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RSE Race Report – Sunday 22nd September 2019

Swindon Half Marathon

On Sunday 22nd September the third New Swindon Half Marathon took place.  Starting and finishing in the town centre the course is largely flat (if you don’t include the 2 hills that is) and brings the runners through the various highlights of the town including the Magic Roundabout, the County Ground, the Oasis, the Railways, the Outlet Village as well as as the Old Town before a downhill finish into the town centre.

First in for RSE was Andy Masser in 1:39:54.  He was followed by;

Ryo Taylor – 1:58:54

Scott Mould – 2:03:35

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 2:37:00

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 2:37:04

Caroline Terry – 2:40:35

Pauline Tilbury – 2:40:36

Well done all of you.

Cotswold Way Century

This event took place over 21st and 22nd September. Simply put runners start in Chipping Campden at the Village Hall, stop in Bath at Bath Abbey and follow the signs marked “Cotswold Way” for 102 miles. It’s the Cotswold Way, which all members who have ventured onto the route will know it means it’s really very hilly. This is because the people who created it wanted and users to see every beautiful viewpoint on the top and every chocolate-box village at the bottom, and the only way to do that is to keep going up and down. There are a few road sections, a lot of hard stone tracks, plenty of green and grassy paths, and a fair number of ploughed fields along the route. You even need to qualify for the pleasure of doing this race. All that was required was runners had completed an ultra of 40+ miles after September 21st 2017. In total 99 runners started the race.

Representing RSE was Gareth Roberts.

Gareth made it to the 60 mile point in 18 hours at which point he still felt capable of completing the course within the 30 hour time limit. Unfortunately there are cut off times that are set by the race organisers. This means that runners are removed from the event if they fail to make a particular point within an allocated time. It must be noted that 46 of the 99 starters failed to complete the course. Many of those being very experienced ultra runners.

A great run from Gareth who should be very proud of the effort he put into the event.

Mentioned in Dispatches

Gareth Roberts. If in doubt read above from Cotswold Way Century down.

Cirencester Park Run

Ollie Hazel – 20:49

Ellie Taylor – 23:59

Dave Witnall – 24:02

Sally Jamieson – 27:38

Elizabeth Lloyd – 33:40

Charley Trykush – 37:22

RSE Race Report – Sunday 15th September 2019

The Hullavington 10k

The Hullavington 10K took place on Sunday 15th September. This was a road race & fun run over a gently undulating and picturesque course, starting and finishing in the village of Hullavington. The added bonus was that all runners received a free cake along with their finishers medal after they cross the line.

First in for RSE was Elliot Gardiner. He was followed by Elaine Chapman and Linda Edwards. Great effort from you all.

At the time of publishing this the race times were not available.

Kew Gardens 10k

The Kew Gardens 10k took place on Saturday 14th September as part of the Richmond Running Festival. The race started at The Orangery, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and was described as Londons’ flattest course and was all on road and path inside Kew Gardens.

Representing RSE was Cathy Steer who completed the race in a PB time of 56:08. Well done Cathy.

Marlborough Tiny Temple Trail

Setting off alongside the Temple Trail Half Marathon, this 7 mile multi-terrain race was nestled in the spectacularly scenic Marlborough Downs. The race, which took place on Sunday 15th September, started at Marlborough Rugby Club and headed out of Marlborough along Frees Avenue for approx. 0.7 miles before bearing left and getting off-road running alongside the Gallops at Barton Down. Runners then picked up the White Horse Trail towards Manton and back into Marlborough, where after negotiating several fields, they began the final, gradual climb adjacent to Hyde Lane and back upto the Rugby Club for the finish.

Representing RSE was Tracy Webster, Sandie Wood (unofficial time of 1:09:10) and Kay Thompson (unofficial time of 1:32:16). Well done.

At the time of publishing this the race times were not available.

Tamar Trails Park Run

Felicity Crotty – 30:07

Cirencester Park Run

Nadine Brown – 26:54

Sally Jamieson – 27:44

Jenny Hoffman – 30:31

Elaine Chapman – 43:18 running with Daniel for his first park run

Ben Chapman – 44:48 running with Matthew for his first park run.

RSE Race Report – Sunday 8th September 2019

Chippenham Half Marathon

The Chippenham Half Marathon took place on Sunday 8th September. This was run over a fast and predominantly flat course starting and finishing at Chippenham Sports Club. The route went through the centre of Chippenham and then followed scenic country lanes visiting local villages and hamlets including Tytherton Lucas, East Tytherton, Avon and Langley Burrell. 

The race was also the 6th event in the RSE Endurance Expert Series.

