Registration Opens for 2019 Berkeley 10k

We are pleased to announce that the Berkeley 10k will be held on the 13th May 2019.

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Part of the Gloucestershire AAA, The Berkeley 10k is a fast flat 10k on a RunBritain license. Based on quiet roads with good facilities and chip timing. Every finisher gets a drink from the bar and there are prizes for first three men and first three women, as well as the usual five year veteran age categories. In addition there are team prizes for best four men’s and three women’s teams.

X-Country Season Starts

Gloucestershire AAA

Cross Country Series Race 1 Old Down

The first in the Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country Series saw 31 DRC athletes competing from first timers at junior (George Pitts) and senior level(Rachel Brown, Julie Gowing Jo Feans Martin Bragg & Mark Owen to veterans such as Kevin Jackson & Trevor Lewis who returned to the fray after a few years away. One of the essences of cross country is that each race is totally different, even on the same course, weather & ground conditions adding to the variables of the athletes’ fitness & preparation. Glos AAA had changed the course with a small loop added for some with a long steady climb through the woods for all, the changes made for an interesting & very runnable course. As Storm Callum headed towards the UK, the runners were greeted with very strong winds & a warm day, with car thermometers showing 22 degrees at the time of the Junior races. The wooded section was very humid. For the juniors who have not raced that often judging their effort over this tough course with the conditions was a big ask & they did fantastically well, most importantly they were smiling at the end.

U11 Girls were led in by Holly Clark, all ran controlled races, with Ruby Heath doing well to pick herself up & finish after a tumble in the woods the U11G being DRCs only full Junior team. George Pitts really enjoyed his fisrt XC outing and finished really strongly. In the U13 girls race Lucy Holdsworth was determined to run well, having felt disappointed with her run at Old Down last year. Another controlled run saw her in ninth place for most of the race, and she managed to hold off a strong s challenge in the last 30 metres. James Durden ran in the U17/U20 race, a challenging range of runners for a 16 year old. He found the woods very warm and increasingly tough but he stuck at his task and also managed a strong finish. The cross country will stand him and all the other juniors (hopefully some seniors) in good stead for next summers track events. After the Juniors racing finished the Senior woman, U20/U17L and male vets over 65 were next up. Robyn Jackson(Waite) led the DRC charge with Margaret Jackson returning to competitive running after a long lay with a stress fracture pushing hard on the first lap. A posse of DRC women followed the leading two with as the race started including Rachel Brown, Tara Truman, Rachel Brown, Shona Darley, Julie Gowing, Erica Fuller, with Eileen Hieron and Jo Fearns doing the sweeping. The thorn between these roses was Trevor Lewis, participatingin the M65 plus event. It was great to see Trevor one of the club stalwarts, Dozen Race Director, sub 3 hour marathoner competing again, after a seven year gap apparently! Robyn held on (see parkrun report) for an impressive 8th position, sharpening herself up for the SW Inter Counties 10K road relays where she is representing the County! Margaret also held on after her quick start to place and impressive 2nd in category, her layoff clearly not affecting her competitive spirit too much. Rachel Brown had a great debut, just 3 and half minutes behind Margaret, and I am confident That this gap is going to reduce over the course of the series, perhaps not at the next one as Rachel as has a marathon in between times! She posted ”I ran my first cross country race today. I’m not going to lie, I found it hard. I was quite nervous at the start, lots of fast looking runners. I’d done a warm up lap so knew what to expect of the course. I felt ok on the first lap; the second lap I started to feel it; and by the third lap I struggled up the climb but recovered enough to finish strong”. In fact, Rachel said afterwards that it was the hardest thing she had ever done, and that’s XC for you, constantly adjusting your effort over testing terrain in a competitive environment. Key points from her post are the necessity to walk/run the course and that the nature of courses will tire you out, more so than on a road run where it is much easier to measure effort. With the rest of the women’s team plugging away DRC Woman’s A team were 13th and the Women’s Masters team 9th , great efforts by all, and a salutary lesson about how every run counts at cross country. An email to Glos AAA re the need for F70 and F75 categories needed. The final race of the afternoon was the senior males. A gain a good turnout form DRC although a few senior men were missing, which was likely to impact on the team result. Paul Hockings, James Everett and Mike Brown led the way for DRC disappearing off in the distance with Andy Truswell leading Dave Durden astray with quick start, whilst Tony Freer just keeping a watching brief, another DRC quintet of Kevin Jackson, Dave Wood, Martin Bragg, Nigel Sankey and Jon Tudor. Paul Hockings showed his class, finishing 18th and 3rd in category about a minute and a quarter ahead of James Everett, who admitted that his current preparation of a Coastal Marathon meant he was not a sharp as he would have liked. Mike Brown was another 2 minutes back and disappointed with his run, typical runner! Although he was pleased to be ahead of James for a bit!

