April 2014

29th April  2014 Standard Article

Highworth 5mile, road.  An strong turnout in this CAC championship race saw 26 Ciren runners achieve excellent results. A deserving race winner was Adrian Williams (27.35) followed in third by Bill Leggate (29.01) with Simon Fortnum (29.11) fourth, giving them the team win. Wendy Nicholls (30.03) ran a dominant race and was once again winning lady. There were numerous solid age-group performances with second FV45  Fi Collings (46th in 34.08) and third Sarah Gunn (50th in 34.23)  With Wendy they were the first ladies team. Tony Shelbourn (39th in 33.33) was second UV and 354 finished.

Shakespeare Half Marathon, Stratford upon Avon, 13.1 miles, road. Dave Bell is having a fine season winning this popular half in style. He continues to improve and his finishing time of 1:10.46 is getting close to the CAC record, which has stood for many years. The race has 1995 finishers. 

Downland Challenge, 20 and 40 miles, multi-terrain. To quote Liza Darroch,  “the course was wonderfully scenic, the sun shone, the bluebells glowed and the chalky downs were dry but soft.”  Ed Morris came home a strong 39th but was disappointed to lose time on the second half. Keith Firkin was a battling 74th and then Karen Higuera, in her first 20 mile race, and Liza Darroch finished together in 142nd .

Rupert Chesmore, having run the first 20 with the ladies, decided to do another lap with a total altitude change of 4000 feet.

Results. 1st Steve Paterson 2:18.31, 39 Ed Morris 2:54.31, 74 Keith Firkin 3:14.22, 142 Karen Higuera 3:45.54, 143 Liza Darroch 3.45.54. 195 finished. 40mile results. Simon Sikora, (Marlow Striders) won in 5:03.37, 87 Rupert Chesmore 8:09.09. 119 finished.

Two Oceans Marathon, Capetown, 56km, road. An amazing run from Newlands RCC in Capetown to the Indian Ocean and back across Chapman’s Peak via the brutal Constantia Nek Hill, finishing at the University of Capetown. Martin Croucher likes a challenge in far flung places and he finished in 5:16.56 and 1710 place. The winner was Lebenya Nkoka (Lesotho) in 3:09.52 and a remarkable 8000 finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. Barbara Thomas (25.12) passed yet another remarkable milestone finishing her 100th Parkrun; She was 96th and had yet another FV55 win. The winner was Damien Grace (18.18) and 361 finished.

21st April  2014 Standard Article

A glorious morning brought out 414 runners at Lydiard Park, just one shy of the record turnout. This venue, along with 254 other Parkruns around the UK, offers a free, timed 5km run every Saturday morning at 9:00 and they are seeing an ever-increasing uptake by new runners.

This week’s Swindon Parkrun saw the return of two of Ciren’s London Marathon entrants, stretching their legs after their successful efforts last week. Dave Moss, who has nursed a niggley knee for some time ran the Swindon race in 23.29, finishing in 109th place whilst Barbara Thomas finished 165th and ran her best time this year to finish in 25.19, giving her the FV55 win.

As the Marathoners got back into the swing Howard Ewan had a great debut Parkrun, indeed an excellent first 5km race, finishing 12th overall with a time of 19.03. Howard, one of the Club’s promising new runners, is thoroughly enjoying competing for CAC and reckons that he can do even better as he was late at the starting-line, losing him the few vital seconds that would have taken him under the nineteen mark. The winner was Nyle Clinton (Swindon Harriers) in 16.02.

14th April  2014 Standard Article

The Virgin Money London Marathon, 26.2 mile, roads. When we watch the superb spectacle of the world’s finest marathon runners against the backdrop of a magnificent London its hard to believe that there was ever a doubt that our capital could host what is probably the worlds greatest marathon.  As millions view the race on TV there are a huge number of runners wishing that they were there.

Cirencester AC had some excellent results with Simon Campbell, having battled with numerous injury niggles, crossing the line three hundred places and an excellent seven minutes faster than last year. David Moss improved over four thousand places and around 25 minutes after a winter of tough training and improvement.  Barbara Thomas, better known as the Clubs most prolific racer, improved on last year whilst Michael Thomas, who has struggled throughout his training with injury, was glad when the race finished.

