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RSE Racing Report – 19th August 2018

Westonbirt 10k


On Friday 17th August RSE was represented well at the Westonbirt 10 k race.  The event was based at the beautiful Westonbirt House where competitors took on the accurately measured 2 lap course, finishing directly in front of the stunning stately home.

First in was Steve Phelps in a PB time of 46:43.  He was followed by;

Sharon Smith – 48:36

Helen Berry – 53:50

Sandie Wood – 56:11

Richard Marshall – 57:42

Tracy Webster – 1:02:11

Kate Potter – 1:03:03

George Rackley – 1:03:30

Kate Bartram – 1:03:42 which was her first 10k race without stopping. Great effort

Amanda Haines – 1:04:04 and a new PB

Kay Thompson – 1:15:53 and a new PB

Not only great running from everyone but as always great support from other club members who attended the event.


Hangman Ultra

The third annual Hangman Ultra took place on Saturday August 18th 2018 and involved a 54km run through the  beautiful Hampshire countryside.  The race commenced at Longparish near Andover and went to Coombe Gibbett before heading back to Longparish.  Henry Church represented team RSE at this event coming home in 7th place in a time of 5:11:00 which was 4 minutes than his previous effort 2 years ago.  Great effort.


Hullavington 10k


The Hullavington 10K which was run on Sunday 19th August was a road race and fun run over a gently undulating and picturesque course which started and finished in the village of Hullavington. The Race Headquarters were at the Bagless Tea Room and so all runners got a free cake along with their finishers medal after they crossed the line at the Hullavington Arms.

Steve Sandercock – 55:31

Sarah Page – 55:34 and a new PB

Sandie Wood – 56:30

Tracey Webster – 1:04:22

Kay Thompson – 1:14:50 and a new PB

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:15:56

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:15:56

Great running from everyone.


Jayson Lee 10k Memorial Race

The Jayson Lee 10k memorial race took place at Jersey on Sunday 19th August. This year was an extra special event as it was the 10th anniversary of the run, organised by Jayson’s family and takes place in order to raise money for the Jersey Hospice Care.  The race itself is an undulating road race around coastal roads and quiet country lanes.

Vicki Mason had the rare opportunity to run the race with her husband and completed the run in 54:48.


Badminton Tough Mudder

The Badminton Tough Mudder event returned to the beautiful countryside of Badminton for a second year on Sunday 19th August. Tough Mudder South West 2018 featured a brand new course and a selection of new for 2018 obstacles.   The race was a winning combination of 20 + awesome obstacles over a 10 mile course involving gloopy mud and trail running designed to push the runners beyond their limits and all in one day.

Nadine Brown and Ollie Hazel completed the event with 2 other runners as part of a 4 person team.  Ryo Taylor also completed the event with another runner.


Two Tunnels City Ticket Half Marathon 

The 1 lap looped Two Tunnels Half Marathon course took in the the best of the countryside views along the Limpley Stoke Valley as well as beautiful city centre running through the heart of Bath along the footpaths and riverside trails.

Andy Masser completed the race in an unofficial time of 1:45:48.


Mentioned in Dispatches

There have been a number of runners who have achieved PBs in races this week but I think special mention must be given to Kate Potter who achieved 1st place in the V70 category at the Westonbirt 10k.  Great effort.

Cirencester Park Run

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 25:08

Wayne Edgington – 26:32

Jon Collins – 30:21

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 35:49

Caroline Sandercock – 36:26

Rory Brown – faster than Nadine

Nadine Brown – 39:20


Jersey Park Run

Vicki Mason – 27:05


Swindon Park Run

Ollie Hazel – 19:25

Martyn Joyce – 21:16



RSE Racing Report – 29th July 2018

Tenby 10k

The Tenby 10k race took place on Sunday 29th July starting and ending in the picturesque town of Tenby, Pembrokeshire.  Becky Heal represented RSE in Wales completing the race in 1:41:13 with a big smile.  Well done.


