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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


 

Standard Article 4th June 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                 Report for  3 June 2018

 

A baking hot Sunday saw some 21 club members supporting our sister club’s 10k in Fairford.  Dave Bell ran against Cheltenham’s Alex Lee, a 22 minute 10k runner  and a frequent opponent but both slowed slightly in the heat and hills with Dave pleased to finish only 17 seconds behind.  Bill Leggatte and Adrian Williams ran well, finishing in 5th and 8th places while training light Simon Campbell also just scraped into the first twenty.  Our top four were followed by a strong team of ladies led by Wendy Nicholls enjoying a leg stretch in her local race.  Caroline Cotterell, Rhiannon Brown and Karen Higuera were grouped together not so far behind.  This left Paul Timms leading a steady stream of members pleased to have survived the heat.

 

Fairford 10km, road

 

1 Alex Lee (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 33.11
2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.28, 5 Bill Leggate 34.33 1st V40, 8 Adrian Williams 36.03 2nd V40,  20 Simon Campbell 38.23
42 Wendy Nicholls 41.11 - 6th lady, 84 Caroline Cotterell 46.12, 85 Rhiannon Brown 46.26, 100 Karen Higuera 47.39
109 Paul Timms 48.22, 113 Gordon Jones 48.40, 123 Rupert Chesmore 49.12,
137 Tom Renton-Rose 49.53, 156 Caroline Buck 50.47, 193 Rachel Ranger 53.23,
249 Liza Darroch 57.46  (New FV70 club record), 254 Rachel Jones 58.18,
280 Rachel Barrow 59.44, 285 Barbara Thomas 1.00.24, 309 Ruth Fulford 1.02.39,
388 Kevin Joynes-Creed 1.14.27
410 finished.  

 

The Bank Holiday weekend saw Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell running competitive miles in London and Bill Leggatte finishing seventh and first in his age group (again) in a 10k near Bishop’s Stortford.

 

Westminster Mile, London, 1 mile road Masters race

1 Joe Ashley (Arena 80 AC) 4.33
79 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 5.38
115 Caroline Cotterell 6.11  180 finished.

Hatfield Broad Oak 10km, nr Bishop's Stortford, 10km road

1 Afewerk Rossom (Herts Phoenix) 32.36
7 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 35.09 - 1st V40
1115 finished.  

 

Don’t forget our own 10k race, the Summer Sizzler, run on traffic free roads around our lovely Cirencester Park – Wednesday 13th June starting at 7.30 pm (Juniors at 6.30 pm). Enter via EntryCentral.

parkruns, 5km trail

 

James Thomas won in Pembrokeshire where wife Liz was 2nd lady.  Nick Holliday was flying again, this time in Cirencester, to finish his 100th parkrun in 4th place with a new age group record for the course.   Juniors Ollie Campbell (3rd), Luke Buck (9th), Tom Prosser (14th) and Sam Cook (23rd) continue to run well, and Charles Woodd finished a strong 4th in Helston.

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester:  
4 Nick Holliday 19.55, 14 Tom Prosser (J) 21.29, 16 Neil Morrissey 21.34, 23 Sam Cook (J) 23.01,
49 Neil Corbiere 25.33, 159 Jenny Brewin 46.58, 159 finished
Swindon: 
 9 Luke Buck (J) 18.57, 10 Jacob McAdam 18.58, 118 Alan McAdam 24.00, 134 David Moss 24.20,
236 Barbara Thomas 27.34, 546 finished
Chippenham: 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.39, 168 finished
Colby, Pembrokeshire: 1 James Thomas 17.26, 26 Liz Thomas (2nd lady) 23.46, 130 Louise Abbott 34.16, 154 finished
Penrose, Helston: 4 Charles Woodd 18.01, 242 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 20 David Lattimore 30.00, 26 finished


Next Saturday, June 9th, we have a special parkrun in support of the NHS – a perfect occasion to introduce a friend to the joys of park running – but they will need a bar code to enter. 

Double Olympic gold medallist and former nursing assistant Dame Kelly Holmes is urging the nation to get active in the year the NHS turns 70. ‘parkrun for the NHS‘ aims to encourage new participants, including NHS staff and volunteers, to come along to their local parkrun – to recognise the contribution of the NHS to the health of the nation and inspire people to take part in physical activity and volunteering.

