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Newent Runners at Newport and Beyond

Several car loads of Newent Runners made the trip along the A449 to Newport on 29th April targeting the 10k and marathon distances. Ruth Hayden Cox, Yvonne Featherstone and Emily Trenwith were all attempting their first ever twenty six miler.

Newent Runners at Newport

Ruth came home with the highly creditable time of 3 hours 28 minutes. Yvonne recorded 5 hours 18 minutes, and Emily finished with a time of 5 hours 43. You did it ! This correspondent is bursting with pride as he types.

Andrew Callard recorded a personal best time of 3 hours 22 minutes, good enough for 5th place in his age category. Julie Willis crossed the line in 4 hours and 3 minutes. This was Julie’s first marathon in 23 years, and she also recorded a personal best ! Duncan Cresswell recorded 4.27, and honorary Newent Runner for the day, Steve Allen recorded a 3.38. Another person with close links to Team Tango, Phillip Howells, completed his 26 miles in a time of 5 hours 11 minutes. Thanks for supporting our Friday night quiz Phillip.

There were a host of personal bests in the 10k event. Take a bow Jo White, only two weeks into a running comeback, and coming in with a time of 58.24, smashing her previous best. Caz Brown also beat her previous best, recording a 51.35.

New member Howard Lowe beat his previous best for 5k on his way to 10k best of 52.37. Emma Blewitt and Helen Knowles crossed the line together, recording 1 hour and 6 minutes, a PB for both, and they bettered their 5k times on the way too!

Dermot Kelly also ran a personal best time, coming home in 1 hour 4 minutes. Karen Apted was delighted to join the personal best club, with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes.

First Newent Runner home, in the rapid time of 46.13, was Adrian Fishpool, good enough for 256th overall.

Other Newent Runners home were, Ave Kotze with 52.32. Lynn Latham in 1 hour 4 minutes, closely followed by Helen Kelly. Katie Cook and Carol loade came across the line together in 1 hour 16 minutes. Katie overcoming a losing battle with an errant sports bra, which Carol was able to help out with.

Friends of the club, Howard Harvey and Tadas Kursonis recorded the excellent times of 45.21 and 43.22 respectively. Another honorary member, Ana Marta Santos came home in 59 minutes.

Most importantly on the day, and in honour of one of our members Mandy Whittington, who sadly, and unexpectedly passed away in the new year, the club managed to raise, through Just Giving, over twelve hundred pounds for the mental health charity MIND.  [Webmaster note – donations can still be made at this link – thank you to all who have donated!]

Away from Newport, Sally Taylor took part in the Whitebrook Windup, a muddy 10k race which included a two mile climb. James Griffiths was at the same event, taking part in the half marathon event, unfortunately, at the time of going to press, the results are not yet available.

Also venturing off road, at the Brockhampton Beast 10k, was Simon Barker. Simon negotiated the hilly and muddy course (just the way he likes it) in 50.33. This put him in 11th place overall and won him a bottle of beer as the best finisher in the V60 category.

At the Newent Parkrun, the reins were in the hands of Adele Mitchell and Russ Dyer. Team Tango volunteers were much in evidence, saving themselves for the Sunday heroics. I think that worked out well guys! Take a bow, Simon Barker, Duncan Creswell, Chris and Liza Barber, Adrian Dover, Jo White, Emily Trenwith, Jon Miles, Ruth HC and Vonn Featherstone.

New member David Sanderson has recorded a string of PB’s at recent Newent Parkruns, but was unable to match it this week. However 22.44 is a time many of us would be over the moon with. Well done.

The Friday night quiz was one of the club’s most successful social events, especially because we managed to raise £238 toward our target of a thousand pounds to the charity MIND, which meant so much to our dear departed Mandy. The social committee is keen to repeat the experience. Fifty pounds was also donated to our hosts for the evening, Newent Scout Group.

