Standard Article 26th September 2017


                               CIRENCESTER AC & TRIATHLON CLUB




World Triathlon Championship, Rotterdam, Holland - FV65 Sprint. Carol Clark (1:32.35) won the bronze medal, finishing strongly behind GB team-mates. and winner Wendy Read (1:29.57). Preparation for the event, a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run, was tough but a sunny race day saw Carol achieve some  excellent results in all disciplines with a sub 17minute swim,  43minute bike and an excellent 24 minute run.


Cirencester Park 10km Autumn Assault. Having reported Dave Bell’s fine win last week we now report on Ciren’s juniors. Sam Wilson (Cotswold Allrunners, 12.46) won the 3km event with Ciren’s Tom Williams romping home third in 12:56 and Zac Humphries fourth. George Masser, eighth, was five seconds ahead of Caitlin Wilson.  Other Ciren finishers were Andrew Woods, Amelie Chudley, Khaya Swaine,  and Isabella Alcott.  


Cotswold Way Century, 100 miles trail. A remarkable run from Rob Forbes (17:34.06)  to win this gruelling event and knock nearly two hours off the course record; Rob is on course for a great winter season. Holly Rush (20:17.12 City of Bath) was second and Ciren’s Richard Hurdle ninth in 23:00.31. 62 finished within the 30hr time limit.


Parkruns, 5km trails.


Longrun Meadow, Taunton. Alan McAdam had a heart procedure a few months ago and continues to improve his results each week. 1st Joe Ponter (Taunton AC) 17.09, 78 Alan McAdam  24.40 - 1st V60, 322 finished.  


Ganavan Sands, Oban, Scotland. Ciren’s peripatetic parkrunners Clare Blampeid and Colin Tapley ran this wild Scottish course together. 1st Neil McGoun (Orion Harriers) 20.07, 57 Clare Blampied 31.54, 58 Colin Tapley 32.20, 104 finished.


Arrow Valley, Redditch. James Thomas gave it his best but was just beaten into second place. James and Liz are avid fell runners but parkruns count! 1st Tom Bristowe (Kingfisher Harriers) 17.25,2 James Thomas 17.40, 67 Liz Thomas 23.51, 392 finished.


Black Park, Slough.  Young Jacob McAdam turned in a good performance in what looks like a large and competitive field in Slough. 1st Andrew Penfold (Farnham Common Joggers) 17.21, 7 Jacob McAdam 18.40, 546 finished.


Chippenham.  This time a fine win for a junior McAdam ahead of buddies Ollie and Luke Campbell.  1st Isaac McAdam 17.36, 3 Ollie Campbell 18.36, 15 Luke Campbell 21.26, 176 finished.


Stonehouse. Ciren’s Michael Thomas is stretching his legs ready for the XC season. 1st Martin Humphreys (Stroud & District AC) 18.15, 39 Michael Thomas 27.39, 82 finished.


Cheltenham. Ruth Fulford continues her run of age-group wins. 1st Ben Sache (Wigan Phoenix) 16.50, 262 Ruth Fulford 29.36 - 1st FV65. 435 finished.


Swindon. Barbara Thomas adds another age-group win and Gordon Jones continues to run with his son. 1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 15.58, 179 Gordon Jones 26.51, 182 Barbara Thomas 26.55 - 1st FV60. 500 finished.

Standard Article 19th September 2017

Cirencester Park 10km, road

Dave Bells wins again at our own Autumn Assault equalling his own record for this event.  But, with a new and faster(?) course, he was disappointed to be over 32 minutes.  

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 32.55 - equals course record
37 James Widdowson 44.18
71 Ivan Quinlan 49.21    248 finished

Worcester City 10km, road

In Worcester, Dave Wright managed to knock 28 seconds from the previous club record when finishing in 38.20 as first V50.

1 Phil Beastall (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 31.18
50 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 38.20 - 1st V50, club V60 record
2033 finished

Bristol ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

Jo Musk was thrilled to finish the Bristol Half Marathon almost a minute faster than her  target and fourteen minutes faster than the PB she set (a few years ago?) as a teenager.

1 Aaron Richmond (Bideford AC) 1.08.07
240 Jo Musk (Cirencester AC) 1.27.08
345 Jason Stallard 1.38.15                  7473 finished.  

Cotswold Classic '10', Witney, 10 miles road

Robbie Brown continued to impress finishing 8th in Witney 10 where he was joined by Howard, Ionel and Barbara in the hunt for points in our Road Running Championships.

