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RSE Club Report – PBs, Category placings, and a very tough marathon!

Cranhams Boundary Chase

Part of the annual Cranham feast, the Boundary Chase is a 5.6 mile race across an undulating country road course. The run is also part of the Gloucestershire AAA race series.

Representing RSE were members Nia Glover and Sharon Smith, who both put in fantastic performances!

It was a 5.6 mile undulating course on roads around Cranham, with a killer hill at the start and finish but also lots of long downhills to get the speed up. It was a beautiful setting around the valley and through Cranham Woods.

Nia Glover
  • Nia Glover – 40:46 – 1st lady overall!
  • Sharon Smith – 45:35 – 1st in category!

This also puts Nia in first place so far in the Ladies-Open category for the Gloucestershire AAA Road Race series!

Exceptional running by both Nia and Sharon.

Round the Rock Marathon

You know a race will be tough when the website says that trail shoes are mandatory, and the Round the Rock marathon delivers on the intensity levels. Hugging the coast of Jersey, the route takes runners form the North Coast cliff paths, through St Ouen’s Bay and then to the South Coast at St Brelades and St Aubins.

RSE member Vicki Mason took to the course, finishing in a brilliant time of 5:56:48, coming in under her target!

The route is stunning but challenging with over 2000ft of elevation in the marathon, made all the more challenging with 37kt headwinds and driving rain for most of the day.

Vicki Mason

An absolutely brilliant achievement, Vicki, well done!

Park Runs

Tetbury Goods Shed

  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 24:02
  • Carol Sworn – 25:41
  • Taryn Hancock – 29:04
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 30:06 – A PB by 3 minutes and 2 seconds!!
  • Elaine Chapman – 33:25

[My] last PB at Bakewell was an old railway line too so good improvement on a similar route.

Caroline Joynes-Creed

Lanhydrock parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 27:29
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:56

Bank Holiday Run

RSE are excited to announce the return of the bank holiday Monday morning runs! Here are some details:

  • Meeting Point – Park Gates, Cecily Hill
  • Start Time – 9am
  • Route – The Woodhouse Trail
  • Booking – Book through the RunTogether app

All runners are welcome!

We will also be heading to Somewhere Else after the run for a well deserved coffee and breakfast.

Monday and Wednesday sessions have now been released on RunTogether for August and September!

RSE Club Report – Landmarks and Milestones!

London Landmarks Half Marathon

Taking runners through the heart of London, this fantastic race includes as many famous London landmarks as possible, including Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Each year has a set theme, and this year honoured images from the Covid-19 pandemic – The Grand: The Key Workers, The Quirky: The Lockdown Life, and The Hidden: The Unseen Acts of Kindness.

Running from RSE was Paul Robertson, who ran for a fantastic cause, Tommy’s charity.

The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a very enjoyable and fast circuit. Mostly in the Westminster and Central City area. One of the best Half Marathons I have done for on street support by both Charities and the Public. The route takes you past some of London’s Iconic landmarks, not that I noticed many as I was always chasing the person in front. Great day to take the family if you want to visit a few shops, attractions or have a mooch about as we did today after!

Paul Robertson

Paul finished in a brilliant time of 1:36:21! Well done, Paul!

Park Run

Ludlow Park Run

  • Carol Sworn – 28:18

A huge congratulations to Carol who completed her 200th park run this week!

Did my 200th at the hilly Ludlow course with friends and family. First one was way back in March 2010, times are a bit slower these days but still enjoy it just as much.

Carol Sworn

An absolutely brilliant milestone to reach – fantastic work, Carol!

Cirencester Park Run

  • David Witnall – 21:49
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 28:06

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

  • Darren Jenner – 23:24
  • Felicity Crotty – 29:10

RSE Club Report – Triathlons, 10ks, half marathons… oh, and Parkrun is Back!

Cotswold Evening Triathlon Series – Lake 62

Continuing the Triathlon Evening race series at Lake 62 in the Cotswold waterpark this week was club member Sarah Reynolds. The course included a 400m swim in the lake, 16k bike ride and 4.5k run.

Sarah completed the third event of the series in a fantastic time of 1.05.15, finishing 4th lady, with only 18 seconds separating the top 4 women! Sarah also achieved a 2 minute PB – Congratulations, Sarah!

Actually I think the swim was 500m and lots of weed to slow me down…😂

Sarah Reynolds

Westonbirt 10k

Westonbirt 10k is a firm favourite of Running Somewhere Else members, and spots in the race are sold out each year. Starting and finishing at Westonbirt House, the 10k route takes runners through the estate grounds and out onto the quiet country paths of the surrounding area. The course is mainly flat – apart from those stairs!

