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Coaches Challenge Week 1

Well done to all our runners who completed the first of the coaches challenges! A great start with lots of runners completing the challenge. The first challenge was to run at least 3 x 5km’s in the week. You could also count longer runs.

In no particular order, well done to:

Elaine Chapman, Ben Chapman, Kevin Joynes-Creed, Caroline Joynes-Creed, Mark Manley, George Rackley, Tim Wainwright, Amanda Ball, Jo Wood, Sharon Smith, Caroline Terry, Pauline Tilbury, Sarah Page, Cheri Edwards, Sarah Reynolds, Elliot Gardiner, Liz Farooq, Kirsty Pitts, Felicity Crotty, Andy Masser, Becca Wilson, Nadine Brown, Vicki Mason, Nia Glover, Elizabeth Anderson, Laura Lucking, Martin Sherriff, Zoe M, Carol Sworn, Ellie Taylor, Ollie Hazel, David Witnall, Rosie Oates, Gareth Roberts, Linda Edwards, Tom Razanan,

Happy running!


Short Stuff Specialist Championship 2020 – Round 1

The first race of the RSE Short stuff specialist championship was at the Chilly 10km in Castle Coombe. As well as being chilly, it was also windy and rainy. Tough conditions didn’t stop our runners with 7 Men and 7 ladies competing. Some fantastic performances also saw RSE picking up the Men’s and Ladies team prizes.

Men’s competition

What a fantastic start! First through the finish line for the men was 2019 Club champion Dave Witnall. But he was closely followed, by not just one, not two but three of our club runners! Mark Garrett, Tom Razanan and Mark Manley all finished within 3 seconds of each other. It’s going be an exciting competition!

Results so far:

  1. Dave Witnall – 10 points
  2. Mark Garrett – 9 points
  3. Tom Razanan – 8 points

Ladies Competition

First lady through the finish line was Nia Glover in her first club race. Nia also smashed her PB by 2 minutes to pick up the 10 points. Rosie Oates had an eventful race! Starting at the back and nearly missing the start, she fought her way from the back to be second lady for the 9 points. Elaine Chapman picked up the 8 points as third lady.

Results so far:

  1. Nia Glover – 10 points
  2. Rosie Oates – 9 points
  3. Elaine Chapman – 8 points

Great start to the 2020 racing season. Fab running by all. Our next short race will be the Highworth 5 in April.

Happy Running!

Elaine, Club Captain

2019 Championship Final Results

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has had great Christmas and is raring to go for the 2020 Club Championship. This years races are on the website, and we’ve updated the document to show links and dates (the ones we currently know anyway!!)

But before we move onto 2020, here are the final results for the 2019 Championship, for those who missed the prize giving.

Endurance Experts 2019

This category covered races with distances above 10km and up to marathon. It was a very close competition in both categories.

Men’s results:

  1. David Witnall – 48 points
  2. Kevin Joynes-Creed and Andy Masser – 37 points each

Ladies Results:

  1. Ellie Taylor – 49 points
  2. Rochelle Ravenscroft – 45 points
  3. Kirsty Pitts – 37 points.

Short Stuff Specialist 2019

Distances between 1 mile up to 10km covered in this category. Again a great competition for the prizes.

Men’s results:

  1. David Witnall – 50 points
  2. Mark Manley – 45 points
  3. Mark Garrett – 44 points

Ladies competition:

  1. Rosie Oates – 50 points
  2. Ellie Taylor – 46 points
  3. Sharon Smith – 43 points

Overall Championship 2019

This year saw the introduction of the Master’s prize to the overall championship, as well as top 3, a prize was awarded to the highest ranked non-placed Veteran.

Men’s results:

Masters trophy – David Whitlow 56 points

  1. David Witnall – 79 points
  2. Mark Garrett – 69 points
  3. Ben Chapman – 63 points

Ladies results:

Masters trophy – Kirsty Pitts 62 points

  1. Ellie Taylor – 77 points
  2. Rosie Oates – 68 points
  3. Rochelle Ravenscroft – 67 points

Well done all who raced in our 2019 championship, a great range of winners this year. I look forward to seeing how 2020 goes!

Happy Running,

Elaine, Club Captain

Short Stuff Specialist Championship 2019 Update

Our last short club race was the Cricklade 10km. It was also the Handicap race, which meant points were rewarded for improvement on a handicap time instead of position. We had 4 men and 6 ladies competing with themselves to beat their times!

Men’s Competition:

After struggling in previous races, Mark Manley returned to form, and smashed his handicap time to pick up the 10 points. He was followed by Elliot Gardiner, who ran an impressive PB to collect the 9. Steve Sandercock picked up the 8, and Ted the 7. Well done all.

How has this affected the top 3?

  1. Mark Garrett 44 points
  2. Mark Manley 40 points
  3. Ben Chapman 36 points

Ladies Competition

Proving she really is a short stuff specialist, Rosie Oates smashed her PB and handicap time to pick up the 10 points. She was followed by Anne Gardiner, for the 9, and Pauline Tilbury collected the 8 points. Great running!

How has this affected the top 3?

Rosie has cemented her lead now, she will be our short stuff specialist 2019, well done Rosie. Other places are still to play for though!

  1. Rosie Oates 50 points
  2. Ellie Taylor 45 points
  3. Kirsty Pitts 36 points

Fantastic results. Remember, you have until the end of October to submit a 5km time. You can compete in a race or a Park Run, just give myself or Dave the time and the details of the event. You need to complete 5 races to qualify for the SS Championship.

Happy Running,

Elaine, Club Captain