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10 Years of Rudolphs Rampage

Rudolphs Rampage at 10 years old

Yes, it really has been 10 years since runners started dressing up, to run through Painswick and the surrounding countryside.In the beginning it was the first ever event organised and was for club members only or Cotswold Allrunners.However, the fun had to a spread and soon it was apparent that the fancy dress element was becoming just as competitive as the run itself.
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beautifully scenic route

There’s the route, which is a great multi-terrain course, along streams, over weirs, up lovely hillside tracks, intense woodland with glimpses through the autumn thinned out trees of Painswick, in the heart if the Cotswolds.

Once the mud has subsided from your shoes, it’s time to run through the Church yard with 99 trees.  A bit further along is the view down the Stroud Valley, before a downhill stretch to the finish of the race.

What's your fancy dress?

There’s clearly no shortage of Santas this time of year, nor Nativity themes either.

The Reindeer costumes get hot, so some choose to wear less.

Yes, that’s a Penguin, yes that’s a present, yes that’s Storm Troopers, yes that’s a Sprout and Christmas pudding

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then there's the Nativity theme

Reindeers, who they are, where are they going and feeding time, it's a Wildlife education over a 7km run

Let's not forget Elf & Safety

Last year Ian, pictured above, attempted to put an Elf & Safety sticker on all runners and spectators

and then there's the Dash for under 15s

Have fun

Sunny Stroud Marathon 2017

The 4th Stroud Trails event took place last Sunday on 7th March from Stroud town centre on a beautiful cotswold sunny morning. The event which previously was a full & half marathon, also included a new Quarter marathon distance for 2017. From 9am the 400 plus registered runners from all over the country started on their chosen distance over Rodborough Common, Toadsmoor Woods, using the recently refurbished Cotswold Canal and conquering Selsley Common, with views across to the river Severn & beyond, the Brecon Beacons of Wales. The routes include challenging trail running with total ascent, of nearly 3700ft in the marathon, 1600ft in the half and more than a 1000ft in the Quarter

First runner over the line was the Stroud Trail Half Marathon winner, Lee Stopford of Stroud & District AC in a time of 1:39:50, followed closely by fellow club member, Nicholas Coyle, 1:40:02. Third man in the half was Luke Stewart in 1:44:52. Sophie Chudley of Cirencester AC won the ladies race in 1:54:32, with local Stroud & District AC member, Tegan Hooper, 2nd in 1:57:41 and Lorna Al-Ani of Cocks Moor Running Club, 3rd in 2:04:59.
Meanwhile the Marathon Winner, Douglas Wright from Almost Athletes, and retaining his title, completed the course in 3:15:57. The winning lady Clare Prosser of Wells City Harriers, completed a hatrick of wins at this event, in a time of 3:42:29. Local man, Martin Humphreys of Stroud & District AC was 2nd in the marathon in a time of 3:25:31, followed by Cheltenham Harriers runner, Andy Gore, who crossed the line 3:30:29hr. Second lady was Liz Noakes (Town & County Harriers) in 4:21:06 and 3rd lady was Pascale Maroney in 4:39:40hr
The newly added Stroud Quarter marathon was won in a time of 1:00:14 by Freddie Wilson for the men and in 1:05:03 by Diane Dee of Highworth Running Club.

Local Cotswold Allrunners member Darren Varley, who is training for the 53 mile ultra, Race to the Tower in June also ran the Stroud Trail Quarter, before the Full Marathon, totaling more than 36 miles.  He’s raising money for Winstones Wish & the British Heart Foundation and you can donate on his Virgin Money Giving page >>>

Full results available at: Stroud Trail 2017 Results >>>

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Beat the Bore at Night is back

2017 will see a number of large bores on the river Severn, but luckily for us as runners, there will also we one on a Friday night in late May, meaning a great run through sunset in to darkness as the Bore chases you up the river towards Weir Green.  Back in 2013, the last time there was a Beat the Bore at night run, it was well received and everyone enjoyed the experience of being chased by a wave you could hear bur not see.

“I ran course the day before the 2013 Bore at night event and was amazed at how the wildlife moves as the bore approaches, in particular the birds, as a warning that something is coming.  Then you hear the roar of the bore as it picks up speed to nearly 14 knots, and in my case just pipped me to the finish” race director, Simon

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Once again this event will be raising money for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charitywhich provides life saving emergency care to people who cannot be reached by road, or are in a state so critical that they require the specialist skills of our team at the scene of the accident.   This not part of the regional 999 response service, but works closely with NHS hospitals.

It’s a charity entirely funded by local people just like you

Why not signup to their weekly lottery for just £1 >>>

The run itself will begin at the bottom of the only hill in the event, approximately 30mins before sunset.  All runners will have reached the river bank before darkness.

PH-BTBJanuaryDayRun2013MidRacePhotoPanoNow the challenge really begins, as the bore will have past Arlingham and be moving upstream at about 6 knots towards Epney (approx 1/2 mile from where runners meet the river).  The bore will continue to increase in speed as runners make their way to towards Weir Green, the finish.

Just one small problem, the bore will reach 14 knots, doesn’t have stiles to climb over, doesn’t need a head torch and won’t be worried about getting wet!

You ready for a unique running experience? 

All finisher will be awarded a bespoke medal to wear, whilst enjoying a nice hot drink & a bacon roll and retelling how you sense the bore was chasing you up the river.  Plus raising some money for a great charity.  For more details, beat the bore >>>

Already made you’re mind up? then go straight to registration >>>

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