This year saw big changes in the Running Somewhere Else Championship. A new format was introduced with 2 elements, the Endurance Expert and the Short Stuff Specialist Championships. Best results were taken from each of these elements to crown the Overall Club Champion
Last weekend saw the last race in the Short Stuff Specialist Championship, the Calne Clock Change 5km. The end of the month also saw the cut-off point for the marathon component of the Endurance Expert Championship. So all the points have been counted, here are the results for this years championship!
There was only going to be one winner with Tom Cooper dominating over the longer distances. Great competition for the runner up places. 5 races were required to be run to count for this championship.
- Tom Cooper 50 points
- Andy Masser 38 points
- Dave Daniels 31 points
A fantastic battle for 1st place, a strong start by Nadine Brown, then a strong second half of the season by Sharon Smith, saw a close battle. Both achieved amazing marathon times which gave them good for age for places for the London marathon. In the end Nadine Brown took the honours by only 1 point. There was another close battle for 3rd, with a similar scenario, Elaine Chapman starting the year strong, then Ellie Taylor having an amazing second half of the season with PB after PB.
- Nadine Brown 48 points
- Sharon Smith 47 points
- Elaine Chapman + Ellie Taylor 40 points
Short Stuff Specialist
The men’s championship was a bit of a roller coaster with a different top 3 after every race! It was very close between the top 3. But in the end, Tom Cooper proved he was not only an endurance expert but strong over the short distances as well.
- Tom Cooper 49 points
- David Witnall 46 points
- Mark Manley 44 points
As well as the top 3, well done to Steve Phelps and Ben Chapman, who both ran really well in this championship, just missing out on the top 3, but joint 4th. Both picked up 10 points, during the championship, Ben at the Bourton mile and Steve at the Cricklade 10km. Great running guys.
The ladies championship was very close. Elaine Chapman got off to a great start, but then Teresa Hazelwood dominated the middle races in the championship. In the end, it was close with Elaine just winning by 2 points. Sharon Smith was also very close, just 1 point behind Teresa.
- Elaine Chapman 46 points
- Teresa Hazelwood 44 points
- Sharon Smith 43 points
Overall Championship results
29 Men competed in championship races this year, which is fantastic! It was a great battle. Tom has proved himself to be a true champion with a strong win. Mark and Dave both ran well. In fact they both finished with the same points! So this year, with the new format we’ve agreed to honour the tie.
- Tom Cooper 80 points
- Mark Manley and David Witnall 69 points
An outstanding 47 women competed in championship races this year, fantastic. With Nadine Brown winning the endurance championship and Elaine Chapman winning the Short Stuff championship, Sharon Smith proved to be the best all rounder, by winning the overall championship. Nadine and Elaine ended up with equal points, so another tie for 2nd place!
- Sharon Smith 75 points
- Nadine Brown and Elaine Chapman 71 points
What an awesome year we’ve had, it’s been so fantastic to see so many runners flying the RSE flag. A great championship and some great results. Well done to all who took part this year.
We’ll be announcing the 2019 races soon,
Elaine, Club Co-Captain