1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) 55.13
8 Robbie Brown (Cirencester AC) 1.01.36
19 Howard Ewan 1.02.57
60 Ionel Iancu 1.09.12
288 Barbara Thomas 1.41.06    328 finished

Mercian Challenge 100 miles, Offa’s Dyke, England and Wales, 100 miles trail

Rupert Chesmore  battled  the brutal hills along the Welsh border following  Offa’s Dyke path from Chepstow to Montgomery to finish second (first male).  This involved setting off  on Friday at 8pm, running for two sleepless nights and a day to finish early on Sunday morning.

1 Becky Wightman  31 .25.19

2 Rupert Chesmore (Cirencester AC) 33 10.51     6 finished

Omitted last week were Ionel Iancu’s results from an end of season triathlon and also an unconfirmed report that 87 year old Fred Robson completed a 10k race coming down the Matterhorn in 52 minutes but Fred has emphasised the words down hill!

Cotswold End of Season Triathlon, 1.5km swim, 41km bike, 9km run

1Dale Grassby (BRAT) (19.04; 1.04.52; 39.08) 2.04.51 
58 Ionel Iancu (Cirencester AC) (25.25; 1.23.53; 41.10) 2.33       230 finished.  


Victories for Charles Woodd in Helston and Isaac McAdam in Chippenham and the usual scattering of age group wins.

Penrose parkrun, Helston, Cornwall, 5km trail

1 Charles Woodd (Cirencester AC) 18.04 - also 1st V45   174 finished.  

Carlisle parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Thompson (unattached) 18.16
149 Clare Blampied (Cirencester AC) 31.10
150 Colin Tapley 31.11   236 finished.  

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.35 - also 1st junior
3 Ollie Campbell 18.54
9 JacobMcAdam 19.48
63 Alan McAdam 25.02   187 finished.  

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Ralph Dadswell (Ealing Eagles RC) 19.28
10 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.57 - 1st V65
12 Kate Sackett 22.16 - 1st FV55
43 Barbara Thomas 27.51 - 1st FV60   95 finished.  

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Dan Owen (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 16.30
336 Robin Lloyd (Cirencester AC) 32.30
411 finished.  

Standard Article 12th September 2017

Stratford-upon-Avon 10km, road

Dave Bell returned from hamstring injury with a great win of the Stratford upon Avon 10k, finishing 90 second clear of the competition and with high hopes of bettering 33 minutes for his next 10k.

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.38
1035 finished

New Forest Marathon, 26.2 miles road/trail

James Thomas had to dodge ponies and leap over stray dogs to come 12th in the New Forest Marathon where a last minute change, in response to high tides and rain, made for a tougher than expected  course with over 1200ft of ascent.

1 William Goozee (Isle of Wight Road Runners) 2.47.51
12 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 3.00.25
398 Liz Thomas 4.23.15        738 finished.  

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

Three days after coming eleventh in the local sprint triathlon Ian Barrett was as it again, this time coming second in the Castle Combe Duathlon with two fine runs.

1 Tim Smales (Winchester & District AC) (10.26; 21.48; 11.03) 45.06 
2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (10.55; 23.06; 11.39) 46.56 - 1st V45
115 finished.  

Chippenham Half Marathon, 13.1 miles road

Isaac McAdam and Luke Campbell moved out of their parkrunning comfort zone to tackle the Chippenham Half marathon, finishing together in the top forty.   Luke found it a great way to celebrate his 19th birthday and with Isaac still only 17, these two clearly have plenty of distance road running potential.

1 Daniel Jones (Team Bath AC) 1.12.52
34 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 1.24.13
35 Luke Campbell 1.24.14
1016 Barbara Thomas 2.21.11       1058 finished.  

Great North Run ½ Marathon, Newcastle to South Shields, 13.1 miles road

While Mo amazed at the front of the Great North Run,  Martin Croucher and his dad admitted to a cakeathon, snacking on all the goodies they were offered as they ‘ran’...

1 Mo Farah (Newham & Essex Beagles) 1.00.06
26825 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 2.25.05           42992 finished.

Park runs

In Tyneside for the Great North Run, Martin Croucher(19.47)  had a go at the Whitley Bay parkrun and was disappointed not to get nearer his Swindon PB of 19 minutes despite finishing sixth overall and first in his very competitive V40 age group. Back home in Swindon Isaac McAdam(18.18) ‘took it easy’ in preparation for the Chippenham Half the following day enabling old brother Jacob (18.19) to stay with him. An age group first shows that dad Alan(25.05) is making a steady recovery from surgery a couple of months ago although he still has some way to return to top form.  Age group wins too for Gordon Jones(21.36) at Stonehouse and Caroline Cotterell(22.42) at Worcester where she was accompanied by partner Nick Holliday(22.42). Regulars Rachel Ranger(25.32) and Barabara Thomas(26.35) also ran at Swindon while Amanda Woodd(32.23) celebrated a return to competitive running by entering the very select Mount Edgcumbe event in Cornwall and Robin Lloyd(32.09) ran again in Cheltenham.

