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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.

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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.

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.

Beechenhurst Night Race

Ten, devoted, muddy shoe fans from Newent Runners faced the starter at the latest Rogue Run night race, held at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean. Newent Runners at Beechenhurst Head torches charged and ready, pre- race preparations mainly consisted of a face painting session, led by make - up artist in-chief, Katie Cook. As has become the tradition, the majority of team tango participants were female, although the male runner population was increased from two to three this time around. It could have been four, but Chris Barber didn’t think he could make the start time, so played kettlebells instead. Come on guys, give it a go. It’s fun ! The usual “hazards” were encountered by the participants. Tree roots, slippery rocks, mud and deep puddles. This particular event had a sting in the tail christened and signposted as the mud bath. A five metre long primordial swamp of sticky gloop. A few came to grief here, including our very own Carol Loade, who lost both her footing and her shoes. She was rescued by a nearby marshal and a club mate, Emily Trenwith. Newent Runners at Beechenhurst Emma “springwatch” Blewitt took time out of the race to go Boar spotting, and Russ “Percy Edwards” Dyer entertained all with his convincing owl impersonations. Newent Runners at Beechenhurst Our star of the night was Maggie Pettit, who took home a prize for second place in her age category, in a time of 1:05:46. First Newent Runner home, in 100th place, was Paul Dowling, who recorded a 50:43. Next in was Duncan Creswell, in a time of 58:14. Ruth Credland was the first lady in, achieving a 59:36. The rest of the Newent contingent ran and finished in pairs and trios. Lynn Latham and Karen Apted (1:15:03) Russ Dyer and Emma Blewitt (1:26:16) and Katie Cook, Carol Loade and Emily Trenwith who finished with a time of 1:35:18.  For more photos of the night, click here. In other news, Newent Runners took five of the top ten places in the latest round of Newent Parkrun, held on January the 13th. Take a bow; Paul Dowling, Matthew Cole, Simon Barker, John Featherstone (running with his son Elijah) and James Griffiths.

Race Report 11th July 2016

Gloucester 10kTen members competed in this year’s Gloucester 10K with John Featherstone first home in 44.34 followed by Henry Willis in 47.52. First lady was Micaela Swan in 51.37 with Susan Pritt coming second in her category (F55-64) in 57.44. Other results: Phil Rowe 48.23; Andrew Lloyd 51.37; Chloe Barnes 54.15; Yvonne Featherstone 1.00.24; Lisa Mansfield 1.00.45; Adele Mitchell 1.00.48. Ruth Hayden-Cox and Becky Musgrove travelled to the capital to take part in the Vitality British 10K London Run, finishing in 49.22 and 59.35 respectively. David Jones completed his 250th parkrun at Porthcawl this weekend (Newent parkrun being his home parkrun), an impressive achievement!

Newent Parkrun

The following have enjoyed personal best Parkrun times in July. Henry Willis, Claire Swift, Angela Sonn, Char Hamer, Frances Huntingford, Adrian Dover, Julie Willis, John Featherstone, Adrian Fishpool, Simon Barker, Jonathan Miles, Hazel Cutting, and Kath Watson. Litter on the park run course. Letters have gone out about this worsening problem, to the head teacher of the school. It is my understanding that steps will be taken by the governors and staff, to improve the situation in the Autumn term. There cannot be many of us who do not take part in the Newent Parkrun, for the few that may not, please try and support it. It is a good way of getting at least one speed session in, in a week, and the spirit and camaraderie makes it all worth the effort, plus the home made cake at the end, of course. Also please try and take up a volunteer role as often as you are able. Having this free, weekly event on our doorstep is something we should keep, and without volunteers it will be difficult to carry it on.

August 2014 Report

by Chris Barber It has been a very quiet month, events wise, for Newent Runners, with holidays , cycling adventures, and an emphasis on training to prepare for races in September and October. Five members took part in the inaugural Severn Bridge half marathon, which was mainly based around Thornbury. John Featherstone was the pick of the Newent contingent, finishing within the top 200, with a time of 1 hour 35 minutes. Philip Rowe (   1 hr 50  ) Ruth Mowday (  1hr 51 )  Adrian Fishpool ( 1 hr 53 ) and Wayne Holford ( 1hr 54 ) were the other finishers.  All of them were full of praise for the event which afforded great views over the estuary, and a chance to run along a piece of iconic British construction. Jonathan Miles entered the Oxford  triathlon. Though new to the sport, Jon has made great progress, working particularly hard on his swimming. Jon finished 60th out of 129 finishers with a time of 1 hour 29, for the 400 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run. The following Newent Runners have achieved PB’s in the towns park run, this month. Liza Barber, Simon Barker, John Featherstone, Mandy Whittington, Yvonne Featherstone, Maggie Pettit, Matthew Cole and Russ Dyer. Newent Runners are launching a 0-5k initiative, for those who are completely new to running, or are thinking of returning after a long lay off. The sessions will take place on a Wednesday night at Newent sports centre. Two qualified and registered leaders in running fitness will be in charge of the hour long training, and the course will last for eight weeks. Please see the clubs website, or the Newent Runners facebook page for details.