February 2014

February 2014
24th February 2014 Standard Article

Bourton 10km, road race. A relatively dry and mild day welcomed nearly 500 runners, including forty CAC athletes, to this important flat, fast, early season event. Fierce Competition came from across the South and the Midlands but the high CAC turnout ensured good results across all age groups. Chris Illman set the pace and was leading at 6km but was passed by Oliver Mott (Bristol and West AC) to finish in second place; he then battled to hold off club-mate Dave Bell in a close finish. Chris finished in 32.41, just twenty seconds behind the winner and only two seconds ahead of Dave Bell. Adrian Williams (34.35), training for a major triathlon later this year, was third home for Ciren in 20th and seventeen year old Matt Crew (35.36) was 32nd and fourth MU18. Tony Shelbourn (41.38) was back in 155th place and was second MV65.

Wendy Nicholls (37.47) is back into triathlon training and was 61st overall, third lady and first FV40. Another ranked triathlete, Sarah Gunn (42.41), had a strong early season run to finish 174th and first FV45 with Fi Collings just eleven seconds behind picking up the second FV45 spot. Liza Darroch (53.06) was 397th  and ran with determination at this shorter distance and was first FV65 whilst the consistent Ruth Fulford (56.35) was 434th and took second FV65.

After a winter of hard training there were PB’s throughout the field and some exceptional and encouraging times for the upcoming road race season. Too many athletes to mention individually but they should all be recognised for their commitment to making this a record and successful turnout for the Club.

The Terminator, Pewsey, 12 miles cross-country. Colin Tapley was the sole CAC entrant, describing the aptly named race as, “wet, muddy, windy and hilly,” with four of those hills forcing most runners to walk. None-the-less Colin (1:49.07) finished a commendable 84th out of 439. The winner was Andrew Fisher in 1:26.12.

Heart Breaker Marathon, New Forest, 26.2 miles, roads. Ciren’s Martin Croucher said that the starter walked the 165 runners down a quarter mile hill, turned them round and said, “Off you go,” and the hills continued for the next 26 miles. Martin was 44th in 3:59.54. Steve Way (Bournemouth AC) won in 2:39.10. 165 finished.

18th February 2014 Standard Article

Wiltshire 10, Melksham – 10 mile road race. Rachel Barber-Brock (54th) is not only returning to fitness but also to her winning ways. Her time of 1:07.40 not only gave her third place but also an age-group win; and all at a distance that Rachel had never competed at before. Barbara Thomas (183rd) turned in a solid time of 1:30.10 as she continues to increase her racing distances. The winner in 52.49 was Simon Nott, (Calne Running Club) and 239 finished.

The Lungbuster, Royal Wootton Bassett, 9 mile Cross Country. As the name implies this is a challenging race and in the glutinous conditions it really lived up to its name. It was excellent to see Amy Bentley (20th) don the CAC vest to race and come home twentieth overall and third lady in 1:15.10. The ubiquitous Barbara Thomas (81st) battled with the conditions and ran a respectable 1:31.10. The winner was Stuart Henderson (Corsham RC) in 1:01.35 and 85 completed the course.

Bramley 20, Nr Reading, 20 mile road race. Three intrepid friends run a series of longer races together and started their new season by returning to run the Bramley 20. The route was dry, the sun shining and an inspired Rupert Chesmore set a new CAC MV55 age-group record by eight minutes, and he ran a PB. Meanwhile Martin Croucher had a “good training run” as he escorted Liza Darroch to a PB and an inaugural CAC LV65 age-group record. All in all, a good day.

Results. 1st Anuradha Cooray (Vale of Aylesbury AC) 1:45.33, 408 Rupert Chesmore 2:49.14, 595 Liza Darroch 3:09.08, 597 Martin Croucher 3:09.09. 739 finished.

11th February 2014 Standard Article

The Dursley Dozen, 12 miles multi-terrain. Wet, muddy, steep and slippery was the description of this three-lap course. It is no surprise that all of the Cirencester team are keen multi-terrainers and that they are also the core of the strong ultra group in the Club. There were remarkable performances from them all and their strength in depth earned them the four man team trophy. (Worth a celebration as it came along with a case of beer.)

Rob Forbes battled to an excellent second place with his ultra running partner Ben Rosedale in 14th. Richard Hurdle, Andy Hindson and Ed Morris have all been doing some serious off-road races recently and veteran Rupert Chesmore finished well up the field.