Glos AAA Cross Country Series Race 1 The clusters of DRC runners behinds stayed together although there was some shifting of positions and Kevin was able to move away from his chasers. After too quick a first lap Dave Durden decided to ease off for the next two laps to save himself for the fourth ascent, howver this strategy went out the window with Tony and Andy Truswell closing in on him, providing an incentive to work a bit harder, and he managed to hold them both off in the final. Making his debut for DRC at XC Martin Bragg was an excllent 4th in category just in front of Dave Wood who must still have his Cotswold Century in his legs! As the images above show some very strong finishes by DRC, Andy Kilby showing off his famous sprint and Nigel showing how sharp his elbows are. He did apologise afterwards. However a key point about cross country is not making it easy for the runners behnind you to get past! The images also show that the runners gave their all, nothing left after crossing the line. A great afternnoon’s competition for DRC and the numbers out from young to old reflect the values of our our club, inclusivity encouragment and friendliness and the efforts in particular of our junior coaching team. And the big plus, Kevin’s chocolate biscuits afterwards! Plenty still do do to encourage more participation but progress is being made and I am sure the chocolate biscuits will assist! We will need to ensure we have hand for DRC Juniors as well! Results Juniors U11G:Holly Clark,31st, 12:30; Jess Poskett,39th ,13:25; Lila Heath, 41st ,13:42; Ruby Heath,43rd ,14:08; Team Result: Dursley U11G, 9th (111). U13G: Lucy Holdsworth , 9th,14:23 Male U11: George , Pitts , 52nd , U11B, , 12:50 Male U20/U17: James , Durden , 21st , MU17, 16th, 00:36:11 Seniors Senior Woman; Robyn Jackson , 8th , SenW, 6th, 30:10; Margaret Johnson , 37th , F50, 2nd, 33:59; Rachel Brown , 79th , F45, 11th , 37:33; Tara Truman , 86th , F45, 12th, 38:50; Erica Fuller , 97th , F45, 15th, 39:41;Shona Darley , 113th , F40, 14th, 42:12; Julie Gowing , 114th , F35, 11th, 42:17; Jo Fearns , 131st , F40, 16th, 51:27; Elieen Hieron , 132nd , F65+, 4th, 51:33; Team Results: DRC SenW A, , 13th (124); DRC SenW B, , 27th (296) ; DRC SenW C, , 31st (377) , DRC FV A, , 9th , (202); DRC FV B, , 17th (324) Senior Men: Paul Hocking , 18th , M40, 3rd , 38:50; James Everett, 31st , SemM, 25th, 40:35 Mike Brown , 46th , SenM, 33rd, 42:40; David Durden , 92nd, M50, 11th, 45:11; Tony Freer, 93rd , M50, 12th, 45:16; Andrew Truswell , 98th , SenM, 52nd, 45:27; Kevin Jackson , 137th , M55, 8th, 47:52; Martin Bragg, 141st , M60 , 4th, 48:09; Dave Wood , 142nd, M50, 23rd, 48:13; Jon Tudor , 147th , SenM, 63rd, 48:35; Nigel Sankey , 152nd , SenM, 65th, 49:24; Mark Owen , 201st , SenM, 78th, 58:32; Paul Lewington, 204th, M60+ 8th, 01:02:13. Team Results DRC SenM A 9th (378 points); DRC SenM B, 20th (920); DRC MV 8th (340) Male Vet. 65+ : Trevor Lewis , 94th , M70, 1st, 39:25:00

Next fixture Race 2 Saturday November 3rd 2018 Charlton Park, Malmesbury

Leicester Marathon

As you can see Hannah Osbourne is one happy camper. Travelling North to complete the Leicester Marathon. Hannah has only been training for two years and completed he first marathon, London, in 05:13. Leicester was her fourth marathon. She posted “It was torrential rain and was soaking from the moment I started, a nice route but finished on a one mile hill!! I got a massive PB of 3h 59mins bang on!!”, congratulations Hannah!

