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RSE Race Report – Sunday 21st June 2019

Frome Half Marathon and 10k

On Sunday 21st June the eighth edition of the Frome Half Marathon took place. This saw the same famous course offering runners a big city race experience in the beautiful town of Frome and surrounding villages.

A single 13.1 mile loop took runners from Frome Town Football Club through residential areas before they headed up through the town centre. Countryside lanes offered tranquil scenes as they continued out to the idyllic Nunney village, before heading back into Frome Town Centre and through to the football club finish line.

Representing RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed who completed the run in an unofficial time of 1:59:37. Well done.

The Frome 10K which took place on the same day was a single 10K loop from Frome Town Football Club through two residential areas and the town centre before finishing at the football club.

Representing RSE was Caroline Joynes-Creed who completed the run in an unofficial time of 1:13:39. Great effort Caroline.

Cranham Beast

Trailmania was a series of 3 trail runs, for all ages and abilities, in around the beautiful heart of the Cotswolds, with views, hills, woodland trails & winding footpaths full of flora and fauna. It all started in Nailsworth with the Nelly,  the fields of joy, to Avening and back. Followed by the the Sizzler, in mid July which took runners to the top of one of the great Cotswold Hills with views across to Wales. Finally, Cranham Beast 10k.

The Cranham Beast 10k trail event took place on Sunday 21st June in some of the most hilly, but beautiful, and stunning parts of the Cotswolds. The event gave runners and walkers the opportunity to explore fantastic commonland, diverse woodland, the famous Cheese Rollers Hill, spectacular Cotswold views and visited local villages such including Sheepscombe, Witcombe, Birdlip and of course Cranham.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the run in 1:05:57 coming in first place in the senior ladies category. She was followed by Dave Witnall in 1:05:58 and Elaine Chapman in 1:12:31.

Great effort from all of you.

The 24hrs Conti Thunder Run

The 24h Conti Thunder Run was held on the weekend of 19th to 21st June at its regular venue Catton Park, Walton on Trent. Conti Thunder Run was an off-road relay race against the clock designed to be both physically and mentally challenging. Although a relay race there was also the option to complete the race as an individual runner.

The course was made up of a 10km cross-country circuit set in the picturesque Staffordshire countryside. The track twisted and turned across varied terrain running from woodlands and trails to steep hills and open fields.

Representing RSE was Rochelle Ravenscroft who completed 13 laps of the 10k circuit making a total distance covered of 130km or 80.778 miles. Fantastic achievement Rochelle.

Mentioned in Dispatches

This wasn’t that difficult to figure out this week.

Trailmania was a series of 3 trail runs, for all ages and abilities, in around the beautiful heart of the Cotswolds, with views, hills, woodland trails & winding footpaths full of flora and fauna. It all started in Nailsworth with the Nelly,  the fields of joy, to Avening and back. Followed by the the Sizzler, in mid July which took runners to the top of one of the great Cotswold Hills with views across to Wales. Finally, Cranham Beast 10k.

Nadine Brown completed the 3 events coming 8th place overall and 1st Senior Lady. A great effort from you Nadine well done.

And then we have Rochelle Ravenscroft completing a staggering 80.778 miles in 24 hours. An event like this is a real test of not just physical fitness but mental strength all of which Rochelle clearly has plenty of. A fantastic achievement Rochelle well done.

Cirencester Park Run

Anne Gardiner – 27:03

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:08

Parke Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 32:09

Swindon Park Run

Ben Chapman – 20:49 which was a park run PB

RSE Race Report – Sunday 7th July 2019

Gloucester 10k

The Gloucester 10k took place on Sunday 7th July. The route which started at Gloucester Park gave competitors the chance for some running tourism passing Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays. The course was predominantly flat and therefore gave the potential for a PB.

