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RSE Club Report – Festivities, Fast Courses and France!

La Rochelle Marathon

Tipped as the second largest marathon in France, the La Rochelle Marathon offers runners a chance to see 26.2 miles of the west coast, crossing through the city to the historical port areas. The route features 2-laps of flat terrain, and is supported by lively crowds and bands every 2km.

Linda Edwards and Sarah Page ran in RSE colours, finishing in fantastic times!

  • Sarah Page – 4.25.10
  • Linda Edwards – 4.44.42

Flat course doing a figure of eight round the harbour and town- fantastic views of the town as we went round the harbour. Well organised and plenty of marshals.
Good crowds all along the course giving us loads of support, ten bands which were great and kept us entertained. The shouts of allez, allez were very encouraging!
Cathy gave us fantastic support , popping up three times round the course, so nice to see a friendly face.
Great goodies- a rose, 6 oysters, hot chocolate and a snazzy running jacket which we will be modelling at club soon.

Sarah Page

Wilmslow festive 10k

The start of the festive season has begun! This popular Christmas-themed race starts in the town centre of Wilmslow before following a one lap course on scenic country roads, and then finishing on Mobberley Road/Sandy Lane. The first 5k is described as ‘lightening quick’, whilst the end half of the race features just one hill.

Running for RSE was Felicity Crotty, who completed the course in a brilliant time of 1:08:58!

We had nice weather and lots of festive outfits!

Felicity Crotty

AVR Half Marathon

This friendly, local half marathon has a great race atmosphere and festival feel. The course starts in Edington and then heads out to the beautiful villages of Steeple Ashton and Great Hinton. Expect undulating (hilly) countryside paths and a well supported race finish.

Running for RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed, who completed the race in a great time of 1:57:17, a new course PB!

The AVR Wiltshire Half is one of my favourite Half Marathons. Positioned nicely at the end of November it’s perfect for one last blow out before the Christmas break. Despite the rather ‘bumpy’ route the scenery is great and the support & organisation from The Avon Valley Runners is second to none. On the back of little to no recent training I’m pretty happy with a course PB and a sub 2hr finish for my last ‘competitive’ half of the year 🥳

Eynsham 10k

The Eynsham 10k is a fast, flat two lap 10k course around the Oxfordshire village, making it a popular course for PB-seekers. The race is organised by Eynsham roadrunners and as part of the Oxfordshire County Championship, attracts a lot of club runners.

Completing the course for RSE and running great times were Kirsty Pitts and Ted Pitts!

  • Kirsty Pitts – 54:00
  • Ted Pitts – 55:38

A flat, 2 lap course around the pretty town of Eynsham. This race was part of Oxfordshire County championship with over 565 runners. It was great to see Liz Hulcup there cheering us along 👍

Kirsty Pitts


Cheltenham parkrun

  • Sharon Smith – 24:49

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 20:50
  • Jon Campbell – 23:03
  • Ben Chapman – 23:20
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:39
  • Phil Newman – 25:12
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:56
  • Paul Coates – 26:26
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:04
  • Vicki Mason – 27:12
  • Nadine Brown – 27:30
  • Marie Yates – 29:30
  • Sue Navin – 29:30
  • Gemma Wright (and daughter, Libby) – 33:06
  • Sylvia Warman – 35:38

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

  • Paul Beaumont – 26:31

Horspath parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:58 – 150th parkrun!

As well as volunteering and acting as occasional director at Cirencester parkrun, Phil has run over 67 parkruns across the UK, often after cycling many miles to the event! Congratulations Phil!

Witney parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 28:39

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening
  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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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