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RSE Race Report – Sunday 25th August 2019

Ridgeway Challenge 86

The Ridgeway Challenge 86 Miles (138km) was a continuous running event that started at Ivinghoe Beacon near Tring and ended at Avebury Stone Circle. The route was 86 miles along The Ridgeway National Trail, a 5000 year old trackway through the Chiltern Hills and North Wessex Downs (along Grim’s Ditch for several miles), Barbury Castle and Liddington Castle (hill forts) en route, way marked throughout with 1929m (6328 feet) ascent 1991m (6532 feet) descent. The event hosted the UK Trail Running Championships Ultra Distance.

On a very hot Saturday 24th August RSE’s Rochelle Ravenscroft commenced her attempt on this extreme test of endurance. She completed the race in an unofficial time of 24:43:00.

An outstanding effort well done Rochelle.

Severn Bridge Half Marathon

On Sunday 24th August the Severn Bridge 10k and Half Marathon started on the Western (Chepstow) end of the M48 and crossed the closed Severn Bridge. The 10k and Half Marathon started in different places and different times but both ended at the same finish point in the event village.

Both events provided something a bit different from your average half marathon or 10k: stunning views, sea air, scenic country lanes and villages and the opportunity to participate in a unique running event on a closed motorway and across the iconic Severn Bridge.

Representing RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed who finished the race in 2:01:48. He was followed by Linda Edwards who completed the race in 2:04:18

Great running from you both on a hot morning.

El Classico SW Trail Half Marathon

On Sunday 25th August the El Classico SW Trail Half Marathon took place in Jersey. Starting at Noirmont Point taking in some of the beautiful SW coastal paths of Jersey the route dropped into Portelet and Beauport beaches along the way, before heading Corbiere and then descending the railway walk back to St Aubins. The half marathon was 95% off road with a great mix of coastal paths and a challenging 1,100ft of elevation.

Representing RSE was Vicki Mason who completed the race in an unofficial time of 2:40:00

Well done Vicki

Narberth Nobbler

The Narberth Nobbler took place on Sunday 25th August. Known as The Big One this full marathon was 26.2 miles of stunning muddy woodland trails with 3000ft of climbing.

The route included a wide variety of terrain from road to slippy single track. It included most of the trails in Minwear woods and then extended out to Minwear Woods and the surrounding trails, some of which are along a stunning river bank.

Some old and unused rights of way were opened up to give runners the chance to run some lesser known trails. There were some tough little climbs, some ancient ruins and probably a fair bit of mud!

Representing RSE was Gareth Roberts who completed the race in an unofficial time of 5:33:00.

Great effort Gareth.

Mentioned In Dispatches

Not only should everyone who competed in a race be mentioned this week but everyone who went out running in what was very hot and difficult conditions.

However particular mention needs to Rochelle Ravenscroft. I can keep this very brief;

86 miles

Almost 2000m ascent

Just over 24 hours


Need I say any more?

Edinburgh Park Run

Pauline Tilbury – 33:11

Swindon Park Run

Elliott Gardiner – 23:13 and a new PB

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 24:12

Ellie Taylor – 26:30

Sally Jamieson – 28:35

Witney Park Run

Claire Collett – 42:52

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 28:08

RSE Race Report – Sunday 18th August 2019

Compton 20 mile Downland Challenge

On Saturday 17th of August the 22nd Compton Downland Challenge took place. This was a one lap 20 mile course starting in the village of Compton, Berkshire and consisted of mainly footpaths, tracks and bridleways with some short, almost traffic free, road sections linking them.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race (plus an extra mile due to direction arrows being removed) in 3:28:46.

Great running Nadine

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:41

Caroline Sandercock – 34:57

Bideford Park Run

Tom Cooper – 19:52

Cirencester Park Run

Anne Gardiner – 27:12

William Gardiner – 27:56

Sarah Page – 34:11

Vicki Mason – 46:14

Witney Park Run

Claire Collett – 46:22

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 28:28

RSE Race Report – Sunday 11th August 2019

The Bugatti 10k

The Bugatti 10k took place on Wednesday 7th August. The race which started and finished at the Prescott Hill Climb Headquarters, went through the villages of Dixton, Alstone and Gretton Fields and involved a mixture of scenic quiet country roads and an undulating course. It was also part of the Gloucestershire AAA’s series.

