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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.

Cresswell takes on the Wyre Forest

Duncan Cresswell was the only Newent Runner in race action this weekend. He made the trip to The Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve, for the Dirt Run Wyre Wizzard trail half marathon.
Over thirteen miles of farm tracks and Muddy trails, and over 1500 feet of climbing awaited. Duncan struggled through the early miles, not helped by debris from weather damaged trees littering the trail. Despite all of this, he managed to settle into a rhythm and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Picking himself up from a mid-distance fall, he wisely decided to walk up some of the steeper trails, where it was difficult to find a grip. With nothing else to give at the end of the event, he got across the finish line to a handful of Haribo and an attractive marble trophy.

Duncan achieved a time of 2:33:40.

The Sunday social trail run involved a short drive to Dymock, where five members of Team Tango, Claire Swift, Jenny Stinchcombe, Vikki Hughes and run leader Chris Barber, ran poets path one. Shielding eyes from unexpected sunshine, they headed off from St Marys Church and picked up the path from the minor road into Ledbury. It had been a while since Chris had run this route, about ten months, so it was a pleasant surprise to find new signposts and kissing gates and steps, replacing rickety stiles, on much of the path. There was mud, a Barber trail run would not be complete without it ! But it was all manageable.

The first four miles involved a lot of climbing, up to Redmarley, before then heading west toward Ketford. The views were astounding, from May Hill, to The Malverns. The Leadon Valley is indeed a bit of a hidden treasure.  The group had the path pretty much all too themselves, and before everyone knew it, Dymock Cricket Club had been reached, and the end of that particular poets path, eight moderately taxing miles in the bag.

The “roadies” headed for Gloucester, and one of the regular Costa runs. The Costa coffee shop in the retail park at St Oswalds Rd, serves as both a meeting place and somewhere for post run refreshments.  The route heads through the city and into the docks, and then picks up the towpath along the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, braving stony faced anglers, and then according to what distance people have chosen, a turnaround point is reached and the route retraces its steps.

There were a number of distance options, from 10k  to 14 miles. Some members wanting to get miles in the legs in readiness for early season half marathons, especially The Forest Of Dean event. Emma Blewitt, Helen Knowles, Jonathan Miles, Russ Dyer, run leader Clive Jones, Karen Apted, Liza Barber, Lisa and Mike Mansfield, John and Yvonne Featherstone, Mark Cryer, Adrian Fishpool, Lynn Latham, Carol Loade, Sally Taylor, Teddy Barnes , Andrew Callard and Stephen McAteer contributed to a bumper NR turnout, along with some guest runners.

Members’ Social Event: Golf Sunday 6th August

We are running a golf event at 1pm on Sunday 6th August – address TBC.

Car sharing from Newent is encouraged, you can find each other in the Official Members’ Group on Facebook.

Cost is £20 per person to include coffee on arrival, 18 holes of golf, and ham, egg and chips afterwards.   (Please let Kerry Cawkwell know any dietary requirements.)  If you have your own clubs please feel free to take them, if not they will lend you some for free. However you must let us know in advance if you need some. 

£10 deposit is required to secure your place and the balance is to be paid on the day.  Deposits and dietary/club requirements to be given to Liza Barber, Chris Barber (who will be your contact on the day), Lynn Latham or Kerry Cawkwell.

Because of the number of people interested in this we are keeping it as a members only activity, but please do not fret, we have lots of exciting things planned that partners and kids can attend. Watch this space!!

Chris has kindly written a suggested framework for the session, please click here to open or download for details.

Please send us your pictures of the day afterwards – you can upload them in the Facebook group or send them to Emily Trenwith.

 

0-5k Graduation June 2017

We had cause for a celebration this week, when our latest group of 0-5k runners completed their 5k run to graduate.  Considering they did it on the hottest June day for 40 years, they did particularly well!

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016

Our latest group of graduates

There was a great turnout of club members to run with the group and cheer them on, then we all retreated to the shade of the Sports Bar afterwards for a well deserved cold drink and celebration, plus of course one of Liza’s delicious cakes!

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016

Helen and Kerry

Many thanks to Helen and Kerry, who did a fantastic job of running this course – despite a broken ankle immediately before it started!!  Thanks also go to all the mentors who helped out on sessions and homework runs, and all the club members involved.  Click on the pictures below to see more – I couldn’t get shots of you all receiving your certificates as you’re just too fast already!!

The Big Lunch

Newent Runners at The Big Lunch

Newent had its annual Big Lunch today, with a Hawaiian theme.  There were drinks, ice creams, a raffle, several stalls to browse and lots of music from various groups from the local school.  Newent Runners had a stall, with a competition to win a lovely kite by guessing the number of shoelaces in the jar!! Winner to be contacted shortly…

 

9th March: 0-5k Graduation

We will be meeting in the Sports Bar after training on 9th March to celebrate the latest completion of the 0-5k course.  Please come along to support the new runners and perhaps welcome some new members!