Ruth comes home with a trophy

Seven Newent Runners took part in the Forest of Dean half marathon. The event had been rescheduled due to the snow a couple of weeks ago. Nearly all of the course was off road, using much of the family cycling trail and was hilly.

Ruth Hayden Cox won the award for first local woman home, in a time of 1.41.05, she was also among the top twenty women in the event and 144th overall. This is a great reward for Ruth, who is still a relatively inexperienced athlete, but trains very hard and is always willing to learn.

Quickest of the Newent contingent was Henry Willis, who finished inside the top one hundred with a time of 1.35.30. Next home was Andrew Callard in 1.37.59. Adrian Fishpool came home with a 1.57.15.

Caz Brown was delighted to get under two hours, achieving a distance PB of 1.59.56.

Maggie Pettit and Lynn Latham were running their first half marathon. Maggie came in with a time of 2.20.01 and Lynn recorded a 2.38.

Howard Lowe took part in the Kymin Dash a challenging 7 mile race, based in Monmouth. Starting at a height of 200 feet, the race begins with a climb up to the top of The Kymin, which is 800 feet high, then there two and a half miles of undulations, before a descent back to Monmouth. Howard achieved the very credible time of one hour and six minutes.

New Beginners’ Course April 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to take up running, get fit, find a new hobby or just meet new people, then we may have just the thing for you.  Newent Runners are running a new 0-5k beginners’ course starting on Weds 15th April 2018.

See this page for further information.

Newent Runners 0-5k Graduation June 2016

The graduates, leaders and mentors from our 2017 course

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.

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.

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.

Newent parkrun

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.

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.

Weds 28/02/2018 Training Cancelled

Due to the weather conditions, tonight's training session on the astro is cancelled.  Please pass on the message to anyone that doesn't check the website or Facebook, and take care out there! Training will resume as usual next week (7th March) - depending on snow!

Run for Mandy

In January this year, we sadly lost a dear friend and founding member of Newent Runners, Mandy Whittington, after a short illness.  Mandy was very generous with her time and dedicated many hours to our club and local parkrun, so we would like to use this opportunity to fund-raise for a cause that she supported.

Our team of runners includes:

Andrew Callard, Yvonne Featherstone, Ruth Hayden-Cox, Clive Jones, Jonathan Miles and Emily Trenwith tackling the marathon (first one for the three ladies!)  

Chris Barber, Liza Barber, Katie Cook, Dermot Kelly, Helen Kelly, Lynn Latham, and Maggie Pettit all running the 10k event.

We all have mental health - just like your physical health, you probably only notice it if something is not right.  Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, and Mind believe no-one should have to face that alone. They will listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Please donate whatever you can to this very worthwhile cause, it will be greatly appreciated.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/runformandy

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.

Newent Runners at The Muddy Woody

Husband and wife team John and Yvonne Featherstone continued their off road adventures at The Wye Valley Runners event, The Muddy Woody. This coming one week after they had put in good performances at their local event, The May Hill Massacre. Negotiating glutinous mud, steep hills and water crossings, John placed 24th in a time of 50:50. Yvonne’s recent hard work, doing long runs and speed sessions, as well as triathlon training, seems to have paid dividends as she was able to smash 11 minutes off last year’s time, coming in 206th place with a 1:15:46. The latest Newent Parkrun saw two top drawer performances from club members. Luke Delaney capped a third place finish and a PB time of 21.50. Ruth Hayden Cox achieved yet another top ten placing, and was the first female finisher. Saturday’s run was one of the toughest, course changes and heavy rain making parts of the circuit treacherous. Well done to all who braved the elements, especially the volunteers. The Sunday social road run was well supported this week. Led by Russ Barbie Dyer, standing in for Clive Jones (who was recovering from watching yet another gallant Welsh rugby defeat at Twickenham) distances varied from 10k to almost half marathon. Members present were : Helen Knowles, Katie Cook, Jill Barker, Lynn Latham, Liza Barber, Emily Trenwith, Maggie Pettit, Karen Apted, Lisa Mansfield, Claire Price, Helen Kelly, Dermot Kelly, Andrew Callard, Mark Cryer and Jonathan Miles. Everyone seemed to enjoy the route, which included some steep climbs. The off road group stayed local this week. Chris Barber and Simon Barker circuited the lake, and the paths at the back of it, emerging onto Cleeve Mill. They then picked up the footpath that skirts the industrial estate, and then onto the fields at the back of the new builds. Where a skylark could be heard, and was then spotted. The trail was muddy but not ridiculously so. The route took in the bottom of Southend Lane, the Moat Farm yard and orchards and then the stiff climb up Stallion Hill. The speed increased as the route flattened and then lowered towards the Community School, picking up the Scraggs Bank path and then the alleyways, until the town centre was reached and the finish at The Lake car park, where the road group was joined.