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Standard Article August 13th 2018

While most of us were glued to our screens watching the European Championships in Berlin, Glasgow and elsewhere, Carol Clarke was representing club and country in her age category in the 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships .  Carol reported from a cool Strathclyde Country Park as follows  “ The swim, in the loch, was in calm water with fast times being achieved but the bike course, of three laps, was testing, somewhat technical and hilly; however it was on a good, fast surface. The run, likewise, had a couple of testing climbs.”  Carol was rightly pleased with all disciplines and to finish 7th only 4 minutes behind the winner of her age group. Former coach Luke Campbell also competed but not under club colours to finish 11th in his 20-24 age group.

 2018 Glasgow ETU Triathlon European Championships 

65-69 Female AG Sprint
1 Anne Hughes (13.32; 44.24; 26.28) 1.29.25
7 Carol Clarke (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (16.36; 44.33; 26.45) 1.33.23
16 finished

 

Earlier in the week four members took to more local waters for the final of a series of 5 aquathlons held at Lake 32.  Junior Ollie Campbell achieved a fine 3rd only two minutes behind the winner. Steve Derrick was in the mix and Kate Sackett managed to take it very easy as she continues to recover from her recent Ironman and it was good to see Kirsty Leggate competing.  Louise Abbott and Liz Thomas competed as relay pair with Louise doing the swim and daughter in law Liz taking up the running.

 Waterland Aquathlon Series 750m swim; 4.6k run (wetsuit optional)

1 James Denne (12.50; 15.09) 27.59

3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (13.45; 16.13) 29.58

21 Steve Derrick (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (14.22; 19.47) 34.09

27 Louise Abbott and Liz Thomas(Cirencester AC (16.38; 20.32) 37.10

36 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (20.59; 20.14) 41.13   

42 Kirsty Leggate (Cirencester AC & Tri Club (17.44; 28.54) 46.38

44 finished

 

Too late for last week’s report was Tim Ingham’s marathon in the Forest of Dean.  With four laps, Tim was able to push himself up the repeated hills to finish in just over four hours.  He was quietly thrilled that his increasing fitness enabled him to finish well up the field and some 40 minutes quicker than his first off road marathon in the Spring around the hills of Stroud.

 

Forest of Dean Trails Marathon, 26.2 miles trail

1 Ben Goddard (u/a) 2.53.35
66 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 4.01.31    280 finished. 

 

 

A busy week for Liza Darroch who set a Course Age Group record in Standish (taking minutes off her previous times on the course) and a Club Age Group record at the Bugatti 10km.  Bugatti also saw Dan Fitchett running well in a rare foray into competitive running.  He and Liza are clearly making good progress in their preparations for the Chester Marathon in October.  Barbara Thomas ran her first race of three for this week and an injured Ruth Fulford walked round the Bugatti course (albeit at a fine pace) in search of points for the Gloucestershire  AAA champs.

 

Standish Woodland Chase, nr Stroud, 10 miles trail

1 Ross Brackley (u/a) 55.40
78 Liza Darroch 1.36.58 - 1st FV70     102 finished.  

 

Bugatti 10km, Prescott, nr Cheltenham, 10km road

1 Neil Laurenson (Black Pear Joggers) 35.04
42 Dan Finchett (Cirencester AC) 43.49
181 Liza Darroch 57.04 - club FV70 record
205 Barbara Thomas 1.01.18
271 Ruth Fulford 1.29.13      271 finished.  

 

 

Parkruns

Dave Bell set a new course record at Cirencester by completing the three lap course in 16.22.  Ollie Pritchard was the only other member to finish sub 20, coming second in Lymington.  Kate Sackett was 2nd lady at Stonehouse and three McAdams ran at Swindon where Jacob was able to beat younger brother Isaac who is recovering from injury but dad Alan, with over 300 parkruns under his belt, was not so far behind.  Gordon Jones went well in Bodmin and the Barrows popped up in Ludlow.

 

parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers

Cirencester:  1 David Bell 16.22 - course record, 77 Samantha Timms 28.29, 97 David Lattimore 29.35, 158 finished
Swindon: 
15 Jacob McAdam 20.01, 22 Isaac McAdam 20.37, 96 Alan McAdam 23.38, 263 Barbara Thomas 29.03, 419 David Moss 37.13, 486 finished
Stonehouse: 7 Kate Sackett (2nd lady) 21.04, 10 Zac Humphries 22.09, 64 finished
Lymington Woodside: 2 Oliver Pritchard 17.32, 110 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 42 Gordon Jones 24.39, 235 finished
Ludlow: 69 Rachel Barrow 31.30, 85 Paul Barrow 34.58, 109 finished


 

Standard Article 6th August 2018

Cirencester Athletic and Triathlon Club                        Report 5th August 2018

 

On a steaming hot weekend when most of us could barely imagine running, let alone racing, three long term stalwarts of the club still managed fine performances in three very different events.

 

Dave Wright joined the elites for the National Masters Championships near Stoke on Trent.  The Trentham 10k provided a difficult course (definitely not one for a PB) but Dave was rightly very pleased with his  sub 41 minute time and to finish on the podium with a superb 3rd in his highly competitive age group.

Trentham 10km, Stoke-on-Trent, 10km road
incorporating National Masters Championships

1 Nick Jones (Warrington AC) 34.10
43 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 40.48 - 3rd V60   315 finished.  

