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RSE Club Report – Halves, Duals and Ultras!

Bath Half Marathon

With 7,000 runners taking part, the Bath Half Marathon boasts incredible support from thousands of spectators throughout the heart of the city. This year the race was celebrating its 40th Anniversary. The course is fast and flat, attracting runners from first-timers to PB-seekers to those aiming to set record-breaking attempts.

Well done to Tim Wainwright and Alan Powderhill, who both completed the race only 2 weeks after having run London Marathon!

  • Alan Powderhill – 1:54:54
  • Tim Wainwright – 2:12:32

My 4th bath half, different course this time with a lovely steep hill right at the finish. I was 30 seconds off my PB and was shocked I had it in my legs 2 weeks after London, along with the weather all in all a very positive day.

Alan Powderhill

Swindon Trail Ultra

Starting and finishing in Swindon’s Lydiard park, this ultra trail race is listed as beginner friendly due to a ‘generous’ cut off time. That being said, runners cover over 50k with 2185ft overall elevation. The route visits the beautiful countryside surrounding Swindon, including the Ridgeway, castles and canal paths.

Running for RSE were ultra veterans Mark Manley and Lesley Hinsley, who finished in a brilliant time of 6hours and 16 minutes!

Mark and I ran the Swindon 50k Ultra today. A circular trail route starting at Lydiard Park, off up to Barbury Castle, taking in part of the Ridgeway, Coate Water, Swindon Old Town, canal path and old Railway line, back Mouldon Country Park, through Lydiard Millicent to arrive back at Lydiard Park. 2,000 ft elevation.

Lesley Hinsley

Cotswold Classic Sprint Duathlon

Hosted by Tough Runner UK, the Cotswold Sprint Duathlon takes place in the picturesque surroundings of Notgrove Estate, Cotswolds. Open to entrants of all abilities, the course features a 5km run, 20km cycle, followed by another 5km run through the open rural roads around the estate. Competing for RSE was Charlie Austin, who completed the course in a brilliant time!

Chip times have not been released, but Charlie completed each section in the following:

  • Run 1: 38 mins
  • Bike: 1hr 7 mins
  • Run 2: 40 mins

I did the Cotswold Classic Sprint Duathlon this morning. Bloody early start with registration opening at 6am. Race started at 8am 5k trail running loop in beautiful countryside. Then a VERY HILLY 22k road bike ride with a repeat of the 5k run at the end.

A nice event, but if anyone wants to give duathlons a try for the first time and they aren’t reasonable on a bike it might put them off. The Westonbirt Duathlon in March is a better first time event.

Charlie Austin

Eden project trail half

The Eden Project Half Marathon and Marathon combine to be Cornwall’s biggest running event, starting and finishing at the famous biomes, and crossing a typically Cornish trail route (think hilly!). The race is described as ‘challenging’, following a multi-terrain course that takes in the natural beauty of the area. Runners can expect to visit the Cornish mining heritage as well as beautiful countryside landscapes.

Congratulations to Zoe Markham-Lee, who finished the course in 2 hours 16 minutes!

Best thing about the race was that you got a pint and a pasty at the end! Very undulating! Ran it with my mate Jon. He holds the water etc to make it easier!

Zoe Markham-Lee


Hackney Marshes parkrun

  • Campbell McIlroy – 22:38

Malling parkrun

  • Paul Robertson – 21:59

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:33
  • Phil Newman – 24:50
  • Jessica James – 26:05
  • Liz Hulcup – 26:16 – 1st LV65
  • Steve Sandercock – 26:24
  • Paul Coates – 26:51
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 28:51
  • Maria Yates – 29:57
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 31:59
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 32:01
  • Phil Southworth – 43:08

Witney parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:29

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 27:25
  • Felicity Crotty – 34:52

Save the Date!

Other dates to add to your diary:

  • Wednesday 9th November, 8pm: Ice Ultra Talk / Q&A Session with Sampo
  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening

Cross Country

As a club we are organising the first round of the Gloucestershire AAA Cross country championships, held in the Bathurst Estate on Saturday 5th November.

The first group of volunteers will be needed from 9-11.30 this will be for car parking and the junior races marshal points. This will give an opportunity to run the races also. The second group from 11- 15:30 for car parking and senior races and Marshall points.

We will provide some refreshments for those helping.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact David Witnall or Sarah Reynolds directly and indicate which slot you would like to do.

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

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