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Next Cross Country Event announced for Oxford League


Subject to final permissions, round 2 of the league will be held at Brookes Harcourt Hill campus on Dec 7th.


Parking will be very tight. Very tight. Indeed. You all have to make extra effort to convince your athletes to share transport, or to take the U1 from the Seacourt Park and Ride, or to make their way there by bike or similar.


In more pleasant news, there should be a café open, shelter, and a small number of changing rooms. Routes will follow the ParkRun route and also include circuits around the adjacent woodland. As of today, it’s muddy and singletrack so should make for some good racing. 

Standard Article 18th Nov 2014

Shakespeare Raceway Autumn half marathon, roads.  Dave Bell finished off his best ever season with another fine win in Stratford. His time of 1:11.26 brought him in some two minutes ahead of the second-place man and 294 finished. He can now look ahead to a winter of    training before setting sights on more records next year.  


Swindon 10km, roads. A year of triathlon focus saw Adrian Williams in fine form as he ran to a strong third place out of 533 finishers in Swindon. David Edelsten had his first V70 win in the UK and Barbara Thomas, on her way to 100 races this year, finished well. 


Results. 1st Joshua Dickson, North Somerset AC, 32.47, 3rd Adrian Williams 34.20, 150 Mark Edwards 46.16, 266 Barbara Thomas 51.17, 468 David Edelsten 1:03.55.


 Sodbury Slog 9 mile – mostly mud.  The main obstacle on a beautiful sunny day was the mud, courtesy of last week’s heavy rain.  With a stream to wade through, which at least got rid of some of the mud, it is a fun event but with no chance of a PB. A solid Ciren AC team came home with some silverware. First over the line for the Club was Amy Bentley (1:25.19) who was 9th lady, with Jill Hadland 6th VW35. Chris Riches nursed his knee to a 5th V60 place whilst Liza Darroch, who it is rumoured didn’t enjoy the mud, was still first VW60.


Results.  1st John Ashcroft, University of Bristol, Athletics and XC, 1:01.44, 153 Amy Bentley 1:25.19, 176 Jill Hadland 1:27.01, 254 Rupert Chesmore 1:31.45, 272 Paul Barron 1:32.59, 329 Chris Riches 1:36.13, 627 Liza Darroch 1:53.48. 1037 finished.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. Despite wetter conditions Simon Campbell (18.51) pushed daughter Annabel to a buggy PB, a fourth place overall and first MV35-39. First timer twelve-year-old Luke Buck (22.42) came in 59th whilst Mum, Caroline (25.27) was 127th and first FV45-49. There was an age-group second place for Lisa Carpenter and yet another  age-group win for Barbara Thomas. David Moss, running in company, was last home for Ciren. Philip O’Hare (17.48) of Swindon Striders won and 379 finished.


 Full reports next week from the Valencia Marathon where Martin Croucher set a PB and the Brecon Beacons 45 miler where Richard Hurdle, Ed Morris and Andy Hindson had a tough workout.   

Standard Article 5th November 2014

Oxford Mail Cross Country, Ascott-under-Wychwood.

This five race series kicked off with adrenalin flowing uphills, slippery downhills and a refreshing water section The ladies had a good day in a downpour with the team finishing third in Div 1. Jenny Manners came a strong tenth leading home the strong duo of Sarah Gunn (27th) and Nicola Denning (31st) to make up the team. Jill Hadland, fresh back from the Beachy Head Marathon, was 55th and Rhiannon Brown  61st. The other finishers were Lisa Carpenter, Sue Brown and Pam Wheeler. Diane Moore of Headington AC won. 

Competition was fierce for the men and a depleted team only managed 8th place in Division 1. Dave Bell had a real battle on the final hill to finish in third place behind winner Nyle Clinton of Swindon Harriers; the experienced Denis Galerin was 15th. Jonathon Hiscock (56th) newly back to training and Robbie Brown (83rd) followed and then newcomers Howard Ewan (109th) and Neil Corbiere (124th) were just ahead of Keith Firkin, making up the seven-man team. The balance of the Ciren squad, Gethin Musk, Ed Morris, Ionel Iancu, Dorian Matts and Michael Thomas finished 19th in Division 3 – a season opener to build on.

The junior’s section is equally tough and age dictates results. Oliver Middleton was 37th in the U13’s, a very young Simon Crew 31st in the 15/17’s and Kirsty Roberts and young Ellen Foster finished 34th and 44th in the 15/17 girls.

