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RSE Race Report – 14th October 2018

Gloucestershire Cross Country League – Old Down Country Park


The first race in the Gloucestershire Cross Country League took place at Old Down Country Park near Thornbury on Saturday 13th October.  This was a hilly route around the country park and the surrounding woods with the men’s race being 10k and the women’s race being 6.5k in distance.

Representing RSE in the men’s race was Ben Chapman – 53:18.

Representing RSE in the women’s race was Jo Wood – 36:42

Well done both of you.


Grittleton 10k

The Grittleton 10km is described as a  ‘must do’ race on the South West race circuit.

Starting and finishing at Grittleton Village Hall, the Grittleton 10km is a fast, one lap, chip-timed road race set in a tranquil village location.

First in for RSE was Sarah Page in 55:32.  She was followed by;

Cathy Steer who set a PB in 56:27

Kay Thompson – 1:16:20

Great running in very difficult conditions.


York Marathon

The York Marathon has very quickly established itself as one of the highlights of the North’s sporting year.  This is a popular and picturesque run that takes runners passed some of the beautiful city of York’s splendid historic sites and along scenic country lanes. took  The marathon took place on a wet and windy Sunday 14th October.

Representing RSE was Sharon Smith who completed it in 3:38:02 which was a PB.

Also representing RSE was Dave Whitlow who completed the race in 3:40:08

Outstanding effort in difficult conditions.



Royal Parks Half Marathon


The Royal Parks Half Marathon took place on Sunday 14th October.  This stunning central London half marathon took in some of the capital’s world famous landmarks on closed roads and four of London’s eight Royal Parks including Hyde Park, The Green Park, St Jame’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

Representing RSE was Richard Marshall who completed the course in 2:09:09.

Also representing RSE was Pauline Tilbury who completed the race in 2:32:00.

Well done both of you.


Mentioned in Dispatches

It was very easy to decide who to mention in dispatches today.  To complete a marathon in the conditions today is itself a great effort.  To set a personal best time for a marathon takes that to another level.  To come first in the F65 category and to qualify for London 2020 marathon in a time that would allow someone aged 18 to 39 to qualify when they are a few years older is even more impressive.

Without doubt I have to name Sharon Smith in dispatches. An inspiration to us all.


Cirencester Park Run

Nadine Brown – 24:23

Emma Hine – 26:55 and a PB

Elaine Chapman – 26:55



Swindon Park Run

Caroline Sandercock – 34:25




RSE Race Report – 7th October 2018

Cricklade 10k


The Cricklade 10k race took place on Sunday 7th October and was a flat undulating course that is now over 30 years old.  This popular charity running event saw hundreds of people taking part in 3 different distances including not only the 10k but also the half marathon and a 1.5 mile family fun run.  This was also the handicap race for the club short course championships which resulted in a great turnout from RSE.

First in for RSE was Ben Chapman in a time of 45:31 followed by

Steve Phelps – 46:13

Nadine Brown – 48:41

Steve Sandercock – 53:30

Amanda Haines – 1:00:49

Caroline Coates – 1:02:57

Jane Odell – 1:04:42

Libby Saunders – 1:05:27 completing her first 10k

Pauline Tilbury – 1:06:19

Caroline Sandercock – 1:07:39

Caroline Joynes-Creed – 1:08:51

Sarah Gray – 1:09:38

Kay Thompson – 1:16:11


Great effort from you all.

Cricklade Half Marathon


The Cricklade Half Marathon took place on Sunday 7th October and was a flat undulating course that is now over 30 years old.  This popular charity running event saw hundreds of people taking part in 3 different distances including not only the half marathon but also the 10k and a 1.5 mile family fun run.  This was also the handicap race for the club endurance championships which resulted in a great turnout from RSE.

