Ranelagh Harriers have been running since 1881 so they know how to put on a race. Ranelagh Harriers' Richmond 10K started in 1981 as the Dysart Dash as part of the club's centenary celebrations and is now an annual sell out with 600 competitors.
Conditions were good for Sunday's (16 June) race, won by Ollie Garrod (South London Harriers, 32:22) who was prominent from the start, as our picture above shows. Garrod (#1255) stands out from the crowd in his white vest, long socks and sun glasses and he is a colourful character with a 5K record dressed as Batman (16:15) as part of a global record for first finishes in parkruns!
Garrod was successfully defending his Richmond 10K title but was well short of the current course record held by Phil Wicks (Belgrave Harriers, 30:30) since 2016. The course was revised in 2010 and now starts and finishes in Riverside Drive, with an improved running surface.
M45 Simon Baines (Thames Hare & Hounds, 32:45) and Nick Marriage (Fulham RC, 33:31) provided the sternest opposition to the champion and the top two took Surrey gold and silver medals, with M40 Francis Dunham (Reigate Priory, 33:36) claiming Surrey county bronze.
The women's race saw Essex-qualified W40 Liz Davies (Springfield Striders, 34:58) striding clear from Emily Wicks (Aldershot, 36:20) and newcomer Alice McGushin (Clapham Chasers, 37:26). Wicks, McGushin and W40 Jo Vickers (South London Harriers, 37:29 PB) were the Surrey championship medal winners.
Tish Jones (Belgrave Harriers, 34:30) set the impressive women's record in 2014 and the speedy course is illustrated by the race stats from Sunday: 135 under 40 minutes; 387 under 50 minutes and more than 500 inside the hour. There were 578 finishers in 1:42:28.