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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.