Standard Article 30th Sept 2014

Cirencester Park 10km, private roads. Lots and lots of hard work by CAC members plus a bit of global warming made this year’s event a splendid occasion. Enthusiastic and vocal CAC marshals cheered all the runners round this beautiful course and smiles were everywhere. Harry Bishop of Severn AC beat Ciren’s Dave Bell into second place at the end of a long battle. Dave commented that a busy race schedule at the end of a long season races took its toll as he was a minute slower than last year. Meanwhile teammate Denis Galerin improved by over half a minute on his last years time to come in third. Wendy Nicholls was second lady after a severe stitch halfway round but still had a smile at the finish. Ruth Fulford was first in the V65 category and followed in by Liza Darroch who was second. Tony Shelbourn and Fred Robson came second in the V60-69 and V70 age-groups respectively; a great result for Fred as he is now a young 84. All of the Ciren Runners competed well whilst their club-mates made everything run smoothly.

 Results. 1st Harry Bishop, Severn AC, 32.56, 2nd Dave Bell 33.10, 3rd Denis Galerin 34.38, 19 Wendy Nicholls 38.31, 62 Richard Hobbs 42.01, 70 Howard Ewan 42.41, 73 Neil Corbiere 42.53, 81 Tony Shelbourn 43.18, 193 Brian Barrowclough 49.53, 207 Anna Barrowclough 50.43, 249 Gordon MacPherson 52.57, 251 Mike Credicott 53.04, 262 Chris Bevis 53.56, 269 Barbara Thomas 54.15, 333 Ruth Fulford 58.28, 343 Liza Darroch 59.01, 419 Catherine Dodd 1:05.54, 458 Fred Robson 1:10.50. 486 finished.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. It was Matt Crew’s turn to shine last week with an overall second place at the Parkrun; this week it was younger brother Simon who gets his name in lights with a first in the JM11-14 age group in a time of 19.19, a PB and a 15th place overall. David Moss pushed harder this week with a 22.04 and Barbara Thomas got a second FV55-59. Richard Crew followed a little way behind son Simon.


 Results. 1st Ben Cole, Tonbridge AC, 16.25, 15 Simon Crew 19.19, 61 David Moss 22.04, 156 Barbara Thomas 25.37, 277 Richard Crew 31.10. 386 finished.


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Stratford’s Big 10km, roads. Last year Dave Bell won this event by setting a course record - this year he repeated the process. He knocked thirty-four seconds off last years time finishing in 32.21.  829 ran.


Cotswold Classic 10mile, Witney, roads. Another excellent win for Ciren by Chris Illman (54.20) who had to regain the lead and hold on for victory. Simon Campbell (1:01.21) like Chris had competed the previous day but battled headwinds and hills to finish 11th and Geoff Wells (1:19.51) ran consistently to finish 108th . 235 ran.


Midlands 6 Stage Relays, Sutton Coldfield, paved trails.  Always an excellent event to compete against some of the UK’s top club runners and Cirencester came in a commendable 32nd out of 81 teams. The CAC squad comprised Chris Illman, Denis Galerin, Simon Campbell, Bill Leggate, Martin Croucher and Ionel Iancu. Overall winners were Bristol and West AC.


Ironman Wales – Triathlon.   Andy Gardner ran this tough Ironman in Tenby and reported that he completed the 2.5mile swim in 1hour, 20 minutes in very choppy seas. The hilly Pembrokeshire coastline made for a challenging 112 mile bike in 6:26 and he completed a 4:36 marathon giving an overall time of 12:21. He achieved a 14th age-group place and was 333rd overall out of 1612 finishers.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Matt Crew came a close second and was first JM15-17 with a PB of 17.17 whilst brother Simon also set a PB and was first in the 11-14 category. Other notable runs saw Peter Nunn finish 9th and Barbara Thomas achieve an age-group 1st.


Results. 1st  Philip O’Hare, Swindon Striders, 17.15, 2 Matt Crew 17.17, 9 Peter Nunn 18.59, 25 Simon Crew 20.41, 53 Mark Edwards 22.15, 65 James Edwards 22.44, 138 Michael Thomas 25.41, 190 Barbara Thomas 27.41, 266 Richard Crew 27.47, 333 David Moss 36.12. 388 ran.




Oaksey 10km, roads.  An excellent local race run around deceptively challenging country lanes. Second-time winner, Jason Barry (37.34), Stroud AC, came in ahead of three Ciren runners; 2nd Richard Hobbs (41.31), 3rd Howard Ewan (42.47) and 4th Tony Shelbourn (43.11). Ciren  had a lady winner as Jo Roberts (52:34) came in 11th and Barbara Thomas (55.16) 15th.  23 ran.