Results. 1st Wilson Kipsang, Kenya, 2:04.49 (a course record) 423 Simon Campbell 2:46.47, 18,139 David Moss 4:26.21, 30,337 Barbara Thomas 5:30.55, 34,584 Michael Thomas 6:30.58.

At the Woodchester 5km, a rolling multi-terrain run at a National Trust property near Stroud, Ciren’s Mark Sysum coasted to a comfortable victory. A winter of structured training has enabled Mark to make a remarkable recovery from surgery and he completed the lakeside course in 19.16 ahead of 46 finishers.

David Wright’s training runs in Ciren Park paid off when he completed the 12km Pewsey Vale Bluebell Run to finish in third place, a remarkable result as David is a V50. His time of 52.04, on this multi-terrain course, was close behind the winner, Ian Luke (50.19) of Poole Runners. 103 finished.

At the Manchester Marathon Rachel Barber-Brock was up against stiff competition. They pushed her to add to the string of PB’s achieved this year and Rachel ran an excellent 3:05.55 to finish 296th overall, sixteenth lady and 9th in her age-category. Andi Jones won in 2:16.59 and 5911 finished.

Tony Shelbourn, the sole Ciren representative at the Swindon Parkrun, continued to improve his recent Parkrun times as aims at sub 20.00. He finished 15th overall and first MV65 with a time of 20.29. 359 runners finished behind Alex Bampton (Cheltenham and County Harriers) who won in 17.04.

7th April  2014 Standard Article

Heavy overnight rain and a stiff breeze made conditions tough for the 250 competitors in last Sunday's Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile race. A trio of runners, led by former Cirencester AC member Marc Fallows, quickly broke away from the pack but by half distance near the notorious crossing of the River Coln Connor Carson from Kenilworth Runners had broken clear and went on to win in 1hr1m47s, well outside the course record. Marc was beaten into third place in the final mile by Robert Mead who finished over a minute behind the winner.

First for Cirencester AC was Rob Forbes who had a relatively lonely run in fourth place throughout the race. His time of 1hr4m5s was over three minutes up on the club's next finisher Bill Leggate who was ninth, just ahead of the winning lady Kate Goodhead from Bristol. Next home was Howard Ewan in 32nd place (1hr12m59s), followed by Nicola Denning (1hr15m0s), who was second in her age category, Amy Bentley (1hr19m27s), Jill Hadland (1hr22m10s), Martin Croucher (1hr22m11s) and Barbara Thomas (1hr50m34s) who now faces the harder challenge of next Sunday's London Marathon.

Many members of the club braved the windy conditions to marshal the course to ensure another successful race and the first under new race director Richard Hurdle.

The previous week Cirencester's ladies took top honours in the Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon, run over country lanes near Chipping Sodbury, with three of the top four places. Wendy Nicholls showed her strength from triathlon competition to finish first lady and third overall. Nicola Denning emphasised Cirencester's domination by finishing second and fifteeth overall with Jill Hadland in fourth place. Recent member Howard Ewan showed that he will be a great asset to the club by coming in 24th.

Full Cirencester results were - 3.Wendy Nicholls 1hr31m15s, 15. Nicola Denning 1hr36m52s, 24.Howard Ewan 1hr39m56s, 34.Lonel Lancu 1hr42m22s, 38. Jill Hadland 1hr43m56s, 57.James Widdowson 1hr48m10s, 63.Geoff Wells 1hr49m45s and 134.Ruth Fulford 2hr17m14s.

This was a new race in the club's road race championship but next will be the more familiar terrain of the Highworth 5 mile race later this month.

March 2014

31st March  2014 news update
Cirencester AC members turned out in force at a number of longer distance races this week, with finishers at the Cleevewold 14m MT, Hogweed Hilly Half, Forest of Dean Half and the Combe Gibbet to Overton '16'.
Aside from that we had one member travel a long distance to take part in the somewhat shorter Robinson Preserve Twilight 5k, and more turnout at the Swindon Parkrun.
Juniors update! Congratulations to junior members Luke Buck and Rosie-Jane Widdowson who recently represented their school districts in the Gloucestershire County Cross Country Championships - Primary Schools. The race was held at St. Edwards junior school, Cheltenham, on a tough hilly course.

Luke finished 8th overall, representing Cirencester & Dist in the boys race. Rosie-Jane was happy to match her qualifying position by finishing 8th in the Stroud district team, 78th overall in the girls race.

