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RSE Club Report – ‘We’re fools whether we run or not, so we may as well run!’

Highworth 5

RSE members at the Highworth 5

An 11:00am start in Highworth saw 17 RSE members taking on the scenic 5 mile loop mainly on flat, fast roads, with a sting-in-the-tail at the 4 mile marker! This year the race was part of Running Somewhere Else’s Championship and with the event starting and finishing at Warneford School was spectator friendly.

  • Mark Garrett – 32:03
  • Ollie Hazel – 34:01
  • Nia Glover – 34:31
  • Rachel Bodey – 36:45
  • Ben Chapman – 36:45
  • Mick Bagot – 37:34 (1st in age category)
  • Alan Powderhill – 39:31 New PB!
  • Paul Beaumont – 39:59 (1st in age category)
  • Leah Brown – 40:06
  • Steve Sandercock – 40:32 (2nd in age category)
  • Anne Gardiner – 41:37
  • Nadine Brown – 42:23
  • Kirsty Pitts – 43:31
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 46:44
  • Martin Page – 51:35
  • Sylvia Warman – 51:56 New PB!
  • Felicity Crotty – 52:43

Well done to every runner and thank you to those who came and supported.

First four miles are a gentle down hill, so quite fast. However you know that the big hill is coming. I had decided to Jeff it (walk/run) and that definitely paid off. Lovely event with homemade cakes afterwards.

Anne Gardiner

Really enjoyed the race and the views. Decided to go quick in the first four miles which meant I could relax a bit for the hill. Great cake selection and great support from RSE too! 🍰

Ben Chapman

Not actually a PB (as Anne put on the chat) but not far off and probably because I walked up that hill at mile 4 😄

Anne-Marie Davies

Always an enjoyable race with the RSE runners. Lovely course (well, until mile 4) a great run and PB by 40 seconds so all in all a great day!

Alan Powderhill

I didn’t like the up but pleased to have completed it!

Martin Page

Southampton Marathon

The two-lap course of Southampton Marathon, beginning and ending at the Guildhall in the city centre, takes runners past the docks, then over the Itchen Bridge. Following a section by the shoreline at Weston Shore, the route then takes finishers inside St Mary’s stadium.

Congratulations to Zoe Markham-Lee who completed the course in RSE colours!

  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 4:30:09

Beat my PB by 20 minutes! So far this year I’ve done a 10 mile PB a 20 mile PB and now this! 2 lap course and loved going through St Mary’s.. I’m definitely having a few beers later to celebrate. Once I can walk that is… plus it was a long marathon!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Brighton Marathon

With incredible crowd support the Brighton Marathon gives runners a chance to experience a unique city-to-coast course taking them past iconic landmarks. A new route this year, the 2023 Brighton Marathon started at Preston Park, with the route going into Withdean before the turn back down the London Road towards the city. Once past the Pavilion, runners head up into Kemptown and then follow the coast to Ovingdean before a final turn back for a breath-taking view of the city, following the coast along the promenade and into Hove before finishing at Hove Lawns.

Well done to David Witnall and Phil Newman who ran for RSE!

  • David Witnall – 3:27:09
  • Phil Newman – 4:41:51

Brighton Marathon kicks off the large city marathon season with over 12,000 entrants. The route starts at Preston Park and meanders around the suburbs before heading down to the seafront at mile 8.

The course then follows the road out to the 13 mile turn point, and back past the Marina and the Steve Ovett statue (it was exciting for the running geek in me) at 16.

The course becomes pretty dull, in my opinion from mile 18 to 22, making up distance, before going past a lovely cheese warehouse/ shop and Fat boy slims house.

The last 2 miles are a case of head up and work your way down the prom as the finish line slowly gets closer.

In conclusion, how did my race go? Well, it was near on perfect, with pacing and a push with 10 kms to go resulting in a negative split, sub 3:30 and another medal for the drawer.

P.s thanks to Ellie for her support at the 6 different points, shame I didn’t see her every time!

David Witnall

Reading Half Marathon

The Unleashed Performance Reading Half Marathon not only takes in the highlights of the centre of Reading where runners experience huge crowd support but also still passes through the beautiful grounds of the University campus. The race culminates in a finish rarely found outside an Olympic stadium with over 15,000 people cheering you into the stadium and over the finish line.