Whitley Bay parkrun, 5km trail

1 Paul West (CSSC Sports) 18.10
6 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 19.47 - 1st V40      264 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Ciaran Cooper (Swindon Harriers) 17.06
6 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 18.18 - 1st junior
7 Jacob McAdam 18.19
138 Alan McAdam 25.05 - 1st V60
151 Rachel Ranger 25.32
192 Barbara Thomas 26.35    562 finished.  

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Lee Christmas (Stroud & District AC) 19.16
8 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.36 - 1st V65    115 finished.  

Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Price (Worcester AC) 16.52
60 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC) 22.42 - 1st FV45
61 Nick Holliday 22.42   224 finished.  

Mount Edgcumbe parkrun, Torpoint, Cornwall, 5km trail

1 Daniel Clewley (SweatShop) 22.48
17 Amanda Woodd (Cirencester AC) 32.23    36 finished.  

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Dan Owen (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 16.21
381 Robin Lloyd (Cirencester AC) 32.09    501 finished.  

Standard Article 5th September 2017

Cotswold Sprint Triathlon, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

Ian Barrett took little over 17 minutes to complete the 5km at the end of his Sprint Triathlon, bettering the eventual winner and bringing him home in eleventh place with a fine age win.  Age places too for Trudy Compton and Carole Clarke and a good performance from Caroline Crawford who finished in just under 1 hour 15 minutes.  Club founder and early triathlete Bob Ferris’s permanent injuries led to him struggling on the run.   Nina Lawrence was very pleased to finish in 87th place in the Novice event.

1 Joseph Ricciardi (Manx Tri Club) (9.40; 28.11; 17.34) 56.41 
11 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (11.55; 29.26; 17.09) 1.00.25 - 1st V45
140 Caroline Crawford (12.57; 37.33; 22.22) 1.14.57
211 Trudy Compton (14.15; 36.38; 23.04) 1.19.35 - 3rd FV50
226 Carol Clarke (15.24; 37.22; 24.11) 1.20.05 - 2nd FV65
265 Bob Ferris (15.38; 35.09; 29.25) 1.22.25    440 finished

 Swindon Half Marathon, 13.1 miles road

Howard Ewan and Peter Nunn tried Swindon’s new half marathon course in preparation for the coming Abingdon Marathon. They found it fast, damp and possibly short, but a good one for those searching for a local PB course.  Also it was good to see Joyce Matthews and Rachel Barber-Brock both back in the mix.

1 Ben Cole (Swindon Harriers) 1.08.07
43 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 1.25.28
109 Peter Nunn 1.31.41
359 Joyce Matthews 1.43.16
760 Rachel Barber-Brock 1.54.42   2076 finished.  

Woodchester Park Chase, 8 miles trail

In the absence of official results we can only report that Karen Higuera and Barbara Thomas struggled, in damp and drizzley conditions , to find the route around Woodchester.   Karen very therefore very pleased to complete the  8 mile route in 1.12.37 bettering  her time for the course and finishing second in her 45-50 age group.

Meteor Mile, Staverton Airport, Gloucester, 1 mile road

Lisa Carpenter managed to knock 5 seconds from her Bourton Mile time finishing the Meteor mile in 6.49.

1 Mark James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 4.41.8
79 Lisa Carpenter (Cirencester AC) 6.49.0   167 finished. 

29/30 August 2017, UTMB Mont Blanc Trail Race (TDS version), France (mainly), 118km trail

Last week, Andy Hindson went to Chamonix to tackle one of the many challenging races in the UTMB festival of running. We wait to hear from him but the results tell us what a struggle it was to complete the 118 steep and muscle wrecking kilometres involved.

1 Michel Lanne (France) 14.33.09
895 Andy Hindson (Cirencester AC) 30.06.10   1251 finished.


Isaac McAdam(17.24) and Ollie Campbell(19.02) both retained their customary places at first Junior at Swindon and Chippenham despite being pushed into third and second place.  Not far behind, new comer Lee Lawrence(19.30) demonstrated the value of Tuesday evening training by knocking 32 seconds off his PB for the Swindon course.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Alex Bampton (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 15.56
3 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.24 - 1st junior
14 Lee Lawrence 19.30 PB
24 Jacob McAdam 19.59
73 Caroline Cotterell 23.04
103 Alan McAdam 24.36
168 Barbara Thomas 27.29
450 finished

 Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 18.38
2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.02 - 1st junior
196 finished.

