Standard Article 14th Oct 2014


British Duathalon Age-group Championships, roads.  Two Ciren athletes competed for this 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run.  Adrian Williams (1:56.19) set off in cool, foggy conditions protecting an Achilles injury; a particularly strong bike leg ensured a third 35-59 age group place and 11th overall. Wendy Nicholls (2:10.01) won the ladies race, leading virtually from the start to finish in overall 43rd  achieving yet another excellent victory. Julian Lings (1:51.57) of Team Accelerate won. 127 finished. 


Rab Mountain Marathon, Longsleddale, Lake District. A thirteen hour, two day orienteering and running event to find the maximum number of checkpoints scattered over mountainous terrain. Andy Hindson ran with regular orienteering partner Andrew Eyles, encountering all weathers to pull up from 44th on day one to 38th overall, winning a third male vet team prize. Stewart Bellamy was overall winner and 107 teams completed.


Parkrun, 5km park trails. A large Ciren turnout in Swindon, with three age-group wins amongst the 334 finishers; Ionel Iancu (VM40-44), Gordon Jones (VM60-64) and Barbara Thomas (VW55-59). Mark Edwards was three seconds off his PB while Jenny Brewin made a welcome return to racing.


Results 1st Bem Cole, Tonbridge AC, 16.12, 15 Ionel Iancu 20.37, 34 Gordon Jones 21.49, 37 Mark Edwards 21.57, 56 James Edwards 22.56, 110 Barbara Thomas 25.09, 159 Richard Crew 27.36, 229 David Moss 31.20, 289 Jenny Brewin 36.35. 334 finished.


Adam Powell (19.37) a first-timer at the Cheltenham Parkrun  finished a commendable 12th overall and second VM35-39. James Bellward (16.40) of RAF AC won.




Swindon Half Marathon, 13.1 miles roads. Never an easy race but Keith Firkin (1:36.11) achieved an age-group fourth, finishing 100th out of 950 runners. Dick Waldron (MV70) ran the Oxford Half Marathon in 2:03.03, finishing midway through the field and well up in his MV65 age-group. David Bruce (1:11.26) won and 4461 finished.




Gloucester XC, Guiting Power. The young and improving CAC juniors (where age really counts) turned in some encouraging results. Eleven year old Luke Buck finished 15th in the U13’s and Kieran Courtney was 42nd. In the U11’s Daniel Winfield ran to a fine 3rd place whilst Sam Allott and Ben Woodstock finished midfield. In the U13 girls Lauren Izon finished a strong 4th out of 40 competitors and in the U11’s sister Sophie was 19th and Phoebe Matthews 41st out of 66.


Standard Article 07 October 2014


Forest of Dean Autumn Half 13.1 miles, roads. Steve Yates (1:22.43) after a successful summer return to triathlon achieved a solid 9th place on this hilly course. Jarlath McKenna, Bristol and West, won in 1:15.12; 498 finished.


Robin Hood Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, roads. Simon Campbell made his annual trek “up north” to set a PB in 1:19.28, finishing 52nd. The winner was Matthew Kimutai in 1:04.23; 7248 finished.


Cricklade 10km and Half Marathon. Two races enjoyed perfect weather and fast courses. In the 10km Bill Leggate ran to a strong second place with Simon Campbell just ten seconds behind in third. Fiona Collings continues to shine, winning a ladies second place. Sarah Keissler ran her first ever race and finished in 56.37 just ahead of Dad, Richard, who finished with a pulled calf muscle.


Results. 1st Michael Lennon 34.50, 2nd Bill Leggate 35.20, 3rd Simon Campbell 35.30, 13 Howard Ewan 42.09, 20 Fi Collings 43.27, 31 James Widdowson 44.52, 99 Barbara Thomas 52.33,145 Sarah Kiessler 56.37, 146 Richard Kiessler 56.50, 226 David Edelsten 1:05.09, 261 finished.


On the half marathon course Dave Bell had a fine win in 1:10.38, knocking twenty-nine seconds off of last year’s time; Returning to form Denis Galerin was 9th. There were good performances throughout for Cirencester and to top off the day junior Luke Buck won the boys fun run, Lauren Izon the girls with Ellen Foster in second.


Results. 1st Dave Bell 1:10.38,  9 Denis Galerin 1:18.20, 18 Peter Nunn 1:26.41, 34 Ed Morris 1:31.19, 45 Andy Powell 1:33.49, 47 Constant Fischer 1:34.36, 122 Terry Ranger 1:48.15, 143 Rupert Chesmore 1:51.50, 192 Liza Darroch 1:59.53, 210 Kerrie Hutchinson 2:04.48, 247 finished.


Cardiff Half Marathon, roads. Part of CAC’s regular training group ran well with David Moss (1:40.24) finishing 1946th and Mark Edwards (1:48.54) in 3497th place. Gordon Jones had a chip time of 1:45.37 to finish his first half. Boniface Kongin (1:02.02) from Kenya won; 15,876 finished. 


Parkruns, 5km park trails. At Cheltenham on a very wet Saturday Ruth Fulford (27.55) finished 169th to win the FV65 category. Matthew Doyle (17.16) won; 290 finished. Meanwhile in Swindon young Simon Crew (19.17) finished fourth overall, knocking two seconds off his PB, Barbara Thomas (25.31) won her age group and Simon’s father Richard (27.55) improved substantially on previous time. Gavin Wenlake (17.33) of Highworth RC won and 297 finished.


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.


Standard Article 23rd September 2014


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.

Standard Article 16th September 2014


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.

Standard Article 9th Sept 2014

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.