After the absolute deluges that have characterised this week, this morning dawned beautifully clear and crisp – perfect conditions for the Kingston Half Marathon and for some of the slew of amazing personal bests that have characterised Ranelagh performances this week.
Ed Perry reports below for the men – pictured in this post’s highlight photo, from left to right – Jonny Smith, Ed (9th 1:16:03 pb), David Ready (7th in 1:15:50 also a PB) Chris Davidson and Marc Leyshon.
Ed and David Ready set out together, both aiming for a PB and both knowing that they’d need some serious support down the towpath and back into Kingston if they were to achieve it. Fortunately a crack crew of pacers had been assembled, tumbling out of bed early, perhaps nursing their post-rugby sorrows, but absolutely committed to the cause.
The initial miles of the race unfolded smoothly, with a conservative first mile allowing Ed and David to work together to start picking off those that had started too fast and settle into the race. Support from Narissa Vox and Andy Bickerstaff was warmly welcomed.
Ed writes, ‘At Kingston bridge we were picked up by Jonny Smith and Chris Davidson, and knuckled down in a phalanx of four for the real meat of the race. The towpath disposed of, we were joined by Marc Leyshon at Hampton court, and continued, the pace now starting to tell.’
Come 10 miles, Ed was fighting to stay in it, he says, and without the support and help of the pacers would certainly have faltered but that’s exactly why they were there and they ably encouraged him through a sticky patch.
‘Turning for home at the Scilly isles we were all still together and gradually running ourselves into the top 10. Both Ed and David upped the pace mile by mile in the last three miles on the way to negative splits, but at 11.5 miles David made the decisive move and set off in pursuit of the Chaser and Windmiler just ahead. He caught the Chaser, and finished up one second behind the Windmiler in seventh in a new PB of 1:15:50.’
Ed followed in ninth in 1:16:03, also a PB. He adds, “They say it takes a village… but in this case it takes a running club to make some PBs – and It was a fabulous team effort and great result for Ranelagh.’ He wrote on Strava, ‘I love my running club. 💙💛’ Your running club loves you too, Ed.
A little further back Les Bailey ran 1:22:09 also for a huge PB, James Whistler paced 1:30 and came in in a very professional 30s under the target time. Dafydd Nelson ran 1:37:51, and was just happy to be on the start line. Sam Dalgleish also put in a strong run, under 1:30 despite reporting that his legs went after the bridge crossing. He put this down to a need for more training at longer run distances.
For the women, Carol Aiken finished in 2:02:19, Rachel Revett in 1:59:21 and Colette Doran in 2:12:05.
Carol says, ‘Rachel and I had a very enjoyable race, it’s a lovely, friendly, fast course. Lots of shout-outs for the Ranelagh vests. We ran together for 11 miles then Rach had some energy left and powered ahead for a sub 2hr finish 👍.’
Meanwhile, over at Abingdon marathon, Michael Morris and Ed Forbes also achieved PBs. Michael was second Vet 50 in 2:47:50 with an impressive negative split. Owen Delaney also ran.
Neither precise Abingdon nor the women’s x-country relay results from Wormwood Scrubs, where Ranelagh fielded a top team of three, Suzy Whatmough, Cecily Day and Lucy Urbas, to squelch through three kilometres of unforgiving mud, were available at this time. Watch out for other club news this week and be there at training on Tuesday evening to catch up on more detail on these and anything else I missed.
Westwards in Cornwall, Keeley P took five minutes off her time last year in the Purple Gecko five-mile twilight Canicross race at Cardinham Woods. She achieved a new PB up one segment, the ‘Hill of Doom’. Meanwhile Eirin Mc Daid ran the 10 miler in 1:06:41 which fell a ‘bit short’ he wrote , at just 9.72m. So he carried on running to make it up to 10 miles. As you do when you’ve just done a hilly almost-10-miler!
A bit further afield at the 13th edition of the Bilbao Night Half and the Bilbao Night Marathon, Ranelagh fielded Aoife Kilpatrick, James Russell, Mike Thomas, Alex Ring, Claire Warner, Marianne Malam, Ann and Kev Kearey and Phil Andrews. Claire was ‘ecstatic’ to get under four hours in the full marathon.
