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RSE Club Report – A Long Run for a Long Weekend!

Pewsey Downs Around

Hosted by the Long Distance Walking Association, this event provides walkers and runners with a stunning via footpaths and bridleways with beautiful views across the Vale of Pewsey and Marlborough Downs. Entrants navigate themselves past many famous sites, including Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill and the Wansdyke, on the 25 mile trek.

A huge well done to Lesley Hinsley, who completed the course in the first of 2 ultra runs within a week. Lesley finished the course in a brilliant 8 hours.

Yearly event organised by LDWA, starting at Pewsey Scout hut, going via white horse, Avebury, Malborough downs and round to Pewsey. 3100 ft of elevation. Ran/walked with a friend for 1st 14 miles. [I was then] on my own for the next 13 miles where watch, including sat nav, ran out of battery. Met 'Mike' who was on his first ever ultra, but he had Sat Nav. We ran together helping each other the rest of the way.
Lesley Hinsley

Isle of Wight Ultra

Because 35 miles is not enough for some, Lesley Hinsley took on the Isle of Wight Ultra, a 53km (33 mile) ultra from Chale to Cowes. Around 2,000 participants took on the run across the Island’s stunning coastal path, which has full support and hospitality along the way.

Congratulations to Lesley who completed the course in 6hours 41 minutes!

[This was my] 1st Ultra on my own - running 53km halfway around the IOW. Starting from Chale along the coast at Tennyson Down, along the trails and coastal path via the Needles, Yarmouth, Newtown, finishing in Northwood at the County ground. Fantastically organised event with Prosecco and meal at the end. Beautiful scenic views, lots of hills and very muddy trails. Lovely event.
Lesley Hinsley

Beyond the Ultimate Highland Ultra

RSE’s Andy Sampson also completed a multi-day ultra this weekend, crossing over 125km – the Beyond the Ultimate Highland Ultra!

Congratulations to Sampo, and hopefully we will get an update from him when he’s recovered!


Richmond parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock – 25:29

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:06
  • Ben Chapman – 23:48
  • William Cobbett – 26:28
  • Liz Hulcup – 27:55 – 1st LV70!
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:31
  • Sue Navin – 29:52
  • Cheri Edwards – 29:54
  • Paul Robertson – 32:47
  • Sylvia Warman – 34:30
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 36:03
  • Elaine Chapman – 51:50

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:46

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 26:13
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:24

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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

RSE Club Report – London Calling!

The London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the biggest events in the running calendar, with over 50,000 runners taking part in the 2023 event. The race is so popular that runners can go years without a successful ballot place (I know I’ve tried!), and for good reason – the course is unmatched for its atmosphere, entertainment and historical landmarks. The route has remained largely unchanged since its inaugural event in 1981, passing the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Tower of London, London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

  • Sarah Hancock – 4:06:30
  • Sarah Page – 4:09:45 – New PB!
  • Darren Jenner – 4:10:31 – New PB!
  • Elliot Gardiner – 4:15:05 – First marathon!
  • Sandie Wood – 5:30:26
Congratulations to all of the runners who took part, and to the fantastic RSE support team!
This was my first proper marathon race, although I previously ran the virtual London marathon last year in a time of 4:38, so this was almost a 28 minute PB! I had hoped the weather would be dry but the weather was not kind and it rained for more than half the race. Felt good up to 20 miles but the started struggling with sore feet and cramp from then on. Couldn't believe how many people there were watching, although I never saw any of my supporters!!
Darren Jenner
With all the extensive training it felt like a long time coming but it definitely didn’t disappoint! Absolutely amazing atmosphere which definitely helped to keep me going! Not the time I was hoping for but still pleased with my overall pacing and as it was my first marathon it was still a PB! 😅 Great motivational support from RSE and from all my friends & family that travelled down to catch a glimpse of me! Shame I didn’t hear them shouting along embankment! 😂 Maybe I’ll try another one next year….🤔 I also managed to smash my fundraising target for KRUK which was an added bonus! Thanks to all who donated 😊
Elliot Gardiner
So happy to get a PB at London! Crowds were fantastic, lots of noise and support despite the drizzle. The drums in the underpasses definitely made you run a bit quicker! So well organised and lots of helpful marshalls. Massive thanks to the RSE supporters who were there as well as some of my London based family! I would just like to thank all the RSE members for all their supportive messages and to those who have helped me complete some cold rainy training runs!
Sarah Page

Corsham 10k

A fairly challenging course with multiple inclines. Super chuffed with the pace, helped out by fellow running pals.
Leah Brown

The Corsham 10k is now in its 40th year, hosted by Corsham Running Club with proceeds going towards local charities. The course starts at Corsham Football Club before heading out towards the edge of town, and climbing up Park Lane. Runners are then taken along country lanes to Neston before heading (mainly) downhill back to the football club.

