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RSE Club Report – Competing with nature!

Woodchester Park

Hosted by Stroud & District AC, this challenging and hilly course follows along the woodland tracks through Woodchester Park for approximately 8 miles. The Woodchester Park run makes up one of three races in the Roger Briers Race Series, the other 2 including the Stroud Beer race and Standish Woodland Chase – the prize medals for each course interlock!

Well done to Anne Gardiner, Anna Field and Jessica James for completing the course in fantastic times!

  • Jessica James – 1:28:28
  • Anne Gardiner – 1:30:46
  • Anna Field – 1:30:46
It was a very hilly race on a hot day, but the scenery was superb and there was plenty of shade. The Roger Briers Series comprises Stroud Beer Race, Standish Woodland Chase and Woodchester Park. Next year I'd like to do Standish to complete the series.
Anne Gardiner

Bedford Running Festival 20

The Bedford Running festival is more than one running event, with options for mile, 5k, 10k, half marathon and 20 mile races. The race village brings out the festival vibe, with music, food and drink, wellbeing areas, fun fair and even an outdoor cinema.

Running for RSE was Sharon Smith, who completed the 20 mile course in a brilliant time of 2:46:22!

Starting in beautiful riverside Russel Park in Bedford and out into leafy avenues and woods. This was training run for me so aiming for 3 hours steady but felt so fresh halfway that I picked it up. [I was] interviewed by the Local Radio Station which was fun. Only downside was a lack of suitable food available, just burgers and spicy pasta. I thoroughly recommend this race to members.
Sharon Smith

Great North Run

The famous Great North run attracted over 60,000 runners this year, following Sir Mo Farah as he completed his last run on the course. The half marathon run is famous for its unbeatable atmosphere, on route entertainment and fly bys from the Red Arrows, making it an event on many people’s bucket lists.

A huge well done to Linda Edwards who finished the race in an (unofficial) time of 2:29 and Paul Robertson who finished in 1:56:27!

This was my 8th GNR and due to an increase in numbers the busiest and definitely the warmest. We stood on our pens for almost an hour in bright sunlight waiting to start. The race starts in Newcastle and ends in South Shields with a beautiful view of the sea. It was Mo Farah's last race and there was superb support throughout with bands on route. The red arrows put in a fine display as the start and on my finishing mile. Unfortunately my race timing was incorrect and not long after I finished my race I was caught up in flash floods in South Shields which resulted in walking though calf deep water along with the other runners. All transport was affected making it a VERY long and memorable day.
Linda Edwards

Chedworth Roman trail

The Chedworth Roman Trail was the next race in the RSE club championship, and although previous runners joked about its hilly course, the hills were the last thing on everyone’s minds after the unexpected events that unfolded! The course follows a 10 mile undulating lap of scenic Cotswold countryside through Stowell Park, the Coln Valley, and close to the famous Chedworth Roman Villa. The already challenging race became even harder as runners navigated around a hornets nest (many getting stung in the process!) and torrential rain caught runners by surprise!

Well done to our club runners for persevering!

  • Mark Garrett – 1:24:11
  • Ollie Hazel – 1:24:56
  • Elliot Gardiner – 1:37:01
  • Daniel Drayton – 1:38:06
  • Paul Beaumont – 1:38:59
  • Alan Powderhill – 1:41:03
  • Robert Baker – 1:55:19
  • Fran Penny – 1:57:20
  • Kirsty Pitts – 1:57:19
  • Nadine Brown – 1:57:20
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 2:14:44
  • Sharon Smith – 2:17:49
  • Elaine Chapman – 2:17:50
What an eventful race! Hot, hilly, attacked by a swarm of hornets, river crossings & torrential rain! I can easily confirm that’s the 2nd hardest race I’ve done so far! 😅 very scenic but very hard with so many steep hill climbs! The dip in the river near the end was actually quite welcome in the muggy heat! Nice selection of cake at the finish as a reward 😋 🍰
Elliot Gardiner

parkruns - 02/09/2023

Tamar Trails parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 26:03
  • Felicity Crotty – 35:10

Lydiard parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:48

Cheltenham parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 23:31

Osterley parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock – 23:24

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 21:34
  • Daniel Drayton – 22:32
  • Paul Billinghurst – 23:28
  • Phil Newman – 24:43
  • Liz Hulcup – 26:04
  • Sue Navin – 27:09
  • Ellie Witnall – 27:47
  • Nadine Brown – 27:59
  • Vicki Mason – 28:56
  • Maria Yates – 30:52

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Annie Burbridge – 29:37

University Parks parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 29:57

parkruns - 09/09/2023

Gateshead parkrun

  • Paul Robertson – 25:20

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 21:51
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:41
  • Steve Sandercock – 23:58
  • Phil Newman – 24:19
  • Robert Baker – 26:09
  • William Cobbett – 26:48
  • Maria Yates – 34:52

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 23:45
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:08

Wolford parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 29:12

Save the Date!

  • 16th September – Social at Porters Bar, Cirencester – 8:30pm
    • RSE’s Martin Page will be playing with his band Loaded Dice!
  • 17th September – Angels 10k (RSE Championship race)
  • 1st October – Run Upcote 5 mile race (RSE Championship race)
  • 29th October – Stroud Half Marathon (RSE Championship race)

The next RSE club report will be Mon 25th/Tues 26th September

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.