Standard Article 17th January 2017

Country to Capital '45', Wendover to Little Venice, London, 45 miles trail

Rob Forbes wins again!  Rob completed 45 varied trail miles from Wendover to central London in under five hours – the second fastest time for this event.  Readers will also be pleased to hear that Rob achieved an even more important target – with Forbes 4 due any day now - he managed to get home in time to give Forbes1, 2 and 3 (not to mention a weary Mrs F) their tea. Well done Rob.

1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 4.55.13
312 finished

Chocathon Challenge, Dover,  multi terrainlaps

Martin Croucher, tempted by the event title, went down to Dover to run a series of 4.4 mile laps of a tough multi terrain course see how long it would take him to run 30 miles.  The answer was, in terrible wet and windy conditions, was just under five hours – a very gutsy performance given the conditions


1 Jonni Suckling (unknown) 4.07.35

2 Martin Croucher(Cirencester A C) 4.51.40

 8 others completed this distance – the slowest in 6.43.40

 Linda Franks '5', Cheltenham, 5 miles road

Dave Wright was also in age group winning form when running the five road miles of Linda Franks in a time which would (just) give him the club V60 record but his birthday is yet to come.  PBs for both Karen Higuera who, a week after the draining Naunton 19, knocked 50 seconds off her 5 mile time and Rachel Ranger (with fresher legs) who knocked three minutes off  hers.  There were also age group places for Barbara Thomas and Ruth Fulford .  Bringing  up the rear was David Lattimore running on British soil for a change.

 1 Anthony Bailey (Cheltenham Harriers) 26.25
24 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 31.08 - 1st V55
106 Karen Higuera 37.55
118 Rachel Ranger 38.38
165 Barbara Thomas 42.25 - 3rd FV60
192 Ruth Fulford 46.15 - 1st FV65
199 David Lattimore 47.05
233 finished.  


Ollie Campbell(20.24) rose to the challenge, knocking 29 seconds off  his parkrun time, to finish in under 21 minutes and (at 14 years old) to come third at Chippenham.  While a faster time brought 17 year old Isaac McAdam(18.21) in as first junior and in fourth place at Swindon.  At Stonehouse  Kate Sackett(22.21) was both first lady and first FV55 with Peter Rowland(25.56) a few minutes behind. Elsewhere, taking on yet another parkrun, Colin Tapley(21.13) ran off a post Christmas binge at Harcourt Hill.

 Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Stuart Henderson (Team Bath AC) 19.17
3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 20.24 - 1st Junior
172 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

 1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 16.33
4 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 18.21 - 1st Junior
12 Steve Yates 19.13
60 David Moss 22.20
203 Barbara Thomas 26.32 - 1st FV60
218 Carol Clarke 27.08 - 1st FV65
529 finished.

 Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jason Smart (u/a) 18.49
10 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 22.21 - 1st lady / FV55
38 Peter Rowland 25.56
105 finished.  

 Harcourt Hill parkrun, Botley, Oxford, 5km trail

1 Nick Wiltshire (Reading AC) 17.42
27 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 21.13
138 finished

Award Dinner date and venue announced


Saturday 11th March 2017- Annual awards event 11h March at the Corinium Hotel


Standard Article 10th January 2017


Rough  'n' Tumble, Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey, 10 miles trail


Holly Tugwell returned to competitive running with a great run to finish first lady and 1stFV35 in the Rough ‘n Tumble near Pewsey.  Also good runs, in “very sticky” conditions, from Andy Hindson and Kate Fitton who is also returning post injury.


1 Ben Cole (Swindon Harriers) 1.04.21
55 Holly Tugwell (Cirencester AC) 1.25.30 - 1st lady / FV35
84 Andrew Hindson 1.31.04
165 Kate Fitton 1.40.28
516 finished.   