Royal Parks Half

Garry Strickland ran the above Half raising money for the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network His posted prior to the event “Anything you can do to help the Plight of Seafarers would be appreciated. Please bear in mind than the majority of all global trade moves by water, just have a look at your worldly possessions to see where they originate!” All in a good cause Garry ran it in a time of 01:38:18, 1241st position and 201st MV45, I am guessing wide age range in this category! He was then off to Ronnie Scotts for some Jazz, NICE! For more info;

Boward Duathlon

Nigel Burford completed his first Duathlon despite a quick parkrun the day before placed 11th and 1 st in category, so clearly his warm up worked, the results seem rather strange , very short transition and bike and very long run 2 so assuming they will be amended. Run T1 bike t2 Run2 Finsh Overall Cat Nigel Burford 10:22 11:03 43:44 01:28:16 11th 8th


Final DRC Grand Prix 2018 Results

Congratulations to Tony Woodridge and Alice Lewis who both successfully defended their DRC Grand Prix titles!

In the men’s league Andrew Probert secured 2nd place and was the only other man to complete all the qualifying criteria. This left us in the unexpected situation of not having 3 runners meeting the qualification criteria, however as the 3rd highest point scorer and having completed 7 of the 8 races required, more than any other competitor, Matt Read picks up a deserved 3rd place.

There was a similar situation in the women’s league. Annette Heylings picked up a comfortable 2nd place, almost matching Alice’s maximum points which would have left us in another interesting situation! More rule clarifications required for next year…!

So as in the men’s league, it has been decided as the 3rd highest point scorer (just) and having run an equal number of races to anyone else, Eileen Hieron matches last years result with another well earned 3rd place. Well done to Julie Froggatt who just misses out for the 2nd year running, this time injury getting in the way.

Well done and thank you to everyone who took part. Final tables can be found here >>>

Prize giving will be at the next Tuesday night social on Tuesday 20th November.

As for the 2019 series, we’ve made the decision to start the series from January 2019. This gives us more time to take on board feedback we’ve received on the series, and will also align with next years planned end of year awards evening. So the series will finish with the Stroud Half Marathon 2019 rather than starting with it. More info and race list to follow very soon.

Warks Tri, Chester Marathon, OCR Sprint, Cardiff Half

Chester Marathon

Three DRC Runners lined up for the 9th MBNA Chester Marathon. James Price running his first Marathon, Ben Cardinale and Andrew Kirby. The conditions were ideal for Marathon running with a slight breeze and the temperature just 9oC at the start James Price whose training had been seriously dented by work commitments, went out with the 3.15 pace group; but after being tripped during the 4th mile he decided to push in front of the main group to give him more space. From this position he worked with a small group and started to progressively increase their pace and move their way through the field. At mile 16 James eased back the pace to ensure that he was able to get back safely he continued stongly, moving through the field. At mile 23 James started to lose a bit of pace when he came to the second to last climb he rallied but then struggled on the climb at mile 25 and wasn’t able to recapture his pace from earlier in the day in the final mile. James finished first DRC in a time of 3.13.25, an absolutely brilliant performance given his disrupted training and the fact it was his first ever marathon. Ben Cardinale, who has a background in long distances triathlon, was hoping for a time in between 3.30 and 3.45, but was concerned as had not had the level of training that she would of liked going into a Marathon. She went out strong at 3.30 pace leading from the front, at the half way point she was still feeling strong and felt that she could achieve a sub 3.30 time if she worked hard. She pushed hard & got to the 20-mile mark with the 3.30 time in sight. She was fully aware of how tough the last 10k was going to be but she gritted her teeth & attacked the hill sections with vigour which put her in a fantastic position. Ben pushed hard over the last mile & was able to finish in an amazing 3.28.54.

