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Macca Sees the Sights

Macca Sees the SightsStephen Mcateer was Newent Runners sole representative in this years Virgin London marathon. An elite level, age related triathlete, Steve is not a regular marathon entrant, but had trained hard, including a twenty mile run through the recent snow and prepared well. Despite the heat on the day, Steve turned in an impressive performance with a finishing time of 3.48.23.

Post race celebrations, in the capital, were enjoyed in the company of fellow Newent Runner and regular training partner, John Featherstone, who had to defer his entry for a year, owing to a stress fracture in his femur.

Saturday’s Newent parkrun was bathed in sunshine, for the second week running ! Rob Rideout was again at the helm as race director, aided by the following volunteers from Team Tango. Helen Kelly, Adrian Dover, Andrew Callard, Lynn Latham and John Featherstone. Henry Willis, Andrew Callard and James Griffiths achieved top ten finishes, closely followed by Ruth Hayden Cox in eleventh place and first female runner home. There were no NR PB’s.

The Sunday Social was again well attended, a hilly route was tackled, and everyone is now raring to tackle the various distances at Newport next Sunday.

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Steve Struggles Home

Steve Howe was Newent Runners only participant in the Manchester marathon. Despite a good start and seeming to be heading for a target time, Steve got into difficulties at the halfway point. Showing great determination he carried on to finish the event with a time just a little over five hours.

Duncan Creswell and Yvonne Featherstone took part in the Stafford half marathon. Duncan finished in 1500th position, with a time of 2:09:06, Yvonne came in with a time of 2:17:23 for 1790th place. The event had a field of over 2300 runners.

The sun finally made an appearance at Newent Parkrun, which helped dry out the course from its recent quagmire state. Although there no PB’s this week, the first thirty across the finishing line were all under twenty six minutes. Luke Delaney was the only team tango member to get into the top ten, finishing seventh. Several Newent Runners swelled the volunteer ranks namely, Yvonne Featherstone, Chris and Liza Barber, Adrian “The Midwife” Dover, Claire Price, Annie Bennion, Katie Cook, Helen Knowles and Emma Blewitt.

Clive Jones led a shortened Sunday Social road run this week. A notable absentee was your scribe, who had over enthusiastically celebrated Wolverhampton Wanderers return to the premier league. Road to hell, good intentions and all that. Fifteen people did get out. Clive himself, Liza Barber, Lisa Mansfield, Maggie Pettit, Sharon Smith, Teddy Barnes, Carol Loade, Karen Apted, Michelle Sterry, Emily Trenwith, Claire Price, birthday girl Karen Johnson (welcome back Karen ) Russ Dyer, Katie Cook, Kerry Cawkwell and Jill Barker.

On a serious note, there was an accident on the run. Maggie Pettit was unfortunate to be in collision with a cyclist and has a very swollen knee, we all wish Maggie a speedy recovery.
There is a mounting list of injury issues, some are still managing to run (even though they perhaps know they shouldn’t) and some are laid up. Here’s hoping that our chairman Jon Miles recovers from his Achilles problem, and the unlucky John Featherstone, who has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the femur. Take it easy guys.

Don’t forget training on Wednesday night, which will be taken by Russ and Claire. Hope to see a few of you there.

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Newent Runners at Easter

It was a quiet Easter weekend for Newent Runners. Katie Cook, Carol Loade and Sharon Smith made the trip out to Westonbirt for the Easter 10k.

Katie came home with a PB for the distance, 1:08:40. Sharon was the next member of Team Tango home, recording a 1:13:57, followed by Carol who finished in 1:18:00.

Emily Trenwith took part in the Newport Riverfront Parkrun and recorded her best ever parkrun time, 29.45. It was the first time she has ever gone below thirty minutes.

Chris Barber was supposed to be doing The Hanham Horror off road 10k at Bristol, but car trouble put paid to those plans. Some personal bests were set in demolishing a pack of Hot Cross buns that day though.

Clive Jones led a Sunday Social, which was reasonably well attended. Yvonne Featherstone and Heather Roberts clocking up twenty miles in the morning.

Megan James, Andrew Callard, Emily Trenwith, Frances Evans, Karen Apted, Maggie Pettit, Lynn Latham, Emma Blewitt and Helen Knowles were the other attendees.

