Gloucestershire Cross Country League – Pitville Park
The forth and final race in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Pitville Park, Cheltenham on Sunday 17th February. This was a flat route around the park with the men’s race being 10k and the women’s race being 6.5k in distance.
Representing RSE in the men’s race was Ben Chapman.
Representing RSE in the women’s race was Sharon Smith, Elaine Chapman and Kate Potter.
Unfortunately at the time of posting this the results and times have not been published.
Great effort from all runners though.
CASTLE COMBE ‘CHILLY’ 10K
On Sunday 17th February the Castle Combe Chilly 10k took place. This was a 3 lap event around the flat running surface on the famous Castle Combe race circuit in Wiltshire.
Running as a 65 minute pacer for the event was Kevin Joynes-Creed who completed the race in a very accurate 64:42.
Mentioned In Dispatches
This was a very easy decision for me to make this week and it will come as no big surprise that both Sharon Smith and Kate Potter are mentioned in dispatches. They both took part in the Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country Championship which consisted of 4 events. Great racing from both ladies throughout the races resulted in Sharon achieving Gold Medal place in the LV65 category whilst Kate Potter achieved Gold Medal place in the LV70 category.
It is fantastic for RSE to have 2 gold medal winners in a County event series yet again. Well done to you both
On Sunday 10th February the second of the club endurance races took place. This was the Wiltshire 10 mile road race that had the potential for fast times. The race started at King George V playing fields in Melksham and followed a gently undulating route through rural Wiltshire looping around the historic town of Lacock before following the River Avon back to the finish in Melksham.
Representing RSE and first in for the club was Dave Witnall in a time of 1:05:10. He was followed very closely by;
Tom Cooper – 1:05:25
Tim Hodgetts – 1:07:49
Mark Manley – 1:09:58
Andy Masser – 1:13:08
John Buck – 1:13:31
Ben Chapman – 1:17:39
Sharon Smith – 1:18:53 in a PB and first LV60
Paul Coates – 1:19:16
Ellie Taylor – 1:19:34
Jo Wood – 1:21:30 and a new PB
Rosie Oates – 1:21:57 and a new PB
Lindsay Gregory – 1:24:02 and a new PB
Kirsty Pitts – 1:24:27
Sarah Reynolds – 1:26:04
Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:26:24
Linda Edwards – 1:26:25 and a new PB
Istvan Vegh – 1:30:08
Richard Marshall – 1:37:55
Louise Norman – 1:41:36
Caroline Coates – 1:43:20
Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:53:13
Kay Thompson – 2:15:13
A great turnout from the club with at least 5 PBs and excellent running from everyone.
Brecon to Cardiff Ultra Marathon
The Brecon to Cardiff Ultra on Sunday 10th February was a 70k one way race that started in the Brecon Beacons National Park with its dramatic mountain landscapes. Racers then joined the Taff Trail which made much use of an abandoned branch of the Taff Vale Railway and the Glamorganshire Canal. From Brecon the route headed east following the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal to Talybont-on-usk. There the route climbed for quite a long way to Torpantu, from this point it was downhill all the way to the finish Nantgarw.
Representing RSE was Gareth Roberts and Rochelle Ravenscroft. Timings to follow.
Calne Smasher 10k
On Sunday 10th February the Calne Smasher 10k took place. This was an out and back flat multi-terrain event along the picturesque national network from Calne to Stanley near Chippenham.
Representing RSE and first in for the club was Martyn Joyce who finished the run in 43:25. He was followed by;
The Grand Prix is a series of six races on Sundays organised by Centurion RC with a choice of two distances – 5 Mile and a 2K Fun Run. They are held on footpaths through traffic-free parkland and involve two and a half laps for the 5M and one small lap for the 2K, both around Babbs Mill Lake, North Solihull.
On Sunday 3rd February the 4th race of the series took place.
Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the 5 mile race in 31:25 coming 10th overall. A great result from Dave. He was followed by;