Oxford League Second Fixture is on

Just a quick note to confirm that the second Oxford League fixture is definately on.

Standard Article 1st December 2014

The Royal Agricultural University was the venue for the CAC annual party and awards dinner that proved to be an enjoyable evening. Club Chairman, Pam Wheeler introduced the nominees and the award winners and Fred Robson who, at 84 is the Club’s oldest competing member, talked a little of his life of running before he presented the prizes.


The first award was for veteran of the year and despite tough competition from Barbara Thomas, Jill Hadland, Tony Shelbourn and Gordon Jones the deserved winner was Wendy Nicholls for her excellent performances on the road, cross country and triathlon and becoming British duathalon champion. Wendy was also Club road race and cross country champion.


Despite some excellent results from our established competitors including Sarah Gunn, Kevin Snowball, Adrian Williams and Wendy Nicholls the award for Triathlete of the Year went to Jon Wickett. Jon, a relative newcomer for the club had a string of improving results culminating in a qualification for the 2015 European Championships.


A strong ultra Club produced claims on the title of long distance athlete of the year coming from Rob Forbes, Andy Hindson and Martin Croucher. The winner was Richard Hurdle who not only finished fourth in the 184miles from the Thames Barrier to the head of the river but ealso finished well up in the 100mile South Downs trail.


The team of the year were the winning men’s team at the Stroud Half, Dave Bell, Bill Leggate, Steve Yates and Simon Campbell. This was the first time a Ciren team had won this very competitive local race. Their award wasn’t a walkover as they were up against the Midland men’s 6 stage relay team, the Dursley dozen squad and an excellent ladies team at the Highworth 10km.


Newcomer of the year is always a pleasure to award and high marks went to Vicotria Plume in XC and triathlon where she surprised herself with a win and then Rob Abraham who generated huge blisters on behalf of the XC team and finished his summer with some excellent tri results. The winner was Howard Ewan, a regular at CAC’s two weekly training sessions, who improved at numerous races bettering his 10km time by nearly six minutes.


Most improved athlete of the year was Sarah Keissler who hardly missed a training session with her eyes set on her first ever race, the Cricklade 10km, which she ran in 56.37. To get the award she had to beat Dave Bell with his string of PB’s at the half marathon and David Moss who competed and improved throughout the season. 


Club runners of the year were Simon Campbell and Fi Collings who both showed tremendous improvements during the season, setting numerous PB’s and winning races. This award, more of a marathon than a sprint, saw lots of hard work pay off for two deserving winners.


Athlete of the year undoubtedly had to go to Dave Bell who had numerous race wins including at 10km and particularly at half marathon and he set a number of course records. Added to this he was Club XC champion. The other nominees, Adrian Williams, Wendy Nicholls and Simon Campbell agreed that he was a worthy winner.


Finally to a joint Member of the year,  shared between Rupert Chesmore and Adrian Williams. Rupert not only raced with some distinction, he converted a trailer for the race kit, wrote a race management plan and worked 12 hour stints at CAC races at Chedworth and Westonbirt.


Adrian also had an outstanding season on the road, XC and triathlon. He won the CAC road race championship, helped to coach juniors, stepped in to help launch the new club website and continues with the weekly updates.


If you want something done always ask a busy person; the adage applies to both of these valuable club members.  

Sainsbury's Athletes Indoor Grand Prix

£43.50 per person (this includes ticket and coach travel)
Coach times to be confirmed as no start time has yet been announced but it will be about 11am leaving Cirencester Leisure Centre and 7pm leaving Birmingham. The athletics finishes about 5pm so this will leave time to eat etc.
I have purchased 30 tickets, please let me know ASAP if you would like to come to secure your ticket.
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Standard Article 25-11-2014

Likeys Beacons Ultra – 46miles, multi-terrain.  Its not often that we report an overall race win for a lady but in this gruelling Brecon Beacons event Clare Prosser (6:38.48) sprinted to the line achieving a winning margin of just 10 seconds; the longer the race the narrower the gap between men and women and we’re sure we’ll see more women win in the future. Ciren’s men had an excellent race coping with a final elevation of 1750ft, taking on the right food, salt tablets and particularly liquids, cramp, maintaining heart rate, steep, rocky and slippery down-hills and numerous thousand foot climbs. Richard Hurdle, (8:04.40) was 17th overall after running the Beachy Head marathon just two weeks prior. He was delighted but could have been 10minutes quicker had he stayed on route. Next was the experienced Andy Hindson (9:11.59) in 41st place and third home for Ciren was the improving Ed Morris (9:50.58) in 68th. This experienced ultra team came in a very respectable fourth place and are planning to do even better in 2015.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Simon Campbell (19.04) again was on buggy duty coming fifth overall and although he missed a hat trick of buggy PBs he was first VM35-39. Barbara Thomas (26.24) closing in on 100 races this year was 137th and first VW55-59. David Moss (44.46) escorting a first-timer was 363rd . 369 finished.


Valencia Marathon, 26.2 miles, roads.  Ciren’s roving runner, Martin Croucher, ran this popular marathon to achieve an excellent personal best in 3:18.11. It was an impressive run which beat his previous best by five and a half minutes. Martin’s assessment; “It’s a great race!”


Bath Skyline 10km, multi-terrain. Part of a three race series the 10km course comprises two savage loops that follow the Cotswold escarpment adjacent to the University of Bath sports training village. The race times reflect the challenge the course presents. David Moss ran a 57.53, finishing 140th out of 566 finishers. The winner was Ryan Kestle (41.32) of North Somerset AC.


Awards Winners


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.