Newent Parkrun could best be described as soggy. I enjoyed it! Sixty Eight runners braved the damp and slippery ground. Matt Cole and Simon Barker achieved top ten places, with James Griffiths finishing close behind in eleventh.
Volunteer positions were filled by Karen Apted, Kerry Cawkwell, Adrian Dover, John Featherstone, Helen Knowles, Lynn Latham and Maggie Pettit.

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Back On Track

After recent races were put on hold, due to unseasonal and persistent snow, it was a busy weekend for Newent Runners.

In Dorset ultra marathon specialist, Frances Evans, took part in The Jurassic Coast Challenge, a three day event covering 100km. Despite changeable weather, heavy mud, and some remaining snow on the hills, of which there were plenty for Frances to negotiate, the challenge was completed with a run along the beach on the third and final day, for 57th place overall. Frances recommends ice cream as an aid to race fuelling on events such as these.
Second claim member, Angela Sonn, has had a very busy indoor track season. This weekend saw her competing in the Masters European championships in Madrid, representing Great Britain. Angela and her team mates came away with a bronze medal in the 4x200metre relay , womens 55 category.

Five Newent Runners made the short trip to Dymock, for the Poets Path Potter. This is an event for both runners and walkers which has a choice of three distances, eight miles, for path one, eight miles for path two, sixteen for both, or, if you’re feeling up to it, a full marathon distance with the Daffodil Way included.

Helen Kelly, Lynn Latham, Emily Trenwith, Liza Barber and Chris Barber, chose the single option of poets path one. Taken at a steady pace, and running together as a group, the five tackled heavy mud, deep puddles, a couple of long climbs and many stiles and kissing gates.

They were also able to take time out to admire the wild daffodils and new lambs. They also managed to fill the first five places on the path one event (should I mention we were the only ones ?)

The following day Chris Barber travelled to Cardiff, along with Carol Loade and Sharon Smith, to race in the Cardiff Bay 10k event. At last the sun shone ! Barber struggled through the last 3k, clearly still feeling yesterday’s exertions in his legs, finishing with a time of 55.45.

Sharon Smith achieved  and Carol came in with a 1.20.52.

James Griffiths, Adrian Fishpool, Luke Delaney and Duncan Creswell entered the Pendock 10k, a multi terrain event based around two laps of a circuit round the village. New member Luke achieved a top twenty placing, finishing 17th in a time of 45.22. Next home was James Griffiths in 50.54. Second claim member Adrian, representing Gloucester AC, came in with a time of 52.34 and Duncan Creswell ran home in an hour and eight seconds. Lisa ran the 5k event, and ran it well to finish in 32.01.

Andrew Callard ran the Gloucester 20 miler, finishing in with a time of 2.33.04.

At the Newent Parkrun, Ruth Hayden Cox ran to an eighth place finish, and first woman home. It was also a welcome return to running for two wanderers, club stalwart, Adrian Dover and our chairman Jonathan Miles.

Team Tango also supplied volunteers for the event, they were Emma Blewitt, Helen Knowles, John and Yvonne Featherstone, and Russell Dyer.

Simon Barker returned to his home county of Somerset for the Burnham and Highbridge Parkrun, where he achieved a PB time of 21.47. This was Simon’s first PB in three and a half years !

Despite the plethora of events, there was still time for a Sunday Social road run. Clive Jones led a Costa adventure, with a mixture of distances, up to 16.5 miles. Those taking part were Lynn Latham, Maggie Pettit, Yvonne Featherstone, Russ “Ferret Botherer” Dyer, Caz Brown, Emily Trenwith, Karen Apted, Helen Knowles and Emma Blewitt.

Just a reminder that bookings are now being taken for those people interested in the camping weekend in September.

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Snow Affected Weekend

The return of the beast from the east put paid to many race plans nationwide this weekend and Newent Runners were no exception. Entries into the Forest of Dean half marathon and the Stafford half, were postponed, disappointing several of Team Tango.

Social runs were also affected. The road run was cancelled and the trail run became a 4.5 mile dog walk. Thanks for coming out, Russ Dyer and Star, Leah Mcateer with Flossy and Yvonne Featherstone with Poppy.

One Newent Runner who was able to compete was Simon Barker. On Wednesday evening he travelled into Wales, to take part in the Blorenge Night Roundabout, a 9.5km fell race near Abergavenny.

