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RSE Club Report – Trails, large scale and coattails!

Chedworth Roman Trail

Hosted by Cirencester Athletics Club, the Chedworth Roman Trail is a local 10 mile-ish single lap of scenic Cotswold countryside. The route takes runners through Stowell Park, the Coln Valley, and close to the famous Chedworth Roman Villa. It is a challenging multi-terrain race that uses a variety of undulating tracks, footpaths, fields, and features a river crossing. This year it also features in the Running Somewhere Else Championship.

Congratulations to the following runners:

  • Mark Garrett 1:26:59
  • Paul Robertson 1:27:58
  • Jo Beames 1:37:00
  • Jo Wood 1:41:36
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed 1:47:37

Forest Runner 5 & 10k

Held and organised by Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, the profits from Forest Runner sales help to grow, shape and care for the local forest, now and for future generations. Both the 5k and 10k routes offer spectacular views of the Arboretum, with one of the world’s finest botanical collections of trees and shrubs.

Taking on the 10k option were both Anne and Jess, well done to you both.

  • Anne Gardiner – 55:10 (unofficial time)
  • Jessica James – 55:52 (unofficial time) – New PB!

It’s a beautiful setting. We were offered black ribbons and there was a 2 minute silence.

Anne Gardiner

So it’s been a double PB weekend with a PB parkrun yesterday and PB 10k at Westonbirt. Garmin says 55.52 so somewhere thereabout! Feedback on westonbirt; a lovely single loop through the woods with a killer hill at 5k!

Jess James

Great North Run

60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon – famous for its warm North East welcome, unbeatable atmosphere and the millions raised for good causes. This year the run returned to it’s original route, finishing in South Shields. Amongst the thousands taking part was RSEs Charlie Austin.

I’ve just done the Great North Run. Lovely sunny day in Newcastle with fab support along the route from the locals. Rather slow time but I managed to scrape in under 3hrs! Also received some really lovely messages from club members which were very much appreciated 🥰

Charlie Austin
  • Charlie Austin 2:57:10


Lydiard parkun

  • Mark Manley – 21:20

Cirencester parkrun

  • Ollie Hazel – 22:21
  • David Witnall – 22:22
  • Jessica James – 25:32- New PB!
  • Phil Southworth – 25:32
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:22
  • Paul Robertson – 27:23
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:04
  • Vicki Mason – 30:50
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:28
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 32:43

Stratford Park parkrun

  • Jane O’Dell – 39:35

Cranbrook Country Park parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:35

And Finally, Congratulations…

To Mr and Mrs Witnall

From all at Running Somewhere Else, we wish you a lifetime of joy, love and happiness.

RSE Club Report – Trails, Golds and Personal Achievements

Beyond Badminton Trail

Organised by Beyond Events this stunning event in the Badminton Estate boasts captivating views, a mostly flat and fast terrain, and a thrilling atmosphere, ensuring runners from all walks of life are welcome. Distances on offer include 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra 50km.

Pauline Tilbury took the Half Marathon on, completing the slightly longer course of 14.5miles in an unofficial time of 2:59:00.

“The event had a very relaxed and friendly feel and the course was a lovely trail through woodland and over fields, though it was a long half at 14.5 miles !”

Pauline Tilbury

Well done, Pauline!

Run Walk Crawl 50k Glamorgan Coastal Trail

The Vale of Glamorgan Ultra and Coastal Races are the original trail races along the Vale of Glamorgan Coastline, now proudly in their 6th year!  The Ultra race is a 32 mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.  The Vale Trail 18 (or mini ultra as it has fondly become known!) is an 18.5 mile run along the Coast Path passing through the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the Vale Trail 10 follows the last 10 miles of both races.  

Carol Sworn took on The Vale Trail 18 on a very sunny Saturday.

