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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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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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Latest From Newent Runners

It is rare for Newent Runners to dip a toe into the world of Fell Races, but this weekend saw two members have a go. Simon Barker and James Griffiths took part in the Hatterall Hammer, one in a series of races in South Wales, organised by Hereford Couriers Running Club.  This event, though only a little over four miles in length, is tough. An out and back course, taking in over 1000 feet of climbing, with a breakneck descent to contend with on the way back, not to mention an earth Tremor ! Simon finished in 32nd place, and was runner up in his age category, recording a time of 37.40. Close behind him, in 40th position was James, coming in with a time of 39.07.

The club also has an Ultra Marathon specialist, Frances Evans. Frances excels in these events, and also enjoys Canicross races, with her dog, Charlie. Recently Frances took part in The Thames Trot, a fifty mile event along the Thames Path. Despite cold and sometimes wet weather Frances ran with her usual infectious smile and enthusiasm, finishing with a time of 10 hours 10 minutes and 32 seconds, for 139th position and 29th woman of 44.

At the latest Newent Parkrun, new member David Sanderson achieved a top ten finish, and a new PB time of 22.43. Luke Delaney also gained a new PB of 21.19, and a third place for his efforts.

Your correspondent’s efforts last week made a glaring omission, namely the Team Tango’ers who took part in the final event of The Rogue Run night race series, in Chepstow. My sincere apologies for that. Here are those who took part and their finishing places and times:
James Griffiths – 63rd – 47.25
Ruth Credland – 120th – 58.44
Howard Lowe – 122nd – 59.02
Maggie Pettit – 151st – 1.04.09
Jon Miles – 179th – 1.07.45
Russ Dyer – 180th – 1.07.45
Helen Knowles – 212th – 1.21.25
Emma Blewitt – 213th – 1.21.50
Emily Trenwith – 214th – 1.24.17
Katie Cook – 215th – 1.24.49

Editors Note: Apologies for the screen shot, the volunteer we enlisted “did a Clive” and took a video of us instead of a photo!

This weekend’s Sunday Social was the ever popular Costa run. It’s a road trip to The Costa at the site of the former Gloucester cattle market, St Oswalds Road. From there the route follows the new builds and the former site of Spartans Rugby Club, before following a set of paths to the Gloucester Docks, and then picking up the towpath of the Gloucester To Sharpness Canal. From there a choice of distances is taken up according to choice and training requirements. Then it’s back to The Costa for Coffee and cake. Today’s longest distance was 14 miles.  Those enjoying the social were; Helen and Dermot Kelly, Lisa and Mike Mansfield, Vikki Hughes and Tim, Jo White, Karen Apted, Vonn and John Featherstone, Russ Dyer, Steve McAteer, Mark Cryer, Helen Knowles, Emma Blewitt, Andrew Callard and Duncan Creswell. They were accompanied by four guests from Ledbury Harriers (I don’t know how they moved the piano!)

There were alternative Sunday Socials also. Taking a trip into the Forest of Dean and trying out sections of the upcoming Forest Half Marathon, were Sally Taylor, Howard Lowe, Maggie Pettit, Katie Cook and Lynn Latham with her dog Pepper. Eight and a half miles were covered.

Chris and Liza Barber took part in their first virtual medal event. Staying local they covered the Redmarley Road / Brand Green loop for a distance of 10k. They are both looking forward to receiving a Steampunk design medal.

Ruth Hayden Cox continued her fast paced marathon training. Ruth runs on Sunday afternoons with others who like to push the pace along a bit. This Sunday saw her group cover 26.5 kilometres in 2.21.22, impressive for what all agreed was a tough route.

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Race Report 7th August 2016

Six Club runners took part in this weekend’s Gloucester Marathon.  In hot conditions, Ruth Mowday was first member home in 4:21:33 (9th Category 50+) followed by Jonathan Miles in 4:33:58. First timers at this distance were Adrian Fishpool in 4:51:56, Karen Johnson in 4:53:08, Sara Carter in 5:00:24, and Rik Carter in 5:03:18.

L-R Rik Carter, Adrian Fishpool, Jonathan Miles, Sara Carter, Ruth Mowday, Karen Johnson
L-R Rik Carter, Adrian Fishpool, Jonathan Miles, Sara Carter, Ruth Mowday, Karen Johnson
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London Marathon 2016, First Tri in Lydney & Brockhampton Beast

Three Newent Runners travelled to the capital this weekend to take part in the London Marathon.

Thankfully the weather forecast of snow didn’t materialise and conditions were ideal for the distance.

Pete Jones finished in 3.58.38 followed by Meg Veale (who ran for the Neuro Foundation and with her sister Alice) in 4.19.32 and the club chair Jonathan Miles in 4.34.38.

Closer to home, Helen Kelly completed the hilly First Tri in Lydney in 1.49.26.

