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RSE Club Report – A December Round Up!

Valencia Marathon

The mild climate year round and flat streets makes Valencia a popular destination for runners, and the Valenica Marathon is also known as one of the quickest marathons in the world. It is therefore unsurprising that it attracting athletes from across the globe.

Joining them from Running Somewhere Else was Linda Edwards, who completed the course in a brilliant time of 4:57:13!

Valencia, city of art, culture and running. It was last winter that my friend Susan from Stratford Upon Avon athletics club suggests Valencia as a marathon. The city is famous for its art and culture and boasts possession of the Holy Grail. A combination of running and tourism made it a great destination to combine both.

As a pre marathon warm up we joined the 5K bimbo run in the beautiful Turia gardens as there are no parkruns in Spain. Looking at the attendees I soon realised that almost all of runners were fit young athletic people which was slightly concerning for two women past their prime. The marathon attracted a good international field of athletes chasing PB's on a flat course.

The logistics of getting to the start line and the organisation of pens meant we had walked around 3-4 miles before crossing the starting mat.The race commenced with a rendition of the Spanish song 'libre' and the music with bands continued throughout the whole course.

Fabulous support and bright sunlight were a welcome treat in December. I loved it all until the usual exhaustion hit me at around 18 miles. Pressing on however I reached what must be the most iconic and beautiful marathon finish line in the world. A blue carpet down an isle of blue water under a blue sky surrounded by outstanding modern architecture.

I finished my 14th marathon in 4:57:13 ( nowhere near a PB on a PB course). Susan however completed her 40th marathon that day. We had much to celebrate over a glass of Agua de Valencia and Paella.

Linda Edwards

Westonbirt House Christmas 10k

Starting at Westonbirt House, this festive 10k takes runners along 2 laps of the countryside roads around the house before heading back through the stunning gardens. The friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery makes this a good race to end the year on.

A huge well done to all the RSE runners who took part!

  • John Campbell – 46:04
  • Daniel Drayton – 47:29
  • Andy Sampson – 49:15.8
  • Stephen Sandercock – 49:45.4
  • Robert Baker – 54:10.8
  • Elliot Gardiner – 1:01:32.0
  • Sylvia Warman – 1:08:52.3
  • Charlotte Austin – 1:14:19.0
Enjoyed this one and paced myself better than usual. Surprised to see the chip time is a PB by a few seconds. Lovely course great marshalls and really good food and drink afterwards.
Sylvia Warman
Last race of the year but as I currently have a few niggles, I was carried by Mr. Snowman! Used it as a nice relaxed training run with Robbo who was an official DB Max 62 min pacer today 👍🏻 nice not to be shattered at the end of a race for a change! 😅 A couple more weeks rest until the marathon training begins in January.
Elliot Gardiner

Glos AAA XCountry League (race 2)

The Gloucestershire cross country championships were held last Sunday at the University of Bath. this was incorporated in the tri counties championships (Wiltshire, Avon and Somerset), so strong fields were assembled.

The course was relatively flat, especially compared to the Cirencester park course, but was still twisty,  muddy and breezy.

Well done to team RSE who took on the mud!

Ladies Race – 6.6km

  • Sharon Smith – 33:17 – 1st LV70
  • Jo Wood – 34:17

Men’s Race – 10k

  • John Last – 43:08 – 3rd MV50
  • David Witnall – 50:39
  • Mick Bagot – 54:03
  • Paul Beaumont – 55:33
The most difficult part of the day was finding the correct carpark and paying the fee! The course was good not too hilly and NOT raining . Managed to leave my competitors behind and came first in my age group and the Championship Gold Medal.
Sharon Smith

parkruns - 09/12/2023

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 24:42
  • William Cobbett – 26:13
  • Robert Baker – 28:51
  • Cheri Edwards – 28:59
  • Jessica James – 30:10
  • Jenny Hoffman – 36:44

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:43

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:38

Sharpham Estate parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:55
  • Felicity Crotty – 35:08

parkruns - 16/12/2023

Wotton parkrun

  • Vikki Mason – 38:12

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 23:24
  • Daniel Drayton – 24:53
  • William Cobbett – 26:37
  • Phil Southworth – 28:35
  • Robert Baker – 29:53

