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RSE Race Report – 14th October 2018

Gloucestershire Cross Country League – Old Down Country Park


The first race in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Old Down Country Park near Thornbury on Saturday 13th October.  This was a hilly route around the country park and the surrounding woods with the men’s race being 10k and the women’s race being 6.5k in distance.

Representing RSE in the men’s race was Ben Chapman – 53:18.

Representing RSE in the women’s race was Jo Wood – 36:42

Well done both of you.


Grittleton 10k

The Grittleton 10km is described as a  ‘must do’ race on the South West race circuit.

Starting and finishing at Grittleton Village Hall, the Grittleton 10km is a fast, one lap, chip-timed road race set in a tranquil village location.

First in for RSE was Sarah Page in 55:32.  She was followed by;

Cathy Steer who set a PB in 56:27

Kay Thompson – 1:16:20

Great running in very difficult conditions.


York Marathon

The York Marathon has very quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the North’s sporting year.  This is a popular and picturesque run that takes runners passed some of the beautiful city of York’s splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes. took  The marathon took place on a wet and windy Sunday 14th October.

Representing RSE was Sharon Smith who completed it in 3:38:02 which was a PB.

Also representing RSE was Dave Whitlow who completed the race in 3:40:08

Outstanding effort in difficult conditions.



Royal Parks Half Marathon


The Royal Parks Half Marathon took place on Sunday 14th October.  This stunning central London half marathon took in some of the capital’s world famous landmarks on closed roads and four of London’s eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St Jame’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Representing RSE was Richard Marshall who completed the course in 2:09:09.

Also representing RSE was Pauline Tilbury who completed the race in 2:32:00.

Well done both of you.


Mentioned in Dispatches

It was very easy to decide who to mention in dispatches today.  To complete a marathon in the conditions today is itself a great effort.  To set a personal best time for a marathon takes that to another level.  To come first in the F65 category and to qualify for London 2020 marathon in a time that would allow someone aged 18 to 39 to qualify when they are a few years older is even more impressive.

Without doubt I have to name Sharon Smith in dispatches. An inspiration to us all.


Cirencester Park Run

Nadine Brown – 24:23

Emma Hine – 26:55 and a PB

Elaine Chapman – 26:55



Swindon Park Run

Caroline Sandercock – 34:25




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