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RSE Club Report – Running for Ireland, in Scotland and getting back to Club!

St Patrick’s Day 10k!

Well done to Caroline Terry, who resisted temptation to spend St Patrick’s day drinking Guinness and instead ran a virtual 10k! Caroline’s virtual run took her from Cirencester, through Siddington and down Quiet Lane. She’ll be receiving a Leprechaun medal to celebrate her achievments – excellent work, Caroline!

Congratulations to any other RSE members who also completed the challenge but didn’t submit their results for the report. Great running by Team RSE!

The March Back to Club!

Our pledgees have been hard at work filling their targets! There’s only 1 week left, and Easter chocolate to celebrate with at the end – Keep going everyone, you’ve got this!

Getting Back to Running Somewhere Else

Your coaching team have been busy putting plans in place, with just over a week to go before the return to club on Monday 29th March.

Monday Running:

Our Monday evening runs will continue with almost the same format as before Christmas with 6 groups of 6 runners of a similar pace.

  • Group 1 – Sub 50min 10k pace
  • Groups 2 & 3 – 50-55min 10k pace
  • Group 4 – 55-60min 10k pace
  • Group 5 – 60-65min 10k pace
  • Group 6 – Return to Running Group
    • We have amended group 6 specifically for those who are returning to running following injury/illness or have just taken a break during lockdown and are unsure of where they’re at fitness wise.

Your Monday night sessions will be available to book on RunTogether from around 08.00am on Monday 22nd.

Wednesday Efforts:

Our Wednesday evening sessions will look quite different to December though…
Gone are the days of random locations and 30 min efforts sessions. We will be returning to meeting at 6.30 in The Old Station Car Park, running to a venue in town to complete your efforts before returning to the car park to stretch.

In addition to this, we are excited to reveal our 6 week Fitter, Faster, Stronger Plan designed to kick start your running again. You can see an outline of the plan in the image below – full details will follow over the next couple of days, along with booking information – watch this space!

Both our Monday and Wednesday sessions will still be limited in numbers and social distancing must still be maintained, but hopefully it will start to feel as though club is getting back to normal.
We can’t wait to see you all and get running again!

Get To Know the Club – Runner Profile

Becca Wilson

When did you start running and why?

Becca after completing the Loch Ness marathon!

To be honest, I started running for Health reasons after bouts of IBS. Running really helped alleviate the symptoms and was a great release after long days in the office. At the time I was living in London, working silly hours with a long tube commute, so running provided well needed “me” time. I lived close to Battersea Park, Hurlingham Park and discovered some brilliant routes close to where I lived. Ever since then, wherever I’ve lived I’ve always ran. Just love the “me” time and you always come back from a run feeling more positive – admittedly though, some runs are better than others!

When did you join RSE?

In 2016, I decided to move back to Gloucestershire after working in or around London for 20 odd years. I joined RSE but because I was away a lot of the time didn’t run with the club regularly. At the end of 2017/ start of 2018, I became a “regular”, running a few times a week with the club. The friendship, kindness, support, sense of fun the club provided made Ciren home for me.

What I love about RSE is it’s about running, coaching for people of all levels and abilities. The support and enthusiasm from TEAM RSE is second to none.

What motivates you to run?

I work long hours sitting at a desk, staring into a computer so running gets me out in the fresh air. It also allows me to think through the day, consider and resolve anything that’s been on my mind. Running is the best leveller ever and it’s free, healthy and energising. During Lockdown, running and cycling were a saviour. I never get tired of the Cotswold countryside. I love it around Withington, Chedworth and Yanworth – there are hidden gems for routes both cycling and running.

I love Strava stalking to discover new routes. Mind you, I am navigationally challenged – that’s coming from the daughter of a navigator!

Proudest Running Achievement?

My proudest running achievement was definitely Loch Ness. It was my second marathon in 2019. I adore Scotland and after completing my first marathon, I thought, I can do this. Certain people egged me on, namely Tosh!

I trained a lot with Fatima, who came up to support too. On one long training run we were running around the Duntisbourne but somehow got lost. It was getting dark and we ended up in “The Colesbourne”. Her boyfriend came to collect us, completely baffled how we had ended up there. Naturally we both had a Rioja, which is renowned for its post long run benefits!

Loch Ness is a stunning route, hilly and a smaller event. You start in the middle of nowhere and on a clear day, there are views to the Moray Firth. It was tough but getting over that line I couldn’t stop grinning. I’m doing it again this year for Tosh.

Favourite RSE moment (social/ race/ etc.)?

There are so many favourite RSE moments.

One of my favourite events is the Cotswold Way, competing in teams and getting out into the gorgeous countryside. I love the recces that we do; they’re great fun .

In lockdown, the coaches and their challenges were great fun. I was on furlough and I can’t tell you how these helped through those very strange times.

Saturday morning runs, where you discover new routes or revisit favourite ones. I really miss these, they just set you up for the weekend. Followed by brunch at Somewhere Else, comparing routes, times and a catch up – which sometimes goes on into the afternoon and a cheeky prosecco!

New Route Suggestion – Siddington to Preston

Where does that hole in the fence go?

If you are looking for an interesting, local route, take a look at the hole in the fence opposite South Cerney Road in Siddington. This interesting little path takes you past a heli-pad and through some woods. You’ll need to stick to the path, as either side is private property, but the route is quiet and picturesque. At the end of the path, (safely) cross the A419 opposite Dobbies, go straight across the field and take a left for a trail route that ends up in Preston!

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