Northumberland Coastal Run 

The Northumberland Coastal Run on Sunday 29th July was a multi terrain event that starting on the sand in Beadnell Harbour, then onto road, sand, trail, road and finishing on the sand at Almouth Estuary.  The race is a 13.2 mile course and runners  couldn’t be blamed for having second thoughts about entering the event when it states on the website,”This is NOT a fun run, it is a challenging and unmarked course”.  Add that to the rain and head winds of 40 mph Teresa Hazlewood did very well to complete the course in 2:05:57.  Great effort.


Relay for Life Cirencester

Relay for life is a team fundraising challenge bringing communities together to beat cancer.  Teams of family and friends fundraise for life-saving cancer research by joining in a 24 hr celebration to run and walk around a 400 metre track on the Duke of Gloucester Barracks, South Cerney.

This weekend brought a dramatic change to the weather resulting in lots of wind, rain and broken gazebos.  Sallie Clatworthy not only had to endure the weather, but sleep deprevation and a gig from Plucking Difference whilst completing more than her share of laps.  Great effort from Sallie and everyone else who took part and raised in the region of £100,000.


Cirencester Park Run

Steve Phelps – 23:17

Martin Sheriff – 25:43

Jon Collins – 26:18

Jessica Osbourne – 27:37


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 28:17



RSE Racing Report – 22nd July 2018

Gloucester 5K

The Gloucester 5k race took place on Thursday 19th July.  This is a flat single lap race that finished outside the Beacon Inn in the village of Haresfield.  Four members of RSE took part in the race with Mark Manley leading the charge in 21:31 and coming 6th in the MV50 category.

He was followed by ;

Sharon Smith – 23:42 and 2nd in the LV60 category

Elaine Chapman – 24:46 and 6th in the SL category

Sandie Wood – 27:52 and 4th in the LV50 category

This was also a Gloucester AAA county race with Sharon and Sandie getting gold medals, Elaine getting a silver and Mark getting a bronze medal in their relevant categories.  Great efforts well done.


Bourton 1 Mile Challenge

This is exactly what it says on the tin, a 1 mile fast flat road race that finishes in the centre of picturesque Bourton -on-the-Water.  This race is part of the Gloucestershire Road Race Series and is also the one mile Gloucestershire Championship race.  With RSE providing 11 runners in the field of 165 we were well represented.  First home for RSE was Ben Chapman – 5:53 which was a PB.  He was followed by;

Mark Manley – 5:54 – PB

Steve Phelps – 6:18 – PB

Teresa Hazlewood – 6:32 – PB

Norm Lever – 6:39

Rosie Oates – 6:48

Rich Taylor – 6:50

Elaine Chapman – 7:00

Sharon Smith – 7:19 – 1st LV65

Sandie Wood – 8:18

Kay Thompson – 10:13 – PB


Pretty Muddy Exeter 5k



Pretty Muddy events are part of the Race For Life events for Cancer Research UK.

The Pretty Muddy Exeter isn’t like any other fundraising event.  It is a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under and charge through. It takes place on the paths and fields around the showground and is on a mixed terrain of tarmac and grass.

RSE was represented by Libby Saunders with a guest appearance of Mumma Woo.  Looks like a lot of fun.


The Cranham Beast

The Cranham Beast 10k is the last of the 3 race trailmania series.  It took place on Sunday 22nd July  and on one of the hilliest but beautiful parts of the Cotswolds.  This race was not for the feint hearted but did give the runners to explore the famous Cheese Rollers Hill (Coopers Hill) and visit the villages of Sheepscombe, Witcombe, Birdlip and Cranham.

Teresa Hazlewood (with a slight detour) 1:10:23 and Cheri Edwards 1:12 not only completed the course but Cheri came first lady runner in the series followed closely by Teresa in second place.  Great effort.

Bath Relish 10k Trail Race   

The Bath 10k trail race is a 2 lap course which stays on the hill tops offering great views of Bath from the iconic Sham Castle as well as Little Solsbury Hill and Bannerdown Hill.  There is a mix of terrain including open meadows, single track way and winding forest trails.

