Standard Article 13th June 2017

Cotswold Women Only Triathlons were taking place at Lake 32 on Sunday 11th June. Newcomers Nina & Ali who joined the club at the end of last year,  totally new to running, never mind Triathlon, both conquered their nerves to finish their first triathlon in fine form. While Carol and Kate did well with some great age group positions.

Cotswold Women Only Triathlon, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
1 Sarah Northover (Triks) (11.38; 33.03; 19.22) 1.05.42
53 Carol Clarke (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (17.02; 40.10; 23.08) 1.22.59 - 2nd FV65
65 Kate Sackett (19.25; 41.50; 20.05) 1.24.11
145 finished.

Cotswold Women Only Novice Triathlon, 200m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run
1 Beth Damms (unattached) (5.40; 36.43; 11.32) 55.01
41 Nina Lawrence (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.02; 48.37; 16.06) 1.15.04
45 Ali Norris (7.38; 47.17; 18.46) 1.17.45 - 3rd FV50
62 finished.

5K Race For Life at Cirencester Park, 5k trail

It poured with rain both before and after the race, but thankfully the sun shone for Sharon O’Keefe and Nina during this picturesque 5k run.

Reading parkrun, 5km trail
1 Seb Briggs (Unattached) 16.49
244 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 27.18
489 finished.

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail
1 Christopher O'Donovan (CSSC Sports) 18.17
3 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 19.48 - 1st junior
4 Nick Holliday 20.08 - 1st V55
8 Archie Sheffield 20.49
90 finished.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 James McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.02
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.32
5 Ollie Campbell 19.10 - 1st junior
215 finished.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Tom Hunton (Swindon Harriers) 17.41
2 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.58 - 1st junior
5 Jacob McAdam 18.19
11 Wendy Nicholls 19.04 - 1st lady / FV45
17 Peter Nunn 19.38
22 Ionel Iancu 19.53
88 Ivan Quinlan 22.46
222 Barbara Thomas 26.47
528 finished. 

Standard Article 6th June 2017

Fairford 10km, road

Dave Bell (with his fastest time for this course yet) and Sophie Chudley (with an impressive 4th place) led our men and women’s teams to victory in the Fairford 10k.  The competition between club members was equally tough as this was the fifth of the club road race championship(leading Men and Women’s point scores shown below) triggering a knife edge battle between Rob Forbes and Adrian Williams at the front, two PBs and six age group firsts including one for Fred Robson as 1st V85.  There were no official results for the juniors but SamAlcot and Ryan Outram both finished in the top ten.
1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 32.54
3 Rob Forbes 34.56 PB (55)
5 Adrian Williams 35.24 - 1st V40 (76)
8 Simon Campbell 35.55
12 Robbie Brown 37.55 (70)
22 Howard Ewan 38.11
26 Alex Chudley 41.00
29 Sophie Chudley 41.08 - 4th lady / 1st FV35
43 Colin Tapley 42.22
62 Kate Sackett 44.37 - 1st FV55 (77)
75 Gordon Jones 46.23 - 1st V60
94 Karen Higuera 47.44 - 3rd FV45 PB
101 Trudy Compton 48.08
130 Rachel Ranger 50.39 (69)
161 Joyce Matthews 53.08
169 Kerrie Wallis 53.44
209 Rachel Jones 56.49
212 Barbara Thomas 56.57 (79)
237 Ruth Fulford 58.08 - 2nd FV65
270 Clare Blampied 1.02.00
341 Fred Robson 1.16.51 - 1st V85    351 finished

Chippenham 5 mile road

Dave Wright continued in record breaking form finishing sixth in the Chippenham 5 mile road race in just over 31 minutes, snipping 45 seconds from the Club V60 record and beating everyone ten years younger.

1 Joseph Donworth (Frome RC) 28.12
6 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 31.05 - 1st V50, club V60 record  155 finished

Comrades Marathon, Durban to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 87km road

Martin Croucher finished his fifth Comrades Marathon on Sunday in just under 10 hours to earn yet another bronze medal.  The unrelenting hills and temperatures climbing to 32 degrees ensured that this 87 km ultra lost none of its challenge forcing Martin, despite months of meticulous and dedicated training, to battle the demons over the last 30 km and race the final km to achieve his target.  But no doubt he will return to this, the world’s oldest and largest ultra next year.

1 Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) 5.35.34 
4543 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 9.59.07   12992 finished 

Cotswold 113 ½ Ironman, Ashton Keynes, 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run

 A fine age group first for Steve Yates in the Cotswold 113 ½  Ironmanbrought him in sixth overall in a large and competitive field.