Gloucester League XC, Malvern.

Some excellent results in tough, hilly conditions with eleven year old Luke Buck finishing 17th out of 42 in the U13’s supported by Tom White who was 41st. Daniel Winfield ran beautifully to finish second out of 61 in the U11’s and Lauren Izon, following some good road wins, was second in the U15 girls.

Tewksbury 5 miles, roads.

Five Ciren runners competed in the penultimate race of the Gloucestershire Road Race Series. Simon Campbell took on the Cheltenham Harriers Ateam single-handedly, only managing to pick up a couple of points whilst Barbara Thomas, in her 90th race of the year, was third VW55. Tony Shelbourn on this fast but drizzly course managed to pick up a VM65 age group win on his 69th birthday. Geoff Wells and David Lattimore finished well in midfield.

Results. 1st James Miller, Cheltenham and County Harriers, 26.51, 10Simon Campbell 28.33, 50 Tony Shelbourn 33.31, 100 Geoff Wells 36.59, 173 Barbara Thomas 42.05, 226 David Lattimore 45.37. 368 finished.         

Swindon Parkrun 5km, park trails.

 Simon Campbell (10th in 28.33) propelled daughter Annabelle around Lydiard Park to a buggy PB and a second SM30-35. Ionel Iancu (32nd in 21.06) finished ahead of Gordon Jones (48th in 21.44) who was 2nd VM65. Barbara Thomas (138th in 25.52) won 2nd FV55 and 469 finished. Simon Nott, (16.04) Carne RC, won.

Standard Article 28th October 2014


Stroud Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, roads. This was the last race of Cirencesters’ Championship series and an important event for the Club.


The Ciren men arrived aiming at picking up the team prize but suffered a blow when Chris Illman had to pull out early. None-the-less, Dave Bell, just missing a hat trick of half marathon PB’s, picked up the gauntlet to finish fourth on this blustery Sunday. He was ably supported by a returning to form Bill Leggate, who finished 9th, triathlete Steve Yates who set a new CAC MV45 record in 13th and Simon Campbell in 16th they did win the team event. Mark Sysum in 29th was in close support and it was good to see Trudy Compton back into running and finishing with four club mates.


Results. 1st Andy Greenleaf, Serpentine RC, 1:09.07, 4 Dave Bell 1:11.58, 9 Bill Leggate 1:17.57, 13 Steve Yates 1:19.12, 16 Simon Campbell 1:19.46, 29 Mark Sysum 1:22.45, 171 Howard Ewan 1:35.00, 283 Constant Fischer 1:40.58, 403 Rupeert Chesmore 1:46.14, 409 Trudy Compton 1:46.18, 471 James Widdowson 1:48.59. 1130 finished.


Beachy Head Marathon, 26.2 miles, multi-terrain. The weather was kind as the runners set off into the South Downs National Park on an extremely challenging but beautiful course. Richard Hurdle (3:31.07) led home the Ciren squad with a sterling 25th place and Martin Neill (3:57.02) had a strong run. Martin Croucher, newly returned from the Chicago Marathon ran with Jill Hadland but the terrain caught out both Dan Wood and David Moss.


Results. 1st Stephan Wenk, Maidstone Harriers, 2:55.38, 25 Richard Hurdle 3:31.07, 128 Martin Neill 3:57.02, 744 Martin Croucher 5:02.43, 745 Jill Hadland 5:02.44, 762 Daniel Wood 5:04.12, 1031 David Moss 5:40.12. 1653 finished.


Great South Run, Portsmouth, 10miles roads. Terry Ranger (1:19.14) had a good run to finish ahead of Trevor James (1:28.52), both coming in the top third of  the 16,029 runners. Belaynesh Olira won in 52.40.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Ionel Iancu ran a solid 20.51 and Gordon Jones won his new MV65 age category; Barbara Thomas was second FV55. Andy Powell was pacemaker as daughter Kirsten ran a PB of 28.02.


Results. 1st Richard Kowenicki, Thames Hare and Hounds, 16.18, 20 Ionel Iancu 20.51, 28 Gordon Jones 21.40, 138 Barbara Thomas 26.17,  174 Kirsten Powell 28.07, 175 Andy Powell 28.08, 300 Jenny Brewin 34.44. 379 finished.




