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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #197

This week saw beautiful weather, gorgeous locations, impressive racing, and a total of 6,176 kilometres ran by you awesome Ranelites.

Starting with short but sweet. James Russell and Alex Ring headed to Bushy Park for the Arethusa Mile, which saw them finish together in 5:38. I’d encourage everyone to give this friendly and informal 1 mile race a go. They take place every Wednesday at 7.30pm from May to Sep, meeting at the Diana Fountain. It’s free, open to all abilities, and you can register on the night.

Onto everyone’s favourite friendly running event – parkrun. This week saw milestones achieved by Neha Rani (50 parkruns) and Hadi Khatamizadeh (a whopping 250 parkruns). James Ritchie ran his 100th Richmond Park parkrun, and we had birthdays to celebrate with Rebecca Northmore, Amrut Sharma, and Richard Pender. This meant that time spent drinking coffee and eating cake outweighed time spent running – the perfect balance. I hope Jonny Smith enjoyed a well-earned >16:23 coffee and cake after his whopping PB at Bromley parkrun, shaving 11s off his previous fastest time at Dulwich nearly 2 years ago.

Jonny was, unsurprisingly, a first finisher this week, along with Nic Douglas (20:01 at Richmond Park), Eirin McDaid (18:26 at Parke), Natalie Haarer (21:14 at Chichester), David Ready (17:55 at Hazelwood), and Chris Davidson (16:58 at Brooklands).

🔹 And on the theme of parkrun – don’t forget about the mini mob match taking place at Bushy Park parkrun on Saturday. More details below. 🔹

Adding on 3k and a rabble of Ranelites in Richmond Park, takes us to the next longest race and Tuesday evening’s main event – the Coad Cup handicap. It was a beautiful evening in the park, and great to see so many of you there (79 runners plus all the fabulous volunteers). Claire Warner was the proud winner of the cup this year. This was her fastest Coad to date, by over three minutes. She was followed in by Paul Wapshott taking silver, equalling his PB, and Hadi Khatamizadeh taking bronze, taking over 4 minutes off his PB.

In the speed order podiums we had Jonny Smith, Marc Leyshon and Ed Perry for the men, and Suzy Whatmough, Sarah Palmer, and Wiebke Kortum for the women. We also had two fantastic runs from Lucy Urbas and Lauren Warner, but unfortunately as they are running as guests (until they run enough club events) they didn’t qualify for the podium. Full results are here –

Up to the 10k distance, this morning saw Clare and Jeremy Day run the Up and Running 10k, and Dave Kew run the Kempton Park 10k. Well done all!

Meanwhile, Shaun Griffith travelled north to run the Edinburgh Marathon, achieving his sub-3 goal in 2:59:50 (phew!). Enjoy celebrating that milestone Shaun 🥃

Now onto the ultra-marathons of the weekend. Rebecca Bissell and Kathy Henry both ran the first part of London to Brighton (aka London to Tulleys Farm, somewhere east of Crawley). They ran it together in 7:28, coming third female overall (I’m not sure who outsprinted who at the finish line for that official bronze). In Rebecca’s words – “Kathy was on fire and I basically complained for 59kms” 😂 I know how that feels, and it’s the upside of running with friends! This is part of their training build up for the Mozart 100, a spectacularly scenic mountainous run in 3 weeks’ time. Good luck both!

But the furthest distance run this week was Mark Herbert, who completed the Karhunkierros NUTS 83k. This race takes place in the Oulanka National Park in northeast Finland. It features hills, white-water rivers, hanging bridges and duckboards passing over huge marshes, and as Herbie puts it “The most beautiful race I’ve ever raced in”. He finished in 11:23:37. Nick Twomey took part in the 34km event, featuring less than 50% of the distance, but more than 50% of the climbs, finishing in 3:31:08. Great running both.

Last but not least, we had a few Ranelites racing on two wheels this weekend in the Ride London 100 miler. Well done to Chike Nweke (4:22:01), Alex Ring, Russell Holt, and Richard Willoughby (6:25:53), and Ruth Gledhill (7:44:24) 🚴👏

Seen on the trails:

🔹 Ed Forbes running, walking and cycling all over the Lake District, earning his King of the Mountains status for Ranelagh this week. Featuring incredible scenery and weather, plus tea and cake with views 😍
🔸 Sally Minchella’s keen eye for spotting the bizzare, including an office chair by the River Crane, and Sesame Street’s Elmo near Bishopston Valley and Brandy Cove
🔹 Excitable cows chasing Bruce McLaren (in Reigate) and Jon Lear (in Devon)
🔸 So many incredible views – thanks for sharing the beautiful photos (especially Ed Forbes, Cecily Day, James Riley, Sally Minchella, Sue Lear, Narissa Vox, Eirin McDaid to name but a few)

And soon to be seen on the trails….

Would you like to try trail running? Or are you looking to build your off-road confidence? James Riley, through his Run Unbound coaching, is running a free trail running workshop designed for beginner and intermediate trail runners at 10am on Saturday 17 June in Richmond Park.

To find out more and register you can go to

I may be biased, but he’s a great coach, and nothing beats summer trail running, so do check it out.


🥈🥇🥉 The Leaderboards:


🥇 Ignatius Li 120.0km
🥈 Ed Forbes 116.4km
🥉 Mark Herbert 111.0km

🥇 Suzy Whatmough 84.1km
🥈 Rebecca Bissell 76.8km
🥉 Kathy Henry 64.8km


🥇 Ed Forbes 4,503m
🥈 Mark Herbert 2,216m
🥉 Nick Twomey 1,411m

🥇 Suzy Whatmough 1,133m
🥈 Rebecca Bissell 830m
🥉 Verka Leaf 746m


📢 📢📢📢 NOTICES 📢📢📢📢

1. There’s still time to sign up for the Ranelagh 10k on 25 June @ 9am. 💙 Sign up here @ 👈

2. If you’re not running the 10k, we really need volunteers to help on the day. 💙 To volunteer, please email Gavin Hillhouse on 👈

3. SAVE THE DATE: (Mini) Mob Match vs The Stragglers @ Bushy parkrun on Saturday 3 June @ 9am. It’s all about numbers so it’d be great if as many of us can turn up as possible to run the 5km course. 💙 All members welcome to run but for it to count, you’ll need to have registered with parkrun as being a Ranelagh Harriers member. If you haven’t already, all you have to do is sign into your parkrun profile, and under Groups in My Links, add Ranelagh Harriers as your club. 💛 If you have more than one club, please make Ranelagh your primary club for it to count. Then turn up at Bushy parkrun on 3 June at 9am and RUN!


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Wiebke Kortum, Suzy Whatmough, Clare Warner, and Sarah Palmer – podium ladies at the Coad Cup


Marc Leyshon, Jonny Smith, Ed Perry – the Coad Cup men’s podium


Hadi Khatamizadeh, with another Ranelagh bronze medal, at the Coad Cup


Shaun Griffith having a well earned lie down after his sub 3 hour Edinburgh marathon


Nick Twomey celebrating his 34km NUTS finish


Photo of the Oulanka National Park, Finland, courtesy of Mark Herbert

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