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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.

Magnificent Seven Marauding Around the May Hill Massacre

Seven members of team tango took on this years event. Nine miles of mud and hills. The start saw sunshine tempered by a high wind hill factor, and most of the 250+ entrants were keen to get going. It wasn't long before the path headed upwards, and over half of the field were reduced to walking. Before the top of the hill was reached there was a fair bit of trudging through ankle deep mud,and audible curses from those who wished they had pulled their laces a little tighter.  Once the trees at the top were reached it was a fast, and, in places, tricky, descent down towards Newent. There then followed a stumble through what can only be described as a primordial swamp, before a bridleway was reached. Another bit of mud plugging ensued, before the runners emerged onto the road near the Glasshouse pub. Then it was back onto muddy footpaths upwards again. The route then passed May Hill village hall, before more woodland trails brought the runners back to the finish at Huntley, where a protein shake and can of isotonic lager ( not as bad as it sounds) was waiting. John Featherstone was the first Newent Runner home, just missing out on a top twenty place, with a time of 1:18:44.  Next in was Adrian Fishpool, representing his first claim club, Gloucester AC, who finished in 1:39:19. Followed by Duncan Cresswell, who recorded a 1:44:00. Howard Lowe was next home, with a 1:50:30, followed by the only NR female entrant Yvonne Featherstone, who put in a highly creditable performance to come in with a 1:53:29. Steve Howe was the sixth Newent Runner over the line, achieving a time of 1:55:17. Dragging up at the rear was Chris Barber, struggling with stomach cramps, which necessitated some alfresco bathroom gymnastics, determined to finish he came home in 2 hours exactly. Everyone enjoyed the event, and will probably be back for more of the same come February 2019. Outside of the mucky adventures described above, Clive Jones led a Sunday Social road run. As is usually the case, it was well supported.  Distances varied according to what people were preparing for, or the time they had available, but a fair few got into double figures.  A special mention to James Griffiths who invited everyone into his home for a mid run coffee break, and to his wife for coping with the friendly invasion. Newent Runners Sunday Social Feb 2018

Cresswell takes on the Wyre Forest

Duncan Cresswell was the only Newent Runner in race action this weekend. He made the trip to The Wyre Forest National Nature Reserve, for the Dirt Run Wyre Wizzard trail half marathon. Over thirteen miles of farm tracks and Muddy trails, and over 1500 feet of climbing awaited. Duncan struggled through the early miles, not helped by debris from weather damaged trees littering the trail. Despite all of this, he managed to settle into a rhythm and enjoy the scenic surroundings. Picking himself up from a mid-distance fall, he wisely decided to walk up some of the steeper trails, where it was difficult to find a grip. With nothing else to give at the end of the event, he got across the finish line to a handful of Haribo and an attractive marble trophy. Duncan achieved a time of 2:33:40. The Sunday social trail run involved a short drive to Dymock, where five members of Team Tango, Claire Swift, Jenny Stinchcombe, Vikki Hughes and run leader Chris Barber, ran poets path one. Shielding eyes from unexpected sunshine, they headed off from St Marys Church and picked up the path from the minor road into Ledbury. It had been a while since Chris had run this route, about ten months, so it was a pleasant surprise to find new signposts and kissing gates and steps, replacing rickety stiles, on much of the path. There was mud, a Barber trail run would not be complete without it ! But it was all manageable. The first four miles involved a lot of climbing, up to Redmarley, before then heading west toward Ketford. The views were astounding, from May Hill, to The Malverns. The Leadon Valley is indeed a bit of a hidden treasure.  The group had the path pretty much all too themselves, and before everyone knew it, Dymock Cricket Club had been reached, and the end of that particular poets path, eight moderately taxing miles in the bag. The “roadies” headed for Gloucester, and one of the regular Costa runs. The Costa coffee shop in the retail park at St Oswalds Rd, serves as both a meeting place and somewhere for post run refreshments.  The route heads through the city and into the docks, and then picks up the towpath along the Gloucester to Sharpness canal, braving stony faced anglers, and then according to what distance people have chosen, a turnaround point is reached and the route retraces its steps. There were a number of distance options, from 10k  to 14 miles. Some members wanting to get miles in the legs in readiness for early season half marathons, especially The Forest Of Dean event. Emma Blewitt, Helen Knowles, Jonathan Miles, Russ Dyer, run leader Clive Jones, Karen Apted, Liza Barber, Lisa and Mike Mansfield, John and Yvonne Featherstone, Mark Cryer, Adrian Fishpool, Lynn Latham, Carol Loade, Sally Taylor, Teddy Barnes , Andrew Callard and Stephen McAteer contributed to a bumper NR turnout, along with some guest runners.

July Sunday Social Runs

July is a good month to get some miles in for longer races in the autumn, so we are going to base our Sunday road runs at Costa for July.  We will aim for 8 am starts to get the miles in, but also loop back to collect others that will do at least 30 minutes less (there is the option to do/miss out more distance at the end of the run as well) and pick up shift 2 that start later at 8.30 am.
  • 9th July - 8 am starters 100 minutes, 8.30am crew 70min
  • 16th July - 120 minutes, 8.30 crew do 80 minutes
  • 23rd July - 8 am starters 140 minutes, 8.30am crew do 90 minutes
  • 30th July - 8 am starters 150 minutes, 8.30am crew do 100 minutes
The Costa route is flat to allow progression and adding on more distance for training for half marathons etc.  All sessions are non-coached but fab company! [Clive's words 😉 ] All abilities welcome, we will look after everyone. Trail options will be posted once available.

