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Charity Quiz Night – 19th April 2018

Running Somewhere Else hold charity quiz for Churn and celebrate 10x10k challenge achievers


The event, held at the Somewhere Else bar, was attended by over 50 people including club members, friends and family and featured 7 rounds of questions including categories ‘Ding-dong’, ‘Cats’ and of course a ‘Running’ specific final round!

Seven teams battled to win the prizes on offer and thanks to a storming final round ‘Team Duathlons’ surprised everyone, including themselves, to finish in 1st place.

2017 saw Running Somewhere Else turn 10 years old and to celebrate this milestone the RSE committee challenged their members to run ten 10k’s throughout the year (January – December).

During the evening Club Coach Dave Whitlow made the presentations to the 24 members who had successfully completed this 10x10k Challenge, 3 of whom, amazingly, had already completed the challenge in June! They received a commemorative running t-shirt which features the clubs 10th anniversary logo and a list of the various 10k’s that were completed around the world!

The club used the event, primarily, to raise funds for their charity of the year, The Churn Project. The quiz raised over £100 for the charity. The next event RSE will be using to raise funds will be Fairford 10k on June 3rd. Places are still available for those wishing to join the 10k race which is also part of the Gloucester AAA road race series for 2018; head to the clubs website for more details.

Club Chair Caroline Coates said: “We all had a fantastic time at the charity quiz evening. It was wonderful to recognise the achievements of our members and enjoy a really good quiz with friends whilst raising money for The Churn”

“I’d like to thank all those involved in organising the event and to Somewhere Else for hosting us.”

RSE Racing Report – 22nd April 2018

London Marathon

London Marathon runners faced record temperatures for the grueling 26.2 mile race on Sunday. The mass race kicked off at 10 am and temperatures hit 23C – making it the hottest London Marathon on record. Runners faced uncomfortable conditions, but the sunshine and warm weather was expected to lead to one of the biggest crowds ever turning out to cheer on the 47,000 runners.

This years RSE club place went to the ever inspiring Mark Manley who, as always, did RSE proud completing the distance in 3:43:57 before requiring medical attention! We are pleased to hear all is well now and he will no doubt be back racing again very soon, knowing our Mark!

Andy Sampson, who received last year’s club place but deferred until this year, also put in a stellar performance finishing in 4:09:00. Although it may not have been the time hoped for, remember you can only control the controllable Andy, and your effort, attitude and focus was spot on!

RSE member Debbie Rees-Jones ran for charity raising over £8000 for Macmillan. Such a fantastic achievement Debbie, well done, as is the finishing time of 5:15:03.

A final mention to Matt Lambourne who had also deferred his RSE club place from 2017 to run this year, now under his new club Cheltenham and County Harriers, he finished in 3:55:06.

Congratulations to all of you, such incredible times in the tough conditions.

Run Mhor Hidden Glen 10K

Starting at the Monachyle Mhor Hotel in Balquhidder, this Scottish 10k features over 800ft of elevation. Wearing the RSE vest for the first time, on Saturday, Kay Thompson completed the beautiful route in 1:25:11. Fantastic work, Kay!

Corsham 10k

The Corsham 10k was also held on Sunday. It featured an undulating route and included the Corsham Wind Band who aimed to entertain runners on the way round. Martyn Joyce completed this one in 44:81, cracking effort in the heat!


Swindon: Steve Sandercock 25:58 & Caroline Sandercock 34:11.

Chester: Charlie Austin 35:06.

Netley Abbey: Paul Coates 24:56 & Caroline Coates 31:54.

Chipping Sodbury: Richard Marshall 28:57.

Cirencester: Andy Masser 21:54; Gareth Roberts 24:14 & Elspeth Murano 50:52.

Linford Wood: Pete Whitmore 40:22.

Sadly, Pete will not be renewing his membership this year with RSE due to work commitments. We wish you all the best in your future running endeavors Pete, and please do join us for a club run anytime you are back in Cirencester.

Congratulations to all runners, racers, volunteers and supporters this week. Go Team RSE!

RSE Racing Report – 15th April 2018



Sunday saw 9 RSE members complete the marathon and 1 complete the 10k. Both the marathon and the 10k started in Preston Park and finished along the seafront.

Since its inauguration, the Brighton Marathon has grown dramatically to become the Brighton Marathon Weekend. The course bests for the men and women are well under 2hrs10min and 2:29, making it the second-fastest marathon in the UK. It is also the second-largest marathon in the UK and eighth-largest in Europe. Following a muggy start, the wind and rain set in but this was welcome following such a warm day on the Saturday. Provisional results as follows.

First home for the club was Nadine Brown in 3:44:24, achieving a new PB. Dave Daniels completed the 26.2 in 3:45:16 (SB) followed by Dave Whitlow in 4:03:00 (SB). Elaine Chapman came home in 4:14:52 (SB) closely followed by Gareth Roberts achieving a fantastic new PB in 4:15:10. First timers Rosie Oates and Emma Hine both did RSE proud achieving 4:44:33 and 4:45:46 respectively; Rosie has also raised a fantastic amount for Cystic Fibrosis. Amanda Tyler completed her second marathon in a course PB of 5:11:13 (SB). Also running for charity was Jules Macfarlane who finished in 6:32:56 (SB) despite picking up an injury on the course. Well done everyone, you are all incredible!