Standard Article 21st May 18

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                  Report 20th May 2018

On a dry Monday evening, Bill Leggate led a small team (of fairly senior members!) around Berkeley completing the flat 10k course in 44.31 to finish fourth overall.  His was the first of three club age group wins with members in search of points towards the Gloucestershire Road Race Championships which led to Kate Sackett and Barbara Thomas both competing in three events in three days.

 

Berkeley 10km, road

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 33.06
4 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 34.31 - 1st V40
110 James Widdowson 44.29
120 Gordon Jones 45.20
121 Kate Sackett 45.21 - 1st FV55
306 Barbara Thomas 57.56
325 Rachel Jones 59.20
338 Ruth Fulford 1.00.14 - 1st FV70     414 finished.

 

Martin Croucher and Howard Ewan formed a highly successful mini team to tackle the Worcester Marathon running together from start to finish - despite the heat – in 3 hours 50 minutes to cross the line in 36th and 37th places.  Howard succeeded in banishing several distance running gremlins setting a good, steady pace from the start.  While Martin’s stamina (in his last marathon before the coming 56 miles of  The Comrades Race in RSA) enabled him to hold the pace and so for both to complete with a negative split.

Worcester Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Matt Harrold (Warley Wood Pacers) 2.49.39
36 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.50.22
37 Howard Ewan 3.50.38       148 finished.

 

Missed from last weekend, Louise Abbott chose a tough one when returning to competitive running, tackling the 11 off-road hilly miles (with approx 540m of climbing) of the Preseli, The Beast Bach. 

Beast Bach, Preseli, S Wales, 11 miles fell (1700')

1 Dylan Lewis (Sarn Helen) 1.18.33
176 Louise Abbott (Cirencester AC) 2.49.08    201 finished. 

Standard Article 14th May 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club

Junior Henry Sheffield continues to wow us all, this time with a fantastic win in the Brewer Memorial Games last weekend.  Thirteen year old Henry flew round the Prince of Wales Stadium to finish first in the 1500 metre event in 4:47.04. In the process he beat all those in the Under 15 age group, including his older brother Archie whose time of 5:01.02 was a Personal Best.

 

While this weekend, 11 year old Tom Williams, finished 5th out of 30 in the Tristar 2 group in a duathloninvolving a 1600 track run followed by 5500m on the cycle track and another 600m run to finish.  Tom with a time of 19.11 was a mere 37 seconds behind the group winner, looks set to follow in his dad (our invaluable Junior captain), Adrian’s footsteps.

 

Our senior triathletes were also represented this weekend with Bob Ferris finishing in the middle of the field at Wootton Bassett despite his running being severely limited by long term injury.  Steve Derrick and Kate Sackett tackled the longer 51Fiver event at the Water Park.   

 

Royal Wootton Bassett Triathlon, 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1 Chris Webber (Swindon Tri Club) (5.14; 38.12; 20.29) 1.04.50 
71 Bob Ferris (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.34; 43.14; 34.20) 1.26.33:149 finished

 

51Fiver Cotswold Triathlon, Water Park, 1,500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1 Harry Palmer (Zoot Athlos) (20.36; 1.02.28; 36.55) 2.02.42 
106 Steve Derrick (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (27.19; 1.14.35; 48.12) 2.34.04
294 Kate Sackett (38.07; 1.24.48; 48.15) 2.56.31   411 finished.  

 

Tim Ingham ventured off road (at last) taking on the challenge of the Stroud Trails Marathon to demonstrate the mental and physical strength needed for hilly trail running by finishing 28th overall and 14th in his V40 age group.  Ben Rosedale also went well but sadly Karen Higuera, Tim’s great training buddy, had to drop out at Mile 22 with injury. Barbara Thomas completed the ½ Marathon.

Stroud Trails Marathon, 26.2 miles trail

1 Jamie Bird (100 Marathon Club) 3.53.48
28 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 4.41.00
47 Ben Rosedale 5.13.41   74 finished.  

Stroud Trails ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 1.36.01
167 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 3.05.12     175 finished.  

 

A group of slightly more senior runners used the Tewksbury Half marathon as part of their marathon training and, given the warm day and undulating course, were pleased with their times.

