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.

Standard Article 1st Sept 2014

If you thought a marathon was a long distance run spare a thought for Cirencester's Richard Hurdle who has just completed the equivalent of seven marathons in a 184 mile race from the Thames Barrier at Greenwich to the source of the Thames near Cirencester. Richard set off at 10am on a Friday morning with 80 other ultra runners but by the finish all but 18 had dropped out of the gruelling event. Richard finished a brilliant fourth out of the survivors, crossing the line in just under 59 hours. He had to carry all his food,drink and equipment needed throughout the run and navigate his route alongside the Thames, his only support coming from wife Hayley and a few club colleagues encouraging him at various points.


Barbara Thomas has probably run more miles this year than Richard but in rather easier stages. Her latest exploits include the Severn Bridge Half Marathon featuring a crossing of the old Severn Bridge in which she finished in the top half of her age category in 2hrs11m52s. She was also runner up in her class at the White Horse 5k, clocking 24m25s and won her age category again in her weekly Swindon Park Run this time finishing 140th out of a record 440 finishers in a time of 24m58s. Also representing the club at Swindon were Howard Ewan who ran his usual strong race to finish 12th in 19m32s. Gordon Jones was second M60 in 22m12s while Dave Moss and Ed Morris had a gentle jog round with members of their respective families. 


Cirencester was represented by three of the club's faster runners in the County Championships on the Cheltenham track. In the 10,000 metres Adrian Williams returned from holiday to finish 6th in 35m39s, followed nine seconds later by Bill Leggate in 8th and Simon Campbell 15th with 37m44s which was a very good effort by Simon having earlier broken the 5 minute barrier in the one mile race finishing 5th in 4m58s.  


The club's triathletes also had a busy weekend of racing. After her tough race at Weymouth Trudy Compton finished third in her age group in the 500m swim, 30km cycle and 8km run Westonbirt Challenge Triathlon with a time of 2hr2m06s for 36th place. Chris Riches tackled the slightly shorter event at the same venue finishing a commendable 52nd out of 166 finishers in 1hr26m33s. At the Oxford Sprint Triathlon it was Terry Ranger's turn to uphold club honours, finishing 33rd out of 129 finishers in 1hr20m05s. However the best performance of the weekend came from Robert Abraham who was 10th out of over 500 competitors at the Cotswold Classic which consisted of a 1.9km swim, 56 mile cycle and 13 mile run in and around the Cotswold Water Park. His finishing time of 4hrs16m43s included the second fastest bike time. 

Richard Hurdles 4th in Thames race

Richard Hurdle after race - Taken by Paul Barlow

Well done to Richard Hurdle. He finished his attempt at the gruelling Thames 184 race which started at the Thames Barrier near Greenwich on Friday evening and finished at the Thames Head - the official source of this great river - after 184 self-supported miles. Richard finished on Sunday evening in darkness at around 10pm in 4th place overall.




Standard Article - 25th August 2014

Cirencester's triathletes took centre stage in recent events with the club represented at Hardwicke near Tewkesbury, South Cerney and Weymouth over a variety of swim, bike and run distances.


In the Hardwicke Sprint event over a 750 metre swim, a windy 20km bike course and a 5km run over three laps of a caravan park Gethin Musk was the club's leading contender finishing 22nd out of 134 finishers. He was a minute clear of his club colleagues after the swim and pulled a further three minutes clear on the bike and maintained his advantage over the final run stage to come home with a total time of 1hr15m10s. A close battle was waged between Terry Ranger, Bob Ferris and Martin Pulley who finished within just over a minute of each other. Bob led after the first two stages but a strong run by Terry gave him the edge by 19 seconds over Bob with Martin a further 57 seconds back despite the fastest run of the trio. Carol Clarke was the club's only female competitor but she was well placed in her age category, finishing in 89th place. Final positions were - 22.Gethin Musk 1hr15m10s, 44.Terry Ranger 1hr21m50s, 45.Bob Ferris 1hr22m09s, 50.Martin Pulley 1hr23m06s, 89.Carol Clarke 1hr31m43s.



Meanwhile Kevin Snowball and Trudy Compton took on sterner challenges. Kevin competed in his first Ironman Triathlon which was based at the Cotswold Water Park. Despite some atrocious wet conditions he was delighted to finish 61st out of 139 finishers 36 seconds inside 12 hours. Trudy returned to Weymouth for a race over a total of 115 kms. She recalled it was as tough as the first time she contested the event, made more so by choppy conditions for the open water swim, but she was happy to finish in about three hours.



Staying on dry land a few the club's runners have been racing in the weekly 5km park runs at Swindon and Cheltenham. The club's stalwart racer Barbara Thomas was 125th out of a record 405 runners at Swindon, again winning her age category and only 30 seconds outside her personal best from the 112 park run races she has run. Lisa Carpenter and Michael Thomas followed her home in 162nd and 200th positions. The previous week Gordon Jones clocked a very competitive 23m14s to finish 69th and second in his age category. Ruth Fulford was another age category winner with a time of 27m36s at Cheltenham, which was only eight seconds off her best.



Entries for Cirencester Athletics Club's Cirencester Park 10k on Sunday 28 September have reached nearly 300.




Anyone wishing to enter should visit and follow the link to register.


Cross country

Gloucester League and Gloucester County Championship dates now posted on the calendar.

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.