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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #201

However ordinary each of us may seem, we are all in some way special, and can do things that are extraordinary, perhaps until then… even thought impossible.

Sir Roger Bannister

Simple, yet irrefutable; a wonderful quote from a legend in our sport. Who, through grit and determination, achieved – what was then – the impossible; to run a mile under 4 minutes. And as the sun sets on what has been a magical weekend of club running; the words, ‘… we are all in some way special ..’ resounds clearly across our club, echoing with plenty of heart and bags of passion.

This is a slightly different rundown to the usual; it’s still a celebration, yes, of your achievements but in a special way. We’d also like to take this opportunity to celebrate your courage, praise your passion and honour your determination, which together as a collective, feeds and forms our whole: the heart & soul of our club, Ranelagh Harriers.

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💙 We start with Tuesday’s Nonsuch Relays, organised by the excellent club that is Epsom and Ewell Harriers. Ranelagh’s charge was led by Dave Lawley, Ted Mockett, Mark Herbert & Gareth Williams (V40); Nicola Douglas, Sarah Palmer, Vaughan Ramsey & Ed Smith (Mixed) and Ed Perry, Mike Morris, Hadi Khatamizadeh & Tom Cameron (Senior Men).

Everyone ran their hearts out; and to great reward: both our V40 and Mixed Teams won their categories, with all 3 teams finishing within the top 28 (of a field of 133). Our effervescent and delightful Sarah Palmer was the fastest woman overall, completing her 3k leg in a very rapid 09:41! Ranelagh Rah Rah Rah indeed.

💛 On Friday, proving that it’s never about personal glory, James Ritchie and Rick Jenner revisited familiar climes up in the Lake District, supporting a fellow athlete on her Bob Graham attempt. While the rest of us were slapping on the sunscreen, they – determinedly and selflessly – ran up an average of 2,000 metres of soggy, blowy & foggy elevation to help Rebecca Brennan achieve her Bob Graham goal.

💙 In parkrun-land, grit and passion were on display throughout. From Hadi Khatamizadeh’s new PB (18:58) at Gunnersbury, to Joanna Moore’s taking 1st lady at Old Deer Park (21:48), to Eirin McDaid’s (sucking on that diesel again it seems; especially seeing as he took 1st Male on Sunday’s Bys Vyken Smuggler’s Scuttler) 1st overall (17:07) at Sharpham Estate. Purpose too from John Tovell who clocked his 300th parkrun, and heart throughout from Natalie Haarer, Ray Sturton and Ric Motti, acting as pacers & tail walker at their respective parkruns.

💛 Saturday was the day of the Ultra London event, a multi-terrain route encompassing the entire southern section of the Capital Ring footpath. In a week that was hot to begin with, by now it was waaaay hotter. Courage and resolve were on clear display by Kelly Thomas & Jon Lear, who doggedly conquered the 25km trail in under 4 hours; while our dear Mark Herbert, showing selfless heart throughout, paced his friend through the 50k ultra, in just little over 6 hours.

💙 Passion is the key driver for our indomitable Suzy Whatmough, who had a lovely time (her words) running the Kong Lakes Ultra, a beautiful (and brutal) 80k event through the Lake District. Certainly, there must be something in the water that brings out the best of some of our members there. Our dearest Suzy not only finished 2nd lady, she also placed 9th overall. A remarkable achievement, especially in a field of only 33 finishers out of the 48 starters.

💛 Still sticking with passion, but with added courage, grit, fortitude and a wee bit of nuttiness, we head to the Dolomites in Italy. Proving that Europe does hills in a COMPLETELY different way from us, James Riley took on the Lavaredo Ultra Trail 120k. Yup. No typo. ONE. HUNDRED. AND. TWENTY. KILOMETRES. James summed up his race as follows: ‘Stunning and horrific in equal measures 😱 Did it the hard way 😬 Went out too quick then 110k of sickness and poor descending saved by a brilliant final 10k 😂’. He ran for slightly over 18 hours and placed 147th overall and 16th V45. Bravo signore!

💙 Proving that behind every great (mad?) man, is an even greater woman; Sally Minchella also took on and conquered the Lavaredo 120k. Battling high altitude, a myriad of physical challenges and difficulties with breathing; she persevered, dug deep and with a little help from some friends (Kathy Allison Henry, we’re looking at you), pulled herself through to the finish line, completing the brutal event in 22 hours. We send Sally all our love and we wish her a quick recovery, and utmost kudos for her unwavering resolve to finish.

💛 And we end our rundown with the Ranelagh 10k, the last of our summer road events organised by its brilliant Race Director, Ed Perry. A (recent) record 628 athletes registered to run, and it was a courageous 481 that toed the start line. Temperatures had soared to 29 degrees, and this was at 9am! It was a ridiculously rapid and utterly inspiring Gary Laybourne of South London Harriers who took 1st place, in an amazing 32:17 (given the conditions).

First Ranelagh home was young Henry Fagan, who left it all out there; coming in 9th (34:25) overall and 7th in Surrey. His grit helped secure 2nd Men’s Team for Ranelagh; alongside Jonathan Smith (35:44), Chris Davidson (35:54) and David Ready (36:50). Meanwhile Natalie Haarer, somehow managing to look as fresh as a daisy despite the heat (ah youth…), took 1st lady in an awesome 43:01.

Well done to them and everyone who braved the conditions to run today. Can I get a Ranelagh Rah Rah Rah? Full results are available here: https://results.racetimingsolutions.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16269&RId=1658&EId=2&dt=0&adv=1

But the true heroes of today’s 10k are the selfless volunteers and marshals, working behind the scenes to ensure a safe race for all. From those standing for hours in the sun negotiating runners (and traffic, bikes, dogs, children etc), to those setting up signs and giving out water, to those working non-stop at the start/finish to set up and breakdown. Without your heart, your passion and your love, we would not be able to realise any of our events. You all truly represent the heart & soul of our club, so a huge thank you.

🥈🥇🥉 Leaderboards

Distance
🥇 Sally Minchella 123.3km
🥈 Suzy Whatmough 120.6km
🥉 Sophia de Rivaz 60km

🥇 James Riley 149.4km (first overall)
🥈 Nick Impey 112.8km
🥉 Ralph Street 110.3km

Climbers:
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 6,075m
🥈 Sally Minchella 5,811m
🥉 Keeley P 1,253m

🥇 James Riley 6,053m
🥈 James Ritchie 4,979m
🥉 Andrew Greenstock 3,534m

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