Dearest Ranelites, did you miss me?
As many members of our esteemed club sojourn in their summer retreats, it is remarkable that they continue to hone their skills.
Lady Katherine Henry has been seen on the French Riviera with her progress interrupted by the irresistible temptation of a flight of stairs apparently. Count Stillaci continues to turn heads in the mountains of Italy while Sir Edmund Perry and Mr Tristian Thornill are enjoying the pleasures of the Spanish summer. Sir Michael Morris was rumoured to be on the Isle of Wight perhaps enjoying the hospitality of the royal family at Osborne House? While the young dasher Mr Henry Fagan is welcomed back to Richmond after his summer tour of central Europe and was seen riding through our favourite royal park in the company of Lord Fagan.
Also travelling far yet remaining close to home was Sir Richard Jenner who ran 70km from West London to Goring before joining Mr John Willis at the start of his incredible challenge https://www.power2inspire.org.uk/108-challenge
On Tuesday occurred the most remarkable cup of the season, the Henty Relay. Queen Narissa has already spilled ink on this event and one would not dare to impose on her territory. However I will report that as always the event gathered a multitude from the youngest to the longest serving members of the club at a most pleasant and competitive evening. There was a welcome and rare Tuesday appearance from Lord Haarer, a sprightly sprint finish to a leg from Duke Whitson and, perhaps inevitably, a hard fought victory won by Sir Marc Leyshon, Lady Malam and Miss Lauren Warner.
Many barely had chance to catch breath before the Friday night soiree in Bushy Park, the Wedding Day 7k. An event very much to my taste given the theme and apt indeed for one in particular, Sir Nick Impey, who marked the occasion of his wedding on Sunday by finishing 4th overall in 22.44 (a time which would have won victory in 2022, demonstrating the quality of this year’s field). The club offers its most sincere congratulations on both occurrences. The other leading Ranelagh finishers were for the gentlemen Mr James Whistler, taking a short break from caring for his recently born heir in 24.28, Lord Mockett in 24.42 and young Mr Joe Killip in 24.50 while for the Ladies honours were earned by Miss Molly Riglin 27.35, Miss Lucy Urbas 28.08 and Miss Natalie Haarer 28.09.
I did hear a rumour that Queen Narissa was in attendance and seen “pacing” Lord Vox to a new personal best. Quite how Lord Vox, who is rarely seen on the race course, secured such privileged treatment I can only imagine but it does not seem to have spurred any gratitude on his part as he galloped past her Highness on the fields of Old Deer Park on Saturday morning, conduct which I cannot imagine being without consequence for his reputation at the palace.
Finally this week’s diamonds were to be found in the Lake District where the Lakeland 50, a somewhat hilly race from Ullswater to Coniston took place. Miss Jess Busen-Smith, Sir John Rose and Lady Clare Fowler all completed the course in between 12 and 14 hours, the last of these adventurers assisted by her delightful daughter Miss Maisie Fowler, lady in waiting Suzy Whatmough, and manservants Ritchie and Smith. Lady Fowler was apparently in a state she recounted as “utterly terrified” but found the experience very much to her pleasure and managed to smile the whole way around, a state of running to which I think we can all aspire.
So, until next time do try not to stumble on the starting line, and please enjoy the sweet scented smell of success in your summer racing.
🥳 Pep up your summer holidays by joining in the utterly hilarious, totally bonkers, ‘why-not-give-it-a-whirl’, family-friendly Ranelagh event that is Dave’s cRaZY Track Meet, taking place Sunday 6 August @ Osterley track from 1-5pm.
Open to all members, friends & family, there’s something (including non-running events) for everyone, with music, picnics (BYO) plus lots of fun & laughter. All you need to do is fill in this Google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSft_9yMr-1ArBOdKPeDAkv5I79YsX1ZeYEtzqFx8nTVQOoyVA/viewform 👈🏻
🔹🔸🔹 The Podiums for this week 🔹🔸🔹
In total we ran 4,138 miles as a club across 788 activities.
🥇 Paul Christian 101miles
🥈 Ignatius Li 81miles
🥉 Michael Morris 75miles
🥇 Clare Fowler 52miles
🥈 Ria Woodfield 38 miles
🥉 Nic Douglas 36 miles
🥇 Paul Christian 38,894ft
🥈 Jonathan Smith 15,327ft
🥉 James Ritchie 12,244ft
🥇 Suzy Whatmough 4,787ft
🥈 Ria Woodfield 4,452ft
🥉 Emily Jenkins 2,934ft
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