22nd July 2014 - Standard Report

Picture above - Bourton 1 Mile Cirencester AC runners.

Grange Farm and Dunmow Runners 10km. To celebrate their first wedding anniversary, like most runners would, Bill Leggate took his wife to Essex, and ran a race. He finished sixth overall in 36:17.The run of the day came from Emma Stepto (34.30) of Cornwall AC who was second only to the winner, Andrew Mynott (34.17) of Springfield Striders.


Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon. 1500 mtr swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Steve Yates (1:58.37) is now getting back to fitness, after last years serious bike crash, coming in second  by just eighteen seconds. Victoria Plume (2:21.05) lived up[to her promising triathlon start by finishing 37th overall and third lady. Martin Pulley (2:25.38) finished 50th overall. Third lady vet place went to hard training Trudy Compton (2:39.30) who finished 109th out of 164 finishers. Michael Milstead won in 1:58.19.


Cotswold Novice Duathlon.   A 3km run, 14km bike, 3km run and Adam Powell (54.20) finished in a convincing second place. The winner was Paul Underwood in 51.14 and 45 finished.


The Bourton Mile – One mile road race.  Part of the Gloucestershire Road Race Series saw a good turnout from the Cirencester contingent but all were accustomed to much longer distances. Simon Campbell was disappointed to only manage a fifth place but this puts him in second place in the Series. Tony Shelbourn and Ruth Fulford both got age-group wins putting them in second and first place V65 spots whilst Barbara Thomas was second on the night moving into first County age-group place.


Results. 1st Dave Roper, Cheltenham and County Harriers, 4.30, 5 Simon Campbell 4:48, 46 Tony Shelbourn 6.06, 53 Gordon Jones 6.16, 80 Geoff Wells 6:42, 103 Lisa Carpenter 7.17, 109 Barbara Thomas 7.26, 124 Ruth Fulford 8.17; 161 finished.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Barbara Thomas (25.32) ran to an age-group second in her first race of the day. Dad Andy Powell ran with daughter Kirsten in her first Parkrun where she was JW10 winner in 28.46.  Andrew Duncan, 17.39 (Calne Smart) won and 382 finished.


Great Bustard 5 mile. An accident caused the race to be diverted but ultra-runner Martin Croucher was undaunted as he finished the revised distance of 5.8 miles in 37.01. Peter Keen (35.03) of Swindon Harriers won and 57 finished.


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Bourton 1 mile

A great result from Simon Campbell to produce a time of 4.48 at the Bourton Mile, only 28 seconds of the winner David Roper. Tony Shelbourn also was running with a time of 6.06 giving him second place in his age group, Gorden Jones produced a time of 6.16, Geoff Wells 6.42, Linda Carpenter 7.17, Barbara Thomas 7.26 and Ruth Fulford 8.17.

Summer Social - 15th July 2014

Well done to Freddie Collings and Mark Sysum for winning the predictive run tonight at the late. What great weather and a big thanks to the social committee for putting on the event.


Picture  - Mark Sysum collecting prize

Standard Article - 15th July 2014


Evesham 10km. Dave Bell has carried his winter half-marathon form into the shorter summer distances and achieved yet another fine win to add to his victory last year at this popular Evesham event. Despite twists and turns and a couple of sharp hills David’s time of 33.00, bettered last year’s time by 1min 30sec and set a new course record. There were 564 finishers.


Pilot 10mile, Severn AC. Another Ciren runner who is benefiting from hard winter training is Simon Campbell who came second in this testing 10miler. Simon was disappointed not to hit his goal of one hour but his time, in very hot temperatures, of 1:01.18 was a commendable PB. Barbara Thomas, who is chasing a top three in the Gloucester Road Race series finished in 29th spot and completed the race in 1:41.58. Thirty-seven runners finished.


Upton on Severn Triathlons. Cirens traithletes did well in a couple of events at this busy race series. Pride of place went to Bob Ferris in the Sprint Triathlon; a 750mtr river swim, 20km bike and 5km run. Bob finished 15 minutes ahead of his nearest age-group competitor and was 12th overall in 1:23.18 and first in the 60 category. John Evans, sporting a new hip, was 50th overall in 1:31.59 and second in his 65 plus age-group. Nick Wall was 59th in 1:33.40 out of 161 finishers. The winner was Jamie Martin in 1:09.43.


