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RSE Race Report – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Chippenham Longest Day 10k

The Chippenham Longest Day 10k took place on Wednesday 19th June. The route started and finished in the town centre before heading out on to the  quiet country roads and trails around Chippenham on a predominantly flat course.

First in for RSE was Steve Sandercock who completed the race in 50:13. He was followed by;

Sandie Wood – 56:59

Tracy Webster – 1:04:48

Caroline Sandercock – 1:10:38

Well done all of you.

Chedworth Mid Summer Run Out


The Chedworth Mid Summer Run Out took place on Thursday 20th June. This was a scenic trail run of slightly over 10k. It was a challenging route that was 90% off road and included tracks, woodland and fields along with a river crossing.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race in 58:41 coming 3rd in the Senior Ladies category. She was followed by;

Jon Collins – 1:01:42

Sarah Reynolds – 1:01:51

Jo Wood – 1:03:59

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:04:34

Jo Beames – 1:04:59

Linda Edwards – 1:09:03

Cherin Edwards – 1:10:43

Vanessa Poole – 1:17:11

Kate Potter – 1:23:55 and 1st in the LV65 category

Tracy Edgington – 1:31:09

Pauline Tilbury – 1:31:54

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:34:04

Kay Thompson – 1:36:43

Nadine Brown, Jo Wood and Sarah Reynolds also came 1st in the ladies team competition.

Great effort from you all

The Nailsworth Mills 10k

The Nailsworth Mills run which took place on Sunday 23rd June was a trail event which climbed out of Nailsworth onto the top of Tetbury Lane, looking over towards Chavenage & Avening. Oh the fields of joy, great views, lots of fresh country air, hardly worth mentioning the uphill!

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race in an unofficial time of 1:01:24 and came in as second female runner. Well done Nadine.

Dave McNamee 10k

On Sunday 23rd June the Dave McNamee 10K race took part in Boddington, Cheltenham. Incorporated within this event was the Gloucestershire AAA 10K Road Championship. The race was also the 4th event in the RSE short stuff specialist championship.
The course consisted of 2 laps of 3.537K + 2926 metres on a very flat, quiet and almost traffic free roads. 
First in for RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 39:29. He was followed by;

Mark Garrett – 41:45 and first in the M50 category in the race and a gold medal in the AAA 10k championships.

Dave Daniels – 44:04 and a PB for the last 25 years

Ben Chapman – 45:34

Rosie Oates – 47:38 and second in the senior ladies category for the race and a silver in the AAA 10k championships.

Dave Whitlow – 47:46

Sharon Smith – 48:23 and first in the FV60 category and a gold in the FV60 category for the AAA 10K championships

Ellie Taylor – 49:04 and third in the senior ladies category for the race and a bronze in the AAA 10k championships.

Paul Coates – 49:55

Rochelle Ravenscroft – 50:13 and third in the FV40 category for the race and a bronze in the AAA 10k championships.

Ted Pitts – 51:00

Kirsty Pitts – 52:29

Linda Edwards – 52:39

Sarah Page – 53:07

Amanda Tyler – 54:50

Sandie Wood – 56:16

Tracy Webster – 1:05:08

Kay Thompson – 1:18:48

Fantastic running from you all and great results in the AAA Championships.

Rio de Janeiro Marathon

The Rio de Janeiro Marathon took place on Sunday 23rd June. The course weaved through city streets starting in Receiro and finishing in Flamengo on a point-to-point course. With the Serra do Mar Mountains rising inland from Rio’s fabulous shoreline, this scenery with oceans to your right and mountains to your left makes the course one of the more picturesque marathons in the world. Runners see parts of famous neighbourhoods like Praia da Reserva, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo and Flamengo along the way.

The only RSE runner taking part in this was Mark Manley who completed the race in unofficial time of 3:43:00. This now makes it marathons in 6 continents with only Antartica to become a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club. Great effort Mark.

Cotswold Women Only Triathlon

Now in its eleventh year in the South West of England there was be an open water triathlon dedicated to women. It took place at The Cotswold Country Park and Beach on Sunday 23rd June. The 750m one-lap lake swim in clear water was followed by a fairly flat, one lap 20k ride on quiet country roads before departing for a two lap 5k, traffic free run on paths around the lake.

Representing RSE was Jo Wood who completed the event in 1:22:28 coming 5th in the V40 category. Well done Jo

Mentioned in Dispatches

Some great running from the RSE runners this week but of particular note were all the AAA 10K championship medals that were awarded to RSE runners in the Dave McNamee 10K. They included a gold for Mark Garrett and Sharon Smith, silver for Rosie Oates and bronze medals for Rochelle Ravenscroft and Ellie Taylor. Definitely RSE had the most medals awarded today.

