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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #213: Autumn is here 🍂

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” Thus ends the first stanza of Fall, leaves, fall by Romantic novelist & poet Emily Bronte (1818 – 1848). And with our trees ablaze in fiery hues, coupled with the scent of fallen leaves and the clocks going back, it’s clear that autumn has indeed arrived in all its blissful splendour.

Despite the shorter daylight hours, we’ve still clocked a respectable club distance of 6,490 kms over 735 activities. And although it’s been the half term holidays, that’s not stopped any of you from lacing up and getting out there. Kudos to those who’ve shared their adventures & snaps from across the globe; we’ve included a selection of your amazing pictures here for everyone’s enjoyment.

The week itself was mainly uneventful, punctuated every so often by runs with titles highlighting the vagaries of this autumnal weather; particularly Andy Starr’s ‘Wind, mud and flooded roads dictated pace, hugely enjoyable’ and Daragh Fagan’s ‘started in drizzle, finished in glorious sunshine’. But it was Eirin McDaid who encapsulated the entire week for many of us with his Monday run titled, ‘Procrastination 🤔✔️, Heavy legs 🔥😭✔️, torrential rain 🌧️✔️, Thunder & lightening ⛈️✔️, flooded roads 🌊✔️, pitch black country lanes ⬛️🔦🏃🏼‍♂️✔️, enjoy it? 😁✔️

Saturday’s parkrun efforts more than made up for the relaxed week however; especially at Kingston where an entire google of Ranelagh Harriers gathered for the super-combo that was Rachel Revett’s 250th parkrun, Ed Smith’s 100th and Lloyd Camp’s 61st birthday. A potent celebratory combination that saw some great performances all round, especially Mike Morris, continuing his fabulous domination of any available V50-55 age records and placing 6th overall in 18:33.

At Richmond, Ed Perry (17:47) claimed 2nd overall while Lucy Urbas (20:56) was 2nd lady. At Old Deer Park, Holger Westphely (19:31) led Ed Forbes (19:50) to a 1-2 Ranelagh win; while Joanna Moore (22:34) placed 3rd lady at Crane Park. Over at Osterley, David Lawley (18:02) came 2nd overall, while at Chichester, Natalie Haarer (22:04) was 1st lady; as was Cordy Parker (18:22 at University Park, while at Poolbeg, Jordon Mungovan (17:58) came 2nd overall. And last, but certainly not least, shout out to Mark Herbert (17:47) who claimed 2nd overall at Nidda parkrun in Frankfurt.

Saturday also saw a smaller gaggle of Ranelagh flying club colours at the Surrey Master Cross Country Championship at Nonsuch Park. Our women were represented by Kathy Henry and Carol Aikin, who ran strongly in a what was a seriously competitive field, to place 53rd & 6th W45 and 87th & 15th W55 respectively.

The men were represented by Jonny Smith (7th overall, 3rd M35), Graham Weller (36th overall, 11th M45), Stephen Hird (62nd overall, 13th M50), Richard Willoughby (69th overall, 11th M55), Mick Lane (83rd overall, 12th M60), Paul Doyle (92nd overall, 18th M60) and Dave Kew (90th overall, 1st M80). Well done everyone!

Super Saturday continued with an even smaller giggle of Ranelagh taking part in the Milocarian Invitational at Sandhurst. The women’s team came up tops to take 1st place with strong running by Suzy Whatmough, Nicola Douglas, Lizzie Broughton, Clare Fowler and Rebecca Bissell; with Suzy winning 2nd lady overall. The men were ably represented by Shaun Griffith, Mike Thomas and James Ritchie, with Shaun placing 17th overall. Great work all!

And the clocks going back did nothing to dampen the racing taking place on Sunday. Shout out to Ciaran O’Donnell who ran his first sub-4 marathon in his hometown, Dublin; Nick Twomey with his blistering 2:45:51 marathon time in Frankfurt (ably supported by Mark Herbert) and Natalie Haarer who placed 4th lady at the WSFRL Steepdown Challenge.