Both James and Ben paced their runs very well, with possibly Ben pipping James on this score with 10K splits of 49:52, 49:25, 48:32 and 49:38, also coming 23rd in her category! Behind these two young guns Andy Kilby was running at Chester with Kate Sackett from Ciren AC. Being “old Skool” Andy started hard and held on finshing in 04:14, with Kate doing the same just quicker, Andy wasn’t in a position to use his famous sprint finish in this instance! Results: James Price 03.13:25, 403rd (105th SenM), Ben Cardinale 03.28:54 717th (23rd FV35); Andy Kilby 04.17:41 1879th, 46th MV60.

Warwickshire Triathlon

It was a great turnout at the Warwick Tri with at least 20 finishers from DRC Tri. Fran Amigoni was a very proud DRCTriathlete today finishing 4 th woman overall and 1st in her category and it was all pretty close with just two and half minutes separating her from third place! And she wasn’t far off being quickest DRC triathlete overall. It was also a close race between the DRC men, with Paul Breen and Luke Russell battling it out. Paul just edging it by 4 seconds, with Luke working very hard over the run to almost pull it back. There were other close run placings a 6 second gap between Teresa Walton and Annette Heylings of just 6 seconds and 9 seconds between Karen Eadon and jo Lewis. Currently Chris Young results are missing, with start list alphabetical by surname he was almost the last person off so maybe the timer had gone home for him. As ever lots of smiles both during and after the event.

Results Women: Fran Amigoni 01:06:37 4th; Sue Peachy 01:18:08, 44th; Hannah Osborne 01:23:35 77th; Sandra Lewis 01:23:51, 80th; Michelle Ball 01:26:31, 89th; Jess Lewis 01:31:45 124th; Teresa Walton 01:32:20, 127th; Annette Heylings 01:32:26, 129th; Karen Eaden 01:38:16, 147th; Jo Lewis 01:38:25, 148th; Liz McConnell 01:42:52, 158th .

Men Paul Breen 01:06:26, 32nd; Luke Russell 01:06:30, 33rd, Andrew Oborne 01:11:12, 78th , Richard Lewis, 01:14:51, 120th; Julian Peachey, 01:15:33; Ian Fendt, 01:17:26 153rd; Kevin Brockway 01:17:48, 159th; Terry Cother, 01:30:13, 253rd ,

Spartan Windsor Sprint

Mark Sprigings had a little a warm up for the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in two weeks’ time. He posted: “Today just a little warm up ready for the real deal in 2 weeks’ time! Was great to wear and compete in my United Kingdom top for the first time and bump into a few other representing the country at the World Champs. Decent result today, and had I not stopped on the final obstacle at the top of a 9ft wall for a photo opportunity and wave to my kids I would’ve won the event! Mark S said this hi under no illusion that the “worlds are going to be a whole different ball game!” Well done Mark!


Cardiff Half

12 DRC athletes completed the Cardiff Half, with Nick Fennell leading the team home in just under 01:49, with Pete Dunn hard on his heels and Hugh Poppy hard on his! Liz Fairall was first DRC woman in a smidgen over 2 hours with training partner Nicki Squire running a big PB behind her. Rebecca Halford ran her first ever half and posted: this was the biggest challenge that I’ve set myself so far. The pain set in between miles 6-11 and I ache all over! I am so proud to have completed it in 2hrs 48mins.

Massive thank you to everyone who supported me and especially Mum and Dad who came all the way to support me. Also my amazing running buddy Cara who I lost at mile 11!” Not all runners results are up so no official result yet for Louise Beck but she got Sam Stevens and herself to the finish, Well done both!


