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RSE Club Report – Taking in the Scenery!

The Grizzly

“Participants can expect 3000′ ascent over 20 miles, with two sections of pebble beaches, totalling over a mile; two energy sapping bogs, where runners are often up to their waists in water and mud; and the infamous “Stairway to Heaven”, a steep path up the side of a cliff” with an official race description like this, how could anyone say no?

The Grizzly (20 miles) and Cub (10 miles) races are tough, hilly events on multi-terrain surfaces, taking runners along the coastline of Devon. But with the challenges comes unique comraderies as participants help each other through the bogs and rivers, up the steep, slippy hillsides, and along the shoreline. Tipped as the muddiest Grizzly yet, the race lives up to its name!

A huge well done to the RSE members who took part!

The Grizzly

  • Sarah Reynolds – 5:19:12
  • Nadine Brown – 5:19:50
  • Ellie Witnall – 5:19:52

The Cub

  • Andy Sworn – 2:04:17
  • Carol Sworn – 2:04:18
Muddy, hilly, boggy, slippery, and beachy. Bands, a bagpiper and great volunteers. Type 2 Fun!
Sarah Reynolds
I'm not sure why I agreed to do this race as I usually hate hills (I'm blaming Nadine), but it turns out I absolutely loved it. The weather and scenery were beautiful, and it was fun to run/walk the course with friends. I'm very tempted to sign up again next year...
Ellie Witnall

Bath Half Marathon

Held in the centre of Bath, this half marathon attracts thousands of runners for its fast course, despite it being slightly undulating. The 2 lap route hugs both sides of the river Avon valley, avoiding some of Bath’s notorious hills and providing some beautiful scenery along the way. The race is well supported with spectators throughout the route

Congratulations to Paul Beaumont who completed the course in a brilliant time of 1:48:42!

This was my second half. I wanted to try a " biggish" event. This one was recommended. Was a bit apprehensive on several counts. Decided to go on the train from Swindon. Helped me to feel pretty positive about it, as lots of runners were on it . And then walking up to the Runners Village it seemed as though the runners had taken over Bath. Thought the event was very well organised - and the water stops had non plastic cups (big tick!).However, the stand-out thing was the crowd - with the encouragement and the noise ( and a couple of bands playing). Had decided before the race was going to try to use my watch to run at a sensible consistent pace. - typically, I didn't look at it once! Have to say there was a bit of a sting in the tail - running up to the finish. But it got the job done. And very happy with the chip time Should have mentioned it was good weather.
Paul Beaumont

Fission 20/20

Starting in Berkeley, Gloucestershire, this small, local-feeling race is a great option for those training for a spring marathon. The 2 lap course is flat and follows country lanes past farm land close to the river Severn. A half marathon option is also available, incorporating 1 lap of the route.

The race was the next event in the RSE club championship, and a great amount of RSE members turned out to take part. A huge well done to everyone who completed the course!

  • Nia Glover – 2:35:31
  • Ben Mutlow – 2:41:48
  • Jennifer Glass – 2:46:44 – 2nd LV55 and new PB!
  • Darren Jenner – 2:55:49 – new PB!
  • Rachel Bodey – 2:56:04
  • Elliot Gardiner – 3:05:53
  • Alan Powderhill – 3:06:16 – new PB!
  • Leah Brown – 3:07:04 – new PB!
  • Ellie Witnall – 3:09:13 – 2nd 20 mile race of the week!
  • Nadine Brown – 3:11:20
  • Kirsty Pitts – 3:16:15
  • Liz Farooq – 3:17:47
  • Elaine Chapman – 3:20:06
  • Tim Wainwright – 3:21:04
  • Andrew Barrett – 3:21:56
  • Linda Edwards – 3:40:52
  • Felicity Crotty – 3:52:42
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 3:52:50
Brilliant RSE turn out for the Fission 20 miles. So happy to achieve my 3rd PB in my last 3 races. I felt fairly comfortable throughout and was pleased to achieve a 7 minute PB in the end. Well done to everyone who ran so well. 👏💪
Alan Powderhill
This is the first time I've raced in a 20 mile race, and really enjoyed it, thanks to Elaine and Liz.
Kirsty Pitts
New 20 mile pb (partly because I have never done a 20 mile race before). Great course - lots of headwind but pretty flat - nice cake at the finish.
Jennifer Glass
Felt really strong today probably strongest I've felt in any long run. Lovely to run at Fission with beautiful scenery and a flat course. Not too hot slightly cool breeze what more can a runner want 😁. Really happy with my performance - struggled from mile 16 but I expected it.
Tim Wainwright
I used this race as my last long training run before the Manchester Marathon. The strategy was to try and stick to my planned marathon pace of 9.09 min miles, so I’m very happy with the overall pacing (considering I had to pit stop for a wee for a couple of mins at mile 6 😅). Time to taper! 😁
Elliot Gardiner

