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RSE Club Report – It’s a racing kind of week!

Berkeley 10k

The Berkeley 10k is a popular race hosted by Dursley running club. Part of the Gloucestershire AAA road race series, the course if fast and flat along quiet country lanes. The route takes runners on two laps of the historic town as well as taking in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

RSE runners were out in force for the Monday night run!

  • David Witnall – 38:49
  • Nia Glover – 42:54 – 2nd SL!
  • Mark Garrett – 43:00
  • Paul Beaumont – 48:46 – 2nd MV70!
  • Jo Wood – 49:41
  • Elaine Chapman – 50:32
  • Martin ‘Ted’ Pitts – 53:51
  • Vicki Mason – 54:47
  • Liz Hulcup – 55:03

Excellent running everyone!

Race for Life Swindon

The Race for Life events are held across the country in aid of Cancer Research UK and are a fantastic way to raise money for the charity. The Swindon event took place this Saturday, attracting hundred of runners and walkers to Lydiard park.

RSE’s Elaine and Ben Chapman took on the 5k course alongside their sons, Daniel and Matthew.

[A] brilliant atmosphere and Daniel and Matthew loved it!

Elaine Chapman

Well done to everyone who ran and raised money for the cause!

Salzburg Marathon

The Salzburg marathon takes place within the city of Mozart’s running festival, with dozens of bands, musicians, refreshments and races for runners to choose from. The route features incredible views of the snow-capped Alpine peaks and the fortress “Hohensalzburg”, as well as a tour of the city and forest passageways on the outskirts.

A huge well done to Phil Southworth, who completed the course fresh from parkrun the day before! It was a new PB for Phil, who completed the course in 3:59:27!

It’s my first sub four hour marathon, so I’m delighted with the result.

Phil Southworth

Superb running, Phil!

Commonweal 5 Mile

Starting at Commonweal School field, Swindon, this 5 mile races follows the Old Town Railway Path for a scenic, countryside course. Runners beware of the climb at the end however – the race website quaintly mentions the route “has a sting in its tail…!” as the last mile is uphill!

Congratulation to Pauline Tilbury, who completed the race after it was postponed for 2 years!

I entered in 2020 and this was the ‘carried over’ event. A really friendly small race with lots of local residents cheering along the way. A nice course, starting in Swindon Old Town with some good views, a run around the lake and a challenging hill near the end. It was quite hot & muggy and as usual I was wearing one too many layers!

Pauline Tilbury

Well done, Pauline!

Shobdon Wood Race

This completely off-road event takes place in Shobdon Wood in North Herefordshire and is an unusual distance of 6.9 miles with 1,000ft of climb. Entrants run along well marked forestry tracks and footpaths, taking in the picturesque woodlands of the Mortimer Trail long distance footpath. The race website mentions that “on a clear day there are great views of the Lugg Valley”, although with the rainy weather on race day, runners may not have been so lucky this time!

RSE’s Carol Sworn completed the course in a brilliant time of 1 hour 11 minutes!

A lovely little race organised by Croft Ambrey Running Club near Leominster. Friends of ours recently moved to the area so I was invited to join them for this race which starts pretty much at the end of their garden. It was a lovely run, with fabulous scenery although a tough uphill last uphill mile was a challenge!

Carol Sworn

Fantastic work, Carol!

Tewkesbury Half Marathon

Thanks to the low elevation and entirely road course, the Tewkesbury Half marathon is a popular race for runners. Entrants follow the road around the scenic town before heading out to the quiet country lanes surrounding Tewkesbury.

Completing his second race of the week was Mark Garrett, who crossed the line in a superb time of 1:45:47!

Well done on a great race week, Mark!

Hullavington Half Marathon

The running events in Hullavington are notoriously ‘not flat’ and the half marathon is no different, testing runners on the undulating roads around the village. As well as the being treated to charming countryside views and a fantastic race atmosphere, the Hullavington events are also well known for the free cake and awesome medals!

Congratulations to RSE’s Elliot Gardiner who achieved a new PB, finishing the course in 1:54:14!

It was very “undulating“! 😅 The free flapjack and the awesome “spinner” medal were a bonus too!

Elliot Gardiner

Congrats, Elliot!


Sherwood Pines parkrun

  • Charlotte Austin – 37:27

Cirencester parkrun

  • Daniel Drayton – 24:18
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 29:11
  • Cheri Edwards – 29:53
  • Vicki Mason – 29:53
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 31:26
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 32:12 – 1st in age category!
  • Linda Edwards – 32:57
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:00
  • Sylvia Warman – 35:25

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

  • Richards Edwards – 27:42

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 24:46

Hellbrunn parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 22:45 – 3rd overall!

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.

parkrun Cup!

Something is returning and it is called the 🥁🥁………….RSE Parkrun cup!

This is a competition that puts everyone at all abilities on an even playing field. It’s for all runners, from beginners to the experienced – any pace, any level. Everyone who enters will be drawn 1 on 1 against an opponent, but those with faster previous parkrun times will receive a handicap.

For example –

  • Coach Dave’s Cirencester parkrun PB is 19 mins
  • Ellie Taylor’s is 24 mins

If they were drawn against each other, Dave would need to beat Ellie’s time by more than 5 mins on the day to be able to progress to the next round.

The competition will start in June with round 1, and the final will be in September – you have until June to set your starting time!

For the rules/ guidelines for the competition, or if you would like to enter please message David Witnall.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week 

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