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RSE Club Report – We’re off to the races!

Cheltenham Running Festival

Held at the Cheltenham race course, the festival includes running distances from 5k to half marathon around the famous track, with stunning views of the Cotswold countryside. Listed as a multi-terrain course, runners could choose from 1 lap, 2 laps or 4 laps of the track. It was a very hot day to be taking on any races, but that did not deter Running Somewhere Else club members, as many took to the challenge.


1 lap = 5k

Well done to Tom Razazan who finished in a fantastic time of 20:07, and second in the V35 category!

It was pretty tough due to the heat and the course was twisty with loads of half and 10k runners to lap! Not one for a PB. Despite that the views were great and the atmosphere was good.

Tom Razazan


2 laps = 10k

Taking on the 10k was Pauline Tilbury, who finished in a brilliant time of 1:10:33!

[It was] 2 laps of the picturesque racecourse (without the jumps!) .It really was too hot for me and I struggled in the last 2ks. A very well organised event though and hats off to all have have run in the heat this weekend!

Pauline Tilbury

Half Marathon

4 laps = half marathon

Congratulations to Sarah Hancock, Zoe Markham-Lee and Jo Beames who completed 4 laps of the course (and had to watch the 5k and 10k runners finish their races!).

  • Sarah Hancock – 2:03:29 (3rd V35!)
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 2:19:26
  • Jo Beames (supporting her daughter for a birthday 1st half marathon! 🥳) – 2:35:45

Slightly undulating, and above all, bloody hot! I now have stupid tan lines… Nice views of the hills around though and blue skies.

Zoe Markham-Lee

Get to Know the Club – Runner’s Profile

Tom Razazan

When did you start running and why?
I first started running as a teenager and enjoyed representing my school in cross county. Living in rural Somerset meant there were plenty of quiet lanes to run on (and not much else to do a lot of the time!). I ran on and off throughout my 20s but over the last 4/5 years I’ve been doing it much more regularly as my main form of exercise.

When did you join RSE?
I joined in May 2019. I was keen to meet new people, challenge myself and improve my running. The club has certainly helped me do all three.

What motivates you to run?
Quite a few reasons. Initially it was primarily for fitness however more recently I’ve also really come to value the well-being benefits it brings and the chance to clear your head and just switch off. Having a race in the diary is also a great target and can make the difference between deciding whether or not to head out for that run at the end of a very long day or indeed holding off the beers the night before a weekend long run!

Proudest achievement?
The Hullavington 10 race in Dec-20. It was my first race since the pandemic started and during this time I had really upped my training volume, intensity and consistency. It was one of those races where everything clicked and I felt great.

Favourite RSE moment?
My favourite is probably the Chilly 10K in Feb-20 when I was part of the RSE men’s team which came 1st club overall. It was great to be part of this. There’s also been countless Mon and Wed club runs which I’ve really enjoyed, such as taking in the views on the Polo fields loop on a sunny summer’s evening or working hard in an efforts session in the Abbey Grounds.

RSE Club AGM 2021!

RSE’s club AGM took place on Thursday 10th June, with a great turnout of club members joining via Zoom. The AGM is a chance for club members to hear an update on all things club related, including plans in motion and finances; elect a new committee; and ask questions and voice opinions on club matters. The evening went seamlessly, with presentations from Pauline Tilbury, Nadine Brown, Sarah Reynolds, Caroline Joynes-Creed and Martin Sheriff.

The committee also said goodbye to one member this year, Caroline Joynes-Creed. Thank you for all your hard work organising charity fundraisers for the club!

A Word from the Chair, Pauline Tilbury:

A big thank you to Vice Chair Nadine for her input to the AGM and her ongoing support in all club matters.

And a big thank you also to Club Secretary Sarah for managing all required formalities for this year’s AGM.

We would also like to thank Pauline for helping deliver a successful AGM evening!

In case you missed it, here’s a list of the RSE committee members elected for 2021/2022:

For a full overview of the points discussed at the AGM, please read a copy of the meeting minutes, found here.

RSE Club Report – Cloud Cuckoos, Needles and a Reservoir

Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo

This interestingly named race starts and finishes at the highest point of the Cotswold Way, Cleeve Hill. Previously included in RSE’s championship, this race is hilly and tough, but takes in some stunning views across Cheltenham. Weather dependant, runners can quite literally find themselves amongst the clouds!

Cheri and Vicki

Vicki Mason and Cheri Edwards braved the hills this week, running the 5.5mile course which starts and finishes at Cleeve Hill golf club.

Lovely scenic course but some killer hills!

Cheri Edwards

It was very hilly and a rather warm evening, but really enjoyable, except no medal at the end!

Vicki Mason

Congratulations to Cheri and Vicki who finished in excellent times!

  • Cheri Edwards – 55:13
  • Vicki Mason – 1:01:31

Needles Half Marathon

A trip to the Isle of Wight this week saw Sharon Smith taking on the Needles Half Marathon, a scenic but tough race. The route takes runners across sand, up stairs and hills and past the Isle of Wight’s most iconic landmark, The Needles.

Tough and varied, think Terminator meets the Bourton Hilly Half! Great Marshall support and finish, but the views were obscured by the mist!

Sharon Smith

Well done to Sharon, who finished in a brilliant time of 2:02:40!

Burrator 10k

With the sun finally emerging, it was the week for a run with a view! The Burrator 10k is a 1.6 lap run around Burrator reservoir, Yelverton. Starting a Dam bridge, the course is listed as flat, fast and PB worthy.

Felicity (left), alongside Darren and Jenny

The race was done in waves 2 mins apart. We were in the very last wave so got to see everyone with their medals before we’d even reached half way! Forecast had been overcast and possibly rain, but it turned out to be very hot and humid.

