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RSE Club Report – Festivities, Fast Courses and France!

La Rochelle Marathon

Tipped as the second largest marathon in France, the La Rochelle Marathon offers runners a chance to see 26.2 miles of the west coast, crossing through the city to the historical port areas. The route features 2-laps of flat terrain, and is supported by lively crowds and bands every 2km.

Linda Edwards and Sarah Page ran in RSE colours, finishing in fantastic times!

  • Sarah Page – 4.25.10
  • Linda Edwards – 4.44.42

Flat course doing a figure of eight round the harbour and town- fantastic views of the town as we went round the harbour. Well organised and plenty of marshals.
Good crowds all along the course giving us loads of support, ten bands which were great and kept us entertained. The shouts of allez, allez were very encouraging!
Cathy gave us fantastic support , popping up three times round the course, so nice to see a friendly face.
Great goodies- a rose, 6 oysters, hot chocolate and a snazzy running jacket which we will be modelling at club soon.

Sarah Page

Wilmslow festive 10k

The start of the festive season has begun! This popular Christmas-themed race starts in the town centre of Wilmslow before following a one lap course on scenic country roads, and then finishing on Mobberley Road/Sandy Lane. The first 5k is described as ‘lightening quick’, whilst the end half of the race features just one hill.

Running for RSE was Felicity Crotty, who completed the course in a brilliant time of 1:08:58!

We had nice weather and lots of festive outfits!

Felicity Crotty

AVR Half Marathon

This friendly, local half marathon has a great race atmosphere and festival feel. The course starts in Edington and then heads out to the beautiful villages of Steeple Ashton and Great Hinton. Expect undulating (hilly) countryside paths and a well supported race finish.

Running for RSE was Kevin Joynes-Creed, who completed the race in a great time of 1:57:17, a new course PB!

The AVR Wiltshire Half is one of my favourite Half Marathons. Positioned nicely at the end of November it’s perfect for one last blow out before the Christmas break. Despite the rather ‘bumpy’ route the scenery is great and the support & organisation from The Avon Valley Runners is second to none. On the back of little to no recent training I’m pretty happy with a course PB and a sub 2hr finish for my last ‘competitive’ half of the year 🥳

Eynsham 10k

The Eynsham 10k is a fast, flat two lap 10k course around the Oxfordshire village, making it a popular course for PB-seekers. The race is organised by Eynsham roadrunners and as part of the Oxfordshire County Championship, attracts a lot of club runners.

Completing the course for RSE and running great times were Kirsty Pitts and Ted Pitts!

  • Kirsty Pitts – 54:00
  • Ted Pitts – 55:38

A flat, 2 lap course around the pretty town of Eynsham. This race was part of Oxfordshire County championship with over 565 runners. It was great to see Liz Hulcup there cheering us along 👍

Kirsty Pitts


Cheltenham parkrun

  • Sharon Smith – 24:49

Cirencester parkrun

  • David Witnall – 20:50
  • Jon Campbell – 23:03
  • Ben Chapman – 23:20
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:39
  • Phil Newman – 25:12
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:56
  • Paul Coates – 26:26
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 27:04
  • Vicki Mason – 27:12
  • Nadine Brown – 27:30
  • Marie Yates – 29:30
  • Sue Navin – 29:30
  • Gemma Wright (and daughter, Libby) – 33:06
  • Sylvia Warman – 35:38

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

  • Paul Beaumont – 26:31

Horspath parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 24:58 – 150th parkrun!

As well as volunteering and acting as occasional director at Cirencester parkrun, Phil has run over 67 parkruns across the UK, often after cycling many miles to the event! Congratulations Phil!

Witney parkrun

  • Liz Hulcup – 28:39

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening
  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Witnall by 5pm Sunday each week 

RSE Club Championship 2022 – Final Results

Here are the final results to this year’s RSE club championship. Well done to all have raced this year, it’s been brilliant to see so many yellow vests out there at so many races. A total of 20 Men and 34 Ladies have taken part in club races in 2022.

Endurance Expert Category:

This category included races with distances starting at 7 ish miles at Stroud Beer race to Marathon distance. 5 out of 8 races needed to be completed to qualify. It was a close battle for both the ladies and the men’s competition.

Endurance Expert Ladies Top 3:

  1. Elaine Chapman (43 points)
  2. Eleanor Witnall (41 points)
  3. Sarah Page (30 points)

Endurance Expert Men’s Top 3:

  1. Mark Garrett (48 points, won on head to head)
  2. David Witnall (48 points)
  3. Phil Southworth (42 points)

Short Stuff Specialist Category:

This category included races with distances starting at 1 mile to 10km distance. Again, 5 out of 8 races needed to be completed to qualify.