Representing RSE was Amanda Haines who completed the race in 58:35. Well done

Newcastle Park Run

Linda Edwards – 25:49 which was a PB and first in her age group

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:03

Anne Gardiner – 27:15

Naomi Allen – 30:02

Emma Hine – 30:11

Charley Trykush – 38:35

RSE Race Report – Sunday 30th June 2019

Cotswold Way Relay

Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
Stage 4
Stage 5
Stage 6
Stage 7
Stage 8
Stage 9
Stage 10

The Cotswold Way Relay which was in its 27th year, operated as 10 back-to-back races, starting each stage with a mass start with an hour between the start of each stage..

Stage 1 started at 7 am on a very hot Saturday 29th June from Chipping Campden with stage 10 concluding at Bath Abbey in the early evening. The race used the waymarked route of the Cotswold Way with over 90% off-road, taking in many hills, woodlands, fields and tracks, all offering spectacular views of the countryside around (if ever a runner looked up from the path to take it in!). Each stage consisted of various distances and ascents which offered a differing flavour for each runner in the team.

This year RSE entered ladies, veterans and mixed teams.

At the time of this the individual stage results have not been published.

The Mixed team consisting of Ollie Hazel, Nick Duncan, Nadine Brown, Henry Church, Ellie Taylor, Ben Chapman, Istvan Vegh, Sarah Reynolds, Martin Sherriff and Rosie Oates completed the race in 18:48:16.

The Veterans team consisting of Cathy Steer, Gareth Roberts, Dave Daniels, Kirsty Pitts, John Buck, Dave Whitlow, Richard Marshall, Rochelle Ravenscroft, Paul Coates and Sharon Smith completed the race in 19:46:19

The Ladies team consisting of Elaine Chapman, Linzi Gregory, Tracey Pitts, Linda Edwards, Felicity Crotty, Vanessa Poole, Anne Gardiner, Becca Wilson, Sarah Page and Jo Beames completed the race in 21:42:34

A great effort from everyone running in very hot conditions and thanks to all supporters and those who assisted in the water station.

GE Aviation Aquathon


The GE Aviation Aquathlon was a fast swim/run event held over two distances which raised funds for the charitable trust which operates Sandford Parks Lido.  It was designed for competitors aged 13 and above who enjoyed a personal or team challenge.  The race started with a swim in the heated main pool of the lido followed by a fast, flat run on pavement, grass and parts of Sandford Park.  There were two separate race distances at which competitors could choose to compete.  400m swim, 2.5km run and 800m swim, 5km run. 

Representing RSE and competing in the longer distances was Kate Potter who finished the race in a time of 56:26 coming 3rd in the female over 60 category.

Well done Kate

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:49

Caroline Sandercock – 37:03

Claire Collett – 48:46

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 22:09

Ryo Woodsell-Taylor – 30:39

Vicki Mason – 41:00

Gloucester City Park Run

Andy Masser – 29:16

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

Emma Hine – 30:31

RSE Race Report – Sunday 23rd June 2019

Chippenham Longest Day 10k

The Chippenham Longest Day 10k took place on Wednesday 19th June. The route started and finished in the town centre before heading out on to the  quiet country roads and trails around Chippenham on a predominantly flat course.

First in for RSE was Steve Sandercock who completed the race in 50:13. He was followed by;

Sandie Wood – 56:59

Tracy Webster – 1:04:48

Caroline Sandercock – 1:10:38

Well done all of you.

Chedworth Mid Summer Run Out


The Chedworth Mid Summer Run Out took place on Thursday 20th June. This was a scenic trail run of slightly over 10k. It was a challenging route that was 90% off road and included tracks, woodland and fields along with a river crossing.

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race in 58:41 coming 3rd in the Senior Ladies category. She was followed by;

Jon Collins – 1:01:42

Sarah Reynolds – 1:01:51

Jo Wood – 1:03:59

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:04:34

Jo Beames – 1:04:59

Linda Edwards – 1:09:03

Cherin Edwards – 1:10:43

Vanessa Poole – 1:17:11

Kate Potter – 1:23:55 and 1st in the LV65 category

Tracy Edgington – 1:31:09

Pauline Tilbury – 1:31:54

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:34:04

Kay Thompson – 1:36:43

Nadine Brown, Jo Wood and Sarah Reynolds also came 1st in the ladies team competition.