Tewkesbury ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Steve Kenyon (Gloucester AC) 1.15.37
296 Rob Tuttle (Cirencester AC) 1.58.02
413 Rachel Barrow 2.07.27
590 Paul Barrow 2.29.13      670 finished.  

 

 

10k anyone?

 

All those defeated by the thought of all these marathons and triathlons might like to consider the club’s Summer Sizzler on Wednesday June 13th.  A great 10k, run on traffic free parkland roads in Cirencester Park – hopefully on a gorgeous summer evening.  Juniors start at 6.30pm, Seniors at 7.30pm and entries can be made via www.entrycentral.com.

 

Parkruns, 5km trail

 

James Thomas won (again) at Cirencester, Kate Sackett was second lady at Stonehouse and Jacob McAdam fourth at Slough.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 1 James Thomas 17.15, 4 Simon Campbell 18.18, 20 Tom Prosser (J) 20.55), 26 Isaac McAdam 21.38, 32 Neil Morrissey 21.55, 38 Sam Cook (J) 22.16, 45 Ivan Quinlan 23.02, 57 Liz Thomas 23.44, 71 Paul Timms,
101 Pam Wheeler 27.01, 104 Alan McAdam 27.09, 131 Samantha Timms 28.39, 276 finished
Swindon:  51 Gordon Jones 22.06, 198 Barbara Thomas 27.22, 468 finished
Stonehouse: 8 Kate Sackett 21.38 (2nd lady), 80 finished
Black Park, Slough: 4 Jacob McAdam 19.09, 725 finished
Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk: 80 Ruth Fulford 29.05, 142 finished

 

Standard Article 7th May 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                                Report 6 May 18

 

After a spate of marathons, this week was dominated by two fine Half Marathon results and some tough Ultra running.

 

Dave Bell won in Bath, demonstrating his excellent personal pacing as 15 successive starting waves and the presence of 5 and 10k runners made it impossible to know his position particularly on the second lap.  Managing to maintain pace as he weaved through waves of other runners and without the help of GPS in the two tunnels is impressive.   

 

Two Tunnels ½ Marathon, Bath, 13.1 miles trail

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.12.18   278 finished.  

 

Dave Wright, returning to his old club, won his V60 age group in a time of 1.25.57 , - a time many members half his age would be proud of.

 

Ranelagh Richmond ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Andrius Jaksevicius (Belgrave Harriers) 1.11.43
62 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.25.57 - 1st V60    517 finished.  

 

Rob Forbes led a varied club team around the hot and hilly 33 miles of the Marlborough Downs Challenge, finishing in a close to record time after battling to catch the lead runner only to end 30 second behind but pushing last year’s winner to knock 26 minutes from his last year’s time.  Some time behind him, Robbie Brown demonstrated his ultra potential by finishing in third place.  Howard Ewan (having been 7th last year) was disappointed but, given his lack of training, relieved to have completed the distance.  Rupert and Liza, paid for a training lite holiday and being out for over 7 hours in temperatures above 25c took its toll. Official results were not available at the time of going to press.

 

Marlborough Downs Challenge 33 miles trail

1 Edward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 3.54.11

2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 3.54.36

3 Robbie Brown 4.30.07

35 Howard Ewan 5.53.04

? Rupert Chesmore 7.21.?

? Liza Darroch 7.53.20 1st FV 60                           ? Finished

 

A week earlier the Quenington crew survived a perilous flight to Madeira where Richard Hurdle had to dig deep to complete a 115km race which included 26000ft+ elevation gain (equivalent, we are told,  to running up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Pen-y-Fan TWICE).  The competition was also tough as this year MIUT was part of the Ultra Trail World Tour (PRO Series) and the Portuguese National Championship Ultra Endurance 2018 making his 177th place a fine effort.  Alan and Lara Thompson tackled “a mere” marathon but the winner’s time suggests another very challenging race.

Madeira Island Ultra, 115km trail1 Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) 13:57.10
177 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 23:26.31   496 finished.  

Madeira Island Ultra, 42km trail

1 Davide Cheraz (Italy) 3:47.14
284 Alan Tompson (Cirencester AC) 7:15.42
285 Lara Tompson 7.15.43    531 finished.

 

Ella Shaftoe had a go at a novice triathlon to finish 14th. And we understand Lee Lawrence was 15th in the same event.  (Note to all members if you want your results recorded you MUST enter an event under the Club name!)