Standard Article 20th October 2014

Chicago Marathon, 26.2 miles. Martin Croucher has a penchant for running long distances in interesting places and he took his time to take in the sights and sounds of the windy city in America’s utumnal Midwest. He didn’t break any records with a time of 4:04.12 and he finished in 13,696th  place out of over forty thousand runners. The winner from Kenya was Eliud Kipchoge (2:04.11). 


Melbourne Marathon. Chris Goldie has run a few marathons and whilst visiting his son in Australia they raced in a planned “head to head”;  son Duncan, in his first marathon, won the battle by around half an hour. The race was run on a baking spring day and Chris’s time was 4:41.53 and he finished 5017th out of over 6400. The winner was Dominic Ondoro (2:11.30) of the USA.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. Gordon Jones (22.11), back from a half marathon in Wales, clocked up a 60-64 age-group second whilst Parkrun regular, Barbara Thomas (25.48) did one better with an age-group win. Gordon finished 38th and Barbara 114th out of 318 finishers. The winner was Gavin Wedlake (17.51) of Highworth RC. 



2014 Champions

A tight finish for the road runners championship with Bill almost managing to get into second place but Simon did manage to pip David in the club runners championship. In all 50 men and 24 women took part in at least one of the races in the series. Well done all and hope to see even more of you out in 2015. If anybody does have any suggestions for a race to be included next year please do let either Bill, Jo or Adrian know by the end of November.

Below is the final standings of the Road Race Champsionship and Club Runners Championship; 

 Final results for 2014 Road race chamipsionship 
Men's: 1. Adrian Williams, 117pts; 2.Simon Campbell 112pts ; 3 Bill Leggate 110pts
Women's: 1. Wendy Nicholls, 120pts; 2.  Fi Collings 111pts; 3 Barbara Thomas 81pts.

Final results for 2014 Club Runners Championship 
Men's: 1.  Simon Campbell, 52 pts  2. David Moss, 50pts;. 3. James Widdowson, 46pts 
Women's: 1. Fi Collings 38pts 2. Wendy Nicholls, 32pts; 3. Barbara Thomas 25pts.

2014 Road Race Champions were Adrian Williams and Wendy Nicholls.
2014 Club Runners Champions were Simon Campbell and Fi Collings.

Club Championship and Stroud

This sunday is the last race for the club championship with the Stroud Half Marathon. Looks like the weather will be great and there are many runners from the club which is very exciting indeed. With the men's championship already won by Adrian Williams and Women's by Wendy Nicholls and second also secured, its only the Men's club runners championship in question with David Moss and Simon Campbell up for a battle.


That said that doesn't make Stroud any less interesting. We will have a great battle at the front with Chris Illman and Dave Bell both entered and then the race for third will be between Steve Yates, Simon Campbell and Bill Leggate. With that sort of team there is also a chance of pipping some of the other rival teams on the circut.


Good luck to all runners and hope the weather says as forcast.

Forthcoming races

It has been confirmed that entries to Bourton's 10K will be open on the 1st December. Last year it was full within 12 hours of opening so suggest you put this in your diary. Also Terry Haines from Severn AC called to say that this Saturday at Plock Court there is a 4 mile XC for seniors and also a 1 1/2 mile XC race for juniors in years 7-11.

Standard Article 14th Oct 2014


British Duathalon Age-group Championships, roads.  Two Ciren athletes competed for this 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run.  Adrian Williams (1:56.19) set off in cool, foggy conditions protecting an Achilles injury; a particularly strong bike leg ensured a third 35-59 age group place and 11th overall. Wendy Nicholls (2:10.01) won the ladies race, leading virtually from the start to finish in overall 43rd  achieving yet another excellent victory. Julian Lings (1:51.57) of Team Accelerate won. 127 finished. 


Rab Mountain Marathon, Longsleddale, Lake District. A thirteen hour, two day orienteering and running event to find the maximum number of checkpoints scattered over mountainous terrain. Andy Hindson ran with regular orienteering partner Andrew Eyles, encountering all weathers to pull up from 44th on day one to 38th overall, winning a third male vet team prize. Stewart Bellamy was overall winner and 107 teams completed.


Parkrun, 5km park trails. A large Ciren turnout in Swindon, with three age-group wins amongst the 334 finishers; Ionel Iancu (VM40-44), Gordon Jones (VM60-64) and Barbara Thomas (VW55-59). Mark Edwards was three seconds off his PB while Jenny Brewin made a welcome return to racing.


