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.

Standard Article 26th February 2018

A strong field of 23 Cirencester AC runners were prominent among the leading overall and category positions in a fast and competitive Bourton 10k race last Sunday. Topping the results the club won the men’s and women's team trophy.


Cirencester’s Dave Bell opened out a clear lead in the early stages around the village but was hauled in by a chasing trio by half distance and was beaten into third place at the finish. Not far behind was a close battle between Bill Leggate and Adrian Williams. Adrian was ahead for most of the race but an excellent run by Bill in his best time for a while saw him cross the line eighth and first in the M40 category with Adrian tenth 13 seconds behind.


Others to achieve age category success were Jenny Manners who was the club’s leading lady in 30th overall and fourth lady. More female success came from Jo Musk winning the F35 category and Kate Sackett who was first F55 across the line.  Ian Barrett was another of the club’s success stories with second place in the M45 category and 28th overall. There were second and third male and female 60 plus age category places for Dave Wright and Nick Holliday and Pam Wheeler and Barbara Thomas.


Cirencester AC ‘s results at Bourton 10k were –

3. Dave Bell 32m39s, 8.Bill Leggate 34.17, 10. Adrian Williams 34.30, 28. Ian Barrett 36.20, 30. Jenny Manners 36.24,

41. Simon Campbell 37.13, 57.Andy Fellows 38.15, 73.Dave Wright 38.52, 81. Jo Musk 39.06, 95. Corinne Clark 39.57,

106. Nick Holliday 40.31, 184. Kate Sackett 44.19, 185. Karen Higuera 44.19, 203. James Widdowson 44.49, 207. Caroline Cotterell 44.55, 242. Rhiannon Brown 46.35, 247. Gordon Jones 46.45 (3rd M65), 258. Alan Thompson 47.42, 386. Rachel Barrow 54.45, 387.Pam Wheeler 54.49, 397. Barbara Thomas 55.29, 468. Richard Waldron 60.22, 508. Paul Barrow 64.56.


Five members of the club took on some of the best runners in the country in the English National Cross Country Championship run over the iconic Parliament Hill Fields course in North London. Club captain James Thomas finished an excellent 460th out of over 2300 finishers in the high class 12km senior men’s race while Oliver Pritchard was less than a minute behind in 540th. James’ wife Liz was 810th out of over 1100 in the 8km ladies race while Luke Campbell and Isaac McAdam continued their rivalry in the 10km junior men’s race. This time Luke came out on top in 87th place 39 seconds ahead of Isaac.


With Luke and Isaac missing the local parkruns last Saturday it was left to two of the club’s other top juniors to lead home the club’s runners at the fourth Cirencester parkrun. Luke’s  brother Ollie finished second overall winning the 15 to 17 age category in 18m06s ahead of Ryan Ottram in fourth, who won the 11 to 14 class. Next home was Howard Ewan in his first parkrun half a minute ahead of Wendy Nicholls who triumphed over former club colleague Jane Wassell by five seconds to win the ladies category.

Results from Cirencester parkrun  –

2. Ollie Campbell 18m06s, 4. Ryan Ottram 19.16, 6. Howard Ewan 19.21, 9. Wendy Nicholls 20.07, 16. Sam Cook (J. 11-14) 21.00, 19. Tom Prosser (J. 11-14), 30. Matt Ulyatt 22.08, 50. Nick Holliday (1st M60) 23.59, 55. Adam McAdam 24.57, 61. Gary Wood 25.15, 62. Rachel Ranger 25.34, 90. Cheney Kibblewhite 27.51, 131. Sharon O’Keefe 30.44. 201 finished.


Elsewhere Dave Moss finished 101st out of 452 at Swindon in 24m28s, ahead of Barbara Thomas 209th in 28.01. At Slough Jacob McAdam was 81st out of 551 in 24m04s while David Lattimore took on the French at Toulouse to come home 12th in 30m39s.

Standard Article 19th February 2018

                                 CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB


Anglian Water Duathlon, Huntingdon, 10km run, 40km bike, 5km run.

Adrian Williams won against a competitive field of 190A and lthough he described his win as “comfortable” the lead changed several times, leaving him to win from fourth in the run.  Williams qualified for the European and World Championships.