Representing RSE was Mark Garrett who completed the race in 1:29:29. He was followed by;

Dave Witnall – 1:30:49

Andy Masser – 1:39:22

Dave Whitlow – 1:39:25

Ben Chapman – 1:40:06 which was a PB

Ellie Taylor – 1:42:42

Rosie Oates – 1:44:57 which was a PB by an impressive 12 minutes.

Kirsty Pitts – 1:56:30

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 2:00:17

Ryo Taylor – 2:01:22

Elisabeth Butler – 2:05:15

Great running from you all.

Simply Health Great North Run

First held in 1981, the half-marathon has grown from an initial 12,000 runners to 57,000 this year. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the Great North Run had a route that took runners through Newcastle city centre towards the River Tyne. From there runners went through Gateshead before heading off to South Shields where at the top of Prince Edward Road the view of the sea was one of the most welcoming sights along the whole course. From that point there was just over a mile to go when the crowds got louder as runners made their way down the final straight towards the finish line.

Representing RSE was Linda Edwards who completed the race in 1:57:58. She was followed by:

Sandie Wood – 2:14:09

Tracy Webster – 2:30:05

Well done to you all.

New Forest Marathon

The New Forest Marathon took place on Sunday 8th September. The event offered a multi terrain course with one of the most scenic running experiences in the country including a stunning blend of forest enclosures, New Forest villages, open roads, far reaching views and of course the famous New Forest Ponies.

Representing RSE was Paul Coates who completed the event in 4:36:00.

Great running Paul.

Cotswold Triathlon

The Cotswold Triathlon took place on Sunday 8th September at Cotswold Country Park & Beach. The race included a one-lap 750m lake swim, followed by a fairly flat, one lap 20km ride on quiet country roads and ended with a two lap 5km run on paths around the lake.

Representing RSE was Martin (Ted Pitts) who completed the event in 1:14:42 coming first in his age group.

Great effort Ted well done.

Swindon Park Run

Steve Sandercock – 24:01

Caroline Sandercock – 35:14

Cirencester Park Run

Ollie Hazel – 19:51 which was a PB

Anne Gardiner – 26:07 which was a PB

Sally Jamieson – 26:52

Suzanne Steel – 29:52

RSE Race Report – Sunday 1st September 2019

The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k

The Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k took place on Saturday 31st August. This race gave runners an undulating route with approx 1.5k of the route off road down the “Old Fosse Way”, the oldest Roman Road in the country, the rest being run on the quiet country roads surrounding Malmesbury.

This was also the 6th race in the club Short Stuff Specialist series which resulted in a great turnout from the club.

Representing RSE was Dave Witnall who completed the race in 39:37. He was followed by;

Mark Garrett – 42:19 and 3rd in the V50 Male category

Ben Chapman – 45:12

Dave Whitlow – 46:43

Ellie Taylor – 49:08

Steve Sandercock – 50:17 and 1st in the V60 Male category

Mark Manley – 51:06

Martin Pitts – 51:57

Linda Edwards – 53:20

Kirsty Pitts – 53:41

Anne Gardiner – 55:47 which was a PB

Ryo Taylor – 55:48

Vicki Mason – 59:44

Kate Sedgwick – 1:04:12

Caroline Sandercock – 1:13:57

Kay Thompson – 1:19:41

Great running from everyone.

Meteor Mile

The Meteor Mile took place on Saturday 31st August and was a unique opportunity to race on Gloucestershire Airport’s runway. This was a great experience, and gave runners a chance to see just how fast they could run on a flat course.

Representing RSE was Rosie Oates who completed the race in 6:09 taking 16 seconds from her PB and missing out on 3rd place SL by a split second.

Fantastic time Rosie well done.

Tough Runner Cotswold Trail Half Marathon

The Cotswolds Half Marathon which took place on Sunday 1st September was a brand new event for 2019. The event took place from in the stunning Sudeley Castle and the route comprised some of the famous land marks including Cotswold Way, Gloucestershire Way and the Winchcombe Way.

Representing RSE was Elaine Chapman who completed the race in 2:48:16

Well done Elaine

Cotswold Individual Team Relay Sprint Triathlon

This was an individual team relay triathlon that took place on Sunday 1st September. Each team consisted of 4 team members with each team member completing a 250 m swim, 8k cycle and 1.5 k run triathlon, using the timing chip as the relay baton. The first team member started in the water, completed their triathlon and then handed over to the 2nd team member until all 4 members have completed the event.

Sarah Reynolds took part in this event as part of a team from Swindon Tri Club with the team completing the race in 2:33:00.

Cirencester Park

Ollie Hazel – 21:00

Sally Jamieson – 28:07

Cathy Steer – 29:06

Felicity Crotty – 29:09

Sarah Page – 32:11

Nadine Brown – 42:08

Witney Park Run

Claire Collett – 43:22

Medina I.O.W Park Run

William Gardiner – 28:34