Kudos also to Wiebke Kortum who ran a fabulous 1:49:13 to place 1st V55 in a rainy and muddy Wimbledon Common Half Marathon; Rick Jenner who ran a cracking 3:07:28 in the Swiss City Marathon (Lucerne); Pat Wright placing 4th overall in the National Duathlon Champs in Huntingdonshire in 1:51:32, and Ally Salisbury who finished the Malaga Half in 2:18. And last but not least, chapeau to those who ran the Thames Path Half: Kathy Henry (4th V45-49 | 1:44:26), Paul Wapshott (5th V55-59 | 1:46:07) and Eric Fat (1:28:59 Strava time).

👑 Well done to our crown collectors: Hadi Khatamizadeh in Tehran, Iran (kohestan loop); Sally Minchella nabbing a double in Pembrokeshire, Wales (Bluestone Hill and Minwear Wood Climb), Pat Wright in Guildford (The original hill of doom!) and Henry Fagan, marking his return from university with a Richmond crown (start & finish by footbridge lap round road).

💪 Shout out to those coming back from injury or simply rediscovering their running mojo: Simon Martin, Kelly Thomas, Jennifer Kinrade, Neha Rani & Neil Rae.

📣 ANNOUNCEMENTS: 📣

💙 Ranelagh vs THH Mob Match @ 2pm Saturday 4th November: First job this season for the mob – all hands on deck needed to take on Thames Hare & Hounds over 2 laps of the Thomas Cup route in Richmond Park (approx. 7.6 miles). Everyone is encouraged to take part – the more starters we have, the better our chance of victory. Register at the clubhouse from 1pm. We also need volunteers so if you can help out, please email andy.bickerstaff@goodrunguide.co.uk or narissa.vox@gmail.com ASAP 🥰

💛 After the Mob Match prize-giving and tea at the clubhouse, please join us (supporters & volunteers are very much welcome too) for the traditional post-mob buffet supper at The Lass O’Richmond Hill from 6pm. So we can cater properly, please fill in this short Google Form: https://bit.ly/THHMobDinner and pay £15/person with the reference ‘Your Name THH Mob’, to:

Name: Ranelagh Harriers
Sort Code: 40-13-10
Account: 12154501

🎙️ Don’t miss Season 2 of the RunAlive Podcast! Hosted by Ranelagh member Ed Perry and former member Gary Armstrong, this podcast explores the relationship between running, coaching and personal growth 💪 Join them as they take a deep dive in the experiences and stories of the guests, to draw out learnings that we can all apply to daily life – with running being the thread that joins it all together 🥰

In Episode 1, listen to the inspirational Triathlon World Champion Beth Potter as she shares her journey from triathlon novice to world champion, and the belief and self confidence she had to channel to get there. Find out more on at www.runalive.co.uk 👈 Instagram, Twitter and Linkedin, and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

💚 Green Belt Relay – simply put, the best weekend of the running calendar! If you’d like to register your interest, please add your name to this google sheet (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1q5i5-PG4e7h8o32bfx2y_8J9VDImkJbE7uN645YhSno/edit?usp=sharing).

💪 The Leaderboards 💪

Distance:

🥇 Rick Jenner 118.1km
🥈 Jonathan Moore 112.1km
🥉 Toni Borreda 110.1km

🥇 Suzy Whatmough 82.2km
🥈 Ellen Clague 73.5km
🥉 Amelia McTear 62.9km

Climbers:

🥇 Rick Jenner 3,836m
🥈 James Riley 1,727m
🥉 Ralph Street 1,578m

🥇 Sally Minchella 1,305m
🥈 Ria Woodfield 630m
🥉 Ellen Clague 622m

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Pics courtesy: Sally Minchella, Emma Harris Lloyd and Rick Jenner

 

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