 

Cotswold Novice Triathlon, 200m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run

1 Blaine Carpenter (Natural Ability) (3.02; 29.12; 8.18) 42.17 
14 Ella Shaftoe (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (3.57; 36.48; 11.45) 55.09
40 finished.  

 

parkruns, 5km trail

 

Only one win, for James Thomas, this week but records suggest several parkrun PB’s including  15 yr old Luke Buck with a fine 5th place at Cirencester and Simon Campbell (2nd) and junior Tom Prosser (21st)  at Swindon.

 

Cirencester AC finishers (win for James Thomas):


Cirencester:  
5 Luke Buck 19.42, 7 Steve Yates 20.03, 8 Lee Lawrence 20.23, 10 Howard Ewan 21.03,
18 Neil Morrissey 21.47, 23 Ivan Quinlan 23.07, 37 Caroline Buck 24.23, 66 Pam Wheeler 27.54, 82 Ruth Fulford 29.47,
127 Rachel Ranger 36.23, 158 finished
Swindon: 
 2 Simon Campbell 17.41, 21 Tom Prosser (J) 19.58, 48 Sam Cook (J) 21.38, 52 Gordon Jones 21.55, 149 David Moss 25.01, 245 Barbara Thomas 27.53, 528 finished
Chippenham: 5 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.28, 72 Alan McAdam 23.47, 227 finished
Stonehouse: 1 James Thomas 17.37, 20 Liz Thomas 24.14, 73 finished
Black Park, Slough: 12 Jacob McAdam 20.09, 732 finished
Banbury: 66 Bryan Reid 25.50, 270 finished
Harcourt Hill, Botley, Oxford: 6 Adam Harborow 19.19, 144 finished
Workington: 25 Kate Sackett (2nd lady) 21.28, 179 finished


  

Standard Article 30th April 2018

 

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                              Report 29 .4.

 

This week it was Hamburg’s turn to host a hot but scenic marathon where Ivan Quinlan, following patchy, injury plagued training, started strongly to fade badly in the second half.  He is, however, full of praise for this ballot free and very well organised event.

 

Hamburg Marathon, Germany, 26.2 miles road

1 Solomon Deksisa (Ethiopia) 2.06.34
4726 Ivan Quinlan (Cirencester AC) 4.20.44 (chip time 4.15.55)
7636 finished. 

 

Tim Ingham and Ruth Fulford took to the hills around Temple Guiting in pursuit of points for the County Road Running Championships.  Tim faced strong competition from other county runners (particularly from Cheltenham Harriers) making him 10th in his MV40 age group but could be pleased with both his time and his overall position of 27th.  Ruth was second in her FV65+ age group beaten only by Sharon Smith who sometimes trains with us.

 

Dave McNamee Memorial 10km, Temple Guiting, 10km road

1 Tim Carter (Bourton Road Runners) 35.53
27 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 44.41
112 Ruth Fulford 1.01.01
139 finished.  

 

Karen Higuera was the only member to find the Compton Basset ‘5’ , a new event  billed as a fast, flat event for PB hunters so perhaps it was not surprising that an increasingly fit and confident Karen managed to finish strongly to take seconds from her PB despite finding it ‘not quite as flat’ as billed.

 

Compton Bassett '5', nr Calne, 5 miles road

1 Edward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 25.54
83 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 36.24
302 finished.  

parkruns, 5km trail

Rain clearly did not stop parkrun play with members running in nine parkruns from Wales to southern France.  Wins for Oliver Pritchard, James Thomas and  Caroline Cotterell and a second place for a Kate Sackett taking it steady post Boston Marathon. Yet another PB (just) for Rachel Ranger whose marathon preparation is clearly reaping rewards.


