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RSE Race Report – 23rd September 2018

The Cotswold Challenge

The Cotswold Challenge is an annual event organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association open to both runners and walkers and includes 2 routes covering either 18 or 26.4 miles.  It is a circular hilly route from Birdlip Village Hall taking in Bisley, Slad Valley, Haresfield & Painswick Beacons and Coopers Hill.  All walkers/runners are required to self navigate the route.

On Saturday 22nd September RSEs Nadine Brown and Dave Whitlow took part in what was a very wet event completing the 26.4 mile route in 6:16:00.

Great effort from both of you.

Bristol Half Marathon

The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon took place on a very wet Sunday 23rd September.

The course took runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside before entering the city centre.  With an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course as well a cheer point from the Children’s Hospice South West,  the journey to the finish line was planned to be truly special.

First in for RSE was Rochelle Ravenscroft who completed the run in 2:03:13.  This was an improvement of 6 minutes 4 seconds from her time at the Worcester half marathon last week.

She was followed in by Vicki Mason who was also running for the RAF Benevolent Fund and completed the race in 2:11:22.

Great effort from both of you.

Angels 10k 

The Angels 10k race started at the Woodpeackers Cricket Club, Ashleworth on Sunday 23rd September.  This race also forms part of the 2018 Gloucestershire AAA Road Race Series. The route includes undulating, quiet country lanes within the surrounding area.

First in for RSE was Mark Manley in 43:06.  The sunglasses must have been very useful Mark.

He was followed by;

Steve Phelps in 47:13

Sharon Smith in 47:57.  This gave Sharon first place in the LV65 category which also meant gold in the AAA Championships.

Sandie Wood in 58:19.  This gave Sandie a bronze place in the AAA Championships LV55 category.

Great effort from all running

Draycote Water 20 mile

Draycote Water is set in the heart of Warwickshire and is an ideal place for a run. The race is a gently undulating road race which includes 4 laps around the perimeter of the reservoir.

Representing RSE was Linda Edwards who completed the race in 3:27:30.  Well done Linda

Mentioned in Dispatches

There are many that I could mention in dispatches today.

Without saying they would include Sharon Smith for getting 1st in the Glos AAA LV65 category and Sandie Wood for getting bronze in the LV55 category during the Angels 10k race.  Great results from both of you.

But I would like to include all those who ran this weekend.  That is not only all who raced this weekend but also those that braved the wet conditions to get out there and complete training runs.

For those that waited for the sun before they went out or turned around when it started to rain you are not included.


Cirencester Park Run

Jon Collins – 24:11

Eleanor Taylor – 24:29

Richard Woodsell Taylor – 26:00

Cathy Steer – 28:25

Vanessa Poole – 29:21

Suzanne Steel – 31:10

Amy Breakspear – 36:48


Bexley Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 26:52

Caroline Sandercock – 36:53




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