Kevin Joynes-Creed and Linda Edwards took to the challenge, on one of the most hottest days of the year!

It was hot with an unexpected finish (steps) so no sprint finish. A beautiful evening though!

Linda Edwards

Lovely route but I always seem to cross the finish line soaking wet. Three years ago at Easter it poured with rain – Friday night I was dripping due to the heat!

Kevin Joynes-Creed

A huge well done to Linda and Kev who finished in fantastic times, despite the heat!

  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 52:47
  • Linda Edwards – 59:21

Newbury Racecourse 10k

One of Britain’s leading horseracing venues turned its hand to running events this week, with options of 5k, 10k and half marathon races. Listed as ‘flat and quick’ on the race website, each lap is 5k, perfect for those seeking quick times.

Completing his first race since rejoining RSE was Tom Johnson, who finished the 10k option in a brilliant time of 50:30!

I haven’t raced since 2019 due to injuries and the pandemic, so it was great to be out there. Enjoyed the two lap race around the race course.

Tom Johnson

Hattingley Half Marathon

This new trail event starts in Medstead, one of the highest points in Hampshire, before following woodlands, farmland and fields on a one lap loop. The picturesque views along the run include Bugmore Hill and Godsfield Copse, as well as a run through a vineyard!

Running for RSE was Zoe Markham-Lee, who completed the course in a fantastic time of 2:44! Well done to Zoe as it was also her first ever trail event!

My first trail race and it was all off road, through woods, fields, mud and rain. It was very hard, but I loved it!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Parkruns are Back!

Parkruns have been sorely missed, especially after the club’s first ever Parkrun cup came to a standstill in 2020. But with the announcement that they were back up and running, club members were quick to meet the challenge!

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Anne Gardiner – 29:10
  • William Gardiner – 31:08
  • Carol Sworn – 33:25
  • Elaine Chapman – 37:12 (Getting beaten by her son, Daniel Chapman!)

Littlehampton Prom Parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 29:17

RSE Club Report – Hot and Hilly!

Stroud Beer Race

There was a fantastic turnout by club members at the Stroud Beer Race this week, the third race of the club championship. The 7.2 mile course takes runners three times around Minchinhampton common – the hills are long and steep! This is a brilliant route for those who want to challenge themselves (and get a beer at the end!).

  • David Witnall – 51:46
  • Rosie Oates – 52:04 – (1st SL, 2nd lady overall!)
  • Nia Glover – 52:37 – (2nd SL, 3rd lady overall)
  • Sharon Smith – 58:59 – (1st V70!)
  • Sarah Reynolds – 1:00:39 – (2nd V40!)
  • Elaine Chapman – 1:01:35 – (3rd V40!)
  • Sarah Page – 1:04:14 – (3rd V60!)
  • Istvan Vegh – 1:04:24
  • Anne Gardiner – 1:10:19
  • Linda Edwards – 1:11:15
  • Libby Butler – 1:17:56
  • Pauline Tilbury – 1:18:19
  • Vanessa Poole – 1:20:46
  • Andy Poole – 1:20:47

It was hot and hilly! Some of the hills seemed to go on forever!

Rosie Oates

Judging by the club WhatsApp comments, these sentiments were echoed by all the club members that entered! Brilliant running everyone!

Caplor Hill 6.5 Mile Race

Tipped by the race website as ‘a testing, multi-terrain course’, the Caplor Hill race lives up to its name – hilly. The race takes places around the Caplor Hill Ancient Hillfort, just outside Hereford, and runs through woodland and past the river Wye.

Andy and Carol Sworn took to the challenge, which was made even tougher by the heat of the day!

So hot but we both got round safe and sound. There was plenty of walking on the uphill bits (and some of the downhills!). A lovely race but not in that heat!

Carol Sworn
  • Andy Sworn – 1:10
  • Carol Sworn – 1:15

Congratulations both of you – fantastic times on a hard course!

Frome Half Marathon

This picturesque race takes runners through the heart of Frome, surrounding villages and country lanes. As well as quaint views, runners can also expect the ‘infamous’ 1km climb to Egford Hill – just what you need in the heat at mile 11!

A huge well done to Alan Powderhill and Paul Robertson for completing their first ever races in the Running Somewhere Else club vest! And for navigating a half on such a hot day!

It was a very hilly half and obviously with the weather conditions tougher than usual. I have family in Frome, so was great to do and had excellent support all around the course.

Alan Powderhill
  • Paul Robertson – 2:03:50
  • Alan Powderhill – 2:03:51

Brilliant running both of you!

Check out Frome Half Marathon here.