Cirencester:  
1 Oliver Pritchard 18.19, 5 Howard Ewan 21.39, 8 Neil Morrissey 22.16, 12 Sam Cook (J) 22.38, 
30 Rachel Ranger 25.19, 67 Gary Wood 29.08, 143 finished
Swindon: 
 40 Gordon Jones 22.15, 74 Alan McAdam 23.55, 180 Barbara Thomas 27.48, 469 finished
Chippenham: 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.25, 167 finished
Stonehouse: 9 Kate Sackett (2nd lady) 23.14, 65 finished
Black Park, Slough: 5 Jacob McAdam 19.40, 544 finished
Seaton, Devon: 85 Rachel Barrow 28.00, 132 Paul Barrow 32.32, 181 finished
Colby, Pembrokeshire: 1 James Thomas 17.23, 29 Liz Thomas (3rd lady) 24.15, 110 finished
Keswick: 15 Nick Holliday 20.22, 21 Caroline Cotterell (1st lady) 22.26, 175 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 17 David Lattimore 34.18, 25 finished

 

Standard Article 23rd April 2018

London Marathon, 26.2 miles road

 

Andy Fellows and Nick Wall ran in this year’s record breaking Virgin Money London Marathon and, as temperatures and numbers hit record levels, Nick knocked nearly 16 minutes from the club V60 record he set last year.  Both he and Andy Fellows (who is busy preparing for a Half Iron Man) started strongly but the heat and distance finally took their toll and they, like so many of the other 40,000, had to dig deep as they battled to finish.

 

1 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2.04.27
6125 Andy Fellows (Cirencester AC) 3.41.37
12254 Nick Wall 4.13.34 - club V60 record
40,149 finished.  

 

Corsham 10km, road

 

Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell ran a fine 10km in Corsham with an in form Nick finishing first in his age group again.

 

1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 32.19
32 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 41.31 - 1st V60
135 Caroline Cotterell 46.55
1043 finished.  

 

Parkruns, 5km trail

 

Members continued to dominate at Cirencester and, with the improving weasther,  there were parkruns PB’s for some including Rachel Ranger, Lisa Carpenter, Adam McAdam and James Thomas.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 
 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.02, 2 Simon Campbell 18.10, 4 Luke Buck (J) 19.01, 7 Steve Yates 20.02, 
15 Neil Morrissey 21.26, 32 Ivan Quinlan 22.53, 38 Caroline Cotterell (3rd lady) 23.48, 39 Nick Holliday 23.48
46 Caroline Buck 24.31, 52 Rachel Ranger 25.33, 64 Pam Wheeler 26.59, 90 Sharon O'Keeffe 29.31, 
93 Ruth Fulford 29.55, 164 finished
Swindon: 
39 Keith Firkin 22.01, 52 Gordon Jones 22.48, 109 Lisa Carpenter 25.11, 191 Barbara Thomas 27.26, 454 finished
Chippenham: 38 Alan McAdam 23.44, 138 finished
Harcourt Hill, Botley, Oxford : 1 James Thomas 17.22, 35 Liz Thomas 24.13, 133 finished

 

Standard Article 16th April 2018

                           CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB

 

Cirencester AC’s Chedworth Roman Trail 10miler became another casualty of this torrid winter and was postponed because of waterlogged areas. It is an enormously popular event and was fully booked and has been efficiently rescheduled for

September 2nd. The organisers thank everyone for their involvement and look forward to seeing them on a sunny, dry September day! All details will be available on the club web page.

 

Exe to Axe, Devon, 20 miles trail. Richard Hurdle has run this 20mile coastal path event from Exmouth to Axmouth before and was delighted to knock twenty-five minutes off his PB. He came 12th out of 199 finishers, finishing the gruelling, undulating run in 3:17.25.  Brennan Townshend (Montane) won in 2:44.55.

 

Forest of Dean Spring Trails ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail. Run on April 8th this is a challenging forest trails race with serious hills. Peter Rowland ran a solid 2:15.29 finishing 599th whilst sixty-nine year old club newcomer Paul Barrow was 807th in 2:45.25. Jonathan Barnes (Cheltenham & County Harriers) won in 1.15.10. 832 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail.

Cirencester. Despite the wet conditions eleven CAC members ran and it was pleasing to see first timers Matt Crew, running for Ciren again along with Dad Richard and also Joe Barrowclough donning the club vest. There were also PB’s for Nick Holliday, Neil Morrisey and Nina Lawrence whilst Howard Ewan was lead CAC runner for the first time.