First in for RSE was Tom Cooper in 1:26:03.  He was followed by;

Timothy Hodgetts – 1:31:57

Ollie Hazel – 1:32:30

Mark Manley – 1:34:54

Martyn Joyce – 1:39:08 – PB

Dave Witnall – 1:40:19

Dave Whitlow – 1:40:50

Sharon Smith – 1:41:26 PB by 2 secs and first LV60

Ellie Taylor – 1:46:35 – PB by 30 secs

Martin Sheriff – 1:47:50

Elaine Chapman – 1:47:59

Sarah Reynolds – 1:49:29

Gareth Roberts – 1:52:30 – PB by almost 9 mins

Kirsty Pitts – 1:52:35

Rochelle Ravensroft – 1:53:10

Paul Coates – 1:53:50

Kevin Joynes-Creed – 1:55:31 – PB by 1:28

Jo Beames – 1:56:08

Rosie Oates – 1:56:58 – PB

Ryo Taylor – 1:58:41 – PB by 4 mins

Rebecca Hodgetts – 2:00:00

Janet Daniels – 2:02:38 – PB by 2 minutes set 11 years ago and still bragging about that 1 second!!!

Dave Daniels – 2:02:39

Sandie Wood – 2:04:06 – PB by about 6 mins

Helen Berry – 2:06:39 completing her first half marathon

Rebecca Wilson – 2:11:52

Great running from you all.


Lyon Half Marathon

The Lyon half marathon took place on Sunday 7th October.  The race involves a very pleasant route around a city which, from a cultural and historical perspective, is as good as any in the world. Within the first few kilometres, you join the quays along the Saône. From the Vieux-Port (old town), you will run to the Paul Bocuse bridge. Then  run back along the quays on the opposite side, back down into the Croix-Rousse quarter, famous for the Lyon silk industry and the well-known Canuts. The race ended in Place Bellecour, the biggest pedestrian square in Europe.

First and surprisingly the only runner for RSE was Linda Edwards – 2:04:01

Nice running


Chester Marathon

The Chester Marathon that took place on Sunday 7th October is a multi-award winning and the UK’s only international marathon (the route includes England and Wales) from the historic Roman/Medieval international destination City of Chester.

After leaving Chester Racecourse the Marathon course passed through Chester City Centre, heading out through Eccleston and Pulford before entering Wales at Rossett. The route then passed through Holt before returning to England at Farndon and passing through Churton, Aldford and Huntington. It returned to Chester city at Boughton before entering the Groves area and returning to the racecourse past the Little Roodee.

The fast and largely flat spectacular city and rural race route combined with enthusiastic support and regular drinks/nutrition stations helped a lot of runners achieve personal best times.

First in for RSE was Andy Masser – 3:41:45

Great effort

Mentioned in Dispatches

When deciding who to mention is dispatches this week I have to admit I struggled.

I could mention Ryo Taylor who used some great tactics during the Two Tunnels Half marathon by getting lost.  This resulted in Ryo being set a nice time for his handicap which in turn led to 10 points for the Championships today.  All joking aside after setting himself a PB at Swindon Half Marathon he set a new PB today by 4 mins.

That leads me on to all the people that ran PB this weekend.  There are a lot that I have already mentioned but I am sure there were more of you.  Whether it was 2 seconds or 9 minutes it was great running by you all.

However this week I have chosen Running Somewhere Else.  A fabulous turn out today from the club with 39 runners taking part in the 2 races in Cricklade plus all those that turned up to support.  It was like a wave of yellow wherever I looked.  Today I think summed up what this club is about.


Cirencester Park Run

Vicki Mason – 27:34

Cathy Steer – 28:22

Suzanne Steel – 32:58

Jon Collins – 54:37


Swindon Park Run

Sarah Reynolds – 28:29


Cheltenham Park Run

Lisa Courtney – 24:54


RSE Racing Report – 12th August 2018

Bugatti 10k

13 Running Somewhere Else members took on the undulating Bugatti 10k on a cooler Wednesday evening. This was not only a RSE Championship race but also part of the AAA County Road Racing Championships so there was a strong field of athletes present. Congratulations to all who raced, particularly Dave Witnall who ran a sensible, but strong, race returning from injury and Sharon Smith for finishing first in her age category.

Tom Cooper 42:09; David Witnall 46:42; Steve Phelps 48:00; Teresa Hazelwood 48:27; Sharon Smith 49:26 (1st LV65+) Ellie Taylor 51:08; Nadine Brown 52:37; David Whitlow 52:44; Martin (Ted) Pitts 52:57; Kirsty Pitts 56:13; Sarah Page 56:34; Sandie Wood 58:46 and Amanda Tyler 1:06:05.