Running the Reading Half today was Liz Hulcup.

  • Liz Hulcup – 2:02:13

It was a raw morning, a lot of waiting to begin with and a good walk to the start.  Lots of support all around the course, apart from the last mile, but finishing in the Madjeski Stadium being cheered on from the crowds in the stands.

Liz Hulcup


Seven Fields parkrun

  • Cheri Edwards – 26:10

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k
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RSE Club Report – A busy weekend!

Richard Jefferies 24/100 Backyard Ultra

This event is 24 x 4.2 mile laps that start each hour in Coate Water Park, Swindon and ran from 0900 Saturday morning to 0900 Sunday. Runners complete as many laps as they want to (and not necessarily consecutively) building distance up to 100 miles. No credit or advantage is given to those that complete laps quickly (and those that finish a lap outside the hour will be able to count their distance). Runners all start the next lap together and no times will be taken with the route taking you around the lake (the old Lido), out into the woods, over the dual carriage way and back.

Someone say a long distance event … cue ultra royalty Mark Manley and Lesley Hinsley!

There were various themed loops like ‘bikini loop’, ‘super heros’, dresses’ where runners ran in fancy dress. I was happy to run as many laps as possible to beat my own target of 62.5 miles. 15hrs took us nicely to midnight and just topping 64 miles.

Whilst it was great fun, it did get rather monotonous as time went on.

Lesley Hinsley.

Lesley and I did the Richard Jeffries Backyard Ultra yesterday. 4.2m laps around Coate Water on the hour over 24 hours for as many or few as you like. We did 15 consecutive laps till midnight.

I went back this morning to make my distance to 71.5miles. Ultra #9 for 2022.

Mark Manley

Incredible running both!

RSE Queen and King of an ultras, Lesley and Mark.

Angels 10k

The Angels 10k is an undulating but picturesque road race in the Severn Vale taking in view of the Cotswold and Malvern hills. Part of the Gloucestershire AAA County Road Race series it attracts lots of runners from many of the local clubs.

A good turnout saw RSE pick up two county medals and earned the team more AAA points in the series. Congratulations all.

Runners at Angels 10k
  • Mark Garrett 41:47
  • Elaine Chapman 50:45; 3rd LV40 & County Medal
  • Sarah Page 52:33
  • Liz Hulcup 54.07 (Running for 1st Claim Bourton Roadrunners) LV65/2 & County Medal
  • Cheri Edwards 54:11
  • Anne Gardiner 54:39
  • Linda Edwards 1:00:56; 2nd LV55 & County Medal

There were 6 of us (representing RSE) at Angels 10k today, 11th race in Glos AAA. Lovely, pretty route with a few hills (one lasted a good mile I reckon) Nice day for it, and really well organised.

Elaine Chapman

Course very picturesque but hilly!

Sarah Page

Lovely route, certainly undulating but quiet country lanes and beautiful views. 54:10 chip time. Nice atmosphere, friendly marshals 😀

Cheri Edwards

Chippenham Half

The Chippenham Half Marathon is run over a fast, accurately measured and predominantly flat course. The route goes through the centre of Chippenham and then follows scenic country lanes visiting local villages and hamlets including Tytherton Lucas, East Tytherton, Avon and Langley Burrell. This event is ideal for first timers or experienced long distance runners looking to achieve a personal best. Alan Powderhill running with Paul Robertson certainly made the most of this, achieving a new half marathon PB! Well done both.

Thumbs up from Paul Robertson & Alan Powderhill at the Chippenham Half Marathon
  • Alan Powderhill 1:54:16 – New PB!
  • Paul Robertson 1:54:17

The race itself was very well organised. Good safe event with marshalls and Police holding off traffic. Not a pancake flat course but one that you can really push yourself towards a PB on. Scenery was stunning in places. Well worth a race, one I will definitely do again.

Paul Robertson

Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon

The Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon starts and finishes in the village of Llanwddyn and heads up to cover a clock wise lap of the stunning Lake Vyrnwy. The course is extremely fast and has a course record of 1.02.14. Perfect for all runners as well as those seeking a fast time it offers spectacular views all the way around.

