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The Virtual Fairford 10k – Run it Somewhere Else

As with many races, it was with a heavy heart that the annual race organised by Running Somewhere Else, Fairford 10k, was postponed for 2020. To end the year on a positive however, race director, Pauline Tilbury, announced the first ever Virtual Fairford 10k – Run it Somewhere Else!

There was a fantastic response to the race, with over 140 entries including 30 RSE club members. Throughout December, members took to the streets, footpaths and trails, running in small groups (when allowed) along the normal Fairford 10k route, others running laps around their house. Being December, club members ran through all weathers – well done to Sarah R., Sharon and Liz who ran in a downpour (familiar after their Virtual London marathon feats!) and to Rachel B., who chose to run in the snow! (The photos looked fantastic!).

My last virtual race of the year – took a wrong turn twice on route so had to slow down and ask for directions! Thanks to Steve for organising the run on the normal Fairford 10k route. We even had a mince pie at the finish as it’s Christmas!

Elliot Gardiner
Steve Sandercock and Elliot Gardiner

Team RSE did not disappoint in podium places, with club members taking 1st and 2nd in the men’s category, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the women’s! A fantastic performance by Rosie Oates saw her take minutes off her time to secure a PB.

I headed out to my nearest RSE route on a bit of a mission to push for one last chance to have a race in 2020, regardless of being virtual! I am so pleased with the results and still can’t really believe I’ve ran a 10k in that time!

Rosie Oates

Other club members used the virtual race as a good incentive to get back into running or racing – a special congratulations to all runners who completed their first ever 10k and to those who ran in an RSE vest for the first time!

  • David Witnall  – 40.12 – 1st Overall/ 1st Male
  • Rosie Oates – 42.29 – 2nd Overall/ 1st Female – New PB!
  • Andy Masser – 44.54 – 3rd Overall/ 2nd Male
  • Eleanor Taylor – 47.51 – 2nd Female
  • Rachel Bodey – 49.15 – 3rd Female
  • Jo Wood – 52.01
  • Sarah Reynolds – 52.17
  • Sarah Page – 52.33
  • Elliot Gardiner – 52.44
  • Martin Pitts – 53.54
  • Vicki Mason – 54.4
  • Liz Farooq – 57.01
  • Sharon  Smith – 57.01
  • Cheri Edwards – 57.35
  • Zan Futter – 57.36
  • Anne Gardiner – 57.51
  • Kirsty Pitts – 58.13    
  • Janet Daniels – 58.56
  • Martin Sherriff – 59.01
  • Andy Sworn – 59.06
  • Taryn Hancock – 59.08
  • Gareth Roberts – 59.25
  • Becca Wilson – 1.02.00
  • Jenny Hoffmann – 1.02.00
  • Teresa Hazelwood – 1.03.27
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1.03.30
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1.03.30
  • Pauline Tilbury – 1.03.37
  • Amanda Ball – 1.05.00
  • Felicity Crotty – 1.09.10
  • Nadine Brown – 1:11:00 – helping a friend complete their first ever 10k!
  • Caroline Terry – 1.21.00  

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