Hogsweed Challenge  - 15 miles, multi-terrain. Another small, challanging race saw Martin Croucher (1:58.29) finishing third behind winner Jaroslaw Motyka (1:44.07). Jill Hadland (2.22.29) finished second lady in 12th spot. 16 ran.




Worcester 10km, roads. Reuben Chambers won in 30.37 but the spotlight was on Paula Ratcliffe (35.49) and 21st overall as she sets her sights on London next year. Terry Ranger (47.26) was Ciren’s only runner and he was 269th . 1399 ran.




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Weekend racing

A fantastic weekend for Cirencester., Firstly Matt Crew running a fine 17.17 and a secon place, then the men's team running in the Midlands relay's coming in 32 and finally Chris Illman after Saturday's performance capped off the weekend with a win in our Club Championship race in Witney. Well done to everybody

Cirencester Park

Still time to enter the Cirencester Park 10K. Well done to the 418 who have already entered and good luck.

Another win for David Bell

David Bell continued his fine season this weekend, back to winning ways with a course record to boot: victory in the Stratford-on-Avon 10k in 32.21, nearly three minutes clear of the field.

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Cotswold Sprint Traithlon. Comprised of a 750mtr swim, 20km bike and 5km run a large CAC turnout saw Robert Abraham finish fourth  overall to win his age category. Another age group winner was seventeen-year-old Matt Crew in 17th and Gethin Musk was third Ciren athlete home in 35th. Bob Ferris scooted to another age category win and Sam Heywood took a second spot.  International competitor Carol Clarke was disappointed with her age group third whilst John Evans, despite a two-minute penalty, achieved a category win as did Yvonne Binks.


Results. 1st Max Hazell 56.17, 4th Robert Abraham 58.48, 17 Matt Crew 1:03.13, 35 Gethin Musk 1:06.13, 105 Sam Heywood 1:11.39, 109 Bob Ferris 1:12.07, 116 Les Davies 1:12.36, 147 Kevin Snowball 1:14.25, 247 Trudy Compton 1:20.11, 248 Carol Clarke 1:20.17, 265 John Evans 1:20.54, 285 Nick Wall 1:21.56, 321 Helen Manners 1:23.59, 353 Angela Dodd 1:26.07, 357 Pam Wheeler 1:26.25, 421 Kirsty Leggate 1:31.52, 454 Yvonne Binks 1:41.33. 461 finished.


Badminton 10km. Just one Ciren entrant ran at the Badminton Estate event.  Mark Edwards (45.11) finished in 13th spot out of 97. Mark Ridsale (37.51) won.


Bugatti 10km, roads. A tough course in the Gloucester Road Race series and the four Ciren runners ran to better their positions after the first eight races. Simon Campbell, despite not being on top form, battled to fifth place distantly followed by Tony Shelbourn, with an age-group win, in 28th - both held their places in the league. Barbara Thomas, third in her age, probably slipped to equal first in the league whilst Ruth Fulford’s second place will hold her position.


Results. 1st Harry Bishop, Severn AC, 34.00, 5Simon Campbell 37.21, 28 Tony Shelbourn 44.34, 81 Barbara Thomas 57.02, 88 Ruth Fulford 58.48. 108 finished.




Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. David Moss ran a better time and Barbara Thomas achieved an age-group second just ahead of Michael Thomas, who was just two seconds off his PB; Ed Morris ran with son Samuel.


Results. 1st  Philip O’Hare, Swindon Harriers, 17.38, 138 David Moss 24.35, 163 Barbara Thomas 25.10, 194 Michael Thomas 26.25, 408 Sam Morris 39.25, 409 Ed Morris 39.26. 449 finished.




Newcastle Parkrun, 5km trails. Martin Croucher (19.03) ran his fastest time ever to finish 15th out of 360 runners. The winner was Matthew Nicholson (Jesmond Joggers) in 17.19.

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Cheltenham Half, 13.2 miles, roads. Dave Bell (1:12.03) has had a super season and will have been disappointed to be beaten into third place with the CAC half marathon record still eluding him. There were also good runs for Richard Hobbs (1:29.54), Neil Corbiere(1:31.57) and Leo Crawford (1:35.13). Mike Credicott (1:51.37) put in a solid performance  to finish in 399th place. Dave Roper, Cheltenham Harriers won in 1:09.26 and 2944 runners finished.