Simon lined up alongside only 38 other competitors. He finished in 28th place, with a time of 1:07:48. This was good enough to take first prize in the V60 class, a well earned bottle of beer.

A cold wind howled across the school fields for Saturday’s Newent Parkrun. Little surprise that only 52 runners braved the start. Andrew Callard was the first Newent Runner home, in sixth place, closely followed by Ruth Hayden Cox, in seventh, who was also first female. There were no PB’s recorded, little wonder, given the conditions. Other Newent Runners taking part were, Emily Trenwith, Claire Price, Karen Apted, Helen Knowles, Emma Blewitt, Jo White, Lisa Mansfield, Chris Barber and Duncan Creswell.

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Club members also swelled the volunteer ranks. Russ Dyer, Yvonne Featherstone, Katie Cook, Lynn Latham, Maggie Pettit, Sally Taylor and Jo White.

Please remember that there is an EGM, after training this coming Wednesday 21st March, 7.30pm in the Sports Bar.

On Wednesday the 28th, the training night will take place at the Gloucester Athletic Club track, Black Bridge, Tuffley. Please try and attend, we have had nights there in the past and they were enjoyable, but we’ve not been there in a while. It’s an open night, so please, bring a friend along, who you think may be interested.

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Ruth’s Waterworld

Ruth Hayden Cox was Newent Runner’s only entrant in the Fission 20/20 event held at the power station at Berkeley.  This event has two races, one of 20kilometres distance, and one of 20 miles. The event was affected, though not spoiled, by heavy overnight rain, which caused a lot of localised flooding. Some entrants had to hitch a ride on a dray lorry to get to the start !

Ruth splashed her way around the 20 mile course in a time of 2 hours 45, very respectable, considering she was five minutes late to the start. Ruth assures me her lateness was due to flooding, not to her renowned wide tolerance band of what constitutes time. Another member, Emily Trenwith was there to give moral support, and to help marshal the race.




Second claim member, Angela Sonn, has been busy in masters indoor track events recently. This weekend saw her achieve a 200 metres PB ,and a second place in the British Championships, at the Lee Valley athletics centre in London. Angela also competes internationally for Great Britain.

Saturday saw the fifth birthday of Newent Parkrun. Newent Runners have close links with this event, both as competitors and as volunteers. Sixty Five runners turned up, many in superhero costumes, and there was plenty of cake to enjoy at the finish. Henry Willis and Andrew Callard claimed third and fourth places respectively.

The Sunday Social run, led by Clive Jones was another Costa special, a variety of distances were completed, the longest being 16 miles. Taking part were; Russ Dyer, John and Yvonne Featherstone, Katie Cook, Emily Trenwith, Carol Loade, Maggie Pettit, Teddy Barnes, Adrian Fishpool, Howard Lowe, Andrew Callard, Helen Knowles, Lynn Latham and Sharon Smith.

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July Sunday Social Runs

July is a good month to get some miles in for longer races in the autumn, so we are going to base our Sunday road runs at Costa for July.  We will aim for 8 am starts to get the miles in, but also loop back to collect others that will do at least 30 minutes less (there is the option to do/miss out more distance at the end of the run as well) and pick up shift 2 that start later at 8.30 am.

  • 9th July – 8 am starters 100 minutes, 8.30am crew 70min
  • 16th July – 120 minutes, 8.30 crew do 80 minutes
  • 23rd July – 8 am starters 140 minutes, 8.30am crew do 90 minutes
  • 30th July – 8 am starters 150 minutes, 8.30am crew do 100 minutes

The Costa route is flat to allow progression and adding on more distance for training for half marathons etc.  All sessions are non-coached but fab company! [Clive’s words 😉 ]

All abilities welcome, we will look after everyone.

Trail options will be posted once available.

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Sunday Social Runs Apr 2017

9th April – We are going to see Gwen and Vera and see what their daffs are like again. We follow Horsefair Lane to join the old canal route, all way down to head towards Dymock Woods, do a quick loop of the woods and back. Fields

16th April – We are joining the 5-10k group at Costa (St Oswald’s, Gloucester) for a 10k graduation run

23rd April – We are going for a 90 minute run at the Toby Carvery (Over roundabout) (fondly named the ‘Tony Christmas’ run -the famous 60’s singer…lol). We need to start this at 8am at the Toby.

