Standard Article 25th December 2017


While most members of Cirencester AC were taking a rest from competitive running over the festive period the keen rivalry between the younger members of the Campbell and McAdam families continued over three 5k park runs.




Honours went Ollie Campbell at Swindon and Chippenham at Christmas, narrowly edging out Jacob McAdam on each occasion but Jacob had his revenge five days later at Swindon. In the first encounter Ollie, Jacob and their brothers Luke Campbell and Isaac McAdam finished together in 19m03s for 10th to 13th places. Although times were a little slower at Chippenham on Christmas Day the result was the same but Jacob McAdam was the clear winner at Swindon last Saturday finishing fourth in 18m49s, nearly half a minute ahead of Ollie Campbell who was however only one place behind and four places ahead of Isaac McAdam.




Aside from the Campbell- McAdam duels Martin Croucher stepped down in distance to dip under the 20 minute mark at Swindon and Simon Campbell enjoyed a shorter race than normal to finish inside the top 100 at the second Swindon race. Supporting the younger members of the McAdam family was Alan McAdam who completed all three races in a consistent 25 minutes.


Full Swindon and Chippenham park run results for Cirencester runners were –


Swindon (23 December) – 10. Ollie Campbell 19m02s, 11.Jacob McAdam 19.02, 12.Luke Campbell 19.03, 13.Isaac McAdam 19.02, 19.Martin Croucher 19.36, 134. David Moss 24.11, 185.Alan McAdam 25.40, 222. Ella Shaftoe 26.59, 237. Barbara Thomas 27.41.


Chippenham (25 December) – 10. Ollie Campbell 20m33s, 11.Jacob McAdam 20.34, 12. Luke Campbell 20.34, 13. Isaac McAdam 20.34, 90. Alan McAdam 25.38.


Swindon (30 December) – 4. Jacob McAdam 18m49s, 5.Ollie Campbell 19.14, 9. Isaac McAdam 20.00, 85. David Moss 24.51,


94. Alan McAdam 25.07, 96. Simon Campbell 25.11, 119. Gordon Jones 26.23, 121. Lisa Carpenter 26.28, 165. Rachel Jones 28.54.




Elsewhere David Lattimore returned from French park runs to finish 59th at Stonehouse in 33m37s and Ian Barrett enjoyed warmer climes in Torbay where he crossed the line in 17m57s for 3rd place. But going even better was Oliver Pritchard who won at Horsham in an excellent 17m38s.




Away from park runs three Cirencester members joined over 500 runners in the re-scheduled Westonbirt Christmas Cracker 10k run in the grounds of Westonbirt School and along nearby country roads. The original race had to be cancelled due to the heavy snowfall on the eve of the race but last Saturday runners had to contend with strong winds instead. However the conditions did not deter Nick Holliday who established himself as one of the club’s strongest veteran runners winning the over 60 age category finishing 20th overall in 43m40s. Not far behind was Steve Derrick 44th in 46m15s with Caroline Cotterell putting in another strong run finishing 68th in 48m24s.


Standard Article 2nd January 2018

The year ended with a fine run for Nick Holliday who completed the popular Westonbirt House Christmas 10k in the top 20 and first V60 in 43.40.  He was followed by Steve Derrick and Caroline Cotterell.

Westonbirt House Christmas 10km, road

1 Alastair Campbell (Stroud & District AC) 35.34
20 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 43.40 - 1st V60
44 Steve Derrick 46.15
68 Caroline Cotterell 48.24
505 finished.  


Oliver Pritchard won at Horsham in 17.38,  Ian Barrett finished 3rd at Torbay in 17.57 and David Lattimore popped up at Stonehouse.  For two parkruns immediately before Christmas our fanatical four  (Luke and Ollie Campbell and Jacob and Isaac McAdam) ran together, firstly at Swindon with a Nativity theme and then two days later at Chippenham but by New Year their competitive urges were restored with Jacob and Ollie finishing 4th and 5th at Swindon.  David Moss, dad Alan McAdam and buggy pushing Simon Campbell all finished in under 26 minutes with Gordon Jones and Lisa Carpenter less than a minute behind and a returning Rachel Jones scraping through in just under 29 minutes.