Simon Barker ran the Brockhampton Beast, a new 9km trail race at the National Trust’s Brockhampton Estate near Bromyard, organised by DirtRun, with the result to be confirmed.

Text courtesy of Gloucestershire Citzen.

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Bournemouth, Cardiff and Hope Valley 2015

Three Newent Runners travelled to Bournemouth to compete in the marathon.

Mark Cryer was first home in 3:43.44, followed by Ruth Mowday (4:48.57) and Jonathan Miles (4:34.04).

Five members enjoyed the Cardiff Half Marathon, with club stalwart David Jones first member to finish in an impressive 1:37.30 for eighth place in the M60 category.

Phil Rowe clocked 1:50.43 and was followed by Lisa Mansfield (2:25.54), Sally Taylor (2:43.40) and Heather Jones in 2:52.52.

Frances Evans and Charlie finished third in the Hope Valley 7K Fun Run in 39.56.

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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.

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Newent runners conquer Snowdonia trail

Newent runners braved the elements in several gruelling events.

SnowdoniaMegan James and Emily Burgess completed the Scott Snowdonia Trail Marathon, starting at Llanberis and eventually climbing Wales’ highest peak Snowdon.  They ascended 1,685m in wet, tough conditions with James finishing in 6:31.57 followed by Burgess in 7:29.05.

Susan Pritt finished the Bath Running Festival Long Half Marathon – the final event in the Beast of Bath Challenge Series – in 3:53.11, achieving fifth place in her category FV 50-59.

Four members competed in the Droitwich Sprint Triathlon where, despite wet and treacherous conditions, Jonathan Miles was first home in one hour, 21 minutes.  He was followed by Russ Dyer in 1:22 – his first triathlon event – Helen Kelly in 1:31 and Yvonne Featherstone in 1:44, although the latter took a wrong turn on the bike.

Angela Sonn represented the club at the Worcester Open meeting, finishing the 100m and 200m in 16.29 and 34.81 respectively.  Sonn then achieved a PB in the BMAF Championship at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, clocking 15.05 in the 100m.


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Events from May 2014

Newent Runners competed in a variety of events all over the country.

Mark Cryer was the club’s sole representative in the gruelling Neolithic Marathon, finishing 41st overall in an impressive time of 3:48.12.

Closer to home Wayne Holford completed the Worcester Marathon and was again the only club member, finishing with a time of 3:55.

The tough Cheddar Gorge 10K featured Simon Barker, who placed 85th and was pleased to under the hour (57.16) in such a hilly event.

Several members made the shorter journey to Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean for the Adidas 10K trail race.  In this event the club came away with some silverware as Megan James finished second in the women’s race with a time of 49.30, only just outside the top 20 overall.  Former Newent Rugby Club player Andrew Lloyd, competing in his very first running event, finished 19th and best of the Newent contingent with a time of 47.44.  Close behind him were Adrian Fishpool 23rd in with a 48.09 PB and Philip Rowe was 24th in 48.10.  Emily Burgess (52.15), Chris Barber (55.33 PB) and Helen Kelly, back from injury with a time of 1:04.27, completed the Newent contribution.

New member Trudy Jones took part in the Aviator Four race at Staverton, finishing 57th.

Club coach Mandy Whittington ran in the Forest Of Dean Trailblazer event, ploughing through mud and deep puddles to finish with a personal best for the distance.

The Whitsun Bank Holiday saw the club fielding competitors in the Edinburgh Marathon and half marathon, plus the Gloucester Triathlon and the Dymock Half Marathon.  In poor weather conditions in Scotland Wayne Holford completed the full distance in 3:54, knocking a minute off his previous time despite suffering cramp.  Alongside Holford and providing encouragement was Tony Lewis, who finished in the same time.

In the half marathon Nicola Hill led the Newent Runners home in 2:02.  Charmaine Ellis recorded 2:09 and Stacy Davis, recently back from injury, finished with a time of 2:27.

At the Gloucester Triathlon in Brockworth Stephen McAteer took fourth place overall and was runner-up in the open men’s event with a time of 1:11.04 – a good result given the presence of two elite athletes in the field.  Taking part in his first triathlon was Jonathon Miles. After struggling in the swim – his weakest discipline – he was able to make up many places on the bike leg.  He then consolidated on the run, finishing with a very respectable time of 1:38.45.

Nine club members stayed local and competed in the Dymock Half Marathon.  Mark Cryer was the pick of the bunch with a time of 1:34.23 and was followed by Sue Smith (1:57.04), Heather Roberts (2:01.08), Clive Jones (2:02.44), Lucy Stafford (2:04.44), Leah McAteer (2:06.06) and Chris Barber (2:09.35).  New members Alice and Meg Hibberd shared a time of 2:16.50 to fill out the other places.