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RSE Race Report – Sunday 21st June 2019

Frome Half Marathon and 10k

On Sunday 21st June the eighth edition of the Frome Half Marathon took place. This saw the same famous course offering runners a big city race experience in the beautiful town of Frome and surrounding villages.

A single 13.1 mile loop took runners from Frome Town Football Club through residential areas before they headed up through the town centre. Countryside lanes offered tranquil scenes as they continued out to the idyllic Nunney village, before heading back into Frome Town Centre and through to the football club finish line.

Representing RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed who completed the run in an unofficial time of 1:59:37. Well done.

The Frome 10K which took place on the same day was a single 10K loop from Frome Town Football Club through two residential areas and the town centre before finishing at the football club.

Representing RSE was Caroline Joynes-Creed who completed the run in an unofficial time of 1:13:39. Great effort Caroline.

Cranham Beast

Trailmania was a series of 3 trail runs, for all ages and abilities, in around the beautiful heart of the Cotswolds, with views, hills, woodland trails & winding footpaths full of flora and fauna. It all started in Nailsworth with the Nelly,  the fields of joy, to Avening and back. Followed by the the Sizzler, in mid July which took runners to the top of one of the great Cotswold Hills with views across to Wales. Finally, Cranham Beast 10k.

The Cranham Beast 10k trail event took place on Sunday 21st June in some of the most hilly, but beautiful, and stunning parts of the Cotswolds. The event gave runners and walkers the opportunity to explore fantastic commonland, diverse woodland, the famous Cheese Rollers Hill, spectacular Cotswold views and visited local villages such including Sheepscombe, Witcombe, Birdlip and of course Cranham.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the run in 1:05:57 coming in first place in the senior ladies category. She was followed by Dave Witnall in 1:05:58 and Elaine Chapman in 1:12:31.

Great effort from all of you.

The 24hrs Conti Thunder Run

The 24h Conti Thunder Run was held on the weekend of 19th to 21st June at its regular venue Catton Park, Walton on Trent. Conti Thunder Run was an off-road relay race against the clock designed to be both physically and mentally challenging. Although a relay race there was also the option to complete the race as an individual runner.

The course was made up of a 10km cross-country circuit set in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside. The track twisted and turned across varied terrain running from woodlands and trails to steep hills and open fields.

Representing RSE was Rochelle Ravenscroft who completed 13 laps of the 10k circuit making a total distance covered of 130km or 80.778 miles. Fantastic achievement Rochelle.

Mentioned in Dispatches

This wasn’t that difficult to figure out this week.

Trailmania was a series of 3 trail runs, for all ages and abilities, in around the beautiful heart of the Cotswolds, with views, hills, woodland trails & winding footpaths full of flora and fauna. It all started in Nailsworth with the Nelly,  the fields of joy, to Avening and back. Followed by the the Sizzler, in mid July which took runners to the top of one of the great Cotswold Hills with views across to Wales. Finally, Cranham Beast 10k.

Nadine Brown completed the 3 events coming 8th place overall and 1st Senior Lady. A great effort from you Nadine well done.

And then we have Rochelle Ravenscroft completing a staggering 80.778 miles in 24 hours. An event like this is a real test of not just physical fitness but mental strength all of which Rochelle clearly has plenty of. A fantastic achievement Rochelle well done.

Cirencester Park Run

Anne Gardiner – 27:03

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:08

Parke Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 32:09

Swindon Park Run

Ben Chapman – 20:49 which was a park run PB

RSE Race Report – Sunday 14th July 2019

Bourton One Mile Challenge

The Bourton 1 mile challenge took place on Saturday 13th July and was the 5th race in the RSE Short Stuff Specialist Races for 2019. It also formed part of the Gloucester AAA Road Race Series. The race itself was a one mile fast flat point to point race, finishing in centre of picturesque Bourton-on-the-Water.