“(I) found it very hard going (was hot but generally no ‘oomph’) so ended up walking it in. Not my finest run but a very well organised race with glorious views so would recommend it to anyone in the future. I saw parts of the South West Coast that I didn’t know existed but will certainly be revisiting at some point in the future … maybe with a deckchair and picnic next time.”

Carol Sworn

Fantastic effort, Carol.

Angels 10k

The Angels 10k is an undulating but picturesque 10k road race in the Severn Vale taking in views of the Cotswold and Malvern hills. This year it was both a Glos AAA race and also a County Championship race.

Nia Glover and Sharon Smith put in sterling performances both finishing with Gold medals for winning their age category, with Nia second lady overall.

“I ran a course PB 46.54 . First in age category and Championship Gold . (It was) hilly but picturesque.”

Sharon Smith

“I finished in 42:42 chip time which is a 10k Pb for me. (I also) came in as 2nd lady and won the SL champs category. … Fantastic race although very undulating with a killer of a hill halfway through 🥵”

Nia Glover

Congratulations, amazing achievements ladies.

Great Bristol Half

The Great Bristol Run returned today with a half marathon and a 10k route, with more than 10,000 people taking part.

The run is renowned for its route along the Avon Gorge and through Bristol city centre, passing landmarks such as the Clifton suspension bridge, the waterfront, Castle Park, and Millennium Square.

Tim Wainwright is still on course for completing 4 half marathons in 4 weeks, with number 3 here in Bristol finishing in an unofficial time of 2:22:27.

“As expected I struggled today with fatigue. (I) finished in 2.22.27.
I’m pleased I’ve done 3 in 3 but today was tough just couldn’t get my legs going… onto the next one (and I’m) staying positive 😁”

Tim Wainwright

Well done Tim and good luck for next week 🤞🏼

The Swindon (Virtual) Half Marathon

Not to be deterred by the Swindon Half Marathon being cancelled, Alan Powderhill, Elliot Gardiner and Paul Robertson all completed their own virtual Swindon half marathon together achieving two PBs in the process. Well done chaps!

“2 x Personal Bests today… Al Powderhill on Virtual Swindon Half Marathon and Elliot Gardiner who joined us on the virtual run just for the fun of it….. They were superb today.”

Paul Robertson


We kick off this section of the report with big celebrations as Felicity completed her 250th parkrun, her first being back in 2012 – fantastic! 👏🏼

“I completed my 250th parkrun today!! 😃 at Rutland water with friends from when I used to live there. Beautiful day and fastest 5k for the year (28:50).”

Felicity Crotty
Rutland parkrun

Rutland parkrun

  • Darren Jenner 24:22
  • Felicity Crotty 28:50

Lanhydrock parkrun

  • Dave Witnall 22:08
  • Ellie Taylor 27:40

Glossop parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock 26:42

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jo Wood 25:13
  • Vicki Mason 29:40
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed 29:41
  • William Gardiner 29:53
  • Amanda Ball 33:05
  • Elaine Chapman 34:18

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.

A New Look to RSE Club Nights

With the changes in restrictions easing, we are pleased to launch the following changes to RSE Club Nights.

Monday Club Runs

Starting Monday 7th June 2021, we will be running as two groups instead of the current six. The two groups will still be split by 10k pace but the range of pace within the group will be far broader:

  • The current Groups 1, 2 & 3 (sub 55min 10k) will combine to form Group A.
  • The current Groups 4, 5 & 6 (55min plus 10k) will combine to form Group B.

Each group will have a lead runner and a tail runner and you can run at whatever pace you choose within the group.

In order for you to book the run of your choice, the new Groups will be available on the RunTogether App from 08.00 on Thursday 2nd June.

As per normal you will be able to view your group leader, tail runner and route info via the club website calendar by clicking on the run.

Wednesday Effort Sessions

Starting on Wednesday 9th June 2021

Choose between two Effort Sessions: Running Focused or Running Fitter

Both meeting at: 6:25pm (for a 6:30 start until 7:30pm)

Where? Old Station Car Park (or other location if announced)

(Excludes Wednesday 30th June as this is our annual RSE Scavenger Hunt – more details to follow)

To enable you to book your session of choice, all current efforts session bookings will be cancelled with the new look sessions available to book via the Run Together App by 08.00 Thursday 3rd June.

