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RSE Club Report – Bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible…

Title quote – Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon

To celebrate the birth of William Shakespeare, each year the streets of Stratford are lined with runners, ready to take on the half marathon or marathon. The route starts in the town centre, and gives participants a tour of the old buildings, before heading out to Luddington and Welford-on-Avon. The course is a mix of road and dirt tracks across Stratford Greenway. While the half marathon runners then carried on, back to the town centre, the marathon runners turned off to complete an additional lap.

This year’s Stratford race was extra special for RSE, as not only was it included in the club championship (half only), but a coach was hired to take club members on masse to the race HQ and there was a Shakespeare-themed quiz to raise money for our club charity, the Great Western Air Ambulance. Friends, family and anyone with a pom pom were encouraged to come support!

Marathon times:

  • Andy Poole – 3:36:34
  • Jo Wood – 4:08:21
  • Cheri Edwards – 4:12:35
  • Sarah Reynolds – 4:23:22
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 4:28:01
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 4:48:53
  • Vicki Mason – 4:51:52

Half marathon times:

  • Mark Garrett – 1:27:50
  • David Witnall – 1:28:01
  • Nia Glover – 1:39:40
  • Phil Southworth – 1:43:05
  • Rachel Bodey – 1:44:17
  • Ellie Taylor – 1:49:38
  • Nadine Brown – 1:51:03
  • Sarah Page – 1:57:33
  • Elliot Gardiner – 2:00:06
  • Kirsty Pitts – 2:02:16
  • Teresa Hazelwood – 2:03:33
  • Elaine Chapman – 2:03:34
  • Zan Futter – 2:06:02
  • Paul Robertson – 2:10:07
  • Amanda Ball – 2:11:22
  • Tim Wainwright – 2:12:24
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 2:23:23
  • Jenny Hoffmann – 2:29:00

Fantastic day, a lovely route (when you only have to do the loop once!) and well organised. RSE were incredible, both those who ran and those who came to support. Well done and thank you to all.

Thank you to Dave and the committee for organising and paying for the coach transfers too which complimented the day perfectly. Looking forward to the next one!

Nadine Brown

Pewsey Downsaround 36+

Lesley Hinsley and Mark Manley are no strangers to an ultra, so when a course boasts stunning views and iconic sites, including the Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill and the Wansdyke, how could they resist the Pewsey Downsaround 36 miler. With over 4000 feet of elevation, the course takes participants on a circular walk across footpaths and bridleways, and runners are treated to views of the Vale of Pewsey and Marlborough Downs.

Mark and Lesley completed the challenge in a brilliant time of 7 hours and 35 minutes!

[It] was lovely, soo pretty, but rather hilly. Gorgeous weather [and I] thoroughly enjoyed it.

Lesley Hinsley

Incredible work both of you!


Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester

  • Felicity Crotty – 31:07

Aberystwyth parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 27:28 – 1st in age category!

Cirencester parkrun

  • William Gardiner – 27:51
  • Liz Hulcup – 27:59
  • Elaine Chapman – 28:07
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 28:14
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:15
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 30:10

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 35:16

Berkeley Green parkrun

  • Richard Edwards – 26:29

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.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week ๐Ÿ™‚

RSE Club Report – Comebacks at Westonbirt and Worldwide parkruns!

Westonbirt Easter 10k

The house and grounds at Westonbirt are notoriously beautiful, and a perfect setting for an Easter run. Runners had the choice of a half marathon or 10k challenge around the grounds, each event finishing in front of the stately home.

RSE club members took on the 10k distance in what was a surprisingly hot day.

  • Paul Beaumont – 53:37 – First 10k!
  • Linda Edwards – 1:06:41
  • Pauline Tilbury – 1:10:38
  • Caroline Terry – 1:16:32

Westonbirt 10K. Bit nervous before – was my first 10K – and was following hamstring then covid. Great to see other RSEs running and even an RSE marshall! Did it. (53.37 chip time). Never imagined would do a 10k when joined RSE after lockdown. So many thanks to RSE and ESPECIALLY the coaches. Now for the Stroud Beer Race!

Paul Beaumont

It was, as usual, a lovely event, very friendly and well organised but hot hot hot โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž ! The three of us (Caroline T, Linda & me) were all coming back from illness and injury so all delighted just to finish. Getting out there has been hard lately but putting on that club vest is motivation in itself ๐Ÿ’›

Pauline Tilbury

Incredible work from all those who ran, particularly those returning from injury or illness!


Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester

  • Darren Jenner – 25:23
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:41

York parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 28:16

Big Bay parkrun (South Africa)

  • Taryn Hancock – 33:43

Chipping Sodbury parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 21:42

Cirencester parkrun

  • Daniel Drayton – 23:37
  • Cheri Edwards – 24:29
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:35
  • Oliver Hughes – 27:54
  • Louise Hayes – 31:04

Groe parkrun

  • Kathryn Cowdall – 28:45

Hobsonville Point parkrun (New Zealand)

  • Campbell McIlroy – 23:47

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • David Witnall – 18:58
  • Ellie Taylor – 23:27 – parkrun PB + 2nd in age category!
  • Richard Edwards – 25:37
  • Richard Taylor – 30:32

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 34:03

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week ๐Ÿ™‚

RSE Club Report – 5 Miles to 50+ Miles!

Rose of the Shires 54 Mile Ultra

The Rose of the Shires Ultra consists of 54ย miles of beautiful Northamptonshire country trails, roads and towpath.
The Race start and finish is hosted by the Brixworth Country Park and is a single loop taking in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. It includes two country parks, Salcey Forest, the Grand Union Canal and 21 pretty villages and towns following parts of the Nene Way, the Midshires Way and the Northampton Round.