 

Rupert Chesmore rose magnificently to the challenge of 100 miles along the North Downs Way.  Fortunately some of the route, as it winds its way east from Farnham in Surrey to Ashford in Kent, was shaded but with flight after flight of steps, a section beside a six lane motorway (as it crossed the Medway) and miles of hard flinty tracks this was as a tough ultra run which a third of starters failed to finish.  However stamina and general fitness will out and, having been around 120th of 235 starters, Rupert slowly pulled himself through the field to finish 69th and second V60 after twenty six and half hours in cooking conditions and was rightly thrilled to be some 90 minutes ahead of his target time.

4-5 August 2018, North Downs Way, Farnham to Ashford, 103 miles trail

1 Matthew Dickinson 17:21:22

69 Rupert Chesmore (Cirencester AC) 26:33:31  2nd V60     151 finished.  

 

Finally Barbara Thomas was pleased to find another race when running in Hook Norton although, last heard, she was slipping (slightly) in her personal annual challenge to complete 100 races over the year.

Hooky '6', Hook Norton, Oxon., 6 miles road

1 Henry Sleight (Cherwell Runners) 34.01
282 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.00.58     350 finished

In Triathlons, Ian Barrett continued to impress when finishing fourth in the DB Max Summer Chilly Duathlon.  This was the second in the series held at Castle Combe racing circuit and comprised 2-mile flat run, followed by a 10-mile flat bike on super smooth tarmac, topped off with another 2-mile run to finish.  Andrew Holdworth also managed the top fifty (just).

Castle Combe Summer Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

1 Alex Doherty (Goode2swim) (10.32; 20.31; 11.13) 43.24 
3 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (11.02; 22.41; 11.35) 46.31
50 Andrew Holdsworth (13.29; 25.49; 14.26) 55.36   111 finished.  

 

Parkruns

No winners this week as holidaying members, scattered around the nation, continued to find parkruns.  Ollie Campbell was piped into second place at Lanhydrock, James Thomas to third in Worcester and Nick Holliday to fourth in our own Cirencester event.  Caroline Cotterell and Kate Sackett, both senior veterans, finished second lady in Cirencester and Stonehouse and Rupert’s North Downs Way support crew managed to fit in a quick run of their own at Guilford.

 

parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
4 Nick Holliday 19.23, 12 Howard Ewan 19.52, 29 Neil Morrissey 21.13, 30 Caroline Cotterell 21.14 (2nd lady),
37 Gordon Jones 21.54, 61,  Paul Timms 24.11, 122 Thomas McNally 27.58, 127 Samantha Timms 28.27, 264 finished
Swindon: 
9 Jacob McAdam 19.15, 105 Alan McAdam 23.57, 210 David Moss 27.40, 231 Barbara Thomas 28.14, 459 finished
Stonehouse: 12 Kate Sackett 21.26 (2nd lady), 81 finished
Worcester Pitchcroft: 3  James Thomas 17.02, 54 Liz Thomas 22.41, 201 finished
Burnham & Highbridge: 26 Keith Firkin 22.10, 280 finished
Guildford: 22 Martin Croucher 20.52, 201 Liza Darroch 29.03, 368 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 2 Ollie Campbell 18.44, 265 finished


 

Standard Article 31st July 2018

Richard Hurdle demonstrated his trail running prowes and the depth of his preparation for the 171moutainous kilometres of  the UTMB  (one of trail running greatest challenges run around Mont Blanc at the end of July) when coming 4th in an off road marathon race in the Bath Festival of Running last weekend

Bath Festival Races, 26 .2 miles Marathon trail

1 Damian Hall (Corsham RC) 3.34.26
4 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 4.04.38         208 finished. 

 

Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell stared again in the fourth and final open track event in Cheltenham where they both achieved “their fastest times in recent years” and, we understand, Nick’s 5000m time currently ranks nationally as 3rd fastest for his age group.

Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales stadium, 5000m track

‘D' race                                                                                               
1 Fee Maycock (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 18:42.8 - 1st FV50
2 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 18:44.8 - 1st V60
16 Caroline Cotterell 20:31.0 - 1st FV45

 

Over in Gloucester, Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas managed to find a mid week race enabling Gordon to achieve yet another 5km age group 1st.

Pilot Inn 5km, nr. Gloucester, 5km road

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 16.00
24 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.26 - 1st V65
39 Barbara Thomas 26.55    40 finished.  

 

With the quiet season for racing approaching, club members are starting to prepare for our own Chedworth Roman Trail.  Earlier this year this demanding off road race was a casualty of the April floods but entries for the re-run on Sept 2nd are nearly full and anyone wanting to race along the tracks and paths around Chedworth should hurry to grab a place via Entry Central.


 

 

parkruns, 5km trail

 

Only one win this week, but what a win, with 11 year old Henry Sheffield coming first at Stonehouse.  Nick Holliday was second in Cirencester while Martin Croucher, finishing ten seconds faster, was 10th at Redditch showing typical Croucher consistency as records show he completed a parkrun in exactly the same time exactly one year ago.  Jacob McAdam finished in 20 minutes dead to come 10th at Swindon and Neil Morrissey, 52 second slower, was 23rd in Darlington.  Finally, Maggie Elsey chose Cirencester for her first organised event for many years.

Cirencester AC finishers

Cirencester:  2 Nick Holliday 19.37, 11 Howard Ewan 21.20, 87 Samantha Timms 28.23, 164 Maggie Elsey 51.38, 164 finished
Swindon: 
10 Jacob McAdam 20.00, 87 Alan McAdam 24.19, 186 Barbara Thomas 28.09, 422 finished
Stonehouse: 1 Henry Sheffield (J) 18.13, 74 finished
Arrow Valley, Redditch: 10 Martin Croucher 19.27, 394 finished
Ashton Court, Bristol: 76 Kate Sackett 23.39, 383 finished
Darlington South: 23 Neil Morrissey 20.52, 298 finished

Standard Article 23rd July 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                     Report 22 July 2018

 

Rob Forbes smashed yet another course record last week end, this time knocking over an hour from the previous record by running a mere 58 km over the Brecon Beacons in less than six hours.  Rob would be the first to admit that his focused hill training is starting to reap real dividends.  But a returning to form Andy Hindson rather regretted taking on the longer distance (a cool 89km) and, given the heat and the hills, was just pleased to finish a 21 hour epic.

