Four and a bit years ago when I sat down on a Sunday night to put the very first Ranelagh Strava Rundown together, I had absolutely no concept or expectation that it would last more than a few weeks. 200 editions on and it’s amazing looking back at the very first one. (Here if you’re interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2371472447/permalink/10157674746857448/)
It’s certainly developed and evolved and taken on a life of it’s own some weeks but nonetheless has become a regular feature of life in our wonderful club. And hasn’t the world changed a lot since May 2019?!
One thing is for sure – without the fabulous team of contributors and guest writers, it certainly would not have got to 200 editions. So I’m immensely grateful to the whole team, whether you’ve written tens, or just one – I know from experience it can be the last thing you want to do on a Sunday evening before work the next day – especially if you’ve done a long run or a race earlier in the day!
Thank you all too for reading, commenting and encouraging us all, and for all the “Morning runs” that had their titles updated just to make us laugh and be included! Thank you for participating in our various hair-brained challenges (more Parkemon anyone?!) From the very beginning the rundown was never supposed to be a complete record of every run, but a weekly snapshot of the life and vibrancy of this wonderful club. We’ve had rap versions, sonnets, Lady Whistledown’s week was a highlight, and we’ve had some incredibly dedicated, detailed and all inclusive rundowns too. Over 4 years it has painted a weekly picture of a club in good health – here’s to another 200 rundowns! Cheers!
🔶 Wednesday night saw an epic club turnout for the Annual Parkland Relays which are organised by Thames Hare and Hounds. This year there was relief that the event was able to go ahead after discussions over granting race licences with in the park with the Royal Parks management. Ranelagh was out in force! On the women’s side the A team of Cordelia Parker, Nic Douglas and Sarah Palmer came second to Stragglers, stunning the Hosts into 3rd place – Sarah’s time of 16:56 was the second fastest time of the day. The B team, of Suzy Whatmough, Cecily Day and Lucy Urbas, nearly managed to sneak third from THH too – coming in only 12 seconds behind in 4th. The Vet A team came 13th and the Vet B team came 23rd. On the men’s side the Vet A team was packed full of fast talent and had a back and forth battle with Full on Tri for the lead, eventually having to settle for second place, the Vet B team came 12th and the Senior A team just pipping the Vet C team as they finished 15th and 16th. Just shows the strength the in depth and pace of our Vet teams! Many congratulations to all involved – check out the photo for the sheer volume of Blue and Gold on display!
🔷 Rebecca Bissell and Kathy Henry were in Austria this weekend to run the Mozart Ultra Marathon aiming for 105km. They both reported brutal climbs and decents, and put themselves out there but ultimately the clock caught up with them and they missed a cut off at 70km. Still an absolutely fabulous achievement, and as Kathy put it: “Learned a lot and are still smiling!” Enjoy the rehydration!
🔶Staying with Ultras Sam Rhodes ran the Race to the King 50k in 6:09 – reporting that the last 20k was the worst he’d ever done – having to deal with all the elevation in that last 20k. Still the important thing is you got it done Sam!
🔷 Imogen Parker-Elms claimed 2nd place at the Ealing 10k – in what looked on paper like an extremely close race – just 10s behind the winner in 39:43.
🔶 Saturday saw the first Run Unbound trail workshop in Richmond Park – led by James Riley, and attended by several of the club, among them Narissa Vox, Sonia P, Ric Motti, and Kelly Thomas. By all reports it was very practical and packed with loads of new tips, advice and skills learnt in our beautiful local park!
🔷 Down in Hampshire Jon and Sue Lear ran the Hampshire Hoppit Half Marathon, Jon finished in 2:22, reporting that his attitudes to trail running have not been changed by this event! At time of writing we’re not sure of Sue’s time or of her attitudes to trail running!
🔶 At the Headstone Manor 5 Mile Race – Michael Morris finished in 30:35. Unfortunately he was wearing a strange red and yellow vest, but we’ll let him off this once!
🔷 Down in Devon Keeley Philips was 4th lady as she finished in 30:47 in the Tehidy 5k race. Congratulations.
🔶 In the land of parkrun Clare Fowler ran her 250th! Which rightly drew a huge crowd to Old Deer parkrun, young and old including at just a few days old – Eleanor Whistler, who came along to support – we love that she’s already being introduced to the world of parkrun Jimmy! (Oh and many congratulations to Clare on the 250!)
🥇Ignatius Li 100 miles
🥈Nick Impey 59.87 miles
🥉Ed Forbes 55.38 miles
🥇Rebecca Bissell 53.1 miles
🥈Kathy Henry 47.0 miles
🥉Lucy Urbas 38.3 miles
🥇Rebecca Bissell 11,995ft (1st Overall)
🥈Kathy Henry 11,667 ft (2nd Overall)
🥉V Leaf 3,491 ft
🥇Ignatius Li 7,224 ft
🥈Ralph Street 3,290 ft
🥉Arben Canoli 3,084 ft
1. There’s still time to sign up for the Ranelagh 10k on 25 June @ 9am. 💙 Sign up here @ https://www.ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/10k 👈
2. If you’re not running the 10k, we really need volunteers to help on the day. 💙 To volunteer, please email Gavin Hillhouse on email@example.com 👈
3. Save the date: Dave’s Crazy Track Meet is back! Sunday 6th August at Osterley Track. BYO picnic – there will be something for everyone including a mix of traditional and unusual and novel events!
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