On a personal note, I would just like to thank everyone who went to Newport today, for the offers of help as Liza and I experienced car trouble on the slip road off the M4, on the way to the Park and Ride. Thanks for the sympathetic messages also. It makes me proud to be part of quite a special community. We carried on up the road, had a coffee at the services, and then drove home, where we did an off road 4 mile run, my favourite Stallion Hill course. It was disappointing as I was looking to do a 10k PB, and I think Liza had one in her locker today as well. Still , there will be other events. I now look forward to the Stroud Trail Half, and Swansea. Thanks again and thanks for the continued positive feedback on the reports.

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Race Report 31st July 2016

Phil Rowe finished 6th in the off road ‘Kings Stanley Sizzler Handicap 10K Race’ on 16 July, in 49.45.

Susan Pritt took part in the Very Long Bath Half on 24 July; this 26km race is part of the Bath Running Festival. She finished 5th in her category 50-59 in 3.28.28, knocking an impressive 26 minutes off last years’ time.

Frances Evans completed her second ultra event, ‘The Cotswold 24 Hour Race’ at Cirencester Park, on the same weekend. She came 15th in her category, completing 99K (61.5 miles) in 19.48.24. Both 0-5K Graduates enjoy running longer distances and Frances is looking forward to her next event, the Atlantic Coast Challenge on 7 October.

Seventeen club members competed in this weeks ‘Blaisdon 10K’ organised by FODAC on 26 July, with many gaining PB’s. Andrew Lloyd was first male home in 47.28 with Micaela Swan first lady in 51.20 (PB). Other results: Phil Rowe 47.37, Chloe Barnes 53.16 (PB), Karen Johnson 54.49, Yvonne Featherstone 58.49 (PB), Chris Barber 59.45, Rebecca Musgrove 59.59, Joanne White 1.02.07, Liza Barber 1.02.08, Teddy Barnes 1.03.03, Jill Barker 1.05.57, Claire Price 1.07.30, Susan Baggett 1.08.08, Karen Apted 1.09.15, Sally Taylor 1.09.16, Emily Trenwith 1.10.13.

Emma Poole competed in the Wye Valley 10K on 27 July finishing 1st in her V50 category with a PB of 49.39.

Back row from L-R Susan Baggett, Teddy Barnes, Emily Trenwith, Jill Barker, Liza Barber, Chloe Barnes, Karen Johnson, Claire Price, Karen Apsted, Sally Taylor, Chris Barber, Rebecca Musgrove, Phil Rowe. Front row (kneeling) L-R Micaela Swan, Yvonne Featherstone.
Back row from L-R Susan Baggett, Teddy Barnes, Emily Trenwith, Jill Barker, Liza Barber, Chloe Barnes, Karen Johnson, Claire Price, Karen Apsted, Sally Taylor, Chris Barber, Rebecca Musgrove, Phil Rowe. Front row (kneeling) L-R Micaela Swan, Yvonne Featherstone.
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Race Report 4 July 2016

Bham Blk Country HM 2016On Saturday three Club members completed the Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon. The race started from the Canal Docks in Wolverhampton and following a variety of terrain, including canal towpaths and locks, finished in Birmingham City Centre. First home was Liza Barber (FV40), who took 8 minutes off last year’s time, finishing in 2.27.52 (PB) followed by Chris Barber (V50) in 2.28.40 and Sally Taylor (FV60) whose time was unavailable at the time of print.

Four Club runners completed the Hereford Sprint Triathlon on Sunday with Jonathan Miles (MV) finishing a few minutes faster than last year, despite taking a wrong turn, in 1.11.47 followed by Julie Willis (FSV) in 1.13.57, Helen Kelly (FV ) 1.21.28 (1 minute improvement) and Yvonne Featherstone (FV) who knocked an impressive 8 minutes off last year in 1.25.04.Hereford Tri 2016

Susan Pritt completed the Malvern View 10K, which began and ended in Colwell, taking in impressive views of the Malvern Hills in 56.55.

Mark Cryer, who has a penchant for Ultra events, spent the weekend on the Isle of Wight, taking part in the 70 mile 2 day ”Round the Island 2016” event (part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series) starting in Cowes and following the island coastal path.