In the Standard distance, a 1500mtr swim, 40km bike and 10km run Trudy Compton took the Ciren honours. Trudy is making a long comeback after surgery and with the help of some ibuprofen finished 86th overall, and fourth in her age-group in 2:43.29. She stayed ahead of Les Davis (2:44.04) who was 93rd but unfortunately Hilda-May Latham had to withdraw after a puncture in the bike stage. Lee Morton won in 2:10.48 and 259 finished.


The Hares, the Club’s juniors were competing at the Midsummer Open in Cheltenham. In the U13 100mtrs Thomas Rowland finished fourth in 15.47 and then went on to compete in the 600mtrs where he was pushed into fourth place by his brother Harvey. They finished in 1.55.74 and 1.57.29 respectively. In the 1500mtr mixed event Eleanor Middleton was 14th in 5.56.91.

Club Champtionship

The final event for our Club Championship has now been announced. Its the 10,000 meters on August 27th at the Prince of Wales Statium in Cheltenham. Also good news, The Club Championship scores are now up to date as of Frampton. Currently Adrian Williams leads the Men's and Wendy Nicholls has an already done 6 events scoring a maximum 120 points.


Standard Article 31st June 2014

Adrian Williams and Sarah Gunn returned elated from their highly successful trip to the European Triathlon

Championships in Austria. Both exceeded their expectations with Adrian finishing 11th and 6th British competitor

out of 45 finishers with Sarah 2nd Briton and 6th overall out of 19 in their age group races. Adrian had his best

swim ever knocking two minutes off his previous best. The 42 km bike ride was particularly tough with many hills

and sharp downhill turns, made more so by Adrian's chain coming off on one of the climbs. By the time he

switched to the 10km run the temperature had climbed to 30 degrees but he came home delighted to be ahead

of his target to be in the top ten British finishers and only seven minutes behind the winner.

Nearer to home Terry Ranger was the club's only triathlon competitor in the Bowood Sprint Triathlon

finishing in 1hr29m48s for a creditable 74th place out of 227 finishers in the 750m swim, 21km bike and 5km run


It was a quiet weekend for Cirencester runners with three 5km races having club representatives. Martin Evans

and Chris Riches went to Bristol for the final round of the Pomphrey Sports series and were happy to finish close

together in 108th and 114th place respectively out of 172 finishers.

In the second round of the 'Back In A Flash' 5km series in Swindon's Coate Water Park the three Cirencester

runners all improved on their first round times. Simon Campbell was again first home for the club in fourth place

in 17m21s, followed by Adam Powell, 15th in 20m06s and Barbara Thomas 91st in 26m38s out of the 144


The club's only race victory last weekend fell to Wendy Nicholls who was first lady in the Swindon Park Run,

finishing an excellent fourth overall in 18m32s, followed by park run regulars David Moss in 116th place and

Barbara Thomas, nine places behind, out of 366 finishers.

Standard Article 16th June 2014

Westonbirt 10km, trails. The weather couldn’t have been kinder on a perfect evening for running. Over seven hundred finished this popular race in the glorious surroundings of the Westonbirt Arboretum which is undergoing many exciting changes, resulting in an altered 10km  course. In addition to the twenty-two Ciren runners, there was an enormous supporting  turnout of members doing the marshalling, helping at the start and finish and generally ensuring that the event was a great success.

The icing on the cake for CAC was an outright win for Dave Bell who romped away from the field, cruising home in 33.14. Simon Campbell (36.00) has recovered from his London Marathon and finished third and seventeen year old Matt Crew (37.16) was sixth, giving the men the team prize. Mark Sysum (38.10) came in tenth to pick up a second V40 place. Denholm Jewell (40.12) a Club junior finished strongly in 31st. Jill Hadland (46.10) in 123rd spot was first Ciren lady and Jo Roberts (52.39) was second in 283rd.


Humph’s Hilly Half, 13.1 miles, roads. This course, with startling views and beautiful villages, lives up to its name with a progression of very steep and interminably long, lung-busting hills. A cooling, muggy evening proved no impediment to Chris Illman who ran a fine race to “win by a country mile.” Chris won a Gloucester Road Race Series gold medal and there were further County bronze age-group medals for Rupert Chesmore and Barbara Thomas and a gold for the irrepressible Liza Darroch in the  LV65 category.

