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This week’s Racing – 29th April 2017

BIRMINGHAM 10K

Great results from a four of our members at the Birmingham 10k on Sunday.  A hugely supported race, the course took the runners around the streets of the city, taking in the many sights and sounds.  Dave Witnall came in first for the club and finished in 42.09, followed by Ruth Herbert 1.00.05, Kate Potter 1.04.48 and Ellie Taylor 1.07.39.  Well done all of you.
ANGELS 10K
Well done to 4 RSE runners at the ever popular Angels 10k on Sunday, the race was part of the Gloucestershire AAA Road Race series.  This undulating, challenging course took the runners along country lanes starting and finishing at the Woodpeckers Cricket club in Ashleworth.  First home for the club was Amelia Culshaw who finished in 46.38 (2nd LV40), Martin Pitts 47.35, Sharon Smith 51.55 (1st LV65) and Kirsty Pitts 52.47.
MILTON KEYNES HALF MARATHON
Well done to Matt Lambourne and Elaine Chapman at the Milton Keynes Half Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday. The race started at The Stadium MK and then the first 5 miles of the course took the runners along wide tree lined boulevards with amazing support, the course includes the beautiful Ouzel Valley following the River Ouzel and to finish with a victory lap at the Stadium MK.  Matt finished in 1.48.49 (1hr 50min pacer) followed by Elaine in 1.49.11.
PENDULUM FELL RACE
Congratulations to Stephen Priestnall at the Pendulum Fell race in Northumberland on Sunday. The extremely tough 12 mile course tackles 2 of Northumberland’s highest peaks, the Cheviot (highest point of 2674 ft) and Hedgehope (highest point of 2343 ft ), and also taking in the amazing views along the way.  Great result from Steve who finished in 2.26.08.

THAMES PATH ULTRA CHALLENGE

Well done to Henry Church who competed in the 6th annual Thames Path 100 Mile continuous trail race on Saturday, the course took the runners along the Thames path from Richmond in London to Oxford, with a total climb of 1900 feet.  This trail race is fast and flat, with the majority of the course on groomed paths/trails and paved pathways, with some stunning sections of the English riverside scenery.
Results to follow…
PARKRUNS
Swindon – Matt Lambourne 20.02, Martyn Joyce 20.27, Graham Aitchison 22.59 and Caroline Sandercock 33.07.
Leicester – Sophie Collins 22.08 (PB) and Jon Collins 26.05.

This Week’s Running – 22nd April 2017

LONDON MARATHON

Huge congratulations go to Ben Chapman and Pete Whitmore who ran in the infamous Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.  This iconic event brings over 39,000 runners to compete in this fantastic marathon, not to mention the thousands and thousands of supporters lining the streets along the way.  The course takes in many of the amazing landmarks of the city including, Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Canary Wharf, London Eye, Big Ben and so much more. This was Ben’s first marathon and he completed it in an amazing time of 3.56.28 (PB), followed by Pete in 6.39.41.  Well done you two great running.
ATHENS POSEIDON HALF MARATHON
Louise Abbott travelled a little further afield this week to the spectacular city of Athens, and competed in the Athens Poseidon Half Marathon, which is described as a fast beautiful course.  Well done to Louise, who despite the heat finished in 2.34.00.
SOUTHAMPTON HALF MARATHON & 10K
Steve Sandercock ran in the Southampton Half Marathon and Paul Coates, Caroline Coates and Caroline Sandercock ran in the 10k on Sunday, this event also included a Marathon and 1 mile fun run.  Both races included the same route but with the half marathon running through the huge expanse of the common, they both started at the Guildhall Square area and then the runners were taken back down into the city centre including a fantastic opportunity to ‘Beat the Bridge’ as they took on Itchen Bridge itself, at the top, nearly 100ft up they could admire the stunning view of the city and see out towards the Isle of Wight. Well done to all of our runners, Steve finished the Half in 1.58.52.  Paul finished the 10k in 51.32, followed by Caroline Coates in 1.04.10 and Caroline Sandercock in 1.09.38.
CORSHAM 10K
Well done to Richard Marshall who ran in the Corsham 10k on Sunday.  The course took the runners on an undulating route starting in the centre of historic Corsham, then following the country lanes to Neston, from there it was mostly downhill to the finish except for the last climb on Pound Hill at 9k before heading back to the finish.  Richard finished in 55.58.
PARKRUNS
Swindon – Elspeth Murano 44.08.
Poole – Martyn Joyce 20.29.
Greenwich – Matt Lambourne 20.05, Cat Shelley 26.36.

FAIRFORD 10K MARSHALLS NEEDED

Hi All.

Fairford 10K 4th June.

We are still short of volunteers for marshalling duties on the day! Without enough people to help out we are going to struggle to put on this event.
If you are able to help out on the day Please Please let Sarah Gray know or put your name down on the marshall list on the club noticeboard.
Thank you

This week’s Racing – 15th April 2017

BOSTON MARATHON

An absolutely amazing achievement from Mark Manley at the Boston Marathon on Monday, he has now completed his 6th World Major marathon, which has included London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Chicago and now Boston.  This historic course started at Main Street in the rural New England town of Hopkinton and followed route 135 taking in the many incredible sights of this fantastic city along the way to finally finish near the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square. Huge congratulations to Mark who despite the hills and heat finished in a brilliant time of 3.52.42.
YEOVIL EASTER BUNNY 10K
Well done to Phil Scoble who ran in the Yeovil Easter Bunny 10k on Monday, he was among 400 other competitors who ran in this annual event, the course was fairly flat and took the runners around the villages of West Camel and Podimore. Great result from Phil who finished in 53.56 (PB).
PARKRUNS
Swindon – Matt Lambourne 21.37, Graham Aitchison 22.53, Jonathan Lewis 23.03, Laurie Aitchison 25.22, Cat Shelley 25.22, Caroline Sandercock 33.52, Martyn Joyce 40.21 and Elspeth Murano 44.00.
Linford Wood – Pete Whitmore 34.51.