Darren and I completed the Lake Vyrnwy half marathon today… Neither a PB but both pleased with results as both a little injured. Great weather and views over the dam.

Felicity Crotty

Super running by Darren and Felicity on a glorious day in Powys.

  • Darren Jenner 1:53:04
  • Felicity Crotty 2:25:18
All smiles at the Lake Vyrnwy Half Marathon


Cirencester parkrun

  • Elliot Gardiner 23:11
  • Daniel Drayton 24:06
  • Phil Southworth 26:14
  • Andy Sworn 27:22
  • Jessica James 27:47
  • Carol Sworn 28:56
  • Elaine Chapman 28:57
  • Paul Robertson 34:39

Witney parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock 30:34

Lanark Moor parkrun

  • Kevin Joynes-Creed 26:54
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed 33:34

Stratford Park parkrun

  • Vicki Mason 31:34

RSE BBQ & Charity Fundraiser

Next Sunday (25th September) is our annual BBQ at Somewhere Else. Please sign up via the below link if you plan on coming! Friends / family members welcome too.


RSE Club Report – Trails, large scale and coattails!

Chedworth Roman Trail

Hosted by Cirencester Athletics Club, the Chedworth Roman Trail is a local 10 mile-ish single lap of scenic Cotswold countryside. The route takes runners through Stowell Park, the Coln Valley, and close to the famous Chedworth Roman Villa. It is a challenging multi-terrain race that uses a variety of undulating tracks, footpaths, fields, and features a river crossing. This year it also features in the Running Somewhere Else Championship.

Congratulations to the following runners:

  • Mark Garrett 1:26:59
  • Paul Robertson 1:27:58
  • Jo Beames 1:37:00
  • Jo Wood 1:41:36
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed 1:47:37

Forest Runner 5 & 10k

Held and organised by Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, the profits from Forest Runner sales help to grow, shape and care for the local forest, now and for future generations. Both the 5k and 10k routes offer spectacular views of the Arboretum, with one of the world’s finest botanical collections of trees and shrubs.

Taking on the 10k option were both Anne and Jess, well done to you both.

  • Anne Gardiner – 55:10 (unofficial time)
  • Jessica James – 55:52 (unofficial time) – New PB!

It’s a beautiful setting. We were offered black ribbons and there was a 2 minute silence.

Anne Gardiner

So it’s been a double PB weekend with a PB parkrun yesterday and PB 10k at Westonbirt. Garmin says 55.52 so somewhere thereabout! Feedback on westonbirt; a lovely single loop through the woods with a killer hill at 5k!

Jess James

Great North Run

60,000 determined and dedicated runners make the Great North Run the World’s biggest and best half marathon – famous for its warm North East welcome, unbeatable atmosphere and the millions raised for good causes. This year the run returned to it’s original route, finishing in South Shields. Amongst the thousands taking part was RSEs Charlie Austin.

I’ve just done the Great North Run. Lovely sunny day in Newcastle with fab support along the route from the locals. Rather slow time but I managed to scrape in under 3hrs! Also received some really lovely messages from club members which were very much appreciated 🥰

Charlie Austin
  • Charlie Austin 2:57:10


Lydiard parkun

  • Mark Manley – 21:20

Cirencester parkrun

  • Ollie Hazel – 22:21
  • David Witnall – 22:22
  • Jessica James – 25:32- New PB!
  • Phil Southworth – 25:32
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:22
  • Paul Robertson – 27:23
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:04
  • Vicki Mason – 30:50
  • Felicity Crotty – 31:28
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 32:43

Stratford Park parkrun

  • Jane O’Dell – 39:35

Cranbrook Country Park parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:35

And Finally, Congratulations…

To Mr and Mrs Witnall

From all at Running Somewhere Else, we wish you a lifetime of joy, love and happiness.

RSE Club Report – Trails, Golds and Personal Achievements

Beyond Badminton Trail

Organised by Beyond Events this stunning event in the Badminton Estate boasts captivating views, a mostly flat and fast terrain, and a thrilling atmosphere, ensuring runners from all walks of life are welcome. Distances on offer include 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon and Ultra 50km.

