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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.

Race Report 4 July 2016

Bham Blk Country HM 2016On Saturday three Club members completed the Birmingham and Black Country Half Marathon. The race started from the Canal Docks in Wolverhampton and following a variety of terrain, including canal towpaths and locks, finished in Birmingham City Centre. First home was Liza Barber (FV40), who took 8 minutes off last year’s time, finishing in 2.27.52 (PB) followed by Chris Barber (V50) in 2.28.40 and Sally Taylor (FV60) whose time was unavailable at the time of print.

Four Club runners completed the Hereford Sprint Triathlon on Sunday with Jonathan Miles (MV) finishing a few minutes faster than last year, despite taking a wrong turn, in 1.11.47 followed by Julie Willis (FSV) in 1.13.57, Helen Kelly (FV ) 1.21.28 (1 minute improvement) and Yvonne Featherstone (FV) who knocked an impressive 8 minutes off last year in 1.25.04.Hereford Tri 2016

Susan Pritt completed the Malvern View 10K, which began and ended in Colwell, taking in impressive views of the Malvern Hills in 56.55.

Mark Cryer, who has a penchant for Ultra events, spent the weekend on the Isle of Wight, taking part in the 70 mile 2 day ”Round the Island 2016” event (part of the Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series) starting in Cowes and following the island coastal path.

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.

Jurassic Coast Challenge, Forest of Dean Half Marathon & Pendock Spring Chicken Run 2016

This weekend Mark Cryer completed the Jurassic Coast Challenge – a challenging and hilly ultra-trail run of three marathons in three consecutive days starting at Charmouth and ending at Shell Bay, Studland, via Portland Ferry and Lulworth Cove.

Five club members took part in the Forest of Dean Spring Trail Half Marathon with Andrew Callard first member home in 1:37:39, followed by Philip Rowe in 1:42:31 (PB) and first lady Julie Willis in 1:50:08.  Adele Mitchell and Heather Roberts followed in 2:08:29 and 2:10:22 respectively.

Seven club members took part in the Pendock Spring Chicken Run 10K with Simon Barker coming home in 47:11, followed by Adrian Fishpool in 49.10.

Other results: Helen Kelly 1:01:41, Yvonne Featherstone 1:04:39 (and won the Easter Egg in the raffle), Susan Baggett 1:08:51, Jill Barker 1:08:56, Claire Price 1:09:28.  Lisa Mansfield finished the 5K Run in 30:41.

Text courtesy of Gloucester Citizen.

Race to the Stones, Gloucester 10k, Evesham 10k & London 10k 2015

John, Jonathan and Mark at Race to the Stones

John, Jonathan and Mark at Race to the Stones

Seasoned Newent Runners’ ultra-runner Mark Cryer introduced two novices to the distance, John Featherstone and Jonathan Miles, at the 100K Race to the Stones.  All enjoyed the experience, even the camping out, and completed the challenge, which was an impressive achievement by all.

Seventeen Newent Runners members completed the Gloucester 10K on Sunday with Henry Willis being first member home in 44:32:8, in his first race at the distance.  Not to be outdone, his mother Julie Willis finished second in her category (F 55-64) in 49:20:3.

Other results: Adrian Fishpool (44:47:3 PB), Andrew Lloyd (46:50:4 PB), Philip Rowe (47:00:8), Steve Ollis (52:17:0), Micaela Swan (52:31:0 PB), Adele Mitchell 52:35:7), Nick Hill (55:31:8), Nicola Hill (55:32:6), Susan Pritt (56:54:4), Melanie Villegas (58:26:6), Leah McAteer (59:22:3), ), Helen Kelly (1:00:11:8), Lisa Mansfield (1:00:13:6), Mandy Whittington (1:05:47), Trudy Jones (1:06:55)and Kerri Greenwold, who has recently graduated from the 0-5K Group, finished her first ever race in 1:09:55.