Naunton Nearly 19, 18.5 miles trail

 The club’s ultra and trail runners were out in numbers on Sunday with Howard Ewan leading a strong team of twelve to finish eighth in the Naunton Nearly 19.  Richard Hurdle, Steven James, Neil Corbiere and Simon Campbell also made the top twenty five but then around 10% of the runners came from CAC. The course includes tracks, some country lanes and several muddy sections but was dominated by leg sapping field crossings at the start and near the end whereby shoes became mud caked lead weights.  Competition amongst the women was tough and Jill Hadland needed to knock six minutes off  her last year’s time to retain her place as fourth lady and 2ndFV40.  Six minutes behind Kate Sackett was sixth lady yet only 3rd FV50.  Alan Tompson admitted to setting off too fast and paid the price with cramp while Karen Higura and the indomitable trio Liza Darroch, Rupert Chesmore and Martin Croucher enjoyed a more steady run and were pleased to have 50 odd people finishing behind them.  Some may be interested to note that, despite this being a race with very variable running conditions, both Richard Hurdle and Liza Darroch show amazing consistency having finished the race on four and three occasions (respectively) with less than two minutes variation in finishing time.

1 Tommaso Migliuolo (Cheltenham Harriers) 2.15.08
8 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 2.21.06
11 Richard Hurdle 2.23.35
13 Steven James 2.28.32
16 Neil Corbiere 2.31.15
24 Simon Campbell 2.37.50
32 Jill Hadland 2.44.18 - 4th lady / 2nd FV40
37 Kate Sackett 2.50.47 - 6th lady / 3rd FV50
83 Alan Tompson 3.20.32
88 Karen Higuera 3.28.25
91 Liza Darroch 3.33.11 - 1st FV60
92 Rupert Chesmore 3.33.12
93 Martin Croucher 3.33.30
139 finished

Gloucestershire County XC Champs, Old Downs Country Park, Thornbury

Henry Sheffield maintained his winning form by finishing first in the Under 11 Boys race at the Gloucestershire County XC Champs held at Thornbury.  Brother Archie was sixth in the U13 boys.  The family theme continued with Freya Gregory finishing fourth and sister Isla nineteenth in U13 girls.

Wendy Nicholls held her place as our leading lady by finishing third in the Ladies Race.  Sarah Gunn was eleventh and with Penny Grayson fifteenth, the trio earned third team place.  Other strong performances from Liz Thomas and Lisa Carpenter and age group places were everywhere.

With many runners running in Naunton on Sunday, the men failed to produce the seven required for a team score despite Bill Leggate and James Thomas finishing in the first twenty.


U11 Boys (2km)
1 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 5.05 
U13 Boys (3km)
6 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 11.34
U13 Girls (3km)
4 Freya Gregory (Cirencester AC) 12.01
19 Isla Gregory 14.42
U15 Boys (4.8km)
8 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 19.15

Ladies (5.9km)
1 Naomi Eaton (Stroud & District AC) 24.54
3 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 25.25 - 1st FV45
11 Sarah Gunn 28.07 - 2nd FV50
15 Penny Grayson 28.54 - 2nd FV40
29 Liz Thomas 32.59
30 Lisa Carpenter 33.04
36 Pam Wheeler 37.18 - 3rd FV60
38 Barbara Thomas 38.21
41 Ruth Fulford 40.54 - 2nd FV65
42 finished
Teams (3 to score):
1 Stroud & District AC 18pts, 3 Cirencester AC 29pts, 10 Cirencester AC 'B' 95pts, 10 closed in

Men (9.2km)
1 Phil Beastall (Cheltenham Harriers) 32.45
10 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 36.13
13 James Thomas 37.00
45 Ionel Iancu 45.31
67 Dorian Matts 52.26
73 finished


Issac McAdam(17.50) finished third in Swindon demonstrating what a welcome addition he will be to our speedy group.  Alexander Stephens (18.44), Steve Yates(19.16 and first V45) and Martin Croucher(19.59) all came in under twenty minutes.  While not far behind young Ollie Campbell (21.03) continued to snip seconds off his time and should aim for sub 21 minutes next week.  Dave Moss (21.34) ran well while Barbara Thomas (27.38) was warming up for the afternoon’s crosscountry.  Finally great to see that steadily improving Sharon O’Keeffe(30.35) and Nina Lawrence(36.11) are becoming parkrun regulars. 

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Ryan Stephens (u/a) 19.35
24 Peter Rowland (Cirencester AC) 24.45
108 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

 1 Liam Wilson (u/a) 17.04
3 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.50
6 Alexander Stephens 18.44
8 Steve Yates 19.16 - 1st V45
15 Martin Croucher 19.59
25 Ollie Campbell 21.03
37 David Moss 21.34
232 Barbara Thomas 27.38
314 Sharon O'Keeffe 30.35
451 Nina Lawrence 36.11
534 finished.

