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RSE Racing Report – 9th September 2018

New Swindon Half Marathon

On Sunday 9th September the second New Swindon Half Marathon took place.  Starting and finishing in the town centre the course is largely flat and brings the runners through the various highlights of the town including the Magic Roundabout, the County Ground, the Oasis, the Railways, the Outlet Village as well as as the Old Town before a downhill finish into the town centre.

First in for RSE was Tom Cooper in 1:27:15.  He was followed by;

Andy Masser – 1:35:05

Dave Daniels – 1:38:57

Sharon Smith – 1:42:15 and 1st LV55

Dave Witnall – 1:43:45

Nadine Brown – 1:45:50

Jonathan Lewis – 1:46:00

Steve Phelps – 1:46:48

Eleanor Taylor – 1:47:14 in a PB

Jo Wood – 1:49:04

Cheri Edwards – 1:49:47 in a PB on her birthday

Elaine Chapman – 1:53:32

Ryo Taylor – 2:02:38

Vicki Mason – 2:07:45 in a PB

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 2:38:40

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 2:38:41

Not only an impressive turnout but great effort from everyone.


Great North Run

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world and was devised by former Olympic 10,000 m bronze medalist Brendon Foster in 1981.  During the first run there were 12,000 runners however over the years this has increased to in excess of 57000 runners this year.  Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

Representing RSE was Linda Edwards in 2:11:06

Great effort Linda.


Cheltenham Traithlon

Now in its 23rd year the Cheltenham Triathlon took place on Sunday 9th September.  The race starts with a 500 m swim in the Lido followed by a 13k cycle and a 2.5 k run around Cheltenham and the picturesque Cotswold Hills.

Representing RSE and raising money for Leukaemia and Intestive Chemo (LINC) was Kate Potter who completed the event in 1:16:15.

Great work Kate

New Forest Marathon

The New Forest Marathon starts at the New Park Showground in Brockenhurst and winds through the heart of the New Forest Ntaional Park.  The multi terrain course offered some of the most scenic running experiences in the country with a blend of forest enclosures, open roads, far reaching views and of course the famous New Forest ponies.

Representing RSE and raising money for Dementia UK in her first marathon in an unofficial time of 4:24:29 was Laura Peters.

Also running for RSE was Paul Coates who completed the 10k.

Fantastic effort Laura and Paul.

Mentioned in Dispatches

Everyone ran hard this weekend however particular mention needs to go to Ellie Taylor who knocked an incredible 8 minutes from her previous PB.  An awesome effort.

Sharon Smith continues to impress by stepping down an age category to the LV55  in the Swindon Half Marathon and still managing first place.  Maybe time to enter as a senior female.  How do you do it?

Normally reserved for highlighting runners who have had a great race, mentioned in dispatches can also be used to highlight bloopers.  This week has to go to a person who entered the Swindon Half Marathon.  Well he thought he did.  Having had a boring pasta meal the night before he decided to pack his kit for the early start.  Realising he didn’t have his race number, he searched his emails, bank statements and even contacted the race director to confirm he had entered.  Although he was confident he had entered, to his dismay and embarrassment  it became clear that he had not.  Thankfully he managed to organise a place and take part.  Thanks Coach Dave for giving me your number which I was fortunately able to transfer.


Cirencester Park Run

Ben Chapman – 21:30

Jon Collins – 24:41

Richard Woodsell Taylor – 26:29

Sarah Reynolds – 27:00

Cathy Steer – 28:30

Tracy Webster – 52:15



Hampstead Heath Park Run

Jenny Hoffman – 32:19




RSE Racing Report – 2nd September 2018

Cotswold End of Season Standard Triathlon

On Saturday 1st September the Cotswold End of Season Standard Triathlon took place in South Cerney.  This involved a 1500m swim in Lake 62 followed by a 2 lap 40k cycle around the Cotswolds taking in some fantastic scenery which was fairly flat with a couple of gentle sloping inclines.  The race ended with a 9k lake path run.

First in for RSE was Sarah Reynolds in 2:39:31.  She was followed by;

Jess Osbourne – 2:54:21

Jo Wood – 2:54:22

Great effort from them all.


Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile


The 20th staging of the challenging 10 mile multi terrain race in the heart of the Cotswolds took place on Sunday 2nd September.  This event started at the Chedworth Village Hall and involved running over tracks and woodland paths through the Stowell Park Estate and close to Chedworth Roman Villa.

