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Standard Article 7th May 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                                Report 6 May 18

 

After a spate of marathons, this week was dominated by two fine Half Marathon results and some tough Ultra running.

 

Dave Bell won in Bath, demonstrating his excellent personal pacing as 15 successive starting waves and the presence of 5 and 10k runners made it impossible to know his position particularly on the second lap.  Managing to maintain pace as he weaved through waves of other runners and without the help of GPS in the two tunnels is impressive.   

 

Two Tunnels ½ Marathon, Bath, 13.1 miles trail

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.12.18   278 finished.  

 

Dave Wright, returning to his old club, won his V60 age group in a time of 1.25.57 , - a time many members half his age would be proud of.

 

Ranelagh Richmond ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Andrius Jaksevicius (Belgrave Harriers) 1.11.43
62 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.25.57 - 1st V60    517 finished.  

 

Rob Forbes led a varied club team around the hot and hilly 33 miles of the Marlborough Downs Challenge, finishing in a close to record time after battling to catch the lead runner only to end 30 second behind but pushing last year’s winner to knock 26 minutes from his last year’s time.  Some time behind him, Robbie Brown demonstrated his ultra potential by finishing in third place.  Howard Ewan (having been 7th last year) was disappointed but, given his lack of training, relieved to have completed the distance.  Rupert and Liza, paid for a training lite holiday and being out for over 7 hours in temperatures above 25c took its toll. Official results were not available at the time of going to press.

 

Marlborough Downs Challenge 33 miles trail

1 Edward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 3.54.11

2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 3.54.36

3 Robbie Brown 4.30.07

35 Howard Ewan 5.53.04

? Rupert Chesmore 7.21.?

? Liza Darroch 7.53.20 1st FV 60                           ? Finished

 

A week earlier the Quenington crew survived a perilous flight to Madeira where Richard Hurdle had to dig deep to complete a 115km race which included 26000ft+ elevation gain (equivalent, we are told,  to running up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Pen-y-Fan TWICE).  The competition was also tough as this year MIUT was part of the Ultra Trail World Tour (PRO Series) and the Portuguese National Championship Ultra Endurance 2018 making his 177th place a fine effort.  Alan and Lara Thompson tackled “a mere” marathon but the winner’s time suggests another very challenging race.

Madeira Island Ultra, 115km trail1 Andris Ronimoiss (Latvia) 13:57.10
177 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 23:26.31   496 finished.  

Madeira Island Ultra, 42km trail

1 Davide Cheraz (Italy) 3:47.14
284 Alan Tompson (Cirencester AC) 7:15.42
285 Lara Tompson 7.15.43    531 finished.

 

Ella Shaftoe had a go at a novice triathlon to finish 14th. And we understand Lee Lawrence was 15th in the same event.  (Note to all members if you want your results recorded you MUST enter an event under the Club name!)

 

Cotswold Novice Triathlon, 200m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run

1 Blaine Carpenter (Natural Ability) (3.02; 29.12; 8.18) 42.17 
14 Ella Shaftoe (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (3.57; 36.48; 11.45) 55.09
40 finished.  

 

parkruns, 5km trail

 

Only one win, for James Thomas, this week but records suggest several parkrun PB’s including  15 yr old Luke Buck with a fine 5th place at Cirencester and Simon Campbell (2nd) and junior Tom Prosser (21st)  at Swindon.

 

Cirencester AC finishers (win for James Thomas):


Cirencester:  
5 Luke Buck 19.42, 7 Steve Yates 20.03, 8 Lee Lawrence 20.23, 10 Howard Ewan 21.03,
18 Neil Morrissey 21.47, 23 Ivan Quinlan 23.07, 37 Caroline Buck 24.23, 66 Pam Wheeler 27.54, 82 Ruth Fulford 29.47,
127 Rachel Ranger 36.23, 158 finished
Swindon: 
 2 Simon Campbell 17.41, 21 Tom Prosser (J) 19.58, 48 Sam Cook (J) 21.38, 52 Gordon Jones 21.55, 149 David Moss 25.01, 245 Barbara Thomas 27.53, 528 finished
Chippenham: 5 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.28, 72 Alan McAdam 23.47, 227 finished
Stonehouse: 1 James Thomas 17.37, 20 Liz Thomas 24.14, 73 finished
Black Park, Slough: 12 Jacob McAdam 20.09, 732 finished
Banbury: 66 Bryan Reid 25.50, 270 finished
Harcourt Hill, Botley, Oxford: 6 Adam Harborow 19.19, 144 finished
Workington: 25 Kate Sackett (2nd lady) 21.28, 179 finished


  

Standard Article 30th April 2018

 

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                              Report 29 .4.

