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RSE Racing Report – 22nd July 2018

Gloucester 5K

The Gloucester 5k race took place on Thursday 19th July.  This is a flat single lap race that finished outside the Beacon Inn in the village of Haresfield.  Four members of RSE took part in the race with Mark Manley leading the charge in 21:31 and coming 6th in the MV50 category.

He was followed by ;

Sharon Smith – 23:42 and 2nd in the LV60 category

Elaine Chapman – 24:46 and 6th in the SL category

Sandie Wood – 27:52 and 4th in the LV50 category

This was also a Gloucester AAA county race with Sharon and Sandie getting gold medals, Elaine getting a silver and Mark getting a bronze medal in their relevant categories.  Great efforts well done.


Bourton 1 Mile Challenge

This is exactly what it says on the tin, a 1 mile fast flat road race that finishes in the centre of picturesque Bourton -on-the-Water.  This race is part of the Gloucestershire Road Race Series and is also the one mile Gloucestershire Championship race.  With RSE providing 11 runners in the field of 165 we were well represented.  First home for RSE was Ben Chapman – 5:53 which was a PB.  He was followed by;

Mark Manley – 5:54 – PB

Steve Phelps – 6:18 – PB

Teresa Hazlewood – 6:32 – PB

Norm Lever – 6:39

Rosie Oates – 6:48

Rich Taylor – 6:50

Elaine Chapman – 7:00

Sharon Smith – 7:19 – 1st LV65

Sandie Wood – 8:18

Kay Thompson – 10:13 – PB


Pretty Muddy Exeter 5k



Pretty Muddy events are part of the Race For Life events for Cancer Research UK.

The Pretty Muddy Exeter isn’t like any other fundraising event.  It is a muddy obstacle course that women of any ability can climb over, crawl under and charge through. It takes place on the paths and fields around the showground and is on a mixed terrain of tarmac and grass.

RSE was represented by Libby Saunders with a guest appearance of Mumma Woo.  Looks like a lot of fun.


The Cranham Beast

The Cranham Beast 10k is the last of the 3 race trailmania series.  It took place on Sunday 22nd July  and on one of the hilliest but beautiful parts of the Cotswolds.  This race was not for the feint hearted but did give the runners to explore the famous Cheese Rollers Hill (Coopers Hill) and visit the villages of Sheepscombe, Witcombe, Birdlip and Cranham.

Teresa Hazlewood (with a slight detour) 1:10:23 and Cheri Edwards 1:12 not only completed the course but Cheri came first lady runner in the series followed closely by Teresa in second place.  Great effort.

Bath Relish 10k Trail Race   

The Bath 10k trail race is a 2 lap course which stays on the hill tops offering great views of Bath from the iconic Sham Castle as well as Little Solsbury Hill and Bannerdown Hill.  There is a mix of terrain including open meadows, single track way and winding forest trails.

Jenny Hoffman was first in for RSE in 1:15 followed by Kate Potter in 1:15.  Well done both of you.


Cirencester Park Run

Jon Collins – 24:32 – PB

George Rackley – 29:14

Cathy Steer – 30:00

Amanda Haines – 31:12

Jane O’Dell – 33:28

Charley Trykush – 35:26

Amanda MCilroy – 35:32


Swindon Park Run

Martyn Joyce – 29:06


Andover Park Run

Kay Thompson – 37:29



Mentioned in Dispatches

One of the rules in my imaginary rule book for Mentioned in Dispatches is that I do not nominate the same person in consecutive weeks.  Being a stickler for imaginary rules I will stick with that rule.  Therefore the person mentioned in dispatches this week will remain unnamed. Most people who undertake a gruelling 100k event will spend at least the next week relaxing and at best will go out for a couple of easy short runs.  Not this person.

Not only did this runner (you will notice how I am keeping it gender neutral to make it harder to identify them) run competitively in both in the Gloucester 5k race and the Bourton 1 mile challenge, they also reccee’d a number of routes for the RSE away day event on Monday.  This person needs a holiday, maybe a 4 day break in Sydney in September where they could run a marathon?

There are also a number of other people that need mentioning this week.  They include;

Cheri Edwards and Teresa Hazlewood for coming first and second ladies in the Trailmania 3 race series.

Sharon Smith, Sandie Wood, Elaine Chapman and Mark Manly for getting medals in the Gloucester AAA County Race (Gloucester 5k).

Rosie Oates for what has been described as a really impressive, strong and speedy performance in the Bourton 1 mile challenge.

Finally to Gareth Roberts for completing his first run on what will hopefully be a short road to recovery.




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