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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.

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.

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. http://www.gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk/reserves/Gwen-and-Veras-Keith 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 singer...lol). 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.