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RSE Race Report – Sunday 9th June 2019

Stroud Beer Race

The Stroud Beer Race took place on Monday 3rd June. The race was approximately a 7.2 mile road race over an undulating three lap course around Mininchampton Common starting at the Old Lodge Inn, Minchinhampton Common, near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 46:03. He was followed by;

Ellie Taylor in 58:44

Susannah Futter – 1:04:00

Well done all of you.

Laycock 10 k

The Laycock 10k race took place on Sunday 9th June. Starting on the village green opposite the Abbey, the route headed out of town and over some lovely stone bridges over the river Avon. Beautiful country roads wind road to the hamlet of Reybridge with lovely thatched roofed buildings lining the narrow streets. Once through Reybridge the run came back round into Lacock itself and ran along the historic side streets as well as up and back along the main high street. This was a 2 lap course for the 10k event with other distances of 5k and 1/2 marathon also taking place at the same time.

Representing RSE was Manda Bloomer who completed the race in 1:04:00. Well done Manda.

South Downs Way 100

The South Downs Way 100 is a 100 mile foot race taking in the entire South Downs Way National Trail. The South Downs boasts stunning rolling hills, ancient forts, picturesque villages and expansive views across southern England..

The course traveled along the chalk ridgeway, starting just outside of Winchester, the capital city of Saxon England and headed due east until the trail ends in Eastbourne. The South Downs tower over Southern England affording runners awe inspiring views north across the Weald and south across the coast and the Channel.

Representing RSE was Henry Church who completed the 100 miles in an incredible 21 hrs and 49 minutes coming 71st out of 350 runners. Awe inspiring effort Henry well done.

Cotswold 113

The Cotswold 113 was a half Ironman event taking place on Sunday 9th June.

Set in the Heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, the Swim was a 1.2 mile lap in the well known lake 32 based in the centre of the Ashton Keynes water park. The bike section left the water park and headed out the area on a flat and fast course into some of the Cotswolds most beautiful and quiet villages. The route was two laps totalling 56 miles, with the most outbound point was based at the top of the only real hill on the course – Neils hill in Hannington Wick. With the event being held in the water park, the athletes were then treated to a mixture of tarmac and hard pack pathing for the 3 lap 13 mile run that took in lake side paths as well as local village routes before finishing back close to the lakeside transition in the finishers area.

Representing RSE was Andy Sampson who completed the event in 5 hrs 46 minutes 11 seconds. Great effort Andy.

Fairford 10k

The Fairford 10K race which was organised by our running club was timed to coincide with the Fairford Festival which included food, and a wine and beer festival and took place on Sunday 9th June.

The race followed the traditional route, starting at the end of Park Street, heading west along Mill Lane, and then north into Quennington. A drop down Fowler’s Hill brought runners to the bottom of the largest incline on the route. At the top they turned right and headed south and down hill along Hatherop Road back into Fairford, then a swift loop through The Croft, on to the High Street before the final stretch back on Park Street to the finishing point outside Race HQ (The Cricket Club).

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 40:41. He was followed by;

Steve Phelps – 46:37

Elliot Gardiner – 49:46

Wayne Edington – 50:18

Amanda Tyler – 53:46 taking 2:30 from her previous best 10k time

Kate Bartram – 1:13:19

Taking part in the 3k fun run were Rory Brown, Ellena and Isobel Daniels. Future stars of RSE (of course I am some what biased in my prediction).

Mentioned in Dispatches

There are quite a few runners that deserve being mentioned in dispatches this week.

Henry Church completing the South Downs 100, Andy Sampson completing the Cotswold 113 triathlon and Amanda Tyler taking a whopping 2:30 from her previous best 10k. Great efforts from you all.

A special mention needs to go to the Fairford 10k committee consisting of Sarah Gray, Sarah Reynolds, Pauline Tilbury, Mark Manley, Caroline Terry, Nadine Brown and Dave Whitlow. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the committee to ensure that the event ran smoothly and i have heard nothing but positive feedback from runners. You did the club proud!!

A further mention to all of the members who assisted in the build up and on the day to make the event the success that it was.

Cirencester Park Run

William Gardiner – 27:34

Anne Gardiner – 27:54

Mark Sherwood – 30:53

Worcester Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:09

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