Well done everyone!

Standish Woodland Chase

Three wonderful RSE ladies took part in this multi-terrain race over a course of almost 10 miles on Sunday. The route follows parts of the famous Cotswold Way and includes hills, woodland trails with a bit of road, along the scenic Cotswold escarpment. Not showing any signs of tired legs, Teresa Hazlewood came in first for the club in 1:28:05 followed by Ellie Taylor in1:29:39; both having raced at Bugatti on Wednesday. Cheri Edwards finished just behind in an impressive 1:30:22 (awaiting official times). Fantastic running all!

Waterland Aquathlon

Kate Potter and Jenny Hoffmann have been busy over the last couple of weeks, not only taking part in an open water swim last weekend but then on Wednesday they took part in the Aquathlon at the Waterland lake. This was a challenging 750m open water swim (whereby both brave ladies competed without wetsuits!) followed by 4.6km run around lake 32. Fantastic work ladies!

 LDWA Birmingham Canal

Linda Edwards (and friend Susan) ran the long distance Birmingham Canal route on Saturday organised by the Long Distance Walking Association. They ran 23 of the 26.2 miles and, although not a race, provided excellent refreshments on this organised run. Good work ladies!


Some great, well deserved, PBs at parkrun this weekend.

Swindon: Martyn Joyce 20:42

Colby: Ollie Hazel 19:47

Cirencester: Martin Sheriff 24:13 (PB); Jon Collins 24:16 (PB); Wayne Edginton 25:56; Jessica Osbourne 26:44; Cathy Steer 28:30 (PB); Caroline Sandercock 37:42 and Kay Thompson 50:59.

Well done to all racers, runners and volunteers this weekend!

RSE Racing Report – 5th August 2018

Cotswold 24 Hour Race

The Cotswold 24 Hour Race is a 24 hour individual or team relay race held in the beautiful Bathurst Estate, Cirencester. The race is run over a 9km mixed terrain course including forest trails and open tarmac paths. RSE’s Dave Daniels was among 217 other solo runners who took part in a very hot and testing 24 hours. Under the watchful eye of a very supportive wife, Dave completed 14 laps within the 24 hours, totaling a mighty impressive 78miles! Well done Dave, such an incredible achievement and very well deserved. Congratulations!

Mendip Marauder 30

Starting at the Market Town of Wells this 30 mile ultra took Ollie Hazel through a real smorgasbord of Somerset scenery finishing at Uphill, just outside Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday. With nearly 1,500 meters of accent this is certainly not a flat route and provided a challenge, but with rolling hillside, pretty woodland, quarries and atmospheric villages I am sure he was often too busy enjoying the views to think too hard about how tired he was! Well done to Ollie who completed the event in 5:24:44 (awaiting official time).

Secret Gin Run

Saturday also saw Charlie Austin & Edith Putt take part in this 10km running tour through London; stopping at places that are key to London’s thirsty history and playing games along the route. The route finished with all runners enjoying a well-deserved gin and tonic or gin cocktail! Well done ladies, it looked a lot of fun!

Forest of Dean Trail Half

New for 2018 this trail event was ran on firetrack gravel trails starting and finishing in the grounds of the Famous Speech House Hotel. Sharon Smith completed a ‘very hot’ half on Sunday in 1:54:00, 1st LV60 – great work Sharon!

Hooky 6 Mile

Kay Thompson, Kevin & Caroline Joynes-Creed and Linda Edwards (as BRR) all took part in a hot and undulating Hooky 6 mile route around Hook Norton on Sunday morning. Well done to the four of them recording times as follows: Kevin 55:39; Linda 58:52; Caroline 1:17:35 & Kay 1:17:36.


Swindon: Martyn Joyce 22:27 and Amy Breakspear36:50.

Cirencester: Jon Collins 24:39; Nadine Brown 27:42; Sarah Page 27:44 and Cathy Steer 29:09 (PB).

Congratulations to Vicki Mason and her daughters Isla and Sophie (only 4!) who were first timers at Cirencester and managed to complete 2 out of the 3 laps. Well done girls and we look forward to posting your first official 5k time in the very near future…