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Helen Cue – 34:32

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 27:16
  • Felicity Crotty – 40:41

parkruns - 23/12/2023

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:54
  • Daniel Drayton – 24:24
  • William Cobbett – 25:37
  • Paul Beaumont – 25:43
  • Steve Sandercock – 26:43
  • Phil Southworth – 27:45
  • Liz Hulcup – 30:05
  • Ellie Witnall – 30:47
  • Sue Navin – 37:51
  • Sylvia Warman – 37:53
  • Maria Yates – 38:00

Witney parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 27:04
  • Vicki Mason – 34:14

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 31:37
  • Helen Cue – 33:54

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 26:42

parkruns - 30/12/2023

Lydiard parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:56

Cirencester parkrun

  • Phil Hudson – 24:00
  • Sharon Smith – 26:28
  • Robert Baker – 26:43
  • Andy Sworn – 27:56
  • Paul Robertson – 28:05
  • Phil Southworth – 28:14
  • Carol Sworn – 29:57
  • Liz Hulcup – 30:58

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 24:29
  • Vicki Mason – 31:50
  • Felicity Crotty – 32:05

NB: a consolidated club report for parkruns on Christmas Day and New Years day is not available on the parkrun website, so I have been unable to include these in the RSE report.

Save the Date!

  • 20th January – Awards night!
  • 9th June 2024 – Fairford 10k!

The next RSE club report will be Sunday 14th/Monday 15th January

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 – The Proof is in the Pudding…

Dormouse Challenge

This 6 hour event takes place in the heart of Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire. The 3.5 mile (5.6k) route takes runners along well maintained pathways of crushed stone and forest floor so runners are encouraged to be prepared for mud! Entrants can run as many laps as they can within the time period.

A huge well done to Katy Miller for completing 3 laps of the course!

Given, I've not done much training or running at all in the last quarter I decided to give this event a go. It is a format I have never tried before, 5.6km course through a forest on trails and you have 6 hours to do as many or few loops as you like! You return to the car park/event HQ/toilets at every loop. I figured no matter the weather I could at least muster one loop! I did three in the end and really just enjoyed running in a lovely off road location. Big Bear events run several of this format and small numbers and all very relaxed so perfect for a low key event on trails and would be great as part of a training program too. You get a medal and great feed stop at the loop and a flapjack or beer when your finish too! Would recommend this event company and format.
Katy Miller

AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon

Previously an RSE club race, the AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon takes place in Edington, known for the Westbury White Horse and King Alfred the Great’s battle against the Great Heathen Army. This small, local race is ideal for those who like running quiet country lanes, although runners should beware, the majority of the hills appear in the second half. Finishers were treated to a fantastic race pack, with t-shirt, medal, and most importantly, brownie.

  • Ellie Witnall – 2:01:35
I'm not a big fan of hills or the cold, so I'm not sure why I chose this half marathon to do. It was a tough slog but the marshals and runners were so friendly, plus it was good to see Sunny (🐶) and Dave cheering me on - I think they ran nearly as far as I did!
Ellie Witnall

Bromham Pudding Run

In between the towns of Melksham, Devizes, Calne and Chippenham, a 10k pudding run takes place, a sell our race in the small village of Bromham. The two lap course is flat, and regularly sees runners achieving PBs, but the biggest draw of the run is the wide selection of cakes on offer…

A huge well done to RSE’s Kevin Joynes-Creed and Cheri Edwards for completing the course – we hope you enjoyed your winnings!

  • Cheri Edwards – 52:30
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 55:28
A great way to finish the years racing. Bromham has a really relaxed and friendly atmosphere with loads of support on the route. Afterwards there’s a medal, Christmas pud and a wide selection of cakes, what’s not to love…
Kevin Joynes-Creed

parkruns - 25/11/2023

Bedford parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:20

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 22:47
  • Phil Newman – 24:52
  • Robert Baker – 25:48
  • Sue Navin – 28:01
  • Paul Robertson – 30:48

Warwick Racecourse parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 33:04

Berkeley Green parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 26:27
  • Vicki Mason – 27:43

parkruns - 02/11/2023

Lydiard parkrun

  • Felicity Crotty – 33:11

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:21
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:57
  • Robert Baker – 25:28
  • Phil Southworth – 25:45
  • Maria Yates – 31:29

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

  • Vicki Mason – 34:28

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:00

Broadwater parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:32

Save the Date!

  • 6th December – Deadline for Runner’s Runner voting
  • 6th December – Winter Time Trial
  • 20th December – Christmas Hamper prize draw
  • 20th January – Awards night!
  • 9th June 2024 – Fairford 10k!

