Ranelagh Harriers

Ranelagh Harriers is a road running and cross-country club based in Petersham, Richmond, south-west London, England. The headquarters are its clubhouse behind the Dysart Arms pub and right next to Richmond Park, allowing plenty of opportunity for off-road running. Ranelagh athletes compete in many events from the 5k to ultramarathons on a variety of terrains, and in the Surrey Road League and Surrey Cross Country League.

The early daysEdit

Ranelagh Harriers was founded in 1881, and so is one of the oldest athletics clubs in the U.K. It was one of the founder members of the English Cross Country Union, in 1883, and is now one of only eleven of those founder members still in existence. The club's first home was at the Green Man on Putney Heath, and the earliest recorded runs were out to the Windmill on Wimbledon Common and back. Re-development forced the club to look for a new home during the mid-1930s, and a suitable site was found in an old pavilion at the back of the Dysart Arms, right on the edge of Richmond Park. New courses were quickly devised in the park and the club settled in, only for activities to be interrupted by the Second World War, when the park was closed for the duration of the war.[citation needed]

Post-warEdit

The end of hostilities brought a period of struggle for survival for Ranelagh.[clarification needed] By the mid-1950s things were on the upturn, and the club started to look at improving its accommodation at the Dysart. In 1967, a new pre-fabricated dressing room was erected, though the old ramshackle bath-house was still in use. After further years of fund-raising, the new purpose-built clubhouse was finally opened in 1988 and the process was completed in 1995 with the purchase of the land on which the clubhouse stands - giving Ranelagh security of tenure in perpetuity. Ranelagh has a sister organization, the Montgomery County Road Runners Club (MCRRC), in Montgomery County, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.); its members have full reciprocal membership privileges when visiting the MCRRC.[citation needed]

CompetitionsEdit

Ranelagh Harriers hosts two events as part of the Surrey Road League, the Ranelagh Richmond 10k and the Richmond Half Marathon.

Members of Ranelagh Harriers currently help to organize two runs in the 5k Parkrun family, held every Saturday morning at 9:00am; the 1-lap event in Richmond Park, and a 3-lap run at Old Deer Park.

Team HonoursEdit

Men'sEdit

  • South of Thames 5
    • 2001
  • Surrey League Cross Country Division Two
    • 2006, 2011
  • Surrey Road League
    • 2002, 2003
  • Surrey 5K
    • 1996, 2003
  • Surrey 10K
    • 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004
  • Surrey 10 Miles
    • 2002, 2006
  • Surrey Half Marathon
    • 1995, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Surrey 20 Miles
    • 1964, 1968, 1970, 1981, 1998

LadiesEdit

  • Surrey Cross Country
    • 2005, 2006
  • Surrey League Cross Country Division One
    • 2005, 2006, 2008
  • South of Thames 7
    • 2004, 2005
  • South of Thames 5
    • 2005
  • Surrey Road Relays
    • 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Surrey Road League
    • 2002, 2005, 2006
  • Surrey 5K
    • 1992, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Surrey 10K
    • 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Surrey 10 Miles
    • 2005
  • Surrey Half Marathon
    • 2000, 2003, 2004, 2006

Individual HonoursEdit

Men'sEdit

  • AAA Marathon
  • Scottish Marathon
    • Ian Macintosh (1978)
  • Swedish Marathon
    • Chris Wade (1968, 1969)
  • Inter Counties Cross Country
    • C.S. Sydenham (1897)
  • Southern Counties Cross Country
    • Sid Thomas (1888, 1889)
  • South of England 10 Miles
  • South of England 20 Miles
    • David Wright (1985)
  • South of England Marathon
  • South of Thames 5
    • Dave Benton (1997), W.P. Bird (1957), Jim Langford (1976)
  • Surrey Cross Country County Representative
    • Phil Killingley (2006)
  • Cheshire Cross Country County Representative
    • Duncan Bell (2006)
  • Surrey Junior Cross Country County Representative
    • Sam Perkins (2007)
  • Surrey Cross Country
    • M. Little (1980), A.C. Stansbury (1929)
  • Surrey Vets Cross Country
    • Paul Doyle (2006, 2007)
  • Surrey Junior Cross County
    • Sam Perkins (2007)
  • BUSA Cross Country 'B' Race
    • Sam Perkins (2007)
  • Surrey Road League
    • Paul Doyle (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • Surrey 10K
    • Dave Benton (1999), Paul Doyle (2004, 2005)
  • Surrey Half Marathon
    • Dave Benton (2000), Paul Doyle (2004), Phil Killingley(2006), Darryl McDonald (2001, 2003)

