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RSE Club Report – Berkeley Bedtime Reading!

Berkeley 10k

With the Coronation celebrations (and springtime weather) over, RSE’s runners took to the quiet country roads of Berkeley for the village’s popular 10k race. Hosted by Dursley running club, the afternoon featured several kids races for a special Coronation Celebration festival. The 10k also featured in the Gloucestershire Country Championships as well as RSE’s very own championship! It was a wet but well supported run for our club runners.


  • Mark Garrett – 42:05 – Bronze Glos. AAA MV50!
  • Ben Chapman –  46:31
  • Elliot Gardiner – 46:51
  • Mick Bagot – 46:53
  • Dylan Boreham – 48:40
  • Sharon Smith – 48:40 – 1st LV70!
  • Darren Jenner – 49:20
  • Alan Powderhill – 49:33
  • Paul Robertson – 49:33
  • Anne Gardiner – 50:27 – 3rd LV60 + Silver Glos. AAA LV60!
  • Steve Sandercock – 50:29
  • Zoe Markham-Lee – 51:44New PB by 5 mins + Silver Glos. AAA LV40!
  • Nadine Brown – 53:32 – Bronze Glos. AAA FV35!
  • Kirsty Pitts – 54:26 – Silver Glos. AAA LV50!
  • Liz Hulcup – 56:58 – Silver Glos. AAA LV70!
  • Felicity Crotty – 1:06:39
Similar course to parts of the Fission 20 mile race but (thankfully) just the x2 5K laps starting and finishing at the old Berkeley power station. Still feeling tired from the London marathon so for my first race since I’m quite pleased with the pace. Good RSE turnout, runners and supporters, considering the rain! 🌧️ First race I’ve done where you get a beer instead of a medal! 🍺 I’m still not sure how I feel about that! 😅
Elliot Gardiner


Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester

  • Darren Jenner – 25:34
  • Linda Edwards – 31:35
  • Felicity Crotty – 32:07

Chippenham parkrun

  • Vicki Mason – 30:15

Cirencester parkrun

  •  Jon Campbell – 22:54
  • Phil Southworth – 26:45
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 35:01
  • Jo Wood – 35:10
  • Paul Robertson – 35:13

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k
  • Wednesday 21st June: RSE’s AGM – full details to follow soon!

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 – A Long Run for a Long Weekend!

Pewsey Downs Around

Hosted by the Long Distance Walking Association, this event provides walkers and runners with a stunning via footpaths and bridleways with beautiful views across the Vale of Pewsey and Marlborough Downs. Entrants navigate themselves past many famous sites, including Avebury Stone Circle, Silbury Hill and the Wansdyke, on the 25 mile trek.

A huge well done to Lesley Hinsley, who completed the course in the first of 2 ultra runs within a week. Lesley finished the course in a brilliant 8 hours.

Yearly event organised by LDWA, starting at Pewsey Scout hut, going via white horse, Avebury, Malborough downs and round to Pewsey. 3100 ft of elevation. Ran/walked with a friend for 1st 14 miles. [I was then] on my own for the next 13 miles where watch, including sat nav, ran out of battery. Met 'Mike' who was on his first ever ultra, but he had Sat Nav. We ran together helping each other the rest of the way.
Lesley Hinsley

Isle of Wight Ultra

Because 35 miles is not enough for some, Lesley Hinsley took on the Isle of Wight Ultra, a 53km (33 mile) ultra from Chale to Cowes. Around 2,000 participants took on the run across the Island’s stunning coastal path, which has full support and hospitality along the way.

Congratulations to Lesley who completed the course in 6hours 41 minutes!

[This was my] 1st Ultra on my own - running 53km halfway around the IOW. Starting from Chale along the coast at Tennyson Down, along the trails and coastal path via the Needles, Yarmouth, Newtown, finishing in Northwood at the County ground. Fantastically organised event with Prosecco and meal at the end. Beautiful scenic views, lots of hills and very muddy trails. Lovely event.
Lesley Hinsley

Beyond the Ultimate Highland Ultra

RSE’s Andy Sampson also completed a multi-day ultra this weekend, crossing over 125km – the Beyond the Ultimate Highland Ultra!

