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RSE Racing Report – 1st July 2018

Cotswold Way Relay

The Cotswold Relay has been running now for 25 years and is operated as 10 back to back races with each stage starting with a mass start at the expected arrival time of the 1st runner from the previous stage.

Running from Chipping Campden in the early morning through to the arrival at Bath Abbey in the early evening using the way marked route of the Cotswold Way as the route.  The route is 90% off-road taking in many hills, woodlands, fields and tracks and offers spectacular views of the countryside around.

In total 118 teams entered the event in 4 different categories.  RSE entered teams into the Senior Men’s, Ladies and Mixed categories.

Stage Results

Stage 1 – Chipping Campden to Stanway House, 12 miles with a   373 m ascent.

72nd –  1:49:41 – Dave Witnall – Marvelous Men

97th –  2:01:06 – Eleanor Taylor – Magnificent Mixed

101st – 2:02:21 – Laura Peters – Wonderful Women


Stage 2 – Stanway House to Club House, Cleeve Common, 11.5 miles with a 473 m ascent.

39th –  1:46:29 – Henry Church – Marvelous Men

94th –  2:13:15 – Sarah Reynolds – Magnificent Mixed

112th – 2:22:00 – Tracey Pitts – Wonderful Women


Stage 3 – Club House, Cleeve Common to A435/A436 Seven Springs 8.2 miles with a 327 m ascent.

42nd – 1:14:19 – Nick Duncan (aka Animal) – Marvelous Men

93rd – 1:29:48 – Kirsty Pitts – Wonderful Women

94th – 1:29:49 – Dave Whitlow – Magnificent Mixed


Stage 4 – A435/A436 Seven Springs to Royal William, Cranham Corner, 12.7 miles with a 406 m ascent.


23rd  – 1:40:11 – Oliver Hazell – Marvelous Men

73rd  – 2:04:55 – Theresa Hazlewood – Magnificent Mixed

107th – 2:22:00 – Jessica Osborne – Wonderful Women


Stage 5 – Royal William, Cranham Corner to Ebley Mill, Stroud, 11.7 miles with a 302 m ascent.

53rd – 1:46:32 – Amelia Culshaw – Magnificent Mixed

85th – 1:55:38 – Ben Chapman – Marvelous Men

107th 2:15:00 – Emma Hine – Wonderful Women


Stage 6 – Ebley Mill, Stroud to Hill Road, Dursley, 8.8 miles with a 409 m ascent.

43rd – 1:24:05 – John Buck – Marvelous Men

88th – 1:43:05 – Paul Coates – Magnificent Mixed

104th – 1:51:01 – Rosie Oates – Wonderful Women


Stage 7 – Hill Road, Dursley to Opposite St Mary’s Church, Wotton-Under-Edge, 7.2 miles with a 292 m ascent.

34th – 1:07:48 – Mark Garrett – Marvelous Men

115th – 1:40:00 – Sallie Clatworthy – Wonderful Women

116th – 1:40:00 – Rebecca Wilson – Magnificent Mixed


Stage 8 – Opposite St Mary’s Church, Wotton-Under-Edge to Dog Inn, Old Sodbury, 12 miles with a 404 m ascent.

28th – 1:46:59 – Tom Cooper – Marvelous Men

91st – 2:20:44 – Sharon Smith – Wonderful Women

110th – 2:22:00 – Richard Marshall – Magnificent Mixed


Stage 9 – Dog Inn, Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton, 9.2 miles with a  240 m ascent.

61st – 1:30:36 – Martin Joyce – Marvelous Men

78th – 1:36:32 – Nadine Brown – Magnificent Mixed

97th – 1:47:09 – Elaine Chapman – Wonderful Women


Stage 10 – Greenway Lane, Cold Ashton to Bath Abbey, 9.8 miles with a 240 m ascent.

45th – 1:28:06 – Dave Daniels – Marvelous Men

73rd – 1:41:15 – Martin Sherriff – Magnificent Mixed

86th – 1:46:13 – Jo Wood – Wonderful Women

In the senior men’s category The Marvelous Men came 11th out of 19 teams with a total time of 15:43:52.

In the ladies category The Wonderful Women came 16th out of 16 teams with a total time of 19:56:16.

In the mixed category The Magnificent Mixed came 48th out of 66 teams with a total time of 18:38:29.


Mentioned in Dispatches

The following members have been selected to be mentioned in dispatches.

Tom Cooper for remaining calm under pressure and actually doing something when all about him had no idea.

Nadine Brown for action above and beyond the call of duty in that she did not let an injured ankle prevent her from running.

Elaine Chapman also for action above and beyond the call of duty in that she did not let an injured ankle prevent her from running.

Sharon Smith who has not been nominated for forgetting her trainers but for running her leg in a pair of trainers 2 sizes to big.

All those other runners who completed their legs but then went on to other legs to assist in marshalling (you know who you are).

Great running from everyone who ran in some very hot and difficult conditions well done.


Cirencester Park Run

Jon Collins – 25:38

George Rackley – 31:56

Vanessa Poole – 34.03

Well done.


