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RSE Race Report – Sunday 1st March 2020

Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country Championship

The final race in the AAA Cross Country Championship took place on Sunday 1st March at Old Down Country Park, nr Thornbury. The course consisted of mown and fairly flat grass and tracks through woods. There were three hills on each large lap with most of the descent and ascent on grass or a grassy track.

The senior ladies race involved 3 large laps plus a short leg at the start and finish totalling 6.3k. Representing RSE was Rosie Oates who finished in a time of 31:19. She was followed by;

Sharon Smith – 33:50 and 1st in the LV65 category

Nadine Brown – 34:04

Elaine Chapman – 35:27

Kate Potter – 44:32 and 2nd in the FV70 category

A great effort from you all.

Newport Half Marathon

The Newport Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March gave runners the chance to see the iconic features of the City of Newport and the village of Caerleon, with all the proceeds going to support St David’s Hospice.

Representing RSE was Elisabeth Butler who finished in a time of 1:59:01 which was a PB and first sub 2 hour marathon. Great Effort Libby

Wigley Group Half Marathon – Warwick

The Wigley Group Half Marathon started at Warwick Racecourse on Sunday 1 March. The race followed its traditional route through the lovely Warwickshire countryside providing athletes with an excellent opportunity to compete in a slightly undulating, traffic free road race.

Representing RSE was Liz Farooq who finished in a time of 1:56:10 which was a PB and first sub 2 hour half marathon (by a long way). Well done Liz

Bath Two Tunnels

Cutting right under the city of the Bath, the two tunnels offer a truly unique running experience. The first tunnel, the Devonshire Tunnel is 408m long and the second tunnel, Combe Down Tunnel is 1672m long. On Sunday 1st March both 5K and 10k races took place.

The 5km headed steadily uphill towards the Devonshire tunnel, passing by Bloomfield Open space on the left hand side. After rounding the first tunnel runners emerged out in the wooded Lyncombe Vale area. There was a 1km open run along the elevated embankment and through cuttings heading towards Combe Down Tunnel. The turn around for the 5km was just before the entrance to the second tunnel. Runners then enjoyed a slightly downhill run back to the finish.

The 10km followed the 5K route however runners continued into the Combe Down tunnel. The race headed over Tucking Mill viaduct on a gentle downhill gradient towards Midford Station before making a U turn and retracing their steps through the two tunnels.

Representing RSE was Zoe Markham-Lee who completed the 5k in an unofficial time of 29:46 which was a PB, then a 10 minute break before starting the 10k which she finished in 1:02:38. Great effort Zoe.

Lydiard Park Run

Oliver Hughes – 38:19

Caroline Sandercock – 39:16

Worcester Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 30:50

Weymouth Park Run

George Rackley – 30:26

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