Stragglers Trounce Ranelagh In Mob (Mis)Match

Posted by Malcolm Davies on 25 June 2017

Having been on the wrong end of some fairly narrow defeats against Ranelagh in recent years, Stragglers acquired the South West London bragging rights in yesterday’s mob match (24th June).

Bushy Parkrun was the 5th in this summer’s Straggler road series, as well as doubling as the club 5K Championships and the annual mob match against local rivals, Ranelagh.

In the event, it was ‘no contest’, as an astounding 143 Stragglers from all sections of the club turned up to ‘face off’ against the 70 Ranelagh runners.  The start was a ‘sea of yellow’ with the largest cheer of the day reserved for the club making up more than 10% of the field.

Under the rules of the match the 70 Ranelagh runners then counted against the scores of the first 70 Stragglers (less 3). The result of this proved to be equally one-sided.  Whilst Ranelagh were able to field 3 very quick runners, after that it was Stragglers who dominated. Overall the combined scores of the teams (with the lower winning) was 3610 points to Stragglers with Ranelagh trailing in at 6546, a comprehensive victory for Stragglers whichever way you look at it.                                    

Ranelagh having graciously accepted defeat then accompanied Stragglers down for a post run  coffee and social at the Hampton Court Tiltyard café for further post-race gloating analysis and debriefing!

Full results can be found on the Ranelagh website.


Stragglers 5K Championships

In the Stragglers own 5K championships, the men’s competition was won by Matt Coakes in 17:20 (who also took the M40 award) followed 2 seconds later by Rob Wilcox to win the senior men’s award. Roy Reeder produced a sub 18 min run to win the M50 category with an excellent 82.67% age grading, with Kev Best storming home in 20.56 to win the M60 award. The M70 winner of the day by a registered Straggler was Derek Blackmore.

In the ladies competition Alexandra Cianciara won the senior lady award.  The L35 award went to Sonia Bandeira in a time of 20.37 and Sue Hall (amazingly making her first Parkrun debut) bagging the L45 award in a time of 20.34.  The L65 award was won by (another very popular winner) Merran Sell.  The headlines though were once again grabbed by Liz Killip winning the L55 award and overall winner in a time of 19.45 with an astounding age grading of 91.65%.

Some but not all of the winning team at the Tiltyard Cafe:

Mobmatch v Ranelagh June 2017

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