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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #217: The cheesy Christmas edition πŸ§€

Wow, there’s a lot to cover in the decade been Christmas Day and New Year. Unfortunately, your correspondent is on the verge of collapse from cheese over consumption πŸ§€ and now lacks the impetus to write a long rundown, covering all 6,672 club km. But you’ll forgive her as long as she makes a resolution to try harder next year, right??

But on a side note, have you wondered why is Christmas considered the cheesiest holiday? Apparently it’s because of Baby Cheese-us πŸ§€ Anyway, I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas festivi-cheese…. πŸ§€

πŸ”· It is the festive time of year for bonus parkruns. Your correspondent approved of the festive wear on show at Christmas parkruns including Ellie Lawley (at Conkers parkrun, wherever that is, but it sounds fun!) and Sue Lear and the Crane parkrun gang. Also noted was Bruce McLaren and Gareth William’s impressive, if unusual, post parkrun cool down trot of 67km πŸ€”. However, one was left questioning Jonathan Moore’s life choices after he was caught beating Santa on Christmas Day at Old Deer Park parkrun, albeit noting perhaps Santa was perhaps not at his training peak given his busy night 😴 Also congrats to Rick Jenner who hit his 100th parkrun on Christmas Day (even if no festive attire was spotted 🧐)πŸ’ͺπŸ’™

πŸ”Ά Jim Graham tops both the distance and elevation leaderboards this week, as Spine training reaches its peak. Though it was his beautiful photos of the moon reflecting on the North Devon coast which caught my eye 😍 (always good to be able to enjoy such views without having to get up at 05:36am) πŸ’›

πŸ”· Your correspondent was not the only fromage fuelled runner this week, as Jon Lear noted a run based on this perhaps niche running sustenance, though perhaps next time some further details might be welcome… What cheese? Perhaps a nice Stilton? Some Camembert perhaps? πŸ§€ πŸ’™

πŸ”Ά It might have been Boxing Day, but that didn’t stop dedicated Ranelites from Tuesday training, showing great Christmas stamina in running from pub to pub! Perhaps it was therefore apt that this meet band featured the club’s social secretaries Hadi and Rebecca…

πŸ”· It was noteworthy that the geographical diversity of the clubs runs was distinctly higher than usual, from James Ritchie in the Scottish Highlands to Aoife K in Northern Ireland and Margie and Charlie Harrison in the Isle of Wight to Jim Graham on North Devon and Suzy Whatmough in Chichester. (Kathy Henry, your lack of running in Barbados was noted, though we’re glad to see you got straight back on it on returning to Richmond “swapping rum punch for mud and hills” πŸ˜‰)

πŸ”Ά Finally there was a flurry of long runs today as you collectively scrambled to get your final miles in for 2023 (and proclaim your annual running distance!) Well done to all on all your running this year, I can’t think of a nicer club and club mates to share the miles with! πŸ˜ƒπŸƒβ€β™€οΈπŸ”₯πŸŽ† This might sound so cheesy, but I think you are really grate! πŸ§€


πŸ₯‡ Rebecca Bissell 84.1km
πŸ₯ˆ Sally Minchella 80.1km
πŸ₯‰ Cecily Day 59.0km

πŸ₯‡Jim Graham 139.2km
πŸ₯ˆGareth Williams 119.7km
πŸ₯‰ Nick Impey 119.0km


πŸ₯‡ Sally Minchella 2,001m
πŸ₯ˆ Ria Woodfield 1,473m
πŸ₯‰ Rebecca Bissell 1,257m

πŸ₯‡ Jim Graham 3,641m
πŸ₯ˆ James Ritchie 1,476m
πŸ₯‰ James Riley 1,268m

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