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Richmond 10K: PBs, club champs, and no one fell ill!

Anyone planning a summer barbecue should be sure to check the Ranelagh Harriers' fixtures calendar - invariably, their Richmond 10K falls on what is sure to be a hot, blazingly sunny day. This Sunday was no exception, with temperatures already above 18 as our athletes lined up at the start and only getting hotter.

There was a lot on the line at this race, which is a Surrey Champions and Surrey Road League race, in addition to our club 10K championships, but RPAC scored a win even before the horn blew: Linda Rodriguez won a bottle of wine for her entry, on behalf of the club, in Ranelagh's Instagram flat-lay competition. Her inclusion of face paint, nail varnish, and go-faster hair ribbons in RPAC colours, as well as cookies and blondies for after and swimsuit and goggles for the annual post-race dip in the Thames seems to have clinched it for the team. 
The Richmond 10K is a lovely, flat course that runs along the Thames towpath for a portion, but also sees several long stretches of brutal, energy-sapping sun exposure. Nevertheless, there were some terrific performances: Harry Mullard was first back for the club in 34:03 and 14th place, earning the club champs this year, followed by Tom Almond and Lee Savage.

Eloise Bull was first over the finish for the women, in 39:17 and ninth woman overall, clinching the club champs, followed by Ginevra Stoneley, who won bronze in the Surrey Champs for her age category, and Linda Rodriguez. The ladies were joined by Lara James, a second claim runner, in her first race in the RPAC vest; Lara ran a terrific 43:25. And Annette Morris took home the silver Surrey Champs medal in her age category, despite dealing with ribs still bruised from a fall during the Endure 24 race earlier this month. Hannah Williams, meanwhile, earned herself a tremendous PB in 44:56, smashing her goal time of 50 minutes, as did Jo Willey, who finished in 48 minutes. 
Clearly, the only way to cool off after all that hard work was with a dip in the Thames; now that we've done it twice, it's a tradition! We are also pleased to report that as of this writing, no one has fallen ill.

Our results can be seen here.

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