Results 1st Bem Cole, Tonbridge AC, 16.12, 15 Ionel Iancu 20.37, 34 Gordon Jones 21.49, 37 Mark Edwards 21.57, 56 James Edwards 22.56, 110 Barbara Thomas 25.09, 159 Richard Crew 27.36, 229 David Moss 31.20, 289 Jenny Brewin 36.35. 334 finished.


Adam Powell (19.37) a first-timer at the Cheltenham Parkrun  finished a commendable 12th overall and second VM35-39. James Bellward (16.40) of RAF AC won.




Swindon Half Marathon, 13.1 miles roads. Never an easy race but Keith Firkin (1:36.11) achieved an age-group fourth, finishing 100th out of 950 runners. Dick Waldron (MV70) ran the Oxford Half Marathon in 2:03.03, finishing midway through the field and well up in his MV65 age-group. David Bruce (1:11.26) won and 4461 finished.




Gloucester XC, Guiting Power. The young and improving CAC juniors (where age really counts) turned in some encouraging results. Eleven year old Luke Buck finished 15th in the U13’s and Kieran Courtney was 42nd. In the U11’s Daniel Winfield ran to a fine 3rd place whilst Sam Allott and Ben Woodstock finished midfield. In the U13 girls Lauren Izon finished a strong 4th out of 40 competitors and in the U11’s sister Sophie was 19th and Phoebe Matthews 41st out of 66.


Standard Article 07 October 2014


Forest of Dean Autumn Half 13.1 miles, roads. Steve Yates (1:22.43) after a successful summer return to triathlon achieved a solid 9th place on this hilly course. Jarlath McKenna, Bristol and West, won in 1:15.12; 498 finished.


Robin Hood Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, roads. Simon Campbell made his annual trek “up north” to set a PB in 1:19.28, finishing 52nd. The winner was Matthew Kimutai in 1:04.23; 7248 finished.


Cricklade 10km and Half Marathon. Two races enjoyed perfect weather and fast courses. In the 10km Bill Leggate ran to a strong second place with Simon Campbell just ten seconds behind in third. Fiona Collings continues to shine, winning a ladies second place. Sarah Keissler ran her first ever race and finished in 56.37 just ahead of Dad, Richard, who finished with a pulled calf muscle.


Results. 1st Michael Lennon 34.50, 2nd Bill Leggate 35.20, 3rd Simon Campbell 35.30, 13 Howard Ewan 42.09, 20 Fi Collings 43.27, 31 James Widdowson 44.52, 99 Barbara Thomas 52.33,145 Sarah Kiessler 56.37, 146 Richard Kiessler 56.50, 226 David Edelsten 1:05.09, 261 finished.


On the half marathon course Dave Bell had a fine win in 1:10.38, knocking twenty-nine seconds off of last year’s time; Returning to form Denis Galerin was 9th. There were good performances throughout for Cirencester and to top off the day junior Luke Buck won the boys fun run, Lauren Izon the girls with Ellen Foster in second.


Results. 1st Dave Bell 1:10.38,  9 Denis Galerin 1:18.20, 18 Peter Nunn 1:26.41, 34 Ed Morris 1:31.19, 45 Andy Powell 1:33.49, 47 Constant Fischer 1:34.36, 122 Terry Ranger 1:48.15, 143 Rupert Chesmore 1:51.50, 192 Liza Darroch 1:59.53, 210 Kerrie Hutchinson 2:04.48, 247 finished.


Cardiff Half Marathon, roads. Part of CAC’s regular training group ran well with David Moss (1:40.24) finishing 1946th and Mark Edwards (1:48.54) in 3497th place. Gordon Jones had a chip time of 1:45.37 to finish his first half. Boniface Kongin (1:02.02) from Kenya won; 15,876 finished. 


Parkruns, 5km park trails. At Cheltenham on a very wet Saturday Ruth Fulford (27.55) finished 169th to win the FV65 category. Matthew Doyle (17.16) won; 290 finished. Meanwhile in Swindon young Simon Crew (19.17) finished fourth overall, knocking two seconds off his PB, Barbara Thomas (25.31) won her age group and Simon’s father Richard (27.55) improved substantially on previous time. Gavin Wenlake (17.33) of Highworth RC won and 297 finished.