Felicity Crotty

Well done to Felicity who achieved her fastest 10k time of the year, finishing in an unofficial time of 1:02:30!

RSE Club Report – Updates for the bank holiday!

Get to Know the Club – Runner’s Profile

Phil Scoble

Phil Scoble (Left)

When did you start running and why?

I started running when I turned 30 – 13 years ago (nearly) now! I felt I wanted to push myself and get fit. Signed up for the Plymouth Half without a plan, and that’s pretty much my running style since! However, I was very much ‘off/on’ with my running until I joined RSE.

When did you join RSE?

In August 2016 – I’d moved to Cirencester from Devon and wanted to both get fit and make friends. A club that met at the pub seemed the perfect combination for both! I’m now a really committed runner and couldn’t do without it. That’s the gift RSE has given me.

What motivates you to run?

Lots of things – fitness, improving my mental health, and just enjoying being out in the beautiful countryside we have around here.

I am also massively motivated by the achievements of club members: hearing about the challenges they are taking on (both in running and in real life) sets an example and inspires me to pull on the trainers on days when I’d rather curl up in front of the telly.

Proudest running achievement?

Running a marathon in lockdown on my own, because….well, just because really. I also think back to that first half marathon – I’m not sure how I got round with my half-baked ‘training’ schedule!

Favourite RSE moment (social/ race etc)?

So many – every time I go on a club run I seem to find myself chatting to a different club member and learning about their lives, which is always a joy. Also, bouncing up and down to Plucking Different at a few gigs after races always leaves a smile on my face.

Time to Select a New Charity

It’s time to select a new charity of the year. We have had 5 nominations so the RSE committee has decided to put these to a club vote. Click the link below to see all the nominated charities and read a brief outline of why the nominee feels the charity should be chosen.

The vote will remain open until midnight Sunday 6th June and the chosen charity will be announced during the AGM on Thursday 10th June.

If you have any problems casting your vote, please contact Caroline Joynes-Creed.

Racing/ Championship Update

Booking is now open for the Fairford 10k time trial – announced on the RSE Info Whatsapp group earlier today!

25 people have now signed up for the Two Tunnels Half Marathon! If you are booked into the race or would just like to come along and support, please contact Dave Witnall if you would like a place on the coach (travelling to and from the Race HQ).

RSE Club Report – Running by Coasts, Lakes and in the Forest!

Jurassic Coast Ultra

A massive congratulations to Sarah Reynolds who completed the Jurassic Coast Ultra this weekend, a 100km run across the coastline. The run began at Corfe Castle and finished in Bridport, following the beautiful South West coastal path. Organised by the Ultra Challenge series, runners could choose from 25km, 50km or 100km options, and passed iconic sites, including Durdle Door (photographed by Sarah below!).

Durdle Door, Dorest

[I completed] 58km (and 1700m climbing) on Saturday and just shy of 42km today in gale force winds!

Sarah Reynolds

Despite battling the elements, Sarah finished 3rd lady overall in the event, and in an overall time of 14:04:41! Well done, Sarah!

Cotswold Lake 62 Evening Series

It’s been a busy week for the Cotswold Water Park, with multiple events incorporating the lakes, and of course, running.

Congratulations to Libby Butler who completed her first ever triathlon in a fantastic time of 1:17:10! The event included a 400m swim in the lake, 16k cycle (described by the event website as flat with gentle, sloping inclines!) and a 4.5k run around the lake path.

I really enjoyed the experience. The hardest part was the bike as I’m new to cycling. I also struggled with the running afterwards as my legs had no energy from the cycle. It was super tough!

Libby Butler

Cotswold Lake 62 Aquathlon

Another to brave the waters of lake 62 was Kate Potter, who completed the Aquathlon, which included a 4.5k run and 400m lake swim. The run comprised of laps around the lake path, taking in the beautiful Cotswold scenery, while the swim took on the deep water at lake 62.

Thankfully the high winds had dropped so it was fairly calm water but still a bit chilly. The run, 3 laps of the lake, was like a quagmire!! But I thoroughly enjoyed it. I kept hearing Nadine and Gareth [from the Stronger Effort sessions] in my ear saying “Keep moving forward!! “ 😁

Kate Potter

Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon

The Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon took place at the Cotswold Country Park and Beach this Sunday, where entrants challenged themselves to a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5km run.

RSE’s Martin ‘Ted’ Pitts was up to the task, finishing the course in an incredible time of 1:16:11! Ted also came 2nd in his age category!

The swim and run were as I had expected – okay for the amount of training I had done. The cycle on the other hand felt like I was towing a caravan! My legs were heavy; I need to practise the bike to run! That said, I finished 2nd in my age group, so all in all, not a bad day!

Ted Pitts

Well done on a fantastic time today, Ted!

Westonbirt 10k

Following a fantastic half marathon last week, Linda Edwards continued her running streak with a 10k at Westonbirt. Held at the National Arboretum, the run is part of Forestry England’s Active Forests Programme, which aims to motivate sport and exercise opportunities within forests. The Westonbirt 10k took runners through the ancient Silk Wood on a mainly flat course.

[It was] a lovely run through the trees with a surprise hill to finish and a great wooden medal!

Linda Edwards

Linda finished in a brilliant time of 56.14!

Dates for the Diary

RSE have events in the planning, so don’t forget to add these dates to your diary!

  • AGM – Thurs 10 June
  • Fairford 10k time trial – Sun 27 June
  • Treasure hunt & social – Weds 30 June
  • Running away day, family day & picnic – Sun 25 July
  • Two Tunnels away race day and Rochelle Ravenscroft memorial evening – Sat 15 Aug

There will be an announcement about the Fairford 10k time trial next week, but bookings can be made from now via the RunTogether app – this can be found under the RSE Racing & TT heading.