30th April – Back to Newent for a local 100 minute run – back to 8.30am

All runs are non-coached, and meet at Newent Lake at 8.30 am unless stated otherwise.

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January Social Runs

Monday Shuffling

Led by Chris, meeting at 18:30 in Newent Community School car park.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session at a steady pace between 10 and 11 minute miles. There will be stopping points at the tops of hills, at gates and road junctions, to regroup.  Routes for the next few weeks are:

  • 9th Jan – Route – Watery Lane, Tythings, Bradfords Lane, Boulsdon Lane, concrete path to Moat farm.Right turn onto the path to Kents Green, then at the gatehouse, do a U turn and head back the way we came. Culver Street, Foley Road, Onslow Road, Gloucester Street, through the town, Watery Lane, then back to the school.  Please see Facebook for a more in depth explanation!
  • 16th Jan – Route 6 (Based on Newent nine)
  • 23rd Jan – Route 1 (off road, stallion hill, in reverse)
  • 30th Jan – Route 3 (the long one, 8 miles)
  • 6th Feb – The first shuffle for to the 5-10k group homework

The sessions for the 5-10k group are where I will appreciate help from other LIRF’s and previous 0-5k mentors, probably more than on a Wednesday evening.

Tuesday Trotters

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, usually led by Dave and/or Sally.

Training on Wednesday

Back on the Astroturf at Newent Community School, meeting at 18:10 for an 18:20 start.  Led by our Leaders in Running Fitness, £1 for members and £2 for non-members.  Please bring a drink and look on the Facebook group for any special runs/locations (road runs will require hi-viz and head torch).

From 1st February we will be running a 5-10k “intermediates” course on Wednesday nights – please see our Courses page for details.

Thirsty Thursdays

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, with rumours of meeting in Cobbler’s for a drink afterwards…

Parkrun Saturdays

Please support your local parkrun and come to walk, jog, run, or volunteer to support our runners.  A free, timed 5k event starting at 9:00 am at Newent Community School, with cake and chat afterwards.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated – please see the Newent Parkrun Facebook group.

Sunday Socials

2017 brings you two options for Sunday Socials – Classic or Trail!

Clive is back to lead the Classics!  Meeting every Sunday from 8th January, at 8:30 am at Newent lake for around 70 minutes of gentle jogging in a non coached session, routes often have options to do shorter distances if needed.   Everybody welcome. We will post runs for the first 3 months over the next week, and are planning for one run a month to go “on tour” to different places to keep it fresh – May hill, Robinswood, Cirencester etc. Details will be posted once we have them.

New for this year are Sunday Social Trail Runs, meeting at 8:30 am at Newent Community School.  Led by Chris, these will be social runs so a conversational pace – trail shoes, and drink are essential, there is likely to be mud!  Details of the runs will be posted on the Facebook group – Sunday 15th January will be a May Hill run, 8-9 miles on challenging terrain.

If you have any questions, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.  Please note that Wednesday is the only coached session. All other events are informal social runs (often led by a qualified leader, but not always) and, as such, you participate at your own risk.

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Sunday Socials November 2016

This month’s Sunday Social runs are as follows, all are uncoached runs, led by Mr Clive Jones unless indicated.

13th November:

Sunday Social this week is local from Newent lake for our non-coached session beginning at 8.30am.  Route is 2 loops of the lake, across the road, through the fields to hopyard lane, turn right onto Redmarley Road.  Then at the cross, turn left for Three Ashes Lane, Horsefair Lane, and back into Newent.  Then loop around towards the Arboretum on the grass, then Watery Lane via reverse parkrun route home.

Can anyone coming notify Clive on the group Facebook post please.

20th November:

It’s the Newent Nine! If anyone not already involved wants to turn out and cheer on our runners, I’m sure they’d really appreciate it. Jelly babies also appreciated too 😉

27th November:

We’re off to Cirencester to run with Mark Cryer, approximately a 10k route.

4th and 11th December:

Toby Xmas Run (or Tony if you prefer!) Dress up in your Christmas finery or to scare the locals, then breakfast at the Toby Carvery afterwards.  We’re doing two runs to cater for everyone’s needs and we will do the new Maisemoor route.  Will start these at 8am from the Toby Carvery at Over.

18th December:

Local run in and around Newent.