Nick Fennell, 01:48:45, 4353rd; Pete Dunn, 01:51:09, 5416th;
Hugh Poppy , 01:53:17, 5617th; Lucy Fairall, 02:00:16, 6809th;
Nicki Squire , 02:02:03, 7184th;Steve Barnes , 02:26:41, 12745th;
Sarah Willcox, 02:31:47, 14211th; Leigh Allen, 02:36:32, 14914th;
Katie Reynolds, 02:36:34, 14922nd; Rebecca Halford, 02:48:45, 16642nd;
Cara Zoglowek, 02:54:19, 17105th; Sam Stevens 03:11:51, 18,132nd;
Louise Beck TBC




PBs galore as once again long distance comes to the fore

The Order of the Woodwose

One of the top performances of the week was by Steve Watson, who after swapping the Great North Run for some speed golf a few week ago was on the start line for the iconic Greenman Ultra, past DRC runners Kate Browning, Rachel Topham and Dave Halford can all testify as to how tough the event is. Not only did Steve Watson complete the event he also provided a Race Report! t “The Green Man Ultra (approx 46 mile with 3,800 feet ascent) is a full loop of the Community Fores Path, starting and finishing at Ashton Park School, Bristol. All in all a really enjoyable day. The race had been cancelled twice due to snow, ice and general travel problems so the forecast of a chilly start with a promise of an 8-hour sunshine window was welcomed by all. Anyone who has ran marathons and ultra-marathons will know the familiar story – The first half of the run is quite sedate, fun and manageable (dare I say comfortable) then ever so suddenly things (in fact everything) start to hurt and ache and scream at you. Old injuries start to niggle and pull, new tweaks start to develop and the mind wanders on a weird and disturbing journey. Eventually the SEVERE pain and cramps just become normal pain and cramps so you just ignore them…….and you crack on Why the hell you we do it?!?! Well as stated above ‘ Anyone who has ran marathons and ultra marathons will know the familiar story’ It’s simple and complex all rolled into one. I completed the race in a very respectable 8hrs 59 and finished in the top 50. The medal is the biggest and heaviest that Ive ever seen and I got a certificate of completion (and a late September tan)”. Official results pushed Steve back to 09:00:26, but still in an impressive 36th position Awesome! A “walk in the park” to a man who can do an Ashpath Marathon 😉

Barnstaple Marathon

Kris Rymer celebrated his award as “Best Running Buddy” by taking himself down to Barnstaple, on his lonesome for a change. Completing his first ever Marathon Kris completed it in a great time of 03:44:57, 03:44:57, 66th overall and 21st MV40, he said “I think I have earnt the beer and chocolates”, to be fair I think he needs more than one beer! Super year of running continues for Kris.

Chiltern 50

Another member deciding to “go long” this weekend was Graham Wilkes who completed the Chiltern Ultra 50km event in 11:11:12, just one second off a number that woud have made Neil Truelove delirious! Well done Graham.

A Tale of Two “Halfs”

At the AGM we spoke about the number of Miles DRC members do each week, Sunday saw another 280 odd miles added by the Half Marathoners at Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean Autumn Trail. Weather conditions, after a warm Saturday were idea for running.

Cheltenham saw Francois Low in first for DRC. It was a day for PBs, François Low running one and just missing out on a sub 90 minute half, placing an impressive 137th out of 2931 runners, Audrey Harris joined him & her good season continues. Tara Truman was first woman home for DRC with a strong run, with Lise Hindshaw next home also running a PB despite a lack of training and a cold! Results: Francois Low, 01:30:10, 137th, (31st M350; Tara Truman, 01:47:43, 825th, (10th F45); Audrey Harris , 01:47:52, 837th, (24th F40) (PB) Chris Williams , 01:48:15, 859, (147th M35); Lise Hindshaw, 01:51:37, 1032nd, (18th F45)(PB); Nick Fennell, 01:54:31, 1187th, (322nd SenM); Hannah Brookes, 01:58:23, 1452nd, (142nd SenF); Andrew Ferguson , 02:16:56, 2241st , (262nd MV35); Steve Barnes, 02:17:23, 2254th, (29th M60); Lisa Young , 02:52:39, 2819th, (153rd F45)