Results.  Cirencester. 5th  Howard Ewan 19.28, 7 Nick Holliday 20.21, 11 Joe Barrowclough 21.29, 19 Sam Cook (J) 22.16, 20 Neil Morrissey 22.22, 26 Matt Ulyatt 23.08, 29 Lee Lawrence 23.45, 53 Rachel Ranger 26.09, 96 Sharon O'Keeffe 30.44, 100 Richard Crew 30.51, 112 Nina Lawrence 32.45, 153 finished
Worcester, Pitchcroft proved a victorious family affair, with a convincing win for James Thomas (17.15) and a 40th place for wife Liz (23.15). James’s mum Louise Abbott (31.33) came in 158th and
208 finished.

Swindon. Barbara Thomas (27.51) was 201st out of 471 finishers.

Royal Tunbridge Wells. Paul Barrow (34.24) celebrated his 70th birthday by finishing second in his age group and coming 141st out of 218.

Crissy Field, San Francisco, USAPaul Timms (23.07) was 25th out 91 finishers
Jamaica Pond, Boston, USA: Kate Sackett 22.51 was 61st in a more competitive field of 191 runners.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Article 9th April 2018

Highworth '5', 5 miles road. Always a popular race with CAC members but more so this year as it was part of the Club’s championship series; fifteen Ciren runners took part.  On a day of benign conditions, but on a testing course which has a sting in the tail, there were solid performances all-round. In a very competitive field in-form Bill Leggate finished in eighth place in a very respectable 27.51, Adrian Williams and Robbie Brown also ran solid times and David Wright came 34th to win the V60 award. Another inform runner, Kate Sackett, was first FV55 and also set a CAC record.

Results. 1st  Simon Nott (Calne RC) 26.04, 8 Bill Leggate 27.51, 15 Adrian Williams 28.46, 25 Robbie Brown 29.47, 34 David Wright 31.10, 48 Nick Holliday 32.30, 84 Tom Renton-Rose 34.47, 93 Kate Sackett 35.48, 101 Caroline Cotterell 36.17, 104 Karen Higuera 36.32, 115 Gordon Jones 37.19, 164 David Moss 40.24,
219 Pam Wheeler 44.15, 233 Sally Jamieson 45.18, 260 Barbara Thomas 46.57, 
309 Helen Manners 50.32, 393 finished. 

Manchester Marathon, 26.2 miles road. Sarah Hancock carried the Club colours up to Manchester and finished the Marathon in 6538th place with a time of 4:30.54. Shadrack Tanui (Kenya) won in 2:21.18 and 9247 runners completed the course. 

parkrun, 5km trail.

Cirencester. There was a low turnout on very wet ground at the RAU but there was a good CAC contingent. Adrian Williams was just twelve seconds behind the winner to take third place whilst Nick Holliday ran with partner Caroline Cotterell who came in first lady. Neil Morrissey ran a PB whilst Williams junior competed at Cirencester for the first time.

Results. 3rd Adrian Williams 18.44, 4 Howard Ewan 19.41, 10 Neil Morrissey 23.09, 12 Tom Williams (J) 23.23, 18 Caroline Cotterell (1st lady) 24.29, 19 Nick Holliday 24.30, 26 Matt Ulyatt 25.04, 92 Sharon O'Keeffe 33.33, 135 finished
Swindon:  CAC race captain James Thomas had an excellent run, a fine win and a  PB and was well supported by two juniors in the top twenty with Tom Prosser also getting a PB.

Results.  1stJames Thomas 17.25, 11 Tom Prosser (J) 20.24, 20 Sam Cook (J) 21.17, 187 Barbara Thomas 27.44, 285 David Moss 31.24, 441 finished.


Standard Article 5th May 2018

The outstanding performance for Cirencester AC last weekend came from Nick Holliday who won the over 60 age category at the Westonbirt House Easter 10k on Good Friday, finishing 14th overall out of over 700n runners in the excellent time of 41m10s. The next day he repeated the performance at the Cirencester parkrun winning his age category and finishing in the top ten overall.

Another fine effort at Westonbirt came from Tim Ingham who beat his personal best by over a minute to finish 33rd in 43m55s. He was followed home by Caroline Cotterell, 61st in 45m33s and second in her age category, Keith Firkin 70th in 46m19s and Kevin Joynes-Creed in 75m54s.

Other recent good runs were achieved by Ruth Fulford who set a new  FV70 club record of 59m01s at the 10k Calne Clock Change Challenge and James Widdowson who was 16th and third in his age category at the Pendock 5k with a time of 23m06s.