30 December 2017, parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers:
 4 Jacob McAdam 18.49, 5 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.14, 9 Isaac McAdam (J) 20.00, 85 David Moss 24.51, 94 Alan McAdam 25.07, 96 Simon Campbell 25.11, 119 Gordon Jones 26.23,121 Lisa Carpenter 26.28, 165 Rachel Jones 28.54, 358 finished
Horsham: 1 Oliver Pritchard 17.38, 328 finished
Torbay: 3 Ian Barrett 17.57, 191 finished
Stonehouse: 59 David Lattimore 33.37, 73 finished


25 December 2017, parkruns, 5km trail

 Chippenham:  10 Ollie Campbell (J) 20.33, 11 Jacob McAdam 20.34, 12 Luke Campbell 20.34, 13 Isaac McAdam (J) 20.34, 90 Alan McAdam 25.38, 277 finished

23 December 2017 parkruns, 5 km trail

Swindon:  10 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.02, 11 Jacob McAdam 19.02, 12 Luke Campbell 19.03, 13 Isaac McAdam (J) 19.03, 19 Martin Croucher 19.36, 134 David Moss 24.11, 185 Alan McAdam 25.40, 222 Ella Shaftoe (J) 26.59, 237 Barbara Thomas 27.41, 518 finished
Torbay: 2 Ian Barrett 17.58, 168 finished
Fell Foot, Newby Bridge, Windermere: 22 Nick Holliday 21.53, 79 Caroline Cotterell 25.39, 243 finished




18th December 2017

Skirrid Fell Race, nr Abergavenny, Wales, 5.7km / 450m climb fell

The winning combination of mince pies, cake and company lured sixteen club members for a social run along sections of the Cotswold Way leaving only the Thomases, our stalwart captains, and parkrunners to race in club colours.

James and Liz Thomas were in Wales for the SJP annual bonanza but still managed to fit in a quick fell race scrambling up to knee deep snow on the top of  Skirrid.  James finished in a fine fifth place and Liz only just exceeded the one hour  despite having to resort to hand and knees on the steeper slopes.

1 Kit Grierson (UBOC) 31.04
5 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 33.44
139 Liz Thomas 1.00.23
146 finished. 

parkruns, 5km trail

Luke Campbell demonstrated his complete return to form by winning at Chippenham and pushing younger brother Ollie into fourth place.  Isaac McAdam maintained the tradition of winning at Swindon followed by good runs from partners Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell.  David Lattimore ran Toulouse where boyant numbers suggest warmer conditions or less pre Christmas frenzy.

Cirencester AC finishers:
1 Luke Campbell 16.57, 4 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.01,

126 finished

Swindon:  1 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.45, 19 Nick Holliday 21.12, 62 Caroline Cotterell 24.08,79 Alan McAdam 25.45, 122 Barbara Thomas 28.30,

242 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 8 David Lattimore 29.47, 14 finished


Standard Article 14th December 2017

With many races including this month’s cross country competition cancelled because of snow, results are limited to parkruns and races in mainland Spain and The Canary Isles. 

Kate Sackett’s winning year continued with an age group win in a four race series in Lanzarote.  She finished first FV55 in three of the four events and ended half way up the high quality field.

Lanzarote Running Challenge,

Overall results:
1 Kasper Laumann Hartley (Denmark) 2.47.17
111 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 4.11.10 - 1st FV55
223 finished.  

Day 4 of 4, La Vuelta de Tinajo ½ marathon road

1 Kasper Laumann Hartley (Denmark) 1.08.01
112 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 1.45.26 - 1st FV55

Day 3 of 4, 5km beach

1 Kasper Laumann Hartley (Denmark) 18.33
135 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 28.03 - 2nd FV55

Day 2 of4, Ridge Run, 13km multi-terrain
1 Kasper Laumann Hartley (Denmark) 48.16
107 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 1.11.09 - 1st FV55
Day 1 of 4, 10km road
1 Kasper Laumann Hartley (Denmark) 32.29
99 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 46.03 - 1st FV55


Martin Croucher and David Moss went to Malaga to run a marathon in warm sunshine.  We lack official results but understand that the level course enabled Martin to run yet another negative split and complete in 3 hours 25 and Dave to finish in 4 hours 12 minutes.

parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers: 

A week of winners found Isaac McAdam first at Swindon, Jacob McAdam  at Black Park and Ollie Campbell at Chippenham with Kate Sackett (again) first lady at Stonehouse.

