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RSE Club Report – 3 Countries, 2 City Marathons, an Ultra and a Race Track!

Manchester Marathon

The Manchester Marathon is fast and flat, taking runners mainly around the city centre roads. The marathon took place on a surprisingly hot day and the Manchester residents were out in force, cheering, offering words of encouragement and loudly playing music from famous Manchester bands (🎵 Don’t look back in anger!). 6 RSE members took to the course, which now measures the full 26.2 miles (*cough* see 2013-2015) and ran some incredible times.

  • Andy Poole – 3:43:09 – a 6 minute PB!
  • David Witnall – 3:48:22
  • Lesley Hinsley – 3:58:38 – a 25 minute PB!
  • Sarah Page – 4:13:28 – First marathon!
  • Phil Scoble – 4:27:29
  • Ellie Taylor – 4:41:29

Really enjoyable day-weather was perfect and the support all around the course was fantastic.

Andy Poole

It was a brilliant day with brilliant weather (usually rains in Manchester, always) so very lucky. A whole lot of nostalgia for me as been in Cirencester for last 20yrs, so lots of memories. Loved it. I have Mark Manley to thank for that with all his coaching, training and advice. Everyone did so well.

Lesley Hinsley

Some brilliant times, fantastic PBs and great team spirit! A huge thank you to the RSE cheering squad – Vanessa Poole, Cathy Steer, Martin Page and Paul Hinsley!

Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10k

Voted the best 10k in Scotland, the Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10k is an out and back mixed-terrain course, following grass, trail and roads. The run boasts stunning views of the countryside surrounding Loch Doine. Running for RSE was Kay Kipling who finished in a fantastic time of 1:39:28.

Starting from the Monachyle Mhor Hotel, the race takes
runners along Loch Doine before turning back towards Loch Voil and up into the surrounding forestry. The route is described as 2.5K undulating, 3.5K uphill, 4K downhill. It’s a beautiful and brutal race and worth trying at least once.

Kay Kipling

A huge well done to Kay!

Chicago Marathon

Only a week after completing the London marathon, RSE’s Sarah Hancock crossed the pond to complete Chicago marathon, a fast and flat course, starting and finishing in Grant Park. That’s 2 marathon world majors in 2 weeks! The route follows iconic landmarks, including The Lions Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, the Aon Centre and Buckingham Fountain.

Sarah Hancock finished in a brilliant time of 3:56:21!

Well done, Sarah!

Swindon Ultra 50k

Taking place from Lydiard Park in Swindon, the Ultra 50k follows an undulating road and trail course around Shaw Forest Park, Coate Water Park and on to Barbury Castle. It’s the first year the 50k marathon has run and Swindon’s first Ultra!

RSE’s ultra-specialist Mark Manley took on the course, completing it in an incredible time of 6:14:00!

A huge congratulations, Mark! We look forward to hearing about your next ultra…

Silverstone Half Marathon

The iconic Silverstone track swapped race cars for runners this Sunday, with 5k, 10k and half marathon options available. As the official website states – ‘Lewis Hamilton’s fastest qualifying lap time of 1min 24sec is hard to beat, but why not set yourself a challenge!!’ [Source]. The course is not as flat as you might expect from a race track but the route is well worth checking out for it’s…spiral(?).. shape – check it out here.

A huge well done to Paul Robertson who completed the course in a speedy time of 1:37:18!

A good course but a course that is more difficult than you would assume. Lots of small inclines that seem to stretch forever. A must for F1 racing fans who want to see the inside of the garages and run on the hallowed tarmac. A highlight was being set off with sparklers going off at the start line as you ran through.

Paul Robertson

Well done, Paul!


Worcester Parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 31:04

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Paul Coates – 26:45
  • David Witnall – 28:13
  • Carol Sworn – 29:08
  • Vicki Mason – 30:04
  • Elaine Chapman – 35:43

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