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RSE Club Report – Historic Houses, Giraffes, and A LOT of Mud!

Cirencester Park Cross Country

Round 1 of the Gloucestershire cross country league took place in Cirencester Park, a new venue for the championship. The route was tough, with steep hills, mud and even more mud. The team spirit shone through though, with a lot of RSE members taking part – the XC is always a great event to support and cheer fellow members along.

  • Nia Glover – 34:27
  • Rosie Hartland – 36:16
  • Elaine Chapman – 38:47
  • Jo Wood – 39:15
  • Sharon Smith – 39:26 (1st F LV70)
  • Fran Penny – 39:31
  • Paul Beaumont – 40:17 (3rd M LV70)
  • Carol Sworn – 42:47
  • Vanessa Poole – 52:40
  • Linda Edwards – 52:41
  • Kate Potter – 54:18 (3rd F LV70)

In places it was walking only because the mud was so deep!

Sharon Smith

Well done to everyone who ran!

A note from Dave Witnall, Club Captain:

Well done everyone who turned up to the first event and gave it their best – it was tough conditions but that’s what makes Cross country unique. We have another taster session on the 14th November, and the next Gloucestershire XC event is held at Wotton Park on the 12th December – although this race is slightly undulating over open fields, there are less hills than Cirencester Park. There’s still the possibility of very muddy patches and a wade through very large puddles! In the meantime, if you have any questions, worries or just want to debrief how Saturday was for you, please feel free to approach me at club.

Run Upcote

Described as one of the most beautiful races in Gloucestershire, this 5 mile race crosses a mix of bridleway and trail paths. Held at Upcote Farm near Withington, the route boasts some stunning Cotswold views. There was a fantastic turnout of RSE members, with 10 club runners taking on the muddy trails!

  • Sharon Smith – 51:35
  • Cheri Edwards – 54:27
  • Liz Hilcup – 58:51
  • Kirsty Pitts – 59:40
  • Janet Daniels – 1:04:26
  • Vicki Mason – 1:05:15
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:06:01
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:06:01
  • Becca Wilson – 1:10:19
  • Kate Potter – 1:10:27

Great local trail race with stunning local scenery. Hills – one called “Bastard Hill”, woods, fields and a herd of deer jumped out in front of me – truly in the country. Loved every minute of it. Yes, really! So lucky with the weather as the sun shone 😊

Becca Wilson

A fantastic trail race near Withington the route took us around fields, through woods and along trails with plenty of mud and puddles along the way. Loads of fun! 😀 At the beginning of the race one of the signs had blown away and there were no marshal’s so everyone ended up doing an extra half a mile 🤣

Kirsty Pitts

Upcote is a challenging 5 mile trail with what feels like far more uphill than down. The wet & muddy conditions combined with a mistake from the front runners resulting in an additional kilometre made today’s race quite a bit more challenging than it needed to be. Overall, I’d say it’s a great race and as it’s only 20 mins up the road, it’s well worth the trip and highly recommended for next year…

Kevin Joynes-Creed

Upcote didn’t disappoint. Torrential rain welcomed us, a shedload of mud and hills, plus a surprise extra circuit of the field making the distance well over 5 miles!

Sharon Smith

Chester Zoo 10k

An interesting and unique opportunity for runners is Chester Zoo 10k, where entrants can spot rhinos and giraffes as they run through the famous park. The scenic route takes in the surrounding countryside before finishing back in the centre of the park.

Running for RSE was Felicity Crotty, who finished in a brilliant time of 59:40!

We saw some camels on the way out and finished with a trip into the zoo!

Felicity Crotty

Westonbirt House 10k

On the bucket list for runners in Gloucestershire is the Westonbirt 10k, a beautiful race through the grounds and surrounding area of Westonbirt House. The course is mixed terrain, finishing directly in front of the historic Victorian building. Anne Gardiner and Libby Butler ran for RSE!

  • Anne Gardiner – 54:17
  • Libby Butler – 58:33

A beautiful course with some definite ‘undulations ‘ and very muddy sections in the grounds. I really appreciated having the pacers and remembered other RSE members’ warning about the steps at the finish line!