 Swindon:  1 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.26, 21 Sam Cook (J) 21.09, 107 Alan McAdam 24.45, 178 Barbara Thomas 27.49 360 finished
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.24, 144 finished
Stonehouse: 9 Kate Sackett (1st lady) 23.15, 44 finished
Thornbury: 68 Ruth Fulford 30.56, 116 finished
Black Park, Slough: 1 Jacob McAdam 17.35, 424 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 14 David Lattimore 33.47, 14 finished

Standard Article 5th December 2017

Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell raced around two flat loops near the village of Bromham to earn a Christmas pudding each.  Nick used this very popular and well supported race to experiment with running a 5km negative split and Caroline was thrilled to knock one minute from her previous 10k time.

Bromham Pudding Run, nr Devizes, 10km road

1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 31.38
49 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 41.31 2nd MV60
114 Caroline Cotterell 46.12                           438 finished. 


 parkruns, 5km trail

The battle between two young juniors, Sam Cook and Tom Prosser continued this week inspiring Sam to produce his fastest time for the Swindon course as he pushed nearly one minute ahead of Tom.  Tom, along with most of our other runners, slowed this week suggesting tough conditions and making Sam’s PB even more impressive. Further up the field Isaac McAdam finished in third place.  It was good to see Luke Campbell’s tentative return after injury but with a PB some five minutes faster he clearly has some way to go.  Younger brother Ollie continued his great season of running by finishing first at Chippenham.  David Moss and David Lattimore both found small events in Liverpool and Toulouse.

Cirencester AC finishers:
3 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.28, 27 Sam Cook (J) 20.57, 33 Tom Prosser (J) 21.42, 43 Luke Campbell 22.10,71 Gordon Jones 23.09, 120 Alan McAdam 24.47, 176 Barbara Thomas 27.36, 198 Rachel Jones 28.27, 352 finished
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.42, 136 finished

Knowsley, Liverpool: 
10 David Moss 23.04, 40 finished
De la Ramée, Toulouse, France: 6 David Lattimore 30.27, 8 finished


Standard Article 28th November 2017

Eynsham 10km, nr Oxford, 10km road 

A victorious Jo Musk returned from the Eynsham 10km bearing no less than four trophies having finished as first lady and first in her LV35 age group.  Steady training and focused work with Dave Wright have brought Jo back to winning form and we can look forward to more successes in 2018.  Veterans Wendy  Nicholls and Gordon Jones also performed well in this highly competitive race.

1 Matthieu Marshall (Southampton AC) 32.52
45 Jo Musk (Cirencester AC) 37.34 - 1st lady / FV35
81 Wendy Nicholls 39.20 - 5th lady
241 Gordon Jones 45.14     583 finished.  

Lee Lawrence finished 61st in the Gloucester 10k where Barbara Thomas enjoyed yet another two race weekend.


Gloucester 10km, road

 1 Carwyn Jones (Cardiff AAC) 31.19
61 Lee Lawrence (Cirencester AC) 42.02
315 Barbara Thomas 55.08
564 Nina Lawrence 1.08.16  660 finished.

After last weekend’s triumphant ultra run, Robbie Brown  opted to support  his wife and sister around the undulating Wiltshire Half marathon enabling both to achieve PB’s.  Rhiannon was thrilled to knock three and half minutes from her time for the course  of  2014.

Wiltshire ½ Marathon, Westbury, 13.1 miles road

1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 1.16.01
131 Robbie Brown (Cirencester AC) 1.45.51
155 Rhiannon Brown 1.48.41  333 finished.  

Cyprus Challenge,  4 events over 4 days mixed terrain

Inspired by James Widdowson’s campaign to raise funds for research into Alzheimer's after the death of his father, Ionel Iancu and Nick Wall accompanied him to Cyprus for a challenging four day running event. A 6km time trial was followed by a 11km hill climb and half marathon, where James struggled, to finish with a 10km  road race.  The results below tell the story of varied running on increasingly tired legs with the evenings’ chilled beers helping with the high temperatures.

Final standings:

44 Ionel Iancu total time 3:48:48;  79 James Widdowson 4.11.51  

208 finishers of all four events.