1 Neil Eddy (Giant Helston) (22.12; 2.18.56; 1.18.17) 4.02.06 
6 Steve Yates (Ciren AC&Tri Club) (24.56; 2.19.27; 1.27.23) 4.14.23 - 1st V50  903 finished.  

West Highland Way Challenge, Milngavie to Fort William, 97 miles trail

Earlier in the week, Andy Hindson ran this classic long distance route in a tough 28 hours to finish 30th.

1 Malcolm McDonald 19.59.21 1st V50
30 Andy Hindon 27.59.13  53 finished

Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road 

Kate Sackett achieved yet another age group win in the high quality Aztec 5km series.  She has therefore secured the series title after running eight of the nine possible races.

1 Jarlath McKenna (Bristol &West AC) 15.27
114 Kate Sackett 20.56 - 1st FV55 158 finished

Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo Race, Cheltenham, 5.5 miles multi-terrain

1 Tom Migliuolo (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 31.47
157 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 56.57  167 finished.  


No Parkrun PBs this week but Isaac McAdam(18.03) and Ollie Campbell(19.37) both finished as 1st Junior in Swindon and Chippenham respectively.  Thanks to the Comrades Marathon, the Durban parkrun was billed as the world’s largest parkrun with 2081 finishers forcing Martin Croucher (42.08) to queue for 13 minutes to check himself over the finish line.  In total contrast, David Lattimore (29.54) ran in Toulouse with only 11 other runners.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 James McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.20
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.58
7 Ollie Campbell 19.37 - 1st junior   206 finished. 

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jason Cooke (White Horse Harriers) 17.35
3 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 18.03 - 1st junior
172 David Moss 25.50
208 Barbara Thomas 27.00 - 1st FV60  542 finished. 

North Beach parkrun, Durban, South Africa, 5km trail

1 Zothile Moto (Born2Run AC) 17.02
1187 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 42.08  2081 finished.  

De la Ramée parkrun, Toulouse, France, 5km trail

1 Jérôme Costinot (u/a) 20.32
9 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 29.54 - 1st V65  12 finished. 

Standard Article 30th May 2017

Dragons Back Race, 5 stages, Conwy to Llandeilo, Wales, 315km / 15,500m ascent, trail

Richard’s Hurdle’s completion of the Dragon’s Back in well under 60 hours places him in a category of his own amongst the club’s ultra runners.  Listeners to Radio 2 may already know that this ultra race – described by many as the toughest in world and spoken of with awe by all ultra runners - follows the mountainous spine of Wales from north to south.  This incredible 5-day journey is 315 kilometres long with 15,500 metres of ascent across wild, trackless, remote and mountainous terrain.  Runners are responsible for all their own navigation and, in the absence of paths, costly mistakes are easily made especially towards the end of any of the five long and brutal days of running.

1 Marcus Scotney (Sheffield RC) (8.14.51; 8.15.38; 7.54.33; 7.21.26; 6.12.09) 37h 58m
55 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) (12.02.22; 12.47.48; 12.29.40; 12.01.50; 10.14.44) 59h 36m  

127 finished (230 started)

Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon, 400m swim, 25km bike, 5km run

Great to see Trudy Compton back in competitive mode in a local sprint triathlon after a spate of injuries. 

1 John Monaghan (Westonbirt Tri) (6.16; 38.08; 19.56) 1.07.31 
303 Trudy Compton (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (8.34; 52.53; 27.50) 1.37.17 
441 finished


Gloucester 5km, Haresfield, 5km road

 Our “more senior” ladies had a great evening on Wednesday running the Gloucester 5km in continued pursuit of county awards.  Kate Sackett, despite courting heat exhaustion on a punishing morning run training for the Cotswold Way Relay, finished 4th lady and first in her age group.  There were also medals and age group places for Barbara Thomas and Ruth Fulford.

 1 Richard Dare (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 16.22
22 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 21.41 - 4th lady / 1st FV55
50 Barbara Thomas 27.10 - 2nd FV60
55 Ruth Fulford 29.43 - 1st FV65
64 finished


Ian Barret(17.31) ran the fastest parkrun of the week in Cheltenham to finish second with an age group first together with Ruth Fulford (29.12) who was at home for a change.  Only seconds slower Luke Campbell(17.38) also finished second at Wotton followed by brother Ollie (19.07).   While in Swindon Isaac McAdam’s time of 17.52 was good enough to secure first place and first Junior.  Ionel Iancu(19.51) was only one second shy of his PB and Gordon Jones(21.55) continued to run well repeating an age group win.  Ivan Quinlan(23.13) has run faster and Martin Croucher (24.43) was clearly out for a gentle jog before flying off to run his fourth Comrades race in South Africa. Barbara Thomas(27.26) achieved an age group first while David Moss(32.23) had another easy run.  On the other side of the globe, Paul Timms(23.04) celebrated his recent (official) joining of the club by finding a (small) parkrun when work took him to San Francisco .

 Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Marcus England (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 17.22
2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 17.31 - 1st V45
251 Ruth Fulford 29.12 - 1st FV60
408 finished.  

Wotton parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Awde (Bristol & West AC) 15.57
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.38
4 Ollie Campbell  19.07
107 finished.  

 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.52 - also 1st junior
18 Ionel Iancu 19.51
46 Gordon Jones 21.55 - 1st V65
86 Ivan Quinlan 23.13
136 Martin Croucher 24.43
219 Barbara Thomas 27.26 - 1st FV60
346 David Moss 32.23
474 finished.  

Crissy Field parkrun, San Francisco, USA, 5km trail

1 Mario Cadete (London Heathside Runners AC) 17.51
22 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 23.04
63 finished.  

Standard Article 23th May 2017

Berkeley 10km, road 

Early in the week, Barbara Thomas and Ruth Fulford went, in pursuit of their annual county awards, to the Berkeley 10km road race where Ruth achieved an age group place. 


1 Ian Radford (Black Pear Joggers) 33.16
271 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 55.22
322 Ruth Fulford 59.46 - 3rd FV65
395 finished.


Mira Showers Triathlon, Cheltenham, 400m swim, 17.5km bike, 2.8km run 

Kate Sackett joined the club as a triathlete but following an injury she has not been keen to compete in the water or her bike for some time.  But she is back, coming in a resounding first in her age group at a Super Sprint event in Cheltenham.


1 Luke Bolton (GE Aviation) 48.32 (6.59; 31.02; 10.19)
125 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) 1.05.18 (10.25; 41.43; 11.40) - 1st FV50
257 finished.


 Excalibur ½ Marathon, N Wales, 13.1 miles trail 

The Thomas family travelled to North Wales for the tough Excalibur half marathon where James was 3rd and Liz 54th.


 1 Duncan Harris (Deeside Orienteering Club) 1.43.41
3 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.48.38
54 Liz Thomas 2.37.40
106 finished



With no parkrun in Swindon this week, our three youngsters went head to head at Chippenham.  The competition brought the best out of  Luke Campbell(17.13), who with no triathlons to distract him, achieved a great new PB.  No far behind, Isaac McAdam(17.51)  although registering a PB for the Chippenham course, was not able to better his best Swindon time of 17.22.  Ollie Campbell(19.02) just failed to match his PB of 18.54 but we confidently expect to see him dip below 19 minutes again very soon.


Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail 

1 James McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.07
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.13
3 Isaac McAdam 17.51 - 1st junior
10 Ollie Campbell 19.02
319 finished 

standard Article 16th May 2017

 Cotswold 51.5 Standard Triathlon, 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run

Three fine performances brought triathlete Steve Yates home third in a popular and competitive Cotswolds51.Fiver .  Steve’s consistency across all three stages also enabled him to finish first in his age group in this locally organised standard distance triathlon.

1 Max Hazell (Zoot Athlos) (19.37; 1.04.02; 35.38) 2.01.08 
3 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (22.21; 1.03.31; 39.41) 2.07.46 - 1st V45    335 finished. 

 Hereford ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Matt Ulyatt improved his previous time in the Hereford Half Marathon but admitted that running 40 miles of the Ridgeway in just over eight hours the weekend before was probably not ideal preparation.

1 William New (Cheltenham Harriers) 1.15.28
145 Matt Ulyatt (Cirencester AC) 1.48.11  428 finished

Transvulcania Ultramarathon La Palma, Canary Islands, 72km trail 

Richard Hurdle returned to the baking Canary Island sun to improve his time in the Transvulancia Ultra. This leg sapping, ankle busting course involves climbing a total of 8,407 metres over volcanic sand and larva fields in to reach what feels like the top of the world before plunging down again to the opposite side of the island of La Palma. Richard was joined by his very well prepared neighbours, Allan and Lara Thompson.  Alan finished way before the 17 hour cut off but sadly Lara was timed out while receiving medical treatment following a fall and suffering from sunstroke.


1 Timothy Freriks (USA) 7.02.03
502 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 11.53.47
1364 Alan Tompson 15.17.10   1508 finished. 


Commonweal '5', Swindon, 5 miles multi-terrain
Simon Campbell deserted the buggy run this week to tackle the multi terrain Commonweal 5.

