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Dirty, marshy, soggy, swampy ….

Cranham Corner-Buckholt-Sheepcombe

On a very chilly, but calm Sunday morning from the Royal William at Cranham a beautiful sunset was occurring, especially appreciated after the gale force winds over the last few days.  Several other Cotswold Allrunners Sunday morning groups were out and about taking a look a the top of the famous Cheese Rollers Hill, (Coopers Hill) and following parts of the Cotswolds Way.

The route featured below, was a group led by myself took, which took a more circular approach, following Buckholt Woods into Cranham Wood and on to Overtown Farm and now following some of the Daddy Beast (Part of the Cranham Beast weekend).  Continuing up Saltridge Hill, into Saltridge Wood before making our way back up towards the Royal William at Cranham.

Photos of various groups



Mince Pie Burner

Nailsworth-Kingscote-Horsley (Week 01-15)

Photo above caption: Thacker out of the Mist
This was taken after an comfort break was taken and the group were waiting, and thought Steve Thacker had got lost, but then all of a sudden, he appears ……

So happy new year, welcome back to running and yes it’s another misty, foggy and muddy run.  So that’s great news then.

This week the run took us out of Nailsworth, through Ruskin Mill and the Trout Farm to Washpool, Hartley Bridge at Hay Lane and out into Kingscote Woods.  A gradual climb up to Binley Farm and a steeper ascent to Kingscote Village at 203m also the highest point of the run.

Now returning back towards Nailsworth, past Hazlecote Farm,  through Wickley Woods and to Washpool, crossing the route from earlier.  A short climb up to, followed but descent to Downend, then brings to the final hill of the day, up to Rockness and down in to Nailsworth.

Happy New Year, hope you all achieve your 2015 running goals



Other News

Minchinhampton 10K held on the 15th March 2015 has had nearly 200 entries over the festive period, so don’t delay and enter today.  Online registration >>>>

So, it’s 2015  and it’s time to set some goals for the following year and those already entered into spring marathons, it’s time to focus on your marathon training.  Please get in touch for advice

Keep on enjoying your running


Foggy run looking for the sun

Nailsworth-Selsley-Woodcehster Park (Week 48/14)

When you live in such a beautiful environment, there’s nothing better than getting out for a run a seeing for yourself, no matter the weather conditions.

This weeks Sunday run was foggy with a chilly silence in the air, but with both groups well prepared the run began by following the cycle track, the old disused Stonehouse to Nailsowrth Railway line (aka the Dudbridge Donkey Line) towards Woodchester from Nailsworth.  Then at Dunkirk Mill, heading across the A46 to Chrystal Fountains and up past Atcmobe Woods and Bown Hill to Pen Woods.  

Continuing along to Stanley Woods and towards Coaley Peak, before entering Woodchester Park.  A gradual descent down to Woodchester Mansion for Mary’s group, whilst the other group added a hilly loop around the back of the mansion.  Following the path and tracks out of Woodchester Park, the run then returned back along the cycle track to Nailsworth (or adding a loop to Frogmarsh Mill first).

a great offroad trail run, with the sun poking out towards the end.  Thanks to Mary for leading a group and to Tara for the Photos



Other News this week

The Bourton 10k on 22nd February 2015 opened entries and closed by 10am on the same day.  So if you got in great and enjoy your training and the race, it’s just under 12 weeks away.

If you didn’t get in then why not try the Castle Combe Chilly 10K – 22 Feb 2015, as an alternative

Also, the Rudolph Rampage and Rudolph Dash entries are still coming in fast and there are only about 30 places left in the Rampage.  So don’t delay and enter today.

The 2015 Minchinhampton 10k on the 15th March is now open for registration with 550 places available with an additional 50 places with the Cotswold Care Hospice.

Keep on enjoying your running

Spring is in the Air

Sundays Run – March 3rd, 2013

As Spring gets closer, the Sunday runs no longer cling to the darkness of night, but instead offer daylight, and this Sunday also sunshine, albeit a bit chilly

PH-SundaySelsleyRun051210The route was along the disused railway line from Nailsworth to Dudbridge, then onto the Cotswold Way up to the top of Selsley Common.

The 8am group then took a steep hill down to South Woodchester and up onto Minchinhampton Common at Amberley, before returning via Box, to Nailsworth for 1hr 55 Min run.

The 10am group instead came off of Selsley down towards Woodchester Park, pictured right, to Inchbrook, through Dunkirk Mill and back to Nailsworth to complete a 2 hour run.


Half Marathon Results

This Sunday some Cotswold Allrunners were participating in local and regional half marathons, a few in preparation for forthcoming marathons, others returning from illness and one as an expectant Grandfather (again!)


Hogweed Half Marathon

Gerard Newman and Rose Niland ran in the Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon in the Cotswold village of Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire.  This is a tough hilly half marathon course and for Gerard his Nemesis.