Standard Article 3rd January 2017

Seven Sins Run, Forest of Dean, 7 miles trail

Luke Campbell started his winning week in the Forest of Dean coming in 5th after tackling the seven hills of the Seven Sins Run behind Howard Ewan who finished an impressive 3rd.  Great to see Howard really back to his winning form albeit on a relatively short - but very tough - cross country course and by finishing in under 60 minutes, both Ciren runners qualified for the elite sub 60 T shirts.


1 Paul Drew (u/a) 53.38
3 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 54.32
5 Luke Campbell 55.45 :  169 finished.

Winter Cross Ultra, Meonstoke, nr Winchester, 50km multi-terrain 

 Alan Thompson took somewhat longer to run off his Christmas dinner when completing  three diverse legs of the Winter Cross Ultra over the South Downs in 6 hours 18.

1 Alastair Pickburn (New Forest Runners) 4.07.05
52 Alan Tompson (Cirencester AC) 6.18.28 :  101 finished

Luke Campbell completed a winning month by running three parkruns over the New Year Weekend.  He finished 3rd at Pomphrey Hill (18.07) near Bristol, 4th at Swindon (18.55) and 9th at Chippenham (20.09) where he admitted to struggling – even some Juniors get tired then?  Not so Luke’s 14 year old brother Ollie who took on the same challenge and managed to find a little more at Chippenham to finish in 21.02, 21.25 and 21.19 respectively.  Congratulations to them both – especially to Luke who over the month of December finished a parkrun in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th places.

Other notable parkruns included Ian Barrett (17.49) winning his age group and finishing 4th overall at Torbay, Henry Sheffield (20.46) 1st junior and Kate Sackett (22.24) 1st lady and first in her age group at Stonehouse and Barbara Thomas(26.42) holding her age group win at Swindon.


Standard Article 28th December 2016


Only the elegant system of volunteer run, free parkruns carried on over the festive season but this did not prevent some club members from running very competitively.

Luke Campbell(17.40 and 18.28) managed to find two parkruns and so to win (in just under his PB) at Swindon on Christmas Eve and finish as first Junior in Chippenham on Christmas Day.  In Swindon he had plenty of company including his younger brother, Ollie(21.38, only one second behind his recently set PB) and three members of the Buck family.  Dave Moss(21.38) finally showed us what he is capable of, Barbara Thomas(27.03) won her age group and recent beginner Nina Lawrence(36.30) came back for another go.  Club members also starred further afield with David Lattimore(32.49) in a very “select” parkrun in Tolouse, Kate Sackett(22.45) in Workington and Ruth Fulford((28.27) in Cheltenham all winning their age groups.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Simon Nott (Calne RC) 16.36
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.28 - 1st junior   208 finished.

Workington parkrun, 5km trail

1 Bobby Hagan (Keswick AC) 17.13
23 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 22.25 - 1st FV55   146 finished.

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

1 Robyn Ellis (Westbury Harriers) 22.04
7 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 32.49 - 1st V65  7 finished.

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Tomlin (Cheltenham Harriers) 17.19
220 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.27 - 1st FV65   389 finished.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Will Crisp (u/a) 16.31
4 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.40
23 Peter Nunn 20.01
31 Luke Buck 20.49
52 Ollie Campbell 21.38
64 Keith Firkin 21.52
102 David Moss 23.00
163 Caroline Buck 25.03
220 Barbara Thomas 27.03 - 1st FV60
270 Stephen Buck 28.30
451 Nina Lawrence 36.30   492 finished. 

Standard Article 19th December 2016

2016 Dakhla ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup Swim 750m, Bike 20km, Run 5km

Jenny Manners achieved a stunning win in the International Triathlon Union’s sprint event in Dakhla, Morroco.  Competing as a GBR Elite athlete, our very own Jenny finally found a chance to demonstrate that years of preparation and months of  hard training have brought her to “the form of her life” giving her this first win at such a high level.   