Brecon Beacons 10 Peaks, 58k or 89km trail

Short course, 58km
1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 5.52.24 - course record     72 finished.
Long course, 89km
1 Galen Reynolds (Canada) 10.52.11
49 Andy Hindson (Cirencester AC) 21.08.06    54 finished but 92 started!

 

Bill Leggatte stretched his long legs along a flat mile into Bourton on the Water on a sultry Saturday evening to finish 8th.  After him came a succession of increasingly mature members who scooped up 4 age group wins including sub 6 minutes miles for Nick Holliday and Gordon Jones.  Several members, inspired by the Tuesday club training session, had a go at the mile for the first time (well done Rob Tuttle)  but what a pity our juniors missed out on a chance to join a highly competitive field and the opportunity to win prizes for two junior age groups.  Next year perhaps we can lure them away from parkruns?

Bourton-on-the-Water Mile, 1 mile road

1 Richard DeCamps (Cheltenham & District Harriers) 4.22
8 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 4.48
34 Nick Holliday 5.31 - 1st V60

57 Gordon Jones 5.58 - 1st V65
60 Caroline Cotterell 6.03   1st FV45
68 Dorian Matts 6.18
94 Lisa Carpenter 6.41
95 Rob Tuttle 6.41
123 Pam Wheeler 7.36
124 Barbara Thomas 7.39
130 Rachel Barrow 7.44
141 Liza Darroch 8.46    1st FV65
148 Paul Barrow 9.49
162 Ruth Fulford 14.47       165 finished.

 

Our “ super” coach Dave Wright demonstrated his new French residency and his enduring running prowess  by winning his age group in a hot and hilly French race.

Cote de Granit Rose 20km, Trebeurden to Perros-Guierec, 20km road

1 Abraham Niyonkuru (Burindi) 1.04.44
43 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.22.39 - 1st V60    812 finished.  

 


 

Nick Wall was happily amazed to win his age group in a 10k run, part of the Bath Festival of Running, despite limping the last kilometre.

Bath Festival Races, 10km trail

1 Alexander Spong (u/a) 45.20
31 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 58.37 - 1st V60       208 finished.

 

Earlier in the week Ian Barrett came 6th in the Castle Combe Duathlon and Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas ran in the Haresfield 5 km.

Castle Combe Summer Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

1 Marcus Mumford (EVT) (10.32; 22.09; 10.47) 44.23 
6 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (11.00; 23.09; 11.38) 46.54   80 finished.  

 

Haresfield 5km, nr. Gloucester, 5km road

1 Luke Byrne (Swindon Harriers) 17.14
39 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.46
78 Barbara Thomas 27.26    100 finished.  

 

Nick Holliday continued his winning streak with yet another age group 1st running 1500m on the track in the Cheltenham Open Meeting and Caroline Cotterell was third.

Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales stadium, 1500m track

'B' race     1 Gareth Harries (CLC Striders) 5:00.3
                 5 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 5:11.0 - 1st V60
'C' race     1 Jack Johnson (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 5:17.4
                 3 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC) 5:30.7


parkruns, 5km trail

 

Ollie Campbell and Kate Sackett return to winning form – in Kate’s case only 6 days after completing an almost Ironman and James Thomas was second at Witney.  Adam Harborow popped up in Hove and Martin Croucher (plus uncharacteristic hangover?) and Dave Moss could think of nothing better to do while they waited in Bovey Tracey for their evening run on Dartmoor.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
18 Neil Morrissey 21.07, 38 Ivan Quinlan 23.20, 73 George Masser (J) 25.52, 137 Richard Crew 30.31, 153 Thomas McNally 32.04, 206 Rachel Ranger 42.49, 206 finished
Chippenham: 
1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.39, 295 finished
Swindon: 15 Jacob McAdam 20.00, 84 Alan McAdam 23.59, 422 finished
Stonehouse: 13 Kate Sackett (1st lady) 21.30, 92 finished
Parke, Bovey Tracey, Devon: 12 Martin Croucher 21.34, 76 David Moss 30.10, 131 finished
Hove: 12 Adam Harborow 19.11, 349 finished
Witney: 2 James Thomas 18.15, 45 Liz Thomas 24.10, 255 finished

Standard Article 16th July 2018

Kate Sackett completed the Bolton Ironman Course in one minute and thirteen hot and gruelling hours. Months of focused training produced a fine swim and a Kate’s great stamina and running prowess enabled her to maintain her pace throughout the final marathon.  Sadly the moor fires in Lancashire led to the bike section being reduced from 110 to 95 miles which will prevent this fantastic effort being recognized as a full Ironman.  “I’ll just have to do it again next year” says a pragmatic Kate.  Kate’s partner Andy (who we have yet to lure away from the Dursley club) also finished but struggled in the run.

Bolton Ironman, 2.4 mile swim, 95 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

1 Joe Skipper (56.35; 4.08.30; 2.45.56) 7.55.34 
1120 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (1.38.51; 6.41.47; 4.29.57) 13.01.47          1891 finished.  

 

Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Llanberis, 26.2 miles trail

Meanwhile Kate’s running buddy Karen Higuera was revelling in the views of Snowdonia as, finally injury free, she chased around the challenging marathon course with 1685 m of ascent to finish well up the field in 6.21.30.