Mention also needs to go to Mark Manley who completed the Rio marathon today. This now makes it a marathon in 6 continents. There aren’t many people who can say they have achieved that, and when he completes the Antartica marathon he would join a very small world wide group of runners.

Well done all of you.

Cirencester Park Run

Elliot Gardiner – 25:23

William Gardiner 26:50-

Anne Gardiner – 27:43

Jon Collins – 30:38

Charley Trykush – 39:02

Nadine Brown – 40:56

Cathy Steer – 44:36

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:11

Caroline Sandercock – 35:01

RSE Race Report – Sunday 16th June 2019

Summer Sizzler

The Cirencester Park Summer Sizzler 10k race took place exclusively within the estate of Cirencester Park on a wet and cold Wednesday 12th June . The course which is surprisingly described as flat went through scenic parkland by kind permission of the Bathurst Estate. This was the third race in the club short stuff specialist category which resulted in a great turnout of RSE runners and spectators.

First in for RSE was Dave Witnall who finished in a time of 38:35. He was followed by;

Ollie Hazel – 40:45

Mark Manley – 40:51

Mark Garrett – 43:19

Richard Hobbs – 43:59

Ben Chapman – 45:04

Rosie Oates – 46:08 setting a new PB by over 2 minutes.

Ellie Taylor – 47:21

Sharon Smith – 47:24 and 1st FV65

Gareth Roberts – 48:12

Elliott Gardiner – 49:07

Kirsty Pitts – 49:03

Rochelle Ravenscroft – 49:37

Jon Collins – 49:55

Jo Beames – 50:04

Steve Sandercock – 50-24

Jo Wood – 51:37

Martin Pitts – 51:37

Cheri Edwards – 51:50

Linda Edwards – 51:57

Laura Lucking -51:43

Amanda Tyler -52:55

Rachel Anley – 53:37

Istvan Vegh – 53:39

Vicki Mason – 54:34

Ryo Taylor – 54:59

Cathy Steer – 56:19 setting a new PB

Liz Farooq – 56:39

Amanda Haines – 58:35 setting a new PB

Manda Taylor – 59:33 setting a new PB and her first sub 1 hour 10k

Kate Sedgwick – 1:03:34

Jane Odell – 1:03:38

Pauline Tilbury – 1:07:18

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:11:32

Caroline Sandercock – 1:12:44

Kay Thompson – 1:17:17

Nadine Brown – no finish time due to selflessly stopping to help another distressed runner.

Hope 24

Hope 24 was a special event located on a private estate in Plympton. The event which took place over Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June provided a friendly atmosphere for runners to get together and challenge themselves to achieve their own targets. Based on a 5-mile trail course in this stunning estate, the event was open to solo runners or teams of 2-8, over a 24 hour period.

RSE entered 2 teams in the event.

Team 1 which was named Still Running Somewhere Else consisted of Dave Witnall, Elaine Chapman, Ben Chapman, Sandie Wood, Ellie Taylor and Martin Sheriff. The team managed an incredible 160 miles in the 24 hours coming 1st in the large mixed team category.

Team 2 which was named Always Running Somewhere Else consisted of Amelia Culshaw, Nick “Animal” Duncan, Emma Hine, Steve Phelps, Amanda Tyler, Richard Marshall and Dave Whitlow were not far behind completing 155 miles and coming 2nd in the large mixed team category.

Taking part in the solo event was Gareth Roberts who completed a total of 85 miles putting him in 2nd place in the solo male category. Outstanding effort.

Also completing the solo event was Ryo Taylor who completed an incredible 50 miles.

In addition there were also two children’s races that took place on the morning of the Saturday, and a single lap 5 mile version for those that find the thought of 24 hours to daunting.

Hope 2.4 k runners

Bourton Hilly Half

The new Bourton Hilly Half took place on Sunday 16th June. The old half marathon route was revamped to still include the classic ‘Steeps’ climb, but as a two lap course giving runners a chance to enjoy more of Bourton on the Water. The half marathon was part of the Gloucester AAA 2019 Road Racing Series and incorporated the Gloucestershire County Half Marathon championships.

Representing RSE was Sharon Smith who completed the race in 1:51:23. She also came first her age category receiving a AAA Gold Medal. She was followed by;

Kevin Joynes-Creed who completed the race in 1:57:14.

Great effort both of you.

Broad Town 5

The Broad Town 5 mile race was run on Saturday 15th June in conjunction with Broad Town School Fete. The race was a single 5 mile lap on country lanes which are very well marshaled, starting at Broad Town School, Wiltshire and was also race number 4 of The Wiltshire Athletics Road Race League.