Forest of Dean Autumn Half 12 DRC athletes completed the course, which is like an awesome XC course. A quick downhill start, (if you are unwise) leads to a sustained climb after which a rapid descent means there is only one way home, and it’s up! The last three miles being gentle uphill gradient, but feels steeper! Great efforts by all just getting around, and at the sharp end some seriously quick runs Matt Hazell-Livall just over 90 minutes with Ben Amigoni and Simon Jones not far adrift. Simon was really pleased with his 16th position, after a summer of little running this was a great result for Simon . As ever in the age categories DRC delivered, Martin Bragg an excellent 2nd M60 in 01:36:54 and Alice Lewis first DRC woman home and 3rd F60. Damian Lai, had the benefit of this wingman, Darren Kitchin, who had funnily enough just received the Best Supporting member! With a little bit of help from his friend Damo ran a PB, pretty awesome of this tough course. Results: Matt Hazall-Livall, 01:30:19,, 38th , (23rd Sen M); Ben Amigoni, 01:32:42, 51st , (31st Sen M); Simon Jones, 01:33:26, 54th , (16th M40); Martin Bragg , 01:36:54, 91st , (2nd M60); Darren Kitchin, 01:46:53, 229th , (39th M50); Damian Lai , 01:46:53, 230th , (69th M40) ; Alice Lewis , 01:53:32, 351st , (3rd F60); Rachel Brown , 01:56:22, 14th (14th F45; Kevin Brockway , 02:06:01, 599th (92nd M50); Paul Lewington , 02:06:40, 604th 21st M60); Claire Troy , 02:17:09, 785th (45th F45); Annette Heylings , 02:29:15, (898th (16th F60).

Brinkworth Bash

Meanwhile Alan Honey was showing all the Old Men how to take a decent selfie down at the Brinkworth Bash 10K off road race. First in the Wiltshire Off Road League Alan may have been getting some early Cross Country Training in for the Glos AAA series! I am currently struggling to find his name on the results sheet but Alan reported “The main event was over a mixture of terrain including fields, farm tracks, roads and a narrow path through a wood. There was a field of around 150 runners and a relaxed friendly atmosphere. I was pleased with my time of around 51 minutes”.

DRC Tri – The calm after the storm!

Mumbles Tri

Tony Ball was over in Wales on Saturday, a total contrast to Weymouth last week (Paul Breen described the swim as a combination of swimming and surfing to me!), the Welsh water was like a millpond. The event covered 750M swim (which was bay the look of the image downhill?), 32K bike and a 5K run. Tony was a Vintage Veteran? And finished in 2:00:16, 125th out of 330, closing in a top quartile overall position which is always good, and was an excellent 7th in age category.


K2 Tri and Exmoor Open Water Swim

Zoe Lammerton and Jo Robinson ventured to the K2 sports North Bristol sprint tri at Tockington Manor on Sunday. Zoe reported “A lovely low key friendly event. Wave times were spread out over morning so we were both in the 11:00 wave. A slightly hectic swim with them setting us off at 5 second intervals, a quick transition for me (no wetsuit) and off out on the bike. A short 300 metres climb up onto the A38 took us on two 6 mile loops with a downhill bit after each loop. The run was twice round the rugby pitch field and an out and back on a road and farm track (one sneaky climb too). Really enjoyed it DRC Tri must do this next year!!” Zoe finished in 1:11:36 and 2nd  in age category, Jo Robinson completed in 1:22:35 Zoe said “thanks Sarah Willcox for coming to cheer us on” Anne Roberts ventured further so South to the Exmoor Open Water swim at Wimbleball Reservoir today, completing eth $km suim in 01:24:59, 2 minutes by 100m!

Great achievements across incredible challenges – Weekly Round Up

The last couple of weeks have been incredibly busy for the club with some impressive performances across a wide range of events.

Sunday the 16th of September had seen DRC’s Neil Parry and Dave Durden in Berlin for the 2018 version of the race. Eliud Kipchoge was there hoping to break the world record. The DRC runners objectives were more focused on getting round. Neil Parry was running his 23rd marathon, at his best

had run under three hours, back in 2013. Dave Durden was running his first. Kipchoge pulverised the marathon record just 99 seconds away from a sub two hour marathon. Parry ran a controlled race to finish in 03:24:00. Durden struggled over the last three miles coming home in 03:31:17.

This effort paled in to insignificance with DRC’s Matt Read and Dave Wood looking to complete the Cotswold Century Ultra run and three DRC Triathletes, Charley Palmer, Paul Breen and Damian Lai in Weymouth to attempt the Ironman 70.3.