Representing RSE was Mark Garrett who completed the race in 5:41. He was followed by;

Mark Manley – 5:51

Ben Chapman – 5:57

Rosie Oates – 6:26 which was a PB

Dave Whitlow – 6:36

Ellie Taylor – 6:38 which was a PB

Rochelle Ravenscroft -6:54

Ryo Taylor – 6:58

Kirsty Pitts – 7:02

Sarah Page – 7:20

Ted Pitts – 7:29

Amanda Tyler – 7:32

Linda Edwards – 7:47 which was a PB

Felicity Crotty – 8:39

RSE also had a number of medal winners in the Gloucestershire AAA Championships.

Rosie Oates – Senior Lady Gold

Ellie Taylor – Senior Lady Silver

Rochelle Ravenscroft – LV40 Bronze

Kirsty Pitts – LV50 Gold

Sarah Page – LV55 Silver

Linda Edwards – LV55 Bronze

Mark Garrett – MV50 Silver

Mark Manley – MV50 Bronze

Ted Pitts – MV60 Bronze

Great turnout from RSE and some fantastic results well done from you all.

Piece of Cake Trail Half Marathon

Saturday 13th July saw the return of one of the most epic half and full trail marathons to hit Shropshire, with runners tackling 13.1 or 26.2 miles of the beautiful Shropshire Hills and The Long Mynd. The route which included 665m of climbing covered a National Trust haven, with the start in Carding Mill Valley. The finish was also in the valley nearly opposite the National Trust tea rooms.

Representing RSE was Sarah Reynolds who completed the race in 2:40:15. Great effort Sarah.

Race to the Stones

The Race to the Stones 100km endurance event took place over the 13th and 14th July. The route which takes the Ridgeway offered something very special. Lined with Bronze Age hill forts, Neolithic burial chambers and Roman river crossings, runners were able to step in the same footsteps as travellers who lived over 5,000 years ago. The event gave the option of completing the 100km distance in 1 go, over 2 days or runners could take part in the 1st or 2nd day stages.

Representing RSE on his 52nd birthday was Mark Manley who completed the 2nd stage of the race coming in 12th place and 3rd MV50 in a time of 5:35:43.

Interesting way to celebrate your birthday Marks.

Selsley Sizzler Trail 10k

The Selsley Sizzler 10k trail race took place on Sunday 14th July and was the 2nd race in the Trailmania race series. This was a run in beautiful Cotswold countryside on the edge of King’s Stanley, through Middleyard and elevated runners to the top of Selsley Common with spectacular views.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race in an unofficial time of 1:06:03 coming in 3rd place in the ladies category.

Well done Nadine

Greystones Swan Lake 10k

The inaugural Greystones Swan Lake 10k took place on Sunday 14th of July at Greystones Farm Nature Reserve, Bourton on the Water.

Representing RSE was Caroline Joynes-Creed who completed the event in 1:15:19. She was followed by Kevin Joynes-Creed who finished in a time of 1:15:21.

Well done both of you.

Two Tunnels Half Marathon

There are 3 different half marathon routes, known as Return Ticket, Hilly Ticket and City Ticket, being run through the Two Tunnels in Bath this year. 
All the Half Marathon distance events are also part of the Challenge Series events; The Two Tunnels Challenge and Mini Challenge as well as the Beast of Bath Challenge.tails.

The latest Two Tunnels event took place on Sunday 14th July. This was a multi distance event using the Two Tunnels Greenway path shared along Linear Park.  It included the Devonshire Tunnel which measures 408m long and the Coombe Down Tunnel measuring 1672m long.  The half marathon route was a 2 lap out and back course which meant that the runners pass through the tunnels 4 times during the race which made it the race with the longest underground section in Britain.  It was described as being perfect for setting a PB.

Representing RSE was Sandie Wood who completed the race in 2:08:15. She was followed by Tracey Webster in 2:20:28.

This was also the third and final part of the challenge that requires runners to complete the 5k, 10k and half marathon Tow Tunnel races in the year which both Sandie and Tracey completed and received a commemorative paper weight.

