 01:34:25 W Open
129 Vaughan Ramsay 01:34:26 M 40-49
154 Stephen Hurton 01:37:47 M 40-49
164 Philip Beausang 01:39:05 M 40-49
166 Joanna Moore 01:39:17 W 35-44
170 Amrut Sharma 01:39:49 M 40-49
171 Ben Johnson 01:40:02 M 40-49
182 Liam Griffin 01:41:14 M 50-59
187 Ben Shore 01:41:31 M 40-49
188 James Russell 01:41:33 M 50-59
189 Jon Lear 01:41:50 M 50-59
212 Paul Wapshott 01:44:39 M 50-59
223 Egis Vincel 01:46:44 M 40-49
227 Ciaran O’Donnell 01:47:11 M 50-59
229 Philip Roberts 01:48:14 M 50-59
252 Dave Glanville 01:51:29 M 50-59
267 Ann Kearey 01:54:57 W 45-54
272 Ellie Dorman 01:56:09 W 35-44
280 Mark Russell 01:58:11 M 60+
289 Sally Bamford 01:59:34 W 55+
292 John Hobson 02:00:36 M 50-59
293 Ricardo Motti 02:00:43 M 40-49
299 Eleanor Broughton 02:03:54 W 35-44
307 Oliver Hickson 02:07:30 Male Open
324 Emma De Heveningham 02:14:28 W 45-54

And finally, congratulations to Ricardo Motti who came in as number 1 (see pic) – Top work Ric!



πŸ₯ˆπŸ₯‡πŸ₯‰ The Leaderboards:


πŸ₯‡ Jarryd Hillhouse 135.0 km
πŸ₯ˆ Toni Borreda 100.5 km
πŸ₯‰ James Riley 94.3 km

πŸ₯‡ Sarah Palmer 64.8 km
πŸ₯ˆ Ellie Dorman 56.2 km
πŸ₯‰ Cecily Day 51.8 km


πŸ₯‡ James Ritchie 8,370 m
πŸ₯ˆ James Riley 5,027 m
πŸ₯‰ Gaz Jenkin 2,773 m

πŸ₯‡ Suzy Whatmough 2,281 m
πŸ₯ˆ Rebecca Bissell 982 m
πŸ₯‰ Sally Minchella 882 m


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

πŸ”· New Podcast Launch from Ranelagh Members

πŸŽ™οΈ The RunAlive Podcast: Ranelagh’s very own Ed Perry & Gary Armstrong are the talent behind this great podcast series. Join them as they take a deep look into particular moments of guests lives – with great stories providing learning and insight into the individual – and running being the thread that holds it all together.

Episodes 1-3 are out now featuring ultra runner and environmental activist Damian Hall, elite physio and coach Alex O’Gorman and iron distance triathlete Laura Siddall. Find out more @Β πŸ‘ˆ

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


🌳 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 @ πŸ‘ˆ


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Ric as No. 1 at the Ranelagh Half πŸ’ͺ


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