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RSE Championship 2021 – We’re Back!

After a break in 2020 due to Covid, the RSE Club Championship is back for 2021. We are sure we speak for many in saying that it has been fantastic to be back racing in the yellow vest.

We had a delay in starting this year whilst awaiting the lifting of restrictions. We also wanted to ensure the safety of our runners, before starting the championship again.

This year, we have returned to the old format, and will not have the 2 sub-categories (endurance expert, short stuff specialists) – there will be 12 races, best 7 results count.

We have run 3 races so far – Fairford 10km time trial, Bourton mile and the Stroud Beer race.

Fairford 10km:

We eased into our championship, with a quiet time trial held at Fairford, setting people off in small waves, club captains timing the race. 8 ladies and 4 men competed.

Fairford results: Ladies top 3

  1. Rosie Oates – 10 points
  2. Ellie Taylor – 9 points
  3. Sharon Smith – 8 points

Fairford results: Men’s top 3

  1. Tom Razanan – 10 points
  2. Mark Garrett – 9 points
  3. Darren Jenner – 8 points

Bourton Mile

Second race was the Bourton Mile. A smaller turn-out this time (3 ladies and 4 men), but some great results, including 5 county medals!

Bourton results: Ladies top 3

  1. Rosie Oates – 10 points
  2. Elaine Chapman – 9 points
  3. Felicity Crotty – 8 points

Bourton results: Men’s top 3

  1. Mark Garrett – 10 points
  2. David Witnall – 9 points
  3. Ollie Hazel – 8 points

Stroud Beer race

Race 3 in the championship is a new race to the championship, a lovely race near Minchinhampton common, with just a few hills. We had a fantastic turnout on a warm summer evening – 11 ladies and 2 men!

Stroud Beer results: Ladies top 3:

  1. Rosie Oates – 10 points
  2. Nia Glover – 9 points
  3. Sharon Smith – 8 points

Stroud Beer results: Men’s top 2

  1. David Witnall – 10 points
  2. Istvan Vegh – 9 points

Ladies overall results so far:

3 races in, and an amazing start by Rosie Oates, full 30 points! It is close between 2nd and 3rd place, with 1 point between them. Still early days though, with plenty more races still left to go!

  1. Rosie Oates – 30 points
  2. Sharon Smith – 16 points
  3. Elaine Chapman – 15 points

Men’s overall results so far:

The men’s competition looks like it will be an exciting competition this year, with 2 runners currently tied for first place, but still early days, and many good runners to challenge for the top spot too.

  1. David Witnall and Mark Garrett – both on 19 points
  2. Darren Jenner – 15 points
  3. Tom Razanan – 10 points

Our next club race will be the Two Tunnels half marathon near Bath.

Remember, any questions or queries about the championship, please speak to Dave or Elaine – your club captains.

Happy Running,

Elaine and Dave, Club Captains

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