Anne Gardiner

It’s a beautiful course, and first time I’ve run 10k without stopping this year so better than comfortable!

Libby Butler

Brilliant running both of you!

Westonbirt House Half Marathon

Alongside the 10k option, Westonbirt House also hosted a half marathon, following a similar course. This event takes runners on 2 laps of the Tetbury countryside. After running 2 half marathons and a marathon last week, RSE’s Zoe Markham-Lee crossed the finish line with another new PB under her belt!

  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 2:02:42

Heavens opened at the start of the race and midway. I think the rain and the wine made me run faster!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Zoe also completed a 250k challenge for the month. Incredible running, Zoe!!


Cirencester Parkrun

  • Andy Sworn – 25:24
  • Michael Bagot – 25:14
  • Steve Sandercock – 26:09 – 1st in age group!
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 28:22
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 31:47 (A new course PB!)
  • Elaine Chapman – 35:31
  • Vicki Mason – 36:17

Tetbury Parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 28:26
  • Taryn Hancock – 29:22
  • Cathy Steer – 29:29

Berkley Green Parkrun

  • Mark Garrett – 19:22

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.

Halloween Fun Run

This week also saw the return of the Halloween fun run, a spooky event that saw club members dressing up in their scariest costumes and running around Cirencester, much to the amusement of the locals! This year, club members Phil Scoble and Ollie Hazel gave a haunting tour, recounting ghost stories of the Cirencester buildings. A social at Somewhere Else followed, with fantastic food, a charity contest and great company.

A huge thank you to Phil and Ollie, as well as Linda Edwards and Nadine Brown for organising, and Sarah Page for the charity contest!

RSE Club Report – Marathons, HMs and a lot of Parkruns!

Newport Marathon

The Newport Marathon is unsurprisingly popular, with a flat course that follows coastal paths and crosses through medieval villages. This year was Newport’s largest marathon yet, with over 8,000 runners taking part in the event.

Running for RSE was Nadine Brown, who finished in a brilliant time of 4:11:00!

I was kindly offered a place for Newport Marathon 6 weeks ago and as it fitted in with the ultra training I decided to give it a go at a ‘controlled’ pace! Over the moon to have finished in 4:11:00 when I’ve been having so much discomfort with my knee/ITB recently. It was a well organised event, super marshalls but a little quite at times – I was glad to get back into the city centre for the crowds support

Nadine Brown

Excellent running, Nadine!

Stroud Half Marathon

Following its cancellation in 2020, one of the UK’s longest established marathons, the Stroud Half Marathon was back. The route was a mix of town and country lane running, which is helpfully listed as ‘not flat’ on the official website. Despite the undulating warning, RSE’s Mark Garrett, Katy Miller and Elliot Gardiner achieved some impressive times!

  • Mark Garrett – 1:27:07
  • Elliot Gardiner – 1:58:44 – New PB!
  • Katy Miller – 2:00:20

Fastest half for 8 years, so happy with that. There was a bit of a headwind at times, but otherwise the conditions were good. Great to be back running Stroud, as it’s always a good event.

Mark Garrett

It wasn’t as hilly as I expected! I Stuck with the 2 hour pacer until mile 11 (after the dreaded industrial estate loop I was warned about coincidently!) and felt good (despite a couple of niggles) so pushed on for the sub 2 hour time I was hoping for. Very enjoyable race I will definitely be doing again which was made even better by all the local support! 😊 Great atmosphere!

Elliot Gardiner

Go Team RSE!!

Liverpool Rock N Roll Half Marathon

After running a half marathon and marathon this week (phew!), Zoe Markham-Lee took on the Liverpool Rock N Roll Half Marathon, part of the Rock N Roll running series which has races across the world. These fantastic events are notorious for their combination of running and good music, with a full line up of bands at the after show. The half marathon course begins at the Royal Albert Dock before taking runners on a tour of central Liverpool.

Zoe ran the course in an incredible time of 2:04:10, achieving a bran new PB!