1 Jack Oates (u/a) 3.37.53
253 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 6.21.30    656 finished.  

 

At the other end of the wide running spectrum our small sprint team, Nick Holliday, Caroline Cotterell and Lisa Carpenter have been busy on the track with the Cheltenham Open meeting being highly recommended to all members and some fine results including an age group 2nd for Nick in the Masters event at Solihull.

Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales stadium, 800m track

'D' race:     1 Anna Kelly (White Horse Harriers) 2:33.5
                   5 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 2:36.0
'E' race:      1 Eoin McQuane (CLC Striders) 2:40.2
                   3 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC) 2:51.8

England Masters Inter-Area Meeting, Solihull, various distances track

FV35 100m
1 Joanne Frost (WMAA) 16.24,

5 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 16.24
FV35 200m
1 Elena Ruddock (MMAC) 26.63,

6 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 33.94
FV35 1500m
1 Lisa Palmer-Blount (MMAC) 4:38.46,

6 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 5:34.57
FV35 3000m
1 Sam Amend (VAC) 10:58.25,

4 Caroline Cotterell  (Cirencester AC / South Weast VAC) 12:05.87
V60 3000m
1 Andrew Wetherill (MMAC) 10:29.47,

2 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 11:05.10

 

 

 

 

 

parkruns, 5km trail

Three second places this week, Ollie Campbell at Chippenham, Ian Barrett in Torbay and Stave Yates in Cirencester. But Ollie had better watch out as a returning to form old brother Luke was only 12 seconds behind him this week.  At Cirencester Nick Holliday was third, Howard Ewan sixth and Ivan Quinlan 17th with Rachel Ranger, (getting faster all the time) snapping at his heals.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
2 Steve Yates 19.13, 3 Nick Holliday 19.22, 6 Howard Ewan 20.12, 17 Ivan Quinlan 23.18, 30 Rachel Ranger 24.30, 122 finished
Chippenham: 
2 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.26, 3 Luke Campbell 17.38, 6 Jacob McAdam 19.40, 45 Alan McAdam 23.41, 193 finished
Swindon: 186 Barbara Thomas 28.33, 382 finished
Torbay: 2 Ian Barrett 18.06, 261 finished

Standard Article 16th July 2018

Kate Sackett completed the Bolton Ironman Course in one minute and thirteen hot and gruelling hours. Months of focused training produced a fine swim and a Kate’s great stamina and running prowess enabled her to maintain her pace throughout the final marathon.  Sadly the moor fires in Lancashire led to the bike section being reduced from 110 to 95 miles which will prevent this fantastic effort being recognized as a full Ironman.  “I’ll just have to do it again next year” says a pragmatic Kate.  Kate’s partner Andy (who we have yet to lure away from the Dursley club) also finished but struggled in the run.

Bolton Ironman, 2.4 mile swim, 95 mile bike, 26.2 mile run

1 Joe Skipper (56.35; 4.08.30; 2.45.56) 7.55.34 
1120 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (1.38.51; 6.41.47; 4.29.57) 13.01.47          1891 finished.  

 

Snowdonia Trail Marathon, Llanberis, 26.2 miles trail

Meanwhile Kate’s running buddy Karen Higuera was revelling in the views of Snowdonia as, finally injury free, she chased around the challenging marathon course with 1685 m of ascent to finish well up the field in 6.21.30.

1 Jack Oates (u/a) 3.37.53
253 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 6.21.30    656 finished.  

 

At the other end of the wide running spectrum our small sprint team, Nick Holliday, Caroline Cotterell and Lisa Carpenter have been busy on the track with the Cheltenham Open meeting being highly recommended to all members and some fine results including an age group 2nd for Nick in the Masters event at Solihull.

Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales stadium, 800m track

'D' race:     1 Anna Kelly (White Horse Harriers) 2:33.5
                   5 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 2:36.0
'E' race:      1 Eoin McQuane (CLC Striders) 2:40.2
                   3 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC) 2:51.8

England Masters Inter-Area Meeting, Solihull, various distances track

FV35 100m
1 Joanne Frost (WMAA) 16.24,

5 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 16.24
FV35 200m
1 Elena Ruddock (MMAC) 26.63,

6 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 33.94
FV35 1500m
1 Lisa Palmer-Blount (MMAC) 4:38.46,

6 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 5:34.57
FV35 3000m
1 Sam Amend (VAC) 10:58.25,

4 Caroline Cotterell  (Cirencester AC / South Weast VAC) 12:05.87
V60 3000m
1 Andrew Wetherill (MMAC) 10:29.47,

2 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 11:05.10

 

 

 

 

 

parkruns, 5km trail

Three second places this week, Ollie Campbell at Chippenham, Ian Barrett in Torbay and Stave Yates in Cirencester. But Ollie had better watch out as a returning to form old brother Luke was only 12 seconds behind him this week.  At Cirencester Nick Holliday was third, Howard Ewan sixth and Ivan Quinlan 17th with Rachel Ranger, (getting faster all the time) snapping at his heals.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
2 Steve Yates 19.13, 3 Nick Holliday 19.22, 6 Howard Ewan 20.12, 17 Ivan Quinlan 23.18, 30 Rachel Ranger 24.30, 122 finished
Chippenham: 
2 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.26, 3 Luke Campbell 17.38, 6 Jacob McAdam 19.40, 45 Alan McAdam 23.41, 193 finished
Swindon: 186 Barbara Thomas 28.33, 382 finished
Torbay: 2 Ian Barrett 18.06, 261 finished

Standard Article 9th July 2018

The hottest weekend for years failed to deter many Cirencester runners from competing in a variety of races at home and abroad with many excellent results.