1 Aaron Girdlestone (Swindon Harriers) 28.56
31 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 34.23  342 finished

Gloucestershire AAA County Athletics Championships.  Under 11's:
In a great Saturday for our juniors (see on) ten year old Sebastian Forrest was 3rd in the 60m (9.01 sec), 4th in the 600m (1min 58) and 3rd in the long jump.  He topped this by competing in the Severnside Schools on the Sunday where he won the 200m and was runner up in the 100m.  

Ollie Campbell’s fine PB(18.54) at Chippenham brought him across the line in third place and first Junior almost three minutes ahead of his older brother Luke(21.53).  At Swindon, a time well below his PB was enough to bring Isaac McAdam(18.10) in first and first junior. Not far behind Steve Yates(19.00) warmed up for his successful triathlon the following day and Barbara Thomas(27.08) finished first in her age group. With a popular 10k the next day, times were also down at Bideford enabling Colin Tapley(20.09) to finish second overall and first in his age group in a time close to his PB.  We look forward to our coach dipping below 20 minutes again sometime soon.


Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail 

1 James McBrien (Corsham RC) 18.12
3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.54 - 1st junior
24 Luke Campbell 21.53
231 finished


 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 18.10 - also 1st junior
7 Steve Yates 19.00
200 Barbara Thomas 27.08 - 1st FV60
280 David Moss 29.29
536 finished.

Bideford parkrun, 5km trail
1 Mark Fisher (Kingfisher Harriers) 19.34
2 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 20.09 - 1st V50
83 finished

Standard Article 9th May 2017

 Trowbridge 5km, road

Dave Wright was in fast mode again at the Trowbridge 5k coming first V50 and knocking 14 seconds off yet another club record.

1 David Burton (unattached) 16.59
10 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 18.23 - 1st V50, club V60 record
233 finished

Shakespeare Marathon, Stratford-upon-Avon, 26.2 miles road

Dave Bell completed a hot Shakespeare Marathon in an efficient 2.53 to be followed an hour later by Martin Croucher who was “taking it easy”.

1 Noel Kindon (Cornwall AC) 2.46.57
6 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 2.53.02 (chip 2.53.01)
207 Martin Croucher 3.53.29 (3.52.25)
481 Rose Pendle 4.45.54 (4.39.58)  612 finished

Stroud Trails Marathon, 26.2 miles trail

 While Kate Sackett and Karen Higuera enjoyed running together for most of the hills around Stroud they completed the Trail Marathon in well under their five hour target.

1 Douglas Wight (Almost Athletes) 3.15.57
51 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 4.46.46 - 2nd FV55
55 Karen Higuera 4.48.31  x finished.  

Stroud Trails ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail

Sophie and Alex Chudley tackled the equally challenging half marathon where Sophie was 1st lady and first in her FV35 age group.

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 1.39.59
11 Alex Chudley (Cirencester AC) 1.54.29
12 Sophie Chudley 1.54.32 - 1st lady / FV35
146 Barbara Thomas 3.03.03  164 finished.  

Marlborough Downs Challenge,  33 miles trail

Howard Ewan’s steady start running with Steven James in the Marlborough Downs Challenge clearly paid off as he completed the demanding 33 mile trail run 5th in under five hours and, equally importantly without recurring injury.  Despite Steve opting to go at a friend’s pace and Andy Hindson’s lack of preparation the three would have won any team prize.  Good run from Rupert Chesmore and an age group win for Liza Darroch.

1 Edward Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 4.21.18
5 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 4.51.25
16 Steven James 5.17.15
32 Andy Hindson 5.47.21
53 Rupert Chesmore 6.15.30
69 Liza Darroch 6.54.27 - 1st FV60   96 finished.  

Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon, 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

More age group firsts for Adrian Williams and Ian Barrett in the local sprint Triathlon at the Water Park.

1 Brett Halliwell (Yonda Racing) (5.58; 28.29; 15.09) 51.03 
6 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.07; 28.43; 16.03) 53.58 - 1st V40
16 Ian Barrett (7.32; 29.46; 16.04) 55.46 - 1st V45
246 Bob Ferris (9.35; 35.54; 27.59) 1.15.56  370 finished.  

Castle Combe Midweek Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

Earlier in the week Ian Barrett had come in 3rd to win his age group in the Castle Combe Duathlon.

1 Ben Price (Kinetic One) (9.51; 22.21; 10.16) 43.33 
3 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (10.56; 22.35; 11.12) 45.53 - 1st V45
105 finished.