Gloucestershire XC League (3 of 4), Pittville Park, Cheltenham

The course was deceptively  challenging with a river crossing on each lap.  Amongst the juniors CAC had an age group win with Henry Sheffield and a fifth for his brother Archie – great efforts by all.

Junior ResultsU11 Girls. 29 Annabel Sketchley, 33 Eleanor Sheffield.

U11 Boys. 1 Henry Sheffield, 16 Zac Humphries, 29 Tom Williams. This team of 3 was fifth.
U13 Boys. 29 Andrew Woods
U15 Boys 5 Archie Sheffield, 10 Sam Cook

Ladies. A depleted team comprised, 57 Liz Thomas, 109 Pam Wheeler and 116 Helen Manners; they were 25th team. Sally Hogan (Bromsgrove & Redditch AC) won and 129 finished.

Men.  With six to score there were just enough to give the team fifth place. Bill Leggate was 13th with 16 James Thomas. 30 Oliver Pritchard, 34 Ian Barrett, 48 Simon Campbell, 137 Tim Ingham and 147 Dorian Matts. 168 finished. Oli Mott (Cheltenham & County Harriers) won.

Castle Combe Chilly 10km, road. Chris Illman made a welcome return and found some tough competition amongst CAC’s “young bucks” Issac McAdam and Luke Campbell. Rhiannon Brown finished well in the top quarter of the field.

Results. 1stEdward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 31.38, 4 Isaac McAdam 34.08
5 Luke Campbell 34.22, 7 Chris Illman 35.01, 119 Alexis Shea 44.48, 143 Rhiannon Brown 46.03. 605 finished.  

Bramley '20', nr Reading, 20 miles road.  Ultra runner Martin Croucher (2:40.14)  used this as a warm-up for something longer, finishing 240th out of 684.  Alex Wall-Clarke (Southampton AC) won in 1:54.24

parkrun, 5km trail. There were 211 finishers at Cirencester with some solid runs  by Howard Ewan and Nick Holliday.  There were familiar faces at Swindon, Rachel Ranger trekked up to Bakewell and Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore joined a down-under parkrun.   Results. Cirencester1 Simon Crew (J) 18.41, 5 Howard Ewan 19.57, 7 Nick Holliday 20.33, 16 Neil Corbiere 21.40, 21 Matt Ulyatt 22.36, 30 Caroline Cotterell 23.39, 73 Rachel Barrow 28.35, 119 Sharon O'Keeffe 31.21, 126 Paul Barrow 32.25,
146 Nina Lawrence 34.25.
Swindon:  2 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.49, 38 Isaac McAdam 21.44, 100 Alan McAdam 24.03, 102 David Moss 24.08, 212 Barbara Thomas 27.46, 467 finished
Black Park, Slough:  3 Jacob McAdam 18.17, 619 finished
Bakewell, Derbyshire:  76 Rachel Ranger 24.47, 242 finished
Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia:  16 Rupert Chesmore 25.11, 34 Liza Darroch 29.01, 77 finished.

De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 9 David Lattimore 30.33, 12 finished


















Standard Article 22nd Feb 2018

Royal Wootton Bassett Hounds Lungbuster – 9mile multi-terrain. James Thomas used his fell-running expertise to achieve a fine win in this gruelling event. He described it as, “Wet, muddy, cold, with two big hills!” None-the-less he won with a two minute margin followed in by Oliver Pritchard in a commendable third place. James’s wife Liz, another fell-runner, finished comfortably in mid-field but Barbara Thomas found the mud going tough.

Results. 1st James Thomas 1:03.45, 3rd Oliver Pritchard 1:06.18, 48 Thomas 1:32.56, 82 Barbara Thomas 2:07.52. 96 finished.

Wiltshire, Melksham, 10mile roads. Three Ciren members competed in this very competitive and important county event raced through lovely rolling countryside and includes the village of Laycock. Rachel Barrow (1:29.55) led home the group in 302nd place followed in by the ubiquitous Barbara Thomas 421st (1:39.37) and Paul Barrow 475th (1:53.19). It was a good experience for them all. 504 finished and Shaun Antell (52.10) of Bideford AAC won.