 

Dave Bell returned to the area he grew up in to win the Evesham 10k for the fourth time in five years. He set off at a conservative pace mindful of the conditions to move clear of the opposition in the later stages to cross the line 30 seconds ahead in 34m07s.

The popular Frampton-on-Severn 10k Monday evening race saw six Cirencester runners taking part with Tim Ingham leading them home in 90th place with a time of 45m57s. He was followed by Karen Higuera 109th in 47m17s, Paul and Samantha Timms, 48.13 and 57.21 and Rachel and Paul Barrow 59.00 and 68.28.

 

A more extreme challenge was provided by the Mt. Blanc 91km challenge around Chamonix in which Richard Hurdle survived the gruelling event, which included 6220 metres of ascending, to finish an excellent 110th out of 677 finishers in 16hrs42m26s. Nearer to home Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch enjoyed a trip to the Lake District for a 55km trail race around Ambleside which they completed in 9hrs48mins for 204/205th place out of 375 finishers with Lisa winning her age category. A shorter version in South Wales saw club captain James Thomas finish 5th out of 124 runners in1 hr.25mins at the Fan Y Big fell race in the Brecon Beacons.

 

The club’s most prolific runner Barbara Thomas has been chalking up more results in recent days at the Sherborne 10k multi terrain race and Pilot Inn 5k near Gloucester, finishing 56th and 27th respectively.

 

Strong support for park runs at various locations around the country have continued with many club members taking the opportunity of a 5k Saturday morning run. There have been recent victories for Ollie Campbell at Chippenham and Chipping Sodbury, Kate Sackett in Workington and Sophie Chudley in Cirencester. Perhaps the most outstanding result however was a third overall at Cirencester for Henry Sheffield who is showing all the signs of being the club’s most promising junior.

 

Park Run results –

Cirencester (30 June) – 3. Henry Sheffield (J) 18m41s, 4.Howard Ewan 19.21, 10. Sophie Chudley (1st lady) 20.05,14.Jacob McAdam 21.04, 21. Tom Prosser (J) 22.15, 30. Gordon Jones 23.01, 37. Ivan Quinlan 23.47, 41. Alan McAdam 24.03, 75. Ella Shaftoe (J) 27.04.

Cirencester (7 July) – 2. Steve Yates 19.26, 27. Neil Morrissey 22.11, 48. Sam Cook (J) 23.46, 109. Nick Holliday 26.24, 110. Caroline Cotterell 26.25, 158. Tom McNally 29.17, 294. Paul Timms 60.24 who shepherded the last runners home.

Swindon – 211. Barbara Thomas 27.28, 240. David Moss 28.13.

Chippenham – 1. Ollie Campbell (J) 17.04.

Fountains Abbey, Ripon – 13. Nick Holliday 19.28, 39. Caroline Cotterell 21.32.

Chipping Sodbury – 1. Ollie Campbell (J) 17.43, 15. Jacob McAdam 20.30, 58. Alan McAdam 23.52.

Workington – 8. Kate Sackett 21.27 (first lady).

Toulouse –  5. David Lattimore 29.59.

 

Highlight of duathlon and triathlon results was achieved by Adrian Williams who travelled to Odense in Denmark to represent the club and GB team in the World Age Group Duathlon Championships. He completed the first 9km run in 31m19s, followed by 33km cycle in 54.22 and final 5km run in 18.39 for a total time of 1h48m19s which gave him fourth place out of 35 in the MV40 age category.

In the Cotswold Women’s Triathlon  Carol Clarke was first in her age category and 42nd out of 119 finishers. Her time of 1h22m32s comprised a 18.02 swim of 750 metres, 38.17s 20km cycle and 23.51 for the closing 5km run. In the Novices race over slightly shorter distances Nina Lawrence finished 22nd in 1h12m06sm, closely followed by Ali Norris 28th in in 1h15m21s.

 

The club’s next event is the re-scheduled Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile multi-terrain race on Sunday 2 September. Following the postponement of the April race a number of refunds were given to runners but they have largely been replaced by new entrants and there are now only 30 places remaining to reach the 550 maximum.

 

Standard Article 2nd July 2018

Cirencester Athletics mixed team won again in the Cotswold Way Relay. 

For the fourth year running we fielded the winning team in the Mixed category (which has to include at least three ladies) in this massively popular event.  An administrative glitch lead to the triumph being overlooked at the Saturday evening Award Ceremony but the celebrations continued through Sunday.  In fact, our amazing team captains James and Liz Thomas managed, with endless patience and determination, to draw together no less than five mixed teams of 10 enabling 50 members to participate in the relay race with many more supporting.  Given recent weather, the paths were firm and dry but the sun was unrelenting making the going tough for all the 1,170 runners involved.  Our teams also experienced some difficulties in sticking to the route but, in a break from our tradition, these tended to be in the final stages of the event when it would not have been surprising if the heat affected concentration.  Particularly fine runs from Corrine Clark and Ian Barrett but every member can be proud of their contribution.  Spare a thought too for those listed as n/t as, having exceeded their respective cut off times, they were the ones who were running in the heat for the longest despite knowing the extent of their challenge.