LadiesEdit

  • WAAA Marathon
    • Priscilla Welsh (1984, 1987)
  • Surrey Cross Country County Representatives
    • Jo Ronaldson (2006, 2007), Anna Scally (2006, 2007), Marie Synnott-Wells (2006)
  • South of Thames 5
    • Marie Synnott-Wells (2005)
  • South of Thames 7
    • Sarah Smith (2004), Jo Ronaldson (2005)
  • Surrey Road League
    • Liz Kipling (2002, 2004), Anna Scally (2005)
  • Surrey 5k Champion
    • Liz Kipling (2002), Jo Ronaldson (2005, 2006)
  • Surrey 10k Champion
    • Jo Ronaldson (2006), Sarah Smith (2003)
  • Surrey 10 Miles
    • Sarah Smith (2003), Marie Synnott-Wells (2005)
  • Surrey Half Marathon
    • Linda Cartwright (2000), Emily Church (2003), Marie Synnott-Wells (2005, 2006)

Club RecordsEdit

  • Men's 10K
Name Time Date
Hugh Jones 29.39 Feb 1984
Malcolm East 30.08 Nov 1989
Vince Scammell 30.13 Feb 1989
Simon Collingridge 30.46 Apr 1986
Mike Riley 30.54 Jun 1989
  • Women's 10K
Name Time Date
Priscilla Welch 32.25 Mar 1985
Jo Ronaldson 34.39 Mar 2007
Allison O'Neill 35.32 Sep 2004
Anna Scally 36.28 Mar 2006
Lauren Shelley 36.31 Nov 2004
  • Men's 10 Miles
Name Time Date
Hugh Jones 47.20 Mar 1977
Russell Foley 48.30 Jan 1991
Jim Langford 49.07 Jan 1977
Ian Macintosh 49.11 May 1968
Tim Woods 49.18 May 1977
  • Women's 10 Miles
Name Time Date
Priscilla Welch 56.49 Sep 1986
Caroline Brady 58.55 Jan 1986
Margaret Auerback 60.29 Nov 1989
Hilary Pratt 60.39 Jan 1985
Carolyn Oxton 60.58 Oct 1986
  • Men's Half Marathon
Name Time Date
Hugh Jones 62.41 Apr 1987
Ian Beauchamp 65.50 Aug 1985
Neil Ryan 66.45 Jul 1970
Ian Macintosh 67.08 Jul 1968
Jim Murphy 67.24 May 1981
  • Women's Half Marathon
Name Time Date
Priscilla Welch 71.04 Sep 1984
Lauren Shelley 74.36 Oct 2005
Jo Ronaldson 78.24 Mar 2007
Margaret Auerback 78.30 Mar 1986
Caroline Brady 78.31 May 1987
  • Men's Marathon
Name Time Date
Hugh Jones 2.09.24 May 1982
Malcolm East 2.11.35 Apr 1981
Ian Beauchamp 2.17.22 Sep 1985
Chris Wade 2.17.42 Jun 1969
Mike Dalton 2.18.41 Apr 1990
  • Women's Marathon
Name Time Date
Priscilla Welch 2.26.50 May 1987
Lauren Shelley 2.33.42 Nov 2005
Margaret Auerback 2.48.40 Apr 1986
Caroline Brady 2.54.40 Apr 1988
Nicole Docker 2.58.38 Apr 1997

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