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RSE Club Report – Miles and Miles

Running All the Miles

Well done to Gareth Roberts who has spent the weekend completing a 48 hour running challenge, cheered on by some of our RSE members. Taking to routes around Latton and Cricklade, Gareth’s 48 hour feat will end at midnight tonight, in which he plans to have completed 48 miles! Fantastic running by one of our ultra-veterans!

Social Quiz Night

Club members tested their knowledge at a Zoom quiz hosted by Kevin and Caroline Joynes-Creed. 3 teams competed in knowledge challenges based on rounds of Question of Sport and House of Cards – members were asked to name famous runners, guess who from blurred images of RSE club members, and guess the sentence when only the 1st letter was shown. Well done to team 2, who won by only 1 point!

March Pledges

Following the news from England Athletics that we can commence club activities again from 29th March, this week we launched ‘The March Back to Club’, made up of a series of pledges for members to commit to throughout the four weeks of March.

The pledges vary from committing to a number of walks/runs per week, to completing a set distance to achieve it – the NHS recommended 10,000 steps per day.

Below is a breakdown of the pledges made by our members:

In addition to the pledges above, we also have a number of members who have made pledges but want to keep them under the radar.

Over the next few weeks we’ll update on each member’s progress, so watch this space…

RSE March History – Gloucester 20!

Gloucester 20, 2018!

Our club championship may be on pause, but the achievements our club members have attained during the club races are not forgotten! For the past few years, March has been a chance for members to compete in the longest race in the championship, Gloucester 20! This race is perfect for those training for Spring marathons, and has also been a chance for some members to do back-to-back 20 mile races alongside Fission 20 (Kevin Joynes-Creed and David Whitlow!).

Gloucester 20, 2020!

The 2020 wet and windy event saw current members David Witnall, Istvan Vegh and Liz Farooq achieving PBs, some members completing their first ever 20-miler, and Sharon Smith setting the all time fastest time in the V70 female category for 20 miles in the UK Rankings!

There’s something about the Gloucester 20… club race, club support, club atmosphere. Great scenic 3-loop race, nice little hill in each, perfect for pacing and knowing what you need to do, good mindset run – works for me every time!

Emma Thomas, who has completed the race 2 times, from 2018-2019.

New Route Suggestions

Libby Butler has been hard at work creating some fantastic trail routes around the Woodmancote/ Colesbourne/ Cirencester area. Here’s a selection of some of the routes:

Woodmancote – Old Park – Hackpenny Wood – edge of Eycot Wood – Colesbourne – towards Elkstone – road past edge of Combend, Bromsley Wood and Shewel Wood – Woodmancote

9m Colesbourne Trail – https://strava.app.link/IQYvVWHfreb

Woodmancote – Rendcombe – White Way – North Cerney – Woodmancote

North Cerney, Rendcomb Loop – https://strava.app.link/7rzJohLfreb

Woodmancote – towards North Cerney, turning right before Scrubditch Care Farm – Cutham Lane – Welsh Way – Over A417 – Dower’s Lane – Daglingworth – Duntisbourne – Welsh Way – Woodmancote

Daglingworth 8 miler – https://strava.app.link/u3dmsFYfreb

The full set of routes Libby has created range from 5 miles to marathon distance. If you are a friend of Libby’s on Strava, you can access the routes via her profile, where Strava gives GPS directional guidance (similar to a Sat Nav!). Make sure you check the elevation before setting off, some of the routes are hilly!

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