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RSE Club Report – Festivities, Fast Courses and France!

La Rochelle Marathon

Tipped as the second largest marathon in France, the La Rochelle Marathon offers runners a chance to see 26.2 miles of the west coast, crossing through the city to the historical port areas. The route features 2-laps of flat terrain, and is supported by lively crowds and bands every 2km.

Linda Edwards and Sarah Page ran in RSE colours, finishing in fantastic times!

  • Sarah Page – 4.25.10
  • Linda Edwards – 4.44.42

Flat course doing a figure of eight round the harbour and town- fantastic views of the town as we went round the harbour. Well organised and plenty of marshals.
Good crowds all along the course giving us loads of support, ten bands which were great and kept us entertained. The shouts of allez, allez were very encouraging!
Cathy gave us fantastic support , popping up three times round the course, so nice to see a friendly face.
Great goodies- a rose, 6 oysters, hot chocolate and a snazzy running jacket which we will be modelling at club soon.

Sarah Page

Wilmslow festive 10k

The start of the festive season has begun! This popular Christmas-themed race starts in the town centre of Wilmslow before following a one lap course on scenic country roads, and then finishing on Mobberley Road/Sandy Lane. The first 5k is described as ‘lightening quick’, whilst the end half of the race features just one hill.

Running for RSE was Felicity Crotty, who completed the course in a brilliant time of 1:08:58!

We had nice weather and lots of festive outfits!

Felicity Crotty

AVR Half Marathon

This friendly, local half marathon has a great race atmosphere and festival feel. The course starts in Edington and then heads out to the beautiful villages of Steeple Ashton and Great Hinton. Expect undulating (hilly) countryside paths and a well supported race finish.

Running for RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed, who completed the race in a great time of 1:57:17, a new course PB!

The AVR Wiltshire Half is one of my favourite Half Marathons. Positioned nicely at the end of November it’s perfect for one last blow out before the Christmas break. Despite the rather ‘bumpy’ route the scenery is great and the support & organisation from The Avon Valley Runners is second to none. On the back of little to no recent training I’m pretty happy with a course PB and a sub 2hr finish for my last ‘competitive’ half of the year 🥳

Eynsham 10k

The Eynsham 10k is a fast, flat two lap 10k course around the Oxfordshire village, making it a popular course for PB-seekers. The race is organised by Eynsham roadrunners and as part of the Oxfordshire County Championship, attracts a lot of club runners.

Completing the course for RSE and running great times were Kirsty Pitts and Ted Pitts!

  • Kirsty Pitts – 54:00
  • Ted Pitts – 55:38

A flat, 2 lap course around the pretty town of Eynsham. This race was part of Oxfordshire County championship with over 565 runners. It was great to see Liz Hulcup there cheering us along 👍

Kirsty Pitts


Cheltenham parkrun

  • Sharon Smith – 24:49

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 20:50
  • Jon Campbell – 23:03
  • Ben Chapman – 23:20
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:39
  • Phil Newman – 25:12
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:56
  • Paul Coates – 26:26
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:04
  • Vicki Mason – 27:12
  • Nadine Brown – 27:30
  • Marie Yates – 29:30
  • Sue Navin – 29:30
  • Gemma Wright (and daughter, Libby) – 33:06
  • Sylvia Warman – 35:38

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

  • Paul Beaumont – 26:31

Horspath parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:58 – 150th parkrun!

As well as volunteering and acting as occasional director at Cirencester parkrun, Phil has run over 67 parkruns across the UK, often after cycling many miles to the event! Congratulations Phil!

Witney parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 28:39

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening
  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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

RSE Club Report – Sun and Scenery!

Maspalomas 10km Gran Canaria

This Sunday was race day for Gran Canaria, with 10k, half marathon and marathon races taking over the island. Each race follows a coastal route with a unique finish line in the Maspalomas Dunes – perfect for a sun holiday as RSE member, Rachel Bodey, found out.

Well done to Rachel, who took on the course (as well as an active cycling holiday) only a few weeks after completing her first marathon! Rachel finished in a brilliant time of 44:58!

It was fun to take part in this local 10km whilst in Gran Canaria mostly for cycling. A busy and lively event, plenty of drummers, djs and supporters lined the route which was billed as flat but definitely had more than one significant incline! That did at least allow for a nice fast downhill finish along the seafront :-). Paella for all participants!

Rachel Bodey

Well done, Rachel!