1 Jenny Manners (GBR) (10.18, 36.15, 18.11) 1.05.56

Gloucestershire XC League, Wotton-u-Edge
This Saturday saw the third meet of this year’s Gloucestershire Cross Country League at Wotton Under Edge on a dark, foggy day producing tough  “squidgy” conditions despite a “surprising” absence of hills.

The Ladies team finished 6th with Liz Thomas pipped into 79th place in a sprint finish.  An in for Lisa Carpenter was not far behind and our super dedicated Club Chair, Pam Wheeler completed the three to score with an age group win.

The Men needed to six to score so, with Dave Bell finishing 4th and other good runs from James Thomas, Bill Leggate and Luke Campbell to all finish in the first 50, they only needed(a recovering) Simon Campbell to finish as 5th team.

For the Juniors only the Under 11Boys fielded the requisite 3 runners to score .  They were led by Henry Sheffield who came in 10th despite a heavy cold. Lucas Caws and Tom Williams completed the team.  Bella Alcott (Under 11 Girls) finished 2nd and older brother Sam(Under 13 boys) 19th in his first cross country race of the season while Archie Sheffield (also Under 13 Boys) was came in in an impressive 6th place.  Sohpie Izon(Under 13 Girls) was 4th and Matt Pulley (Under 15 Boys) a good 25th in his first go at the event. .

1 Lucy Mitchell (Cotswold Allrunners) 21.38

79 Liz Thomas (Cirencester AC) 28.10
85 Lisa Carpenter 28.41
101 Pam Wheeler 31.59 - 1st FV60
105 Ruth Fulford 33.50 - 3rd FV65
107 Louise Abbott 36.34
107 finished
Teams (3 to score):
1 Team Bath AC 20pts, 22 Cirencester AC 265pts, 23 closed in
Masters (3 to score):
1 Team Bath AC 62pts, 17 Cirencester AC 291pts, 17 closed in

1 Dave Roper (Cheltenham Harriers) 28.13
4 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 28.58
23 James Thomas 31.13
29 Bill Leggate 31.44
38 Luke Campbell 32.09 
76 Simon Campbell 35.00
159 Tim Ingham
170 Iain Porter 43.02
178 Dorian Matts 44.45
188 finished
Teams (6 to score):
1 Cheltenham Harriers 39pts, 5 Cirencester AC 329pts, 20 closed in
Masters (4 to score):
1 Cheltenham Harriers 93pts, 12 Cirencester AC 536pts, 16 closed in

U11 Boys
10 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 7.47
31 Lucas Caws 8.34
37 Tom Williams 8.53
59 Charlie Thorn 10.06
Teams (3 to score): 6 Cirencester AC 78pts
U11 Girls
2 Bella Alcott (Cirencester AC) 9.41
U13 Boys
6 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 8.58
19 Samuel Alcott 9.37
U13 Girls
4 Sophie Izon (Cirencester AC) 9.24
U15 Boys
25 Matthew Pulley (Cirencester AC) 20.04

 Park Runs

At opposite ends of the age spectrum, both Ollie Campbell(20.47) and David Lattimore(29.51) finished in the first ten of their respective parkruns despite 14 year old Ollie running 9 seconds slower than last week at Chippenham.  David’s  age group first was achieved again or  but, as we runners say, “you have to be there to win” and if very few others turn out that is not your fault. Barbara Thomas(25.34) and Carol Clarke(25.47) had support from each other to win their respective age groups at Swindon.  Where recent beginner Sharon O’Keeffe (31.39) completed her second run and David Moss(33.00) ran his 130th parkrun showing just how addictive (or habit forming?) parkrunning can be. Word around the track is that this week’s winner with a PB at Swindon, Issac McAdam(17.54) , is in the process of transferring to the club – watch this space! 


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

1 Jérôme Costinot (u/a) 19.45
7 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 29.51 - 1st V65
8 finished.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Daniel Giles (Loughborough Students) 17.15
9 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 20.47
124 finished

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Swindon Harriers) 17.54
139 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 25.34 - 1st FV60
145 Carol Clarke 25.47 - 1st FV65
266 Sharon O'Keeffe 31.39
286 David Moss 33.00
354 finished.

