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RSE Club Report – We’re off to the races!

Cheltenham Running Festival

Held at the Cheltenham race course, the festival includes running distances from 5k to half marathon around the famous track, with stunning views of the Cotswold countryside. Listed as a multi-terrain course, runners could choose from 1 lap, 2 laps or 4 laps of the track. It was a very hot day to be taking on any races, but that did not deter Running Somewhere Else club members, as many took to the challenge.

5k

1 lap = 5k

Well done to Tom Razazan who finished in a fantastic time of 20:07, and second in the V35 category!

It was pretty tough due to the heat and the course was twisty with loads of half and 10k runners to lap! Not one for a PB. Despite that the views were great and the atmosphere was good.

Tom Razazan

10k

2 laps = 10k

Taking on the 10k was Pauline Tilbury, who finished in a brilliant time of 1:10:33!

[It was] 2 laps of the picturesque racecourse (without the jumps!) .It really was too hot for me and I struggled in the last 2ks. A very well organised event though and hats off to all have have run in the heat this weekend!

Pauline Tilbury

Half Marathon

4 laps = half marathon

Congratulations to Sarah Hancock, Zoe Markham-Lee and Jo Beames who completed 4 laps of the course (and had to watch the 5k and 10k runners finish their races!).

  • Sarah Hancock – 2:03:29 (3rd V35!)
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 2:19:26
  • Jo Beames (supporting her daughter for a birthday 1st half marathon! 🥳) – 2:35:45

Slightly undulating, and above all, bloody hot! I now have stupid tan lines… Nice views of the hills around though and blue skies.

Zoe Markham-Lee

Get to Know the Club – Runner’s Profile

Tom Razazan

When did you start running and why?
I first started running as a teenager and enjoyed representing my school in cross county. Living in rural Somerset meant there were plenty of quiet lanes to run on (and not much else to do a lot of the time!). I ran on and off throughout my 20s but over the last 4/5 years I’ve been doing it much more regularly as my main form of exercise.

When did you join RSE?
I joined in May 2019. I was keen to meet new people, challenge myself and improve my running. The club has certainly helped me do all three.

What motivates you to run?
Quite a few reasons. Initially it was primarily for fitness however more recently I’ve also really come to value the well-being benefits it brings and the chance to clear your head and just switch off. Having a race in the diary is also a great target and can make the difference between deciding whether or not to head out for that run at the end of a very long day or indeed holding off the beers the night before a weekend long run!

Proudest achievement?
The Hullavington 10 race in Dec-20. It was my first race since the pandemic started and during this time I had really upped my training volume, intensity and consistency. It was one of those races where everything clicked and I felt great.

Favourite RSE moment?
My favourite is probably the Chilly 10K in Feb-20 when I was part of the RSE men’s team which came 1st club overall. It was great to be part of this. There’s also been countless Mon and Wed club runs which I’ve really enjoyed, such as taking in the views on the Polo fields loop on a sunny summer’s evening or working hard in an efforts session in the Abbey Grounds.

RSE Club AGM 2021!

RSE’s club AGM took place on Thursday 10th June, with a great turnout of club members joining via Zoom. The AGM is a chance for club members to hear an update on all things club related, including plans in motion and finances; elect a new committee; and ask questions and voice opinions on club matters. The evening went seamlessly, with presentations from Pauline Tilbury, Nadine Brown, Sarah Reynolds, Caroline Joynes-Creed and Martin Sheriff.

The committee also said goodbye to one member this year, Caroline Joynes-Creed. Thank you for all your hard work organising charity fundraisers for the club!

A Word from the Chair, Pauline Tilbury:

A big thank you to Vice Chair Nadine for her input to the AGM and her ongoing support in all club matters.

And a big thank you also to Club Secretary Sarah for managing all required formalities for this year’s AGM.

We would also like to thank Pauline for helping deliver a successful AGM evening!

In case you missed it, here’s a list of the RSE committee members elected for 2021/2022:

For a full overview of the points discussed at the AGM, please read a copy of the meeting minutes, found here.

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