Jenny Hoffman was first in for RSE in 1:15 followed by Kate Potter in 1:15.  Well done both of you.


Cirencester Park Run

Jon Collins – 24:32 – PB

George Rackley – 29:14

Cathy Steer – 30:00

Amanda Haines – 31:12

Jane O’Dell – 33:28

Charley Trykush – 35:26

Amanda MCilroy – 35:32


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 29:06


Andover Park Run

Kay Thompson – 37:29



Mentioned in Dispatches

One of the rules in my imaginary rule book for Mentioned in Dispatches is that I do not nominate the same person in consecutive weeks.  Being a stickler for imaginary rules I will stick with that rule.  Therefore the person mentioned in dispatches this week will remain unnamed. Most people who undertake a gruelling 100k event will spend at least the next week relaxing and at best will go out for a couple of easy short runs.  Not this person.

Not only did this runner (you will notice how I am keeping it gender neutral to make it harder to identify them) run competitively in both in the Gloucester 5k race and the Bourton 1 mile challenge, they also reccee’d a number of routes for the RSE away day event on Monday.  This person needs a holiday, maybe a 4 day break in Sydney in September where they could run a marathon?

There are also a number of other people that need mentioning this week.  They include;

Cheri Edwards and Teresa Hazlewood for coming first and second ladies in the Trailmania 3 race series.

Sharon Smith, Sandie Wood, Elaine Chapman and Mark Manly for getting medals in the Gloucester AAA County Race (Gloucester 5k).

Rosie Oates for what has been described as a really impressive, strong and speedy performance in the Bourton 1 mile challenge.

Finally to Gareth Roberts for completing his first run on what will hopefully be a short road to recovery.




RSE Racing Report – 15th July 2018

Race to the Stones

Over the weekend of 14th and 15th July the Race to the Stones took place.  This is a 100 km race along The Ridgeway which runs from the Chilterns to the North Wessex Downs, concluding at the old stone circle at Avebury, Wiltshire.  Competitors can either complete a 50 km distance in 1 day, complete the full distance over 2 days doing 50 kms each day or attempt the full distance in 1 day.

Historians say humans have walked the length of the Ridgeway for over 5000 years.  This weekend it was Mark Manley’s chance to follow in their footsteps on the same day as celebrating his birthday.

Mark completed the race in 14:05:27 coming 170th out of 895 runners who completed the course.  An absolutley fantastic result well done.


Lulworth Cove Trail Running Challenge

The Lulworth Cove Trail Running Challenge is an event that includes a 10km, half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon race on the same day.  The ultra marathon is a very challenging race that covers a distance of 32.1 miles with an elevation gain of 7208 feet.  It commences at Lulworth Cove and takes in one of the most beautiful and recognisable stretches of coastline in the country.

On Saturday 14th July Nadine Brown completed the ultra marathon event in a very impressive time of 8:25:18 coming in as the 6th female.  Outstanding effort.


The Selsey Sizzler

The Selsey Sizzler 10.4km is the second in the Trailmania series of races and took place on Sunday 15th July.  The race is 98% trail running and involves a total ascent of 542m.  It started at the King’s Stanley village green and headed off onto the Cotswold Way passing through Selsey Common, Pen Hill before returning back down to King’s Stanley.

Teresa Hazlewood completed a very hot race in an unofficial time of 1:10:00 followed shortly by Cheri Edwards in 1:12:59.

A great effort from you both.

Cirencester Park Run

Naomi Allen – 29:32

Charley Trykush – 34:54

Elle Murano – 53:15


Eastleigh Park Run

Brett Lyons – 26:53


Swindon Park Run

Jonathan Lewis – 21:57


Mentioned in Dispatches

For reasons that a clearly explained earlier in the report both Nadine Brown and Mark Manley are mentioned in dispatches this week.  Not only did they have to run further than they have ever ran, they had to deal with heat, extreme fatigue, sausage fingers (Mark) and ongoing ankle injury (Nadine).  Clearly both have demonstrated what can be achieved through hard work and determination and are great representatives of the club.