Standard Article 12th December 2016

Severn Bridge 5 Night Run, Chepstow: 5miles, road
Tim Ingham spent his Wednesday evening running back and forth over the Severn Bridge in a 5 miles night run but we can report he was home by bed time and stalwart club supporter Steve Millward of Gloucester Sports was just a bit too fast for him.

1 Steve Millward (Gloucester A C) 27:36
88 Tim Ingham  (Cirencester A C) 42:00   188 finished.

Turkey Trot ½ Marathon, Keyworth, nr Nottingham, 13.1 miles road
Adrian Williams had a go at the Turkey Trot Half  Marathon near Nottingham but a fluey cold prevented him from running at his best in this popular club run.

1 Andrew Peat (Long Eaton AC) 1.10.13
21 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 1.20.33:  914 finished.  

Westonbirt House Christmas 10km, multi terrain
Continuing the seasonal theme, Ivan Quinlan ran the local Christmas 10k at Westonbirt House.  The two lap course included sections of road and slippery grass as it wound its way through the shrubberies and along the terraces of these once grand gardens to end in a short flight of steps.  Ivan looked comfortable and behind him Trevor James and Chris Goldie enjoyed the festive feel.

1 Dan Lewis (Mick Morris Racing) 34.35
91 Ivan Quinlan (Cirencester AC) 47.36 (chip time 47.32)
218 Trevor James 53.46 (53.14)
293 Chris Goldie 57.09 (56.14): 599 finished.  

Ollie Campbell (Luke’s 14 year old brother and new comer to the club) demonstrated that running speed goes in families at Chippenham finishing an impressive ninth place. The veterans were out in winning form again this week with age group firsts for Ruth Fulford, Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas who was joined by Jon Young and newcomer Ali Norris at Swindon.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Lindsey Parry (Fourways RR) 18.31
9 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 20.32:  113 finished.  

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Ian Berry-Bowers (Winchester AC) 18.16
200 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.46 - 1st FV65: 304 finished.

Standard Article 6th December 2016

British Modern Biathlon Championships, Solihull 

Henry Shefield became British Modern Biathlon Champion for the second year running on 26th November in Solihull (this year Under 11, last year Under 10!) This made him first in the whole of Great Britain – again.  His older brother Archie was not far behind, as an Under 13, he had to swim and run double the distance and finished in a very respectable 20th place for his age group.  Sebastian Forrest competed in the Under 10 category to come 34th while Sophie Izon was 17th in the Under 12’s giving the club four juniors in the top 40 for Great Britain, achievements for which the Junior coaches and the whole club are very proud.

 1st  Under 11 Henry Shefield  50m swim 33.36,  800m (track) time  2.39.12
20th Under 13 Archie Shefield 100m swim 1.13.28,  1600m (track) run  5.48.17
34th Under 10 Sebastian Forrest 50m swim 46.29, 800m run (track) 2.57.12
17th Under 12 Sophie Izon 50m swim 35.11, 800m run (track) 2.42.45

Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road  

Kate Sackett returned to the Aztec 5km series in Bristol and despite the bitter cold managed to exactly equal her last time to match the FV55 record she set in October.


1 Matthew Clowes (Cardiff AAC) 14.41 - course record
143 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 21.16 - 1st FV55, equals club FV55 record
203 finished. 


Mapledurham 10km, nr Reading, 10km multi-terrain

Keith Firkin was the only senior to find a non parkrun race over the weekend when he tackled the Marpledurham 10k to finish third in his age group.

1 Jamie Smith (Reading Roadrunners) 38.03
16 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 47.40 - 3rd V50
179 finished.



Luke Campbell (18.09) retained his winning form at Chippenham but might be helped by more competition to dip back below the 18 minute mark.  More ‘graduates’ from the Beginners Group had a go at Swindon but couldn’t catch Adam Powell (20.41) nor veterans Gordon Jones (21.48) and Barbara Thomas (25.50).   Siobhan Robinson (32.57)  led the way with second timer Nina Lawrence (35.25) who was ably supported by coach Martin Croucher (35.26) not far behind.  Finally,  an impressive effort by Ali Norris (39.44) in the rear.  Elsewhere Peter Rowland (26.34) was halfway through the field in a ‘quiet’ day at Stone house.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.09
127 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Kristan McKenna (u/a) 17.05
15 Adam Powell (Cirencester AC) 20.41
35 Gordon Jones 21.48
128 Barbara Thomas 25.50
271 Siobhan Robinson 32.57
302 Nina Lawrence 35.25
303 Martin Croucher 35.26
337 Ali Norris 39.44
347 finished

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 17.46
39 Peter Rowland (Cirencester AC) 26.34
67 finished.  

