Standard Article 25th Aprilf 2016

London Marathon, 26.2 miles road

Simon Campbell(821) led four club members around the iconic London Marathon and looked good as he approached the finish. But this mass event with some 39,000 entrants poses its own set of logistical and running challenges and split times show just how hard it is to retain the even pace essential to achieving ambitious times. Despite dedicated and demanding training, three Cirencester runners were to be disappointed with Nick Wall frustratingly only 37 seconds over target. Although this must pale into insignificance when compared to the winner Kipchoge’s disappointment on finishing 5 second shy of the world record. Frequently described as the world’s greatest marathon event and this year celebrating one million finishers, London was founded by a small but visionary group including Cirencester Club coach David Wright thirty six years ago.


1 Eliud Kipchoge (Kenya) 2.03.05 - course record 
821 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 2.49.45 
2946 Mark Sysum 3.08.13
12799 Rachel Barber-Brock 3.55.59
14474 Nick Wall 4.00.36
39,140 finished.  

Shakespeare ½ Marathon, Stratford-u-Avon, 13.1 miles road

Dave Bell (3) showed his fight back to form by coming third in a The Shakespeare Half marathon with a time a couple of minute short of his best.


1 Alasdair Russell (Kendal AC) 1.10.38 
3 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.11.42 
972 Paul Sabin 2.00.23
1004 Daphne Hazell 2.02.27
1842 finished.


The Fellsman, Ingleton, 61 miles trail

Andy Hindson (61) had a great run in The Fellsman achieving a PB by knocking an hour off his previous best time despite wet ground and freezing flurrys of snow which saw the winning and average times tumble. The high level route which takes in various Yorkshire tops including Ingleborough and Great Whernside will always be a tough one. 


1 Konrad Rawlik (Carnethy) 11.31
61 Andy Hindson (Ciurencester AC) 17.52
312 Finished

Offa's 'Orror, Offas Dyke, Tintern, Wye Valley, 20km trail
Keith Firkin(3rd V50) gained an age group placing when, characteristically a lone club member, taking part in the Offa’s ‘Orror.

1 Daniel Bodman (Aberdare) 1.19.29 
48 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 1.44.57 - 3rd V50
231 finished.  


Following on from London’s one million finishers it was appropriate that

Cirencester AC celebrated one thousand parkrun finishers and even more appropriate that the honour was awarded to our most active parkrunner Barbara Thomas running in Swindon Also in Swindon, Gordon Jones ran well again with a time not far off his best. Yet another great run by the impressive teenager Luke Campbell who was first runner and first junior in Chippenham and another age group best for Ruth Fulford in Cheltenham.

Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Gwenael Blanck (unattached) 18.23 
273 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.59 - 1st FV65
278 Robin Lloyd 29.12
430 finished.  

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.22 - 1st Junior 
121 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Nic Bailey (Woodstock Runners) 18.22 
40 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.35
162 Barbara Thomas 26.02
287 Clare Blampied 30.06
477 finished. 


Standard Article 19th April 2016

Highworth '5', 5 miles road
Holly Tugwell kept her winning form to finish first lady in a sunny Highworth 5with its infamous final hill. Sarah Gunn followed as second lady and both ladies won their age group. Sandwiched between them Mark Sysum enjoyed a final leg stretch before his London marathon next weekend to finish 2nd in his age group. Good runs also from Robbie Brown, Lisa Stevens and David Moss in his second outing of the weekend. It was great to see Trudy Compton racing two weeks in a row after a long struggle with injury.

Angels 10km, Ashleworth, nr Gloucester, 10km road
Veterans continued to show the way with Tony Shelbourn achieving an impressive time in the demandingly hilly Angels 10k to finish as 1st V70 with Ruth Fulford as 1st LV65. They were joined by Barbara Thomas who had, as usual, run the parkrun the day before.

European Age-group Duathlon Champs, Kalkar, Germany, (10km run, 40km bike, 5km run)
Adrian Williams travelled to Germany to compete in the European Age Group Duathlon Championships. Still on antibiotics, he ran a steady first 10 km leg to come in 10th, started conservatively on the bike going well until a wet and windy third lap but his recent illness and lack of training made the final 5 km run a struggle. He finished 13th in his V40-44 group.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
The Buck family dominated the Swindon parkrun with junior Luke finishing 16th and Dad, sister and Mum finishing within a minute of each other. Martin Croucher and David Moss both ran well despite racing within a week of their Manchester Marathon successes.

