Midlands Relays 20th Sept 2014

It's the Midland 6 stage relays on the afternoon of Saturday 20th September and we're looking to try and get some teams together. For those who haven't done it before it's an approximately 5.5km course around Sutton Park in Sutton Coldfield - it's a great, fun event and we'd love to get some competitive teams out on the day. If you're interested and available please could you let Bill Leggate know asap.

Standard Article 27 August 2014

The summer holidays meant that only a few Cirencester athletes raced last weekend but those that did enjoyed some notable successes.  Barbara Thomas and Ruth Fulford won their age categories in the weekly series of 5km park run races at Swindon and Cheltenham. Barbara clocked 25m03s for 110th out of 353 runners at Swindon while Ruth was only eight seconds outside her personal best at Cheltenham, finishing 197th out of 337 in 27m36s. Not to be out done by the ladies Gordon Jones was 69th overall and second V60 at Swindon in 23m14s.


Kevin Snowball took on the rather tougher challenge of the inaugural Cotswold 226 Ironman Triathlon. It was his first ironman event so did extremely well to finish 61st out of 139 finishers in 11hrs59m24s despite some atrociously wet conditions, especially during the 112 mile bike section.


Martin Croucher, one of Cirencester's growing number of ultra distance runners, recently completed a 27 mile race followed up by the Cranham Beast multi-terrain run in which he finished 8th over a particularly hilly course.


Perhaps the greatest challenge was undertaken by Clare Blampied and Ionel Iancu who competed in theTough Mudder event in Cirencester Park last weekend during which they had to traverse a number of obstacles in 12 miles of the toughest conditions imaginable. 

Standard Article 12th August 2014

Standish Woodland Chase, 10 miles multi-terrain. This tough off-roader, taking in part of the Cotswold Way, is always a challenge. Last year the race was won by Ciren’s Denis Galerin with Simon Campbell in seventh place. This year it was Simon’s turn to win gold with a time of 1:01.06 and this was three and half minutes better than last year. A well deserved victory resulting from lots of hard and consistent training. There were 67 finishers. 



Swanage Sprint Triathlon. Gethin Musk has been nursing a running injury this season but compensated with his excellent swimming and cycling to finish fourth overall, but that’s only part of the story: The 750mtr swim was extremely tough in very choppy seas, courtesy of Hurricane Bertha, and the 20km bike and 5km run were completed in lightening, thunder and heavy rain. Gethin’s time was 1:16.41. There were sixty-five very wet finishers led home by Naill Laming in 1:13.12.



Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Five CAC competitors this week, out of a field of 375, raced on a beautiful summers morning. Tony Shelbourn, despite an age-group win, complained that not enough miles and too many BBQ’s resulted in a much slower time; this contrasted with Mark Edwards who ran his second best Parkrun this year. Barbara Thomas was back in her coveted first age group place and it was good to see one of the Club’s Junior’s coaches, Andy Powell, escorting daughter Kirsten to an age-group third place. 


Results. 1st Nyle Clinton (Swindon Harriers) 15.49, 30 Tony Shelbourn 20.50, 73 Mark Edwards 22.31, 139 Barbara Thomas 25.15, 254 Kirsten Powell 29.17, 255 Andy Powell 29.18.


 CAC members also raced in the Cranham Beast, the Lacock Abbey 10km and the 27mile Railway Ultra; results are still to be published.

Standard Article 05 August 2014

Simon Campbell, winner of back in a flash series


Cotswold Standard Distance Triathlon. Victoria Plume’s love is horses and eventing but she is finding another sport in which she excels. She was winning lady at this competitive traithlon at the Cotswold Water Park finishing in twentieth place overall. The 1500mtr swim took her 24.43, the 41km bike 1:14.19 and the 9km run 38.20. Looking at the times the run was the best discipline which shows that Victoria can continue to improve. He winner was Mike Milstead, Calne Smartt, 1:58.56 and 135 finished.


Back in a Flash, 5km, Coate Water, multi-terrain. Simon Campbell knocked another two seconds off of his course best time and finished second overall in this interesting and challenging race. Simon kept the winner in sight and was only five seconds adrift. Importantly this gave Simon the series win with two seconds and a fourth. Club newcomer Adam Powell was second home for Cirencester in seventeenth place and Barbara Thomas, in 76th spot was third in her age-group. 


Results. 1st Alex Bampton 17.05, 2nd Simon Campbell 17.10, 17Adam Powell 20.09, 76 Barbara Thomas 26,23. 124 finished.


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Another good turnout with 370 finishers and Mark Edwards was again using the race as training and knocked nearly thirty seconds off of his previous week’s time.  The busy Barbara Thomas was on parade and second in the FV55/59 and Sky Jamieson ran in the JW10 category finishing fourth. Gavin Wedlake of Highworth RC won the race.


Results. 1st Gavin Wedlake, Highworth RC, 17.29, 57 Mark Edwards, 22.16, 143 Barbara Thomas 25.51, 287 Sky Jamieson 29.


Ciren Park

A reminder that the Cirencester Park race is filling up. Over 200 already signed up so do get your enteries in soon.

Back in a Flash - 30 July 2014

As mentioned on Facebook, Consistent racer Simon Campbell narrowly beaten in Wednesday night's tough Back in a Flash 5km at Coate Water Park, by Swindon's Alex Bampton (17:05 to 17:10). 

Christmas Party - Royal Agricultural University

The Christmas Awards Dinner has now been confirmed


Date - Saturday 22nd November 7pm for 7.30pm until midnight

Venue - Royal Agricultural University, Tetbury Road, Cirencester

Cost - £25 per person

Menu to follow later


Looking foward to seeing you all there.


Standard Article - 29th July 2014

Race to the Stones, 100km multi-terrain. This race announces itself with, “follows the footsteps of Romans, Vikings, farmers and traders along the iconic Ridgeway to finish at the 3000 year old stone circle at Avebury.” Rob Forbes ran an excellent race, finishing the sixty-two mile course in 9:06.15, just two minutes behind the winner, Scott Forbes) (9:04.16).  Rob was some eleven minutes behind at the halfway point and was closing fast at the end in, to quote, “a relative sprint finish.” Victory, we’re sure, awaits Rob next time. Meanwhile, teammate Richard Hurdle set off well but, after some recent really tough ultra events, had to quit at the halfway mark with some electrolyte problems caused by the heat. 591 athletes finished the course.


The Long Course Weekend, Wales. Andy Gardner not only trains hard as a triathlete but also coaches regularly at Ciren AC. He needed his own advice to complete this Ironman event that is spread over three days. First the 2.4miles Wales swim on Friday evening where he just missed out on the hour with a 1:00.24. He completed the Sportif on Saturday, a 112 mile bike,  in 6:35 followed on Sunday by a marathon (26.2 miles) in 3:52.  Over the three events Andy was 75th out over of 300 and although there were no age-group categories he said, “not bad for an over fifty.”  


Devil’s Chimney Chase, Leckhampton, 10km multi-terrain. Another tough event and it took its toll on Barbara Thomas who had run that morning. Barbara finished 160th  in 1:06.05. The race was won by Anthony Bailey in 35.02 and 173 finished. 


Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Mark Edwards continues to use the race to improve his speed and came in 65th overall in 22.51. Barbara Thomas (26.17) took it a little easier to finish 142nd in an age-group third spot in 26.17. Owen Cima (Thrift Green Runners) won in 16.51 and 376 completed the course. 

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.


Cirencester Park 10K

137 Entries already. Do enter or miss out.

Tri Kit Now Available

 There is now new Tri kit available. If you have an interest please contact John Evans;