Despite the very wet conditions several club members braved the elements at the Cirencester parkrun. The race was won by former member Marc Fallows, running in Cirencester colours on this occasion. He was followed by Howard Ewan, Ian Barrett, Nick Holliday and Simon Campbell. The junior section of the club was again well represented by Sam Cook and Tom Prosser who took the top two places in the 11 to 14 age category and were inside the top twenty overall.

Parkrun results by Cirencester AC members :

Cirencester – 5 .Howard Ewan 20m19s, 6. Ian Barrett 20.29, 10. Nick Holliday 21.33, 11. Simon Campbell 21.39, 16. Sam Cook 22.54, 18.Tom Prosser 23.02, 22. Neil Morrissey 23.57, 86. Ruth Fulford 33.10, 89. Sharon O’Keefe 33.49.

Swindon – 101. Alan McAdam 25.07, 194. Barbara Thomas 29.23.

Chippenham – 2. Ollie Campbell 19.08.

Slough – 122. Jason McAdam 24.15.

Standard Article 26th March 2018

There were many celebrations and victories for Cirencester Athletics Club’s members last weekend. A very successful year for the club was celebrated at the Annual Awards presentations on Saturday evening.

 

The top award for Athlete of the Year went to Robbie brown for his consistent good results in a variety of races.  Veteran of the Year was won by Dave Wright who has re-written the club records in the over 60 age category. At the other end of the experience scale were Rachel Barrow who was Best Newcomer and Nina Lawrence and Sharon O’Keefe who were joint winners in the Most Improved Category. Other winners were Martin Croucher for Long Distance success, Andy Hindson who took the Member of the Year title for his work as race entry secretary and Team of the Year went to the men’s cross country team for their success at the County Championships. Triathlons were not forgotten with the award going to Carol Clarke for her international success.

 

The club championship awards were presented to Robbie Brown and Kate Sackett in the Road Race series while Cross Country honours went to James and Liz Thomas. Club championship awards were won by Howard Ewan and Rachel Ranger.

 

The best recent race result recorded was left to one of the club’s youngest members which bodes well for future success. Henry Sheffield scored a brilliant victory in the National Primary School Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Park in Leicestershire. This comes on top of the Under 11 Gloucestershire League, Gloucestershire County and Year 6 Schools titles giving him an unbeaten record throughout the season.

 

Parkrun victories were recorded at Cirencester and Gloucester North while there were good performances at the other end of the distance scale at the Gloucester 20 and overseas. The club dominated the local parkrun at Cirencester Agriculture University taking the top three places and having six of the top ten finishers. At Gloucester North James and Liz Thomas won the male and female categories.

Parkrun results –

Cirencester : 1.Luke Campbell 18m21s, 2. Ollie Campbell 19.33 (1st junior), 3.Howard Ewan 19.48, 6. Lee Lawrence 21.46,

9. Tom Prosser 22.22 (1st junior 11-14), 10. Sam Cook 22.31, 12. Callum Fallows 23.15, 14. Neil Morrissey 23.18, 24. Matt Ulyatt 24.13, 31. Gordon Jones 25.33 (1ST MV65), 34. Cherry Kibblewhite 26.18, 38. Rachel Ranger 26.34, 68. David Lattimore 32.01.

Gloucester North : 1. James Thomas 17.50, 13. Liz Thomas 23.38.

Swindon : 89. Alan McAdam 24.10, 193. Barbara Thomas 28.25.

Cheltenham : 17. Nick Holliday, 41. Caroline Cotterell 22.23.

 

The club also featured in longer races with five members taking on the challenge of the Gloucester 20 where Andy Fellows led home the group in 53rd place in 2h17m59s. He was followed by Corinne Clark 78th in 2h25.07s who was fifth lady finisher, Kate Sackett 141st in 2h37.51, Karen Higuera 204th in 2h47.49 and Barbara Thomas 4h02.33s.

 

Meanwhile on the other side of the world Rupert Chesmore and Lisa Darroch continued to explore Antipodean races this time tackling the Southern Lakes Half Marathon. Run in cold but sunny conditions through the scenic Cardronna Valley to the town of Wanaka they finished well inside the top half of the 331 finishers in what they described one of their most enjoyable half marathons. Rupert, third in the MV60 category, finished 96th in 1h43m49s while Liza was FV60 winner  with 1h56m38s in 160th place.

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