Forest Runner trail 10k

Part of the Forest Runner Trail race, this trail race is located in the heart of the Forest of Dean, at Symonds Yat Rock on the edge of the Iron Age hill fort. The race is undulating, following gravel tracks through the spectacular scenery of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Running for RSE was Anne Gardiner and Anna Field, who completed the course in 1:06:05 and 1:06:08 respectively!

We ran it together and had time to appreciate the lovely scenery.

Anne Gardiner

Well done both of you on a great run!


Lydiard parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:39
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:02

Hampstead Heath parkrun

  • Jenny Hoffman – 31:43

Thornbury parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 29:41

Cirencester parkrun

  • Ben Chapman – 23:49
  • Phil Southworth – 24:43
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 26:21
  • Anne Gardiner – 27:38
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 28:22
  • Marie Yates – 30:16
  • Sue Navin – 30:26
  • Vicki Mason – 32:49
  • Elaine Chapman – 37:50

Marlborough Common parkrun

  • Cathy Steer – 31:33

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Dylan Boreham – 20:58
  • Paul Robertson – 21:22

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening
  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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

RSE Club Report – ‘Forget the Roads’: A 3-Day Challenge and a Sodbury Slog!

The Druids Challenge

The historic ridgeway is the perfect place to explore for a runner, following the national trail signposts for miles of valleys, woodland, downland and picturesque views. For those that are accustomed to an ultra (or two!), the Druids Challenge crosses 86 miles of the landscape across 3 days – accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, and evening speakers are provided for entrants, meaning they can full focus on the ultra at hand.

Taking on his 13th ultra of the year, and the full 3 day challenge, was Mark Manley, who completed the course in an accumulated time of 15hours 50mins, making him 4th in his age group!

Lesley Hinsley joined Mark on the third day, completing 29 miles and finishing 1st in her age group for the day!

Ultra#13 for 2022 down my wonderful Ridgeway – this sort of thing really plays to my sense of adventure and devilment. Mrs Motivator Lesley maintained my spirits on day 3 after 2 days on my lonesome.

Mark Manley

I did the Druids day 3 today, last 29 miles from Wantage to Wroughton along the Ridgeway to support Mark! This was the 1st ultra I did last year and my 9th in the last 12 months. And I love it! All down to Mark’s great coaching skills and encouragement. Mark did all 3 days. What a legend! The weather was perfect. Looking forward to many more Ultras next year. Got the bug!

Lesley Hinsley

Incredible running from both of our Ultra pros!

Sodbury Slog

When a race’s tagline is ‘Just don’t swallow the water’ and the website states ‘Forget roads – they’re for wimps’, you know it’s going to be a fun but tough and messy challenge. Starting at Chipping Sodbury School, the course starts in the centre of the market town before heading through the muddy, hilly, obstacle-filled countryside. Each year the race is held on Remembrance Sunday to commemorate the fallen.

Running for RSE was Zoe Markham-Lee, who finished in a brilliant time of 2:25:16!

10 miles through a sheep dip, lots of mud and cow poop. 2 miles from the end you go into the trough full of mud. Not a PB course as you have to wait to get through some of the mud! The mud went through my leggings!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Excellent running, Zoe!


Curl Curl parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 27:25

Colby parkrun

  • Ollie Hazel – 21:42

Cirencester parkrun

  • Dylan Boreham – 23:00
  • Ben Chapman – 23:24
  • Jon Campbell – 24:34
  • Phil Southworth – 25:01
  • Caroline Jones-Creed – 32:26
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 32:27
  • Elaine Chapman – 35:11

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 35:28

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 26:13
  • Felicity Crotty – 34:27

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening
  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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

RSE Club Report – As Fast as Fireworks!

Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country League – Cirencester Park

Cross country races are notorious for being wet, muddy and hilly; it’s a brave runner who takes on the course! The Cirencester Park version was no different, but this time it was on home turf. It was also a great honour for RSE to take on hosting of the race. A huge well done to Dave Witnall for mapping out the course and meeting with the race officials and judges, and on the day point of contact for marshals, Sarah Reynolds who organised the marshals, and Pauline Tilbury who brought her expertise in race organisation to the mix – the day ran like clockwork thanks to this dream team!