First in for RSE was Tommy Cooper in 1:12:47 and in 15th overall place.  He was followed by;

Henry Church – 1:17:42

Mark Manley – 1:22:42

Sharon Smith – 1:30:08 and 1st in the V65 category

Nadine Brown – 1:32:03

Eleanor Taylor – 1:32:56

Cheri Edwards – 1:34:37

Elaine Chapman – 1:39:14

Kirsty Pitts – 1:46:40

Richard Taylor – 1:47:56

Rosie Oates – 1:49:08

Emma Hine – 1:53:37

Richard Marshall – 1:53:38

Liz Farooq – 1:54:57

Kate Potter – 2:01:15

Jenny Hoffman – 2:06:40

Not only a great turnout from RSE but some interesting pictures from the water obstacle.


Mentioned in Dispatches

Normally reserved for individuals who excel during an event this weeks mentioned in dispatches goes to all the volunteers who attended the Cirencester Park Run.  In the region of 40 RSE members attended the event to carry out the roles of marshalls and pacers.  This was an outstanding turnout for the club and only goes to underline the sort of club RSE is.  Being one of the scanners I was one of the last marshalls to see some of the runners and many of them commented on how much they enjoyed the event.  In fact one of the runners stated he had taken part in park runs throughout the world and this one was one of, if not, the best so far.


Cirencester Park Run

Tommy Cooper – 19:56 whilst set to run as pacer for 20 minutes.

Jonathan Lewis – 25:12

Wayne Edgington – 25:46

Richard Woodsell Taylor – 25:53

Steve Sandercock – 26:56

Emma Hine – 29:32 whilst set to run as pacer for 30 minutes.

Eleanor Taylor – 29:32

Caroline Sandercock – 36:34

Dave Whitlow – 36:49

George Rackley – 39:56 whilst set to run as pacer for 40 minutes.

Mr Manley (80 year old father of Mark) – 1:03:05

Nadine Brown – 1:03:05 whilst set to run as tail walker.


Cheltenham Park Run

Steve Phelps – 22:53


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 20:43


RSE Racing Report – 26th August 2018

The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

The ninth running of the Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k took place on Sunday 26th August.  Held as part of the carnival celebrations the race takes part over an undulating course with approximately 1.5 k off road along the Old Fosse Way with the rest being run on the quiet country roads surrounding Malmesbury.  For those that didn’t leave their house on Sunday this was run during heavy rain and was very wet.

First in for RSE was Dave Witnall in a time of 44:24.  He was followed by;

Steve Phelps – 47:29

Eleanor Taylor – 49:32

Helen Berry – 53:34

Kate Bartram – 1:04:09

Kay Thompson – 1:13:47 and in

a new PB

Making his debut as a race pacer and tasked with completing the race in 75 minutes Kevin Joynes-Creed completed the race in a very accurate time of 74:55.


Winchcombe Hill Climb 10k

The Winchcombe Hill Climb 10k race also took place on Sunday 26th August.  This was a multi-terrain route that climbed over 650 feet to the Neolithic long barrow Belas Knap with spectacular views.  Again a race that was completed during driving rain and wind.  Not only did all finishers get a medal they also got a pound of sausages.  RSE’s Kate Potter completed the course in 1:12:14 followed immediately by Jenny Hoffman in a time of 1:12:15.


Severn Bridge 10k

The Severn Bridge 10k run on Sunday 26th August was in its second year and took place on the same day as the Severn Bridge half marathon which was voted best new race in the Runners World Personal vote awards.  It commences close to junction 2 of the M48, crossing over the bridge on the closed motorway to junction 1 and then returns via the upstream pedestrian access way of the bridge into the event village.  The race is therefore completed almost entirely on the bridge itself.

RSE’s Kate Sedgewick and Jane O’Dell completed the race in terrible weather in 1:06:02 and 1:06:36 respectively.


Great running from everyone who ran the races on Sunday in very difficult conditions.


Cirencester Park Run

Sharon Smith – 24:16 in a time that ranks her first in the Cirencester age group league and at National Class Level.

Steve Sandercock – 27:12

George Rackley – 28:50

Caroline Sandercock – 34:56

Kay Thompson – 39:55


Seaton Park Run

Cathy Steer – 27:44 and new a PB


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 20:59

Sarah Reynolds – 24:17



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