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Ranelagh Harriers Ellis Trophy 2007

By on david ranelagh harriers the stragglers

Following on from the ladies Dysart Cup race earlier in the afternoon the men set off for the 5.5 mile Ellis Trophy race on a windy afternoon in Richmond Park.

My only plan for the race was to have a good run, and see how things go, and make sure I didn’t set off too quickly. The course was two laps and it was good to run with a good group of runners from Ranelagh Harriers, The Stragglers and many other local clubs in this invitational cross country race.

At the end of the first lap I headed into what can only be called a ‘Stragglers sandwich’, where I (running in blue) was caught in the middle of a group of runners from The Stragglers club - two of whom I know fairly well (Nigel and Ian). We had a right good tussle with all of us swapping positions multiple times throughout the lap until the final 400 meters or so where I managed to dig deep and get ahead. I was really pleased with my finish and certainly put an effort in - so much so that Sharon (who was watching) thought I was going to collapse!

In the overall results I finished 37th out of 111 with a time of 35:51 (the winning time was 31:47). I scored points for the Ranelagh Harriers team who finished overall in fourth place (with Hercules/Wimbledon first, Serpentine second and The Stragglers in third place).

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