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Liam Connolly (Stroud & District AC) 17.48
50 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 29.34 - 1st V65
92 finished.  

Standard ARticle 29th August 2017



 Malmesbury Carnival 10km, multi-terrain

In a week when 17 year old Isaac McAdam was relegated to an unfamiliar fourth place, twice, the Malmesbury Carnival 10k provided the perfect opportunity for PB’s when the two local families ran head to head having run different parkruns the day before.  Luke Campbell (aged 18) ran with Isaac for the first eight kilometres but was finally beaten by the heat to finish only 34 seconds behind. Jacob McAdam (19) was fourteenth and slightly further back but still only thirty fourth was 14 year old Ollie Campbell.

1 Joe Rainsford (Heanor RC) 32.48
4 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 37.02 PB
6 Luke Campbell 37.36 PB
14 Jacob McAdam 39.33
34 Ollie Campbell 43.15
89 Ashley Willis 49.04
156 Peter Rowland 55.28
360 finished

Severn Bridge ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

Tim Ingham, Nick Wall and Barbara Thomas all returned to one of their more recent favourite events.  The Severn Bridge Half Marathon starts on the motorway lanes of the old Severn Bridge, crosses into England to do a loop around Thornbury before returning over the bridge to finish in Wales.   A sharp hill two thirds of the way round makes PB’s difficult (especially in this year’s hot sun) but heralds a long slow descent to the finish making it an ideal route for a negative split. 

1 Phillip Matthews (Swansea Harriers) 1.09.44
357 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 1.49.11 (chip 1.48.53)
468 Nick Wall 1.54.22 (1.53.55)
1325 Barbara Thomas 2.35.48 (2.34.14)
1495 finished. 



Isaac McAdam(17.16) faced tough opposition at Swindon where, despite being only 10 seconds shy of his course PB, he was pushed back to fourth place, with Ian Barrett(17.22) finishing fifth only seconds behind.  Jacob Mcadam(18.47) and Martin Croucher(19.13) also made the first fifteen.  Luke Campbell(19.01) took fourth place at Chippenham with Ollie(21.34) also in the top twenty.  David Lattimore(30.04) gave up the streets of Toulouse to run round the fields of Stonehouse  and is was good to see Robin Lloyd(33.08) having a go at Cheltenham after a long break from competitive running.


 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Samuel Crozier (Army AA) 16.40
4 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.16 - 1st junior
5 Ian Barrett 17.22 - 1st V45
10 Jacob McAdam 18.47
14 Martin Croucher 19.13
118 Alan McAdam 24.37
209 Barbara Thomas 27.24
458 finished. 

  Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Daniel Miles (Avon Valley Runners) 17.54
4 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.01
19 Ollie Campbell 21.34
177 finished.

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Matt Boon (unattached) 18.43
59 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 30.04
100 finished.  

 26 August 2017, Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Alex Lee (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 17.03
377 Robin Lloyd (Cirencester AC) 33.08
450 finished.  

Standard Article 22nd August 2017

 Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club        Report for August 21st 2017

We were all sad to hear of the recent death of Richard Newport who was a one of the ‘Forward Thinking Four’ who founded our club in the early 80’s.  We hope he was proud of the club he worked so hard for.  This report includes members, young and not so young, competing in a wide range of events up and down the country,  ranging  from parkrun wins for Issac McAdam and James Thomas to Richard Hurdle’s fine attempt at the iconic Bob Graham Round (42 Lakeland summits in 24 hours) only to be beaten by the remnants of hurricane Gert.

 Run to the Castle, Aberdyfi to Harlech, N Wales, 42 miles trail

Leo Crawford joined a small but select group to run 42 very hilly miles to Harlech Castle in North Wales.  A truly impressive performance over such testing ground coupled with his Gloucester marathon result only 2 weeks ago. The club welcomes another quality Ultra runner to its ranks.

1 Julian Ayres (Trismart) 6.51.06
5 Leo Crawford (Cirencester AC) 7.36.35  41 finished.  

Race the Train, Tywyn, N Wales, 14 miles trail

Adrian William and Ionel Iancu undertook a more unusual challenge in the infamous Race the Train event, also in North Wales.  Adrian managed to “beat the train” – soundly - despite hating the mud, hills, the rain and the train – pretty much all of it really.  Ionel finished just behind the train but, in a more positive frame of mind, is determined to beat it next year.

