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RSE Club Report – Running or swimming?

Abingdon Marathon

If you prefer quiet country lanes and villages to the grandeur or a city marathon, the Abingdon Marathon is a race to look out for. The two-lap course is flat, taking runners from the centre of Abingdon through to the villages of Drayton, Milton and Sutton Courtenay. The race is well support by marshals and spectators, particularly in the grandstand start and finish at Tilsley Park, but also gives runners moments of quiet around the village lanes.

This year, RSE has a great turnout of runners!

  • Rachel Bodey – 3:41:55
  • Andy Poole – 3:42:17
  • Sarah Page – 4:12:18 – New PB!
  • Ellie Witnall – 4:14:17
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 4:22:10

The Abingdon Marathon today was thoroughly enjoyable despite the slightly damp start! Support from families and running friends was fantastic, and a ‘hats off’ for all the race wardens too-many of them carefully guided us through all the turns and pathways-really helpful especially in those last few miles when it’s hard to concentrate on anything other than the next step! A lovely day.

Andy Poole

A small event with a friendly atmosphere, brilliant support from friends, family, RSE and locals despite the weather. A very wet line up and start, plenty of mud and puddles, but blazing sunshine by the end so it had it all! (apart from hills – but I was able to forgive that). My first marathon – I’d never thought I could do it so very pleased to find out I was wrong

Rachel Bodey

Abingdon Marathon, ouch.
It’s safe to say that’s the hardest start line I’ve ever managed to get to. The training, pre race preparation and weather were all about as far from ideal as they could have been. Even 10mins before the start I could quite happily have had a DNS.
Thankfully I did cross the start line which kinda meant the finish line became compulsory.
For anyone wanting a fast time Abingdon has to be top of your list. The route is pretty much flat and the organisation is exceptional. Given the rain all of the marshals were amazing with clear instructions and fantastic support. Having a few familiar faces as the RSE cheer squad was amazing as well.
Congratulations to all of team RSE on some fantastic individual results today, I couldn’t be prouder to wear the yellow vest alongside you all 💛

Kevin Joynes-Creed

Castles Half Marathon

Based in the historic village of Bamburgh, this is a popular race with incredible views of the castle. The course slightly undulates across the Northumberland, and the website boasts of views out to the Farne Islands, Holy Island and the North Sea.

Running for RSE was Linda Edwards, who completed the course in a brilliant time of 2:14!

It starts and finishes at the glorious Banburgh castle. The course was quiet and undulating ( hilly) and the scenery would have been beautiful if it had not been misty.

Linda Edwards


Preston Park parkrun, Brighton

  • Amanda Ball – 33:37

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:56
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:26
  • Paul Beaumont – 24:50
  • Phil Southworth – 25:02
  • Andy Sworn – 28:08
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 28:30
  • Marie Yates – 30:36
  • Cathy Steer – 31:48
  • Sylvia Warman – 35:00

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • David Witnall – 21:05
  • Elliot Gardiner – 21:35 – New PB!
  • Ben Chapman – 22:54
  • Alan Powderhill – 23:39 – New PB!
  • Paul Robertson – 23:39

Warwick Racecourse parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 33:21

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 32:42

Woodgate Valley Country Park parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 29:56

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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