 

Cotswold Way Relay, Chipping Campden to Bath, 10 stages, 103 miles trail

(Cirencester AC unless stated)

Stage 1: Chipping Campden to Stanway, 19.2km; 1 Nick Barry (CLC Striders) 1.16.56;
     11 Simon Campbell 1.28.49; 28 Dan Finchett 1.36.47;49 Ionel Iancu 1.43.42; 53 Matt Hopper 1.45.16; 90 Caroline Buck 1.55.13
Stage 2: to Cleeve Common, 19km; 1 Oli Mott (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.18.22;
     21 Howard Ewan 1.40.25; 23 Neil Corbiere 1.40.34; Robbie Brown 1.43.03; 85 Gemma Lund 2.08.18; Louise Abbott n/t
Stage 3: to Seven Springs, 13.2km; 1 Josh Dixon (Stroud & District AC) 56.11;
     14 Corinne Clark 1.06.38; 61 Karen Higuera 1.19.16; 64 Alan Tompson 1.20.13; 72 Lara Tompson 1.21.45; 79 Fiona Collings 1.26.50
Stage 4: to Cranham Corner, 20.4km; 1 Owain Jones (Bristol & West AC) 1.16.33;
     11 David Bell 1.34.36; 26 David Wright 1.41.11; 39 Tim Collings 1.49.56; 84 Tristan King 2.07.34; Samantha Timms n/t
Stage 5: to Ebley Mill, Stroud, 18.9km; 1 Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 1.10.57;
     6 Ian Barrett 1.22.50; 23 Leo Crawford 1.35.25; 35 Martin Croucher 1.40.05; 47 Penny Grayson 1.42.14; 50 Andy Hindson 1.45.54
Stage 6: to Dursley, 14km; 1 Dan Anderson (Dursley & District AC) 59.54;
     11 Luke Campbell 1.13.07; 37 Tim Ingham 1.22.45; 48 Colin Tapley 1.25.17; 86 Jo Roberts 1.41.22; Clare Blampied n/t
Stage 7: to Wotton-u-Edge, 19.4km; 1 Garry Hughes (Stroud & District AC) 53.03;
     21 Sophie Chudley 1.01.28; 25 Alex Chudley 1.06.33; 59 Rupert Chesmore 1.15.18; Lisa Stevens n/t; Nina Lawrence n/t
Stage 8: to Old Sodbury, 19.4km; 1 Dominic James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.21.33;
     2 Rob Forbes 1.22.33; 16 Tom Purnell 1.37.46; 70 Leigh Guilbert 2.06.51; 71 Keith Firkin 2.06.58; Nick Moss n/t
Stage 9: to Cold Ashton, 14.8km; 1 Gary Dunstone (Team Bath AC) 1.02.06;
     39 Lee Lawrence 1.22.42; 42 Nicola Denning 1.24.16; 71 Cheney Kibblewhite 1.35.30; 72 Nick Wall 1.35.34; 76 Andrew Holdsworth 1.36.13
Stage 10: to Bath Abbey, 15.7km; 1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 1.06.30;
     7 James Thomas 1.13.22; 76 Liz Thomas 1.42.54; 77 David Moss 1.42.55; 90 Dorian Matts 1.48.25; Sharon O’Keeffe n/t
Team results in the Mixed category minimum three ladies:
  1  Cirencester AC Running Hares  13.28.22
 13 Cirencester AC Corinium Hares 15.57.01
 21 Cirencester AC Boxing Hares 16.54.33
 22 Cirencester AC Spring Hares 16.54.36
 57 Cirencester AC March Hares  19.13.53
 117 teams closed including 63 in the Mixed category 

 

Triathlon Section

Last weekend, Leeds Castle Triathlon in Kent provided the prospect of qualification slots for the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne. A narrow beach start into a shallow dive made for a congested scramble to the 1st buoy. Ian Barrett faced high temperatures and distractions in the form of roadworks and a tractor on the bike and a hilly run. A fabulous result which may be enough for an invite to Lausanne next September.

Leeds Castle Triathlon,

Standard race: 1500m swim, 40k bike and 10k run:

1 Edward Castro (Bedford Harriers), (19.45; 1.10.40; 36.52) 2:08:53

19 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (25.40; 1.14.22; 38.11) 2.20.02 - 4th MV45.

465 finished

 

Meanwhile coach Luke Campbell participated in the Cardiff Sprint Triathlon but was not fully fit and struggled on the run.

 

Midweek Lake 32 held the third of a series of 5 aquathlons. It was a beautiful evening but the temperature at Lake 32 meant a non-wetsuit swim which was a curve ball for many who were unsure if they would go the distance in skins.

Cirencester made a great showing albeit in the last tranche!

Waterland Aquathlon Series 750m swim; 4.6k run

1 Chris Stuart (11.18; 17.02) 28.20

41 Amanda Woodd (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (18.52; 24.47) 43.39

45 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (23.39; 21.48) 45.27

46 Louise Abbott (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (19.40; 31.00) 50.40

46 finished

 

parkruns, 5km trail

with so much activity and focus on the great relay race there were few members left to represent us at parkruns this week but the furthest afield was Thomas McNally in Copenhagen.

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
3 Jacob McAdam 19.38, 5 Nick Holliday 19.42, 9 Tom Prosser (J) 21.18, 12 Caroline Cotterell 21.49 (2nd lady),
29 Alan McAdam 24.21, 68 Rachel Barrow 28.12, 94 Paul Barrow 31.35, 149 finished
Swindon:  188 Barbara Thomas 28.12, 406 finished
Faelled, Copenhagen, Denmark: 67 Thomas McNally 27.34, 94 finished

Standard Article 25th June 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                                Report 24th June 2018

 

Juniors Ollie Campbell and Henry Sheffield (see parkruns) continue to dominate our club results with Ollie’s 10k time of 36.57 bringing him 6th overall and 1st Junior in the newly routed Longest Day 10km at Chippenham.  Where Tim Ingham also knocked some 15 seconds from his 10k PB.  Meanwhile, on the same lovely summer evening, Ionel Iancu and Barbara Thomas were enjoying tracks and paths around Chedworth.