 

This week it was Hamburg’s turn to host a hot but scenic marathon where Ivan Quinlan, following patchy, injury plagued training, started strongly to fade badly in the second half.  He is, however, full of praise for this ballot free and very well organised event.

 

Hamburg Marathon, Germany, 26.2 miles road

1 Solomon Deksisa (Ethiopia) 2.06.34
4726 Ivan Quinlan (Cirencester AC) 4.20.44 (chip time 4.15.55)
7636 finished. 

 

Tim Ingham and Ruth Fulford took to the hills around Temple Guiting in pursuit of points for the County Road Running Championships.  Tim faced strong competition from other county runners (particularly from Cheltenham Harriers) making him 10th in his MV40 age group but could be pleased with both his time and his overall position of 27th.  Ruth was second in her FV65+ age group beaten only by Sharon Smith who sometimes trains with us.

 

Dave McNamee Memorial 10km, Temple Guiting, 10km road

1 Tim Carter (Bourton Road Runners) 35.53
27 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 44.41
112 Ruth Fulford 1.01.01
139 finished.  

 

Karen Higuera was the only member to find the Compton Basset ‘5’ , a new event  billed as a fast, flat event for PB hunters so perhaps it was not surprising that an increasingly fit and confident Karen managed to finish strongly to take seconds from her PB despite finding it ‘not quite as flat’ as billed.

 

Compton Bassett '5', nr Calne, 5 miles road

1 Edward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 25.54
83 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 36.24
302 finished.  

parkruns, 5km trail

Rain clearly did not stop parkrun play with members running in nine parkruns from Wales to southern France.  Wins for Oliver Pritchard, James Thomas and  Caroline Cotterell and a second place for a Kate Sackett taking it steady post Boston Marathon. Yet another PB (just) for Rachel Ranger whose marathon preparation is clearly reaping rewards.


Cirencester:  
1 Oliver Pritchard 18.19, 5 Howard Ewan 21.39, 8 Neil Morrissey 22.16, 12 Sam Cook (J) 22.38, 
30 Rachel Ranger 25.19, 67 Gary Wood 29.08, 143 finished
Swindon: 
 40 Gordon Jones 22.15, 74 Alan McAdam 23.55, 180 Barbara Thomas 27.48, 469 finished
Chippenham: 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.25, 167 finished
Stonehouse: 9 Kate Sackett (2nd lady) 23.14, 65 finished
Black Park, Slough: 5 Jacob McAdam 19.40, 544 finished
Seaton, Devon: 85 Rachel Barrow 28.00, 132 Paul Barrow 32.32, 181 finished
Colby, Pembrokeshire: 1 James Thomas 17.23, 29 Liz Thomas (3rd lady) 24.15, 110 finished
Keswick: 15 Nick Holliday 20.22, 21 Caroline Cotterell (1st lady) 22.26, 175 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 17 David Lattimore 34.18, 25 finished

 

Standard Article 23rd April 2018

London Marathon, 26.2 miles road

 

Andy Fellows and Nick Wall ran in this year’s record breaking Virgin Money London Marathon and, as temperatures and numbers hit record levels, Nick knocked nearly 16 minutes from the club V60 record he set last year.  Both he and Andy Fellows (who is busy preparing for a Half Iron Man) started strongly but the heat and distance finally took their toll and they, like so many of the other 40,000, had to dig deep as they battled to finish.

 

1 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2.04.27
6125 Andy Fellows (Cirencester AC) 3.41.37
12254 Nick Wall 4.13.34 - club V60 record
40,149 finished.  

 

Corsham 10km, road

 

Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell ran a fine 10km in Corsham with an in form Nick finishing first in his age group again.