The next RSE club report will be Sunday 17th/Monday 18th December

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 Reports – parkrun tourism + a trip down memory lane!

parkruns - 11/11/2023

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester

  • Vicki Mason – 32:04

Lydiard parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:35
  • Steve Sandercock – 24:47

Walsall Arboretum parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 28:14

Tamar Lakes parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 24:27
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:37

Cirencester parkrun

  • Daniel Drayton – 24:28
  • Phil Newman – 25:09
  • Robert Baker – 25:52
  • Anne Gardener – 26:59
  • Sue Navin – 27:53
  • Maria Yates – 38:12
  • William Cobbett – 38:56

Gloucester City parkrun

  • Andy Sworn – 26:12
  • Carol Sworn – 27:43

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:18

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 29:38

Marine Parade parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 25:10

Chipping Norton Parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 27:39

parkruns - 18/11/2023

Tamar Trails parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 26:18
  • Felicity Crotty – 35:18

Lydiard parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 34:23

Cirencester parkrun

  • Robert Baker – 26:16
  • William Cobbett – 26:51
  • Maria Yates – 33:38

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Sarah Reynolds – 26:29
  • Samantha Ward – 34:18

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 26:25
  • Paul Robertson – 31:16

Quakers Walk parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 21:41
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:03

How it all began

With less races run over the last (very wet and cold) fortnight, it’s a good time to take a look down memory lane!

Click below to read how RSE started, an interview with the club founder, Ollie Wakefield, and some old photos of our club members, including some who still run with us!

*Please note that the Club Championship image in the report above is old and we’ve since had several new winners, including Rosie Hartland, who won in 2021, and our current championship winner, Nia Glover!

Save the Date!

  •  26th November – Yoga – Book now to confirm your place!
  • 20th January – Awards night!
  • 9th June 2024 – Fairford 10k!

The next RSE club report will be Sunday 3rd/Monday 4th December

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 – Winter is coming…

Calne Clock Change 5k

The Clock Change Challenge, organised by the Calne Community Campus, is now in it’s 15th year and is a popular event in the race calendar for many Wiltshire runners, with options for 5k and 10k races. The course is fast and flat, making it ideal for those chasing PBs.

A huge well done to Mick, Kirsty and Ted for some brilliant times!

  • Mick Bagot – 22:41 – 2nd in age category!
  • Kirsty Pitts – 25:21 – 1st in age category!
  • Ted Pitts – 28:45
A great little race, which is a fairly flat fast course, starting and finishing on a very wet playing field at Calne Leisure centre. There was also a 1.5k fun run and a 10k.
Kirsty Pitts

Stroud Half Marathon

The Stroud Half Marathon was the last race in the RSE Club Championship, and it was great to see so many club members attend the race, whether it was running or supporting! The race starts and finished on the Cainscross Road, adjacent to Marling School field. The course is entirely on road and is mainly flat and fast with a steady rise between 6 and 7 miles.

Well done to all of the RSE club members who competed in club races over the year – bring on the final championship results!


  • Nia Glover – 01:33:45 – New PB!
  • Mark Garrett – 01:33:45
  • Ollie Hazel – 01:36:44
  • Sharon Smith – 01:44:05 – 1st LV70!
  • Elliot Gardiner – 01:45:14 – New PB!
  • Alan Powderhill – 01:54:50
  • Andrew Barrett – 01:56:49 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Sarah Page – 01:57:55
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 01:58:19
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 01:58:50
  • Nadine Brown – 02:01:54
  • Liz Hulcup – 02:02:31 – 2nd LV70 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Linda Edwards – 02:12:11
  • Becca Wilson – 02:23:21
New Half Marathon PB by exactly 2 mins! Very pleased! 🤩🦾 Great way to end the racing season by sticking with the pacing plan overall and managing to get the time I was aiming for at the last club championship race of the year! My second time at Stroud Half Marathon and it didn’t feel any easier! Definitely more hills than I remember! 😅 Thank you to everyone for all the support at the race and throughout the year! All that remains is to see what position I have managed to finish in the men’s club championship! 🏅
Elliot Gardiner
We were lucky with the weather after all the rain the previous day. Course bit more undulating than I expected but went through some pretty villages and good support and marshalling. Well organised and a good finish to the championship races! Specially nice to have encouragement from coach Dave as we approached the final half mile.
Sarah Page

Lightening Bolt 10k

The clue is in the title for the Lightening Bolt 10k, which features a fast and flat course with an elevation of just 14 metres! Starting at Langley Burrell Village Hall, the race is suitable for all abilities and incorporates the Wiltshire Championships and South West Inter Counties Championships awards.

