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Club Championship 2018 Update

Hi all, 7th October saw a first for the Running Somewhere Else championship – 2 club races at the same time!  With the new championship format, the Cricklade 10km and half marathon were both club races. And in another twist, they were both the handicap races for each championship. The handicap race is always the chance to mix things up with the points not always going to the quickest, but to those who improved on their handicap time the most. It always gives everyone a fair shot at the 10 points regardless of speed. I shan’t repeat the handicap results, as I just posted them, plus they’re also available in the championship section of the website. But how has the handicap affected the various championship results?

Endurance Expert – Men’s competition

With Tom having already secured first place, there was no change at the top. In fact there was no change in the top 3!

  1. Tom Cooper 50 points
  2. Andy Masser 31 points
  3. Dave Daniels 26 points.

With only the marathon left, the battle for 2nd and 3rd is still on!

Endurance Expert – Ladies competition

Nadine Brown has secured the endurance expert championship! No one can overtake her now. Sharon Smith has moved into second place ahead of Elaine Chapman, having now completed 5 races. Elaine managed to improve her points and Ellie Taylor is close and has also completed 5 races.

  1. Nadine Brown 48 points
  2. Sharon Smith 43 points
  3. Elaine Chapman 39 points

Short Stuff Specialist – Men’s competition

With a great battle between Steve Phelps and Ben Chapman, there was change again in the top 3. Mark Manley maintains his lead, but Ben and Steve are joint second! Tom and Dave still has a race in hand, so all could still change. It will basically go to the last race, how exciting!

  1. Mark Manley 43 points
  2. Ben Chapman and Steve Phelps – 40 points each

Short Stuff Specialist – Ladies competition

No change in the ladies competition, it looks like this championship will also go to the last race!

  1. Elaine Chapman 46 points
  2. Teresa Hazelwood 44 points
  3. Sharon Smith 40 points

Overall Championship – Men’s competition

Tom Cooper is in a very strong position, with 79 points, I’m not sure anyone can beat him now. As for 2nd and 3rd, It is very close between Dave Witnall and Mark Manley, with only a race left in both championships, it’ll be an exciting finish to the year.

  1. Tom Cooper 79 points
  2. Dave Witnall 61 points
  3. Mark Manley 59 points

Overall Championship – Ladies competition

This could not be any more exciting. 1 long race and 1 short race left. Currently there is a tie between Elaine Chapman, Nadine Brown and Sharon Smith for 1st place! All 3 are on 71 points. It is literally going to the end of the club season!

  1. Elaine Chapman, Nadine Brown and Sharon Smith – all on 71 points!!!

Fantastic running everyone. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next few weeks. It’s been a great championship this year!

(Can you tell I’m excited!!!)

Elaine Chapman, Club Co-captain

Championship 2018 Handicap results

The Cricklade 10km and Cricklade Half marathon were the handicap races for this years championship. With the new championship set up with our Endurance Expert Championship and Short Stuff Specialist championship, this was the first time that club members had the choice of 2 distances to compete in to qualify for points.

The handicap race is different from other club races in that the top points don’t necessarily go to the quickest runner, but the runner who has improved on their allocated handicap time the most.

The top 3 of this year’s handicap races are as follows:

Men’s 10km

  1. Steve Phelps
  2. Ben Chapman
  3. Steve Sandercock

Men’s Half Marathon

  1. Ryo Taylor
  2. Paul Coates
  3. David Witnall

Ladies 10km

  1. Caroline Coates
  2. Amanda Haines
  3. Caroline Joynes-Creed

Ladies Half Marathon

  1. Kirsty Pitts
  2. Rochelle Ravenscroft
  3. Sandie Wood

Some fantastic running, with many runners absolutely smashing their handicap times! Great work all. The winners of each category will all receive a prize, which will be presented at the next club social. Well done. Full results are found under the championship section of the website.

Great Running!

Elaine, Club co-captain

Timings For Our Championship Handicap Races @ Cricklade 10k and Half Marathon

Hey gang.

So as you should all be aware by now, we’re using the Cricklade 10k and the half marathon as our handicap race for this seasons championship.

Elaine has explained previously the iterations and rules regarding the handicap, so I won’t explain them again here, but if you’re unsure or haven’t had a chance to read yet, then CLICK HERE TO SEE HER ORIGINAL POST OUTLINING ALL THE RELEVANT DETAILS.

I’ve been through all the race reports for the year to formulate your handicap time. I’ve omitted any trail runs as part of your handicap time as they’re so often wildly different to your road times, so we took the decision to leave them out completely.

As we’ve mentioned before, the handicap is a great opportunity to get some great points on the board for the overall championship and really shake things up!

It was a hell of a task compiling all this, so if you think I’ve missed you off or if you think your times don’t seem right, or if you’re marked as na N/A when you know you’ve done a race (of the same distance that you’re running on Sunday) since the start of the year, don’t hesitate to tell me in person at club, or via whatsapp (I’m ‘Coops’ on the group so you can just message me directly.)