Results. 1st Chris Illman 1:14.31, 25Martin Croucher 1:33.40, 33 Howard Ewan 1:35.58, 97 Rupert Chesmore 1:52.57, 137 Liza Darroch 2:05.51, 164 Barbara Thomas 2:21.19. 169 finished.

 Windsor Olympic Distance Triathlon. A prestigious race and Terry Ranger (823 out of 1814), finished well. Terry swam 1.5km in 31.15, biked 42km in 1:14.09 and ran the final 10km in 52.43 giving him a total time of 2:44.03. The winner was James Hockin (Celtic Tri) in 1:58.42.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. David Moss (24.33) was 108th out of 414 finishers and Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) won in 16.08.

Burnage Parkrun, Stockport, 5km trails. Geoff Wells (23.26) made the trek north and finished 27th out of 79 runners. James Savage (Kent AC) won in 17.12.


Fairford 10K June 14

Special Report - Fairford 10k

Fairford 10km.
It was splendid to see the tremendous turnout from our Club at Fairford; Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie and team spirit as we picked up numerous mentions and awards. Chairman Pam asked that I pass on appreciation from the runners for the support and shouts of encouragement around the course.
Reflecting on the results (a quick list below) we have old members and new members, old runners and not so old, fast and slow runners, well trained and not so, regular racers and the occasional Sunday racers. But the black red and white crowd were clearly enjoying the day and the company of their club mates.
We didn’t quite make forty today, even including the successful juniors. There is a downside to aiming at Forty Plus though; it means it’s impossible to put all the names in the weekly newspaper reports: So that we recognise everyuone here are the runners. (Listed below).
The juniors had an excellent day with an outright win for Luke Buck who led from the start and finished through a mass of cheering runners just ahead of Ellen Foster - great!

2nd     Dave Bell                        32.42 - just behind the winner
6       Adrian Williams              35.06         
7       Simon Campbell              35,35
8       Bill Leggate                     35.45
9        Denis Galerin                  36.08
13      Rob Forbes                      36.25 - pushing buggy with son Heath
16      Dave Wright                    37.43
21      Mark Sysum                    37.57 - could have let Wendy through      
22     Wendy Nicholls               38.08          - First Lady!
41     Howard Ewan                 40.29 - A lifetime PB
55     Sarah Gunn                     41.54 - ahead of Fi this time
63      Les Davis                        42.05
64      Fi Collings                       42.13
67      Tony Shelbourn              42.22         
80      Dan Finchett                    43.21
93      Neil Marriot                     45.03
113    James Widdowson           46.41
134    Roy Joslin                        47.56
137    Gordon Jones                48.10
150    Rhiannon Brown             48.58
164    Catherine Brown             49.47
198    Bob Ferris                     51.48
205    Karen Higuera              52.11
213    Chris Bevis                     52.48
232    Pam Wheeler                 54.22
234    Rachel Jones                   54.37
236    Barbara Thomas             54.50
240    Dave Moss                     55.09 - ran with flu
275    David Lattimore               58.24
337    Clare Blampied               1:04.00      
338    Lynn Ferris                     1:04.08
386 finished on a warmish day.

Dave Bell, Adrian Williams and Simon Campbell were 2nd team 
Wendy Nicholls, Sarah Gunn and Fi Collings were 1st Ladies team
Wendy, as we have come to expect, was the ladies winner.
Dave Bell was second overall
Luke Buck led home the field in the 3km in triumphant style and was first U13 boy. A strong Ellen Foster was second overall and, of course, first U15 girl. Eleanor Middleton was fourth overall and 2nd U15 girl. Tom Williams and Lucia Polido also competed and finished well up the order. Well done to all the juniors.

May 2014

27th May 2014 Standard Article

A lot of involvement in races over the last couple of weeks for Cirencester members saw a win for David Wright in the Horton Bull Run, a 4.26 mile multi-terrain race; It starts with a long downhill and finishes with a final uphill push and David’s time of 25.27 was close to two minutes ahead of the second place runner – not bad for a V55! Barbara Thomas finished in 38.45, second LV55 and 54th out of 102 runners. Barbara also ran the 5km Swindon Parkrun this week, coming in second FV55 in 25.38. Gavin Wedlake  (Highworth RC) won in 17.10 and 390 finished.

