Archive for Road Events

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!

Tewkesbury Half Marathon 2016

Tewkesbury Half Marathon

Tewkesbury Half Marathon. Photo credit Gloucester Echo.

Several Newent runners took part in the Tewkesbury Half on 15th May.  Clive Jones was quoted by the Gloucester Citizen:

Newent-based Clive Jones was keen to support the event by running in it.

The experienced athlete and member of Newent Runners, who has completed many marathons and half marathons in the last 30 years, said: "It's about supporting local clubs and enjoying the locality. It's perfect conditions, though some may have to take it a bit easier in the heat."

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You can see the Citizen's video of the start below.  Andrew Callard was the first Newent Runner in, with a time of 1.35.40 - click here for the full results.

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.

Cardiff World Half Marathon Championships 2016

WHM Cardiff 2016This race had a top turnout of  22 Newent Runners, including some first time half marathon runners, in very unpleasant weather conditions due to Storm Katie - torrential rain, hailstones and strong winds.

Our first member home was John Featherstone in 1:35:07, followed closely by Andrew Callard in 1:37.45 and Grant Smith in 1:43.19.  The first lady was Ruth Mowday in 1:50.39 followed by Meg Veale in 1:56.37(PB) and Nicola Hill in 1:58:49(PB).  Our full results were:

  • WHM Cardiff 2016Adrian Fishpool 1:46:54
  • Ruth Hayden-Cox 1:53:56 (First timer)
  • Sara Carter 2:00:02(PB)
  • Karen Johnson 2:00:48(PB)
  • Jonathan Miles 2:03:09
  • Richard Carter 2:03:39
  • Becky Musgrove 2:08:16 (First timer)
  • Andy Chambers 2:08:46
  • Helen Kelly 2:15:36(PB)
  • Yvonne Featherstone 2:20:44 (First timer)
  • Mandy Whittington 2:25:11(PB)
  • Clive Jones 2:30:17
  • Emily Trenwith 2:32:24 (First timer)
  • Carey Russell 2:39:07
  • Kerry Cawkwell 2:39:47
  • Bridie Dudfield 2:39:47

Kerry and Bridie were both injured before the event but were determined to finish.

Micaela Swan, Andrew Lloyd, Adele Mitchell, Philip Rowe, Chris and Liza Barber, Emily Burgess, Simon Barker and Frances Evans took part in the annual Dymock Poets Path Potter I and II-with options to complete 8, 10 and 16 miles.

The event is a combination of running and/or walking interspersed with poetry readings organised by Ed and Phil Active.  On Bank Holiday Monday, Chris Barber completed the 'Cheer 5', a multi-terrain 5.5 mile race at Cob House, Wichenford, Worcestershire, in 52:21.


Not the Roman Nine & Riverbank Rollick 2016

Newent Runners' David Jones competed in the "Not the Roman Nine" 12km road race hosted by Stratford AC in bitterly cold conditions of -1◦C - and finished in 54.20 coming third in the VET60 category.

Chris Barber battled through the muddy, nine-mile "Riverbank Rollick" hosted by Thornbury AC in 1.54.13.

The race is 80 per cent off road with a 120m ascent with Barber reporting that the conditions were challenging.

Text courtesy of Gloucester Citizen

Newent 9, Rogue Runs & Shakespeare Raceway 2015

Newent Runners had a busy week with several members competing in events and hosting the inaugural 'Newent 9' road race on Sunday.

The weather was kind, much to the relief of the marshals, and six members were able to take part.  Henry Willis won the M19 category with a 42.20 time, followed by Andrew Callard, second in his MV50 category, in 42.49.  Adrian Fishpool (44.30), Adele Mitchell (54.47), Jane Mulford (58.05) and Lisa Mansfield (1.03.28) also put in good times.

Eleven members braved the elements on Thursday night at the Rogue Run Moseley Green Night Race.  James Griffiths was first member home in 47.47 followed by Megan James in 55.31.  Other results: Andy Chambers (56.19), Sarah Carter (58.03), Micaela Swan (1.10.39), Lynn Latham and Helen Kelly (1.10.40), Kerry Cawkwell (1.10.41), Emily Trenwith (1.14.03), Claire Price (1.14.14) and Susan Baggett (1.14.24).

On Saturday, two members travelled to Long Marston airfield.  David Jones completed the Shakespeare Raceway Half Marathon in an impressive 1.39.19, winning the MV60 category, and Carey Russell finished the 10K event in 1.09.25.