 

1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 32.19
32 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 41.31 - 1st V60
135 Caroline Cotterell 46.55
1043 finished.  

 

Parkruns, 5km trail

 

Members continued to dominate at Cirencester and, with the improving weasther,  there were parkruns PB’s for some including Rachel Ranger, Lisa Carpenter, Adam McAdam and James Thomas.

 

Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 
 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.02, 2 Simon Campbell 18.10, 4 Luke Buck (J) 19.01, 7 Steve Yates 20.02, 
15 Neil Morrissey 21.26, 32 Ivan Quinlan 22.53, 38 Caroline Cotterell (3rd lady) 23.48, 39 Nick Holliday 23.48
46 Caroline Buck 24.31, 52 Rachel Ranger 25.33, 64 Pam Wheeler 26.59, 90 Sharon O'Keeffe 29.31, 
93 Ruth Fulford 29.55, 164 finished
Swindon: 
39 Keith Firkin 22.01, 52 Gordon Jones 22.48, 109 Lisa Carpenter 25.11, 191 Barbara Thomas 27.26, 454 finished
Chippenham: 38 Alan McAdam 23.44, 138 finished
Harcourt Hill, Botley, Oxford : 1 James Thomas 17.22, 35 Liz Thomas 24.13, 133 finished

 

Standard Article 16th April 2018

                           CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB

 

Cirencester AC’s Chedworth Roman Trail 10miler became another casualty of this torrid winter and was postponed because of waterlogged areas. It is an enormously popular event and was fully booked and has been efficiently rescheduled for

September 2nd. The organisers thank everyone for their involvement and look forward to seeing them on a sunny, dry September day! All details will be available on the club web page.

 

Exe to Axe, Devon, 20 miles trail. Richard Hurdle has run this 20mile coastal path event from Exmouth to Axmouth before and was delighted to knock twenty-five minutes off his PB. He came 12th out of 199 finishers, finishing the gruelling, undulating run in 3:17.25.  Brennan Townshend (Montane) won in 2:44.55.

 

Forest of Dean Spring Trails ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail. Run on April 8th this is a challenging forest trails race with serious hills. Peter Rowland ran a solid 2:15.29 finishing 599th whilst sixty-nine year old club newcomer Paul Barrow was 807th in 2:45.25. Jonathan Barnes (Cheltenham & County Harriers) won in 1.15.10. 832 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail.

Cirencester. Despite the wet conditions eleven CAC members ran and it was pleasing to see first timers Matt Crew, running for Ciren again along with Dad Richard and also Joe Barrowclough donning the club vest. There were also PB’s for Nick Holliday, Neil Morrisey and Nina Lawrence whilst Howard Ewan was lead CAC runner for the first time.

Results.  Cirencester. 5th  Howard Ewan 19.28, 7 Nick Holliday 20.21, 11 Joe Barrowclough 21.29, 19 Sam Cook (J) 22.16, 20 Neil Morrissey 22.22, 26 Matt Ulyatt 23.08, 29 Lee Lawrence 23.45, 53 Rachel Ranger 26.09, 96 Sharon O'Keeffe 30.44, 100 Richard Crew 30.51, 112 Nina Lawrence 32.45, 153 finished
Worcester, Pitchcroft proved a victorious family affair, with a convincing win for James Thomas (17.15) and a 40th place for wife Liz (23.15). James’s mum Louise Abbott (31.33) came in 158th and
208 finished.

Swindon. Barbara Thomas (27.51) was 201st out of 471 finishers.

Royal Tunbridge Wells. Paul Barrow (34.24) celebrated his 70th birthday by finishing second in his age group and coming 141st out of 218.

Crissy Field, San Francisco, USAPaul Timms (23.07) was 25th out 91 finishers
Jamaica Pond, Boston, USA: Kate Sackett 22.51 was 61st in a more competitive field of 191 runners.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standard Article 9th April 2018

Highworth '5', 5 miles road. Always a popular race with CAC members but more so this year as it was part of the Club’s championship series; fifteen Ciren runners took part.  On a day of benign conditions, but on a testing course which has a sting in the tail, there were solid performances all-round. In a very competitive field in-form Bill Leggate finished in eighth place in a very respectable 27.51, Adrian Williams and Robbie Brown also ran solid times and David Wright came 34th to win the V60 award. Another inform runner, Kate Sackett, was first FV55 and also set a CAC record.

