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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.

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.

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

Race Report 31st July 2016

Phil Rowe finished 6th in the off road ‘Kings Stanley Sizzler Handicap 10K Race’ on 16 July, in 49.45. Susan Pritt took part in the Very Long Bath Half on 24 July; this 26km race is part of the Bath Running Festival. She finished 5th in her category 50-59 in 3.28.28, knocking an impressive 26 minutes off last years’ time. Frances Evans completed her second ultra event, ‘The Cotswold 24 Hour Race’ at Cirencester Park, on the same weekend. She came 15th in her category, completing 99K (61.5 miles) in 19.48.24. Both 0-5K Graduates enjoy running longer distances and Frances is looking forward to her next event, the Atlantic Coast Challenge on 7 October. Seventeen club members competed in this weeks ‘Blaisdon 10K’ organised by FODAC on 26 July, with many gaining PB’s. Andrew Lloyd was first male home in 47.28 with Micaela Swan first lady in 51.20 (PB). Other results: Phil Rowe 47.37, Chloe Barnes 53.16 (PB), Karen Johnson 54.49, Yvonne Featherstone 58.49 (PB), Chris Barber 59.45, Rebecca Musgrove 59.59, Joanne White 1.02.07, Liza Barber 1.02.08, Teddy Barnes 1.03.03, Jill Barker 1.05.57, Claire Price 1.07.30, Susan Baggett 1.08.08, Karen Apted 1.09.15, Sally Taylor 1.09.16, Emily Trenwith 1.10.13. Emma Poole competed in the Wye Valley 10K on 27 July finishing 1st in her V50 category with a PB of 49.39.
Back row from L-R Susan Baggett, Teddy Barnes, Emily Trenwith, Jill Barker, Liza Barber, Chloe Barnes, Karen Johnson, Claire Price, Karen Apsted, Sally Taylor, Chris Barber, Rebecca Musgrove, Phil Rowe. Front row (kneeling) L-R Micaela Swan, Yvonne Featherstone.

Back row from L-R Susan Baggett, Teddy Barnes, Emily Trenwith, Jill Barker, Liza Barber, Chloe Barnes, Karen Johnson, Claire Price, Karen Apsted, Sally Taylor, Chris Barber, Rebecca Musgrove, Phil Rowe. Front row (kneeling) L-R Micaela Swan, Yvonne Featherstone.

Race Report 27 June 2016

Race to the King

John with his Race to the King medal

John Featherstone completed the ‘Race to the King’ Ultra Marathon this weekend. The South Downs Double Marathon (53.5 miles) started near Arundel, West Sussex with the route taking in the South Downs National Park before finishing on the steps of Winchester Cathedral. John commented that “It’s a fantastic event with a bit of everything. (I) didn’t realise the South Downs were so hilly. Some boggy jogging, a flinty sprint or two, but mostly a chalky walk.” Chris Barber and Emily Trenwith both travelled to Wales, competing in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. Barber finished in 2:07:26 (PB) and Trenwith, having little training since sustaining injury following Cardiff Half, in a respectable 2:40:47.

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!