Representing RSE was Pauline Tilbury who completed the race in an unofficial time of 53 minutes. Pauline recommended this run stating that there was a lot of support from local running clubs who waited to cheer in the slower runners.

Well done Pauline

Cheltenham Half Marathon Challenge

The Cheltenham Half Marathon Challenge took place on Sunday 16th June. The race presented a tough challenge for experienced distance runners as well as a rewarding route for walkers.

The course was a multi-terrain and wet and at times hilly 13.1 mile route using public footpaths and sections of the Cheltenham Circular Footpath, Cotswold Way and Winchcombe Way.

Representing RSE was Andy Masser who finished in a time of 1:55:27.

Great running from Andy

Cirencester Park Run

Amanda McIlroy – 36:02

Plymvalley Park Run

Dave Witnall – 20:44

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Jon Collins – 35:47

RSE Race Report – Sunday 9th June 2019

Stroud Beer Race

The Stroud Beer Race took place on Monday 3rd June. The race was approximately a 7.2 mile road race over an undulating three lap course around Mininchampton Common starting at the Old Lodge Inn, Minchinhampton Common, near Stroud, Gloucestershire.

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 46:03. He was followed by;

Ellie Taylor in 58:44

Susannah Futter – 1:04:00

Well done all of you.

Laycock 10 k

The Laycock 10k race took place on Sunday 9th June. Starting on the village green opposite the Abbey, the route headed out of town and over some lovely stone bridges over the river Avon. Beautiful country roads wind road to the hamlet of Reybridge with lovely thatched roofed buildings lining the narrow streets. Once through Reybridge the run came back round into Lacock itself and ran along the historic side streets as well as up and back along the main high street. This was a 2 lap course for the 10k event with other distances of 5k and 1/2 marathon also taking place at the same time.

Representing RSE was Manda Bloomer who completed the race in 1:04:00. Well done Manda.

South Downs Way 100

The South Downs Way 100 is a 100 mile foot race taking in the entire South Downs Way National Trail. The South Downs boasts stunning rolling hills, ancient forts, picturesque villages and expansive views across southern England..

The course traveled along the chalk ridgeway, starting just outside of Winchester, the capital city of Saxon England and headed due east until the trail ends in Eastbourne. The South Downs tower over Southern England affording runners awe inspiring views north across the Weald and south across the coast and the Channel.

Representing RSE was Henry Church who completed the 100 miles in an incredible 21 hrs and 49 minutes coming 71st out of 350 runners. Awe inspiring effort Henry well done.

Cotswold 113

The Cotswold 113 was a half Ironman event taking place on Sunday 9th June.

Set in the Heart of the picturesque Cotswolds, the Swim was a 1.2 mile lap in the well known lake 32 based in the centre of the Ashton Keynes water park. The bike section left the water park and headed out the area on a flat and fast course into some of the Cotswolds most beautiful and quiet villages. The route was two laps totalling 56 miles, with the most outbound point was based at the top of the only real hill on the course – Neils hill in Hannington Wick. With the event being held in the water park, the athletes were then treated to a mixture of tarmac and hard pack pathing for the 3 lap 13 mile run that took in lake side paths as well as local village routes before finishing back close to the lakeside transition in the finishers area.

Representing RSE was Andy Sampson who completed the event in 5 hrs 46 minutes 11 seconds. Great effort Andy.

Fairford 10k

The Fairford 10K race which was organised by our running club was timed to coincide with the Fairford Festival which included food, and a wine and beer festival and took place on Sunday 9th June.

The race followed the traditional route, starting at the end of Park Street, heading west along Mill Lane, and then north into Quennington. A drop down Fowler’s Hill brought runners to the bottom of the largest incline on the route. At the top they turned right and headed south and down hill along Hatherop Road back into Fairford, then a swift loop through The Croft, on to the High Street before the final stretch back on Park Street to the finishing point outside Race HQ (The Cricket Club).

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 40:41. He was followed by;

Steve Phelps – 46:37

Elliot Gardiner – 49:46

Wayne Edington – 50:18

Amanda Tyler – 53:46 taking 2:30 from her previous best 10k time

Kate Bartram – 1:13:19

Taking part in the 3k fun run were Rory Brown, Ellena and Isobel Daniels. Future stars of RSE (of course I am some what biased in my prediction).

Mentioned in Dispatches

There are quite a few runners that deserve being mentioned in dispatches this week.

Henry Church completing the South Downs 100, Andy Sampson completing the Cotswold 113 triathlon and Amanda Tyler taking a whopping 2:30 from her previous best 10k. Great efforts from you all.

