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RSE Racing Report – 13th May 2018

Shakespeare Half and Full Marathon

Sunday turned out to be a glorious day, especially for those running the half or full marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Starting in the centre of the town, opposite Shakespeare’s old school, taking in sights such as the River Avon, Holy Trinity Church (home to the grave of William Shakespeare) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

Just under 500 participants ran in the two-lap marathon course. First home for the club was Dave Witnall in an impressive time of 3:28:03, followed by Marathon first-timer Ellie Taylor in 4:04:40. What a fantastic time and achievement, very well deserved.

Over 1600 runners took part in the half marathon, which started at the same time. Teresa Hazelwood raced this distance for the first time in 4 years, thoroughly enjoying the event and finishing in a super 1:50:15! Like his sister, Ellie, this was a first time for Rich (Ryo) Taylor who took on the half and did so in 2:05:12.

Well done everyone, awesome work.

Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k

Over 10,000 took to the streets of Bristol on Sunday; starting near Millennium Square the route runs parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along Avon Gorge and taking in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Ollie Hazel ran with his sister, who was completing her first 10k event, and together achieved 1:15:22. Becky Heal also ran in RSE colours finishing in 1:36:35. Great going guys!

Stroud Trail Quarter

Although 7 miles and not exactly the quarter marathon, this is advertised as a great introduction to trail running and takes in some of the great Cotswold views at the same time. Starting from Stroud town centre, the race joins the Cotswold Canal towpath ascending, eventually, to Rodborough Common before returning to the finish in Stroud. In a field of 100, this event is also open to walkers, with Cheri Edwards and Lindsey Gregory running for RSE. Cheri finished 8th female overall in 1:08:41 and Lindsey 9th in 1:10:00 (2nd in her age category). Amazing work ladies!

Hogsmill 5

The “Hogsmill 5” is a friendly ladies-only running race over 5 miles, organised each year by the Epsom Allsorts ladies running club. With no cut-off time it’s a perfect target for beginners, and enjoyed by established runners too. The race is mostly flat, with start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell, and running through the Hogsmill local nature reserve behind. Charlie Austin took her RSE vest for its first outing at this one completing the 5 miles in 59:12. Well done, Charlie – fantastic first race in RSE colours!

Ridgeway 40 Walk

Organised by the Walkers Association the Ridgeway 40 is a walk not a race but there are lots of runners with times starts rather than mass start. Henry Church attended this on Saturday completing the distance in 6 hours 53 minutes, 7 minutes inside his target! Fantastic Henry!


What a lot of parkrunners this weekend; RSE was represented in Manchester, County Galway (Ireland) and by the masses on home soil in Cirencester!

Haigh Woodland: Sarah Reynolds 37:53.

Oughterard: Paul Coates 24:40; Sharon Smith 28:13; Jenny Hoffmann 30:29; Caroline Coates 30:39; Tracey Pitts 31:53; Sallie Clatworthy 33:03; Caroline Terry 35:30 and Laura Butler 36:40.

Cirencester: Jess Osbourne 25:46 (PB); Jon Collins 25:55 (PB); Emma Hine 28:31 (PB); George Rackley 30:20 (1st parkrun); Kate Sedgwick 32:08 (1st parkrun); Amanda Haines 32:10 (PB); Jane O’Dell 32:20 (PB); Guillermo Tomac 35:00 (PB); Kay Thompson 38:59 (PB); Karen Langfield 42:33; Jesica Masseilot 43:41 (PB) and Elspeth Murano (tailwalker).

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.”