Longest Day 10km, Chippenham, 10km road

1 Simon Nott (Calne Running Club) 32.31
6 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 36.57 - 1st Junior
57 Tim Ingham 43.40    647 finished.  

 

Chedworth Mid-Summer Run-Out, c.6 miles multi-terrain

1 Mike Hobbs (N Cotswold Tri & Running Club) 44.58
20 Ionel Iancu (Cirencester AC) 57.10
67 Barbara Thomas 1.16.16        84 finished.  

 

Last week’s report include mention of some impressive track running in the Veterans Champs in Exeter but failed to mention Lisa Stevens’ two speedy sprints now included in the official results below. (Note: we are lucky to have two Lisa Stevens’s in the club – while one was sprinting in Exeter the other was racing the Hilly Half at Bourton – see last week’s results.)

South West Veterans Track Champs, Exeter, various distances

3000m
1 Stuart Henderson (Team Bath AC) 10:29.06
4 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 11:12.53 - 1st V60
1500m
1 Kevin Archer (Weymouth St Pauls Harriers) 4:57.23
5 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 5:23.29
6 Caroline Cotterell 5:36.86 - 1st lady / FV45
400m
1 Martyn Morant (Team Bath AC) 52.37
11 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC) 1:15.03 2ndFV45

200m

1 Martyn Morant (Team Bath AC) 23.64

20 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC) 34.41  3rdFV45

 


 

Triathlon Section (with thanks to Kate Sackett, our new triathlon rep)

 

On 16th June Sarah Gunn ventured to Overy Staithe in North Norfolk with a team mate to try the Norfolk Superhero Quadrathlon event which involved a demanding combination of swim - kayak - cycle - run.

 In the Lady Hamilton distance:-

1 Nicky Knowles 5:03:38.

5 Sarah Gunn (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) finished in 5:24:57

(1m swim 21:21; 4m  kayak 41:49; cycle 2:37:26; 8m run across sand mud and marsh 1:34:52)  14 finished.

 

On Sunday 24th June the TriFerris women only triathlons were held at Lake 32 South Cerney in near perfect conditions. There were three different distances: Sprint, Supersprint and Novice races with over 240 participants. Carol Clarke found the swim section of the Sprint race tough as they headed out into the sun which made it hard to sight the small buoys. But she nevertheless managed to win her age group. While Nina Lawrence and Ali Norris both went well in the novice event.

Cotswold Women Only Triathlon,

Sprint race: 750m swim, 20k bike and 5 k run:

1 Shirley Yarde, U/A (12.30; 33.09; 21.23) 1:08:53

42 Carol Clarke (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (18.02; 38.17; 23.51) 1.22.32 - 1st FV65.

119 finished

Novice race: 200m swim, 20k bike, 2.5k run:

1 Grace Tavner, (Stroud and District AC) 52:55

22 Nina Lawrence, (Cirencester AC & Tri Club (06:23; 48:14; 13:54)  01:12:06

28 Ali Norris (06:57; 46:04; 18:42)  01:15:21       35 finished

 

parkruns, 5km trail

 

Wins for Sophie Chudley and Ollie Campbell and a stunning 3rd place for 11 year old Henry Sheffield.  Howard Ewan and Nick Holliday also finished in under 20 minutes and Sophie (for once not supporting one or other of her daughters) was tantalising close.

 

Cirencester AC finishers
Cirencester:  
3 Henry Sheffield (J) 18.41, 4 Howard Ewan 19.21, 10 Sophie Chudley 20.05 (1st lady), 14 Jacob McAdam 21.04,
21 Tom Prosser (J) 22.15, 30 Gordon Jones 23.01, 37 Ivan Quinlan 23.47, 41 Alan McAdam 24.03, 75 Ella Shaftoe (J) 27.04, 180 finished
Swindon: 
 211 Barbara Thomas 27.28, 240 David Moss 28.13, 530 finished
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.04, 160 finished
Fountains Abbey, Ripon: 13 Nick Holliday 19.28, 39 Caroline Cotterell 21.32, 343 finished

Standard Article 19th June 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club

 

News just in:

Caroline Cotterell and partner Nick HOLLIDAY chalked up a number of firsts at the SW Vets track Championships in Exeter. Caroline ran her first ever track race and was rewarded with 1st W45 in the 1500m in a splendid 5:35, whilst Nick made his first track outing in 40 years with M60 age group wins in the 3000m 11:12 and 45 minutes later the 1500m in 5:22. Both will now compete for the SW in the England Masters inter regional event in July.

Official results to follow

 

Dave Bell and Bill Leggate led the way around our own midweek Summer Sizzler in Cirencester Park.  But, with the majority of members busy helping to provide the usual well run event Race Director Pam Wheeler expects, their first and second places lacked the support needed for a team prize.  Sophie Chudley also had a great run to finish 2nd lady and 1st FV40.

Cirencester Park Summer Sizzler, 10km road

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.21
2 Bill Leggate 34.34 - 1st V40
23 Sophie Chudley 39.44 - 2nd lady / 1st FV40
134 Cheney Kibblewhite 49.06
209 Sarah Whitehouse 53.46
219 Lisa Stevens 54.47
262 Barbara Thomas 57.35       374 finished. 

 

Saturday evening saw another local event but with its unusual start time and punishing hills nobody ever said Humph’s Hilly Half was easy. Simon Campbell slipped to 10th having run much of the race nearer the front.  A stranger to competition, Dan Fitchett lacked a club vest and tried to run incognito but ended pleased with his time comfortably sub 1.40.  Rupert Chesmore and Lisa Stevens 2 (not to be confused with Lisa 1 who ran the Summer Sizzler) benefited from mutual support and reported flying up the hills to finish together in Rupert’s best time for years.  A recovering Liza Darroch coughed and spluttered her way round to be pleased to finish let alone scoop 1st FV60 and Barbara Thomas was thrilled to take 16 minutes from her last year’s time.