A few DRC runners have completed the Cotswold Century challenge over the years, this year Wood and Read decided to complete the 100 odd miles from Chipping Campden to Bath Abbey. The organisers description is ‘Start in Chipping Campden at the Village Hall, stop in Bath at Bath Abbey, follow the signs marked “Cotswold Way”. The only route markings being the existing Cotswold Way markers THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO READ A MAP!” Participants have 30 hours to complete the event, with intermediate cut-offs along the way. Starting on Saturday at Midday they were faced with miserable weather with incessant rain for most of the day and night. Dave Durden caught up with both of them at Painswick Rugby Club checkpoint 4 both were remarkably chipper although the tiredness was clearly already taking its toll. Running in the dark, mist and rain both had tripped on roots with Wood hitting the deck.Despite previous reconnaissance Read found himself of course in the mist around Coopers Edge, but was able to get back on track. Early Sunday morning both were passing through Dursley and trying not to think of their dry and warm beds that were so close by. Wood led the DRC duo throughout the event eventually getting to Bath in 26 hours and 49 minutes. His pace was under 14 minutes per mile over the first half slipping to 17 minutes for the second, illustrating what a gruelling challenge this was. Read came home in 28 hours and 38 minutes .

More DRC athletes were off road at the weekend, Rachel Brown, Ellen Efford and Sam Hill took part in the Walcot Whopper, offroad 10K. Brown placed 3rd FV40. Results: Rachel Brown 36th (3rd F40),01:02:58; Ellen Efford, 60th, (9th F40) 01:17:52; Sam Hill 63rd (11th F40) 01:31:04. Andrew and Michele Shapland completed their first ever trail marathon the Cotswold Challenge, which started and finished in Birdlip

On the Road six DRC athletes ran Bristol Half Marathon, Mike Brown,Tony Wooldridge, Ian Cole, Julie Gowing, Andrew Eades, Annette Helyings with unaffiliated Jon Morgan along for the ride. It was pretty damp for the early part of the race, but it eased to a light drizzle. The organization was very slick, with runners treated to a tour of central Bristol with sections of cobbles to add interest for tired muscles. Brown set a blistering pace to finish 152nd in 1:23:38. Gowing ran a massive course best of 13 minutes and a Half Marathon PB of two minutes. Brown’s run was a PB and is just 14 seconds quicker than Severn Bridge, consistency being a good sign, his position of 152nd in a huge field signalling a strong performance, as was Tony Wooldridge’s run.

Results: Michael Brown 152nd 01:23:38; Tony Wooldridge 680th 01:34:04; Jon Morgan, 1235th 01:40:30; Ian Cole 1881st, 01:45:53; Julie Gowing 4586th 02:06:06 Andrew Eades 4586th 02:07:05; Ian Roberts 5303rd 02:14:14; Annette Heylings 5733rd 02:20:42

At the Angels 10K there was another DRC team of six, David Durden, Kris Rymer, Andrea Sexton, Elieen Hieron, Steve Barnes and Pete Dunn. Just over half the 168 entrants made it to the start line the, the foul weather no doubt putting many off. Dave Durden led the DRC team home in just over 43 minutes, with Kris Rymer in shortly after him looking strong, as did the remaining DRC athletes. Sexton running a personal best and Hieron putting an impressive surge to the line in an attempt to get under 68 minutes, Hieron walked away with Silver medal for 2nd in category on the day. Results: Dave Durden 30th (5th M50) 43:40; Kris Rymer 45:26 40th (10th M40); Pete Dunn, 62nd (14th M40) 51:25; Andrea Sexton; Steve Barnes 58:05, 79th (6th M60); Eileen Hieron, 67th (2nd F70) 01:08:03

Saturday saw a celebration of Pete Dunn’s 50th parkrun at Wotton despite the wet conditions Wotton was the place to be for PBs with Kris Rymer, running another PB leading  DRC home at Wotton in 20:34, with Stuart Watts, Huw Poppy and Terry Cother also running course bests, whilst at Chipping Sodbury Sarah Newall ran one. The DRC Tri Trio of Zoe Lammerton, Fran Amigoni and Jennie Marshall warmed up with a bike ride to Stonehouse and then produced some blistering runs, respectively 20:34, 21:50 and 22:58. Marshall posted the best AG of the weekend of 75.83% with Kris Rymer highest grading for the men at 66%.