 1 Sullivan Smith (Cambridge & Coeleridge AC) 1.26.03
23 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 1.38.47
177 Ionel Iancu 1.55.38  830 finished.  


A resounding win for Isaac McAdam(17.57) at Tamar and also for James Thomas(18.19) at Colby in Pembrokeshire.  Jacob McAdam was second at Tamar in 19.15 and Dad Allan(27.32) was not that far behind at 35th.  The Campbell brothers(21.41 and 23.26) stayed home in Chippenham and young Archie Sheffield(21.18) ran well at Gloucester.  Martin Croucher(22.13) led a small team at Swindon where Caroline Cotterell(24.44) and Barbara Thomas(27.12) both had age group firsts.  Finally in a very atypical moment of competitive running, Helen Manners(32.08) joined the parkrun in Yeovil finishing with 137 runners behind her.

Tamar Trails parkrun, Tavistock, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.57 - and 1st junior
2 Jacob McAdam 19.15
35 Alan McAdam 27.32   100 finished.  

Colby parkrun, Pembrokeshire, 5km trail

1 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 18.19
60 Liz Thomas 25.10  202 finished

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Tom Allen (Chippenham Harriers) 18.28
18 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 21.41
37 Luke Campbell 23.26 170 finished.  

Gloucester Kingsway parkrun, 5km trail

1 Andy Gardiner (Cheltenham & District Harriers) 17.17
23 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 21.18  223 finished

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Felix Wernham (unattached) 17.23
53 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 22.13
112 Caroline Cotterell 24.44 - 1st FV45
113 Nick Holliday 24.45
132 David Moss 25.32
176 Barbara Thomas 27.12 - 1st FV60  436 finished.

Yeovil Montacute parkrun, 5km trail

1 Michael Parrott (Running for Time) 19.04
247 Helen Manners (Cirencester AC) 32.08   385 finished.  

Standard Article 15th August 2017

Kate Sackett demonstrated her fitness and versatility in two challenging events last week. Firstly she ran the hilly Bugatti 10K race which starts and finishes at the foot of the Prescott Hill Climb. She convincingly won her age category to finish 62nd of the 248 finishers in a time of 47m05s. Also competing were Barbara Thomas (58m29s) and Ruth Fulford (66m24s) to complete the trio of regular Cirencester AC senior lady racers.

A few days later Kate took on the even greater challenge of the Cotswold Classic Triathlon based around the Cotswold Water Park. The race consisted of a 2.1 mile lake swim, 56 mile cycle and half marathon run. She crossed the line a creditable 582nd out of over 800 finishers in a total time of 6hrs4m40s.

Another to run a half marathon last weekend was Martin Croucher who enjoyed the picturesque surroundings of Burnham Beeches in Buckinghamshire. Martin's prolific long distance training runs and races served him well as he finished strongly in 1hr33m20s for 45th place out of nearly 600 finishers. Also racing through the woods were four club members competing in the 10 mile Standish Woodland Chase. Taking a break from triathlons and ultra distance races were Bill Leggate who was first in his age category and third overall in 58m21s and Andy Hindson 39th in 1h20m10s. Pleased to be running again after recent injuries was Rupert Chesmore, 85th in 1h30m56s, followed by age category winner Liza Darroch 119th out of 143 finishers in 1h40m07s.

Cirencester AC's only representative in the recent Gloucester Marathon was Leo Crawford who was using this, his third marathon, as a training run for 42 mile race in Wales later this month. He avoided many of the reported problems incurred by some runners to finish 50th in 3h20m28s, well inside his thee and a half hour target.

As usual the club colours were in evidence in several 5k park runs in the UK and abroad. The McAdam family  joined over 1200 runners in Bushy Park London, the birthplace of the park run movement. Isaac finished 9th in 17m16s, followed close behind by brother Jacob, 27th in 18m35s and then Alan 453rd in 25m37s. Closer to home Nick Holliday, Caroline Cotterell and Barbara Thomas ran at Swindon where Nick won his age category in 19m57s to finish 16th out of 512 finishers Caroline was next home in 25m45s for 166th place followed by Barbara 212th in 27m09s. Gordon and Rachel Jones were in Scotland so took the opportunity of a Saturday morning race in Inverness . Gordon  finished 30th (21m46s) and Rachel 104th (27m05s) out of 182 runners. Meanwhile David Lattimore continued the trend of age category winners with his regular run at Toulouse,  clocking 32m24s on this occasion..