Results 1st Garry Hughes (Stroud AC) 1:23.12, 2nd Rob Forbes 1:26.39, 14 Ben Rosedale 1:32.56, 38 Richard Hurdle 1:39.26, 86 Andy Hindson 1:48.16, 106 Ed Morris 1:52.08, 231 Rupert Chesmore 2:09.02. 397 finished.

Cirencester Duathlon, Ciren Park. Peter Nunn was the only CAC representative and he completed the long multi-terrain course, a 2 mile run, 10mile bike, 2mile run in very difficult and slippery conditions.  Peter’s time was 1:25.55 and he finished 31st out of 138. The winner was Dan Lewis in 1:06.53.

Swindon Parkrun, Lydiard Park, 5km trails. David Moss is training hard for the London Marathon and has been using the Club’s speed sessions to good effect, breaking his PB and finishing 40th in 22.30. Barbara Thomas again did well with a VW55 age group second, finishing 135th overall in 27.43. The winner was Andrew Ind (Marlborough Running Club) in 18.10 and 260 finished.

Southwest Schools XC Championships, Bournemouth.  CAC has a strong junior section that meets and trains regularly. Many represent the Club at XC in the Oxford and Gloucester series but this past weekend they competed for their schools and County at the major event at Kings Park.

In the U13’s Millie Davies (12.12) was 14th and Lauren Ized (12.16) 16th and they were third and fifth for Gloucestershire. They were just a minute behind winner Elaine Sidman (Wells City). 47 finished. 

Matt Crew was once again amongst the front running U17’s, finishing 7th overall and second for Gloucestershire.

10th February - Focus on CAC juniors in Regional Schools XC
Last weekend saw two of our junior girls competing in the South West Schools Cross Country Championships at Kings Park, Bournemouth. They qualified after several rounds and had a fantastic result. Millie Davies came in 14th overall and 3rd girl home for Gloucestershire and Lauren Izon came home 16th overall and 5th girl for Gloucestershire. A brilliant result for both girls who work so hard at their running.  Well Done.

Matthew Crew who came through CAC junior section recorded an excellent 7th overall and 2nd for Gloucestershire in the senior race.

4th February 2014 Standard Article

A buoyant Cirencester Athletics Club played host to the Oxford League XC Series in Cirencester Park and the CAC organisers and marshals did a superb job putting on an excellent event. The toughest course of the year attracted 592 runners including a record 54 from Ciren.

Impossible to mention all of the juniors but in the U9’s Kirsten Powell (26th) and Tom Williams (40th) led home the seven U9 Ciren runners. Luke Buck (6th), Thomas Rowland (9th) and Harvey Rowland (11th) packed well in the U11 field of 43 to get second team. Millie Dawson was 7th U13 girl and Ellen Foster 15th out of 48. Kirsty Roberts, who, raced the previous day, was 16th U17 girl and Matt Crew was 7th U17 boy.  Another 11 juniors ran.

In the ladies event a determined Wendy Nicholls battled to an outstanding win in the mud and treacherous climbs and a strong Jenny Manners came in a close third. Fi Collings (20th), in her first XC for “some time”, gave Ciren ladies the Division 1 win. Not to be outdone Jo Musk, returning from injury, XC star Nicola Denning and triathlete Sarah Gunn won Division 3 and another 3 ladies ran to 17th spot in Div 3.  In the series so far the A and C teams are 4th.

The men’s team of seven also had a good day with a joint win in Division 1. Denis Galerin was seventh, just six seconds ahead of Adrian Williams and then a flu stricken Dave Bell (11th). Rob Abraham (17th), with no blister problems this time, was just ahead of in-form Simon Campbell (19th) and there were solid runs from Bill Leggate (26th) and Rob Forbes (29th). This leaves the team 2nd in the series.

The men’s B team (Mark Sysum, Robbie Brown, Richard Hurdle, Jon Hiscock, Keith Firkin, Howard Evans and Colin Tapley) matched the ladies to win Division 3 and went 7th in the series. Another seven men ran to finish 8th in Division 3.

At the Gloucester XC Series, Martin Croucher finished 121st behind the winner, Dave Roper (Cheltenham Harriers). 171 ran.

The 5km Swindon Parkrun had 272 complete the course with David Moss (24.09) 93rd and Barbara Thomas (27.25) 134th  and 3rd FV55. Stuart Shore (18.54) won.