A huge well done to Libby Butler who set a new PB of 53:52 on the course!

This was a test race to see how much work I need to do next year to get a PB. Well organised even though there had to be a route change due to flooding.
Libby Butler

Gloucestershire XC

The first race in the Gloucestershire Cross Country series was held in the Bathurst Estate, for an infamously tough and hilly route. Cross country races have different distances for Men’s/Ladies + Men’s Masters categories, as well as various categories for under 18s! The courses are challenging, wet and muddy, but the comradery makes them all worth it.

Congratulations to the RSE members who took on the challenge – is the 1st men’s team we’ve had in a number of years?

Men’s Race (9.9k):

  • Jon Last – 47:21 – 1st race for RSE!
  • Ollie Hazel – 51:18
  • Dave Witnall – 56:10
  • Mick Bagot – 1:01:07

Ladies and Men’s Masters Race (6.4k):

  • Jennifer Glass – 35:21 – 3rd LV55 – 1st race for RSE!
This years course was the reverse to what we marshalled last year as a club, this means the 3 main hills are towards the end, this combined with the mud made conditions tricky at best. It was great to form a team of masters (MV35+) for the first that I can remember for RSE. Well done to Jon, Ollie and Mick, impressive performances, did I mention there was mud?
Personally, it was struggle, first race back for 4 months after a hip injury, showed I have a long way to go to be near race fit again!
Dave Witnall

Guy Fawkes 5 Mile race

Hosted by Tewkesbury Running Club, the Guy Fawkes 5 mile race is popular for it’s fast and flat course. The usually frying pan shaped route consisting of 2 bridge crossings and country roads, was replaced by an out and back course which was fast and flat.

Well done to RSE for another brilliant turnout and some fantastic times!

  • Mark Garrett – 32:47
  • Sharon Smith – 37:16 – 1st LV70!
  • Mick Bagot – 37:58
  • Steve Sandercock – 39:19
  • Darren Jenner – 39:32
  • Jo Wood – 39:47
  • Anne Gardiner – 39:52 – 3rd LV60!
  • Alan Powderhill – 40:01
  • Libby Butler – 40:26
  • Kirsty Pitts – 41:15
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 41:53
  • Liz Hulcup – 42:31
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 48:14
  • Felicity Crotty – 50:42
  • Monica Farthing – 51:40
  • Elliott Fogg – 53:14
  • Sylvia Warman – 54:10,9

Well done to all the RSE members who ran, and to those who achieved new PBs!usus

New PB by 2 minutes. 3rd in age category!
Anne Gardiner
Lots of laughs on the car journey down. Possibly the best bit! When an incline feels like a mountain...
Zoe Markham-Lee
Great race to end the year and my best race since 2019. Absolutely loved that.
Libby Butler
I always enjoy this race, and this year was no exception even after they had to change the route because of flooding. An out and back fast, flat course along country lanes. It was a lovely sunny day and there was a great turnout from RSE, with some amazing times.
Kirsty Pitts

Centurion Grand Prix 5 Mile Race

This small local race series is held by coach Dave Witnall’s old running club, Centurion RC. The course is a flat multi-terrain race around Babbs Mill nature reserve, and features 6 races in total, from November to April.

  • Ellie Witnall – 41:41 – 3rd SL!
  • Dave Witnall – 41:42
My first race in a while and I must admit, I complained the whole ray round - sorry Dave! But I got round and the last mile was my fastest (there was a promise of a Mars bar at the end!)
Ellie Witnall

parkruns - 28/10/2023

Abingdon parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:21
  • Felicity Crotty – 34:18

Cirencester parkrun

  • Phil Newman – 23:38
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:41
  • William Cobbett – 24:25
  • Cheri Edwards – 25:17
  • Paul Robertson – 25:18
  • Sue Navin – 27:16
  • Vicki Mason – 30:29
  • Maria Yates – 34:45

Gloucester City parkrun

  • Linda Edwards – 30:03

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Cathy Steer – 36:56

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 29:50

parkruns - 4/11/2023

Cirencester parkrun

  • William Cobbett – 26:49
  • Paul Robertson – 26:51
  • Vicki Mason – 31:02

Brooklands parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 26:12

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 23:09

Witney Parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 32:03

Save the Date!

  •  26th November – Yoga

The next RSE club report will be Sunday 19th/Monday 20th November

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.