Minchinhampton 10k

This undulating road race starts at Minchinhampton Primary school before heading out along the quiet country lanes of the surrounding area. The Minchinhampton 10k has a local, friendly atmosphere, and although there are some hill climbs, there’s also long downhill stretches, making it a fairly quick course.

A huge well done to RSE’s Philip Hudson who completed the race in a brilliant time of 48:08!

Minch 10k is a challenging run on roads from Minchinhampton down to Avening and back through the lanes, the route is made tougher with a 1-mile hill from 6-7k.
Philip Hudson


Crossing the highest point in the Cotswolds, Cleeve Common, it’s unsurpsing that the Cleevewold race is tough and hilly. The race starts at the medieval Postlip tithe barn before heading out to Cleeve Common and into the countryside, and then returning to Postlip via the Belas Knap neolithic burial mound.

A huge well done to Cheri Edwards and Vicki Mason for taking on the challenge!

  • Cheri Edwards – 2:30
  • Vicki Mason – 2:50
A fab race! Usually 14 miles but they amended the route and it was just shy of 13. Which was long enough as there was 2000ft of elevation! Started on Cleeve Common and ran up, down, around, up - lots of up - on nice trails and a couple of bumpy fields. Beautiful sunny day so great views. There weren’t that many entrants (70ish?) but it had a friendly vibe and was well marked, marshalled and organised. No medal but a bottle of local ale at the finish line and I was very surprised to get a jar of local honey for being first FV35. (Like I said…it was a small field of entrants!) Thanks to Vicki for suggesting it.
Cheri Edwards

parkruns - 16/03/2024

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester

  • Cheri Edwards – 26:20

Kingsbury Water parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 31:23

Chipping Sodbury parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 27:52

Seaton parkrun

  • Carol Sworn – 29:07
  • Sarah Reynolds – 29:08
  • Andy Sworn – 29:20

Cirencester parkrun

  • Phil Hudson – 23:29
  • Ben Chapman – 23:36
  • Phil Newman – 24:45
  • Paul Billinghurst – 25:17
  • Paul Robertson – 34:25

Morecambe Prom parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:47

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock – 23:57

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 25:08
  • Felicity Crotty – 36:29

Gungahlin Parkrun, Canberra

  • Liz Hulcup – 29:58 – 1st LV70!

parkruns - 23/03/2024

Aberdeen parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 30:24

Guildford parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 32:43

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:21
  • Daniel Drayton – 24:56
  • Paul Billinghurst – 25:01
  • Paul Beaumont – 26:04

Tsurumi Ryokuchi parkrun

  • Cathy Steer – 31:37

Philips Park parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 26:00


Save the Date!

  • 1st April – April Fools away day run
  • 3rd April – Easter Egg Hunt!
  • 7th April – Highworth 5 mile (RSE Championship race)
  • 15th April – Start of the Beginners’ course
  • 10th May – Bourton Mile (RSE Championship race)
  • 3rd June – Stroud Beer Race (RSE Championship race)
  • 12th June – Cirencester Summer Sizzler (RSE Championship race)
  • 6th July – Cotswold Way Relay
  • 12th-14th July – Hope Trail Festival

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The next RSE club report will be Sunday 7th April

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