A massive thank you to all of the marshals, who braved the elements throughout the day to ensure runners questions were answered, and they ran in the right direction! – Sarah Page, Martin Page, Paul Beaumont, Ellie Witnall, Jo Wood, Ollie Hazel, Richard Grice, Felicity Crotty, Monica Farthing, Fran Penny, Liz Farooq, Kevin Joynes-Creed, Caroline Joynes-Creed, Andy Poole, Vanessa Poole, Dave Daniels, Ben Chapman, Elaine Chapman, Daniel Chapman, Matthew Chapman, Anne Gardiner, Paul Coates, Phil Southworth, Steve Sandercock, Kirsty Pitts, Ted Pitts, Maria Yates, Katy M, Gareth Roberts, Martin Sheriff

We also had 2 runners who took to the course, and got thoroughly soaked in the process!

Entering the 6.4k heat:

  • Fran Penny – 38:34
  • Paul Beaumont – 38:43

Here’s to another successful year next year!

Gower 50k Ultra

The first place in Britain to be names as an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, the Gower is the perfect place for runners seeking an awe-inspiring back drop. It’s a more unique runner who takes on the 50k version! With a back drop of backdrop of cliff tops, downland, woodland, sand dunes and world famous beaches, the course starts in Oxwich before heading across country to Fairyhill and Llangennith, then following the long coastline back round to the start. Although advertised as a 50k, there was a bonus 6k tagged on the end for good measure, which I’m sure all entrants appreciated!

A huge congratulations to Rosie Hartland, who took on her first ever ultra marathon! Rosie completed the course in a fantastic time of 8:46:34!

It was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever done but also the best experience ever. I loved and hated it at the same time, mostly because the weather was so feral! We had a lot of serious head winds on the peaks, moors and beach strips which made it hard to even stand up straight! I am still buzzing and in total disbelief I did it 😁 The 20 mile wall hit me hard and I almost gave up but I was adopted by a lovely group of runners who kept me going to the end ❤️❤️ I think getting soaked through actually helped oddly because I got so cold I became numb to all the pain 😂

Rosie Hartland

Guy Fawkes 5

The flat, fast course of the Guy Fawkes 5 makes it a good choice for those taking on their first 5-miler, or for those seeking a PB. Based in Tewkesbury, the route is not the most inspiring, but the good news is it’s over a lot quicker than the standard 10k. There is also free cake at the end for all finishers, which is part of the reason this race is so popular.

RSE runners took to the course en masse:

  • David Witnall – 32:10
  • Mark Garrett – 32:15
  • Paul Robertson – 35:59
  • Elliot Gardiner – 36:12 – First 5-miler!
  • Dylan Boreham – 38:03 – First 5-miler!
  • Elaine Chapman – 39:13
  • Jo Wood – 39:31
  • Alan Powderhill – 40:12
  • Steve Sandercock – 40:46
  • Darren Jenner – 41:08
  • Anne Gardiner – 41:24 – New PB!
  • Paul Beaumont – 41:43
  • Paul Coates – 42:12
  • Sarah Page – 42:26
  • Liz Farooq – 43:00 – New PB!
  • Kirsty Pitts – 43:12
  • Liz Hulcup – 43:41
  • Martin Pitts – 44:20
  • Linda Edwards – 45:55
  • Gareth Roberts – 46:23
  • Rosanna Price – 49:53
  • Felicity Crotty – 54:21
  • Sylvia Warman – 55:49 – First 5-miler!

There was a great atmosphere and it was really well organised. A nice, flat course with a lovely medal and cake at the end 😄

Liz Farooq

We were lucky not to get rained on and marshalling was cheerful and supportive. Very grateful it was flat course!

Sarah Page

First time doing a 5 mile race distance so wasn’t sure what to expect & anything would be a PB 😂. Plan was to run in between my 5K PB pace and 10K PB pace at 7.15 minute miles. Managed to average 7.12’s and get well under 37 mins, so very pleased overall. A new target set to break next time!

Elliot Gardiner


Hampstead Heath parkrun

  • Jenny Hoffman – 32:39

Curl Curl parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 27:54

Cirencester parkrun

  • Paul Robertson – 22:12
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:29
  • Jon Campbell – 23:50
  • Elaine Chapman – 26:34
  • Andy Sworn – 27:16
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:32
  • Linda Edwards – 29:19
  • Maria Yates – 32:44

Witney parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 31:15

California Country parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 29:12

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Sharon Smith – 27:22

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Wednesday 9th November, 8pm: Ice Ultra Talk / Q&A Session with Sampo
  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening

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