Standard Article 29th Nov 2016

Benidorm Half Marathon, Benidorm 13.1 miles roads

Martin Croucher kept up the international theme this week when supporting two work colleagues around the Benidorm Half marathon and our paragon of pacing somehow managed to run the second half some 10 minutes faster than the first – now that is a real negative split.


1 Mohamed Bouchetta 1.09.32 

797 Martin Croucher 1.56.56 

12228 Finished


Wiltshire ½ Marathon, Westbury, 13.1 miles road 

In an otherwise very quiet week, despite a heavy cold, Ivan Quinlan, dragged himself around the undulating Wiltshire Half Marathon near Westbury.  He finished in 1.48 after slowing in the second half.  While veteran Dave Wright gave his long legs a (for him) gentle stretch to finish just outside first 100 in the Eynsham 10km.


1 David Hudson (BRJ Run & Tri) 1.13.04
134 Ivan Quinlan (Cirencester AC) 1.48.32
286 finished.  


 Eynsham 10km, nr Oxford, 10km road 

1 Steve Naylor (Bedford & County) 31.58
103 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 40.13
588 finished.  


Sharon O’Keeffe(32.08) and Nina Lawrence(35.42) ran their first parkrun at Swindon after  100% attendance at the Club’s 10 week Beginners course.  Both were supported by other club runners and Sharon’s pace was fast enough to enable dad Dick Waldron(32.12) to win his age group.  Jon Young(23.42) knocked nearly 40 seconds off his previous time and Barbara Thomas(25.29) secured yet another age group win.  Other members of the Beginners group will be braving this week’s Swindon Parkrun and are looking forward to sharing the race and post race chocolate cake with as many club members as possible.

 Ian Barrett (18.24) won at Wotton Under Edge on the fifth holding of this new local parkrun.  Ruth Fulford(29.43) found the course at Ashton Court, Bristol both slower and a great deal more competitive.


Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Kristan McKenna (u/a) 17.13
64 Jon Young (Cirencester AC) 23.42
112 Barbara Thomas 25.29 - 1st FV60
270 Sharon O'Keeffe 32.08
273 Dick Waldron 32.12 - 1st V75
318 Nina Lawrence 35.42
319 Clare Blampied 35.44
320 Colin Tapley 35.44
374 finished.


Wotton-under-Edge parkrun, 5km trail

1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 18.24
84 finished


Ashton Court parkrun, Bristol, 5km trail 

1 Tom Stock (Worcester AC) 17.22
311 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.43
442 finished.  

Standard Article 23rd November 2016


Howard Ewan(3.47.17) made a triumphant return to competitive running, coming third in the Broadway Marathon to be closely followed by Neil Corbiere and Richard Hurdle(1st V40).  The torrential rain of Storm Angus had made the going tough and the course record (set last year by our own Rob Forbes) unassailable but our increasingly strong ultra and off road team including Leo Crawford and Simon Campbell enjoyed a dry run.  Later, Alan Tompson ran the Half Marathon, so completing the first 1,800ft of the 2,800ft ascent in the top loop of the marathon’s figure of eight course.

Broadway Marathon, 26.2 miles trail

1 Martin O'Connor (Stroud & District AC) 3.34.58
3 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 3.47.17
4 Neil Corbiere 3.51.22
6 Richard Hurdle 3.55.46 - 1st V40
15 Leo Crawford 4.25.46
29 Simon Campbell 4.45.21
79 finished.

Broadway ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail

1 Rich Sykes (Spa Striders) 1.41.52
42 Alan Tompson (Cirencester AC) 2.16.54
102 finished.


Super veterans and very long standing club members Tony Curry(1st V70) and David Edelsten(2nd V70) enjoyed somewhat warmer conditions and some friendly rivalry in the Holiday Hustle 5km in Florida. Near to home, Ivan Quinlan ran the Swindon 10k at Wroughton.


