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RSE Club Report – Ultras, Triathlons and Charities!

Saturn Ultra

Part of a 10 day series (each day a seperate event), this challenge takes place on the River Thames, where entrants are encouraged to run as many laps as they can. All participants receive a medal for completing at least 1 lap, and distance pins are given for runners who complete a half marathon, mega half marathon, marathon, 50km or Ultra in the 7hr time limit. 

A huge well done to Ultra-pro, Mark Manley, who completed 40 miles within the time limit!

The organisers specialise in timed events on the Thames so you start as many loops as possible in the time. I completed 40 miles, the most by 9 miles of the 52 competitors. It’s a trek to drive for a 7:30 start but it’s a lovely flat stretch of the Thames, and a low key event where the battle is with yourself to keep going on repetitive loops when the lure of your car and stopping is there all the time
Mark Manley

LPS Cotswold Lake 62 Summer Series Triathlon Race 3

This series of triathlons is made up of four events across the summer, starting in May and ending in August. Lake 62 is a privately owned well-kept lake in the Cotswolds, meaning that event entrants has exclusive use of the area. The land areas of the course are flat, although due to the prolonged hot weather, the run course was extremely hard packed with some ruts. The area is great for spectators, making it the perfect event for a first time triathlete!

Congratulations to Vicki Mason who completed the event in a brilliant time of 1:24:08!

A well organised small race held in Lake 62 consisting of a 400m swim, 16k bike around local roads and 4.5k running 3 loops around the lake. As this was my first triathlon I was pleased to finish in under 1:30:00 though the swim was long at almost 550m and there was no medal, I would definitely recommend it.

- Vicki Mason

parkruns - 22/07/2023

Lydiard parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:57
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 31:38

Minehead parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 25:23

Wolverhampton parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 30:15

Exmouth parkrun

  • Sarah Reynolds – 25:40

Cirencester parkrun

  • Phil Newman – 24:17
  • William Cobbett – 24:33
  • Steve Sandercock – 24:38
  • Paul Billinghurst – 25:35
  • Vicki Mason – 29:38
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 35:48

Cranbrook Country Park parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 24:48
  • Felicity Crotty – 32:30

Crichton parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 27:33 – “An undulating course, but in a lovely setting.
    Crichton Campus, Dumfries  🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿”

parkruns - 29/07/2023

Lydiard parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 24:56
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 30:41
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:35

Torbay Velopark parkrun

  • Alan Powderhill – 23:41

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 21:59
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:18
  • Fran Penny – 24:37
  • Paul Billinghurst – 24:54
  • Jon Campbell – 25:43
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:43
  • Anne Gardiner – 26:05
  • Eleanor Witnall – 27:03
  • Nadine Brown – 28:01
  • Andy Sworn – 28:28
  • Taryn Hancock – 30:11
  • Paul Robertson – 31:48

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 35:50

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Paul Beaumont – 24:22

Alderley Park parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:00

Agnew parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 26.29

Charity Fundraising

It’s been a week of celebrating the incredible charity fundraising commitments of the club!

Cirencester Opportunity Group Presentation Evening

Monday 24th saw the annual charity presentation evening, where the club handed over a donation to Cirencester Opportunity Group, who we had been raising money for over the last year. COG are a fantastic charity, based in Cirencester, that provide a Specialist Early Years Centre, supporting children with additional needs and their families.

After an ‘away day’ run around the Cotswold Waterpark and pizza at Pizzeria720, it was time for the presentation. Club Chair, Pauline Tilbury, and Fundraising Officer, Sarah Page, highlighted all the ways RSE has raised money, including quizzes, selling club kit, and raffles, as well as selling (and eating) A LOT of cake! A cheque was then presented to Steph Smyth, Fundraising Manager, and Cath Fowler, Centre Manager at Cirencester Opportunity Group.

RSE are pleased to confirm that the donation was the largest in club history, a staggering £4,000!

COG are currently in search of volunteers, so if you would like to learn more about this fantastic charity and possibly help out, click the link below.

Quiz and Chips

Before RSE begin fundraising for our 2023/24 charity, we decided to do something a little bit special for an amazing runner, Neil Russell.

Neil, who has a Parkinson’s, completed an incredible running challenge from London to Barcelona, where he ran a marathon a day to raise money and awareness for Cure Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK. Supported by RSE’s Katy Miller, the club were kept updated throughout Neil’s time on the road, and what a journey it was!

To support with the cause, Running Somewhere Else hosted a quiz night, with part of the proceeds and a 50/50 charity draw going towards the charities. The man himself, Neil, attended the quiz alongside family and his support team. The evening was a huge success, and although runners may be a little competitive, it was a fun evening for all!

We will leave you with the most controversial question of the evening – what meat is used in a Glamorgan sausage?

Save the Date!

  • 13th August – Solihull half marathon and RSE coach trip!
  • 10th September – Chedworth 10 mile (RSE Championship race)
  • 17th September – Angels 10k (RSE Championship race)

The next RSE club report will be Monday 14th August

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to fill in the form below by Sunday 5pm.