Day 1 of 4, 6km time trial,  road

1 William Gardner (Airforce 1) 20.19
35 Ionel Iancu (Cirencester AC) 23.56
76 James Widdowson 26.29   220 finished.

Day 2 of 4, 11km trail

1 William Gardner (Airforce 1) 48.25
42 Ionel Iancu 1.03.39   71 James Widdowson 1.09.26   213 finished.  
Day 3 of 4, ½ Marathon road

1 William Gardner (Airforce 1) 1.17.58
49 Ionel Iancu 1.38.29   97 James Widdowson 1.50.37  

106 Nick Wall 1.53.20    231 finished.  

 Day 4 of 4   10k road

1 William Gardner (Airforce 1) 35.11
49 Ionel Iancu  42.44 76 James Widdowson 45.19    262 finished.  

Last weekend saw Gordon and Rachel Jones complete the “super flat, super fast” Sutton Benger Flyer 5.
November 19th Sutton Benger Flyer 5 mile Road
1 Josh Dixon (Stroud AC) 26:00.3
51 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 35:08.2  3rdV60 
136 Rachel Jones 45:33.8     218 Finished

parkruns, 5km trail

Jacob McAdam was clearly in attacking mood when he finished second in Slough only three seconds from his Black Park parkrun PB.  Younger brother Isaac also finished second at Swindon having been chased by Ian Barrett who finished fourth.  David Moss was back on form and Gordon Jones enjoyed a warm up for the Sunday’s Eynsham 10k. Alan McAdam and Barbara Thomas ran well while Caroline Cotterell walked and jogged round helping her 77 yr old mother complete her first parkrun well under an hour.  Junior Ollie Campbell finished sixth at Chippenham.


Cirencester AC finishers:
2 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.31, 4 Ian Barrett 18.07, 80 David Moss 23.11, 104 Gordon Jones 23.58,  141 Alan McAdam 25.18, 191 Barbara Thomas 27.38, 413 Caroline Cotterell 53.49, 415 finished
Chippenham: 6 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.02, 166 finished

Black Park, Slough: 
2 Jacob McAdam 17.54, 502 finished

Standard Article 21st November 2017


Brecons Ultra, Wales, 46 miles multi-terrain
Robbie Brown had yet another great run in the Brecon Ultra beating many International  runners in a highly competitive event.  Finishing in 7th place ahead of several British Team members, Robbie again demonstrated his position as one of our very best runners.  Richard Hurdle also ran well to finish in 25th place and Lara Tompson produced a fine result finishing in the dark at the end of a wet and dismal day.


1 Sam Humphrey (Victoria Park Harriers) 6.14.58
7 Robbie Brown (Cirencester AC) 7.10.25
25 Richard Hurdle 8.23.01
184 Lara Tompson 12.05.53   210 finished.  


Castle  Combe Chilly 10km, road

 Dave Bell, another top club runner, had a convincing win in the Castle Combe  Chilly 10k having led from the gun to finish only 5 seconds short of his PB.  Barbara Thomas found another race to contribute to her annual tally and it was good to see Andrew Jones running competitively.


1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 32.13
338 Barbara Thomas 54.09
386 Andrew Jones 55.59  700 finished.  


 Broadway Marathon, 26.2 miles multi-terrain

Compared to the 46 miles of the Brecons Ultra, the Broadway Marathon should have been a “walk in the park” albeit a very muddy one .  Karen Higuera thrived, racing up the long hills and skipping over the mud to finish halfway up the field and second in her age group despite losing her way towards the end. Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch enjoyed many stunning views but spent  much time wallowing in the mire.


1 Neil Wicks (Stratford upon Avon RC) 3.21.26
53 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 4.51.24
99 Rupert Chesmore 6.14.54
100 Liza Darroch 6.14.54 - 1st FV60   105 finished. 


Cornish Marathon, Callington, 26.2 miles road

Elsewhere Martin Croucher ran yet another negative split marathon, this time in Cornwall, club returnee Keith Firkin ran a strong half marathon around Dorney Lake and Rebecca Collier ran the Swindon 10k in Wroughton.


1 Oliver Jones (East Cornwall Harriers) 2.52.49
79 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.41.16    410 finished.  


Windsor Autumn Classic ½ Marathon, Dorney Lake, Eton, 13.1 miles road


1 Oliver Harradence (Royal Sutton Coldfield AC) 1.12.38
82 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 1.36.14     460 finished.  


