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RSE Club Report – A Running Family

Bugatti 10k

Beginning at the Prescott Hill Climb, this undulating 10k takes runners through Dixton, Alstone and Gretton. The race is part of the Gloucestershire AAA champion series, meaning individual on the night category medals as well as entry into the overall race series.

A huge well done to Nia Glover, Sharon Smith and Zoe Markham-Lee for taking on the course!

  • Nia Glover – 43:32 (1st SL!)
  • Sharon Smith – 48:09 (1st LV65 and a CR!)
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 58:36

Two Tunnels

The Two Tunnels races have held a place in the Running Somewhere Else club championship for 3 years running. Although a little further afield in Bath, the mix of hot weather VS cool, mile-long tunnels makes for interesting racing conditions. It is also at this course that RSE’s Rochelle Ravenscroft earnt 10 points in the 2019 club championship, and a half marathon PB. This year, the half marathon race was included in the championship in her honour, with a fantastic turnout of club members taking on the different events and supporting.

Two Tunnels 10k

Mainly fast and flat, the 10k takes runners out and back through the tunnels, before facing a steep hill to the finish line. Following the same route as the ultra, plus the beginning of the half and marathon, meant that runners of the 10k could cross paths with fellow club members!

Pauline Tilbury and Caroline Joynes-Creed took on the challenge, running brilliant times before supporting club members finishing the other races!

  • Pauline Tilbury – 1:02:31
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:04:52

A huge well done to Caroline and Pauline!

Two Tunnels Half Marathon

This is a tough race, as ever though, it is always held in the height of summer, it also starts at midday, making it one hot run! This year, the race had a slightly different course, which took runners away from the out and back laps through the tunnels, and down the canal paths into the city. The route was surprisingly hilly, with steps on downhills slowing the runners.

RSE runners were outstanding, encouraging each other along the way, running in pairs, and of course, getting a little competitive!

  • Mark Garrett – 1:36:12
  • David Witnall – 1:37:43
  • Tom Razazan – 1:37:47
  • Ollie Hazel – 1:41:40
  • Rachel Bodey – 1:45:33 (1st F40-49!)
  • Sharon Smith – 1:47:25 (1st F70+)
  • Sarah Reynolds – 1:56:32
  • Sarah Hancock – 1:57:38
  • Martin Sheriff – 1:57:42
  • Lesley Hinsley – 1:58:04
  • Steve Sandercock – 1:59:20
  • Elliot Gardiner – 2:00:14 – 1st Half Marathon!
  • Alan Powderhill – 2:01:06
  • Paul Robertson – 2:01:09
  • Sarah Page – 2:01:30 (1st F60-69!)
  • Ellie Taylor – 2:07:30
  • Paul Coates – 2:12:07
  • Liz Farooq – 2:13:21
  • Linda Edwards – 2:19:31
  • Gareth Roberts – 2:21:23
  • Felicity Crotty – 2:22:06
  • Jess Osbourne – 2:41:12

Two Tunnels Marathon ‘City Ticket’

If one loops of the course felt tough, how about taking on a second loop? 2 x that hill at mile 3/16 (Ouch!) and twice down those long, seemingly never-ending canal paths.

That’s just what Nadine Brown did, completing the Two Tunnels Marathon – her 2nd marathon of the month! Starting at a slightly cooler time of the morning and ending in the heat of midday, Nadine finished in a fantastic time of 4:32:52!

Two Tunnels Ultra Marathon

The Two Tunnels Ultra took on a slightly different course to the half and marathon, instead incorporating 5 sets of a 10k out and back – that meant a lot more time in the welcomingly cool (but very dark!) tunnels.

Taking on the 50k (31.125 miles) challenge was Kevin Joynes-Creed, who finished the course in a brilliant time of 5:36:00 – over an hour off his PB! Excellent running, Kev!

South Cerney 10k – The Alternate Two Tunnels

The lakes around South Cerney are a beautiful place to run, and one that was a favourite of Rochelle’s. Running the familiar 10k in her honour was Sallie Clatworthy, Tracey Pitts, Kate Potter, Kirsty Pitts, Jenny Hoffman and Caroline Terry.

The route took them past the lakes and down the old Cricklade railway line, followed by lattes and breakfast at the Gateway – a tradition they enjoyed with Tosh.