Pauline Tilbury took the Half Marathon on, completing the slightly longer course of 14.5miles in an unofficial time of 2:59:00.

“The event had a very relaxed and friendly feel and the course was a lovely trail through woodland and over fields, though it was a long half at 14.5 miles !”

Pauline Tilbury

Well done, Pauline!

Run Walk Crawl 50k Glamorgan Coastal Trail

The Vale of Glamorgan Ultra and Coastal Races are the original trail races along the Vale of Glamorgan Coastline, now proudly in their 6th year!  The Ultra race is a 32 mile linear route along the entire coast of the Vale of Glamorgan.  The Vale Trail 18 (or mini ultra as it has fondly become known!) is an 18.5 mile run along the Coast Path passing through the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and the Vale Trail 10 follows the last 10 miles of both races.  

Carol Sworn took on The Vale Trail 18 on a very sunny Saturday.

“(I) found it very hard going (was hot but generally no ‘oomph’) so ended up walking it in. Not my finest run but a very well organised race with glorious views so would recommend it to anyone in the future. I saw parts of the South West Coast that I didn’t know existed but will certainly be revisiting at some point in the future … maybe with a deckchair and picnic next time.”

Carol Sworn

Fantastic effort, Carol.

Angels 10k

The Angels 10k is an undulating but picturesque 10k road race in the Severn Vale taking in views of the Cotswold and Malvern hills. This year it was both a Glos AAA race and also a County Championship race.

Nia Glover and Sharon Smith put in sterling performances both finishing with Gold medals for winning their age category, with Nia second lady overall.

“I ran a course PB 46.54 . First in age category and Championship Gold . (It was) hilly but picturesque.”

Sharon Smith

“I finished in 42:42 chip time which is a 10k Pb for me. (I also) came in as 2nd lady and won the SL champs category. … Fantastic race although very undulating with a killer of a hill halfway through 🥵”

Nia Glover

Congratulations, amazing achievements ladies.

Great Bristol Half

The Great Bristol Run returned today with a half marathon and a 10k route, with more than 10,000 people taking part.

The run is renowned for its route along the Avon Gorge and through Bristol city centre, passing landmarks such as the Clifton suspension bridge, the waterfront, Castle Park, and Millennium Square.

Tim Wainwright is still on course for completing 4 half marathons in 4 weeks, with number 3 here in Bristol finishing in an unofficial time of 2:22:27.

“As expected I struggled today with fatigue. (I) finished in 2.22.27.
I’m pleased I’ve done 3 in 3 but today was tough just couldn’t get my legs going… onto the next one (and I’m) staying positive 😁”

Tim Wainwright

Well done Tim and good luck for next week 🤞🏼

The Swindon (Virtual) Half Marathon

Not to be deterred by the Swindon Half Marathon being cancelled, Alan Powderhill, Elliot Gardiner and Paul Robertson all completed their own virtual Swindon half marathon together achieving two PBs in the process. Well done chaps!

“2 x Personal Bests today… Al Powderhill on Virtual Swindon Half Marathon and Elliot Gardiner who joined us on the virtual run just for the fun of it….. They were superb today.”

Paul Robertson


We kick off this section of the report with big celebrations as Felicity completed her 250th parkrun, her first being back in 2012 – fantastic! 👏🏼

“I completed my 250th parkrun today!! 😃 at Rutland water with friends from when I used to live there. Beautiful day and fastest 5k for the year (28:50).”

Felicity Crotty
Rutland parkrun

Rutland parkrun

  • Darren Jenner 24:22
  • Felicity Crotty 28:50

Lanhydrock parkrun

  • Dave Witnall 22:08
  • Ellie Taylor 27:40

Glossop parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock 26:42

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jo Wood 25:13
  • Vicki Mason 29:40
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed 29:41
  • William Gardiner 29:53
  • Amanda Ball 33:05
  • Elaine Chapman 34:18

Parkrun result not mentioned? It may be that you’re not listed as Running Somewhere Else in the parkrun results online. For information on how to change/add RSE as your listed club, click here.