Results. 1st  Simon Nott (Calne RC) 26.04, 8 Bill Leggate 27.51, 15 Adrian Williams 28.46, 25 Robbie Brown 29.47, 34 David Wright 31.10, 48 Nick Holliday 32.30, 84 Tom Renton-Rose 34.47, 93 Kate Sackett 35.48, 101 Caroline Cotterell 36.17, 104 Karen Higuera 36.32, 115 Gordon Jones 37.19, 164 David Moss 40.24,
219 Pam Wheeler 44.15, 233 Sally Jamieson 45.18, 260 Barbara Thomas 46.57, 
309 Helen Manners 50.32, 393 finished. 

Manchester Marathon, 26.2 miles road. Sarah Hancock carried the Club colours up to Manchester and finished the Marathon in 6538th place with a time of 4:30.54. Shadrack Tanui (Kenya) won in 2:21.18 and 9247 runners completed the course. 

parkrun, 5km trail.

Cirencester. There was a low turnout on very wet ground at the RAU but there was a good CAC contingent. Adrian Williams was just twelve seconds behind the winner to take third place whilst Nick Holliday ran with partner Caroline Cotterell who came in first lady. Neil Morrissey ran a PB whilst Williams junior competed at Cirencester for the first time.

Results. 3rd Adrian Williams 18.44, 4 Howard Ewan 19.41, 10 Neil Morrissey 23.09, 12 Tom Williams (J) 23.23, 18 Caroline Cotterell (1st lady) 24.29, 19 Nick Holliday 24.30, 26 Matt Ulyatt 25.04, 92 Sharon O'Keeffe 33.33, 135 finished
Swindon:  CAC race captain James Thomas had an excellent run, a fine win and a  PB and was well supported by two juniors in the top twenty with Tom Prosser also getting a PB.

Results.  1stJames Thomas 17.25, 11 Tom Prosser (J) 20.24, 20 Sam Cook (J) 21.17, 187 Barbara Thomas 27.44, 285 David Moss 31.24, 441 finished.


Standard Article 5th May 2018

The outstanding performance for Cirencester AC last weekend came from Nick Holliday who won the over 60 age category at the Westonbirt House Easter 10k on Good Friday, finishing 14th overall out of over 700n runners in the excellent time of 41m10s. The next day he repeated the performance at the Cirencester parkrun winning his age category and finishing in the top ten overall.

Another fine effort at Westonbirt came from Tim Ingham who beat his personal best by over a minute to finish 33rd in 43m55s. He was followed home by Caroline Cotterell, 61st in 45m33s and second in her age category, Keith Firkin 70th in 46m19s and Kevin Joynes-Creed in 75m54s.

Other recent good runs were achieved by Ruth Fulford who set a new  FV70 club record of 59m01s at the 10k Calne Clock Change Challenge and James Widdowson who was 16th and third in his age category at the Pendock 5k with a time of 23m06s.

Despite the very wet conditions several club members braved the elements at the Cirencester parkrun. The race was won by former member Marc Fallows, running in Cirencester colours on this occasion. He was followed by Howard Ewan, Ian Barrett, Nick Holliday and Simon Campbell. The junior section of the club was again well represented by Sam Cook and Tom Prosser who took the top two places in the 11 to 14 age category and were inside the top twenty overall.

Parkrun results by Cirencester AC members :

Cirencester – 5 .Howard Ewan 20m19s, 6. Ian Barrett 20.29, 10. Nick Holliday 21.33, 11. Simon Campbell 21.39, 16. Sam Cook 22.54, 18.Tom Prosser 23.02, 22. Neil Morrissey 23.57, 86. Ruth Fulford 33.10, 89. Sharon O’Keefe 33.49.

Swindon – 101. Alan McAdam 25.07, 194. Barbara Thomas 29.23.

Chippenham – 2. Ollie Campbell 19.08.

Slough – 122. Jason McAdam 24.15.

Standard Article 26th March 2018

There were many celebrations and victories for Cirencester Athletics Club’s members last weekend. A very successful year for the club was celebrated at the Annual Awards presentations on Saturday evening.