In 2014, the super-fast BM10k was added to the weekend schedule and immediately stamped its importance on the rankings with the second-fastest time in the country that year. The course is fast and flat, taking participants through the city centre and finishing at the same finish as the Marathon, on Madeira Drive. Ben Chapman took part in the 10k, enjoying the cheering marathon crowds and completed the course in 47:27. Great work Ben!

Resolution Run

Elspeth Murano and Andy Masser completed this fantastic run in aid of the Stroke Association. This charity event, held at Lydiard Park, raises money to support people who are living with the impact of stroke. Well done Elspeth for completing the 10k! Andy Masser completed the 15k in 1:12:26, great work Andy!


Swindon: Martyn Joyce 21:08 and Caroline Sandercock 33:55.

Linford Wood: Pete Whitmore 40:33.

RSE Racing Report – 8th April 2018

Highworth 5

A scenic 5 mile loop mainly on flat, fast roads, with a sting-in-the-tail at the 4 mile marker! The route starts and finishes at Warneford School in Highworth and this year a mightily impressive 26 RSE members took part in the Club’s 4th Championship race of the year!

It certainly was an exciting finish with only 2 seconds separating the first two back for the club, Tom Cooper just holding on to beat Dave Witnall to the finish line! Special mention to Pauline Tilsbury who raced for the first time in 9 months putting in a PB effort, Ellie Taylor knocking off over 2 minutes from her PB and SB performances all round due to most members’ first 5 mile race of the year.

Tom Cooper 31:35(PB); Dave Witnall 31:37(PB); Mark Manley 33:45; Ben Chapman 37:12; Elaine Chapman 37:59; Nadine Brown 38:15(PB); Teresa Hazelwood 38:48; Ellie Taylor 38:55(PB); Paul Coates 39:15; Martin Pitts 39:23; Sharon Smith 39:24; Cheri Edwards 39:40(PB); Sarah Reynolds 39:43(PB); Kirsty Pitts 40:55; Jo Wood 41:08; Norm Lever 42:21; Lindsay Gregory 42:26(PB); Rich ‘Ryo’ Taylor 42:50 (PB); Ruth Herbert 46:26; Sarah Gray 47:33(PB); Kate Potter 50:38; Tracey Pitts 51:22; Caroline Coates 51:22; Laura Butler 56:18; Caroline Terry 57:49 and Pauline Tilbury 57:49(PB).

Llanbedr to Blaenafon Fell Race

Last Saturday Stephen Priestnall took on this classic A to B ‘grassroots’ fell race taking in three major peaks in the South Wales Black Mountains. The route includes 4500 feet ascent over the 15.8 miles and Stephen managed to complete it in 3:22:39. Awesome work!

Railway River 11k

Richard Marshall ran in the Railway River 11k on Saturday 7th April. It begins on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path before branching off to take in some absolutely stunning off road trails, returning to the Railway Path runners before a 2nd loop of this off road section. All this whilst taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Avon Valley, with amazing views of the Bath Skyline. 56 racers took part and Richard finished in 1:05:38, 2nd VM50! Well done Richard!

Taunton Marathon

The 35th Taunton Marathon was held on Sunday 8th April, starting and finishing in an urban area but featuring a mainly rural two lap course, and Ollie Hazel was flying the RSE flag down in Somerset. Quite an intimate marathon, it has a 4hr 30min cut off time and only 184 men and ladies raced. Ollie put in an incredible performance, especially when he hasn’t ran further than 10miles since December, and smashed the sub 3:30 mark with a PB of 3:21:31. Great job Ollie!

Manchester Marathon

In contract to Taunton; Sunday saw over 9000 people take part in the Manchester Marathon, a wonderfully supported course labelled the “flattest, fastest and friendliest UK marathon”. Linda Edwards ran for her 1st claim club ‘Bourton Roadrunners’ and completed the 26.2 in 4:45:23. Well done Linda!

Awesome running too from Jack Pitcher who finished in 3:15:09, over an hour off his previous time! It is at this point we say goodbye to him and Emily Jefferies due to their move to Bristol and therefore, understandably, will not be renewing their membership with RSE. We wish them all the best in their running endeavors with Emersons Green Running Club.

Devizes Half Marathon

The Devizes Half Marathon starts on Church Walk, next to The Green. The route follows Nursteed Road and heads towards Monument Hill before looping off into the surrounding villages. The finish line is on The Green with a spectator friendly loop around the field. Among 675 other racers, Andy Masser took part in this one finishing in 1:38:06. Good work, Andy!


Swindon: Caroline Sandercock 33:47.

Linford Wood: Pete Whitmore 40:58.

Cirencester: Laura Butler 48:04.

Well done all racers, runners, volunteers and supporters this week!