Representing RSE was Elisabeth Butler who completed the race in 54:04. She was followed by;

Sarah Page – 54:33 an improvement of 2 minutes from last year.

Great running from you both.

Cotswold Standard Triathlon

The Cotswold Standard Triathlon took place on Saturday 10th August. The event included a 1500m swim in Lake 62 in Ashton Keynes. This was made harder by the weather conditions that resulted in choppy water and to add to it the lake was full of weeds. Once the swim was finished competitors completed the cycle stage which was 36k reduced from 40k due to the weather. This involved cycling a 3 lap course through Ashton Keynes, Siddington and Somerford Keynes. The race finished with a 6 lap trail course totalling 9k long around the lake.

Representing RSE was Ted Pitts who completed the race in 2:37. This gave him first place in his age group. He was followed by Kirsty Pitts who completed the race in 3:14.

Fantastic effort from you both.

Salisbury 54321 Trail Runs

The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 walk, or trail run took place on Sunday 11th August. The event suited all the family, with a choice of distances from 5km to the more demanding 42k/Marathon, or even a 50k Ultra Marathon. The routes were over footpaths, bridle ways and quiet country roads in the Salisbury Wessex area. The walk/trail runs, took runners past a variety of sites of historical and scientific interest and through Country Estates not usually open to the general public. This was made possible by the kind permission of several landowners along the route and including English Heritage.

Representing RSE was Sharon Smith who completed the half marathon distance in an unofficial time of 2:04 coming first in the LV65 category.

Well done Sharon

Tamar Trails Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 30:58

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:23

Naomi Allen – 29:21

RSE Race Report – Sunday 4th August 2019

Gloucester 5k

The Gloucester 5k race took place on Thursday 1st August at Haresfield Gloucester. The scenic course comprised of 1 lap of 5K which was flat with a few inclines. The event incorporated the Gloucestershire 5K Road Championship and was part of the road race series

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 18:32. Not only was this a PB but also resulted in a bronze AAA County medal
in the SM category . He was followed by;

Rosie Oates – 21:46. A PB by over 1:30 and also a silver AAA County medal
in the SL category .

Ellie Taylor – 22:56 and a PB

Elisabeth Butler – 24:51 and a PB

Sarah Page – 24:56 and a PB

Great running from you all.

Westonbirt Summer House 10k

The Westonbirt Summer House 10k took place on Friday 2nd August. The event was based at the beautiful Westonbirt House and saw competitors take on a 2 lap course, finishing directly in front of the stunning stately home.

Representing RSE was Cheri Edwards who completed the race in 53:30. She was followed by:

Becca Wilson – 1:00:47

Amanda Haines – 1:02:00

Kate Potter – 1:06:22 and 1st place in the LV70 category

Kate Sedgwick – 1:06:43

Kate Bartram – 1:16:18

Well done all of you.

The Hooky 6

The Hooky 6 was run on Sunday 4th August. This was a 6 mile course that took runners on an undulating two-lap route around the beautiful village of Hook Norton. Starting and finishing on the sports field at the Hook Norton Sports & Social Club.

Representing RSE was Caroline Joynes-Creed who completed the race in 1:09:34. She was followed by;

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:09:35

Kay Thompson – 1:17:48

Great running, well done.

Mentioned in Dispatches

A number of PBs were set this week with a majority at the Gloucester 10k race. But yet again another week with RSE runners coming away from races with AAA medals. This week we had Rosie Oates with a silver in the SL category and Dave Witnall with a bronze in the SM category at the Gloucester 5k. Then we have Kate Potter achieving 1st in the LV70 category at the Westonbirt Summer 10k.

Fantastic running from all of you.

Swindon Park Run

Caroline Sandercock – 34:55

Sheringham Park Run

Emma Hine – 30:35. Led in by Christian Hine who finished in 30:34

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:25

Sarah Reynolds – 24:58 which was a PB

Anne Gardiner – 26:12 which was a PB

Jenny Hoffman – 31:56

Charlotte Austin – 36:15

Gloucester City Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:11