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RSE Race Report – 20th January 2019

Linda Franks 5 Mile


The 25th Annual Linda Franks Race took place on Sunday 20th January 2019.  This race was also one of the Gloucestershire AAA Championship races for 2019.

The race consisted of a fast, flat 2 lap course in residential areas in Cheltenham with perfect weather conditions.

Representing and first in for RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 30:33 which was also a PB by 76 seconds.  He was followed by;

Mark Manly – 32:50

Ellie Taylor – 37:51 in a PB

Kirsty Pitts – 39:29

Ryo Taylor – 40:41

Martin ‘Ted’ Pitts – 40:51

Sarah Page – 41:06 in a PB

Cathy Steer – 42:54 in a PB

Kay Thompson – 58:33 in a PB


Great effort from you all.


Gloucester Half Marathon


The Gloucester Half Marathon took place on Sunday 20th January 2019 starting at Quedgeley.

This was a road race event consisting of a 1.1 mile run to the start of a 5.5 mile 2 lap circuit and then 1 mile to the finish.

Representing and first in for RSE was Mark Garrett who completed the race in a time of 1:31:46.  He was followed by;

Tom Cooper – 1:35:19

Andy Masser – 1:37:36

Dave Whitlow – 1:42:06

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:51:27 and a PB by over 4 minutes

Rochelle Ravenscroft – 1:53:56

Linda Edwards – 1:58:17 and a PB

Sandie Wood – 1:59:30 and a PB by 4 minutes.

Nadine Brown – 1:59:31

Istvan Vegh – 2:06:16 and a PB

Becca Wilson – 2:18:05

Pauline Tilbury – 2:18:13

Great running from everyone.


Mentioned in Dispatches

This is the first Mentioned in Dispatches for races run in 2019 and there are a few people to mention today.

A lot of PBs set this weekend including Ellie Taylor, Sarah Page, Cathy Steer and Kay Thompson.

Some memorable efforts however included

Dave Witnall who took 76 seconds off his previous 5 mile PB averaging a very impressive 6:08 minute miles.

Kevin Joynes-Creed who managed to take 4 minutes from his half marathon PB.

Sandie Wood who also beat her previous half marathon PB by 4 minutes.

Linda Edwards who set a half marathon PB in her first race running in a RSE vest.

Istvan Vegh who bravely decided that the first race he was ever going to run was a half marathon and therefore also set a PB.

A great start to the year and well done to all runners.


Cirencester Park Run 

Felicity Crotty – 29:53


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 20:57

Jonathan Lewis – 23:21

Amy Breakspear – 34:05


Netley Abbey Park Run

Paul Coates – 24:42

Caroline Coates – 32:58


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