Standard Article 31st July 2017

Owler Middle Distance Triathlon, including the English Championships, Ashford, Kent, 1.9km swim, 87km bike, 21.1km run

Steve Yates qualified for the English Middle Distance Triathlon Team when coming a stunning fifth (and 1st V50) in the Owler triathlon in Ashford. He completed this equivalent of a half Iron Man in just over four and a half hours starting with an impressive swim and ending with a 90 minute half marathon.

1 Tom Foster (Team Cranc) (32.57; 2.26.45; 1.19.00) 4.22.10 
5 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (33.13; 2.31.21; 1.30.02) 4.36.33 - 1st V50     118 finished

Blaisdon 10km, Forest of Dean, 10km road

Simon Campbell went to Blaisdon in the Forest of Dean for a Tuesday evening workout to finish twelfth in their small and rural 10km.  Kate Sackett and Liza Darroch went home clutching beer and biscuits having won their respective age groups and gained more points toward the County Road Running Championships along with Barbara Thomas.

1 Mark James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 36.14
12 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 39.14
41 Kate Sackett 46.33 - 1st FV55
95 Liza Darroch 57.56 - 1st FV65
97 Barbara Thomas  58.27
141 finished.  

 Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales Stadium, 800m track

Ten year old Henry Sheffield raced twice around the track at the Prince of Wales Stadium to complete 800m in 2.34.5 - only 4 seconds behind the winner who was at least five years his senior.  In subsequent races older brother Archie came second running little more than one second slower and young Sebastien Forest was sixth.

Race 4
1 Chris Picken (Cheltenham & District Harriers, U17) 2:28.6
3 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC, U11) 2:34.5
Race 5
1 Emma Bendle (Stroud & District AC, U15G) 2:34.0
2 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC, U15) 2:35.9
Race 6
1 James Bagot (Swindon Harriers, U11) 2:42.1
6 Sebastien Forrest (Cirencester AC, U11) 2:55.2


After five consecutive wins at Swindon Isaac McAdam(17.45) was pushed into second place but only after a fine fight. He retained his place as first Junior as did Ollie Campbell (19.03) who was also second but at Chippenham.  Swindon also saw Jacob McAdam(18.52) finishing close to his personal best to be followed in by Martin Croucher(19.27) and Nick Holliday(20.06).  To mark his one hundred and fiftieth parkrun Dave Moss(21.37) ran at his pace rather than supporting friends and family members. Good to see Caroline Cotterell(36.34) back competing following injury and the usual scattering of age group wins at Swindon, Stonehouse (where Gordon Jones(21.45) was eighth) and Toulouse.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Andrew Mitchell (Thames Valley Harriers) 17.29
2 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.45 - 1st junior
5 Jacob McAdam 18.52
8 Martin Croucher 19.27
15 Nick Holliday 20.06 - 1st V55
44 David Moss 21.37
172 Alan McAdam 26.19
193 Barbara Thomas 27.18 - 1st FV60
410 Caroline Cotterell 36.34
472 finished

 Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Paul Horsfall (unattached) 18.07
8 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.45 - 1st V65
84 finished.    

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

 1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 18.00
2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.03 - 1st junior
158 finished.  

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

1 Matt Ellis (Westbury Harriers) 16.14
13 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 30.13 - 1st V65
14 finished



6th August 2017 Standard Report

European Masters Track & Field Champs, Aarhus, Denmark

V60 5000m

Dave Wright waded and splashed his way around a flooded track in Aarhus, Denmark to finish a very impressive 6th in the V60 5000m  European Masters Championship.  The race was won by a mere 100th of a second with Dave only thirty seconds behind the winner.  Not satisfied with achieving a time close to his own club age group record in appalling conditions, three days later Dave ran the highly competitive Aarhus Half Marathon to finish 8th V60 in the Euro Champs in 1.25.37.  Full results of this open race are not out yet but Dave is rightly pleased that he was the first of the V60 runners to have attempted both the track and road events and looks like bettering another of his own club records by 90 seconds.


1 Jaap Stijlaart (Netherlands) 18:00.54
2 Licinio Pereira (Portugal) 18:00.55
6 David Wright (GB, Cirencester AC) 18.30.89


 Brecon Beacons Fell Race, 19 miles / 4500' fell

James Thomas and Robbie Brown ran and finished the 19 miles of the Brecon Beacons Fell Race together joint 7th.  The difference in finish times only reflects the time taken to process their timing chips.  Our esteemed captains, both lovers of fell running, also managed to lure Ionel Iancu onto the welsh mountains to finish in the top half of the field and Liz was relieved to finish with  4 more behind her.