Great effort from you all

The Nailsworth Mills 10k

The Nailsworth Mills run which took place on Sunday 23rd June was a trail event which climbed out of Nailsworth onto the top of Tetbury Lane, looking over towards Chavenage & Avening. Oh the fields of joy, great views, lots of fresh country air, hardly worth mentioning the uphill!

Representing RSE was Nadine Brown who completed the race in an unofficial time of 1:01:24 and came in as second female runner. Well done Nadine.

Dave McNamee 10k

On Sunday 23rd June the Dave McNamee 10K race took part in Boddington, Cheltenham. Incorporated within this event was the Gloucestershire AAA 10K Road Championship. The race was also the 4th event in the RSE short stuff specialist championship.
The course consisted of 2 laps of 3.537K + 2926 metres on a very flat, quiet and almost traffic free roads. 
First in for RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 39:29. He was followed by;

Mark Garrett – 41:45 and first in the M50 category in the race and a gold medal in the AAA 10k championships.

Dave Daniels – 44:04 and a PB for the last 25 years

Ben Chapman – 45:34

Rosie Oates – 47:38 and second in the senior ladies category for the race and a silver in the AAA 10k championships.

Dave Whitlow – 47:46

Sharon Smith – 48:23 and first in the FV60 category and a gold in the FV60 category for the AAA 10K championships

Ellie Taylor – 49:04 and third in the senior ladies category for the race and a bronze in the AAA 10k championships.

Paul Coates – 49:55

Rochelle Ravenscroft – 50:13 and third in the FV40 category for the race and a bronze in the AAA 10k championships.

Ted Pitts – 51:00

Kirsty Pitts – 52:29

Linda Edwards – 52:39

Sarah Page – 53:07

Amanda Tyler – 54:50

Sandie Wood – 56:16

Tracy Webster – 1:05:08

Kay Thompson – 1:18:48

Fantastic running from you all and great results in the AAA Championships.

Rio de Janeiro Marathon

The Rio de Janeiro Marathon took place on Sunday 23rd June. The course weaved through city streets starting in Receiro and finishing in Flamengo on a point-to-point course. With the Serra do Mar Mountains rising inland from Rio’s fabulous shoreline, this scenery with oceans to your right and mountains to your left makes the course one of the more picturesque marathons in the world. Runners see parts of famous neighbourhoods like Praia da Reserva, Leblon, Ipanema, Copacabana, Botafogo and Flamengo along the way.

The only RSE runner taking part in this was Mark Manley who completed the race in unofficial time of 3:43:00. This now makes it marathons in 6 continents with only Antartica to become a member of the 7 Continents Marathon Club. Great effort Mark.

Cotswold Women Only Triathlon

Now in its eleventh year in the South West of England there was be an open water triathlon dedicated to women. It took place at The Cotswold Country Park and Beach on Sunday 23rd June. The 750m one-lap lake swim in clear water was followed by a fairly flat, one lap 20k ride on quiet country roads before departing for a two lap 5k, traffic free run on paths around the lake.

Representing RSE was Jo Wood who completed the event in 1:22:28 coming 5th in the V40 category. Well done Jo

Mentioned in Dispatches

Some great running from the RSE runners this week but of particular note were all the AAA 10K championship medals that were awarded to RSE runners in the Dave McNamee 10K. They included a gold for Mark Garrett and Sharon Smith, silver for Rosie Oates and bronze medals for Rochelle Ravenscroft and Ellie Taylor. Definitely RSE had the most medals awarded today.

Mention also needs to go to Mark Manley who completed the Rio marathon today. This now makes it a marathon in 6 continents. There aren’t many people who can say they have achieved that, and when he completes the Antartica marathon he would join a very small world wide group of runners.

Well done all of you.

Cirencester Park Run

Elliot Gardiner – 25:23

William Gardiner 26:50-

Anne Gardiner – 27:43

Jon Collins – 30:38

Charley Trykush – 39:02

Nadine Brown – 40:56

Cathy Steer – 44:36

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:11

Caroline Sandercock – 35:01