Chippenham Half, 13.2 miles, roads. Ed Morris (1:33.48), having warmed up at the Swindon Parkrun, finished in 141st place out of a field of 1402 in this popular local half. He came in ahead of club-mates Jason Stallard (1:35.17) and Barbara Thomas (2:05.54).  Sam Humphrey, Victoria Park Harriers won in a competitive 1:09.40.


Great North Run. Last but by no means least of the half marathons was this world-renowned race where Ciren’s two representatives failed to trouble Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles) as he ran a 1:00.00. Very much an event to enjoy Terry Ranger (1:51.49) ran as quickly as crowded conditions allowed and Martin Croucher (2:22.01) dawdled and savoured the day. There were an amazing 41,551 finishers.


A couple of lesser known events saw the evergreen Wendy Nicholls finished second overall setting a new course record at the Alderton 5km in a competitive 18.16 behind winner Elite triathlete Max Hazell (17.32). There were 92 finishers. At the Meteor Mile, a one mile road race, young all-rounder Luke Buck finished 17th out of 68 in 6:06 and Lisa Carpenter was 35th in 7.02 behind winner Mark James (Severn AC) in 4.46.


Swindon Parkrun – 5km trails. The runners from CAC reflected what the Parkrun is all about as Ed Morris (19.53), an ultra runner rather than a short distance specialist, proved his fitness by running a PB to finish in twenty-third place. Barbara Thomas (25.28) a Parkrun regular once again came first in her 55-59 age-group. Young Tom Williams (28.38) ran his fourth Parkrun in the U10’s but missed his PB by just one second while Dad Adrian missed his by some twelve minutes.  Chris Reade, Swindon Harriers, won in 17.04 and there were 425 finishers.



Witney 10

The date for the Witney 10 mile race was wrong. It is actually the 21st September. To enter follow this link.

Standard Article 1st Sept 2014

If you thought a marathon was a long distance run spare a thought for Cirencester's Richard Hurdle who has just completed the equivalent of seven marathons in a 184 mile race from the Thames Barrier at Greenwich to the source of the Thames near Cirencester. Richard set off at 10am on a Friday morning with 80 other ultra runners but by the finish all but 18 had dropped out of the gruelling event. Richard finished a brilliant fourth out of the survivors, crossing the line in just under 59 hours. He had to carry all his food,drink and equipment needed throughout the run and navigate his route alongside the Thames, his only support coming from wife Hayley and a few club colleagues encouraging him at various points.


Barbara Thomas has probably run more miles this year than Richard but in rather easier stages. Her latest exploits include the Severn Bridge Half Marathon featuring a crossing of the old Severn Bridge in which she finished in the top half of her age category in 2hrs11m52s. She was also runner up in her class at the White Horse 5k, clocking 24m25s and won her age category again in her weekly Swindon Park Run this time finishing 140th out of a record 440 finishers in a time of 24m58s. Also representing the club at Swindon were Howard Ewan who ran his usual strong race to finish 12th in 19m32s. Gordon Jones was second M60 in 22m12s while Dave Moss and Ed Morris had a gentle jog round with members of their respective families. 


Cirencester was represented by three of the club's faster runners in the County Championships on the Cheltenham track. In the 10,000 metres Adrian Williams returned from holiday to finish 6th in 35m39s, followed nine seconds later by Bill Leggate in 8th and Simon Campbell 15th with 37m44s which was a very good effort by Simon having earlier broken the 5 minute barrier in the one mile race finishing 5th in 4m58s.  


The club's triathletes also had a busy weekend of racing. After her tough race at Weymouth Trudy Compton finished third in her age group in the 500m swim, 30km cycle and 8km run Westonbirt Challenge Triathlon with a time of 2hr2m06s for 36th place. Chris Riches tackled the slightly shorter event at the same venue finishing a commendable 52nd out of 166 finishers in 1hr26m33s. At the Oxford Sprint Triathlon it was Terry Ranger's turn to uphold club honours, finishing 33rd out of 129 finishers in 1hr20m05s. However the best performance of the weekend came from Robert Abraham who was 10th out of over 500 competitors at the Cotswold Classic which consisted of a 1.9km swim, 56 mile cycle and 13 mile run in and around the Cotswold Water Park. His finishing time of 4hrs16m43s included the second fastest bike time. 

Richard Hurdles 4th in Thames race

Richard Hurdle after race - Taken by Paul Barlow

Well done to Richard Hurdle. He finished his attempt at the gruelling Thames 184 race which started at the Thames Barrier near Greenwich on Friday evening and finished at the Thames Head - the official source of this great river - after 184 self-supported miles. Richard finished on Sunday evening in darkness at around 10pm in 4th place overall.