A special mention needs to go to the Fairford 10k committee consisting of Sarah Gray, Sarah Reynolds, Pauline Tilbury, Mark Manley, Caroline Terry, Nadine Brown and Dave Whitlow. It took a lot of hard work and dedication from the committee to ensure that the event ran smoothly and i have heard nothing but positive feedback from runners. You did the club proud!!

A further mention to all of the members who assisted in the build up and on the day to make the event the success that it was.

Cirencester Park Run

William Gardiner – 27:34

Anne Gardiner – 27:54

Mark Sherwood – 30:53

Worcester Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:09

RSE Race Report – Sunday 2nd June 2019

London Vitality 10k

The Vitality 10K London Run on Monday 27th May was an exciting 10k run that suitable for everyone. The race started on The Mall and finished on Spur Road opposite Buckingham Palace. Runners followed a clockwise route around the City of Westminster and the City of London. The course passed many of London’s famous sights including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Representing RSE was Sandie Wood who completed the race in 57:36. She was followed by Tracy Webster who finisheded in a time of 1:01:51

Well done to you both.

Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo

The Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo 5.5miles multi-terrain race on Wednesday 29th May was held over an undulating course on Cleeve Common. The start and finish of the race was at Cleeve Hill golf club with the course being a figure of eight route run entirely on Cleeve Common, mostly on grass footpaths but with stretches of gravel and stones with the occasional incline.

This was the 2nd race in the short stuff specialist category for the club championships.

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 40:17 finishing in a very impressive 9th place. He was followed by;

Mark Manley – 47:28

Sharon Smith – 50:20 and 1st LV65

Nadine Brown – 50:28

Gareth Roberts – 51:27

Ellie Taylor – 52:08

Kirsty Pitts – 52:22

Sarah Reynolds – 52:28

Rochelle Ravenscroft – 53:43

Amanda Tyler – 55:42

Laura Lucking – 56:00

Linda Edwards – 57:36 and 2nd LV55

Becca Wilson – 59:18

Felicity Crotty – 64:53

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 71:36

Kay Thompson – 80:41

A great turnout by RSE and well done to you all.

Run Fest Run


Run Fest Run 2019 took place at one of the South West’s largest and best preserved private estates, Bowood House and Gardens, over the weekend on 31st May to 2nd June. Draped in history and still home to Marquis and Marchioness of Lansdowne, Bowood House and its 100 acre ‘Capability’ Brown parkland was the perfect setting for the event.

The weekend was hosted by Vassos Alexander and Chris Evans with some top bands and live DJs. There were fascinating talks & discussions on running, fitness and wellbeing to inspire every member of the family by world class athletes including Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe and Colin Jackson.

Feel Good Friday – The event started off with a sunset shuffle before settling down to listen to some inspiring talks, a grand opening ceremony & live music to prepare for a super Saturday full of fun and running.

Serious Saturday – Whether runners went for the 2.5k, 5k, 10k or half marathon route (or all of them!), the gorgeous grounds of Bowood treated runners and festival goers to some of the most picturesque vistas in the land..

Sunday Funday – Whether runners were feeling hazy, lazy or perhaps a little achy from the day before, it was time to put on their fancy dress costumes and get ready for the funniest fun run they would ever take part in!

Completing the Sunset Shuffle 5k were Kay Thompson, Kevin Joynes-Creed and Nadine Brown.

Completing the Glow Run 5k were Tracy Webster, Sandie Wood, Amanda Tyler, Kay Thompson and Rochelle Ravenscroft.

In the half marathon were were Dave Whitlow, Tim Hodgetts, Becca Hodgetts, Amanda Tyler, Kevin Joynes-Creed, Nadine Brown, Kirsty Pitts, Rochelle Ravenscroft, Tracey Pitts and Kate Potter.

The 2.5k race included Rory Brown, Nadine Brown, Christian Hine, Rochelle Ravenscroft, Josh and Harry Ravenscroft, Kay Thompson, Caroline Terry, and Pauline Tilbury

In the 5k were Christian Hine, Sandie Wood, Tracy Webster, Ted Pitts, Pauline Tilbury, Emma Hine and Kay Thompson.

The 10k included Caroline Joynes-Creed, Kevin Joynes-Creed, Sandie Wood, Tracy Webster and Mark Manley.

The Bug Run 5k was run by Ruth Herbert and Kate Potter.

RSE entered 2 teams into the team relay. Team 1 was Kirsty Pitts, Amanda, Ted Pitts and Dave Whitlow. Team 2 was Tracey Pitts, Nadine Brown, Kay Thompson and Kevin Joynes-Creed.

It is safe to say a great weekend was had by all attending.

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:37

Caroline Sandercock – 36:03

Claire Collett – 53:02

Cirencester Park Run

William Gardiner – 27:24

George Rackley – 34:47

Littlehampton Prom Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 28:39