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RSE Race Report – Sunday 29th December 2019

Winter Cross Ultra

The Winter Cross Ultra on Saturday 28th December took place at Meonstoke near Southampton. This gave runners the chance to blow away the Christmas cobwebs with four out and back legs of different terrains and challenges. The challenge was to start and finish within the time from dawn till dusk on one of the shortest days of the year. 

The course involved 4 legs which were run in the order of N-E-W-S.

North was an out and back route on an old railway line that was 9k long with 8k being off-road and mostly flat on gravel/chippings.

East was a 21k leg with 16k being off-road and was probably the toughest with two significant hill climbs and a smaller one on the outbound leg.

West was a 21k leg with 12k being off-road and passing through the picturesque villages of Meonstoke and Exton to join the South Downs Way heading through farms towards Winchester before returning back to HQ. This was the end point for those runners completing the 50 k option. For those with an unexplained urge to complete the 45 mile option theybthen continued to the final leg.

South  was also a 21k leg with 20k off-road and mostly flat and straight on gravel/chippings.  

Representing RSE in the 50k option was Gareth Roberts who finished in 6:34:13. He was followed by Kevin Joynes-Creed who finished his first ultra event in 6:39:52 and Rochelle Ravenscroft.

The only RSE runner completing the 45 mile option was Nadine Brown who finished in a time of 8:41:05.

At the time of this report all times are unofficial.

Congratulations to all of you and also a mention to the great support from Caroline Joynes-Creed.

Gloucester 10 mile

The Gloucester 10 mile race took place on Sunday 29th December. This was a road race that was mainly flat with a few inclines and included a section out to the main loop followed by two laps with a section back to the finish.

Unfortunately at this stage the results are not available however the following unofficial times have been obtained,

Andy Masser – 1:17:21.

Jo Wood – 1:20:50

Anne Gardiner – 1:36:00 which was her first 10 mile and therefore a PB.

Well done everyone who ran.

Lydiard Park Run

Nia Glover – 24:22

Teignmouth Promenade Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:03

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

William Gardiner – 27:07

RSE Race Report – Sunday 22nd December 2019

Hullavington Secret Santa 10 Mile

The Hullavington “Secret Santa” 10 was a 10-mile road race that took place on Sunday 22nd December. The route was over a gently undulating and picturesque course, that started and finished in the village of Hullavington. The added incentive to take place was that all runners received a Secret Santa gift and of course free cake after they cross the line.

Representing RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed who completed the race in 1:22:55 which was a PB by 4 mins 15 secs.

Great effort Kev

The Westonbirt Christmas Tree 10k

The Westonbirt Christmas Tree run on Sunday 22nd December was a festive running event the whole family could enjoy offering a variety of distances to race. Festive dress was expected.  

The 2 loop 10k was over a both flat/undulating route on surfaced forest trails, which took in the splendour of the Aboretum.

Representing RSE was Louise Norman who finished in a time of 1:03:42. She was followed by Kay Thompson who finished in 1:27:49

Well done both of you.

Tamar Trails Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 31:05

Lydiard Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 25:00

Cirencester Park Run

Rosie Oates – 24:57

Sylvia Warman – 34:29

Elizabeth Lloyd – 36:05

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Martin ‘Ted’ Pitts – 26:31

RSE Race Report – Sunday 15th December 2019

Santa Run at Sudeley Castle

This event was held on Sunday 15th December 2019 and included a 1 lap 8k, a 1 lap 5k (approx.) plus an all ages and abilities 1k and a free 5 years and under 50m dash. For 2019, this was also a festive dress event only. Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years. The castle is surrounded by breath taking, 1,200 acre estate with a backdrop of rolling Cotswold Hills, green fields and woodland breaks making the vast Sudeley Estate the perfect venue for a Santa Run even if it was very wet and muddy.

Representing RSE in the 8k event was Sandie Wood who finished in a time of 1:10:22 and came 4th in her age category. She was followed by:

Felicity Crotty – 1:13:06

Tracey Webster – 1:15:51

Great running from you all.

Gloucestershire Cross Country League at Old Down Country Park

This event took place on Saturday 14th December at Old Down Country Park neat Bristol. The route consisted of mown and fairly flat grass, tracks over grass and through woods, a short tarmac section by the visitors’ car park and a gravelly track before returning to grass. Most of the descent was on grass or a grassy track and an ascent through the woods.

The Senior and Vet ladies teams had to run a 6k over 3 laps.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who finished in a time of 39:59. She was followed by;

Sharon Smith – 40:55 and 2nd in the LV65 category

Elaine Chapman – 42:27

Ellie Taylor – 42:27

Jenny Hoffman – 50:10

Kate Potter – 54:12 and 2nd in the LV70 category

This put the RSE Ladies senior teams in 22nd and 28th place in their category with the Ladies veterans team in 16th place in the Ladies vet category.

The Senior male event consisted of a 9k route over 4 laps. Representing RSE was Istvan Vegh who finished in a time of 1:06:50

A special thank you to Sarah Reynolds who assisted as driver and supporter.

Well done to you all.

Cirencester Park Run

Richard Hobbs – 22:55

Anne Gardiner – 28:59

William Gradiner -29:00

Emma Hine – 29:57

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 30:21

Linda Edwards – 30:58

Mark Manley – 31:27

Cathy Steer – 32:53

Sylvia Warman – 35:02

Caroline Joynes – Creed – 36:51

RSE Race Report – Sunday 8th December 2019

Gato Sports Head Torch 10k

On Wednesday 4th December the first of a 3 event series took place in Salcey Forest. This race will be followed by the second on the 23 January 2020 and the third and final one on the 25 February 2020.   Salcey Forest is a stunning area of woodland featuring ancient trees, building remains and flora that is also home to a variety of trails. Managed by Forestry England it contains flat, well established footpaths that are ideal to run in both the daytime and evening although a headtorch is necessary for the latter!

Representing RSE was Amanda Ball who finished the race in 1:09:26.

Well done Amanda  

Aberystwyth Charity 10k

The Aberystwyth Charity 10k on Sunday 8th December was a fast, flat race following roads and paths around the town that took runners along the promenade, through the harbour, and around the Rheidol river’s edge before it finished back at the start point.

Representing RSE was Felicity Crotty who finished the race having battled through through winds of 30 mph in a time of 57:17

Good effort Felicity

Weston-Super-Mare Christmas Cracker 10k

The Christmas Cracker 10k took place on Sunday December 8th. Now in its 32nd year, this race encouraged runners to wear fancy dress or at the very least one piece of tinsel. The course was flat and over both tarmac and the beach with the addition of a nice head wind..

Representing RSE was Elliot Gardiner who finished in a time of 50:35. He was followed by Zoe Markham-Lee who finished in 1:06:27.

Well done both of you.

Hackney Marshes Park Run

Sylvia Warman – 30:47

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 20:59

Oliver Hughes – 25:55

Sarah Reynolds – 26:58

Fire Service Park Run

Linda Edwards – 29:38

Mallards Pike Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:13