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The Virtual Fairford 10k – Run it Somewhere Else

As with many races, it was with a heavy heart that the annual race organised by Running Somewhere Else, Fairford 10k, was postponed for 2020. To end the year on a positive however, race director, Pauline Tilbury, announced the first ever Virtual Fairford 10k – Run it Somewhere Else!

There was a fantastic response to the race, with over 140 entries including 30 RSE club members. Throughout December, members took to the streets, footpaths and trails, running in small groups (when allowed) along the normal Fairford 10k route, others running laps around their house. Being December, club members ran through all weathers – well done to Sarah R., Sharon and Liz who ran in a downpour (familiar after their Virtual London marathon feats!) and to Rachel B., who chose to run in the snow! (The photos looked fantastic!).

My last virtual race of the year – took a wrong turn twice on route so had to slow down and ask for directions! Thanks to Steve for organising the run on the normal Fairford 10k route. We even had a mince pie at the finish as it’s Christmas!

Elliot Gardiner
Steve Sandercock and Elliot Gardiner

Team RSE did not disappoint in podium places, with club members taking 1st and 2nd in the men’s category, and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the women’s! A fantastic performance by Rosie Oates saw her take minutes off her time to secure a PB.

I headed out to my nearest RSE route on a bit of a mission to push for one last chance to have a race in 2020, regardless of being virtual! I am so pleased with the results and still can’t really believe I’ve ran a 10k in that time!

Rosie Oates

Other club members used the virtual race as a good incentive to get back into running or racing – a special congratulations to all runners who completed their first ever 10k and to those who ran in an RSE vest for the first time!

  • David Witnall  – 40.12 – 1st Overall/ 1st Male
  • Rosie Oates – 42.29 – 2nd Overall/ 1st Female – New PB!
  • Andy Masser – 44.54 – 3rd Overall/ 2nd Male
  • Eleanor Taylor – 47.51 – 2nd Female
  • Rachel Bodey – 49.15 – 3rd Female
  • Jo Wood – 52.01
  • Sarah Reynolds – 52.17
  • Sarah Page – 52.33
  • Elliot Gardiner – 52.44
  • Martin Pitts – 53.54
  • Vicki Mason – 54.4
  • Liz Farooq – 57.01
  • Sharon  Smith – 57.01
  • Cheri Edwards – 57.35
  • Zan Futter – 57.36
  • Anne Gardiner – 57.51
  • Kirsty Pitts – 58.13    
  • Janet Daniels – 58.56
  • Martin Sherriff – 59.01
  • Andy Sworn – 59.06
  • Taryn Hancock – 59.08
  • Gareth Roberts – 59.25
  • Becca Wilson – 1.02.00
  • Jenny Hoffmann – 1.02.00
  • Teresa Hazelwood – 1.03.27
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1.03.30
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1.03.30
  • Pauline Tilbury – 1.03.37
  • Amanda Ball – 1.05.00
  • Felicity Crotty – 1.09.10
  • Nadine Brown – 1:11:00 – helping a friend complete their first ever 10k!
  • Caroline Terry – 1.21.00  

RSE Racing Report – 3rd June 2018

Fairford 10k

An amazing time was had by all at the Fairford 10k, once again hosted by Running Somewhere Else.  This very popular race brought over 400 runners to the lovely town of Fairford, where the competitors were taken on a undulating course in very warm conditions around the stunning countryside of the area.
Our congratulations go to Alex Lee from Cheltenham and County Harriers who was first over the finish line in an incredible time of 33:10 and the first lady Gemma Hargreaves (unattached) in 38:10.
Well done to every runner who took part, you are all inspirational and a big thank you to the organisers, the lead cyclists, the marshals, the sport masseurs, the back runners, the supporters and of course, as always, Fairford Festival. Through the generosity of the event sponsors, additional contributions made from runners at entry and donations to sports masseurs it has been the most successful year on record for money raised for RSEs charity of the year ‘the Churn Project’ and the Fairford Town charity. Thank you everyone.

RSE as always shone through on the day with 21 members competing. Special mentions to Tom Cooper as first runner back for the club and Sharon Smith who came 1st in her age category. Also, an amazing achievement for many of our recently graduated ‘beginners’, I hope you feel as proud of yourselves as we do of all of you. Awesome work Sarah, George, Vanessa, Cathy, Manda, Amanda, Lisa and Kay. First outing in the RSE vest for Caroline and Kevin too.
Tom Cooper 39:51; Steve Phelps 48:54; Victor Trykush 49:35; Sharon Smith 50:02 (1st LV65+); Paul Coates 50:34; Elaine Chapman 50:57; Norm Lever 53:56; Linda Edwards (running for 1st Claim Bourton Roadrunners) 58:06; Tina Outlaw 58:56; Andy Sampson 58:57; Sarah Page 59:39; George Rackley 1:00:46 (1st 10k); Vanessa Poole 1:05:46; Cathy Steer 1:06:45; Manda Bloomer 1:07:15; Amanda Haines 1:08:00; Lisa Evans 1:10:52; Jon Collins 1:12:17; Caroline Joynes-Creed 1:14:03; Kevin Joynes-Creed 1:14:03; Kay Thompson 1:16:10 (PB by 2mins!) and Becky Heal 1:37:59.
Fairford Festival also hosts a 3k fun run prior to the main 10k race. Two of RSEs future stars took part – Well done to Rory Brown and Isobel Daniels! What superstars you are 🙂

Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo

The Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo 5.5miles multi-terrain race is held over an undulating course on Cleeve Common starting and finishing at Cleeve Hill golf club. The course is a figure of eight and the race is run entirely on Cleeve Common, mostly on grass footpaths but with stretches of gravel and stones. In a field of 125 runners, Teresa Hazelwood ran an impressive 50:47 on Thursday to finish 10th lady overall. Well done Teresa!


Blenheim Palace Triathlon

Amy (and Karl) Breakspear took part in the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Saturday consisting of a 750m swim, 19.8km bike ride and 5.4km run around the World Heritage Site. Well done Amy finishing in 2:20:17!


Plenty of PBs and a few first timers at parkrun this weekend, including Amanda who has recently completed the clubs beginners course – great going all!

Swindon: Martyn Joyce 21:00; Jon Lewis 21:47 and Caroline Sandercock 34:02.

Jersey: Vicki Mason 26:57 (1st timer!)

Cirencester: Martin Sheriff 24:24 (PB); Jon Collins 25:28 (PB); Jess Osbourne 25:30 (PB); Libby Saunders 31:42 (PB); Guillermo Tomac 35:20; Charlie Austin 36:35 and Amanda McIlroy 41:30 (1st timer)

Well done everyone!