Dave Bell has made a habit recently of winning half marathons but he missed out at Tewkesbury by seven second, finishing second behind race winner, James Rodgers of Somerset North. Dave’s time was 1:11.55, which was about a minute off of his recent pace, which was closing in on the Club’s half marathon record. 650 runners completed the 13.1 miles.

Howard Ewan made another appearance in CAC colours to finish 6th in the Ramsbury 5mile road race. Howard’s time was a respectable 34.06 as he continues to get the hang of racing different distances. The winner was Peter Keen in 30.24 and 70 finished.

Rhiannon Brown is a regular cross-country runner for the club but did some extra spring training for the popular Bristol 10km. Rhiannon was 1779th in 49.38 and 9870 runners finished. The race winner was Scott Overall in a fast 30.20.

The triathletes were busy too this past weekend with a Sprint Triathlon at the beautiful Westonbirt School.  A 400mtr pool swim, 20km bike and a 5km run saw the consistent Laurence Giffin finish strongly to be first home for Ciren in overall 11th place. Second, with a remarkable performance, was Nicola Denning who finished 57th overall, second lady and first lady vet. There were numerous good results from the team who have all been investing lots of “sweat equity” at the Club’s running and swimming training sessions.

Results. 1st Doug Hall (BW Cycling) 1:02.19, 11 Laurence Giffin 1:07.33, 57 Nicola Denning 1:14.58, 99 Lisa Stevens 1:20.45,  126 Terry Ranger 1:23.04, 154 Fay Tocknell 1:23.04, 289 Pam Wheeler 1:32.44, 302 Helen Manners 1:33.46;  382 athletes finished.

Special report - Running Buggies

Running is not all about serious competition but it did perhaps sneak in a little at the Hatherop Fun Run. Times didn’t matter, well not too much, as two of Cirencester Athletic Club’s young dad’s had a head to head – pushing their running buggies, complete with valuable cargos. The five kilometre multi-terrain race saw Simon Campbell set out for the first time with a brand new buggy with daughter Annabel on board. Rob Forbes is an older-hand at this sort of thing and his passenger, Heath, brings a little experience as well.

The result was an overall race win for Rob and Heath and an overall second for Simon and Annabel. This is one sport where the passenger is always first to cross the line so congratulations go to the two youngsters.

Another Club member, Gordon Jones, also raced but no official results are through for him. Gordon fits more into the grandfather without buggy category.

20th May 2014 Standard Article

Berkeley 10km, road race. There is always a good turnout for this flattish, fast, evening race and the weather was chill but remarkably benign compared to recent weeks. Simon Campbell, with a season’s best, improved on his previous year’s time with a 35.16 to finish fifth overall behind the high quality Cheltenham men’s team. Jason Humm turned out for the Club with a solid performance although racing newcomer Howard Ewan was disappointed having misjudged his race. Tony Shelbourn was just slightly slower than last year to get an MV65 age-group first and Ruth Fulford achieved her win in the FV65 category. Joanna Roberts improved on her best 10km time and Barbara Thomas turned in her usual good performance.

At this stage of the Gloucestershire Road Race Series, these results put Barbara Thomas, Ruth Fulford and Tony Shelbourn in the lead in their age groups and Simon Campbell into second place.

Results. 1st John Parker (Cheltenham Harriers) 32.29, 5th Simon Campbell 35.16, 36 Jason Humm 38.50, 65 Howard Ewan 41.02, 72 Tony Shelbourn 41.19, 143 Joanna Roberts 47.19, 209 Barbara Thomas 53.05, 238 Ruth Fulford 57.59; 260 finished.

Shaw Stampede, 10km multi-terrain.

One of the first really warm days of the year didn’t stop Simon Campbell winning the Shaw Stampede for the second time although he reported that it took him a while to recuperate at the finish. The heat really had taken it’s toll as Simon’s time of 38.07 was close to a minute slower than last year. Ray Joslin also donned the club vest and came in 29th in 51.25. 62 very hot runners finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. David Moss was taking it easy, as he focuses on his cycling training, and finished 106th in 23.43 whilst Barbara Thomas was 148th and first VW55-59 in 26.14. The winner was Gavin Wedlake  (Highworth Running Club) in 16.20 and 472 finished.