Humph's Hilly Half, Bourton-on-the-Water, 13.2 miles road

1 John Parker (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.16.44
10 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 1.27.28
34 Dan Fitchett 1.38.58

63 Lisa Stevens 1.50.05
64 Rupert Chesmore 1.50.05
104 Liza Darroch 2.11.49 - 1st FV60
110 Barbara Thomas 2.22.57    117 finished.  


 

 

Gordon and Rachel Jones went to Broad Town to complete their 5 mile race where Gordon earned an age group 2nd  and Dave Wright, back from France, was unable to resist the lure of his old club’s race in Richmond where he managed to stay sub 40.

 

Broad Town 5,  Royal Wootton Bassett,  5 miles road

1 Micheal Passmore (Highworth A C) 28.20

45 Gordon Jones (Cirencester A C) 37.09 2nd MV60

Rachel Jones 46.42         165 finished.

 

Richmond 10km, Surrey, 10km road

1 Ollie Garrod (Epsom & Ewell Harriers) 31.54
136 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 39.16   547 finished

 

Peter Rowland took on a tough triathlon in the Brecon to finish the half Ironman type distances in 7.52.

Titan Brecon Triathlon, Tredegar, 1.2 mile swim, 60 mile bike, 13.1 mile run

1 Hywel Davies (u/a) (35.03; 2.57.12; 1.25.55) 5.01.15 
245 Peter Rowland (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (50.16; 4.02.38; 2.53.16) 7.52.15     293 finished.  

 

 

 

Parkruns

 

A quiet week for park running was totally dominated by our juniors with Ollie Campbell winning at Cirencester, Tom Prosser (8th) and Sam Cook (16th) while Luke Buck was 12th at Swindon.  Good runs too from comparative youngsters Luke Campbell (4th at Bryn Bach) and Jacob McAdam (3rd at Cirencester).

 

 

parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.17, 3 Jacob McAdam 19.21, 8 Tom Prosser (J) 20.37, 16 Sam Cook (J) 22.43,
24 Ivan Quinlan 23.35, 34 Alan McAdam 24.05, 71 Samantha Timms 28.10, 158 finished
Swindon: 
 12 Luke Buck (J) 19.27, 194 Barbara Thomas 28.13, 454 finished
Stonehouse: 33 Thomas McNally 26.36, 63 finished
Bryn Bach, S Wales: 4 Luke Campbell 18.28, 129 finished


 

Standard Article 11th June 2018

 

We have two record breaking achievements to celebrate this week as, while Rob Forbes smashed the national (world?) record for completing a marathon pushing a buggy, Martin Croucher completed his best ever Comrades marathon.

 

Coach Martin’s performance, completing the hilly 90km in under 9 ½  hours shows the value of “smart” training.  Preparing for his sixth visit to the iconic South African race Martin continued to run 1,000 miles in training between January and May but increased his hill work by some 33% dragging himself up some 23,000 metres of climbing, dressed, as always, in thick clothing to help prepare for the heat.  With all this work behind him, he achieved his best ever time despite a new course which was some 3 km longer.

Comrades Marathon, Pietermaritzburg to Durban, South Africa, 90km road

1 Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) 5.26.34 
3838 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 9.24.13     16844 finished. 

 

Rob Forbes also had a target to beat, taking on the record for pushing a buggy around a road marathon which was set at 3:22.  Not one for small measures, Rob had two daughters and Peppa Pig to push in a double buggy and, while he admits there was some disappointment in the team to “only” finish second, knocking 40 minutes from the record with a negative split is a fantastic achievement.

Yeovil Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Adam Holland (Tavistock AC) 2.32.40
2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 2.43.11     218 finished

 

Kate Sackett used the Cotswold 113 ½ Ironman as one more step in her dedicated preparation for a full Ironman in July.  Again the value of training, particularly on the bike, produced great results and yet another age group win.

 Cotswold 113 ½ Ironman,  Ashton Keynes, 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run

1 Gareth Hodgson (Train Xhale) (26.15; 2.09.34; 1.21.55) 4.01.04 
469 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (43.30; 3.10.43; 1.48.01) 5.48.18 - 1st FV55     826 finished.  

 

Earlier in the week Kate finished 3rd lady in the Stroud Beer Race where Richard Hurdle showed he can do speed as well as distance finishing in 8th place.

Stroud Beer Race, Minchinhampton Common, 7.2 miles road

1 Adam Stokes (Taunton AC) 40.03
8 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 46.31
25 Kate Sackett 52.34 - 3rd lady / 1st FV55
28 Tim Ingham 53.48
35 James Widdowson 55.44
47 Jo Roberts 1.00.47    62 finished. 

 

parkruns, 5km trail

No wins this week but Charles Woodd was second at Helston, Pam Wheeler achieved a well deserved PB at Cirencester and Martin Croucher jogged round the North Beach of Durban with over 2 thousand others.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
7 Nick Holliday 19.51, 10 Howard Ewan 20.30, 24 Caroline Cotterell 21.44 (3rd lady), 434 Paul Timms 24.07, 65 Pam Wheeler 26.30,

100 Sharon O'Keeffe 29.06, 151 Rachel Ranger 32.56, 199 finished
Swindon: 
 104 Alan McAdam 23.41, 229 Barbara Thomas 27.19, 530 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 8 Jacob McAdam 23.41, 157 finished
Penrose, Helston: 2 Charles Woodd 17.39, 191 finished
North Beach, Durban, South Africa: 640 Martin Croucher 31.59, 2271 finished


 

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