Swindon 10km, Wroughton, 10km road


1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 31.31
234 Rebecca Collier (Cirencester AC) 52.56    507 finished.  



Issaac McAdam won the Swindon parkrun although a faster time (17.17) last week had only given him 2nd place at Chipping Sodbury.  Hot on his heels was Ollie Campbell, two years his junior and achieving a PB for the course. 


Cirencester AC finishers:


Swindon: 1 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.35, 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.19, 15 Lee Lawrence 20.15, 28 Tom Prosser (J) 21.30, 33 Sam Cook (J) 22.03, 163 Barbara Thomas 27.08, 418 finished
Gloucester North: 83 Ruth Fulford 29.41, 141 finished

Black Park, Slough: 
13 Jacob McAdam 20.07, 550 finished

Standard Article 14th November 2017

Sodbury Slog, Chipping Sodbury, 9.8 miles multi-terrain

Jill Hadland proved her love of running through fields of slurry and along mud filled ditches when returning to her favourite Sodbury Slog where, after a great run in chilling wind, she finished 13th woman and 4th FV35.

1 Phil Radford (Bristol & West AC) 1.02.01
95 Jill Hadland (Cirencester AC) 1.23.04
1161 finished.  

Druid's Ridgway Challenge, Ivingho Beacon to Watlington, 29 miles trail

Martin Croucher went back to the Ridgeway but, having run the entire 87 miles last year, he restricted himself to the first 29 miles of the Druid’s Ridgeway Challenge.  A fine start, positively skipping up the first steep hill, enabled him to finish before it got dark (just) and to average around 9 minutes per mile despite tiring and slowing towards the end.

1 Kristian Morgan (Dulwich Park) 3.49.44
25 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 4.40.08 
146 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail

Yet again young Ollie Campbell showed us the way with a parkrun win at Chippenham although a faster time at Chipping Sodbury  brought Isaac McAdam over the line in second place with brother Jacob only seconds behind in third. Veteran Nick Holliday finished in 16th place at Swindon.  Under 15 Junior Tom Prosser finished soon after, ahead of super vet Gordon Jones and Sam Cook (who had beaten him at the XC the week before). Jill Hadland ensured Dave Moss took the race seriously but was unable to get anything but a steady run from a tired Martin Croucher.  Finally it was good to see Kate Sackett back on form at Stonehouse .

Cirencester AC finishers: 

Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.58, 151 finished

 Chipping Sodbury:  2 Isaac McAdam 17.17, 3 Jacob McAdam (J) 17.24, 96 Alan McAdam 24.33, 336 finished

Swindon: 16 Nick Holliday 20.22, 29 Tom Prosser (J) 21.10, 40 Gordon Jones 21.50,  41 Sam Cook (J) 21.51, 48 Jill Hadland 22.04, 61 David Moss 22.36, 81 Caroline Cotterell 23.02, 152 Martin Croucher 25.39, 209 Barbara Thomas 27.12, 444 finished

Cheltenham: 361 Robin Lloyd 35.06, 420 finished

Stonehouse: 8 Kate Sackett 22.51, 81 finished

Standard Article 7th November 2017

Gloucestershire XC League (2 of 4), Charlton Park, Malmesbury

As the mud deepens the appetite for Cross Country running (with cakes) seems to increase.

Our Junior boys teams achieved hard won 2nd and 3rd places in this month’s tough Cross Country meet at Charlton Park. It was exciting to see so many juniors competing and to have two U15 teams for the first time for some years. Henry Sheffield won the U11 Boys to secure 2nd team place with the help of Tom Williams and Zac Humphries. Ollie Campbell found the right race for his U15 age group this time to finish third. His team, with Luke Buck and Archie Sheffield also finished 3rd. A ‘B’ team of Sam Cook, Tom Prosser and George Masser finished 8th. Our only girl’s team, U 11’s with Millie Chudley, Emily Swaine and Bella Alcott, ran well to finish 5th.
U11 Girls
13 Millie Chudley (Cirencester AC) 12.00, 16 Emily Swaine 12.1, 29 Bella Alcott 13.10 : Team (3 to score): 5 Cirencester AC 58pts
U11 Boys
1 Henry Sheffield (CAC) 9.19, 12 Tom Williams 10.41,21 Zac Humphries 11.01
Team (3 to score): 2 Cirencester AC 34pts
U15 Boys
3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 16.2, 13 Luke Buck 17.20,18 Archie Sheffield 18.01
22 Sam Cook 18.39, 27 Tom Prosser 19.14, 42 George Masser 23.31
Team (3 to score): 3 Cirencester AC 34pts, 8 Cirencester AC 'B' 91pts

It was great to see Jill Hadland returning to XC but she had to run hard in tough conditions to lead the Ladies ‘A’ team with Kate Sackett and Liz Thomas to finish in 19th place. Other welcome returners included Kate Fitton and Lisa Carpenter who, together with Club Captain Pam Wheeler, formed the ‘B’ team finishing in 32nd place.