 

The top award for Athlete of the Year went to Robbie brown for his consistent good results in a variety of races.  Veteran of the Year was won by Dave Wright who has re-written the club records in the over 60 age category. At the other end of the experience scale were Rachel Barrow who was Best Newcomer and Nina Lawrence and Sharon O’Keefe who were joint winners in the Most Improved Category. Other winners were Martin Croucher for Long Distance success, Andy Hindson who took the Member of the Year title for his work as race entry secretary and Team of the Year went to the men’s cross country team for their success at the County Championships. Triathlons were not forgotten with the award going to Carol Clarke for her international success.

 

The club championship awards were presented to Robbie Brown and Kate Sackett in the Road Race series while Cross Country honours went to James and Liz Thomas. Club championship awards were won by Howard Ewan and Rachel Ranger.

 

The best recent race result recorded was left to one of the club’s youngest members which bodes well for future success. Henry Sheffield scored a brilliant victory in the National Primary School Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Park in Leicestershire. This comes on top of the Under 11 Gloucestershire League, Gloucestershire County and Year 6 Schools titles giving him an unbeaten record throughout the season.

 

Parkrun victories were recorded at Cirencester and Gloucester North while there were good performances at the other end of the distance scale at the Gloucester 20 and overseas. The club dominated the local parkrun at Cirencester Agriculture University taking the top three places and having six of the top ten finishers. At Gloucester North James and Liz Thomas won the male and female categories.

Parkrun results –

Cirencester : 1.Luke Campbell 18m21s, 2. Ollie Campbell 19.33 (1st junior), 3.Howard Ewan 19.48, 6. Lee Lawrence 21.46,

9. Tom Prosser 22.22 (1st junior 11-14), 10. Sam Cook 22.31, 12. Callum Fallows 23.15, 14. Neil Morrissey 23.18, 24. Matt Ulyatt 24.13, 31. Gordon Jones 25.33 (1ST MV65), 34. Cherry Kibblewhite 26.18, 38. Rachel Ranger 26.34, 68. David Lattimore 32.01.

Gloucester North : 1. James Thomas 17.50, 13. Liz Thomas 23.38.

Swindon : 89. Alan McAdam 24.10, 193. Barbara Thomas 28.25.

Cheltenham : 17. Nick Holliday, 41. Caroline Cotterell 22.23.

 

The club also featured in longer races with five members taking on the challenge of the Gloucester 20 where Andy Fellows led home the group in 53rd place in 2h17m59s. He was followed by Corinne Clark 78th in 2h25.07s who was fifth lady finisher, Kate Sackett 141st in 2h37.51, Karen Higuera 204th in 2h47.49 and Barbara Thomas 4h02.33s.

 

Meanwhile on the other side of the world Rupert Chesmore and Lisa Darroch continued to explore Antipodean races this time tackling the Southern Lakes Half Marathon. Run in cold but sunny conditions through the scenic Cardronna Valley to the town of Wanaka they finished well inside the top half of the 331 finishers in what they described one of their most enjoyable half marathons. Rupert, third in the MV60 category, finished 96th in 1h43m49s while Liza was FV60 winner  with 1h56m38s in 160th place.

Standard article 19 March 2018

Berkeley 20 miles, road.  Andy Fellows, training for the London Marathon, ran with newly joined CAC member Tom Harlow,  training for the Newport Marathon. The Berkeley race was run on March 10th so runners faced a combination of the thaw and heavy rains which resulted in tough conditions. However, both were happy with their sub 2:45.00 times and a good training run. 

Results1st Samuel Richards (Pontypridd Roadents AC) 1.55.12, 130 Andy Fellows 2.44.59, 459 finished.  

Barcelona Marathon, Spain, 26.2 miles road. Tom Purnell enjoyed better racing conditions in Spain and came in the top fifteen percent with a well judged sub three and a half on an enjoyable course. 

Result 1st Maritim Anthony (Kenya) 2.08.08, 1641 Tom Purnell 3.20.42. 13542 finished.  

parkruns, 5km trail.  The sub-zero temperatures on Saturday morning certainly took a toll on runner turnout but sixteen club members ran at four parkruns and produced some excellent results.  