RSE Summer BBQ in Dedication to Rochelle

The weekends runs were followed by a BBQ at race HQ, Somewhere Else, where many club members turned out for the dedication to Tosh. The committee unveiled a bench that was commissioned in remembrance – the words engraved a homage to a fellow club member and coach:

Mum, Ultra Runner, Athlete, Humble, Determined, Courageous, Sincere

Always Shining Bright

The following words were said by club chair, Pauline Tilbury, on the night:

As you know this evening is dedicated to the lovely Rochelle and what she meant to this running club.

I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Rochelle’s family tonight – it is lovely to meet you all and thank you for coming. And those from the club who knew her are also family – her running family, of which she was an integral part as a runner, a friend, a club coach and an absolute inspiration to all of us who knew her.

Well done to everyone who ran today in the Bath Two Tunnels races – this event was chosen to be run today for Rochelle as it was one of her favourite events – needless to say when she ran it she got a PB! But that wasn’t unusual, as she was often clocking up PBs. Also, well done to the group who ran a 10k in honour of Rochelle yesterday here in Cirencester.

Rochelle (Tosh) was an amazing inspiration to all who knew her and she is still very much inspiring our runners to go beyond what they thought possible. Her determination and belief has been so admired that it has been the driver for many of our members to achieve running goals the didn’t think possible. Tosh was a strong, determined and talented runner. She excelled at running, at all distances although she was really known as our ultra running star.

It will be with very fond memories that some of our members run the Ridgeway 86 in a couple of weeks time which was probably Tosh’s greatest achievement. It is a run along the Ridgeway of 86 non stop miles! And for those who work in kilometres, that is 138 km. All in one go! She was on her feet for 24 hours, non stop.

When Tosh said, “If I can do it, you can do it,” – she meant it and she made you believe that you ‘could’. And so people did! And people are still doing so.

People run distances now, and did so today, that they would never have run if they had not had Tosh in their lives.

Everyone in this club who knew Tosh remembers her with great respect, fondness and love. We all miss her very much but her continued inspiration is a wonderful legacy to have left us with.

RSE Club Report – PBs, Category placings, and a very tough marathon!

Cranhams Boundary Chase

Part of the annual Cranham feast, the Boundary Chase is a 5.6 mile race across an undulating country road course. The run is also part of the Gloucestershire AAA race series.

Representing RSE were members Nia Glover and Sharon Smith, who both put in fantastic performances!

It was a 5.6 mile undulating course on roads around Cranham, with a killer hill at the start and finish but also lots of long downhills to get the speed up. It was a beautiful setting around the valley and through Cranham Woods.

Nia Glover
  • Nia Glover – 40:46 – 1st lady overall!
  • Sharon Smith – 45:35 – 1st in category!

This also puts Nia in first place so far in the Ladies-Open category for the Gloucestershire AAA Road Race series!

Exceptional running by both Nia and Sharon.

Round the Rock Marathon

You know a race will be tough when the website says that trail shoes are mandatory, and the Round the Rock marathon delivers on the intensity levels. Hugging the coast of Jersey, the route takes runners form the North Coast cliff paths, through St Ouen’s Bay and then to the South Coast at St Brelades and St Aubins.

RSE member Vicki Mason took to the course, finishing in a brilliant time of 5:56:48, coming in under her target!

The route is stunning but challenging with over 2000ft of elevation in the marathon, made all the more challenging with 37kt headwinds and driving rain for most of the day.

Vicki Mason

An absolutely brilliant achievement, Vicki, well done!

Park Runs

Tetbury Goods Shed

  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 24:02
  • Carol Sworn – 25:41
  • Taryn Hancock – 29:04
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 30:06 – A PB by 3 minutes and 2 seconds!!
  • Elaine Chapman – 33:25

[My] last PB at Bakewell was an old railway line too so good improvement on a similar route.

Caroline Joynes-Creed

Lanhydrock parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 27:29
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:56

Bank Holiday Run

RSE are excited to announce the return of the bank holiday Monday morning runs! Here are some details:

  • Meeting Point – Park Gates, Cecily Hill
  • Start Time – 9am
  • Route – The Woodhouse Trail
  • Booking – Book through the RunTogether app

All runners are welcome!

We will also be heading to Somewhere Else after the run for a well deserved coffee and breakfast.

Monday and Wednesday sessions have now been released on RunTogether for August and September!

RSE Club Report – Landmarks and Milestones!