Dursley Dozen, 12miles multi-terrain.  Kate Sackett has brought her excellent form from last year to win the FV55 category in 1:58.47. It is usually a well attended race by Ciren members but the prolonged wet weather made the course brutal. Kate was 146th out of 432 finishers and the winner was Dan Anderson (1:23.48) of Dursley AC.

parkruns,  5km, trails.

Cirencester. The excitement overcame the gloomy weather in the second Cirencester parkrun at the Royal Agricultural University with a win for young Ollie Campbell, a fine fourth for veteran Nick Holliday and a sixth spot for Simon Campbell.  162 runners finished with eleven from CAC. The organisers are still seeking more volunteers to help with the event.

Results. 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.33, 4 Nick Holliday 20.41, 6 Simon Campbell 20.58, 17 Martin Croucher 22.08, 28 Steve Derrick 23.12, 49 Ella Shaftoe (J) 25.28, 57 Anna Wootton 26.08, 62 Rachel Ranger 26.22, 97 Stephen Buck 30.06, 110 Sharon O'Keeffe 31.54, 122 Nina Lawrence 35.28.

Swindon.   Isaac McAdam was pipped into second place with Dad Alan finishing in the top quarter in a slightly smaller field of 433.

Results. 2 Isaac McAdam 17.32, 103 Alan McAdam 24.39, 188 Barbara Thomas 27.42,


Black Park, Slough. Jacob McAdam (18.46) finished well in fifth place out of 591. 





Standard Article 5th Feb 2018

It was all about parkruns for Cirencester AC runners last weekend with two victories and races on either side of the world. Foremost among the events was the inaugural Cirencester parkrun which took place in the grounds of Cirencester Agriculture University. After several weeks of hard work Cirencester AC’s David Lattimore and a large team of helpers from various sources ensured a successful debut despite wet conditions.


The event’s success was capped by victory for Cirencester’s Oliver Pritchard who crossed the line together with Cheltenham’s Andy Gardiner. Not far behind in fourth place were Simon Campbell and promising junior Oliver Middleton in 4th and 17th places. Other Cirencester finishers towards the head of the 208 runners were Steve Derrick, George Masser, who was the winner of the 11 to 14 age category, and Anna Wootton.


Cirencester’s second victory of the day came at Swindon where Isaac McAdam repeated his win of the previous week improving his time by four seconds and crossing the line nearly half a minute ahead of any opposition. Martin Croucher was a very commendable ninth with Adam McAdam and Barbara Thomas both in the top half of the 436 finishers.


Elsewhere in the UK Ruth Fulford was at Gloucester while Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell ran at Bognor Regis. Proving that racing doesn’t stop because you are on holiday in the Australian sunshine Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch flew the Cirencester colours in a lakeside 5k race in Canberra.


Parkrun results  for Cirencester AC members :

Cirencester –  1 equal Oliver Pritchard 19m32s, 4.Simon Campbell 20.32, 17.Oliver Middleton 23.10, 20. Steve Derrick 23.38, 48. George Masser 26.39, 54. Anna Wootton 27.03.

Swindon – 1. Isaac McAdam 17m26s, 9. Martin Croucher 19.39, 89. Adam McAdam 24.14, 200. Barbara Thomas 28.01.

Gloucester North – 67. Ruth Fulford 30m45s.

Bognor Regis – 6.Nick Holliday 21m24s, 16 (2nd lady) Caroline Cotterell 22.58.

Canberra, Australia – 74. Rupert Chesmore 23m08s, 150. Liza Darroch 28.04.



The next event to be organised by Cirencester Athletics Club is the popular 10 mile multi-terrain Chedworth Roman Trail on Sunday 15 April. Last year the maximum entry of 500 was reached and with entries currently 30 per cent ahead of last year anyone planning to run should enter as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Enter at

Standard Article 29th January 2018

The  success of Cirencester AC’s runners for many years to come was clearly shown at last Saturday’s Swindon parkrun. Isaac McAdam had an exceptional race to storm home for victory in the personal best time of 17m30s. Equally encouraging was the performance of three of the club’s junior members, running at Swindon for the first time. They were led by Oliver Middleton in 25th place, closely followed by Sam Cook and Tom Prosser who finished in the top 30 out of a field of nearly 500. Also finishing in the top half were regular parkrun competitors David Moss, Alan McAdam and Barbara Thomas.


