Biscuits, X-Country and extra long 10 miler!

Glos AAA Cross Country Championships 2019

A small but determined band of DRC runners a made it to the rather delightful environs of Rendcombe School to take part in the County Championships. It was a bitterly cold day and the cold was increased for the U17s and over with two thigh deep river crossings on each lap. Even the U13s had smaller water courses to run though as well as the challenges of sustained adverse camber along narrow sheep tracks and a steep if short hill climb. DRC had just the two runners in the Senior Woman’s race with Alice Lewis leading the F60s home and first home for the club, with W2R graduate Jo Fearns putting in a great effort to place 10th F40! Just the solitary senior male Dave Durden, ran three large laps, 6 significant water crossings to stop him getting two hot. Coming back from illness he ran a steady race placing 5th in his category., pleased with his pacing and a strong finish. There was some very strong running from the Juniors with Charlie Wosfield placing 3rd un the U13 boys with his brother Joel 7th in the U17s, always a difficult age group. Lucy Holdsworth continued her fine season with a 5th in the girls U13s.

Results: MU13, Charlie Wosfield 3rd 13:42; MU17 Joel Worsfield 7th 19:10; LU13 Lucy Holdsworth 5th

16:22; Senior Women: Alice Lewis 37th (1st F60) 34:17; Jo Fearns 76th(10th F40) 49:03; Senior Men:

Dave Durden 62nd (5th M50) 44:22

Gloucester 10 Miler, or  more…..!

Fourteen DRC athletes were at the Gloucester 10 mile event on the 30th of December to finish off their competitive year and for a few, start laying bases for their marathon training for London 2019
Unfortunately, a marshal misdirected some of the earlier runners leading to Matt Hazel Livall and Kevin Jackson having to run an extra 6th of a mile. This didn’t stop them coming home respectively first and second for DRC. The Beyond Limitation organisation failing to pick up Kevin’s finish and also Jackie Pennington who came in as a late entry! Sadly a week later no amendments posted. As ever great running from DRC in the age categories headed by Eileen Hieron 1st F70 #BOOM! Annette Heylings 4th F60, Di Gore 5th F60. Annette was super pleased with her run three and a half minutes quicker
than last year! Matt-Livall managed a top 20 finish despite the misdirection. Steve Barnes placed 11th M60, and received a special thank you on our FB page for keeping another runner company over the ten miles, helping them keep going, and according to Steve “putting the world to rights!” Well done Steve! Not sure 10 miles is long enough though given the state of the world!


Matt Livall, 40th, 1:10:56, (20th M30-39); Francesca Amigoni, 85th , 1:16:51,(10th F30-30); Paul Breen , 86th , 01:17:06, (31st 30-39); Nick Fennell, 286th, 01:36:34, (58th 30-39); Jackie Pennington, (Pos. tbc) 01:40, tbc; Annette Heylings, 322nd , 1:42:19, (4th F60-69); Steve Barnes, 325th , 1:43:20, (11th M60-69; Emma Keating, 330th , 1:44:28, (57th F40-49); Dominique. Pemberton, 331st 1:44:28, (41st F30-39); Diana Gore, 341st , 1:45:03, (5th F60-69);Sarah Newall, 361st , 1:49:12, (67th F40-49); Suzanne Moss, 363rd , 1:49:13, (69th F40-49); Karen Eadon, 367th , 1:49:27, (33rd F50-59); Terry Cother, 370th 01:49:28, (34th M50-59); Eileen Hieron, 374th, 01:50:07, (1st F70

New Years Day 5

Nigel Sankey reports “Nine Dursley runners lined up for the New Year’s Day Pilot Inn 5 miler organised by Severn AC. A simple out and back, the course would best be described as undulating. Well done to Alice Lewis for coming 1st lady and Alice, Mel Williams and Janet Matthews for picking up first ladies team. Also congratulations to all the other Dursley runners, Mouse Clutterbuck, Ray Williams, Deb Peake, Richard Hensman and Cara Zoglowek”. Great to see Deb Peake competing in DRC vest and Ray escorting his better half over the finish line or was it vice versa?

For those unaware of Severn AC Race Director Terry Haines history of putting on small, well run and competitive races will also be unaware that Terry was famous for his is “Fair Trade Biscuit” prizes. DRC runners dominated the small field this year with 6 first places in category two seconds and one fourth, so DRC definitely took the biscuit(s)!

Results: Nigel Sankey , 7th , SenM, 2nd, 32:28; Alice Lewis, 15th, F60 , 1st , 37:04; Mouse Clutterbuck, 16th, M55, 1st , 38:45; Richard Hensman, 20th, M40, 4th , 40:39; Ray Williams, 22nd, M69, 2nd ,42:05; Mel Williams, 23rd, F55, 1st , 42:05; Janet Matthews, 26th, F40, 1st , 44:03; Deb Peake, 27th, F35, 1st , 45:15; Cara Zoglowek, 30th, F45 , 1st , 58:55

Greed – Severn Sins

Caroline Jones reports that “There were good conditions for the 7 Sins race held on Friday 28th in the Forest of Dean. Soft ground but not too boggy. The route includes seven hills (and some slopes that aren’t steep enough to officially count as hills) and two tunnels of icy cold water to wade through. It’s a tough course designed to ensure all competitors burn off a good number of festive calories. First in for Dursley was Chris Sweet who made a great time of 1:06 despite having forgotten his trail shoes. He lost a trainer more than once in the muddy stretches and lost time having to retrieve it and was overtaken on some of the slippery downhills. Next year with the right shoes he’ll be a definite contender for the coveted ‘Sub 1 hour’ T-Shirt. Mouse Clutterbuck paced his better half Den around the course coming in with a time of 01:15 Den came in 9th female running for Gloucester AC. Caroline Jones was 12th female overall with a time of 01:19. Rich Prior, (feeing conflicted? Ed.), came in with another strong time of 01:23 running for the Berkeley Harriers (but wearing the DRC vest). The ‘sin’ this year was ‘Greed’ represented by the traditional gruesome medal for all finishers.

Bowstones NYE Fell Race

Paul Gebbett was the sole representative at Bowstones Fell race in Lyme Park (oop North) finishing in a time of 56:31, 103rd place, running as a M40, he was in a veritable host of older runners! Recovering after a cough and cold as most of us are, Paul said “was taking it easy good fun though!”.