Tuesday the 11th was the fourth and last DRC “club handicap” event at Hamfield Leisure, a light breeze serving to cool the runners down on overcast but warm night. First home was Caz Harper-Easthope with Emily Harding coming in just behind her, it was then long wait for the 3rd finisher and first male home, Stuart Watts with Jo Lewis cruising home in fourth. Over another successful series the series Derek Jackson was first male on 40 points, leaving the women’s victor Diana Gore to place 1st overall in the series.

DRC Grand Prix 2018 Update – Finally!

After a busy summer, we’re long overdue (sorry!) a DRC Grand Prix series update. In this update are points from Wotton parkrun in June, 10k races at Thornbury and Westonbirt House, plus the Woodchester Park race earler this month.

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Congratulations to Alice Lewis who has successfully defended her title with another maximum points total! Alice is followed by Annette Heylings who is the 2nd of the ladies to complete all the required races this year and looks a sure bet for 2nd place.  Eileen Hieron and Julie Froggatt look like they will be contesting the 3rd place on the podium.

Tony Woolridge is getting ever closer to defending his title but still needs one more race result to ensure top spot. Andrew Probert is lurking in a solid 2nd place if Tony slips up. Matt Read and Pete Chaffer have only 1 point separating 3rd and 4th  place, but with Matt only needing one more result to qualify and Pete needing 3, Matt is in the driving seat to secure some silverware.

There are just 2 more qualifying races left in this series, both Half Marathons at Bristol (Road) and the Forest of Dean (Trail) later this month. As this year series approaches the final straight, a couple of reminders…

Marathon results must be submitted using this form for this years series. You have until the end of September to fill in a result for it to count towards the series.

Due to the inclusion of the Forest of Dean Autumn Half when the Spring Half was rearranged, the awards for this year will not be presented at the AGM, instead they will be presented at a Tuesday social night, or the Christmas Party. More details to follow…

As always, please feel free to get in touch with Mike Crompton or Tony Freer if you have any questions on the Grand Prix, either individually or using the email address

Finally, look out for an announcement on here soon regarding the race list for the 2019 series.

2018 ‘Try Out Tri’ Junior Triathlon Event Success

The first ever DRC Junior Triathlon event was a huge success, wow, just wow! Over 50 athletes competed, giving their best and showing us their swimming, cycling and running skills. Well done to each and every athlete who completed the race. Full results here >>

Winners of the 8-10 years category were:

  • 1st Benjamin Howse
  • 2nd Stanley White
  • 3rd Billy Smith

Winners of the 11-13 years category were:

  • 1st Lucy Holdsworth
  • 2nd Luke Davies
  • 3rd Jacob Brounger

Winners of the 14+ years category were:

  • 1st Aneurin Earle
  • 2nd James Durden

This event could not have happened without the huge support of all those who  planned, organised and delivered the event, so a huge thank you to everyone who helped. A few specific call outs to Martin Bragg, Tara Truman and Annette Keevil (our area leads) and our sponsors; The Pulse (thanks to Ange and team for the swimming, pool, spin room and help on the day), Emsea (our amazing medals and trophies supplier) and Sainsbury’s (the snacks).

This event was so successful we may even do it again next year!

Caroline Jones

DRC Juniors Weekly Round Up

Mini athletics continues, this week it was too windy to play our planned game, so we had some target practice throwing bean bags. Still all good fun, just one week to go.

‘Try Out Tri’ planning is coming along nicely, just a reminder this is on the 8th Sep, and is set to be a great event. We still need more marshal to help out on the day, so please let me know if you’re available to help, it’s a great way to help out and see the action up close.

Normal Saturday Juniors sessions will start up on the week after Try Out Tri, on the 15th September.

Some good news for the winter running programme for our older junior athletes; we’ve been awarded a £550 grant towards coach training and equipment, so we will be looking to see how we can make best use of that.

That’s it from me this week, have a great week.