A PB by over 2 minutes. I also did my first marathon distance this week and a big half Monday. The biggest week of running I’ve ever done.

Zoe Markham-Lee

Well done, Zoe!!


Lydiard Parkrun

  • Caroline Sandercock – 38:03

Newent Parkrun, Forest of Dean

  • Kate Potter – 32:00 – 1st in age category!

Not my chosen distance as it takes me 5 m to get going but very friendly bunch in Newent FOD mix of woodland /grass tracks. Pleased with 32.5 and LV 70-74.

Kate Potter

Folkestone Parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 28:32

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Paul Beaumont – 24:34
  • Paul Coates – 24:51
  • Andy Sworn – 28:05
  • Vicki Mason – 28:57
  • Carol Sworn – 28:58
  • William Gardiner – 29:12
  • Amanda Ball – 34:19
  • Elaine Chapman – 35:32

Haldon Forest Parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:25

Tetbury Goods Shed Parkrun

  • Ollie Hazel – 19:51 – 2nd overall and new parkrun PB!

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.

Save the Date!

  • RSE Halloween Fun Run – 27th October @ Station Road Car Park
  • Cross Country – 30th October @ Cirencester Park
  • Cross Country Taster Session – 14th November 3:30pm @ Burford Road Petrol Station
  • GWAAC Charity Night – 18th November 7pm @ Somewhere Else

RSE Race Report – Family, Feats and Fantastic Scenery

Gower Ultra 50

Following the Wales coastal path around the Gower Peninsula, this trail run takes in some incredible views as runners cross cliffs, beaches, farmland and marsh terrain.

RSE’s Sarah Reynolds entered the race, finishing in a brilliant time of 11:45:58 and 4th lady overall!

The first half was relatively flat along marshland but in the second half the hills kept coming, lots of them on soft sand which was very challenging! It was my first 50 mile race and I loved it – stunning scenery and perfect weather. Carol and Andy came to support and Carol ran with me for a bit.

Sarah Reynolds

Sarah would like to give a huge thank you to Carol and Andy for their support!

Congratulations Sarah on a brilliant run!

Yorkshire Marathon

The York Marathon is a popular one amongst runners, offering a one lap course around the historic sights of York as well as the surrounding countryside. The route is mainly flat with great support from the crowds.

Completing her 10th marathon was RSE’s Linda Edwards! Linda finished in a brilliant time of 4:44:18, smashing her sub 5 hour goal.

This was my 10th marathon and undoubtedly the hardest physically. The marathon runs past York Minster with the bells ringing which was quite atmospheric. A lovely marathon and really well supported and organized. I also ran a nice warm up York park run at the racecourse on Saturday. Anyone not doing a marathon the day after should try this one as its a PB park run course and flat.

Linda Edwards

Well done Linda on 10 marathons! Did you remember to ‘do the Y’ at the end?

Centurion Autumn 100

Not content with running 2 marathons in 2 weeks, RSE’s Sarah Hancock took on an even longer challenge for her 3rd week of races. The Centurion Autumn 100 is based in the twinned villages of Goring and Streatley on the river Thames. The difficulty of the run is stressed on the website, pointing to the dramatically changing conditions dependant on weather.

Sarah completed an incredible 75 miles of the course! Fantastic work, Sarah!

Great South Run

Taking place in Portsmouth, the Great South run follows a fast and flat 10 mile course along the coast and through the city. Runners past iconic sites including the HMS Victory and Spinnaker Tower. The Great South race weekend attracts thousands of participants, making a fantastic race atmosphere.

Running for RSE was Paul Coates, who ran with his son, Dan.

The course was good flat and fast, with perfect running weather, great atmosphere and support, and a run along the sea coming to the finish line. [I was] supported by Caroline on grandma duties and my granddaughter Florence.

Paul Coates

What a perfect family day out!

Paul finished in 1:25:42 – a new course record! Congratulations, Paul!


York Parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 31:26

Worcester Parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 26:02
  • Felicity Crotty – 30:29

Aberystwyth Parkrun

  • Cathy Steer – 28:59

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Elaine Chapman – 24:38
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 32:06 – a new course PB!

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.

RSE Club Report – 3 Countries, 2 City Marathons, an Ultra and a Race Track!

Manchester Marathon

The Manchester Marathon is fast and flat, taking runners mainly around the city centre roads. The marathon took place on a surprisingly hot day and the Manchester residents were out in force, cheering, offering words of encouragement and loudly playing music from famous Manchester bands (🎵 Don’t look back in anger!). 6 RSE members took to the course, which now measures the full 26.2 miles (*cough* see 2013-2015) and ran some incredible times.

  • Andy Poole – 3:43:09 – a 6 minute PB!
  • David Witnall – 3:48:22
  • Lesley Hinsley – 3:58:38 – a 25 minute PB!
  • Sarah Page – 4:13:28 – First marathon!
  • Phil Scoble – 4:27:29
  • Ellie Taylor – 4:41:29

Really enjoyable day-weather was perfect and the support all around the course was fantastic.

Andy Poole

It was a brilliant day with brilliant weather (usually rains in Manchester, always) so very lucky. A whole lot of nostalgia for me as been in Cirencester for last 20yrs, so lots of memories. Loved it. I have Mark Manley to thank for that with all his coaching, training and advice. Everyone did so well.

Lesley Hinsley

Some brilliant times, fantastic PBs and great team spirit! A huge thank you to the RSE cheering squad – Vanessa Poole, Cathy Steer, Martin Page and Paul Hinsley!

Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10k

Voted the best 10k in Scotland, the Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10k is an out and back mixed-terrain course, following grass, trail and roads. The run boasts stunning views of the countryside surrounding Loch Doine. Running for RSE was Kay Kipling who finished in a fantastic time of 1:39:28.

Starting from the Monachyle Mhor Hotel, the race takes
runners along Loch Doine before turning back towards Loch Voil and up into the surrounding forestry. The route is described as 2.5K undulating, 3.5K uphill, 4K downhill. It’s a beautiful and brutal race and worth trying at least once.

Kay Kipling

A huge well done to Kay!

Chicago Marathon

Only a week after completing the London marathon, RSE’s Sarah Hancock crossed the pond to complete Chicago marathon, a fast and flat course, starting and finishing in Grant Park. That’s 2 marathon world majors in 2 weeks! The route follows iconic landmarks, including The Lions Art Institute of Chicago, Navy Pier Ferris Wheel, the Aon Centre and Buckingham Fountain.

Sarah Hancock finished in a brilliant time of 3:56:21!

Well done, Sarah!

Swindon Ultra 50k

Taking place from Lydiard Park in Swindon, the Ultra 50k follows an undulating road and trail course around Shaw Forest Park, Coate Water Park and on to Barbury Castle. It’s the first year the 50k marathon has run and Swindon’s first Ultra!

RSE’s ultra-specialist Mark Manley took on the course, completing it in an incredible time of 6:14:00!

A huge congratulations, Mark! We look forward to hearing about your next ultra…

Silverstone Half Marathon

The iconic Silverstone track swapped race cars for runners this Sunday, with 5k, 10k and half marathon options available. As the official website states – ‘Lewis Hamilton’s fastest qualifying lap time of 1min 24sec is hard to beat, but why not set yourself a challenge!!’ [Source]. The course is not as flat as you might expect from a race track but the route is well worth checking out for it’s…spiral(?).. shape – check it out here.

A huge well done to Paul Robertson who completed the course in a speedy time of 1:37:18!

A good course but a course that is more difficult than you would assume. Lots of small inclines that seem to stretch forever. A must for F1 racing fans who want to see the inside of the garages and run on the hallowed tarmac. A highlight was being set off with sparklers going off at the start line as you ran through.

Paul Robertson

Well done, Paul!


Worcester Parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 31:04

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Paul Coates – 26:45
  • David Witnall – 28:13
  • Carol Sworn – 29:08
  • Vicki Mason – 30:04
  • Elaine Chapman – 35:43