Congratulations to Sampo, and hopefully we will get an update from him when he’s recovered!


Richmond parkrun

  • Steve Sandercock – 25:29

Cirencester parkrun

  • Jon Campbell – 22:06
  • Ben Chapman – 23:48
  • William Cobbett – 26:28
  • Liz Hulcup – 27:55 – 1st LV70!
  • Anne-Marie Davies – 29:31
  • Sue Navin – 29:52
  • Cheri Edwards – 29:54
  • Paul Robertson – 32:47
  • Sylvia Warman – 34:30
  • Kathryn Cowdall – 36:03
  • Elaine Chapman – 51:50

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 30:46

Central parkrun, Plymouth

  • Darren Jenner – 26:13
  • Felicity Crotty – 33:24

Save the Date!

Dates to add to your diary:

  • Sunday 11th June 2023: Fairford 10k

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 – London Calling!

The London Marathon

The London Marathon is one of the biggest events in the running calendar, with over 50,000 runners taking part in the 2023 event. The race is so popular that runners can go years without a successful ballot place (I know I’ve tried!), and for good reason – the course is unmatched for its atmosphere, entertainment and historical landmarks. The route has remained largely unchanged since its inaugural event in 1981, passing the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, Tower of London, London Eye, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

  • Sarah Hancock – 4:06:30
  • Sarah Page – 4:09:45 – New PB!
  • Darren Jenner – 4:10:31 – New PB!
  • Elliot Gardiner – 4:15:05 – First marathon!
  • Sandie Wood – 5:30:26
Congratulations to all of the runners who took part, and to the fantastic RSE support team!
This was my first proper marathon race, although I previously ran the virtual London marathon last year in a time of 4:38, so this was almost a 28 minute PB! I had hoped the weather would be dry but the weather was not kind and it rained for more than half the race. Felt good up to 20 miles but the started struggling with sore feet and cramp from then on. Couldn't believe how many people there were watching, although I never saw any of my supporters!!
Darren Jenner
With all the extensive training it felt like a long time coming but it definitely didn’t disappoint! Absolutely amazing atmosphere which definitely helped to keep me going! Not the time I was hoping for but still pleased with my overall pacing and as it was my first marathon it was still a PB! 😅 Great motivational support from RSE and from all my friends & family that travelled down to catch a glimpse of me! Shame I didn’t hear them shouting along embankment! 😂 Maybe I’ll try another one next year….🤔 I also managed to smash my fundraising target for KRUK which was an added bonus! Thanks to all who donated 😊
Elliot Gardiner
So happy to get a PB at London! Crowds were fantastic, lots of noise and support despite the drizzle. The drums in the underpasses definitely made you run a bit quicker! So well organised and lots of helpful marshalls. Massive thanks to the RSE supporters who were there as well as some of my London based family! I would just like to thank all the RSE members for all their supportive messages and to those who have helped me complete some cold rainy training runs!
Sarah Page

Corsham 10k

A fairly challenging course with multiple inclines. Super chuffed with the pace, helped out by fellow running pals.
Leah Brown

The Corsham 10k is now in its 40th year, hosted by Corsham Running Club with proceeds going towards local charities. The course starts at Corsham Football Club before heading out towards the edge of town, and climbing up Park Lane. Runners are then taken along country lanes to Neston before heading (mainly) downhill back to the football club.

A huge well done to RSE’s Leah Brown who completed the course in a brilliant time of 50:25.


Swansea Bay parkrun

  • Sylvia Warman – 33:01

Cirencester parkrun

  • Ben Chapman – 23:39
  • Daniel Drayton – 23:42
  • Phil Newman – 24:50
  • Steve Sandercock – 25:43
  • Jon Campbell – 27:42
  • Maria Yates – 32:26
  • Elaine Chapman – 49:43

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

  • Sharon Smith – 26:37

Seven Fields parkrun

  • Taryn Hancock – 31:44

Chalkwell Beach parkrun

  • Phil Southworth – 25:40

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 – ‘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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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