London Landmarks Half Marathon

Taking runners through the heart of London, this fantastic race includes as many famous London landmarks as possible, including Nelson’s Column, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge. Each year has a set theme, and this year honoured images from the Covid-19 pandemic – The Grand: The Key Workers, The Quirky: The Lockdown Life, and The Hidden: The Unseen Acts of Kindness.

Running from RSE was Paul Robertson, who ran for a fantastic cause, Tommy’s charity.

The London Landmarks Half Marathon is a very enjoyable and fast circuit. Mostly in the Westminster and Central City area. One of the best Half Marathons I have done for on street support by both Charities and the Public. The route takes you past some of London’s Iconic landmarks, not that I noticed many as I was always chasing the person in front. Great day to take the family if you want to visit a few shops, attractions or have a mooch about as we did today after!

Paul Robertson

Paul finished in a brilliant time of 1:36:21! Well done, Paul!

Park Run

Ludlow Park Run

  • Carol Sworn – 28:18

A huge congratulations to Carol who completed her 200th park run this week!

Did my 200th at the hilly Ludlow course with friends and family. First one was way back in March 2010, times are a bit slower these days but still enjoy it just as much.

Carol Sworn

An absolutely brilliant milestone to reach – fantastic work, Carol!

Cirencester Park Run

  • David Witnall – 21:49
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 28:06

Tetbury Goods Shed Park Run

  • Darren Jenner – 23:24
  • Felicity Crotty – 29:10

RSE Club Report – Triathlons, 10ks, half marathons… oh, and Parkrun is Back!

Cotswold Evening Triathlon Series – Lake 62

Continuing the Triathlon Evening race series at Lake 62 in the Cotswold waterpark this week was club member Sarah Reynolds. The course included a 400m swim in the lake, 16k bike ride and 4.5k run.

Sarah completed the third event of the series in a fantastic time of 1.05.15, finishing 4th lady, with only 18 seconds separating the top 4 women! Sarah also achieved a 2 minute PB – Congratulations, Sarah!

Actually I think the swim was 500m and lots of weed to slow me down…😂

Sarah Reynolds

Westonbirt 10k

Westonbirt 10k is a firm favourite of Running Somewhere Else members, and spots in the race are sold out each year. Starting and finishing at Westonbirt House, the 10k route takes runners through the estate grounds and out onto the quiet country paths of the surrounding area. The course is mainly flat – apart from those stairs!

Kevin Joynes-Creed and Linda Edwards took to the challenge, on one of the most hottest days of the year!

It was hot with an unexpected finish (steps) so no sprint finish. A beautiful evening though!

Linda Edwards

Lovely route but I always seem to cross the finish line soaking wet. Three years ago at Easter it poured with rain – Friday night I was dripping due to the heat!

Kevin Joynes-Creed

A huge well done to Linda and Kev who finished in fantastic times, despite the heat!

  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 52:47
  • Linda Edwards – 59:21

Newbury Racecourse 10k

One of Britain’s leading horseracing venues turned its hand to running events this week, with options of 5k, 10k and half marathon races. Listed as ‘flat and quick’ on the race website, each lap is 5k, perfect for those seeking quick times.

Completing his first race since rejoining RSE was Tom Johnson, who finished the 10k option in a brilliant time of 50:30!

I haven’t raced since 2019 due to injuries and the pandemic, so it was great to be out there. Enjoyed the two lap race around the race course.

Tom Johnson

Hattingley Half Marathon

This new trail event starts in Medstead, one of the highest points in Hampshire, before following woodlands, farmland and fields on a one lap loop. The picturesque views along the run include Bugmore Hill and Godsfield Copse, as well as a run through a vineyard!

Running for RSE was Zoe Markham-Lee, who completed the course in a fantastic time of 2:44! Well done to Zoe as it was also her first ever trail event!

My first trail race and it was all off road, through woods, fields, mud and rain. It was very hard, but I loved it!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Parkruns are Back!

Parkruns have been sorely missed, especially after the club’s first ever Parkrun cup came to a standstill in 2020. But with the announcement that they were back up and running, club members were quick to meet the challenge!

Cirencester Parkrun

  • Anne Gardiner – 29:10
  • William Gardiner – 31:08
  • Carol Sworn – 33:25
  • Elaine Chapman – 37:12 (Getting beaten by her son, Daniel Chapman!)

Littlehampton Prom Parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 29:17