Stroud Beer Race, Minchinhampton Common, 7.2 miles road

1 Robin Loftus (Stroud AC) 41.44
28 James Widdowson (Cirencester AC) 55.01  45 finished.  


Competition was hot for the twenty one club members in the club championship race at Swindon producing six PBs and the first three across the line.  A first parkrun for Robbie Brown and Rob Forbes who, together with Simon Campbell, pushed a double buggy. Another PB for Ollie Campbell in Chippenham.

 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 16.46 PB
2 Adrian Williams 16.56 - 1st V40
3 Isaac McAdam 17.22 - 1st junior PB
10 Robbie Brown 18.37
12 Rob Forbes 18.39
14 Richard Hurdle 18.43 PB
22 Simon Campbell 19.22
35 Luke Buck 20.09
36 Ionel Iancu 20.10
37 Colin Tapley 20.11
60 David Moss 21.24
74 Alan Tompson 21.59
86 Ivan Quinlan 22.22
89 Tom Williams 22.33 PB
129 Rachel Ranger 23.37
179 Lisa Carpenter 25.30
227 Barbara Thomas 26.45 - 1st FV60
272 Rachel Jones 28.23
296 Ruth Fulford 29.04 - 1st FV65 PB
428 Nina Lawrence 33.34 PB
445 David Edelsten 34.41   544 finished.  

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 15.22
4 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.09   210 finished.  

Poole parkrun, 5km trail

1 Matthew Ashton (Poole AC) 16.41
43 Peter Nunn (Cirencester AC) 19.22  892 finished.  

Standard Article 1st May 2017

Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road 

Knocking 30 seconds from your PB and the club age group record in a 5 km sprint is no mean feat but to do it less than four weeks after breaking similar records in the Manchester Marathon is something we have come to expect of Kate Sackett.   Kate was the only one to be surprised by this achievement in the April Aztec race – we wait to see what she can do in the last two of this nine race series.


1 Phil Beastall (Cheltenham Harriers) 14.54
107 Kate Sackett 20.43 - 1st FV55, club FV55 record
158 finished


Angels 10km, Asleworth, nr Gloucester, 10km road - (very provisional)

 Kate Sackett starred again in the Angels 10k where her age group win was also faster than those of two younger age groups.  There were fine runs too from Rachel Ranger and Barbara Thomas (still with a marathon in her legs) and Ruth Fulford. 


1 Steve Millward (Gloucester AC) 34.20
40 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 45.32 - 1st FV55
74 Rachel Ranger 50.42
117 Barbara Thomas 57.32
123 Ruth Fulford 59.01
146 finished. 


 Glastonbury Tor Race, 10km road

Dave Bell finished fifth in the competitive Glastonbury Tor 10k which follows an undulating route and finishes close to Glastonbury Abbey..

1 Dave Long (Bournemouth AC) 32.27
5 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 34.09
570 finished.  

Oldbury White Horse Triathlon, Calne, 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

 Terry Ranger struggled in the head wind on the bike section of the Oldbury White Horse Triathlon at Calne but was pleased to complete the event  3rd  in his age group.

1 Michael Milstead (St Marys Tri Club) (6.01; 32.51; 16.47) 57.05
69 Terry Ranger (Cirencester AC) (7.54; 39.40; 22.15) 1.12.47 - 3rd V55
252 finished

 Oldbury White Horse Children’s Triathlon, Calne  

Tri-start 2 Ages 11-12years 200m swim, 3km grass cycle, 1.5km run
Tom Williams entered the Junior triathlon at Oldbury to finish 15th  boy in his 11-12 age group.  After a slow swim Tom fought his way back with a strong cycle and a very good run.
1 Joseph Martindale (unattached) (0.26; 8.26 ;  0.4.51) 17.16


15 Tom Williams (Cirencester AC) (1.23; 9.24; 5.21) 20.56



 Members returned in greater numbers to Swindon this week.  Were they, perhaps, having a quick rehearsal for the event next Saturday when it forms part of the Club Road Race Championship?  It should be an exciting event with Adrian William (17.03), Issac McAdam(17.52), Ollie Campbell(19.10), Nick Holliday(19,27) and Simon Campbell(19.51, for once buggy free) all coming in under 20 minutes this week.  A time many more of our members are capable of.  Kate Sackett (yet again 21.37), Jon Young(21.57), Ivan Quinlan(22.11) and Lisa Carpenter(24.57) will also be pleased with their runs. 

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Alex Harris (Devizes RC) 17.00
3 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.52 - 1st junior
13 Nick Holliday 19.27 - 1st V55
24 Simon Campbell 19.51
60 Jon Young 21.57
67 Ivan Quinlan 22.11
163 Lisa Carpenter 24.57
239 Barbara Thomas 27.02
500 David Moss 35.24
580 finished.