2nd February - Focus on CAC juniors in XC


Race report from Junior Section Coach, Caroline Buck:

Well yesterday saw one of our best junior turn outs for the 4th Oxford league cross country race held in Cirencester Park. Whilst it was extremely muddy underfoot and cold, we were lucky enough that the sun was trying its best to shine!

In the Under 9s race we had a great turn out.  Kirsten Powell was the first of the Cirencester juniors in 26th position. Tom Williams came in with a sprint finish in 40th place and was closely followed by his good friend Bella Alcott in 45th position. Not far behind were Katie Pulley 50th, Erin Killon-Fallon 51st and Olivia Hobbs 52nd.   Congratulations to all these children as it is the first time that the majority of them have ever raced!!

A  mention must go to Phoebe Matthews (U9) who literally got her foot stuck in the mud on the way around!  Phoebe was helped out and like a true cross country runner and determined to finish the race,  ended up tagging onto the back of the 11s race to ensure she crossed the finishing line!

Great results were also shown in the U11 boys.  Luke Buck came in strong in 6th position closely followed by his team mates Tom Rowland 9th and Harvey Rowland 11th.   Making their debut at Cirencester Park for their first Cross Country were Matthew Pulley 34th and Charlie Bailey 42nd.  A great result by all boys.

Under 13 Girls,  Millie Davies is going from strength to strength and this showed with her finishing in a very strong 7th position.   Ellen Foster also came in strongly in 15th (after competing in the Glos League the day before 11th!) and Annabel Tudor ran her first race for Cirencester and came in a credible 42nd.  

In the Under 13 boys, Simon Crew was as determined as ever and finished in 18th position while Sam Svensson picked up to a sprint in the finishing straight to come in 30th and was closely followed by a happy smiling Isaac Powell in 32nd place.  

I hope the children who raced for the first time enjoyed themselves and it gave them confidence and encouragement for future races.  Well done to all the children and thank you to all the parents for bringing them and supporting.

January 2014 news

28th January 2014
Standard Article

Linda Franks 5 mile, Cheltenham, road race.
A howling gale and horizontal rain is a familiar refrain recently and it applied again at this competitive 5mile event. With over 250 registered the Almost Athletes Club hit their maximum for the first time and 223 finished. Nine Cirencester runners bagged four age group wins in the first of the important Gloucester Road Race Series.
Simon Campbell came in 6th overall with a determined run amongst the top runners and Mark Sysum was next home in 13th, giving him the MV40 victory. Fi Collings continues her 2013 improvement with a distance PB and was first LV45 in 48th spot overall. Despite being thirty seconds slower than last year Tony Shelbourn, in 51st, was first MV65 and to round off the successes Ruth Fulford, consistent as ever, was 1st LV65. There was also a PB for Daniel Finchett and great support from Gordon Jones, Rachel Jones and Barbara Thomas.
Results. 1st Anthony Bailey (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 27.34, 6 Simon Campbell 28.37, 13 Mark Sysum 29.36, 48 Fi Collings 33.36, 51 Tony Shelbourn 33,53, 53 Daniel Finchett 33.58, 101 Gordon Jones 37.09, 158 Barbara Thomas 42.36, 159 Rachel Jones 42.51, 180 Ruth Fulford 46.19.

Slaughterford 9 mile, multi-terrain.
Described as “the muddiest ever” this gruelling hilly and slippery course continuous to be amazingly popular. Andy Hindson ran a gritty race with fourth age-group placed Nicola Denning just twenty-four seconds behind and Ed Morris  a close third for Ciren. Regular cross-country runner Jill Hadland and Neil Martin ran solid races with David Moss final man home. Many of them scaled the last precipitous hill to encouragement from “The Eye of the Tiger.”
Results. 1st Paul Murrin (Chepstow Harriers) 59.00, 84 Andy Hindson 1:14.50, 88 Nicola Denning 1:15.14, 92 Ed Morris 1:15.54, 142 Jill Hadland 1:22.11, 172 Neil Martin 1:24.56, 221 David Moss 1:30.55. 352 finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails.
Peter Nunn improved by a few seconds to come in a sterling fifth with David Moss second home for the Club. The final two were Barbara Thomas, who was first FV55, and cross country runner Michael Thomas.
Results. 1st Rob Abraham 17.09, 5th Peter Nunn 18.54, 93 David Moss 24.03, 134 Barbara Thomas 26.01, 141 Michael Thomas 26.23. 367 finished.