Sunday Social Runs Apr 2017

9th April - We are going to see Gwen and Vera and see what their daffs are like again. We follow Horsefair Lane to join the old canal route, all way down to head towards Dymock Woods, do a quick loop of the woods and back. Fields 16th April - We are joining the 5-10k group at Costa (St Oswald's, Gloucester) for a 10k graduation run 23rd April - We are going for a 90 minute run at the Toby Carvery (Over roundabout) (fondly named the 'Tony Christmas' run -the famous 60's We need to start this at 8am at the Toby. 30th April - Back to Newent for a local 100 minute run - back to 8.30am All runs are non-coached, and meet at Newent Lake at 8.30 am unless stated otherwise.

January Social Runs

Monday Shuffling

Led by Chris, meeting at 18:30 in Newent Community School car park.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session at a steady pace between 10 and 11 minute miles. There will be stopping points at the tops of hills, at gates and road junctions, to regroup.  Routes for the next few weeks are:
  • 9th Jan - Route - Watery Lane, Tythings, Bradfords Lane, Boulsdon Lane, concrete path to Moat farm.Right turn onto the path to Kents Green, then at the gatehouse, do a U turn and head back the way we came. Culver Street, Foley Road, Onslow Road, Gloucester Street, through the town, Watery Lane, then back to the school.  Please see Facebook for a more in depth explanation!
  • 16th Jan - Route 6 (Based on Newent nine)
  • 23rd Jan - Route 1 (off road, stallion hill, in reverse)
  • 30th Jan - Route 3 (the long one, 8 miles)
  • 6th Feb - The first shuffle for to the 5-10k group homework
The sessions for the 5-10k group are where I will appreciate help from other LIRF's and previous 0-5k mentors, probably more than on a Wednesday evening.

Tuesday Trotters

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, usually led by Dave and/or Sally.

Training on Wednesday

Back on the Astroturf at Newent Community School, meeting at 18:10 for an 18:20 start.  Led by our Leaders in Running Fitness, £1 for members and £2 for non-members.  Please bring a drink and look on the Facebook group for any special runs/locations (road runs will require hi-viz and head torch). From 1st February we will be running a 5-10k "intermediates" course on Wednesday nights - please see our Courses page for details.

Thirsty Thursdays

Meet at 18:30 in the car park behind Newent Health Centre/Library.  Hi-viz tops and head torches are a must for the winter season.  Everyone is welcome, this is an uncoached social session, with rumours of meeting in Cobbler's for a drink afterwards...

Parkrun Saturdays

Please support your local parkrun and come to walk, jog, run, or volunteer to support our runners.  A free, timed 5k event starting at 9:00 am at Newent Community School, with cake and chat afterwards.  Volunteers are always needed and appreciated - please see the Newent Parkrun Facebook group.

Sunday Socials

2017 brings you two options for Sunday Socials - Classic or Trail! Clive is back to lead the Classics!  Meeting every Sunday from 8th January, at 8:30 am at Newent lake for around 70 minutes of gentle jogging in a non coached session, routes often have options to do shorter distances if needed.   Everybody welcome. We will post runs for the first 3 months over the next week, and are planning for one run a month to go "on tour" to different places to keep it fresh - May hill, Robinswood, Cirencester etc. Details will be posted once we have them. New for this year are Sunday Social Trail Runs, meeting at 8:30 am at Newent Community School.  Led by Chris, these will be social runs so a conversational pace - trail shoes, and drink are essential, there is likely to be mud!  Details of the runs will be posted on the Facebook group - Sunday 15th January will be a May Hill run, 8-9 miles on challenging terrain. If you have any questions, please get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.  Please note that Wednesday is the only coached session. All other events are informal social runs (often led by a qualified leader, but not always) and, as such, you participate at your own risk.

Sunday Socials November 2016

This month’s Sunday Social runs are as follows, all are uncoached runs, led by Mr Clive Jones unless indicated. 13th November: Sunday Social this week is local from Newent lake for our non-coached session beginning at 8.30am.  Route is 2 loops of the lake, across the road, through the fields to hopyard lane, turn right onto Redmarley Road.  Then at the cross, turn left for Three Ashes Lane, Horsefair Lane, and back into Newent.  Then loop around towards the Arboretum on the grass, then Watery Lane via reverse parkrun route home. Can anyone coming notify Clive on the group Facebook post please. 20th November: It's the Newent Nine! If anyone not already involved wants to turn out and cheer on our runners, I'm sure they'd really appreciate it. Jelly babies also appreciated too 😉 27th November: We're off to Cirencester to run with Mark Cryer, approximately a 10k route. 4th and 11th December: Toby Xmas Run (or Tony if you prefer!) Dress up in your Christmas finery or to scare the locals, then breakfast at the Toby Carvery afterwards.  We're doing two runs to cater for everyone's needs and we will do the new Maisemoor route.  Will start these at 8am from the Toby Carvery at Over. 18th December: Local run in and around Newent.

Sunday Social Runs October 2016

This month's Sunday Social runs are as follows, all led by Mr Clive Jones unless indicated.
  • 2nd October - guest leader and route
  • 9th October - we are doing 7 miles from Kilcot Inn car park, followed by breakfast in the Kilcot Inn, organised by the lovely Bridie
  • 16th October - 10k run in Dymock Woods
  • 23 October- we going to British Camp Malvern for the lovely Megan to sort us for a 10k+ route
  • 30th October - local route around Newent, 7 miles