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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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.