RSE Coaches Challenge – Team Challenge 26/4/20

What a week!

This week’s Running Somewhere Else’s Coaches Challenge saw over 50 members split into 5 teams, each captained by one of the club coaches, to encourage each other to continue running during lockdown. Challenges were set by each team to receive bonus ‘miles’, alongside the physical miles they each ran, in an attempt to accrue the most miles over the week and be crowned the winners.

“Cathy was joined by Royalty on Mondays run”

Challenges included co-ordinating running attire so each team member wore a different colour of the rainbow, only running in one direction (so only left turns or right turns allowed!) and taking a variety of silly selfies, all whilst following social distancing guidelines. Members were also all challenged to take part in a home-based exercise workout, such as strength training, yoga / Pilates or the popular Jo Wicks PE session.

“A few Silly Selfie’s from members of Elaine’s team”

These challenges certainly proved popular with almost all members completing the effort session: running up a hill at least 5 times wearing RSE club colours.

It has been fantastic to hear the ongoing feedback from all involved. The challenges have certainly made the captains’ smile too as they’ve learnt new things about each of you – For example, some members don’t know the ‘correct’ colours of the rainbow, others tune in to Joe Wicks just to watch him, some members used to have a lot more hair and others really need a haircut! Other highlights include someone running 12 miles with an orange just to be able to take a selfie with it, confusing the numbers 7 and 9 resulting in the photo of the wrong house and of course Kevin’s mammoth run collecting the letters of his name! Also, two of your coaches are far more competitive than the others. I’ll let you work out which two it may be…

Elaine’s thoughts … “What a brilliant time we’ve had in Chapman’s Champs.  I’ve loved the positivity and support of the team; it’s been lovely, everyone encouraging each other. I’ve loved hearing what everyone has been up to all week. Great energy and enthusiasm and team work! The silly selfies were great fun, with Amanda copying emoji’s! Tracey has been a super trooper, falling over and still continuing to get 3 more miles and a silly selfie. Mark did a very impressive progressive 9 miler, perfect pacing! Sharon went on a date with Joe Wick. I loved that when Rachel did her efforts she ended with an audience cheering her on! The legend Kate Potter did 9 miles with Tinglesfield efforts, not once but twice! Pauline and Becca have been so enthusiastic, asking what more they can do and supporting all and came up with good challenge ideas. Phil’s smug selfie made me laugh and then smashing his half marathon PB by 8 minutes was brilliant. Finally, Charlie engaging more with running this week because she wanted to help the team was fantastic.”

Kevin’s highlights … “My personal highlight was spelling my name; loved planning it and loved running it! Overall the highlight has to be the way it’s sparked everybody into life with people running further than recent runs and brought some fun back. Finally, within my team I’ve been impressed by Kay who hasn’t run for months yet this week has pulled a 5 and 6 mile run out of the bag as well as doing a fairly substantial hill efforts session (I’ve run up the hill she used and it makes Tinglesfield look like a speed bump)”

Gareth’s team… “Gareth’s Gang have all really stepped up to the mark for this weeks team challenge. Every member completed all three runs and rose to the mini challenges picking up every bonus point on offer gaining us a stunning total of 536.22 miles! The Q challenge presented no problems thanks to the abundance of quarries, quacks, Quakers and Queens. Tuesdays colours of the rainbow challenge proved a little more tricky and prompted some discussion about what the colours actually were, especially Sarah who taught me that Australian rainbows are a different colour! Luckily the girls and particularly Ellie and Cheri had every colour imaginable to choose from meaning that Dave and I could wear standard male blue and green. Vanessa improvised by wearing her top inside out to get the required Violet. Two falls in one day did not stop Jo from completing the full 9 miles either and Caroline T got inventive doing Joe wicks with a bag of Quinoa and running with an Orange. Although Sarah and Liz should have been running in London today I hope that this weeks challenges made up for that disappointment. Lastly a special mention should go to Ellie, Caroline JC and Sandie who’s competitive spirit came through in choosing team over family in this event.”

