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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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Race Report 22nd August 2016

Simon Barker ran his first half marathon this weekend, “The Cheddar Gorge Challenge” organised by Relish Running.  He reports that this was a tough multi-terrain course incorporating two ascents of Beacon Batch, the highest point in the Mendip Hills at 325m.  He finished 1st in the Male V50 category, coming 33rd out of 113 finishers in a time of 2:20:37.

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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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Race Report 27 June 2016

Race to the King
John with his Race to the King medal

John Featherstone completed the ‘Race to the King’ Ultra Marathon this weekend. The South Downs Double Marathon (53.5 miles) started near Arundel, West Sussex with the route taking in the South Downs National Park before finishing on the steps of Winchester Cathedral. John commented that “It’s a fantastic event with a bit of everything. (I) didn’t realise the South Downs were so hilly. Some boggy jogging, a flinty sprint or two, but mostly a chalky walk.”

Chris Barber and Emily Trenwith both travelled to Wales, competing in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Barber finished in 2:07:26 (PB) and Trenwith, having little training since sustaining injury following Cardiff Half, in a respectable 2:40:47.

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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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Tewkesbury Half Marathon 2016

Tewkesbury Half Marathon
Tewkesbury Half Marathon. Photo credit Gloucester Echo.

Several Newent runners took part in the Tewkesbury Half on 15th May.  Clive Jones was quoted by the Gloucester Citizen:

Newent-based Clive Jones was keen to support the event by running in it.

The experienced athlete and member of Newent Runners, who has completed many marathons and half marathons in the last 30 years, said: “It’s about supporting local clubs and enjoying the locality. It’s perfect conditions, though some may have to take it a bit easier in the heat.”

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You can see the Citizen’s video of the start below.  Andrew Callard was the first Newent Runner in, with a time of 1.35.40 – click here for the full results.

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Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships 2016

WHM Cardiff 2016This race had a top turnout of  22 Newent Runners, including some first time half marathon runners, in very unpleasant weather conditions due to Storm Katie – torrential rain, hailstones and strong winds.

Our first member home was John Featherstone in 1:35:07, followed closely by Andrew Callard in 1:37.45 and Grant Smith in 1:43.19.  The first lady was Ruth Mowday in 1:50.39 followed by Meg Veale in 1:56.37(PB) and Nicola Hill in 1:58:49(PB).  Our full results were:

  • WHM Cardiff 2016Adrian Fishpool 1:46:54
  • Ruth Hayden-Cox 1:53:56 (First timer)
  • Sara Carter 2:00:02(PB)
  • Karen Johnson 2:00:48(PB)
  • Jonathan Miles 2:03:09
  • Richard Carter 2:03:39
  • Becky Musgrove 2:08:16 (First timer)
  • Andy Chambers 2:08:46
  • Helen Kelly 2:15:36(PB)
  • Yvonne Featherstone 2:20:44 (First timer)
  • Mandy Whittington 2:25:11(PB)
  • Clive Jones 2:30:17
  • Emily Trenwith 2:32:24 (First timer)
  • Carey Russell 2:39:07
  • Kerry Cawkwell 2:39:47
  • Bridie Dudfield 2:39:47

Kerry and Bridie were both injured before the event but were determined to finish.

Micaela Swan, Andrew Lloyd, Adele Mitchell, Philip Rowe, Chris and Liza Barber, Emily Burgess, Simon Barker and Frances Evans took part in the annual Dymock Poets Path Potter I and II-with options to complete 8, 10 and 16 miles.

The event is a combination of running and/or walking interspersed with poetry readings organised by Ed and Phil Active.  On Bank Holiday Monday, Chris Barber completed the ‘Cheer 5’, a multi-terrain 5.5 mile race at Cob House, Wichenford, Worcestershire, in 52:21.


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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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Great Birmingham Run & Eastnor Mudrunner 2015

Newent Runners coach Matthew Cole completed the Morrisons Great Birmingham Run Half Marathon in 1:39:50.

Sara Carter completed the Mudrunner Classic of around seven tough miles at Eastnor Castle, Ledbury in 1:33:01, coming sixth in her (F40) category.