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RSE Club Report – Winter is coming…

Calne Clock Change 5k

The Clock Change Challenge, organised by the Calne Community Campus, is now in it’s 15th year and is a popular event in the race calendar for many Wiltshire runners, with options for 5k and 10k races. The course is fast and flat, making it ideal for those chasing PBs.

A huge well done to Mick, Kirsty and Ted for some brilliant times!

  • Mick Bagot – 22:41 – 2nd in age category!
  • Kirsty Pitts – 25:21 – 1st in age category!
  • Ted Pitts – 28:45
A great little race, which is a fairly flat fast course, starting and finishing on a very wet playing field at Calne Leisure centre. There was also a 1.5k fun run and a 10k.
Kirsty Pitts

Stroud Half Marathon

The Stroud Half Marathon was the last race in the RSE Club Championship, and it was great to see so many club members attend the race, whether it was running or supporting! The race starts and finished on the Cainscross Road, adjacent to Marling School field. The course is entirely on road and is mainly flat and fast with a steady rise between 6 and 7 miles.

Well done to all of the RSE club members who competed in club races over the year – bring on the final championship results!


  • Nia Glover – 01:33:45 – New PB!
  • Mark Garrett – 01:33:45
  • Ollie Hazel – 01:36:44
  • Sharon Smith – 01:44:05 – 1st LV70!
  • Elliot Gardiner – 01:45:14 – New PB!
  • Alan Powderhill – 01:54:50
  • Andrew Barrett – 01:56:49 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Sarah Page – 01:57:55
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 01:58:19
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 01:58:50
  • Nadine Brown – 02:01:54
  • Liz Hulcup – 02:02:31 – 2nd LV70 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Linda Edwards – 02:12:11
  • Becca Wilson – 02:23:21
New Half Marathon PB by exactly 2 mins! Very pleased! 🤩🦾 Great way to end the racing season by sticking with the pacing plan overall and managing to get the time I was aiming for at the last club championship race of the year! My second time at Stroud Half Marathon and it didn’t feel any easier! Definitely more hills than I remember! 😅 Thank you to everyone for all the support at the race and throughout the year! All that remains is to see what position I have managed to finish in the men’s club championship! 🏅
Elliot Gardiner
We were lucky with the weather after all the rain the previous day. Course bit more undulating than I expected but went through some pretty villages and good support and marshalling. Well organised and a good finish to the championship races! Specially nice to have encouragement from coach Dave as we approached the final half mile.
Sarah Page

Lightening Bolt 10k

The clue is in the title for the Lightening Bolt 10k, which features a fast and flat course with an elevation of just 14 metres! Starting at Langley Burrell Village Hall, the race is suitable for all abilities and incorporates the Wiltshire Championships and South West Inter Counties Championships awards.

A huge well done to Libby Butler who set a new PB of 53:52 on the course!

This was a test race to see how much work I need to do next year to get a PB. Well organised even though there had to be a route change due to flooding.
Libby Butler

Gloucestershire XC

The first race in the Gloucestershire Cross Country series was held in the Bathurst Estate, for an infamously tough and hilly route. Cross country races have different distances for Men’s/Ladies + Men’s Masters categories, as well as various categories for under 18s! The courses are challenging, wet and muddy, but the comradery makes them all worth it.

Congratulations to the RSE members who took on the challenge – is the 1st men’s team we’ve had in a number of years?

Men’s Race (9.9k):

  • Jon Last – 47:21 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Ollie Hazel – 51:18
  • Dave Witnall – 56:10
  • Mick Bagot – 1:01:07

Ladies and Men’s Masters Race (6.4k):

  • Jennifer Glass – 35:21 – 3rd LV55 – 1st race for RSE!
This years course was the reverse to what we marshalled last year as a club, this means the 3 main hills are towards the end, this combined with the mud made conditions tricky at best. It was great to form a team of masters (MV35+) for the first that I can remember for RSE. Well done to Jon, Ollie and Mick, impressive performances, did I mention there was mud?
Personally, it was struggle, first race back for 4 months after a hip injury, showed I have a long way to go to be near race fit again!
Dave Witnall

Guy Fawkes 5 Mile race

Hosted by Tewkesbury Running Club, the Guy Fawkes 5 mile race is popular for it’s fast and flat course. The usually frying pan shaped route consisting of 2 bridge crossings and country roads, was replaced by an out and back course which was fast and flat.

Well done to RSE for another brilliant turnout and some fantastic times!

  • Mark Garrett – 32:47
  • Sharon Smith – 37:16 – 1st LV70!
  • Mick Bagot – 37:58
  • Steve Sandercock – 39:19
  • Darren Jenner – 39:32
  • Jo Wood – 39:47
  • Anne Gardiner – 39:52 – 3rd LV60!
  • Alan Powderhill – 40:01
  • Libby Butler – 40:26
  • Kirsty Pitts – 41:15
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 41:53
  • Liz Hulcup – 42:31
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 48:14
  • Felicity Crotty – 50:42
  • Monica Farthing – 51:40
  • Elliott Fogg – 53:14
  • Sylvia Warman – 54:10,9

Well done to all the RSE members who ran, and to those who achieved new PBs!usus

New PB by 2 minutes. 3rd in age category!
Anne Gardiner
Lots of laughs on the car journey down. Possibly the best bit! When an incline feels like a mountain...
Zoe Markham-Lee
Great race to end the year and my best race since 2019. Absolutely loved that.
Libby Butler
I always enjoy this race, and this year was no exception even after they had to change the route because of flooding. An out and back fast, flat course along country lanes. It was a lovely sunny day and there was a great turnout from RSE, with some amazing times.
Kirsty Pitts

Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile Race

This small local race series is held by coach Dave Witnall’s old running club, Centurion RC. The course is a flat multi-terrain race around Babbs Mill nature reserve, and features 6 races in total, from November to April.

  • Ellie Witnall – 41:41 – 3rd SL!
  • Dave Witnall – 41:42
My first race in a while and I must admit, I complained the whole ray round - sorry Dave! But I got round and the last mile was my fastest (there was a promise of a Mars bar at the end!)
Ellie Witnall

parkruns - 28/10/2023

Abingdon parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:21
  • Felicity Crotty – 34:18

Cirencester parkrun

  • Phil Newman – 23:38
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:41
  • William Cobbett – 24:25
  • Cheri Edwards – 25:17
  • Paul Robertson – 25:18
  • Sue Navin – 27:16
  • Vicki Mason – 30:29
  • Maria Yates – 34:45

Gloucester City parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 30:03

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 36:56

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 29:50

parkruns - 4/11/2023

Cirencester parkrun

  • William Cobbett – 26:49
  • Paul Robertson – 26:51
  • Vicki Mason – 31:02

Brooklands parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 26:12

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 23:09

Witney Parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 32:03

Save the Date!

  •  26th November – Yoga

The next RSE club report will be Sunday 19th/Monday 20th November

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