1 Hugh Aggleton (MDC) 2.55.16
7 Robbie Brown (Cirencester AC) 3.21.15
8 James Thomas 3.21.19
25 Ionel Iancu 3.58.16
53 Liz Thomas 5.15.35    57 finished.  

 Westonbirt House 10km, road

Tim Ingham achieved a good time in the Westonbirt House 10k and Hayley Hurdle knocked more than 10 minutes from her best recorded time proving that she is back to running fitness following the birth of Joshua in March this year.

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 34.35 
78 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 46.40 (chip time 46.29)
141 Hayley Hurdle 50.04 (49.53)    600 finished.  


The club was represented in 7 parkruns in this country and one in France but most notable were the Buck family who finished 4th, 23rd and 40th on Roosevelt Island, Washington  D C.  In the Lake District, Fell Foot saw three members of the McAdam family finish 1st , 9th and 97th and Gordon and Rachel Jones 45th and 137th.  Ian Barrett won at Torbay in 17.40 leading a total of five age group wins and four 1st Juniors (Isaac McAdam(17.49), Ollie Campbell (19.30),  Henry Sheffield (19.31) and Luke Buck(20.40).  In France, David Lattimore found a tradition he considers worth developing when being treated to champagne, coconut cake and croissants at the finish to celebrate one of the organisers winning 1st lady at a 10k event the previous day.

Roosevelt Island parkrun, Washington DC, USA, 5km trail

1 Travis Boltjes (unattached) 17.02
4 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 20.40 - 1st junior
23 Caroline Buck 25.18 - 1st FV50
40 Stephen Buck 28.38   85 finished.  

Fell Foot, Newby parkrun, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.49 - also 1st junior
9 Jacob McAdam 19.16
45 Gordon Jones 22.40 - 1st V65
97 Alan McAdam 26.00
137 Rachel Jones 28.04  262 finished.  

Torbay Velopark parkrun, 5km trail

1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 17.40 - also 1st V45   245 finished. 

Fareham parkrun, 5km trail

1 David Mallard (unattached) 18.02
8 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 20.18 - 1st V55
92 Caroline Cotterell 29.49  184 finished


1 Brendan Morris (Reading RR) 17.13
30 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 20.45 400 finished.  


Gloucester North parkrun, 5km trail

1 Edd Charlton-Weedy (Army AA) 18.52
4 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 19.31 - 1st junior
7 Archie Sheffield 20.36   180 finished. 

 Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Alan Pitt (Stroud & District AC) 18.41
33 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 26.49 - 1st FV60   91 finished.  

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Jamie McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.13
8 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.30 - 1st junior  229 finished.  

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

1 Jonathan Cartier (unattached) 16.31
30 David Lattimore (Cirencester AC) 32.44 - 1st V65   36 finished.  


Standard Article 25th July 2017

Adrian William put all his running training to good use in a fine sprint finish at the end of the Jenson Button triathlon Eliminator in order to earn a place in the more demanding finals the same afternoon.  He joined the triathlon elite lured by the high prize money but was just as pleased to have chatted to Jenson Button as to finish two places higher than the morning.

Jenson Button Trust Triathlon Final, Derby, 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1 Ben Dijkstra (3.09; 27.50; 15.14) 47.14 
26 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (4.27; 30.36; 17.32) 54.05
115 finished.  

 Jenson Button Trust Triathlon Eliminator, Derby, 200m swim, 10km bike, 2.5km run

1 Ben Dijkstra (2.53; 16.20; 8.05) 28.27 
28 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (3.45; 16.50; 8.24) 30.24
341 finished.  

 22/23 July 2017, Cotswold 24 hour, Cirencester Park (9km circuit), trail

Steve James finished 13th in the solo men’s 24 hour race in Cirencester Park over the weekend.  His average time of 1.02.12  for the 9 km lap was significantly  faster than the eventual winner of  his category (1.05)  which maybe why he had to retire after sixteen and a half hours before reaching his 100 mile target.  Steve has recently left the club in search of more convenient training sessions but we can hope that we can field him and another seven strong runners for the relay in the increasingly popular team event next year.

