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Club Update January 2021 – Running into the New Year!

With most races postponed for nearly a year, club members have found new and inventive ways to keep themselves motivated and running, setting themselves challenges to get through the lockdown and a very cold winter.

Steve Edwards – “The Godfather of Running”

Inspiring club members this week was a talk from Steve Edwards, the world record holder for 900 official marathons completed in sub 3hours 30 minutes. Over 25 club members joined the talk, in which Steve put his achievements down to “Discipline, dedication, desire and determination” and a lot of hard work! Steve gave tips on fuelling, training plans and tackling injuries, encouraging runners to find a routine (including strength work), love hills, and have rest days.

“Thoughts to Remember – The comfort zone is a wonderful place to be, but to achieve great things we need to step out into the unknown and embrace uncertainty, the doubts and the knockback, only then will we truly know what amazing feats we are capable of!”

RSE members raised money for a charity chosen by Steve, Kate’s Home Nursing, who offer palliative care to patients in Gloucestershire and West Oxfordshire.

Thanks go to Linda Edwards for organising this fascinating talk.

The Distance, the Mud and the Speedwork

January has seen heavy rain and snowfall, so it would have been tempting to hibernate rather than go for a long run! But RSE runners have not shied away from the cold, instead setting goals to complete high mileage during the month.

Club Chair, Pauline Tilbury, joined a Strava challenge, to help keep focus during the month. Strava challenges are an excellent tool for virtual inspiration, often with a leader board, and a notification ‘crown’ when you’ve completed them.

I do usually run at least 100 miles in a month but I thought January may be difficult due to lockdown, dark evenings, bad weather and going back to full time work, so clicking on the Strava challenge just kept me focussed on getting out there and doing the miles a few times a week

Pauline Tilbury

Another club member to use Strava as incentive was Caroline Terry, who exceeded her challenge for 100 miles in the month by quite some way – 111.5 miles for the month! Here are some stunning countryside shots from Caroline’s runs:

Elaine Chapman also set herself a distance goal on Strava, this time with a goal of 200km. Elaine ran over 250km this month – if my calculations are correct, Elaine bettered her target by over 25%!

No stranger to virtual races is Elliot Gardner, who chose DB Max’s iRun Virtual Challenge for January. The race goal was to run over 50 miles or 15 runs to earn a medal – Elliot selected the 50 mile option and smashed his target by running even further.

I used it as another motivator to get out on a run 2-3 times a week in this miserable weather and also to complete some longer runs at the weekends. Final total was 52.58 miles.

Elliot Gardener

Running goals come in all shapes and forms, so it wasn’t just distance that RSE club members aimed for in January. While some runners planned for speed or new routes, others overcame barriers to return to running after a period away. A massive well done to everyone who set themselves a goal that they completed!

After suffering an Achilles injury in 2020, Amanda Ball set a goal to complete the RSE coach’s effort session – a tough 10 minute tempo run with 6 sets of 2 minute intervals, set by coach Nadine Brown.

I felt a sense of accomplishment in getting out and doing Nadine’s efforts for my first bit of speed work in quite some time. Having spoken to physio I decided to test out how much ‘loading’ my Achilles can handle, it’s almost a year since it was first injured. I had to remind myself how to programme intervals into my App too. I was pleased for the company of my watch commands as I was running solo – I much prefer to run with RSE buddies!

Amanda Ball

Club member, Mark Manley, known for his penchant for long runs had to put a halt to his marathon streak in 2020. In the absence of races, Mark ran a half marathon every day for the last week, totalling 101m for the week! That’s a lot of miles!

If the nickname “Shouty Dave” is mentioned, most club members seasoned in DB Max races know who the reference is to. If you haven’t seen him in a race, you’ve more than likely heard him… Completing the Shouty Dave Virtual 10k were Caroline and Kevin Joynes-Creed – lovely to see some photos of RSE race vests!

The virtual race raised money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, a charity close to Dave’s family and one they would usually race money for through the Royal Wootton Basset Triathlon.

Kevin and Caroline finished the race in 1 hour 6 mins and 20 seconds.

It was very cold, muddy and wet and I fell in the mud coming out of Haresbush. It was also flooded by the outdoor pool so did the last 4K with soggy feet!

Caroline Joynes-Creed

Club Teamwork

*Weekly club totals according to Strava, as of 5pm on 31/01/2021!

RSE Race Report – 20/12/2020 – Tis the season to be running!

Chippenham Shortest Day 10k

Originally called the “Chippenham 10k Longest Day”, race organisers postponed the event to the only day that made sense – the shortest day! Runners had the choice to run the race on route or take on the virtual option.

Starting and finishing at Monkton Park, the route was mixed terrain, with mostly trail but some road parts. Representing RSE on the set route was Sharon Smith, who finished in an excellent time of 49:50 and was 1st in the LV70 category!