Short Stuff Specialist Ladies Top 3:

  1. Nia Glover (50 points)
  2. Eleanor Witnall (42 points)
  3. Elaine Chapman (37 points)

Short Stuff Specialist Men’s Top 3:

  1. David Witnall (50 points)
  2. Mark Garrett (47 points)
  3. Phil Southworth (35 points)

Overall Championship Results:

To qualify for the overall championship, 4 races from each category needed to be completed. Sadly this year, only 2 ladies qualified, and no masters trophies will be handed out either.

RSE Overall Ladies Club Championship Top 2:

  1. Eleanor Witnall (70 points)
  2. Elaine Chapman (65 point)

RSE Overall Men’s Club Championship Top 3:

  1. David Witnall (79 points)
  2. Mark Garrett (77 points)
  3. Phil Southworth (64 points)

Congratulations to Dave and Ellie, our 2022 RSE Club Champions – who are also the first married couple to both win!

The updated spreadsheet with all results is now on this website, under the championship section. We will be announcing the 2023 races soon. Any questions or queries speak to your club captains, Elaine Chapman and David Witnall.

Happy running all, well done for all who have taken part in our club races and bring on 2023!

RSE Club Report – Home and Away!

Cotswold Waterpark 10k

This new race in the heart of the Cotswold Water Park is all in aid of the Cotswold Lakes Trust, a charity dedicated to the conservation and enhancement of the Cotswold Water Park. The course takes place at Cleveland Lakes Nature Reserve in Ashton Keynes, and is described as ‘flat as a pancake’, making it ideal for beginners and PB seekers.

  • Ollie Hazel – 44:16 – 2nd MV40!
  • Jess James – 54:51
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 58:10
  • Louise Hayes – 1:05:17
  • Sylvia Warman – 1:10:30 – New PB!

It was a lovely sunny morning for a run around the lake 😊

Louise Hayes

Lush sunny morning with Shouty Dave from DB Max screaming at us to keep us running!

Zoe Markham-Lee

Excellent running everyone!

Eindhoven Half Marathon

The ASML Marathon Eindhoven is a 2-day event in the province of North Brabant, featuring both a marathon and half marathon for runners to take part in. The races incorporate the famous highlights of the city, including the Markt, Catharinaplein, Stratumseind and Geldropseweg. With a flat and wide course, the half marathon is a popular choice, and the race boasts great support from spectators.

Taking part for RSE was Phil Southworth, who completed the half marathon course in a brilliant time of 2:03:52!


Hanley parkrun

  • Sue Navin – 31:07

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:05
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:30
  • Anne Gardiner – 26:50
  • Cathy Steer – 29:04
  • Maria Yates – 29:10
  • Linda Edwards – 29:28
  • Caroline Joynes-Creed – 31:29
  • Kevin Joynes-Creed – 32:02

Witney parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:43

Hogmoor Inclosure parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 27:36
  • Felicity Crotty – 36:42

Karpendonkse Plas parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 25:26

Save the Date!

Other dates to add to your diary:

  • Wednesday 9th November, 8pm: Ice Ultra Talk / Q&A Session with Sampo
  • Saturday 28th January 2023: Annual RSE Awards evening

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Witnall by 5pm Sunday each week 

RSE Club Report – It’s a parkrun kind of week!

Cheltenham parkrun

  • Paul Beaumont – 23:46

Queen Elizabeth parkrun

  • Darren Jenner – 25:58
  • Felicity Crotty – 35:06

Cirencester parkrun

  • Daniel Drayton – 23:52
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:18
  • Ben Chapman – 25:37
  • Richard Edwards – 26:46
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 31:32

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 31:32

A huge well done to everyone who ran a parkrun this week!

parkrun Cup!

Something is returning and it is called the 🥁🥁………….RSE Parkrun cup!

This is a competition that puts everyone at all abilities on an even playing field. It’s for all runners, from beginners to the experienced – any pace, any level. Everyone who enters will be drawn 1 on 1 against an opponent, but those with faster previous parkrun times will receive a handicap.

For example –

  • Coach Dave’s Cirencester parkrun PB is 19 mins
  • Ellie Taylor’s is 24 mins

If they were drawn against each other, Dave would need to beat Ellie’s time by more than 5 mins on the day to be able to progress to the next round.

The competition will start on the 11th June with round 1 – that gives only 2 more weeks to set your Cirencester parkrun time!

The final will be in September – you have until June to set your starting time!

For the rules/ guidelines for the competition, or if you would like to enter please message David Witnall.

If you would like a run or race included in the club report, don’t forget to message Ellie Taylor by 5pm Sunday each week