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Championship Update 2019 – Endurance Expert – Race 6, Chippenham Half Marathon

The Chippenham Half Marathon was the 6th race to be held in the endurance expert championship on Sunday 8th September. Conditions were perfect for quick times and our 11 club members did not disappoint with many PB’s to show for it.

Men’s Competition

Seven men took part and first home was Mark Garrett finishing in 1:29:29 (sub 90 minutes and his quickest time in 7 years) taking the 10 points. Next was David Witnall (9 points) completing in 1:30:49. A close tussle for 3rd saw Andy Masser (8) just pip Dave Whitlow (7) with times of 1:39:22 and 1:39:25 respectively.

The other points awarded were Ben Chapman (6) and PB, Kevin Joynes-Creed (5) and Ryo Taylor (4).

The overall men’s Endurance top 3 is as follow

  1. David Witnall – 38 points
  2. Andy Masser – 30 points
  3. Tom Cooper and Mark Garrett – 28 points

Ladies Competition

In the Ladies contest there were 4 participants with Eleanor Taylor taking the 10 points in a PB time of 1:42:42. Second was Rosie Oates in (9 points) 1:44:57 a massive 12 minutes PB! Next was Kirtsy Pitts (8) 1:56:15 and Elisabeth Butler (7) 2:05:15 and a PB.

The overall ladies Endurance top 3 is

  1. Eleanor Taylor -38 points
  2. Rochelle Ravenscroft – 36 Points
  3. Kirsty Pitts – 29 points

So, we now move on to our final race which is the Cricklade Half Marathon or 10 km, this is also a Handicap race and the target times have been worked out and will be published soon.

Keep up all the hard work in training, and try to beat your Handicap times at Cricklade to gain maximum points.

Also, don’t forget if you have run a marathon or 5km this year, please submit your times to the Club Captains.

David Witnall (Vice Captain)

Short Stuff Specialist Championship 2019 Update – Round 6

The 6th race in the Short stuff championship was the Flying Monk 10km in Malmesbury. Another good turn out saw 9 Men and 7 ladies competing in the race.

Men’s Competition

First in for the 10 points was David Witnall. He was followed by Mark Garrett for the 9, Ben Chapman picked up 8 points. How has this affected the results? With 1 race and the ongoing 5km being the remaining opportunity to pick up points, it is starting to get exciting! A few runners have completed 5 races, so will be using the last races to improve their score. The top 3 is as follows:

  1. Mark Garrett – 44 points
  2. David Witnall – 40 points
  3. Ben Chapman – 36 points

Ladies Competition

First home for the ladies was Ellie Taylor collecting 10 points, she was followed by Linda Edwards and Kirsty Pitts, collecting 9 and 8 points respectively.

The ladies competition remains exciting, with many names with the potential of making it to the top 3.

  1. Ellie Taylor – 45 points
  2. Rosie Oates – 40 points
  3. Kirsty Pitts and Sharon Smith – 36 points

The next championship race will be the Handicap race at Cricklade which could mix things up! Don’t forget to let me know if you have a 5km you would like to count towards the championship.

Happy Running!

Elaine, Club Captain

RSE Race Report – Sunday 11th August 2019

The Bugatti 10k

The Bugatti 10k took place on Wednesday 7th August. The race which started and finished at the Prescott Hill Climb Headquarters, went through the villages of Dixton, Alstone and Gretton Fields and involved a mixture of scenic quiet country roads and an undulating course. It was also part of the Gloucestershire AAA’s series.

Representing RSE was Elisabeth Butler who completed the race in 54:04. She was followed by;

Sarah Page – 54:33 an improvement of 2 minutes from last year.

Great running from you both.

Cotswold Standard Triathlon

The Cotswold Standard Triathlon took place on Saturday 10th August. The event included a 1500m swim in Lake 62 in Ashton Keynes. This was made harder by the weather conditions that resulted in choppy water and to add to it the lake was full of weeds. Once the swim was finished competitors completed the cycle stage which was 36k reduced from 40k due to the weather. This involved cycling a 3 lap course through Ashton Keynes, Siddington and Somerford Keynes. The race finished with a 6 lap trail course totalling 9k long around the lake.

Representing RSE was Ted Pitts who completed the race in 2:37. This gave him first place in his age group. He was followed by Kirsty Pitts who completed the race in 3:14.

Fantastic effort from you both.

Salisbury 54321 Trail Runs

The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 walk, or trail run took place on Sunday 11th August. The event suited all the family, with a choice of distances from 5km to the more demanding 42k/Marathon, or even a 50k Ultra Marathon. The routes were over footpaths, bridle ways and quiet country roads in the Salisbury Wessex area. The walk/trail runs, took runners past a variety of sites of historical and scientific interest and through Country Estates not usually open to the general public. This was made possible by the kind permission of several landowners along the route and including English Heritage.

Representing RSE was Sharon Smith who completed the half marathon distance in an unofficial time of 2:04 coming first in the LV65 category.

Well done Sharon

Tamar Trails Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 30:58

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:23

Naomi Allen – 29:21

RSE Race Report – Sunday 4th August 2019

Gloucester 5k

The Gloucester 5k race took place on Thursday 1st August at Haresfield Gloucester. The scenic course comprised of 1 lap of 5K which was flat with a few inclines. The event incorporated the Gloucestershire 5K Road Championship and was part of the road race series

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 18:32. Not only was this a PB but also resulted in a bronze AAA County medal
in the SM category . He was followed by;

Rosie Oates – 21:46. A PB by over 1:30 and also a silver AAA County medal
in the SL category .

Ellie Taylor – 22:56 and a PB

Elisabeth Butler – 24:51 and a PB

Sarah Page – 24:56 and a PB

Great running from you all.

Westonbirt Summer House 10k

The Westonbirt Summer House 10k took place on Friday 2nd August. The event was based at the beautiful Westonbirt House and saw competitors take on a 2 lap course, finishing directly in front of the stunning stately home.

Representing RSE was Cheri Edwards who completed the race in 53:30. She was followed by:

Becca Wilson – 1:00:47

Amanda Haines – 1:02:00

Kate Potter – 1:06:22 and 1st place in the LV70 category

Kate Sedgwick – 1:06:43

Kate Bartram – 1:16:18

Well done all of you.

The Hooky 6

The Hooky 6 was run on Sunday 4th August. This was a 6 mile course that took runners on an undulating two-lap route around the beautiful village of Hook Norton. Starting and finishing on the sports field at the Hook Norton Sports & Social Club.

Representing RSE was Caroline Joynes-Creed who completed the race in 1:09:34. She was followed by;

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:09:35

Kay Thompson – 1:17:48

Great running, well done.

Mentioned in Dispatches

A number of PBs were set this week with a majority at the Gloucester 10k race. But yet again another week with RSE runners coming away from races with AAA medals. This week we had Rosie Oates with a silver in the SL category and Dave Witnall with a bronze in the SM category at the Gloucester 5k. Then we have Kate Potter achieving 1st in the LV70 category at the Westonbirt Summer 10k.

Fantastic running from all of you.

Swindon Park Run

Caroline Sandercock – 34:55

Sheringham Park Run

Emma Hine – 30:35. Led in by Christian Hine who finished in 30:34

Cirencester Park Run

Dave Witnall – 21:25

Sarah Reynolds – 24:58 which was a PB

Anne Gardiner – 26:12 which was a PB

Jenny Hoffman – 31:56

Charlotte Austin – 36:15

Gloucester City Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 29:11