RSE Racing Report – 3rd June 2018

Fairford 10k

An amazing time was had by all at the Fairford 10k, once again hosted by Running Somewhere Else.  This very popular race brought over 400 runners to the lovely town of Fairford, where the competitors were taken on a undulating course in very warm conditions around the stunning countryside of the area.
Our congratulations go to Alex Lee from Cheltenham and County Harriers who was first over the finish line in an incredible time of 33:10 and the first lady Gemma Hargreaves (unattached) in 38:10.
Well done to every runner who took part, you are all inspirational and a big thank you to the organisers, the lead cyclists, the marshals, the sport masseurs, the back runners, the supporters and of course, as always, Fairford Festival. Through the generosity of the event sponsors, additional contributions made from runners at entry and donations to sports masseurs it has been the most successful year on record for money raised for RSEs charity of the year ‘the Churn Project’ and the Fairford Town charity. Thank you everyone.

RSE as always shone through on the day with 21 members competing. Special mentions to Tom Cooper as first runner back for the club and Sharon Smith who came 1st in her age category. Also, an amazing achievement for many of our recently graduated ‘beginners’, I hope you feel as proud of yourselves as we do of all of you. Awesome work Sarah, George, Vanessa, Cathy, Manda, Amanda, Lisa and Kay. First outing in the RSE vest for Caroline and Kevin too.
Tom Cooper 39:51; Steve Phelps 48:54; Victor Trykush 49:35; Sharon Smith 50:02 (1st LV65+); Paul Coates 50:34; Elaine Chapman 50:57; Norm Lever 53:56; Linda Edwards (running for 1st Claim Bourton Roadrunners) 58:06; Tina Outlaw 58:56; Andy Sampson 58:57; Sarah Page 59:39; George Rackley 1:00:46 (1st 10k); Vanessa Poole 1:05:46; Cathy Steer 1:06:45; Manda Bloomer 1:07:15; Amanda Haines 1:08:00; Lisa Evans 1:10:52; Jon Collins 1:12:17; Caroline Joynes-Creed 1:14:03; Kevin Joynes-Creed 1:14:03; Kay Thompson 1:16:10 (PB by 2mins!) and Becky Heal 1:37:59.
Fairford Festival also hosts a 3k fun run prior to the main 10k race. Two of RSEs future stars took part – Well done to Rory Brown and Isobel Daniels! What superstars you are 🙂

Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo

The Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo 5.5miles multi-terrain race is held over an undulating course on Cleeve Common starting and finishing at Cleeve Hill golf club. The course is a figure of eight and the race is run entirely on Cleeve Common, mostly on grass footpaths but with stretches of gravel and stones. In a field of 125 runners, Teresa Hazelwood ran an impressive 50:47 on Thursday to finish 10th lady overall. Well done Teresa!


Blenheim Palace Triathlon

Amy (and Karl) Breakspear took part in the Bloodwise Blenheim Palace Triathlon on Saturday consisting of a 750m swim, 19.8km bike ride and 5.4km run around the World Heritage Site. Well done Amy finishing in 2:20:17!


Plenty of PBs and a few first timers at parkrun this weekend, including Amanda who has recently completed the clubs beginners course – great going all!

Swindon: Martyn Joyce 21:00; Jon Lewis 21:47 and Caroline Sandercock 34:02.

Jersey: Vicki Mason 26:57 (1st timer!)

Cirencester: Martin Sheriff 24:24 (PB); Jon Collins 25:28 (PB); Jess Osbourne 25:30 (PB); Libby Saunders 31:42 (PB); Guillermo Tomac 35:20; Charlie Austin 36:35 and Amanda McIlroy 41:30 (1st timer)

Well done everyone!

RSE Racing Report – 27th May 2018

Fountain 5

17 RSE members traveled to the Forest of Dean on Thursday evening to take part in this challenging trail race as part of the clubs Short Stuff Championship. 120 runners in total enjoyed the multi terrain, undulating, route on forest tracks and paths with Sharon Smith picking up first in her age category and Club Captain Elaine Chapman finishing within the Top 10 women overall!

Dave Witnall 37:14; Mark Manley 38:14 (2nd MV50), Elaine Chapman 43:15; Steve Phelps 44:04; Sharon Smith 44:44 (1st F60); Nadine Brown 45:09; Ellie Taylor 45:15; Martin Sheriff 46:35 (PB); Teresa Hazelwood 47:09; Cheri Edwards 47:13; Paul Coates 47:47; Jess Osbourne 48:43; Kirsty Pitts 49:19; Richard Marshall 49:43; Sarah Reynolds 50:30; Becca Wilson 59:04 and Caroline Coates 1:02:45.

Westonbirt 10k: Run for the Trees

Over 900 runners took part in this year’s Run for the Trees organised by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum with a route that takes you passed champion trees and some of the rarest species in the world. Unfortunately, a change in how numbers were collected resulted in a delayed start and the slightly longer than 10k route put an end to beating any PBs on Wednesday evening; but RSE members still put in some fabulous runs. 