Isaac McAdam’s brother Jacob was not to be outshone as he competed down the M4 at Slough where he finished second out of over 600 runners. Upholding the senior honours was Ian Barrett who was second at Burnham-on-Sea.


Parkrun results –

Swindon – 1.Isaac McAdam 17m30s, 25. Oliver Middleton 21.10,  29. Sam Cook 21.23, 30. Tom Prosser 21.26, 96. David Moss 24.23, 105. Alan McAdam 24.39, 214. Barbara Thomas 27.58.

Slough – 2. Jacob McAdam 18m22s.

Burnham-on-Sea – 2. Ian Barrett 17m50s.


Away from 5km parkruns the club was represented at three longer races. At the Aviator 10 miler, based at Staverton airfield and run along the lanes to the east of Gloucester Robbie Brown led home a trio of Cirencester finishers in 21st place in a time of 1h2m47s. Next was Karen Higuera who set a new FV50 age category club record of 1h17.19s followed by Barbara Thomas in her second race of the weekend in 1h39.36s.


Martin Neill and Jill Hadland took on the muddy challenges of the Slaughterford 9 multi-terrain race near Corsham. Undaunted by the heavy going and the vicious hill near the end they both finished strongly in 58th for Martin in 1h11m40s and 103rd for Jill 1n 1h18m32s. James Widdowson travelled to Longleat Safari Park for the popular 10k race where he finished 122nd out of over 1100 runners in 47m30s.




Standard Article 22nd January 2018

Windsor Winter 10km, Eton, 10km road. Dave Bell arrived in Windsor and found his half marathon cancelled, scores of duathletes being treated for hypothermia and just the 5 and 10km races available. Dave says “it was the coldest and wettest race of my life,” but he won the 10km in 32.39 beating 281 frozen runners.

ARC South West Chilly Road Relays, Castle Combe, 4 x 3.7 miles road

Four Cirencester youngsters came fifth in this very competitive event. The four legs of two laps on the race circuit were run in a cold rain with the team clocking consistent times.  Luke Campbell (20.08) ran leg 1, then Oliver Pritchard (20.15), Jacob McAdam (20.53) and Isaac McAdam (20.05) with an overall time of 1.21.23.  Bristol & West AC 1.17.21 won. The fastest leg was Ben Cole (Swindon Harriers) (18.11). 43 teams finished.


Gloucester Road Race Series 2017 awards. Gloucester,s Mayor, Steve Morgan and Sheriff Paul Toleman presented the awards at the Civic Suite in Gloucester. The best results in eight of twelve races earned the competitive Kate Sackett and the consistant Ruth Fulford well deserved County gold medals whilst the ubiquitous Barbara Thomas won a silver in her age-group. The Ciren ladies were third in both the open and veteran team competitions.


Linda Franks '5', Cheltenham, 5 miles road. David Wright made an excellent start  to his season running a fine race to finish 37th in 31.28, earning a well- deserved 1st V60. Alex Lee (26.01) (Cheltenham & County Harriers) won and 229 finished


Gloucester ½ Marathon, Quedgeley, 13.1 miles road.  Rob Tuttle (1.53.54) was first home for Ciren in 171st and was followed by fast improving Rachel Barrow (2.06.40) in 273rd. Barbara Thomas (2.16.49) was 305th. Joshua Habgood-Coote (Bristol & West AC) won in 1.18.46. 356 finished


Parkruns, 5km trail.


Swindon. 4th Luke Buck (18.53) and 23rd Sam Cook (20.47) are both juniors, both set            PB’s last week, doing so again this week. The other finishers were; 47 Tom Prosser (J) 21.57, 111 David Moss 24.19, 227 Barbara Thomas 28.16. 468 finished
Chippenham: 42 Alan McAdam (25.16) enjoyed a parkrun whilst his sons ran well at Castle Combe. 144 finished
Gloucester North: Ruth Fulford ran a gritty 29.51 to achieve 64th out of 101.
Killerton, Exeter Ian Barrett (19.39) made a worthwhile trek to come 4th  and 250 finished.
Minehead:Nick Holliday (20.14) was a fine 5th and Caroline Cotterell (22.54) came 13th and 3rd lady. 114 finished.