Nadine’s notes… “I am so proud of my team, everyone has worked really hard to collectively achieve a fabulous amount of miles. Ollie ensured he ran maximum miles each run due to being at a disadvantage to achieve bonus miles as his camera doesn’t work. In contrast, Handsome Andy (as he is now affectionately known as) ‘selfied’ away and not necessarily the correct things. Ben achieved his longest run since last October and provided some great camaraderie. Jo and Zoe put in remarkable full scoring shifts and have been a delight as has Emma with her super smiley selfies. Felicity has not only been achieving these challenges but also running every day this month. Ryo provided us with live footage of his effort session on Wednesday night, although we haven’t heard from him since he was about to take on a Joe Wicks workout… (Please let us know you are okay, Ryo?!) Huge kudos to Liz who only joined the club a couple of weeks before lockdown and threw herself into this team challenge, running consistently and coming up with the ‘run an exact number of miles’ challenge for Carol’s team. Finally, it was such a joy to see Jess back in a RSE vest and out running – well done! You’ve all made me a very happy captain.”

Carol’s comments… “Loved being a captain for the week and getting to know my crew who without excepting have all gone way and above for the team effort. Although I was dreading Kevin’s  ‘One Direction’ run …. I would never have forseen running in circles for 9 miles around the fields without ever being far from home… and actually enjoying it! Everyone has worked so hard from Martin pushing the baby on his runs, Linda and Sallie coming in from long shifts to still do their bit, Steve and Kirsty running further than they have in a while, Amanda, Tom and Vicki and Sarah doing it all with a smile and Dave finding time to do a yoga session between all his mega runs! Bring on the next challenge…!”

So without further ado… results are as follows:

1st Gareth’s Gang – 536.22

2nd Elaine Chapman’s Champs – 492.88

3rd Nadine’s Dream Team – 492.47

4th Carol’s Crew – 492.38

5th Kevin’s Crew – 453.50

Big congratulations to Gareth’s Gang , who dominated from Day 1; well done to Caroline JC, Caroline T, Cheri, Dave D, Ellie, Jo, Liz F, Sandie, Sarah R and Vanessa. Very exciting to see only half a mile separated 2nd to 4th place too. Now that’s good team distribution if I do say so myself!

But as one member identified, the result is somewhat immaterial (sorry Gareth!); we hope that this week’s challenge has been a good focus in difficult times. Everyone involved has impressed the captains and we are so pleased you all took part. We’ve been really impressed with many members also using this as a catalyst to get back into their running and have pulled out some notable miles and sustainable hill efforts, as well as those who have achieved personal bests. We will have a celebration evening when it is safe to do so to applaud everyone’s involvement.

RSE Team Captains

Last, but by all means not least, I personally want to say a huge thank you to the Captains – Gareth, Elaine, Kevin and Carol, who have put so much work into this week’s challenge behind the scenes. We really are so lucky to have such incredible volunteers in them as their experience, fun and positivity is phenomenal as are the other coaches and committee members. Thank you to Ellie also who has produced many of the photos for this report. Simply without each of them this week would not have been the success it was.

Good luck with next week’s challenge, which will be released shortly, stay safe and keep running .

Kudos to all!



Note from Ellie:

On behalf of the club, we also want to give a massive thank you to Nadine, who kept us on track and motivated throughout the challenges (although I think she may have just laughed at my team while we discussed rainbow colours!). To keep track of 5 team chats as well as directing her own team must have been quite the task! Thank you for all your hard work, patience and support throughout the week. We really appreciate how much time and effort goes into the planning of the weekly tasks, and are so grateful for the distraction during current times.