Also on Sunday, the Club were represented at the Evesham 10K by David Jones, who finished in an impressive 49:33 while pushing his grandson in a buggy. Heather Jones and Sally Taylor finished together in 1:14:30.  David and Heather’s grandson, Isaac, gained a further medal that day after completing the Toddler’s 500m Fun Run, showing credentials for being a potential star for the future.

Mandy Hampton, supported by Josh Hampton, completed the London Vitality 10K, crossing the line together at 1:04 along with 20,000 others. They raised over £200 for Cancer research.

Newent Runners July 2014 Report

The first weekend of the month saw two Newent Runners head to Wolverhampton, for the Birmingham and Black Country half marathon. Emily Burgess and Chris Barber signed up for this unusual event, which was a place to place race, along the towpaths of the canals that link the two cities. Although the route was flat it presented some challenges, among them, a 350 yard long dark tunnel, a steep, stepped climb of an embankment, and deep muddy puddles after two days of heavy rain. We were warned at the start that this was not a PB course. Emily did well to get below two hours. Chris “stagged” at the start and was wasted after 8 miles, will he never learn ?

The following day, at the Hereford Triathlon, four of Team Tango, put up some excellent performances. Jonathan Miles, Helen Kelly, Caroline Kimberley and Angela Hamer crossed the county border. Jonathan saw a vast improvement in his swim time, and a storming bike leg, his strongest discipline, saw him race up his category listing. Finishing with a run time of 24:37, a 5k PB, he placed 64th overall. Helen Kelly also achieved a massive PB on the run leg, and finished 117th overall. Angela, representing Tri Team Glos, placed 71stoverall in a time of 1:13:33. Caroline finished inside the first 100, with a time of 1:17:36.

On July 7th, Trudy Jones was the sole Team Tango representative in the Frampton 10k, finishing with a time of 55.49, a PB.

An unusual event took place in nearby Dymock. The poets path is a fairly non- competitive event organised by a good friend of this club, and Newent Parkrun, Philip Howells. There were 3 options, one walk and two runs. Megan James and Annie Dobson ran the 8 mile option, after a poetry recital. They were full of praise for the event.

In one of the largest turnouts in this clubs brief history, nineteen of us took part in the Gloucester 10k. On a fast course, there were a few distance PB’s. Steve McAteer achieved a 12th place finish, with a time of 38.45, followed by John Featherstone in 30th position, who recorded 42.18. Adrian Fishpool managed to get inside the top 100, with a time of 45.46. Then came, Philip Rowe (46.52) Russ Dyer, in his very first open event (49.08) Jonathan Miles (50.25) Chris Barber (52.30) Clive Jones (52.53) Emily Huntingford (54.16) Nicola Hill (56.02) Adele Mitchell, glad to be back from injury (56.04) Paula Nielens (56.06) Andrew Lioyd and Micaela Swan, crossing the line together in 56.57. Micaela has also recently recovered from a long term injury. Trudy Jones was next across the line with a time of 57.10, followed by Mel Villegas (1:01:19) Mandy Whittington ( 1:03:14) Craig Love limping across the line after getting injured early in the race, 1:07:19 and Mary Curtis, in her first event and after just a few weeks of running mainly park runs, came home in 1:20:57. Sorry Mark Cryer, I could not find you anywhere in the results !

At the same time as the Gloucester 10k was going on, the club had three members in the Evesham 10k. Dave and Heather Jones and Sally Taylor. Dave came home in 86th place with a time of 44;18, and a top ten position in his category. Sally and Heather crossed the line together with a time of 1:19:48.

Our long distance specialist ( or lunatic, depending on your point of view ) Mark Cryer attempted the Race to The Stones. This is a 100km run or walk, either over two days, or non-stop, along the ancient Ridgeway route. Mark went overnight and achieved the great result of 22nd place, out of 376, with a time just short of thirteen hours. Quite an amazing achievement. As someone who has been on a long run with Mark, and been left in his dust, I can testify to his strength and stamina. Talented git !

Of course, our talented endurance athletes are not exclusively male. Sue Smith, is currently in Switzerland, about to undertake a full ironman triathlon, at the time of writing the results are unknown, but good luck Sue.