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RSE Racing Report – 7th May 2018

Two Tunnels Half

‘Relish Running Races’ organise a range of different half marathon events over the summer varying in terrain. Jonathan Lewis was among 278 runners to take on the ‘Return Ticket’; a two lap out and back course along the Two Tunnels Greenway path. Well done to Jon, who took advantage of it being lovely and cool in the long tunnel, achieving a time of 1:48:03. Awesome!

Original Mountain Marathon (OMM)

The OMM Lite was held over Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May in the Forest of Dean. Competitors have to find as many checkpoints as they can in their allocated time, each having different values and the highest score wins. Martin Sheriff and Jessica Osbourne took on the orienteering, covering 18 miles in 5 hours on Saturday to achieve a fantastic 11th place at the halfway point. Sunday saw them complete 14 miles in 4 hours, Martin disappointingly admitting, “I may have got us lost!” Still, it was an impressive 27th place finish, having collected 480 points in 8:30:10 over 32 miles! Great work guys and maybe worth considering for a social RSE weekend away next year?!

Oxford Greenbelt 10k

This friendly, fundraising, off-road 10k was held on Saturday in the Oxfordshire countryside. It welcomes runners, joggers and walkers and this year raised money for a group of Scouts to go to the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Elspeth Murano took part in this worthwhile cause; well done, Elspeth!


Lovely to see a few RSE members at parkrun for the first time this weekend making the most of the sunshine:

Richmond: Pauline Tilbury (1st timer) 34:30.

Cirencester: Nadine Brown 25:01(PB); Emma Hine (1st timer) 29:11; Sandie Wood (1st timer) 29:45; Cathy Steer (1st timer) 33:23; Amy Breakspear 35:01; Guillermo Tomac 36:14 (PB); Charlie Trykysh 38:19 and Jesica Masseilot 46:14.

Well done all runners, racers and volunteers this sunny bank holiday weekend!

RSE Racing Report – 29th April 2018

Dave McNamee Memorial 10k

A fantastic turnout of Running Somewhere Else members to Sunday’s David McNamee 10k in Temple Guiting; the second race in RSE’s Short Stuff Championship. The challenging route takes runners through the beautiful villages of Kineton, Barton and Guiting Power before returning to the village hall at Temple Guiting.

Special mention to Dave Witnall who put in a fantastic effort to finish first for the club and 3rd Sen male overall and Ellie Taylor who also finished 3rd in her age category, smashing her PB in the process! Super Sharon Smith celebrated a course PB and 1st LV60 too with Mark Manley, only 7 days since completing the London Marathon, also receiving 3rd in his age category.

Dave Witnall 40:34; Tom Cooper 41:03; Mark Manley 44:30; Ben Chapman 47:28; Steve Phelps 48:15; Elaine Chapman 48:24; Ellie Taylor 49:19 (PB); Nadine Brown 49:22; Cheri Edwards 49:34; Teresa Hazelwood 49:45; Sharon Smith 49:51; Dave Whitlow 50:18; Ted Pitts 52:15; Ryo Taylor 52:55; Janet Daniels 56:52; Sandie Wood 57:39; Amanda Tyler 1:00:18; Sarah Gray 1:01:01; and Becca Wilson 1:02:51.

Thanks goes to Tracey, Dave, our little RSE cheerleaders/mascots and Star who came to support the event also.

Pembrokeshire Endurance Life Half Marathon

As Britain’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is justifiably famous for its rugged cliffs, quiet coves, expansive sandy bays, picturesque coastal village and its abundance of marine life. The coastal trails here are wild and exposed, with undulating terrain and spectacular views. With a choice of 10K, half marathon, marathon or ultra course, runners are rewarded with beautiful views around each corner. Gareth Roberts took on the challenging half-marathon (which actually covers 15.1 miles) finishing in 2:57:57. Super work, Gareth!

Newport Marathon and 10k

Sunday saw the inaugural Newport Marathon takes place. Drawn up by double Olympic marathon runner, Steve Brace, the route claims to be one of the flattest and fastest marathon courses in the UK. The 26.2 mile route offered iconic landmarks, coastal wildlife and picturesque medieval villages.

Over 3,400 people took part with Andy Masser representing RSE and finishing in an impressive 3:34:00. Fantastic work, Andy!

Ruth Herbert and Kate Potter traveled to Newport on Sunday to support those racing in the Marathon but not wanting to miss out on Wales’ largest weekend of running they completed the inaugural ABP Newport Wales 10k. And didn’t they do well! Both achieving personal bests and Kate finishing 2nd in her age category. Ruth, 56:41 (PB) and Kate, 59:41 (PB; 2nd F65-69). Awesome work ladies!

Blenheim 7k

Over 1800 people took part in the Blenheim 7k fun run at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock in Oxfordshire on Sunday. Becky Heal, who has just returned to the club via the beginners course, did herself and RSE proud completing the course in 1:15:58. Keep up the good work, Becky!

Brighter Futures Superhero 5k Run

Our own superhero Elspeth Murano completed the single loop around scenic Coate Water Park, also on Sunday. Brighter Futures is a charity raising funds for a radio therapy unit in Swindon, as currently people requiring radio therapy treatment have to drive to Oxford. Well done, Elspeth!


Swindon: Martyn Joyce 20:19.

Cirencester: Amy Breakspear 36:46; Charlie Austin 37:09 and Elspeth Murano (tailwalker).

Gloucestershire Cross Country League 2017/18

Finally, a huge congratulations to Sharon Smith who, following a fantastic cross country season, picked up a gold medal for winning the LV65 category in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League this week. Well done Sharon, you are such an inspirational runner.

Such a busy weekend of races; a big well done to all in Team RSE whether you’ve raced, ran, supported or volunteered!


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!