First home for the club was Cheri Edwards in 52:20, Jo Woods 53:53, Lindsay Gregory 54:30; Richard Marshall 57:33; Vicki Mason 58:18; Amanda Haines 1:09:43 and Amy Breakspear 1:17:19. Well done everyone!

Special mention to Amanda Haines who not only raced for RSE for the first time, but in doing so completed her furthest ever run after enrolling on the beginners course. Fantastic work, Amanda!

Bermuda Day Half Marathon

Friday saw the Bermuda Day Half Marathon take place, which runs from Somerset to Hamilton on the beautiful island of Bermuda. With incredible organisation and support the whole way round, Tom Cooper ran in the hot and humid (and certainly not flat!) conditions to finish in an impressive 1:32:52. Great job Tom, now enjoy the rest of your holiday!

Dauntsey 10k

(photo courtesy of Barry Cornelius)

A predominantly flat, tarmac, anti-clockwise loop starting and finishing in Little Somerford near to the Village Hall. The route is rural passing through the villages of Great Somerford and Dauntsey, before returning to Little Somerford. First home for the club on Sunday was Martyn Joyce in 42:50; Andy Masser 43:50; Steve Sandercock 52:59 and Caroline Sandercock 1:07:21 (awaiting official times). Great work everyone!


Swindon: Jon Lewis 21:39

Cirencester: Dave Witnall 22:20; Jon Collins 26:04; Emma Hine 27:33 (PB); Sarah Page 29:12 (1st parkrun) and Charley Trykush 35:29.

RSE Racing Report – 13th May 2018

Shakespeare Half and Full Marathon

Sunday turned out to be a glorious day, especially for those running the half or full marathon in Stratford-upon-Avon. Starting in the centre of the town, opposite Shakespeare’s old school, taking in sights such as the River Avon, Holy Trinity Church (home to the grave of William Shakespeare) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

Just under 500 participants ran in the two-lap marathon course. First home for the club was Dave Witnall in an impressive time of 3:28:03, followed by Marathon first-timer Ellie Taylor in 4:04:40. What a fantastic time and achievement, very well deserved.

Over 1600 runners took part in the half marathon, which started at the same time. Teresa Hazelwood raced this distance for the first time in 4 years, thoroughly enjoying the event and finishing in a super 1:50:15! Like his sister, Ellie, this was a first time for Rich (Ryo) Taylor who took on the half and did so in 2:05:12.

Well done everyone, awesome work.

Simplyhealth Great Bristol 10k

Over 10,000 took to the streets of Bristol on Sunday; starting near Millennium Square the route runs parallel to the historic Bristol Harbour before continuing along Avon Gorge and taking in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Ollie Hazel ran with his sister, who was completing her first 10k event, and together achieved 1:15:22. Becky Heal also ran in RSE colours finishing in 1:36:35. Great going guys!

Stroud Trail Quarter

Although 7 miles and not exactly the quarter marathon, this is advertised as a great introduction to trail running and takes in some of the great Cotswold views at the same time. Starting from Stroud town centre, the race joins the Cotswold Canal towpath ascending, eventually, to Rodborough Common before returning to the finish in Stroud. In a field of 100, this event is also open to walkers, with Cheri Edwards and Lindsey Gregory running for RSE. Cheri finished 8th female overall in 1:08:41 and Lindsey 9th in 1:10:00 (2nd in her age category). Amazing work ladies!

Hogsmill 5

The “Hogsmill 5” is a friendly ladies-only running race over 5 miles, organised each year by the Epsom Allsorts ladies running club. With no cut-off time it’s a perfect target for beginners, and enjoyed by established runners too. The race is mostly flat, with start and finish at the Harrier Centre athletics track in West Ewell, and running through the Hogsmill local nature reserve behind. Charlie Austin took her RSE vest for its first outing at this one completing the 5 miles in 59:12. Well done, Charlie – fantastic first race in RSE colours!

Ridgeway 40 Walk

Organised by the Walkers Association the Ridgeway 40 is a walk not a race but there are lots of runners with times starts rather than mass start. Henry Church attended this on Saturday completing the distance in 6 hours 53 minutes, 7 minutes inside his target! Fantastic Henry!


What a lot of parkrunners this weekend; RSE was represented in Manchester, County Galway (Ireland) and by the masses on home soil in Cirencester!

Haigh Woodland: Sarah Reynolds 37:53.

Oughterard: Paul Coates 24:40; Sharon Smith 28:13; Jenny Hoffmann 30:29; Caroline Coates 30:39; Tracey Pitts 31:53; Sallie Clatworthy 33:03; Caroline Terry 35:30 and Laura Butler 36:40.

Cirencester: Jess Osbourne 25:46 (PB); Jon Collins 25:55 (PB); Emma Hine 28:31 (PB); George Rackley 30:20 (1st parkrun); Kate Sedgwick 32:08 (1st parkrun); Amanda Haines 32:10 (PB); Jane O’Dell 32:20 (PB); Guillermo Tomac 35:00 (PB); Kay Thompson 38:59 (PB); Karen Langfield 42:33; Jesica Masseilot 43:41 (PB) and Elspeth Murano (tailwalker).