The route was very muddy, as expected, and busy with cyclists and dog walkers at 11am. It was undulating as well. The race was very well marshalled, thank heavens, as there were no runners in site!

Sharon Smith
Pauline

Running the race virtually was Pauline Tilbury, who ran a time of 1:03:12 at the end of a 50 mile week! Pauline’s route took her around Cirencester Park – well done for choosing to take on ‘that’ hill!

This has been one of my favourite races since I started in 2012 and I got a PB there twice. Shame not to have been on the course but I chose the safe option of running it virtually.

Pauline Tilbury

Hullavington Secret Santa ’10’ Mile Race

After avoiding lockdown, Hullavington 10 mile instead faced another challenge when part of the route was closed off due to flooding. Not to be deterred, race organisers re-routed the event, which then came in just shy of 8 miles (7.7 miles according to Strava!). The road race was undulating, starting at the Hullavington Arms public house and taking in the picturesque countryside around Grittleton and Hullavington. Safety precautions meant that runners were set off in waves of 6 and had their tempreture taken before the start.

Jo, Cheri and Vicki

RSE runners came out in force for the event, with 8 members competing – well done to all runners, who we can assume got a new PB in a 7.7 mile race!

Undulating course but fantastic weather – sunny and cold. Some beautiful village scenery in Grittleton and Sevington.

Jo Wood

Great to be out in a yellow vest and the best chocolate brownie I’ve ever tasted at the end!

Vicki Mason

Unfortunately at the time of writing this report, there have been some problems with the official times. Here is a combination of runner and recorded times:

  • Tom Razazan – 51:18
  • Ollie Hazel – 52:15
  • Andy Masser – 55:18
  • Nia Glover – 55:48
  • Elaine Chapman – 1:01:18
  • Jo Wood – 1:01:27
  • Cheri Edwards – 1:04:27
  • Vicki Mason – 1:11:48

A lovely sunny run, rewarded with cake at the end!

Nia Glover

I enjoyed it, nice quiet country roads. Passed over the motorway twice. Friendly atmosphere and well marshalled.

Cheri Edwards

RSE Race Report – 29/11/2020 – A Virtual Centurion and Lockdown Escapee!

Races may not be taking part in their usual format, but that hasn’t stopped Running Somewhere Else club members from taking on some great challenges across Lockdown – virtually, of course!

DB Max Escape Lockdown Virtual Mileage Challenge

Encouraging runners to set their own mileage targets, DB Max challenged participants to run as far as they could across the 4-week lockdown period. RSE’s Elliot Gardiner took on the task, aiming for over 50 miles to achieve the Escape Lockdown medal.

I found it a good motivational tool to get me out running at least 3 times a week. Without the promise of a medal, I wouldn’t have gone out in the rain and cold as much!

Elliot

Elliot completed a total of 54.18 miles, despite the cold weather and losing a shoe on the ‘muddiest route possible’! Fantastic running, Elliot!

The missing shoe…

Centurion Running One Community Run

Running in every weather!

The Centurion Running One Community hosted a 7 day virtual event where runners chose targets from 5k – 100m. Never one to shy away from the longer distances, RSE’s Sarah Reynolds selected the 100 mile option!

Sarah completed 9 runs over 7 days to reach the target, ending on a total of 101 miles for the week. Her shortest run was 6 miles, while the longest was 17.4 miles – that’s an average of 15 miles a day!

I loved it to be honest. 6 of those runs were made a lot easier by being joined by RSE friends!

Sarah
Sarah on her final run of the week!

Congratulations Sarah on achieving a tremendous amount of miles across the week!

The Great Lockdown Time Team Challenge

For week two of the RSE Virtual Lockdown Challenge Series our runners were set a Time Team Challenge. Rather than the traditional speed or distance challenges, our runners were split into two teams and asked to pledge an amount of time they were able to dedicate to their running.
The participating runners were asked to select a fun running record to recreate across the week before each individual pledge was combined to create the team target.

Runners chose their own targets based on the above pledges.


Although the individual team members set their own pledges, it was surprising how close the two teams targets were, with Felicity’s Faculty pledging 54hrs 11mins 6secs and Cheri’s Crew pledging 55hrs 43mins 13secs.


The starter pistol was sounded on Monday morning and the race to the target was on…
The teams were close all week with Wednesday’s update revealing Cheri’s Crew had completed 48% of their target, holding a slender lead over Felicity’s Faculty, who had completed 47%. By Friday, Cheri’s Crew were still holding the lead but the margin was exactly the same – 76% vs 75%.
Saturday lunchtime the race was done, with Cheri’s Crew taking the first victory and achieving their team target time. However, Sunday morning Felicity’s Faculty levelled the playing field by being the first team to have every team member achieve their individual pledges.


With this in mind, there’s only one thing we can do and that’s declare the race an honourable draw…

Report by Kevin Joynes-Creed