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 17.03 - 1st V40
292 Denise Ewbank 28.02
539 finished.  

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.00
6 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.10 - 1st junior
206 finished.

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Alistair Campbell (Stroud & District AC) 18.23
9 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 21.37 - 1st lady / FV55
115 finished.  

Standard Article 25th April 2017

London Marathon, 26.2 miles road

Rob Forbes crossed the iconic London marathon finishing line in an impressive 211st  place demonstrating his talent running on road as well as on trails and a worthy recipient of last year’s Long Distance Runner award.   After a fast start Rob settled into consistent running to complete the 26.2 miles more than two minutes ahead of his target.  Hopefully the club record of 2.26.23, set by Mike Smith  in 2000, will provide him a target for the future.  Nick Wall’s marathon started with equally consistent running putting him well placed to achieve his sub 4 hour target but around mile 22 an old calf injury forced him to seek treatment from a physio in order to hobble and limp the last four painful miles taking real courage to come in under four and half hours.  Our two club places went to Andy Fellows who had to stay home nursing a cold and ear infection and Barbara Thomas who slowed steadily but finished with some five thousand behind her. 

 1 Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya) 2.05.49
211 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 2.37.36
20438 Nick Wall 4.29.18
34129 Barbara Thomas 5.38.52
39343 finished.  

 Wonderland Caucus Run, Samphire Hoe, Kent, 37.5 miles trail

All other club members were clearly too glued to their television sets to find any other races making Sunday a one race day but on Saturday, Martin Croucher’s search for long distance training events in his build up to the 56 mile Comrades race took him to Kent where he ran a confidence building 37.5 miles in just over six hours.  Martin, looking comically over dressed in order to simulate likely African temperatures, was one of only two able to squeeze 10 laps in before the cut off time in an event where runners can choose to run any multiple of  a 3.75 mile lap.


1 Anthony Moore (unattached) 5.55.13
2 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 6.07.04
2 finished



 Ian Barrett(17.23) won an increasingly popular Stonehouse, Steve Yates(19.03) was 7th in Swindon where Rachel Ranger(23.15) , Sharon O’Keeffe(29.16) and Nina Lawrence(33.38) all set new PBs with Nina proving her training progress by knocking more than two minutes from hers.  Also at Swindon a tardy Simon Campbell(24.01) started his race with the double buggy in the car park and Dave Moss(26.33) took it easy.  The usual age group win for Ruth Fulford(28.25) trying out the Chipping Sodbury parkrun and Denise Ewbank(28.29) held her time at Cheltenham. It is worth noting that Rob’s time for the first 5k of the London Marathon(17.36) would have brought him first at both Chipping Sodbury and Cheltenham.

 Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 17.23
119 finished

 Chipping Sodbury parkrun, 5km trail

1 Sam Cotterell (unattached) 17.53
211 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.25 - 1st FV65
398 finished

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 George Watson (Cheltenham Harriers) 18.07
259 Denise Ewbank (Cirencester AC) 28.29
458 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Matt Raymond (Warwick University AC) 16.57
7 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC) 19.03 - 1st V45
101 Rachel Ranger 23.15
131 Simon Campbell 24.01
208 David Moss 26.33
282 Sharon O'Keeffe 29.16
401 Nina Lawrence 33.38
506 finished. 

Standard Article 18th April 2017

Yeovil 10km, road

In an impressive run at Yeovil Dave Wright (despite continued injury) knocked 40 seconds of his 10k time achieved early in the year and nipped seconds off the club’s already high quality V60 record .

1 Yared Hagos (Wallsend Harriers) 31.36
28 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 38.40 - 1st V60, club V60 record
411 finished

Carterton 5km road
Gordon Jones finished 6th and won his age group in a select Carterton 5km and good to see wife Rachel taking on the  more popular 10k.

1 Dan Blake (Oxford City) 16.03
6 Gordon Jones( Cirencester A C)  21.19  1stV65           
44 finished

 Carterton 10km, road

1 Chris Krzywiec (N Cotswold Tri & Running Club) 34.41
85 Rachel Jones (Cirencester AC) 58.12   
109 finished   



PBs for Nick Halliday(19.43), Nina Lawrence(35.10), Rachel Ranger (24,06) and Kate Sackett(21.11) at well attended parkruns up and down the nation but pride of place goes to the Sheffield brothers who both achieved PBs at Stonehouse.  Henry(19.16 and aged only 10) was first junior and set a course record for his age group as did older brother Archie(20.07) in the 11 -14 age group.  At Chippenham another younger brother – Ollie Campbell (19.16) is starting to put pressure on older brother Luke (18.02) even as Luke fights his way back to form following multiple injuries.  The number of age group wins continues to demonstrate the ‘edge’ club training and running can give. 