Cirencester James Thomas found the soggy cross-country conditions to his liking as he won with five Ciren runners in the first six places. Liz Thomas ran strongly to a convincing second lady placing. Result. 1stJames Thomas 18.45, 2 Luke Campbell 19.38, 3 Simon Campbell 19.49, 5 Howard Ewan 20.08, 6 Luke Buck 21.23, 23 Lee Lawrence 24.14, 25 Liz Thomas 24.27, 41 Rachel Ranger 27.14, 50 Ella Shaftoe 27.54, 95 Nina Lawrence 34.05. 137 finished.
Swindon: Nick Holliday continues his string of sub twenty-minute parkruns and Barbara Thomas remains on track for another year of one hundred races whilst  Caroline ran with her mum. Result. 8 Nick Holliday 19.49, 173 Barbara Thomas 28.48, 342 Caroline Cotterell 51.14. 344 finished.
Chippenham: Isaac McAdam clocked up another good win at his local course with Dad Alan finishing solidly in the pack. Result. 1st Isaac McAdam 18.29, 40 Alan McAdam 26.53, 108 finished.
Worcester: Ian Barrett continues his very consistent results in local races with a third in a strong Midlands turnout. Result3rd Ian Barrett 18.47, 341 finished.

Chedworth Roman Trail 10mile is full. Cirencester Athletics Club announces that having reached the entry limit of 550 the entry is now closed and there will not be a reserve list.

 

Standard article 19 March 2018

Berkeley 20 miles, road.  Andy Fellows, training for the London Marathon, ran with newly joined CAC member Tom Harlow,  training for the Newport Marathon. The Berkeley race was run on March 10th so runners faced a combination of the thaw and heavy rains which resulted in tough conditions. However, both were happy with their sub 2:45.00 times and a good training run. 

Results1st Samuel Richards (Pontypridd Roadents AC) 1.55.12, 130 Andy Fellows 2.44.59, 459 finished.  

Barcelona Marathon, Spain, 26.2 miles road. Tom Purnell enjoyed better racing conditions in Spain and came in the top fifteen percent with a well judged sub three and a half on an enjoyable course. 

Result 1st Maritim Anthony (Kenya) 2.08.08, 1641 Tom Purnell 3.20.42. 13542 finished.  

parkruns, 5km trail.  The sub-zero temperatures on Saturday morning certainly took a toll on runner turnout but sixteen club members ran at four parkruns and produced some excellent results.  

Cirencester James Thomas found the soggy cross-country conditions to his liking as he won with five Ciren runners in the first six places. Liz Thomas ran strongly to a convincing second lady placing. Result. 1stJames Thomas 18.45, 2 Luke Campbell 19.38, 3 Simon Campbell 19.49, 5 Howard Ewan 20.08, 6 Luke Buck 21.23, 23 Lee Lawrence 24.14, 25 Liz Thomas 24.27, 41 Rachel Ranger 27.14, 50 Ella Shaftoe 27.54, 95 Nina Lawrence 34.05. 137 finished.
Swindon: Nick Holliday continues his string of sub twenty-minute parkruns and Barbara Thomas remains on track for another year of one hundred races whilst  Caroline ran with her mum. Result. 8 Nick Holliday 19.49, 173 Barbara Thomas 28.48, 342 Caroline Cotterell 51.14. 344 finished.
Chippenham: Isaac McAdam clocked up another good win at his local course with Dad Alan finishing solidly in the pack. Result. 1st Isaac McAdam 18.29, 40 Alan McAdam 26.53, 108 finished.
Worcester: Ian Barrett continues his very consistent results in local races with a third in a strong Midlands turnout. Result3rd Ian Barrett 18.47, 341 finished.

Chedworth Roman Trail 10mile is full. Cirencester Athletics Club announces that having reached the entry limit of 550 the entry is now closed and there will not be a reserve list.

 

Standard Article 12th March 2018

                         CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB

 

Inter-Counties Cross Country Champs, Loughborough

James Thomas, along with juniors Luke Buck and Sam Cook, trekked up to Prestwold  Hall and encountered the worst conditions in forty years. Ten age-group runners were chosen for each county and the senior men ran a 12km course with Thomas, covered in mud, finishing second for Gloucestershire and bettering his last years position.