Fantastic effort from you both. Well done both of you.

Mentioned in Dispatches

A great turnout from RSE at the Bourton 1 mile challenge event on the weekend. This resulted in some fantastic times with yet again multiple medal winners in the AAA Championships. This included Rosie Oates, Ellie Taylor, Rochelle Ravenscroft, Kirsty Pitts, Sarah Page, Linda Edwards, Mark Garrett, Mark Manley and Ted Pitts. Well done to you all.

Swindon Park Run

Claire Collett – 45:55

Worcester Park Run

Emma Hine – 30:47

Cirencester Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 25:25

George Rackley – 27:29

Felicity Crotty – 29:39

Charlotte Austin – 37:20

Caroline Sandercock – 37:52

Charley Trykush – 41:37

RSE Race Report – Sunday 7th July 2019

Gloucester 10k

The Gloucester 10k took place on Sunday 7th July. The route which started at Gloucester Park gave competitors the chance for some running tourism passing Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. The course was predominantly flat and therefore gave the potential for a PB.

Representing RSE was Amanda Haines who completed the race in 58:35. Well done

Newcastle Park Run

Linda Edwards – 25:49 which was a PB and first in her age group

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:03

Anne Gardiner – 27:15

Naomi Allen – 30:02

Emma Hine – 30:11

Charley Trykush – 38:35

RSE Race Report – Sunday 30th June 2019

Cotswold Way Relay

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
Stage 7
Stage 8
Stage 9
Stage 10

The Cotswold Way Relay which was in its 27th year, operated as 10 back-to-back races, starting each stage with a mass start with an hour between the start of each stage..

Stage 1 started at 7 am on a very hot Saturday 29th June from Chipping Campden with stage 10 concluding at Bath Abbey in the early evening. The race used the waymarked route of the Cotswold Way with over 90% off-road, taking in many hills, woodlands, fields and tracks, all offering spectacular views of the countryside around (if ever a runner looked up from the path to take it in!). Each stage consisted of various distances and ascents which offered a differing flavour for each runner in the team.

This year RSE entered ladies, veterans and mixed teams.

At the time of this the individual stage results have not been published.

The Mixed team consisting of Ollie Hazel, Nick Duncan, Nadine Brown, Henry Church, Ellie Taylor, Ben Chapman, Istvan Vegh, Sarah Reynolds, Martin Sherriff and Rosie Oates completed the race in 18:48:16.

The Veterans team consisting of Cathy Steer, Gareth Roberts, Dave Daniels, Kirsty Pitts, John Buck, Dave Whitlow, Richard Marshall, Rochelle Ravenscroft, Paul Coates and Sharon Smith completed the race in 19:46:19

The Ladies team consisting of Elaine Chapman, Linzi Gregory, Tracey Pitts, Linda Edwards, Felicity Crotty, Vanessa Poole, Anne Gardiner, Becca Wilson, Sarah Page and Jo Beames completed the race in 21:42:34

A great effort from everyone running in very hot conditions and thanks to all supporters and those who assisted in the water station.

GE Aviation Aquathon

The GE Aviation Aquathlon was a fast swim/run event held over two distances which raised funds for the charitable trust which operates Sandford Parks Lido.  It was designed for competitors aged 13 and above who enjoyed a personal or team challenge.  The race started with a swim in the heated main pool of the lido followed by a fast, flat run on pavement, grass and parts of Sandford Park.  There were two separate race distances at which competitors could choose to compete.  400m swim, 2.5km run and 800m swim, 5km run. 

Representing RSE and competing in the longer distances was Kate Potter who finished the race in a time of 56:26 coming 3rd in the female over 60 category.

Well done Kate

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:49

Caroline Sandercock – 37:03

Claire Collett – 48:46

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 22:09

Ryo Woodsell-Taylor – 30:39

Vicki Mason – 41:00

Gloucester City Park Run

Andy Masser – 29:16

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Emma Hine – 30:31