1 Katrine Svane (Team Bath AC) 26.48,
56 Jill Hadland (Cirencester AC) 32.53, 68 Kate Sackett 33.23, 107 Liz Thomas 36.19, 112 Kate Fitton 36.39, 129 Lisa Carpenter 37.43, 162 Pam Wheeler 42.02,
174 Helen Manners 46.18,181 Nina Lawrence 49.01 184 finished, Teams (3 to score):
1 Team Bath AC 12pts, 19 Cirencester AC 231pts, 32 Cirencester AC 'B', 39 closed in
The men’s team need six runners to score and Dave Bell’s solid second place enabled them to hold onto fifth place in the league.
1 Ben Price (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 34.53
2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 35.18, 23 James Thomas 38.07,35 Ian Barrett 38.46
58 Howard Ewan 40.56, 61 Simon Campbell 41.03, 90 Martin Croucher 42.57
182 Dorian Matts 52.50 202 finished Teams (6 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 43pts, 5 Cirencester AC 269pts, 18 closed in

Wickstead Wander, Highworth, 5 miles multi-terrain
Ian Porter and Barbara Thomas managed to find a local multi terrain race both competing in the Wickstead Wander near Highworth on Sunday.

1 Ed Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 31.27
64 Iain Porter (Cirencester AC) 47.37
126 Barbara Thomas 1.03.51 173 finished.

Calne Clock Challenge, 5km road
Last week, just two days before graduating to an older age group Ruth Fulford went to Calne intent on attacking her own FV65 club record for 5kms on road. As a result she knocked 86 seconds from the record and now, officially 70, clearly has no intention of slowing down.
1 Jamie Parkinson (Thames Hare & Hounds) 15.10
54 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.37 - 1st FV65, club FV65 record 117 finished.

Parkruns, 5km trail

This week Ollie Pritchard won another parkrun, slowing slightly at Skipton. Without last week’s fancy dress, Isaac MacAdam was second at Swindon and Jacob fifth in Slough. Also in Swindon, Steve Yates was sixth.

Cirencester AC finishers:
Swindon: 2 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.45, 6 Steve Yates 19.13, 115 Gordon Jones 24.20,
132 Alan McAdam 24.57, 183 Barbara Thomas 27.13, 454 finished
Cheltenham: 218 Ruth Fulford 29.23, 316 Robin Lloyd 34.24, 361 finished
Black Park, Slough: 5 Jacob McAdam 17.41, 506 finished
Skipton: 1 Oliver Pritchard 17.45, 179 finished

Standard Article 31st October 2017

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club

Robbie Brown has won this year’s Men’s Club Road Running Championship making a fitting end to his season of great running.  Robbie lost just 5 out of a possible 120 points having been 1st or 2nd in five out of the six scoring local races.  With only one point fewer and another set of fine results, veteran Kate Sackett won the Ladies Championship. 

Howard Ewan was the 2nd man with Dave Bell, super veteran Gordon Jones and veteran Adrian Williams not so far behind.  Things were even closer for the women with Rachel Ranger a well earned 2nd beating 3rd placed Karen Higuera by a mere 2 points.

The same 66 club members were eligible for our second Club Championship which is designed to encourage more race participation and recognize improvement.  But as one member is not able to win both championships Robbie gave way to Howard Ewan however Rachel Ranger was outright winner in the Ladies Championship.  Karen Higuera was again a close second and Barbara Thomas’ dedication to running 100 races every year was rewarded with a hard earned 3rd place.

Tom Purnell finished the demanding and hilly Snowdonia marathon in an impressive 3.35.36.

Snowdonia Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Daniel Jones (Team Bath AC) 2.36.54 (chip time 2.36.54)
200 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 3.35.50 (3.35.36)
2220 finished.  