24th March  2014 Standard Article

Cirencester AC's ladies captain Jo Musk played a supporting role to husband Gethin in last Sunday's Eastleigh 10k race. Their aim was to achieve a personal best for Gethin which they did in fine style, crossing the line together in 40m43s which was an improvement of over a minute on Gethin's time in the recent Bourton 10k. They finished 332nd and 333rd in a high class field of 1500 runners.

The club's only other racers over the weekend were Martin Croucher and Barbara Thomas who featured strongly among the 326 runners in Saturday morning's Swindon Parkrun 5k. Martin went under his target of 20 minutes to finish 11th in a personal best of 19m17s while Barbara was 138th in 25m46s, completing her 90th Swindon Parkrun race.

18th March  2014 Standard Article

Gloucester Twenty, 20miles, roads. This three-lap course has become popular for athletes competing at the upcoming London marathon. Rob Forbes was first Ciren runner in sixth spot whilst Simon Campbell, nineteenth, training for London battled with the unusually high temperatures. Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch, more used to the longer distances, ran strongly and London bound Barbara Thomas clocked up more useful miles.

Results. 1st Matthew Collins (Micky Morris Racing Team) 1:53.42, 6 Rob Forbes 2:06.28, 19 Simon Campbell 2;12.19, 244 Rupert Chesmore 2:58.38, 309 Liza Darroch 3:12.20, 419 Barbara Thomas 3:49.58. 444 finished.

Shakespeare 10km, Stratford upon Avon, roads. Evergreen David Wright (38.54) ran as fluently as ever to finish third and first MV55; Rachel Barber-Brock (41.48) had an excellent run to finish first lady and eleventh overall. Andrew Leighton (37.19) won; 197 finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km park trails. Barry Sampson (17.23)  finish a stong third and 1st MV35. Gordon Jones (22.17) was first MV60 and Barbara Thomas (25.56) was 2nd VW55. The winner was Chris Reade (16.20, Swindon Harriers). 364 finished.

A bevy of cross-country races in Charlton Park, Malmesbury produced  great results for the seniors and particularly the juniors. In the Children’s Muddy Mile, Ciren took the first three places with Tom Rowland (6.55), James Edwards (7.08) and Harvey Rowland 7.14:  They were followed by Phoebe Mathews (16th in 8.54), Jane Bailey (19th in 9:51) and Ben Bailey (23rd in 10.17). 31 finished.  In the Flying Monk 10mile XC, Peter Nunn (1:08.50), emulated fellow flyer Eilmer, to finish 6th out of 84. Brian Cooke (1:04.04, Wootton Bassett Hounds) won. Finally, Mark Edwards (41.22) was 8th out of 51 and third vet in the Fearless 5 mile; Paul Edwards (35.37) won.

Minchinhampton 10km road race. A long steep drop down off the Common and then the tough climb back.  Undaunted James Widdowson was pleased with 48th out of 398. Lorna Hetherington trains on hills and had a strong race and Chris Bevis also finished in the top half of the field.
Junior member Rosie-Jane Widdowson, U11, battled hard in the U11-U15 section of the Mini-Minch event, to finish 4th out of 15.

Results. 1st Tomas Eisner (Cotswolds Allrunners) 35.27, 48 James Widdowson 46.21, 92 Lorna Hetherington 50.02, 169 Chris Bevis 54.35.

Carterton 10km, roads. Colin Tapley finished 29th at this second running of the event and Ruth Fulford 171st out of 230 runners.  Alex Speilman (34.14) won.

11th March  2014 Standard Article

Blackminster Half Marathon, Evesham, 13.1 miles roads. Last year an ailing Dave Bell failed to defend his title when he came in second; this year he regained the trophy with a fine win in a field of 245. Dave ran 1:12.09, five minutes quicker than the second place finisher but also over five minutes faster than his 2013 time.  Dave adds this trophy to the Oxford Cross Country League senior men’s title he won last week.

Dam Buster Duathlon, Rutland. Wendy Jones and Adrian Williams braved the wind and cold at Rutland Water to achieve their goal of qualifying for the 2015 European Standard Distance Duathlon. In this gruelling, early season event comprising a 10km run, 40km bike and 5km run Adrian finished 30th overall with a 34.27 run, a 1:11.00 bike and a final 16.54 run.  Meanwhile Wendy finished 9th lady overall and 2nd in her age category; her times were 37.33 run, 1:24.46 bike and 18.55 run. A great start to the season for them both.