Male individual category
1 Sam Linton 198km
13 Steve James (Cirencester AC) 144km
125 Finished

Cheltenham Triathlon, Boys age 9/10, 130m swim, 2km bike, 1km run

A fine performance including a particularly impressive swim by Sebastian Forrest enabled him to finish fifth in the 9/10 year old category of the Cheltenham triathlon despite (or because of ?) a three week restful holiday from training.

1 Daniel Henderson (2.34; 6.31; 3.40) 14.09 
5 Sebastian Forrest (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (2.34; 7.41; 4.08) 16.25
27 finished.  


Our junior quartet continued to dominate at Chippenham this week, all finishing in the top ten.   Isaac McAdam(17.58) dipped just below 18 minutes and older brother Jacob(20.03) was only just over the 20 minute target. The Campbell brothers formed the middle of the sandwich with Luke (18.08) showing younger brother Ollie (19.12) his heels for a change in a triathlon free weekend.  In the absence of a Swindon parkrun, Barbara Thomas(26.11) ran well at Stonehouse coming first in her age group as usual.

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail

1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.58 - also 1st junior
2 Luke Campbell 18.08
5 Ollie Campbell 19.12
10 Jacob McAdam 20.03
109 Alan McAdam 26.45
270 finished.

Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail

1 Mark Taylor (Frampton Cotterell Harriers) 18.54
85 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 26.11 - 1st FV60
179 finished

Standard Article 18th July 2017


Bourton-on-the-Water Mile, 1 mile road


Robbie Brown flew over the Bourton one Mile finish  line in just over five minutes to grab another ten points for the Men’s Club Championships in the absence of Adrian Williams.  Thirteen year old Luke Buck was a mere four seconds behind to finish as the first Junior of the main race and Howard Ewan was thrilled to achieve his target of being within ten seconds of  Robbie. Behind our talented senior and junior runners came a string of veterans with three age groups firsts with Nick Holliday (V55) and Gordon Jones (V65) both comfortably under six minutes.   Kate Sackett (FV55) continues to impress and inspire winning the FV45 age group with a nationally highly competitive time for her age group of 6.12 and easing her to the top of the Ladies Club Championship.   Finally, of  the seven county medals awarded to club members resident in Gloucestershire, three were gold. 


1 Dave Roper (Cheltenham & District Harriers) 4.35
15 Robbie Brown (Cirencester AC) 5.10
18 Luke Buck 5.14
19 Howard Ewan 5.19
44 Nick Holliday 5.43 - 2nd V55
48 Gordon Jones 5.48 - 1st V65
66 Kate Sackett 6.12 - 1st FV55
78 Bryan Reid 6.24
79 Zac Humphris 6.27
98 Lisa Carpenter 6.54 - 3rd FV45
100 Caroline Buck 6.56 - 2nd FV50
101 Caitlin Watson 6.56
118 Barbara Thomas 7.28
141 Liza Darroch 8.35 - 1st FV65
156 Ruth Fulford 9.09 - 3rd FV65
178 finished


Race to the Stones, Ridgway to Avebury, 100km trail

Rob Forbes returned to the Ridgeway in an  attempt to repeat last year’s triumph  in the Race for the Stones.  But, despite completing the one hundred kilometre trail some 23 minutes quicker he was pushed into second place.


 1 Benjamin Poiraton (unattached) 7.52.55
2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 7.56.21
961 finished.


Poppit Sands Race, Cardigan Bay, 5km multi-terrain


1 Roscoe Howell (Pembrokeshire Harriers) 18.27
24 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 21.17
100 finished



No PBs this week but Isaac McAdam(17.21) retained his lead at Swindon while older brother Jacob (20.00) took  it easy.  There was a dramatic finish at Stonehouse with Simon Campbell(19.50) (after a late start) finishing just ahead of Martin Croucher (19.52) and 10 year old Henry Sheffield(19.57) who was also first Junior.  In Chippenham the Campbell brothers continued the tradition with younger brother Ollie (18.51) coming in way ahead of his triathlete brother Luke (21.16) and Dave Moss (30.50) ran in Devon.


 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail


1 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 17.21 - also 1st junior
21 Jacob McAdam 20.00
182 Barbara Thomas 27.33   415 finished



Stonehouse parkrun, 5km trail


1 Paul Horsfall (unattached) 18.46
4 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.50
5 Martin Croucher 19.52 - 1st V40
6 Henry Sheffield 19.57 - 1st junior             
85 finished


Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail


1 James McBrien (Corsham RC) 17.09
6 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.51
26 Luke Campbell 21.16
204 finished.  


Bovey Tracey, Devon, 5km trail


1 Adam Holland (Notfast RC) 18.14
80 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 30.50
141 finished.