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RSE Racing Report – 29th April 2018

Dave McNamee Memorial 10k

A fantastic turnout of Running Somewhere Else members to Sunday’s David McNamee 10k in Temple Guiting; the second race in RSE’s Short Stuff Championship. The challenging route takes runners through the beautiful villages of Kineton, Barton and Guiting Power before returning to the village hall at Temple Guiting.

Special mention to Dave Witnall who put in a fantastic effort to finish first for the club and 3rd Sen male overall and Ellie Taylor who also finished 3rd in her age category, smashing her PB in the process! Super Sharon Smith celebrated a course PB and 1st LV60 too with Mark Manley, only 7 days since completing the London Marathon, also receiving 3rd in his age category.

Dave Witnall 40:34; Tom Cooper 41:03; Mark Manley 44:30; Ben Chapman 47:28; Steve Phelps 48:15; Elaine Chapman 48:24; Ellie Taylor 49:19 (PB); Nadine Brown 49:22; Cheri Edwards 49:34; Teresa Hazelwood 49:45; Sharon Smith 49:51; Dave Whitlow 50:18; Ted Pitts 52:15; Ryo Taylor 52:55; Janet Daniels 56:52; Sandie Wood 57:39; Amanda Tyler 1:00:18; Sarah Gray 1:01:01; and Becca Wilson 1:02:51.

Thanks goes to Tracey, Dave, our little RSE cheerleaders/mascots and Star who came to support the event also.

Pembrokeshire Endurance Life Half Marathon

As Britain’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves, expansive sandy bays, picturesque coastal village and its abundance of marine life. The coastal trails here are wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views. With a choice of 10K, half marathon, marathon or ultra course, runners are rewarded with beautiful views around each corner. Gareth Roberts took on the challenging half-marathon (which actually covers 15.1 miles) finishing in 2:57:57. Super work, Gareth!

Newport Marathon and 10k

Sunday saw the inaugural Newport Marathon takes place. Drawn up by double Olympic marathon runner, Steve Brace, the route claims to be one of the flattest and fastest marathon courses in the UK. The 26.2 mile route offered iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife and picturesque medieval villages.

Over 3,400 people took part with Andy Masser representing RSE and finishing in an impressive 3:34:00. Fantastic work, Andy!

Ruth Herbert and Kate Potter traveled to Newport on Sunday to support those racing in the Marathon but not wanting to miss out on Wales’ largest weekend of running they completed the inaugural ABP Newport Wales 10k. And didn’t they do well! Both achieving personal bests and Kate finishing 2nd in her age category. Ruth, 56:41 (PB) and Kate, 59:41 (PB; 2nd F65-69). Awesome work ladies!

Blenheim 7k

Over 1800 people took part in the Blenheim 7k fun run at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire on Sunday. Becky Heal, who has just returned to the club via the beginners course, did herself and RSE proud completing the course in 1:15:58. Keep up the good work, Becky!

Brighter Futures Superhero 5k Run

Our own superhero Elspeth Murano completed the single loop around scenic Coate Water Park, also on Sunday. Brighter Futures is a charity raising funds for a radio therapy unit in Swindon, as currently people requiring radio therapy treatment have to drive to Oxford. Well done, Elspeth!


Swindon: Martyn Joyce 20:19.

Cirencester: Amy Breakspear 36:46; Charlie Austin 37:09 and Elspeth Murano (tailwalker).

Gloucestershire Cross Country League 2017/18

Finally, a huge congratulations to Sharon Smith who, following a fantastic cross country season, picked up a gold medal for winning the LV65 category in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League this week. Well done Sharon, you are such an inspirational runner.

Such a busy weekend of races; a big well done to all in Team RSE whether you’ve raced, ran, supported or volunteered!


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