Holiday Hustle 5km, Venice, Florida, USA, 5km road


1 Martin Calvillo (US) 17.57
94 Tony Curry (Cirencester AC) 29.19 - 1st V70
117 David Edelsten 31.52 - 2nd V70
238 finished.  


Swindon 10km, Wroughton, 10km road

 1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 31.31
85 Ivan Quinlan (Cirencester AC) 46.50
393 finished.  

Watlington Winter Run, c10km multi-terrain

Earlier in the week it was great to see ex fell runner Kate Fitton crossing the  finish line of her favourite race of the year (south of Watford)  in the Watlington Winter Run.

1 Peter Crisp (Newbury AC) 41.43
31 Kate Fitton (Cirencester AC) 55.59 - 5th lady
90 finished.


Luke Campbell (18.40) won at Chippenham despite being virtually a minute slower than his best while Martin Croucher(19.49) had a rest from marathon running to dip below his target of 20 minutes at Swindon where David Moss competed for the 22nd time and Barbara Thomas the 32nd time this year having settled into her relatively new age group with another 1st FV60 place.  Ruth Fulford retained her 1st FV65 in Bristol. 

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.40
123 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Kristan McKenna (u/a) 17.42
10 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 19.49
99 David Moss 24.35
139 Barbara Thomas 25.49 - 1st FV60
387 finished.  

Pomphrey Hill parkrun, Bristol, 5km trail

1 David Bruce (Oxford City AC) 16.43
135 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.58 - 1st FV65
225 finished.


Standard Article 8th November 2016

Gloucestershire XC League, Blackbridge, Gloucester

A flat, fast, criss-cross course on sports fields with twenty-one Ciren competitors. Although not at full strength the men’s team was third, led home by an in-form second place Dave Bell with great support from Rob Forbes (18th), James Thomas (20th), Denis Galerin (26th), Bill Leggate (27th) and Ian Barrett (36th and 2nd V45); an excellent team result boding well for the rest of the season as they were only three points behind second place Team Bath.  Luke Campbell (37th), Simon Campbell (57th) and Bryan Reid (190th) made up this strong contingent.  225 finished.

Penny Grayson (40th) on her first competitive outing for the Club ran a strong race with team-mates Liz Thomas (82nd) and Pam Wheeler (126th and 3rd FV60) finishing  21st team. Helen Manners (148th) and Louise Abbott (151st) made up the squad. 156 finished.

Juniors. There were some good results; in the U11’s Henry Sheffield finished an excellent second and a young Tom Williams 32nd and in the girls event Caitlan Watson was 24th. In the U13’s Will Morris was a strong 5th with Archie Sheffield (12th) and Henry Morris (30th)  Sophie Izon had a fine run to finish third U13.

Oxford Mail XC series, Newbury Showground. A small group of juniors had a shock as they moved age-groups. Freya Gregory, U13 had a great run and finished 7th and sister Isla ran to 35th place. Luke Buck is just fourteen competed with 15/17year olds to come in overall 22nd place and 14th U15.

Thames Meander Marathon, Kingston, 26.2miles trail.  In-form Martin Croucher,  ran an excellent 3:18.08 finishing 25th overall. He set two PB’s in one race as he set a best 20mile and knocked three seconds of his marathon. Sean Fitzpatrick, 2:40.56 (Herne Hill Harriers) won.

Guy Fawkes '5', Tewkesbury, 5miles road. Gordon Jones ran seven minute pace to pick up second V65 place followed by Barbara Thomas, 2nd V60 with a Club record. The consistant Ruth Fulford was 1st V65 at this last event of the eleven race Gloucestershire Road Race Series. Karen Higuera, despite an earlier fall, ran a solid race and David Lattimore ran his first event of 2016.

Results. 1st Paul Beastall (Cheltenham Harriers) 25.29, 72 Gordon Jones 35.00, 120 Karen Higuera 38.46, 175 Barbara Thomas 42.17, 232 Ruth Fulford 45.47, David Lattimore 47.41. 365 finished.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail.  Just three runners and good to see coach Jon Young running again. Results. 1st Gary O’Brien (Swindon Harriers) 17.09, 122 David Moss 24.22, 179 Barbara Thomas 26.01, 358 Jon Young 31.28. 494 finished.