In other achievements, this afternoon, Rick Jenner ran to Chamonix-Mont Blanc and back – for a beer. I somehow don’t think he started at Richmond though. George Bailey was thrilled at a 22-minute PB taking him under three hours for the first time at the Battersea Park Marathon. Suzy Whatmough casually gained more than 800m elevation sliding up and down the wet chalk of Box Hill. Sam Slater did the Beachy Head Half in Eastbourne. Natalie Haarer did Chichester parkrun where she was first lady in 22:17. Jonathan Smith won Bicester parkrun in 16:47. Victoria Martin won Kei Mouth parkrun in South Africa in 27:07.
And finally, one of the things I love most about this new life of run that I’m embracing (along with swim and bike in my case) has been the discovery of the podcast. And it is extremely wonderful that Ranelagh now has its own podcast series, RunAlive, and that it is about to restart for its second season, with an amazing line up of guests.
Hosted by Ranelagh’s Ed Perry along with former member Gary Armstrong, The RunAlive Podcast explores the relationship between running, coaching and personal growth.
The hosts say, ‘This is not just a normal running podcast – we take a deep dive in the experiences and stories of the guests and draw out learnings that we can all apply to daily life. Running is the thread that joins it all together.’
This season, they will hear from:
• Triathlon World Champion Beth Potter
• Labour front bench MP Dan Jarvis MP
• Martin Yelling, host of the Marathon Talk podcast, CEO and Coach.
• Second fastest British marathoner of all time, Charlotte Purdue
• Multiple Masters world record holder Zoe Doyle
• RunFest Race director Tom Bedford
• Welsh Commonwealth Games finalist, Jenny Nesbitt
• Author and trail runner Richard Asquith
Season two launches on Friday 27 October. Find out more on at www.runalive.co.uk, or Instagram @run_alive and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts so you don’t miss the first episode on Friday.
Listen now: https://podfollow.com/the-runalive-podcast (this link takes you to your podcast app or Spotify, depending on your device – or just search “The RunAlive Podcast”)
🔹🔸Announcement no.1 📢
ALL HANDS ON DECK required for the mob match vs Thames Hare & Hounds on Saturday 4 November in Richmond Park. Everyone is encouraged to take part – the more starters we have, the better our chance of victory. Registration & numbers @ 1pm at the clubhouse and the race starts @ 2pm.
If you’re not able to run, you can still support our club by volunteering to marshal. Any time you can give will be immensely helpful, so please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Afterwards, everyone is welcome to the traditional post-mob buffet supper @ The Lass O’Richmond Hill. So we can cater accordingly, please complete this Google Form: https://bit.ly/THHMobDinner & pay £15/person to the following account, with the reference ‘Your Name THH Mob‘.
Account Name: Ranelagh Harriers
Sort Code: 40-13-10
🎄 Ranelagh Christmas Party 🎄Saturday 2 December @ 6pm
Join us for a jolly Ranelagh Christmas Party at The Anglers pub in Teddington (by the lock) on Saturday 2nd December from 6pm until late. We have the restaurant area reserved just for our festive gathering with options for a 2 course (£40pp) or 3 course (£44pp) Christmas dinner, catering for all dietary requirements.
This Christmas soiree is the perfect time to mingle with fellow members and share the joy of the season together. Partners and significant others most welcome. You can book your place and make your menu selection @ https://bookings.designmynight.com/place-your-order?booking_id=6502aa93cf89a0439421434a 👈
Last date for booking is Friday 17th November. We can’t wait to celebrate with you and look forward to the 2nd December 🥳
🥇Jonathan Moore 120.3km
🥈James Riley 116.8km
🥉Tony Borreda 112.2km
🥇Suzy Whatmough 93.3km
🥈Amelia McTear 60.4km
🥉Claire Warner 57.4km
🥇James Graham 1,609m
🥈Eirin Mc Daid 1,471m
🥉James Riley 892m
🥇Ria Woodfield 1,375m
🥈Suzy Whatmough 1,242m
🥉Lizzie Broughton 531m
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