A huge congratulations to RSE’s Nadine Brown for completing the course in 11:53:53 – this is her 2nd ultra in 3 weeks!

I felt under-prepared and nervous for this one. The goal was to simply get round within the cut offs.

The route is 99% self navigated and I’ve discovered 8 hours into running I’ve not necessarily got my wits about me! Anyway, I channelled my inner ‘Mark Manley’, pushed on and am delighted to have finished. Will be taking a break from the double marathon distance for a while though!

Nadine Brown

Incredible, Nadine, well done!

Centurion South Downs 50 Mile

Taking place along the South Downs Way National Trail, the course consists of chalk trails and bridleways which take runners from Worthing to Eastbourne. This ultra is perfect for fans of a hill, as entrants are treated to 6500 feet of elevation and incredible views across the Weald and the coast/ English Channel.

Well done to Mark Manley, who clocked off another ultra in his well-practised belt, to finish the course in 9 hours and 51 minutes!

My shout out is to my parents. 83yo picked me up at 5am, drove me to Worthing; met me twice on route and were on gate opening duty for runners. Dad ran the finish on the running track with me and got applauded (more than me!); took me for ice cream and then drove home. Memories are made of such things.

Mark Manley

Brilliant running, Mark!

Highworth 5 Mile

Highworth 5 is a little different to others, as runners have often caught themselves achieving a 5k PB within the first 3 miles, which are completely downhill (apart from that 1 teeny incline…). You may well think that a 5k PB would lead to a 5 mile one, but unfortunately, the last mile of the race is entirely uphill. And steep – as they say, what goes down, must go back up!

This year, the race was included as part of the club championship, so there was an additional element of competitiveness to an already very fast race.

  • Mark Garrett – 31:15
  • David Witnall – 32:14
  • Phil Southworth – 35:45
  • Rosie Oates – 37:48
  • Mick Bagot – 38:10
  • Ellie Taylor – 39:35
  • Darren Jenner – 39:36
  • Paul Beaumont – 40:15
  • Martin ‘Ted’ Pitts – 42:47
  • Kirsty Pitts – 43:47
  • Felicity Crotty – 50:40

Well done, Team RSE!

Please note – we’ve noticed a few problems with the online race results for Highworth 5. If you’re time is incorrect above, please contact Ellie for it to be changed.


Lydiard parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 34:02
  • Felicity Crotty – 39:19

Cirencester parkrun

  • William Gardiner – 27:46
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:51
  • Vicki Mason – 33:06
  • Sylvia Warman – 36:32

Groe parkrun

  • Kathryn Cowdall – 28:40

Leazes parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 31:30

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 35:56

Grove Fields parkrun

  • Richard Edwards – 26:52

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.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week ๐Ÿ™‚

RSE Club Report – A Marathon and 3 Halves!

London Landmarks Half Marathon

If you fancy a tour of London, the Landmarks Half Marathon is highly recommended, taking in some of the most iconic sites across the city. Runners are treated to views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, Big Ben, The London Eye as well as the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. Notorious for it’s incredible atmostphere, the race is organised by baby charity, Tommy’s and raises a lot of money for good causes.

Congratulations to Paul Robertson who finished the course in 1:48:07!

It was amazing. Its my favourite race of the year. A little slower for me than last year but that just meant more time to savour the encouragement of all the charities and the street bands and performers. Itโ€™s just so much fun.

Paul Robertson

Manchester Marathon

A go-to for club members, the Manchester Marathon boasts a fast and flat route supported by lively and friendly crowds that make for an excellent race atmosphere. The 26.2 mile race begins at Emirates Old Trafford Cricket ground before taking runners through the city centre, past Sale and Timperley and then out towards Altrincham. Challengers then make the long run back to the start.

The Manchester Marathon is the 4th largest marathon in Europe and the UK’s flattest!

Running for RSE was Jon Collins, who ran with his niece to finish in a brilliant time of 4:54:50! Well done to Jon and his niece!

Rutland Spring Half Marathon

The Rutland Spring Half Marathon is scenic race that takes place along Rutland water and around Hambleton Peninsula. Starting and finishing at Barnsdale Wood, the course is a mix of undulating tarmac and trail, boasting unrivalled views of the countryside.

Running for RSE were Darren Jenner and Felicity Crotty!

  • Darren Jenner – 1:50:16 – A 2.5 minute PB!
  • Felicity Crotty – 2:23:49

Well done both of you!

Taunton Half Marathon

This country half marathon is popular amongst runners in Somerset, taking entrants on a 1 lap rural route, starting and finishing at the Somerset College of Arts and Technology. 600 half marathon runners took on the challenge whilst marathon runners also took on 2 laps of the course.

Well done to Zoe Markham-Lee who completed the half marathon course in 2.08.57!

Was lush – Sunny Somerset today and medal given by the mayor.

Zoe Markham-Lee

Excellent running, Zoe!

Gloucestershire AAA Awards

This week saw the prize giving for the Gloucestershire AAA Awards, and 2 incredible runners from RSE received an award. Well done to Sharon Smith and Nia Glover who picked up prizes in the LV70 and Ladies Open categories respectively!

Sharon was there to receive her award, a fantastic looking shield!


Lydiard parkrun

  • Richard Edwards – 30:47

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 20:09 – 3rd Overall!
  • Mark Manley – 21:35
  • Michael Bagot – 24:09 – New CR!
  • Anne Gardiner – 27:37 – 3rd lady overall and 1st in age category!
  • William Gardiner – 28:23
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 28:58 – New CR!
  • Katie Tunstall – 29:01
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 30:20
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 30:50 – 1st in age category and new CR!

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 29:09

Itchen Valley Country parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 23:34

Frankston Nature Conservation Reserve parkrun

  • Campbell McIlroy – 24:39

University Parks parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 32:17

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.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week ๐Ÿ™‚