2018 Road Race Championship events

The 2018 road race championship has been announced. This year its best of 7 not 6 and has one more race. There are a few changes including the new park run in Cirencester. Click here to see the full list.

Standard Article 8th Jan 2018

Cirencester Athletics Club had its strongest performance for many years at last weekend’s Gloucestershire Cross Country  Championships. The club won two individual and a team gold medal in the junior races and narrowly missed out on  a team gold in the senior men’s race.


The first victory came in the under 11 boys race when Henry Sheffield came home well clear of the opposition in 7m52s. Next for the club were Tom Williams and Zac Humphries which was enough to secure a team gold medal. Ollie Campbell showed his class in the under 15 boys race to win in 18m33s.


Full Cirencester results in the junior races were –

Under 11 Girls  - 7. Khaya Swaine 9m36s, 10. Caitlin Watson 9.38.

Under 11 boys – 1. Henry Sheffield 7.52, 12.Tom Williams 9.04, 15. Zac Humphries 9.08, 18. Sebastian Forrest 9.23.

Under 13 Boys – 17. Andrew Woods 14.41s

Under 15 Boys – 1. Ollie Campbell 18.33, 11. Sam Cook 22.49.


The club’s younger runners had a major impact on the senior men’s race with Luke Campbell and Isaac McAdam finishing in the top 10.  The hilly Wootton-under-edge course provided a close battle between the favourites Cheltenham Harriers and Cirencester who had rarely featured in previous years. But this time things were different with club champion Dave Dell leading the team to cross the finish line in second place closely followed by Luke and Isaac and club captain James Thomas. Just outside the top ten was Adrian Williams, making a return to cross country running. One more top twenty finisher would have won the team a gold medal but a silver was an excellent result.

The ladies race was also well supported by the club with Liz Thomas leading the team.


Full Cirencester results from the senior races were –

Men – 2. Dave Bell 32m36s, 4.Luke Campbell 33.28, 5. Isaac McAdam 33.39, 9.James Thomas 34.15, 11. Adrian Williams 34.48, 79. Tim Ingham 45.42, 90. Dorian Matts 47.13.

Ladies – 30. Liz Thomas 33m14s, 36. Barbara Thomas 37.21, 38. Pam Wheeler 37.53, 41. Helen Manners 39.25, 42. Ruth Fulford 40.56.


The long distance Cirencester runners chose the Naunton 19 multi-terrain race for their weekend’s racing. On a cold but sunny morning just over a hundred runners enjoyed glorious North Cotswold scenery in this challenging race. First home for the club was Richard Hurdle who finished 9th in 2h31m13s, followed by Jill Hadland 33rd in 2.48m30s and Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore who ran together in their last race before an extended holiday on the other side of the world.


The previous Sunday saw two of the club’s leading runners return to racing after long periods of injury and family commitments in the Gloucester New Year’s Eve 10 mile race. Despite their absence from racing Bill Leggate and Chris Illman did well to finish in the top ten in under an hour, ably supported by three of the club’s ladies. Their results were –

7. Bill legate 58m46s, 8. Chris Illman 59.19, 87. Alexis Shea 1h16.46, 236.Rachel Barber 1.33.54, 261. Barbara Thomas 1.38.18.


As many of the club’s younger runners concentrated on the county cross country championships the weekly parkruns were contested by several of the senior members. First finisher at Swindon was Martin Croucher who again broke the 20 minute barrier to finish 11th in 19m20s. He was followed by David Moss 47th 21.53, 50. Gordon Jones 22.50, 90.Croline Cotterell 23.20, 130. Alan McAdam 24.31 and Sharon O’Keefe 29.29.



Best parkrun results came at Taunton where Ian Barrett scored a victory finishing ahead of 340 runners in 18m06sc and Slough where Jacob McAdam was fourth in 17m50s in a field of over 700.