21st January 2014
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Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails.  The weather was not as kind as last week but Gordon Jones continued his comeback and knocked forty seconds off of his previous weeks time and was first MV60. Barbara Thomas finished a strong second LV55 and Rachel Jones third LV60;  Michael Thomas came in just behind as he returns to fitness.
Results. 1st Alan Meadows 18.04, 69 Gordon Jones 22.57, 73 Barbara Thomas 25.37, 164 Rachel Jones 27.26, 178 Michael Thomas 27.46, 381 finished. 

Ruth Fulford was once again first FV65 at the Cheltenham Parkrun, finishing in 163rd spot in 28.09. The race winner was Dmitry Nazarenko of Cheltenham Harriers in 17.05.

Charlotte Blampied ran her first race and had moral support from long time CAC runner Mum Claire. The Stubbington 10km, near Southampton, proved a challenge but Charlotte said that she would definitely race again. Her time was 1:08.33 and she finished 1438 out of 1516; the winner was Alex Wall-Clark, Southampton Athletics Club, in 31.16.

Ruth Fulford and Barbara Thomas, already mentioned in this report, recently received their Gloucester Road Race Series medals. Each runner has to run at least eight races in the twelve event series and CAC’s two racing stalwarts did more than enough to respectively win the gold in the FV65 and FV55 categories.

On the Club front Jo Emery has taken over as Ladies Captain. Ciren has a strong ladies team and with Jo returning to form the ladies are looking forward to a successful year. Ruth Fulford previously held the role and will now be able to focus on her task as Club secretary.

14th January 2014
Standard Article

The Rough’n’Tumble 10 is held at Milton Lilbourne, which sounds most pleasant, but the race is described as, “Tough enough for experienced off-roaders but a challenge for the novice.”  Denis Galerin was Ciren’s sole representative and his comment was that it was, “really muddy …. And Hilly!”  Denis, an experienced runner in a race that is predominantly entered by Club runners, came in a very competitive third place in 1:08.48, a ten-mile time many would be happy achieving on the road. He was less than two minutes behind the winner, Matthew Battensby of Burges Salmon Running Club.
A remarkable 499 runners finished.

Liza Darroch is starting 2014 in the same vein as last year with another age-group win at the Naunton Nearly 19. Run on paths in the glorious Cotswolds it wends its way through chocolate box villages but the runners have to cope with 1450 feet of ascents and the resulting slippery downhills. Lisa was 89th and 1st LV65 in 3:32.31 and was accompanied by Rupert Chesmore who gallantly took one second longer. The winner was Adam Jackson of Black Pear Joggers in 2:05.28 and 119 finished.

Another Club senior, Ruth Fulford has also started out the year in fine form with a 1st FV65 at the 5km Cheltenham Parkrun; Ruth’s time was 28.32 and she finished in 172nd place. The winner1 was Simon Gill in 18.01 and 280 finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails.  Three degrees celcius, light winds and perfectly blue skies brought out the largest field ever at Lydiard Park, and the only hindrances were a few puddles.  A couple of the senior contingent were returning after injury and Gordon Jones finished first MV60 and Tony Shelbourn was second MV65; Rachel Jones and Barbara Thomas also had age-group seconds. Joanna Roberts was third in her age-group and her sons, Luke and Matt, were 5th and 7th in the JM14 category.
Results. 1st Brian Cooke, Wootton Bassett Hounds, 16.49, 39 Tony Shelbourn 21.12, 73 Luke Roberts 22.46, 81 Matt Roberts 22.58, 94 Gordon Jones 23.39, 129 Joanna Roberts 24.42, 155 Barbara Thomas 25.30, 216 Rachel Jones 27.57. 415 finished.

13th January 2014
Parkrun roundup

The National parkrun 5k series is a very popular and economical (well, free, if you ask) way to gain and improve your racing experience. Cirencester club members mostly run at Swindon but we also get regular results in from Cheltenham.

This week the club achieved the following roll of honour at these events:
1st in their age category: Gordon Jones and Ruth Fulford
2nd   "    "      "      "  "     : Tony Shelbourn and Barbara Thomas
3rd   "    "      "      "  "     : Joanna Roberts
4th   "    "      "      "  "     : Rachael Jones
5th and 7th in the wide junior category: Luke Roberts and Matthew Roberts respectively.