Standard Artoc;e 12th April 2016

Chedworth Roman Trail, 10 miles multi-terrain Team prizes for Cirencester ladies and men’s teams rounded off this year’s well supported Chedworth Roman Trail. Holly Tugwell (2nd lady and 1st FV35) flew round the very difficult course only losing first place in the final stretches, and with Lisa Stevens(99) and Trudy Compton(128), Cirencester Ladies were awarded first place. Joe Barrowclough(12) led the men to second place supported by Robbie Brown(19) and Neil Corbiere(26).

1 Dave Roper (Cheltenham Harriers) 59.58 12 Joe Barrowclough1.08.32, 15Holly Tugwell1.09.29 - 2nd lady / 1st FV35, 19Robbie Brown1.09.54, 26Neil Corbiere1.12.28, 45Ionel Iancu1.16.09, 96Thomas Dixon1.23.44, 99Lisa Stevens1.23.59, 128Trudy Compton1.29.08, 290 finished. .

Manchester Marathon, 26.2 miles road
James Thomas, led a well trained team round a slightly chaotic Manchester Marathon. The Croucher, Hadland and Moss trio set off with a will and despite struggling slightly from 20 miles, they finished in around three and half hours with a PB for David Moss. Further back Liz Thomas demonstrated the power of even pacing to achieve her sub four hour target. 10 April 2016

1 Steven Bayton (Hallamshire Harriers) 2.22.34 617 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 3.07.34, 1796 MartinCroucher3.29.57, 1804Jill Hadland3.30.01, 2240David Moss3.37.15, 4006Liz Thomas3.57.24, 9364 finished

South Downs Way 50, Worthing to Eastbourne, 50 miles trail
Rob Forbes’ aggressive attack of the South Downs Ways 50 won him a second place. On a very tough route and in a moment of inattention he lost his way and the resulting 25 minute diversion cost him the race. In another disappointment Howard Ewan pulled out with injury after 28 miles.

1 Neil Kirby (unattached) 6.35.21 2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 6.40.39 339 finished.

Downland Challenge, Compton, Oxon, 20 miles trail
Carol Pendle led a small group around another off road trail with a lovely sunny start. The Compton Downland Challenge includes sections of the Ridgeway, stunning views and an over dose of steep grassy slopes but this year , as ever, it was mud that dominated. In a classic manoeuvre, tortoise Liza Darroch (2nd FV60) crept past hares Karen Higuera and ailing Rupert Chesmore.

1 David Longley (unattached) 2.21.31 69 Rose Pendle aka Carol (Cirencester AC) 3.33.04, 87Liza Darroch 3.45.20 - 2nd FV60, 92Karen Higuera3.52.05, 106Rupert Chesmore4.04.44 141 finished

Devizes ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road 1
Stuart Temple (Sinn Allstars) 1.19.04 325 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 2.14.57 403 finished

parkruns, 5km trail
Cheltenham 1 Stuart Farmer (Serpentine RC) 16.55 265 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 28.53 - 1st FV65 431 finished.
Chippenham 1 Daniel Giles (Loughborough Students AC) 17.51 2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.14 - 1st Junior 129 finished.
Swindon 1 Tim Purvey (Wootton Bassett Hounds) 19.05 375 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 38.28 428 finished.

Standard Article 5th April 2015

Reading Half Marathon
Mark Sysum completed the Reading Half Marathon in 1.26. as part of his preparation for the London Marathon. The sunny spring morning provided a perfect moment for leaving over ten and a half thousand following behind. 3 April 2016, Reading ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road 1 Robert Mbithi (Kenya) 1.03.57 274 Mark Sysum (Cirencester AC) 1.26.15 (chip 1.25.09) 10980 finished.

Pendine Sands Half Marathon
A week earlier the indomitable Barabara Thomas won her age group in a very different half marathon. The Pendine Sands race was delayed by thirty minutes as Storm Katie refused to allow the outgoing tide to expose enough sand for the 50 odd runners to race up the beach and back. Official results are still not available but we understand that Barbara completed the 13.1 miles running on the sands in 2.33. Last year the winner finished in 1.33 but the stormy winds made the 2016 event even tougher.