So your handicap times for the relevant races on Sunday are as follows…


  • Nadine Brown – 49:23
  • Caroline Coates – 1:10:58
  • Cheri Edwards – 50:00
  • Sarah Gray – 1:01:06
  • Amanda Haines – 1:07:06
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:13:18
  • Jane Odell – 1:06:36
  • Steve Phelps – 48:21
  • Martin Pitts – 50:41
  • Steve Sandercock – 54:15
  • Caroline Sandercock – 1:07:21
  • Libby Saunders – N/A
  • Kay Thompson – 1:17:39
  • Pauline Tilbury – N/A
  • Dave Witnall – 43:53

Half Marathon

  • Jo Beames – N/A
  • Helen Berry – N/A
  • Elaine Chapman – 1:53:32
  • Paul Coates – 2:00:25
  • Tom Cooper – 1:28:27
  • Dave Daniels – 1:42:48
  • Rebecca Hodgetts – N/A
  • Timothy Hodgetts – N/A
  • Martyn Joyce – N/A
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – N/A
  • Mark Manley – 1:36:59
  • Rosie Oates – N/A
  • Jessica Osbourne – N/A
  • Kirsty Pitts – 2:05:24
  • Rochelle Ravenscroft – 2:03:13
  • Sarah Reynolds – N/A
  • Gareth Roberts – N/A
  • Sharon Smith – 1:46:19
  • Ellie Taylor – 1:51:26
  • Rich Taylor – 2:09:59
  • Dave Whitlow – N/A
  • Rebecca Wilson – N/A
  • Sandie Wood – 2:12:41

Have fun on Sunday, it’s a very kind course for a PB and the RSE representation is nothing short of fantastic this year.

Looking forward to seeing you all then.


RSE Race Report – 23rd September 2018

The Cotswold Challenge

The Cotswold Challenge is an annual event organised by the Long Distance Walkers Association open to both runners and walkers and includes 2 routes covering either 18 or 26.4 miles.  It is a circular hilly route from Birdlip Village Hall taking in Bisley, Slad Valley, Haresfield & Painswick Beacons and Coopers Hill.  All walkers/runners are required to self navigate the route.

On Saturday 22nd September RSEs Nadine Brown and Dave Whitlow took part in what was a very wet event completing the 26.4 mile route in 6:16:00.

Great effort from both of you.

Bristol Half Marathon

The Simplyhealth Great Bristol Half Marathon took place on a very wet Sunday 23rd September.

The course took runners under the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge with spectacular views along the Avon Gorge and Bristol Harbourside before entering the city centre.  With an electric atmosphere and music at 10 points along the course as well a cheer point from the Children’s Hospice South West,  the journey to the finish line was planned to be truly special.

First in for RSE was Rochelle Ravenscroft who completed the run in 2:03:13.  This was an improvement of 6 minutes 4 seconds from her time at the Worcester half marathon last week.

She was followed in by Vicki Mason who was also running for the RAF Benevolent Fund and completed the race in 2:11:22.

Great effort from both of you.

Angels 10k 

The Angels 10k race started at the Woodpeackers Cricket Club, Ashleworth on Sunday 23rd September.  This race also forms part of the 2018 Gloucestershire AAA Road Race Series. The route includes undulating, quiet country lanes within the surrounding area.

First in for RSE was Mark Manley in 43:06.  The sunglasses must have been very useful Mark.

He was followed by;

Steve Phelps in 47:13

Sharon Smith in 47:57.  This gave Sharon first place in the LV65 category which also meant gold in the AAA Championships.

Sandie Wood in 58:19.  This gave Sandie a bronze place in the AAA Championships LV55 category.

Great effort from all running

Draycote Water 20 mile

Draycote Water is set in the heart of Warwickshire and is an ideal place for a run. The race is a gently undulating road race which includes 4 laps around the perimeter of the reservoir.

Representing RSE was Linda Edwards who completed the race in 3:27:30.  Well done Linda

Mentioned in Dispatches

There are many that I could mention in dispatches today.

Without saying they would include Sharon Smith for getting 1st in the Glos AAA LV65 category and Sandie Wood for getting bronze in the LV55 category during the Angels 10k race.  Great results from both of you.

But I would like to include all those who ran this weekend.  That is not only all who raced this weekend but also those that braved the wet conditions to get out there and complete training runs.

For those that waited for the sun before they went out or turned around when it started to rain you are not included.


Cirencester Park Run

Jon Collins – 24:11

Eleanor Taylor – 24:29

Richard Woodsell Taylor – 26:00

Cathy Steer – 28:25

Vanessa Poole – 29:21

Suzanne Steel – 31:10

Amy Breakspear – 36:48


Bexley Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 26:52

Caroline Sandercock – 36:53