Another good run from Nick Holliday brought him over the line of the Calne Clock Challenge as first V60 when he finished the 10k in 42.23. Caroline Cotterell and Paul Timms were some five and six minutes behind .

Calne Clock Challenge, 10km road

1 Patrick Martin (Stockport Harriers) 30.55
51 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 42.23 - 1st V60
107 Caroline Cotterell 47.10
117 Paul Timms 48.05
206 Barbara Thomas 56.
220 Samantha Timms 57.00
331 finished.  

Parkruns, 5km trail

RAU student Ollie Pritchard ran a PB at Swindon to finish first.  Issac and Jacob McAdam were not far behind in 3rd and 4th places despite running in fancy dress.  They, together with Ollie and Luke Campbell, chose a swimming theme which enabled Issac and Jacob to run bare chested but made Ollie run with arm bands and Luke (who was just beaten by Martin Croucher) with a rubber ring and snorkel.  Elsewhere Kate Sackett found time to run in Hull, the current city of culture and James and Liz Thomas ran on their Cornish holiday.

Cirencester AC finishers:
1 Oliver Pritchard 17.17, 3 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.37, 4 Jacob McAdam 18.00, 7 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.01,
10 Martin Croucher 19.20, 12 Luke Campbell 19.50, 37 David Moss 21.40, 56 Sam Cook (J) 22.18,
125 Alan McAdam 24.49, 193 Barbara Thomas 27.00, 249 Rachel Jones 28.29, 545 finished
Hull: 48 Kate Sackett 22.05, 438 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 2 James Thomas 18.58, 71 Liz Thomas 26.59, 237 finished

Standard Article 22nd October 2017

Stroud ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road


Dave Bell came second in the Stroud Half Marathon.  Having led for most of the race he found himself unable to respond to as the Wells City Runner pushed on past in with little more than a mile to go.   This, despite Dave managing to cut four seconds from his last year’s winning time.  Others to shine in the blustery wind were Bill Leggate finishing 12th and Sophie Chudley 4th lady.  James Widdowson (preparing for a running festival in Cyprus) Tim Ingham and Karen Higuera all completed in under their100 minute target.  Karen continued her successful streak by taking over three minutes from the Club FV50-55 record despite a recent, very painful, dog bite.  Minutes behind Kate Sackett and Trudy Compton also showed that quality runners will bounce back.  Rachel Ranger and Rupert Chesmore crossed the line together, teamwork helping Rachel to achieve yet another PB for this season. 


1 Philip Bridge (Wells City Harriers) chip time 1.09.41
2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.10.03
12 Bill Leggate 1.17.38 - 3rd V40
60 Sophie Chudley 1.25.38 - 4th lady / 2nd FV40
324 James Widdowson 1.39.05
328 Tim Ingham 1.39.12
342 Karen Higuera 1.39.44 - club FV50 record
481 Kate Sackett 1.45.57
486 Trudy Compton 1.46.11
562 Rachel Ranger 1.49.12
567 Rupert Chesmore 1.49.00
952 Liza Darroch 2.01.14
1158 Barbara Thomas 2.14.09    1462 finished.  


Abingdon Marathon, 26.2 miles road

 After many months of hard training Howard Ewan completed the first 16 miles of the Abingdon Marathon well within the planned three hour target but eating a gel precipitated severe stomach issues slowing him to 12 minutes over.

1 Tom Charles (Trafford AC) chip time 2.29.29
188 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 3.12.20       751 finished.  

Great South Run, Portsmouth, 10 miles road

1 Chris Thompson (Aldershot Farnham & District) 48.32
1008 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 1.12.56
1568 Terry Ranger 1.16.06
3049 Caroline Cotterell 1.21.54
10376 Kerrie Wallis 1.44.26      x finished. 

Parkruns 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers included young Juniors Millie (9) and Izzie(7) Chudley:
3 Isaac McAdam (J) 17.45, 45 Simon Campbell 22.31, 85 David Moss 24.10, 125 Alan McAdam 25.32, 168 Millie Chudley (J) 27.02, 169 Sophie Chudley 27.03, 185 Barbara Thomas 27.23, 401 Izzie Chudley (J) 42.57, 423 finished
Black Park, Slough: 3 Jacob McAdam 18.00, 535 finished