This flat, fast course is a favourite amongst runners in the Cotswolds – so much so that places are like gold dust! Starting in the picturesque village of Frampton-Upon-Severn, the route follows countryside paths past the river Severn. RSE member, David Witnall, managed to nab a place for the 2020 race, which was then deferred to 2021.
It was good to back in what felt like a normal race. It was good to use the race as a benchmark run before marathon training begins. I went out comfortably and was happy to get a negative split.David Witnall
Congratulations to Dave, who finished in a speedy time of 40:23, a personal course record!
Cotswold Way Relay
The Cotswold Way Relay is now in its 31st year and is a challenge that Running Somewhere Else take on annually. Covering all 103 miles of the Cotswold Way, clubs are invited to work as a team to complete the distance. The legs vary in distance (from 7.3 miles to 12.8 miles) and elevation, but none could be considered ‘easy’. This year, RSE members had to sweet-talk club captain, Elaine Chapman, to guarantee one of the ‘good’ legs.
Running Somewhere Else entered one mixed team this year with five men and five ladies taking on the challenging hills in the mixed ‘summer’ weather. Everyone ran really strongly and Sharon was even rewarded with a bottle of wine at the end of her leg for finishing 30 minutes ahead of the cut off and first in her age group!
Many congratulations to Emma Thomas (Leg 1), Teresa Hazelwood (Leg 2), Amanda McIlroy (Leg 3), Sarah Reynolds (Leg 4), Andy Poole (Leg 5), Martin Sherriff (Leg 6), David Whitlow (Leg 7), Mark Garrett (Leg 8), Sharon Smith (Leg 9) and Steve Sandercock (Leg 10).
The Running Somewhere Else team finished in an (unofficial) combined team time of 24 hours 48 minutes!
Another club favourite is Hope 24, a 24 hour running event in the heart of Plympton. Runners can compete in pairs, small groups (up to 5) or large groups (up to 8), and some intrepid challengers take on the event solo! This year, Hope 24 was back on site, its 5 mile course running through woodland, past a river and sheep, and up a lot of hills.
RSE members were out in force this year, with 2 large teams, 1 small team, 3 solo runners, a long-distance walker and 4 Hope trail kids! Starting at 12pm on Saturday and finishing 12pm on the Sunday, the participants faced muggy heat, sunshine, torrential rain and a path turned to a river! Despite the challenging weather and the course closing at 10:30am due to adverse conditions, club members produced some fantastic results.
- Kevin Joynes-Creed – 60 miles (12 laps)
- Cathy Steer – 20 miles (4 laps)
- Ellie Taylor – 55 miles (11 laps)
- Ryo Taylor – 20 miles (4 laps)
RSE’s first ever small team:
- Team Chapman – 75 miles (15 laps)
- Ben Chapman – 30 miles (6 laps)
- Elaine Chapman – 45 miles (9 laps)
- Team 1 – A combined effort of 140 miles (28 laps) – 2nd in the large team relay!
- Well done to Rob Brown, David Witnall, Nadine Brown, Gareth Roberts, Sarah Hancock, Carol Sworn and Sarah Page!
- Team 2 – A combined effort of 100 miles (20 laps)!
- Well done to Pauline Tilbury, Richard Marshall, Paul Coates, Caroline Coates, Linda Edwards, Caroline Joynes-Creed, Darren Jenner and Felicity Crotty!
A huge well done also to our mini runners Eden Brown, Rory Brown, Matthew Chapman and Daniel Chapman!
Upcoming Club Social Alert
Sunday 25th July
Away Day Run and Picnic
Join RSE from 12 midday for an away day social.
The run is optional (6 miles trail). Friends and family are welcome!
Save the date! Full details are to follow very soon.