Rose ran a great time and won her age category and sent this message to the club.

 “Thanks to all the great interval sessions and support from my fellow club runners, you help me achieve my goals”

Gerard, who ran in the Weston Tough 10 only the previous Sunday, finishing 640th in a time of 1hr 36mins was ready to take on this hilly half marathon again.

“This race has always been my nemesis! This year though I felt great all the way and compared to my previous fastest of 2:16:42, my finishing time this year was 2:03:46.   At 10miles I beat last weeks tough 10 time by 5 minutes.  Really feeling good at the moment”, says a delighted Gerard

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82151:19:31KatChildLV35/1Cotswold Allrunners
83091:31:58MartinAdamsonSM/7Cotswold Allrunners
829121:32:48ChrisJolleyMV50/1Malvern Joggers
711151:34:48LizzieFiggisLV35/3Cotswold Allrunners
813161:35:57GavinTownsendMV40/3Cotswold Allrunners
823171:40:17RichardBarnesMV50/2Great Western Runners
710181:40:27MichelleEarlLV35/4Cotswold Allrunners
717191:42:45MaryHolbaLV45/2Cotswold Allrunners
806201:46:41JackieKnightsLV55/1Cotswold Allrunners
828252:04:32TinaCutlerMV40/4Cotswold Allrunners
733262:04:34MarciaThompsonLV45/4Cotswold Allrunners
810272:11:58AndreaPlayleLV45/5Cotswold Allrunners
814302:18:28JenniferVallelyLV45/6Cotswold Allrunners
852312:20:05AileenFraserLV55/2Cotswold Allrunners

Official Hogweed Trotters website, results  and photos >>>

Bath Half Marathon


Jenny Vallely and David Michael travelled to Bath for this years Bath Half Marathon.  Jenny who 4 or 5 weeks ago had just returned to training completed the run in 2:25hr and was raising money for the MS Society.

“Speed has never been my forte, but today was only 3 minutes outside my PB.

IMG-MSScoietySo thanks to Cotswold Allrunners for all the support and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored me – I have very nearly hit my target for the MS Society”, says a very happy Jenny

David Michael, who is training for the Brighton Marathon in early April, had to battle a few internal thoughts in his race, to come away with a new personal best of 1hr 39mins.

“I was counting the miles and sort of willing it to finish. I was not in the groove, as it were. I couldn’t really enjoy it, kept wondering why I was doing it, not all the time – some of it glided past. How can I enjoy it?”, David then added, “I am pleased, the extra training is working”

This does show how tough a half marathon can be and the mental strength required, but also maybe the anxiety of immently becoming a grandfather could have affected his running, although David has been in this situation before.

[message_box title=”David Michael Fact File” color=”blue”]During the 2011 Standish Woodland Chase organised by Stroud and District Athletics Club, David stopped and answered his phone to discover he’d become a grandfather for the first time, He then grabbed the nearest runner (our Jennie Marshall) to tell her about it.  Subsequently he joined Cotswold Allrunners.[/message_box]

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80412:17:19MarkHadleyMV40/1Halesowen AC
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Official Bath Half Marathon website, results and photos >>>>

Silverstone Half Marathon

IMG-SilverstoneHalfRouteSilverstone Half Marathon entrants included Nikki Fowles, her husband Keith and Bea Brandish (Mum). The conditions were very windy on and around the British Grand Prix Circuit, but this didn’t stop Nikki running a time close to her personal best by just 3 seconds, 1hr 51.

“I’m really pleased as I’ve got Marathon Training legs at the moment and the course was slightly long”, Nikki quoted

Meanwhile one of Cotswold Allrunners eldest veteran runners, Bea, who is once again training for the London Marathon in April put in a solid performance and finished 2nd in her age category and a time of 2:04hr.

“I am really pleased as I felt relaxed and didn’t push it too hard, but the wind always seemed to be in my face no matter what direction I was running in”, Bea (Mum) told me

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Official Silverstone Half Marathon  website, results and photos >>>>


Minchinhampton 10K

Cotswold Allrunners 4th Annual 10K road race is less than 2 weeks away.  Entries have exceeded previous years and with extra bonuses of  a T-shirt and Chip Timing means this has all the hallmarks of being a great race.  The Junior 2km Common Run will take place before at 9:30am with entries on the day.

Full details >>>> Minchinhampton 10K – 17th March 2013

The Sizzling 6

This year the Sizzling Six will return to Summer (July) with new bespoke locally handcrafted medals and a Junior event, followed by BBQ and other activities.  Possibilities of camping overnight and leading straight into the normal Sunday run.  The aim is to change the venue every year and make this a great family annual active weekend in our local environment.  Watch this space ….

Until the next issue of Sundays Run, keep on enjoying your running.