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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.

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.

Mallards Pike Night Race

Fifteen Newent Runners made the short trip to Mallards Pike, in the Forest of Dean, for the second race in the Rogue Run series.

This was to present a very different challenge from last month’s relatively flat course across the older Severn Bridge. This version offered steep climbs, tree roots and rocks, slippery descents and a knee deep stream wade, all in the dark.

Despite the freezing temperatures and threat of snow, over two hundred and fifty runners took the start, head torches at the ready, about to embark on a challenging, but fun, five and a half mile excursion. It was certainly a sight to behold as hundreds of bobbing lights lit up the lake and surrounding woods.  For more photos from the night, please click here and here

Newent Runners at Mallards Pike Newent Runners at Mallards Pike

First Newent Runner home was Emma Poole, with a time of 55 minutes 54 seconds. Then came Ruth Credland, who managed to get below the hour with a time of 59.03. She was closely followed by Steve Howe, who achieved 1 hour 20 seconds.

Maggie Pettit, who  was pleased to not have gone off route this year, came in with 1:05:16, ahead of the person who got lost with her in 2016, Chris Barber, who had a time of 1:09:05.

The other Newent finishers were:
Nikki Hughes (1:11:44)
Tim Ruck  (1:11:44)
Lynn Latham  (1:12:17)
Liza Barber  (1;13:52)
Karen Apted  (1:13:54)
Emily Trenwith  (1:22:14)
Emma Blewitt   (1:22:18)
Helen Knowles  (1:22:20)
Katie Cook  (1:22:23) and Carol Loade, who finished with a time of 1:40:38.

Emily Trenwith achieved a ten minute improvement on her time from last year’s event. Emma, Helen, Katie and Carol are all recent graduates of the clubs couch to 5k programme, and the follow on 5-10k improvers course. They now take part in varied events and distances from 5k to half marathon, both on and off road.

Newent Runners are an affiliated running club, who have social runs on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and a structured training session on Wednesday evenings. There are also two social runs on Sunday mornings. For more information please visit the clubs website or Facebook page.

Beechenhurst Night Race & Hanbury Hall 5 2016

Thirteen Newent Runners took part in the Rogue Run Beechenhurst Night Race on Thursday February 18, a tough muddy 5-6 mile race.

James Griffiths was first member home in 44:19:06 followed by Andrew Callard (4th in MV50 category) in 48:46:51. Emma Poole was first lady home, coming 2nd in the FV50 category, in 52:31:48.

Other results: Philip Rowe (MV50 9th) 51:42:45; Andy Chambers 53:17:58; Emily Burgess 1:06:01; Karen Johnson 1:06:02; Chris Barber 1:06:22; Adele Mitchell and Helen Kelly 1:25:44; Nicola Hill and Liza Barber 1:25:45; Kerry Cawkwell 1:25:46. The latter group of ladies finished together following Kelly losing both her shoes in the mud and the others having to ‘dig her out’ using a stick! True team spirit.  [Note: if anyone has pictures of this we’d be most grateful!!]

Simon Barker ran the Hanbury Hall 5, a new event at the National Trust’s Hanbury Hall in Worcestershire. 5 mile (nearly) off-road course through the historic parkland, race organized by Evesham-based DirtRun.

He finished 25th out of a field of 187 finishers in a time of 38.01 and was second in the Men V50 category.

Text courtesy of Gloucester Citizen.

Newent Runners at Tewkesbury AC Guy Fawkes 5Twenty-one runners represented Newent Runners at the Tewkesbury AC Guy Fawkes 5.

Adrian Fishpool was first member home in a time of 35.49 (83rd).  Chris Barber gained a PB for the distance and this was the first event for Jane Mulford and Deborah Bird.

Chris Barber was the sole representative for the club at the Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country race held at Malvern Common. It was a tough event but Barber enjoyed it and acquitted himself well.

Phil Rowe, Mark Cryer, Claire Swift and Emily Burgess represented the club at the Sodbury Slog – a tough course with plenty of mud, slurry and nettles!  Mark Cryer was the first member home in a time of 1.24.04.

Four members – Phil Rowe, Megan James, Emily Burgess and Chris Barber – participated in the Rogue Run Rising Sun night race. Rowe, James and Burgess finished in a time of 1.08.49 with Chris Barber finishing just behind them.