Workington parkrun, 5km trail

1 Nathan Gray (Ellenborough AC) 17.37
14 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 21.11 - 2nd lady / 1st FV55 
118 finished


Harrogate parkrun, 5km trail

1 Zeyna Bedru (Harrogate H & AC) 17.08
144 Rachel Ranger (Cirencester AC) 24.06  
486 finished.  


Pomphrey Hill parkrun, Bristol, 5km trail

1 Simon Cardnell (Southvill RC) 17.37
202 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.08 - 1st FV65  364 finished. 


Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Alastair Campbell (Stroud & District AC) 17.27
7 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 19.16 - 1st junior
9 Archie Sheffield 20.07  103 finished.  


 Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Withers (Southvill RC) 18.00
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.02
11 Ollie Campbell 19.16  237 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Dan Green (Swindon Harriers) 17.27
14 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.23
18 Nick Holliday 19.43 - 1st V55
82 Caroline Cotterell 22.54 - 1st FV45
171 Barbara Thomas 26.43
443 Nina Lawrence 35.10    505 finished. 

Standard Article 11th April 2017

Chedworth Roman Trail, 10 miles multi-terrain

Holly Tugwell and James Thomas led the Ladies and the Men’s teams to an exciting double victory at our own Chedworth Roman Trail.  Twenty one club members raced and another 50 or so members and their families worked to make the day an outstanding success.  In full sun, the going was firm and dry enabling James, Adrian Williams and Bill Leggate to finish in the top five with Robbie Brown not far behind.  Holly (1st lady and 1st FV35) was supported by Sophie Chudley and Trudy Compton.  Impressive performances too from Ionel Iancu and Lara Tompson who had both run twenty long miles at Compton the day before.

 1 Jack Turner (Stroud & District AC) 1.03.15
2 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.04.24
4 Adrian Williams 1.05.15 - 1st V40
5 Bill Leggate 1.06.07 - 2nd V40
12 Robbie Brown 1.09.59
21 Holly Tugwell 1.12.37 - 1st lady / FV35
37 Neil Corbiere 1.16.31
42 Sophie Chudley 1.16.57 - 6th lady / 2nd FV35
71 Keith Firkin 1.21.35
75 Alex Chudley 1.22.32
82 Ionel Iancu 1.23.18
94 Andy Hindson 1.25.01
142 Trudy Compton 1.30.07
159 Ivan Quinlan 1.31.52
172 Dorian Matts 1.33.15
185 Eloisa Townsend 1.34.12
186 Liz Thomas 1.34.12
187 David Moss 1.34.13
236 Rebecca Collier 1.39.09
257 Lesley Hinsley 1.41.44
278 Lara Tompson 1.43.36
319 Chris Goldie 1.47.42
428 finished.  


Devizes ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road 

Barbara Thomas and Rachel Barrow opted for road, running Half Marathons near Devizes and Grove in Oxfordshire.


1 Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 1.16.45 (chip time 1.16.44)
416 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 2.23.33 (2.22.55)    522 finished.  


White Horse ½ Marathon, Grove, Oxon., 13.1 miles road

1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) 1.11.30 (chip time 1.11.29)
453 Rachel Barrow (Cirencester AC) 2.26.18 (2.25.43)   498 finished.  

Compton Downland Challenge, Oxon. 20 miles trail

In Saturday, Ionel Iancu started his double race weekend completing the hilly Compton Dowland Challenge in 35th position to be closely followed by Jill Hadland with an age group first.  Martin Croucher’s training plans dictated he took the twenty miles at an “easy” pace, while Lara Tompson and Rupert Chesmore opted for conversation and Liza Darroch achieved an age group second.

 1 Tom Sawyer (Tring RC) 2.19.06
35 Ionel Iancu (Cirencester AC) 2.53.18
38 Jill Hadland 2.55.08 - 1st FV40
62 Martin Croucher 3.14.28
98 Lara Tompson 3.45.48
99 Rupert Chesmore 3.45.49
104 Liza Darroch 3.51.38 - 2nd FV60    150 finished.  

Kernow Vertical KM, St Agnes, Cornwall 15 miles trail
Richard Hurdle and Alan Thompson both clearly have far too much energy making them drive all the way to Cornwall to climb over 1000m in two figure of eight laps with another 1,000m of descent added to really trash the legs.  This on the back of  22 miles of coastal path in the Exe to Axe the previous weekend not forgetting that Alan and Lara had run the Endurance Life Coastal Trail Series Sussex Ultra (34.1miles) just one week before that.