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Cheltenham Challenge & The Original Maverick Gloucestershire Trail Race 2016

Pauline at the Cheltenham Challenge
Pauline at the Cheltenham Challenge

Four members took part in this year’s Cheltenham Challenge, a multi terrain race taking in part of the Cotswolds.  In the Half Marathon distance, which reaches the highest point of the Cotswolds, Philip Rowe was first member home in 2:02:48 with Micaela Swan (first time at this distance) and Andrew Lloyd finishing together in 2:22:50.  Pauline Frape, recovering from illness, finished her first competitive 10K distance in 1:16:54.

Off road aficionado Chris Barber competed in The Original Maverick Gloucestershire trail race, describing it as “lumpy and muddy” whilst thoroughly enjoying the experience, finished the middle route (17Km) in 2:12:23.

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Race Report 11th July 2016

Gloucester 10kTen members competed in this year’s Gloucester 10K with John Featherstone first home in 44.34 followed by Henry Willis in 47.52. First lady was Micaela Swan in 51.37 with Susan Pritt coming second in her category (F55-64) in 57.44. Other results: Phil Rowe 48.23; Andrew Lloyd 51.37; Chloe Barnes 54.15; Yvonne Featherstone 1.00.24; Lisa Mansfield 1.00.45; Adele Mitchell 1.00.48.
Ruth Hayden-Cox and Becky Musgrove travelled to the capital to take part in the Vitality British 10K London Run, finishing in 49.22 and 59.35 respectively.

David Jones completed his 250th parkrun at Porthcawl this weekend (Newent parkrun being his home parkrun), an impressive achievement!

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Beat the Bore 2016, Palma de Mallorca & Rome

Beat the Bore
Beat the Bore. Photo Credit Gloucester Citizen.

The Cotswold Allrunners ‘Beat the Bore’ challenge was taken up by Andrew Callard, Adrian Fishpool and Simon Barker this weekend, involving running against the tidal wave along the River Severn.

Andrew was first to finish, and all three managed to Beat the 4* Bore, full results are available here.

Newent Runners also went international, with David and Heather Jones running in a 10K as part of the Ladies Marathon Festival in Palma de Mallorca.  David finished in 48:52 and Heather in 1:11:58 – sadly this was David’s last race as he has to retire from running.  He said of this weekend: “It was a great end to many happy runs over the years.”  Many thanks for all you’ve done for the club over the years David, it’s greatly appreciated and I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll see of you!

The Gloucester Citizen quoted:

David is well respected, and is held with great affection by many who have been coached by him and inspired by his enjoyment of the sport.

Adele Mitchell and Philip Rowe also ran a 5K event in Rome, to complete our international adventures!

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Jurassic Coast Challenge, Forest of Dean Half Marathon & Pendock Spring Chicken Run 2016

This weekend Mark Cryer completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge – a challenging and hilly ultra-trail run of three marathons in three consecutive days starting at Charmouth and ending at Shell Bay, Studland, via Portland Ferry and Lulworth Cove.

Five club members took part in the Forest of Dean Spring Trail Half Marathon with Andrew Callard first member home in 1:37:39, followed by Philip Rowe in 1:42:31 (PB) and first lady Julie Willis in 1:50:08.  Adele Mitchell and Heather Roberts followed in 2:08:29 and 2:10:22 respectively.

Seven club members took part in the Pendock Spring Chicken Run 10K with Simon Barker coming home in 47:11, followed by Adrian Fishpool in 49.10.

Other results: Helen Kelly 1:01:41, Yvonne Featherstone 1:04:39 (and won the Easter Egg in the raffle), Susan Baggett 1:08:51, Jill Barker 1:08:56, Claire Price 1:09:28.  Lisa Mansfield finished the 5K Run in 30:41.

Text courtesy of Gloucester Citizen.

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FODAC Christmas Tree Race & Myositis Festive 10K 2016

FODAC Christmas Tree Race
FODAC Christmas Tree Race. Photo credit Gloucester Citizen.

