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RSE Race Report – Mud and Trails!

Hair of the Dog

An aptly named race for the start of the new year, the Hair of the Dog trail race took place on the 3rd January between Chippenham and Lacock. The event is known for its picturesque route along the River Avon and an incredible medal!

Taking on the route for RSE was Zoe Markham-Lee and Sharon Smith!

Hard, muddy and very ‘traily’!

Zoe Markham-Lee

[It’s] a 7.75 mile trail race between Chippenham and Leacock. [It] runs along the river Avon and onto Reybridge and along the towpaths of the Wiltshire and Berkshire Canal. Downside: About 10 styles! But otherwise lovely!

Sharon Smith
  • Sharon Smith – 1:05:03 – 1st LV60! 🥳
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 1:28:00

Incredible running from both of you!

Cotswold Farm Park Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships

Cross country races are known to be tough, muddy and hilly, and the weather on the 8th January only added to the difficulty of the Gloucestershire AAA race, but that didn’t stop Fran Penny, Sharon Smith and David Witnall taking on the challenge! Held at the Cotswold Farm Park, the race was this year’s Gloucestershire County Cross Country Championship.

For those of you who are new to cross country races, there a different distances for men (approx. 10.2k) and women/VETs (Approx. 6.75k).

Women’s/VETs Race:

  • Fran Penny – 37:54
  • Sharon Smith – 39:17 – 1st LV70! 🥳

Men’s Race:

  • David Witnall – 49:28

The course had a little bit of everything, lots of small ups and downs, mud, wind and rain. A good course without being too hard so suited new and experienced cross country runners. Personally I had great fun, with my fitness not being great at the moment, my aim was to enjoy the occasion of a County Championships. Well done to Fran and Sharon our lady club representatives!

David Witnall

Well done for braving the bad weather!

January Jaunt 10k

Held in Plympton, the January Jaunt is a 10k multi-terrain race that starts and finishes at Plymouth Speedway track. Taking place on the 9th January, the course was an out and back to Saltram House.

Felicity Crotty ran for RSE, finishing in an brilliant time of 1:03:34! (unofficial)

I ran the January jaunt which is a 10k around the trails at Saltram in Plymouth. A nice route which was an out and back (mostly uphill out), ran with my friend Jennie.

Felicity Crotty

Well done Felicity!


Tamar Trails Parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 26:27

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 37:59
  • Elaine Chapman – 40:09

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week 🙂

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