January 2014 news

28th January 2014
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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
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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
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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.