7th January 2014
Standard Article


The Oxford Series XC in Banbury was cancelled over the weekend so a few CAC members took the opportunity to run in the Gloucester Series races held a Blackbridge. This cross-country series doesn’t have a huge turnout but, none-the-less, there is a lot of strong competition.

The highest finisher of the day was Matt Crew who finished 2nd in the U17’s in a time of 17.26. Matt, who had a strong road race season last year,  is continuing to work on his XC skills and was just eight seconds behind the winner, Jack Turner of Stroud and District AC; six finished. Meanwhile, brother Simon Crew ran in the U13’s and as one of the younger runners finished 10th out of 15.

In the Senior Men’s race newly qualified Club coach, Mark Sysum, ran well to finish 33rd out of a field of 70. Dorian Matts represents the Club regularly at XC and came in 61st and third MV50.

Finally, Barbara Thomas after completing her 100 races in 2013 ran this cross-country and it was her second race of the day. She finished in 20th place in the Senior Ladies race where 29 ran.

In appalling conditions on this very wet Saturday morning at the Swindon 5km Parkrun,  Barbara Thomas came in 96th out of 193 taking it easy in a time of 27.57; it was still good enough to give her 1st FV55. It would appear from this Saturday’s events that Barbara is again planning to run a lot of races in 2014.

Junior XC 2nd/3rd November

Contributed by Caroline Buck

It has been another good weekend for those children who were out racing the Gloucester and Oxford cross country leagues.   

On Saturday it was a rather blustery and drizzly day at Pittville Park but it did not dampen the day and the determination of our young runners.  Our first race was the under 11 boys.  Thomas Rowland sprinted off with two other race leaders in what was a very fast start.   Trying to chase Tom down was his brother, Harvey and fellow teammate Luke Buck who were holding their own within the chasing group.  Behind the second group the rest of the field were pushing hard.  In this group we saw the 4th member of the team, 8 year old Sam Alcott with a determined look on his face and working extremely hard.   The battle was still going on up front and Tom pushed so hard he collapsed over the line to come in a magnificent 3rd place.  He was closely followed by Luke in 8th position and Harvey in 10th.   Sam came in strongly in 58th place.  The under 11 boys were placed 1st team in this race which is a fantastic result as we only had one team compared to 5 by some other clubs!!  Keep up the work boys!

In the Under 13 boys, Simon Crew ran in a very fast and competitive race.  Simon showed his grit and determination yet again and finished in a very credible 22nd place.  Whilst brother Matthew Crew worked hard in the Under 17 boys and his talent and hard work took him through to finish in 5th position.  

The under 11 girls saw 8 year old Phoebe Matthews out competing for the second time for Cirencester.  Phoebe knew what tactics to employ, start steady, and pick them off slowly!  This she did!  Starting toward the back and working her way up, young Phoebe came in mid way in 34th position.  Well done!

I was delighted that one of our newest members, Lauren Izon, turned out for the U13 girls’ race.   Lauren worked extremely hard and showed real determination throughout the race and came in a credible 20th position out of a field of 60!  

The person who has to have a very special mention for running Saturday is 14 year old, Emma O’Connor.  Emma, who has only just turned 14, competed in the Under 15s but this is run in conjunction with under 17s.  It was over double the distance she is used to and a very very fast race.  Emma started at the back but showed so much determination to complete the course in what was a very tough race to finish in 18th position.  Fantastic!

NB:  Well done and thank you to Ellen Foster, (who ran 1st claim for Cheltenham on Saturday – 13th position) who stayed and supported fellow members of Cirencester when her race had finished. Thank you.

Ascott Under Wychwood
From my sources….. Another good day for the juniors!  Kirsten Powell, youngest runner out today, came 25th in the Under 9s.  Ellen Foster, out running in Cirencester colours today came in 8th position in the U13 girls.  A fantastic result after racing the previous day.  
Whilst brothers Simon and Matthew Crew, also racing for a second day, showed their talent with Simon 11th position in the U13 boys and Matt in 6th position in U17s.
Also running in the U13 boys were Isaac Powell (28th) and James Edwards(13th).  This gave the Under 13 boys 6th team place.  Well Done.

New club member Denholm Jewell came in a very credible 19th place in the Under 15 boys.  

Team mates, Kirsty Roberts and Jessica Lindsay competed in the Under 15 girls and Kirsty took 13th place and Jessica 34th.

Congratulations and well done to all those juniors who took part in the races and look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.