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Ranelagh Strava Rundown #219: The marathon one πŸ’™πŸ’›πŸ’ͺ

From its legendary origins in ancient Greece, to being the traditional final Olympic event, to the proliferation of fixtures (major & minor) across the globe; the marathon has long captured the imagination of participants & supporters alike.

This weekend saw the running (ha-ha) of the 44th edition of the London Marathon. An event that needs no introduction; other than to say our club’s involvement in realising this amazing event is something we, and future generations of Ranelagh Harriers, should all be proud of.

If you’re not familiar with the genesis of the London Marathon; do spare a few minutes to read about its inspiring origins @ https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/about-us/history/london-marathon/πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

The morning of Sunday 21st April was brisk and bright, a slight shock to the system after the balmier temperatures of the weeks prior.

The aptly named β€˜London marathon taxis’ WhatsApp group came alive early on, with the chatter of those waiting to be picked up, those still having breakfast and those on their way to support. Thankfully there were no mishaps and by the silence of the group after a certain period, one could safely assume that everyone had arrived at their various start points.

The bright sunshine offered no succour to spectators & supporters; it was BLOODY COLD, but a bit of cold was the least one could do endure to support our amazing athletes giving their all out there. And boy, did they give it their all.

In total, 21 Ranelagh Harriers were marked to start by the TCS London Marathon app; with a few more going incognito. Our 2024 charge was made up primarily by the boys of Adv 1, with some representation from ladies across our club’s ability group; proving that a GFA place is the way to go for those keen to run next year.

One can only guess at each competitor’s concerns, niggles and fixations – the running demons that pop up during a marathon effort, as every fibre of your being screams, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? STOP!

But it’s correct to say that the true test lies in facing those demons, accepting them and overcoming them. There is no right or wrong way to run a marathon. Instead, the achievement lies squarely in starting, and then, should the winds prevail, and luck & the gods favour you, finishing; come what may.

To our fabulous London marathon athletes, we salute you – chapeau! All the months of training, holding fast and keeping faith has paid off. You turned up, you nailed it in your own way, and you SHONE!

2024 London Marathon Ranelagh Harriers finishers:

πŸ’™ Ryan Hogan 2:27:18
πŸ’› Gareth Williams 2:37:36
πŸ’™ James Riley 2:41:24
πŸ’› Chris Lepine 2:43:11
πŸ’™ Ed Perry 2:47:11
πŸ’› Mark Herbert 2:53:06
πŸ’™ Mike Morris 2:54:25
πŸ’› Andy Starr 2:54:54
πŸ’™ Ed Forbes 2:58:45
πŸ’› Toni Borreda 2:57:53
πŸ’™ Chris Davidson 2:59:22
πŸ’› James Whistler 3:12:00 (Setting the Guiness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a harlequin. Seriously!)
πŸ’™ Agnes Nagy 3:13:56
πŸ’› Mike Thomas 3:23:08
πŸ’™ Paul Doyle 3:25:03
πŸ’› Paul Christian 3:27:36
πŸ’™ Lauren Warner 3:53:13 (one week AFTER Manchester marathon!)
πŸ’› Melanie Thomas 3:55:10
πŸ’™ Kris Davidson 4:11:47
πŸ’› Neha Rani 4:26:27
πŸ’™ Mike Peace 4:48:36 (our #everpresent legend in his own lunchbox; who’s run every single London marathon since its start in 1981)
πŸ’› Becca Ireland 6:14:06

Shout out to the pockets of Ranelagh supporters across the course; the amazing crew of Old Deer Park/Ranelagh Harriers parkrun at Mile 9 (Kathy Henry, Rebecca Bissell, Oliver Hickson, Claire & Maisy Fowler, Emma de Heveningham, Katrina Roche, Julian Holden, Greg Smith, Steph Neville, Alison Targett and Sara Simon, joined by Jon & Linda Holloway); Ruth Gledhill with Ful on Tri at Mile 19; Aoife Kilpatrick (who ran all the way in!) at Mile 24; Victoria Martin at Mile 25; and also at Mile 25, Pete Vox waving the Ranelagh flag, with Sally Minchella + Sam, Anna & Emily; plus Andy Bickerstaff popping in & out, as was his wont, and the ever enchanting, ever smiling, Anne β€˜Peace’.

And last but not least, the person EVERYONE loves to see after the finish line; Gavin Hillhouse πŸ™πŸΌ

In keeping with acknowledging recent marathon efforts*; we would be remiss not to mention & give kudos to:

πŸ’™ Jarryd Hillhouse (4:34:00 PB), Claire Warner (5:42:22) & Alex Ring (5:42:22) smashing the Two Oceans Ultra Marathon (56km)
πŸ’› Lizzie Broughton (5:15:58) and Rebecca Bissell (5:39:00) giving it their all at the Ultra X Spring 50k
πŸ’™ Matt Hirschler (2:49:33) and Lauren Warner (3:25:00) at Manchester marathon
πŸ’› Jon Lear (4:18:29) at Paris Marathon, following a fall at Lisbon half two weeks prior
πŸ’™ Victoria Martin (4:09:02) overcoming calf issues at the Boston Marathon
πŸ’› And finally, while not a marathon distance but certainly a marathon effort, our Ladies Captain Suzy Whatmough making us proud, and representing Surrey at the Inter Counties Mountain Running Championships.

*apologies if we’ve missed anyone out.

REMINDERS aka Stop messing about Ranelagh, get on and do it!

πŸ’™ Baker Cup: TWO things: ONE, sign up to run @ https://baker-cup-2024.eventbrite.co.uk/ πŸ‘ˆ and TWO, sign up to attend the Baker Cup Supper after @ https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/baker-supper/ πŸ‘ˆπŸ»

πŸ’› Ranelagh Half & 10k: As above: ONE, sign up to run one (or both) @ https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/races2024/ πŸ‘ˆ and TWO, if you’re not running, sign up to volunteer @ https://ranelagh-harriers.co.uk/volunteer2024/ πŸ‘ˆ

Leaderboards:

Distance:
πŸ₯‡ Paul Christian 123.6km
πŸ₯ˆ George Bailey 105.2km
πŸ₯‰ Chris Davidson 100.1km

πŸ₯‡ Suzy Whatmough 69.1km
πŸ₯ˆ Amelia McTear 59.4km
πŸ₯‰ Neha Rani 57.2km

Elevation:
πŸ₯‡ James Ritchie 3,358m
πŸ₯ˆ Ralph Street 1,829m
πŸ₯‰ Pete Smith 893m

πŸ₯‡ Suzy Whatmough 2,139m (πŸ₯ˆoverall)
πŸ₯ˆ Liz K 601m
πŸ₯‰ V Leaf 571m

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