13th May 2014 Standard Article

The Cats Solution Supersprint Tri.  Seriously windy conditions greeted a strong CAC contingent in this first major local tri. The 400m swim was in a very cold lake but the 20km bike, starting out along the Spine Road had a strong tail wind; the return through Cirencester’s Love Lane  to Somerford Keynes was into the gale with the finishing 5km run around the lake. Steve Yates, after his serious bike accident last year is beginning to regain form, finishing fourth overall and first in his category. Fifth  was the hard training Adrian Williams, on course for great things later in the season. Tri regulars, Laurence Giffin and Gethin Musk came in ahead of Jon Wickett.

Sarah Gunn, who found the choppy swim a real challenge, battled through to a brave category win and a well placed 9th female spot. Kevin Snowball finished well in the top half of the field. 

Results. 1st Garry Hughes (Tri Team Glos) 52.25, 4th Steve Yates 54.10, 5th Adrian Williams 55.19, 14th Laurence Giffin 58.15, 25th Gethin Musk 59.58, 31 Jon Wicket 1:00.45, 68 Sarah Gunn 1:05.17, 124 Kevin Snowball 1:10.31. 321 athletes finished.

Marlborough Downs Challenge, 33miles multi-terrain. Rob Forbes ran an excellent race to finish second, a frustrating couple of minutes behind the winner, in conditions that were described as “diabolical.”  Ed Morris, another of the Club’s strong team of ultra-runners, also ran an outstanding race and the experieced Rupert Chesmore was Club’s the final 33mile finisher. Martin Croucher kept Liza Darroch company on the alternative 20mile route in 4:11.00.

Results. 1st  Hugh Aggleton (Cardiff Harlequins) 4:04.12, 2nd Rob Forbes 4:06.05, 18 Ed Morris 5:08.55, 88 Rupert Chesmore 7:01.59. 107 finished.

Town and Gown, Oxford, 10km road race. Terry Ranger, another triathlete, completed this major Oxford race (3,265 finishers) in 490th spot in 46.10.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. A second Parkrun for Howard Ewan and a fifth overall and an age-group second while Gordon Jones ran to an age-group win on a gale torn course. Mark Edwards was next home and David Moss ran his 50th Parkrun.

Results. 1st Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 16.20, 5th Howard Ewan 19.42, 34 Gordon Jones 22.10, 58 Mark Edwards 23.04, David Moss 24.26. 342 finished.

Berkeley 10km, roads. Simon Campbell came fifth, full results next week.


6th May 2014 Standard Article

As the popularity of running and triathlon blossoms the numbers competing in events is reaching amazing levels.

David Wright has raced twice over the last couple of weeks and both events had over 700 finishers. At the Maidenhead 10 mile road race, run on a fast flat course that winds around the edge of the town and strays into the country, David made the best of the conditions breaking his own V55 CAC record. He finished 31st overall in a flying 1:00.49 and fifth V50.  The winner was Phil Wicks (Belgrave Harriers) in 49.01.

David’s second race this weekend was the Worcester Half Marathon and he finished a remarkable 6th overall in 1:22.30, achieving the V50 age-group win. The winner was James Bellward (Crawely AC) in 1:15.56.

The Three Peaks, 23 mile multi-terrain race at Horton in Ribblesdale is one of the most challenging hill runs.  Ben Rosedale teamed up with Ed Morris to make the trip north and as two experienced ultra-runners they met the mountains head on. Ben finished 245th in 4:15.01 and Ed 405th in 4:38.20. The appropriately named winner was Ricky Lightfoot (Salomon International Team) in 2:53.16 and 704 runners finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. Wonderful weather on Saturday morning brought out a record 505 finishers.  Mike Firth was first home for the Club, followed in by Gordon Jones who relishes the short fast races and finished first VM60. David Moss also got an age group first and a PB and hard training Jo Roberts set her Parkrun PB as well. Finally, with the London Marathon behind her, Barbara Thomas got another LV55 win.

Results. 1st Ben Cole, Tonbridge AC, 16.00, 29 Mike Firth 20.52, 45 Gordon Jones 21.16, 48 David Moss 21.48, 67 Jo Roberts 22.32, 138 Barbara Thomas 25.05.

Bristol and West AC organise the Pomphrey Sports 5km series and three Ciren runners had reason to celebrate. With official results to come Dan Wood, who has only trained with Ciren for a few months, took nearly ninety seconds off his PB to finish in 18.48. One of the Clubs triathletes, Mark Evans, returning from injury was delighted to run a 22.25 whilst Club stalwart, Chris Riches, took 40 seconds off of his best Pomphrey time with a 21.50.