A huge well done to RSE’s Leah Brown who completed the course in a brilliant time of 50:25.


Swansea Bay parkrun

  • Sylvia Warman – 33:01

Cirencester parkrun

  • Ben Chapman – 23:39
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:42
  • Phil Newman – 24:50
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:43
  • Jon Campbell – 27:42
  • Maria Yates – 32:26
  • Elaine Chapman – 49:43

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Sharon Smith – 26:37

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 31:44

Chalkwell Beach parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 25:40

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

RSE Club Report – A Tale of Two City Marathons!

Manchester Marathon

The second largest marathon in the UK, the Manchester marathon is notorious for being a fast, flat and friendly route. The course took over 28,000 runners from Old Trafford football club, to Deanes gate in the city centre, before heading out to Sale, Timperley and Altringham. Runners then turned back towards Sale and Chorlton-cum-Hardy before crossing the finish line.

Well done to the fantastic runners from Team RSE, who took on the course and finished in brilliant times!

  • Andy Poole – 3:35:53
  • Paul Robertson – 4:14:25
  • Liz Farooq – 4:19:48 – New PB!
  • Libby Butler – 5:01:06

Started oh so well. As most of you know this was my brains way of telling my body who was in charge following my asthma diagnosis. While my body reaffirmed it’s authority, this wasn’t for asthma. Lungs and heart behaved. Sadly got a blister at mile 13 and from mile 15 it gave me problems. Thoroughly enjoyed, all the same, and I finally got my Manchester medal 3 years later than originally planned! Greatly supported and organise and fab atmosphere.

Libby Butler

Manchester marathon was a lovely, well organised event again, with fantastic support from the locals. We also had brilliant support from Dave Daniels, which helped us all get round!

Andy Poole

My student City so a special run for me 🥰 The crowd support was amazing and a PB for me topped it off. There were a few hills but they were manageable and considering the number of people running (28,000) it all ran really smoothly. Highlights were running along the middle of Deansgate, the Old Trafford cricket and football grounds and a few funny student flashbacks 😂 The Manchester tunes were fab too!

Liz Farooq

Newport Marathon

Newport marathon is also hailed as being a flat and fast course with great potential for a personal best time. The route starts and finishes on Newport’s vibrant riverfront and offers iconic landmarks, like the city’s Transporter Bridge and the stunning scenery of the surrounding Gwent Levels. Runners experience coastal wildlife, a carnival atmosphere and picturesque medieval villages throughout the single lap course.

A huge well done to Elaine Chapman, who ran for RSE!

  • Elaine Chapman – 4:09:04

Well organised race, easy to get to, lots of parking, start, baggage, race HQ really close plus most importantly lots of loos 😂

Very flat race, not too busy and pretty in parts, generally well supported but sometimes lonely at times, I had my tunes so not all bad! I really enjoyed it though .

Elaine Chapman


Lydiard parkrun

  • David Witnall – 20:03
  • Ellie Witnall – 25:33

Torbay Velopark parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:43
  • Felicity Crotty – 32:52

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 23:26
  • Steve Sandercock – 26:14
  • Paul Coates – 28:34
  • Cheri Edwards – 29:00
  • Elaine Chapman – 29:02
  • Sue Navin – 33:36
  • Sylvia Warman – 33:47

Solihull Coach Trip

To support with RSE’s championship race, the Solihull Half Marathon, RSE are hiring a coach for club members and family/friends who would like to support! 10k and half marathon races are also available on the day!

If you would like a place on the coach, please click the link below:

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k
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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

RSE Club Report – Running makes a Good Friday!

Westonbirt Half Marathon

Good Friday saw the return of the Westonbirt Half Marathon, a perfect way to earn some Easter chocolate! The race follows a 2-lap course, starting at Westonbirt House before heading out around the surrounding village. Due to the amount of rain from the last couple of weeks, the route had slightly changed, and the usual grassy segment was replaced by a tarmac finish, directly outside the entrance of Westonbirt House.

A huge well done to Zoe Markham-Lee who took part in the race, and achieved a new PB!

  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 1.58.48

My first ever sub 2 hour, and a half PB. Not bad 5 days after a marathon PB. 4th PB of the year and I’ve been chasing a sub 2 for four years! Lovely weather too.

Zoe Markham-Lee


Lydiard parkrun

  • David Witnall – 21:41 – 100th parkrun!
  • Ollie Hazel – 21:42
  • + Scout Hazel and Sunny Witnall (1st parkrun!) 🐶🐶 (slightly ahead of their owners!)

York parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 27:46

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:50
  • Maria Yates – 30:27
  • Cathy Steer – 34:57

Severn Bridge parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 26:11

Teignmouth Promenade parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 27:58
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:48

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k
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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