1 Jacob Dobson 1.50.07  
22 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester A C) 2.20.58
71 Alan Tompson 2.59.57           101 Finished 

Pewsey Downs Around Ultra , Pewsy, Wilts, 35 miles trail 

Steven James found another Long Distance Walkers event nearer home when running the Pewsey Downs Around Ultra completing the 35 mile course in 5.50 to come in third.


 1 Darren Hartley (unaffiliated) 5.23
3 Steven James (Cirencester A C) 5.50   around 100 finished the 35 mile route



With so many other races to choose from it was a quiet week for parkruns with Juniors Luke Buck finishing at Chippenham in fifth place and Isaac McAdam going well under 18 minutes to finish 4th and 1st Junior at Swindon where there were more age group triumphs for Gordon Jones and Caroline Cotterell.


 Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Adrian Lewis (Aberdare Valley AAC) 18.27
5 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 19.18   192 finished.  

 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Matt Raymond (Warwick Uni AC) 17.06
4 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.34 - 1st junior
32 Gordon Jones 21.04 - 1st V65
62 Caroline Cotterell 22.12 - 1st FV45
171 Barbara Thomas 26.15
377 David Moss 34.42   449 finished. 

Standard Article 3rd April 2017

 Manchester Marathon, 26.2 miles road

Manchester Marathon brought a mix of delight and heart break on Sunday.  Dave Bell started close to his target 5.50 pace and held it and a 30th position until around mile 17 when his metaphorical wheels fell off forcing him to walk and jog to the finish some 45 minutes behind his very ambitious 2.33 time target time.  Meanwhile, only eight minutes later, Kate Sackett finished the run of a lifetime as 2nd FV55 smashing yet another club record.  As we know both Kate and Dave have followed rigourous training schedules and won several other races along the way but fast marathon running makes demands that are never easy to meet on the day.

1 Patrick Martin (Stockport Harriers) 2.22.37
1131 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 3.19.14
1610 Kate Sackett 3.27.30 - 2nd FV55, club FV55 record
8676 finished.  

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

Jason Humm chose a lovely spring morning for the demanding Dave McNamee Memorial 10k race to finish in 41.06.  He and Barbara Thomas (57.37) were second in their age groups while Ruth Fulford came in in just over the hour.

1 Jack Turner (Stroud & District AC) 35.03
14 Jason Humm (Cirencester AC) 41.06 - 2nd V45
81 Barbara Thomas 57.37 - 2nd FV60
89 Ruth Fulford 1.00.04
116 finished

Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road 

Kate Sackett demonstrated her winning form the week before as the only member returning to the fast Aztec 5km series in Bristol.  Without the usual competition her slightly slower time gave her an age group first.

 1 Jarlath McKenna (Bristol &West AC) 15.13
128 Kate Sackett 21.20 - 1st FV55
173 finished.


Isaac McAdam(18.02)  just failed to dip below 18 minutes but it was enough to reclaim his usual third place and 1st junior at Swindon.  Behind him came a stream of age group wins starting with Nick Holliday(19.51) and including Gordon Jones(21.24), Caroline Cotterell(22.45) and Barbara Thomas(27.45).  A fine run too, from junior Luke Buck (20.42) whose achievement finishing 7th and 3rd junior in the Calne 5km the week before did not received the commendation it deserved.  Becky Collier(26.55) chose Swindon for her first parkrun for the club and David Moss enjoyed another gentle run.  At  Chippenham,  another of our most successful young juniors, Ollie Campbell(19.24) finished 4th and first junior.


Elsewhere, Captains James(17.58) and Liz(24.27) Thomas finished first and 3rd lady respectively in Pembrokeshire and Rachel Ranger (24.51) finished 27th in Devon.


Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Matt Raymond (Warwick Uni AC) 17.12
3 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 18.02 - 1st junior
10 Nick Holliday 19.51 - 1st V55
26 Luke Buck 20.42
36 Gordon Jones 21.24 - 1st V65
76 Caroline Cotterell 22.45 - 1st FV45
188 Becky Collier 26.55
204 Barbara Thomas 27.45 - 1st FV60
273 David Moss 30.36  427 finished.  

 Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 18.43
4 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.24 - 1st junior    203 finished

Colby parkrun, Pembrokeshire, 5km trail

1 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 17.58
23 Liz Thomas 24.27 - 3rd lady   93 finished.  

Seaton parkrun, Devon, 5km trail

1 Oliver Thorogood (Aberystwyth AC) 17.13
27 Rachel Ranger (Cirencester AC) 24.51    138 finished.