The shorter mixed age group junior run had a little less mud but still three minutes slower than previous events. Buck was fourth for Wiltshire and Sam Cook was up to the challenge finishing in the pack.

Results. Senior Men 1st Mahamed Mahamed (Hampshire) 42.23,
185 James Thomas (Gloucestershire / Cirencester AC) 51.21.
284 finished.

Juniors. 1 Will Barnicoat (Surrey) 17.58, 219 Luke Buck (Wiltshire / Cirencester AC) 21.33, 303 Sam Cook (Gloucestershire / Cirencester AC) 28.57

Minchinhampton 10km, road. Another early season race which is always a challenge with some lumpy hills and the bleak, open common. The indomitable Kate Sackett was well up the field with a FV55 win supported by Club newcomer Sarah Whitehouse and Barbara Thomas on her second race of the weekend.

Results. 1st  Andrew Gardiner (Boston AAA, USA) 35.21, 56 Kate Sackett 46.53, 166 Sarah Whitehouse 55.00, 269 Barbara Thomas 1.01.10.
471 finished.  

Meanwhile Cirencester runners were at the 5km parkruns around both the UK and the world.

Cirencester. Nick Holliday (20.52) had his best finish yet in very wet and slippery conditions when he came in second place. There was a battle for sixth and seventh between junior Tom Prosser (22.06) and Howard Ewan (22.08). Caroline Cotterell (24.07) came in thirtieth and second lady and Rachel Ranger (58th in 26.40) also had a strong run. A record 216 finished.

Stonehouse. Barbara Thomas (30.30) was 19th out of 38 finishers.

Chipping Sodbury. Some of CAC’s “young bucks” had a field day with a fine win for Isaac McAdam (17.14), a fourth place for junior Ollie Campbell (18.03) followed in by Jacob McAdam (18.28) in fifth. Dad Alan McAdam (24.09) continued his run of consistent results finishing 62nd.  376 finished.

Conwy, N. Wales. Another Club newcomer Ella Shaftoe (25.46) was 104th out of 310.

Heron Banks, South Africa. Hilda-May Latham (26.30) was a respectable 32nd out of an impressive 624 finishers.

Wanaka, New Zealand. Moving on to NZ the Club’s peripatetic duo Rupert Chesmore (23.41) and Liza Darroch (29.28) were 7th and 30th out of 55 finishers.

 

 

 

 

Standard Article 5th March 2018

On a weekend devoid of many races due to the heavy snow a few Cirencester runners still managed to find a race.

The star performance came from the club’s leading runner Dave Bell who lined up with Sir Mo Farah and other internationals in the inaugural Vitality London Half Marathon. The cold conditions meant personal best times were unlikely on the flat course much of which was the reverse of the traditional London Marathon route. Dave ran in close company with the winning lady for much of the way and was satisfied to clock 1h11m36s for 57th place out of nearly 12000 finishers.

Meanwhile Tim Ingham had to go further afield to Anglesey for his half marathon but was rewarded with a fine 203rd place out of over 1000 in a time of 1h41m41s.

 

The only parkrun result for a Cirencester runner was in Antrim Northern Ireland where Ian Barrett finished 3rd in 18m13s. All local parkruns were cancelled as was the final round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships. This was the second time the Wootton-under-Edge venue had suffered from bad weather so the championship was decided over three rounds. Henry Sheffield won the Under 11 title while Sam Cook was sixth in the under 15s where Cirencester was the runner-up team. Best result among the seniors came from Ian Barrett who won the Male 45 category while men’s team captain James Thomas was fourth senior and his wife Liz was tenth among the ladies.

 

Missing from last week’s report on the National Cross Country Championship were two further results for Cirencester runners. In the under 15 boys race Luke Buck was 192nd out of over 500 in 18m13s while Dorian Matts finished the gruelling senior men’s race in 1h7m42s for a place just outside the top 2000 finishers.

 

Looking ahead and hopefully to better weather there are only 50 places remaining for the club’s Chedworth Roman Trail race on 15 April despite the entry limit being increased to 550. Anyone still planning to enter should do so quickly via the Cirencester AC website.

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