Salisbury 10 mile, roads. Rachel Barber-Brock broke her recently set PB by 25 seconds, finishing 4th lady, first senior lady and 107th overall in a  competitive field on an undulating course. Rachel’s time was a nippy 1:07.22 and 694 finished.  Nick Buis (Totton RC) won in 54.22.

The Groundhog Marathon, Telford, 26.2 miles, track. A second year for Martin Croucher to compete in what must be a mind numbing 105.5 laps of a track but, always consistent, Martin pounded out the circuits to finish 28th, one minute faster than 2013, in a time of 3:53.07. Simon Martin won in 2:56.32; 62 finished.

At the Castle Combe Half Marathon Barbara Thomas was first VW55 in 2:08.29 and 168th out of 198. David Evans won in 1:17.04. At the Cheltenham Parkrun Tony Shelbourn finished 16th in 20.45, first MV65 and second nationally. The winner was James Bellward in 17.35 and 271 finished.

CAC has a burgeoning juniors section and their training continues to pay off. Luke Buck represented the SW in the U12’s ISA cross-country championships, coming in a creditable 6th out of 70 runners, helping the SW to 3rd overall. Kirsty and Luke Roberts qualified for the Inter Counties Nationals at Cofton Park and out of 350 runners both finished respectably mid-field.

3rd March  2014 Standard Article

Oxford League Cross Country, Harwell, Oxon.
The last of a wet winter series ended with some excellent results for Ciren athletes.  Dave Bell was second in the race giving him the series senior title and he led home the team of Simon Campbell (15th), Bill Leggate (23rd), Robbie Brown (37th), Jon Hiscock (41st), Mark Sysum (55th) and Kieth Firkin (81st) to second place and a series second in division 1.

The ladies teams did equally well. Jenny Manners came in third lady overall and third in the series leading home the ageless Wendy Nicholls (fourth) winning the LV35 series crown and Nicola Denning (15th) to a  1st in Division 1 and a series third. The Ladies B team of Sarah Gunn (20th) and second LV45, Jill Hadland (39th) fourth LV45 and third in the series and Riannon Brown (46th) were second in Divison 3, cementing second in the series. The juniors were well represented by Phoebe Mathews, Kirsten Powell, Ellen Foster, James Edwards and Sam Svensson.

Reading Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, roads. At this popular half Peter Nunn (624th) ran strongly to finish with a 1:28.18 and David Moss (2401), training for London, ran a 1:42.08. The winner was Scott Overall (Blackheath and Bromley) in 1:04.44. 14,261 finished.   

Silverstone Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, roads and circuit. This half gives runners the chance to follow the wheel tracks of Vettel, Button and Hill and Martin Croucher, 206th out of 6,777, turned up the pace to go sub ninety with a 1:29.09. The race winner was Chris Thompson (Aldershot, Farnham and District AC) in 1:05.08.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails.  On this fourth anniversary of the Swindon Parkrun Barbara Thomas was announced winner of the Points Table for females for the last year. David Moss (112th in 26.09) and Barbara (114th in 26.17) both took it easy as they were racing again as part of their London Marathon training. Tony Shelbourn (21st in 20.41) was first MV65. Jeremy Coward (Chippenham Harriers) won in 18.17.  312 ran.

Oxford Parkrun, 5km trails. Colin Tapley finished twelfth and second MV50 in 21.15 and the winner was James Walker in 18.21. As a footnote Colin missed the following days Oxford XC as he was watching his daughter, Hannah, win the England U17 Indoor High Jump Championships.


2nd March - Focus on CAC juniors in XC


Race report from Junior Section Coach, Caroline Buck:

Last Sunday saw some of our junior out for the last Oxford League race in Harwell.  Not everything goes according to plan and two  of our younger members, Phoebe Matthews and Kirsten Powell missed the start of the race (it started 5 minutes earlier than planned!) but they did manage to complete the course.  Well done girls!

Ellen Foster was out again for the U13 girls showing what a strong and consistent runner she is and came in 16th position.

In the U13 boys James Edwards came in 17th and Sam Svesson came in a credible 30th position.

Well done to all those children who raced and a big thank you to the parents for taking them such a long way and supporting!

Luke Buck ran the ISA National Cross Country Championships in Warwickshire on Saturday coming in 6th out of 80 places.  Well done Luke.

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
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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.

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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.