Evening everyone. You may have noticed the Rundown was laid low in the first week after New Year 🤒. Rumours that this was caused by excessive cheese consumption over the festive period are clearly Briediculous 🧀. With apologies to those who didn’t get a mention last weekend, there’s a lot to cover just for this week as everyone has hit the ground running in the New Year!
🎾 We start at the classic XC venue of Wimbledon Common, where both the ladies and the men were taking on the 3rd fixture in the Surrey League this weekend:
👩 Suzy Whatmough was first home for the ladies, followed in by Cecily Day, Molly Riglin, Lizzie Broughton and Clare Fowler to make up the A team scorers and secure a 14th-placed finish. They were excellently supported by runners from Inters, who turned out in force with several, including Narissa Vox and Emma De Heveningham, making their debuts in the competition. The ladies now sit 11th in the table (not 13th as originally reported – thanks Suzy!) just behind South London Harriers, which adds a bit more spice to next weekend’s mob match (details for which, see below). Other notable performances were Wiebe Kortum as 9th V50 and Sally Bamford 9th V60.
👨 On the men’s side there was a big battle for first place, with Peter Cook turning the tables on James Hall from the first fixture in Richmond Park. They were followed home by the outstanding and ever-improving Joe Killip in third. Chris Davidson and Thomas Lahille then duked it out at the finish line to finish 4th and 5th with only a second between them. Dave Lawley (13th V40) watched the action unfold, followed in by club debutant George Roux freshly recruited from Reigate AC. Dave Ready, Ross MacDonald and Ted Mockett then rounded out the scoring team. Sadly, despite some great runs, the standard of the division meant it was only enough for 10th place, with relegation now looking all but inevitable. A good turnout produced some decent B team performances as well, with Graham Weller and Stephen Hird 5th and 10th V50s respectively, and the ever-young Mick Lane 4th V60 home.
🗻 Ultra-Cold: Away from club running the ultra-runners have been out in force once again. Jim Graham and James Ritchie both took on the Montane Winter Spine Challenger South. The marketeers had a tough job selling this as a weekend destination event, but went with “a non-stop 108 mile race along the iconic Pennine Way”. Jim recorded an outstanding 2nd place, coming home in 27 hours, 39 minutes. Congratulations, Jim. James was a very creditable 9th in a time of 32 hours, 25 minutes to bag yet another ridiculous ultra achievement. Rick Jenner was also supporting and managed a cracking Edale Skyline run. In (only slightly) warmer climes, Rebecca Bissell took on the Endurancelife Cornwall ultra and was 4th VW45 and 50th overall, ably supported by Kathy Henry who also took on the half marathon. Well done both. Slightly earlier on this year, Bruce McLaren took on the Country to Capital and was 11th in his age category over the 70k course, before heading off to Spain for a warmer training camp.
🍊 Parkrun round-up: Many of you were out in force at parkrun as usual. Too many runs to report on but there were first finishes for Natalie Haarer, Andy Starr and Eirin McDaid at Bedfont Lakes, Old Deer Park and Parke respectively. There were top 3 finishes for Melanie Thomas (2nd lady at Crane Park), Rosie Abbit (2nd at Old Deer Park), Jordan Mungovan (2nd at Richmond Park), Lucy Urbas (3rd lady at Wimpole Estate) and Joe Gomes (3rd male at Bushy Park). Well done to everyone who ran and feel free to comment with your milestones or personal achievements!
🎾 Wimbledon Common was very popular this weekend with lots of Ranelaghs including Aoife Kilpatrick, Ann Kearey, Rachel Revett, Claire Warner, Alex Ring, Stephen Aikin and Carol Aikin all taking on the Thames Hare and Hounds Second Sunday 5 either on its own or by incorporating it into their long run. Well done to you all.
⌛ Early-Jan catch up: A few notable events to pick up from the first week of the year. The club were in action in several County XC Championships. In Horsenden Hills, Henry Fagan returned from Cardiff Uni to record a superb 6th place in the Middlesex U20 competition. Cecily Day also grabbed an excellent top-ten finish, finishing 9th in the Senior Ladies event. At a freezing Denbies Vineyard, Suzy Whatmough was a superb 10th overall for the ladies in the Surrey ladies’ competition, whilst the men managed 11th place overall in the team event. Natalie Haarer was 18th lady home (and 22nd overall) at the Sussex Champs on Bexhill Down for her local club. At the Tadworth 10, Ross MacDonald was a notable 8th, with Alex Ring, Aoife Kilpatrick, Claire Warner and Carol Aikin also running. Carol also notched up her 500th parkrun at Richmond and Alex got his 250th at the same event on New Year’s Day.
🥶 Winter XC Series update: with lots of races in the Winter XC Series having now taken place, let’s have a quick look at the leaderboards. Prior to this weekend’s Surrey League being added, the competition for the Women’s Performance Award is hotting up. Suzy Whatmough boasts a perfect record of 500 out of a possible 500 having raced 5 out of 6 races, but Sally Bamford is hot on her heels with 457 and Cecily Day is in third with 396. In the hunt for the highly coveted McLeod Trophy it’s even closer. Dave Lawley leads the way with 580 points with Ted Mockett just behind on 563 points. Still all to play for before the Series culminates with the (slightly less wintry) Baker Cup.
👊 NEXT JOB FOR THE MOB: It’s back to mob match action on Saturday with the club returning to the absolutely superb XC venue of Farthing Downs in Coulsdon to take on South London Harriers. See the post from 4 January for more details on the location and the 2pm start time.
🐓10k and Half-Marathon: Don’t forget that the early-bird deadline for entry into our 10k and Half-Marathon races ends on 31st January. Again you can find all the details in our post from 4th January.
Enjoy all your running for the week ahead!
🥇 James Graham – 125 miles
🥈 James Ritchie – 118.9 miles
🥉 Jonathan Moore – 74.8 miles
🥇 Suzy Whatmough – 48.1 miles
🥈 Rebecca Bissell – 42.5 miles
🥉 Lizzie Broughton – 41.5 miles
🥇 James Graham – 17,467 ft
🥈 James Ritchie – 17,287 ft
🥉 Bruce McLaren – 7,864 ft
🥇 Rebecca Bissell – 7,421 ft
🥈 Suzy Whatmough – 3,999 ft
🥉 Ria Woodfield – 3,609 ft
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