In the run up to Christmas 13 Newent Runners participated in the annual FODAC Christmas Tree Race held at Ellwood, near Coleford.

The Gloucester Citizen stated:

It was a hilly, muddy and thoroughly enjoyable Sunday morning.

I’m not quite so sure about that last bit!  James Griffiths was our first member home in 47.25, other results:

  • Andrew Callard 50.45
  • John Featherstone 51.47
  • Micaela Swan 56.51
  • Russ Dyer 61.44
  • Chris Barber 63.40
  • Karen Johnson 69.59
  • Sara Carter 66.56
  • Yvonne Featherstone 71.14
  • Claire Price 74.55
  • Emily Trenwith 76.36
  • Susan Baggett 77.55

Lynn Latham represented us in the Canicross race, finishing in 1.16.49.

 Elsewhere, Emma Poole ran the Myositis Festive 10K in Evesham, coming third in her age category in 52.58.
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Newent 9, Rogue Runs & Shakespeare Raceway 2015

Newent Runners had a busy week with several members competing in events and hosting the inaugural ‘Newent 9’ road race on Sunday.

The weather was kind, much to the relief of the marshals, and six members were able to take part.  Henry Willis won the M19 category with a 42.20 time, followed by Andrew Callard, second in his MV50 category, in 42.49.  Adrian Fishpool (44.30), Adele Mitchell (54.47), Jane Mulford (58.05) and Lisa Mansfield (1.03.28) also put in good times.

Eleven members braved the elements on Thursday night at the Rogue Run Moseley Green Night Race.  James Griffiths was first member home in 47.47 followed by Megan James in 55.31.  Other results: Andy Chambers (56.19), Sarah Carter (58.03), Micaela Swan (1.10.39), Lynn Latham and Helen Kelly (1.10.40), Kerry Cawkwell (1.10.41), Emily Trenwith (1.14.03), Claire Price (1.14.14) and Susan Baggett (1.14.24).

On Saturday, two members travelled to Long Marston airfield.  David Jones completed the Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon in an impressive 1.39.19, winning the MV60 category, and Carey Russell finished the 10K event in 1.09.25.

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Great Highnam Court Run, Newent Triathlon & Two Tunnels 2015

NRs at the Highnam Court 10k 2015Newent Runners came out in force this week to take part in the inaugural the Great Highnam Court Run.

Both the female and male team categories won the 10k event, with Adrian Fishpool coming home first in fifth place with a time of 45:25.  Other results were: Phil Rowe 47:45, Russ Dyer 53:22, Chris Barber 54:48, Karen Johnson 59:32, Liza Barber 1:01:34,Lynn Latham 1:02:56, Lisa Mansfield 1:03:55, Susan Baggett 1:06:09, Emily Trenwith 1:07:35, Claire Price 1:13:27 (PB), Sally Taylor 1:17:54, Heather Jones 1:17:55, Deborah Bird 1:19:57, Angela Maile 1:20:16.

Kerry Cawkwell and Hazel Cutting, who was competing in her first race, represented the club in the 5K finishing in 44:17 and 44:18 respectively.  A special mention needs to be made for a star of the future, Owen Fishpool, (Adrian Fishpool’s teenage son), who finished the 5K in 2nd place in an impressive 20:32.

Newent Triathlon took place on Sunday and was well represented by the Club as competitors and support Marshals.  Times were not available at the time of publication, however, Henry Willis finished in 3rd place overall and was first in his category m19.  Peter Cox and Julie Willis were both 2nd in their categories of m60 and f50 respectively, followed by Steve Hurley who was 4th in his category m50.

Other competitors were Angela Sonn, who was competing in her first triathlon finished in seventh place, Russ Dyer, Helen Kelly, Jonathan Miles, Andrew Callard, Yvonne Featherstone and Cath Jones.

Susan Pritt took on the tough Two Tunnels Marathon in Bath finishing in four hours 32 minutes, her first event at this distance.