Park Runs
In parkruns, Luke Campbell flew round the 5km Monkton Park course in 17.52 to achieve a fine PB and coming in as first junior and third overall. Ruth Fulford was back in Cheltenham where she won her FV65 age group again. At Lydiard Park, Swindon , stalwarts David Moss and Barbara Thomas were the sole representatives of the club this week. Both ran well and Barbara achieved yet another age group first.

Standard Article 29th March 2016

Cardiff ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Dave Bell (1.13.58) joined Mo Farah (0.59.59) and more than twelve thousand others in the World Half Marathon championships in Cardiff. The event, designed as a step on the way to the Rio Olympics, was billed as a fast course but gusting wind and heavy rain made conditions difficult and despite having to settle for less than his half marathon best, Dave should be pleased with his position in a field including so many of the international elite.

1 Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) 59.10 156 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.13.58 12158 finished.

Easter Round the Reservoir Marathon, Northampton 26.2 miles multi terrain
Martin Croucher (3.35.07) finished third in the Easter Round the Reservoir Marathon and in the process earned an upgrade for his third Comrades Marathon in South Africa in two months time. With runners having to complete six laps of the reservoir it was difficult to keep track of position and Martin was amazed to discover he had been third to cross the line.

1. Steve Clarke 3.03.40 3. Martin Croucher 3.35.07 70 finished.

Chedworth Roman Trail 10 miles multi terrain
Anyone wanting to take on a shorter multi terrain challenge should consider the Club’s Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile race on Sunday 10th of April. This event has scores of fans who come back year after year to tackle the testing mix of farm tracks and woodland hills and the infamous water crossing. For more details see the club web site:

In parkruns, Luke Campbell won again in Chippenham, Ruth Fulford kept her 1st Fv 65 form at Little Stoke and Barabara Thomas was 1st FV 55 at Swindon.

Standard Article 22nd March 2016

Cleevewold Race, 14 miles trail

Distance specialist Rob Forbes(1) won the Cleevewold Race by averaging under 7 minutes a mile over the hills of Cleeve Common above Cheltenham.  In a busy weekend Forbes and Campbell (6), were among other familiar names (including, Dave Bell, Sarah Gunn, Barbara Thomas, Holly Tugwell and Adrian Williams) whose 2015 running triumphs were celebrated at the Clubs Awards evening on Saturday. 

Forest of Dean ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road/trail

James(6) and Liz Thomas(499)  were joined by Constant Fischer (124)  in the Forest of Dean Half where they continued their marathon preparations with very positive results.

Barbury Castle Trails Race, Marlborough Downs, c10km trail

Elite coach Dave Wright(5) returned to competitive mode, joining a select group roaming the Marlborough Downs.

20 March 2016, The Big Cheese, Cheddar, 15 miles trail  

1 Robert Stewart 1:40:39, 61 Keith Firkin 2.11.18   205 finished

Severn AC 4km, Plock Court, Gloucester, 4km cross country

Barbara Thomas(25) took a break from parkruns this week finishing as second FV 55  in a 4km cross country event.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

Swindon  parkrun was centre stage for the club this week: not only did Adrian Williams (16.43) and Wendy Nicholls( 18.42) win outright, but also newcomers to the club were introduced to racing following a successful beginners course.  The six graduates were each accompanied round the two lap course by a more experienced club member and all were thrilled to complete their first race . To cap off a highly successful morning with 21 members toeing the line and young Tom Williams getting a PB , this race saw the 100th Cirencester member taking part in a parkrun.  Appropriately enough, based on finishing positions, that 100th member was one of the graduating beginners, Lydia Mattock.

Standard Article 15th March 2016

Masters XC Championships in Bath

We understand that Holly Tugwell finished 2nd FV35 in the prestigious National Masters XC Championships in Bath yesterday but results are yet to be officially published. This should ensure her selection for the Home Countries Masters International in Glasgow in November and an England vest.  Holly follows in the footsteps of other Cirencester athletes to achieve this distinction, Wendy Nicholls and Jane Wassell.

Gloucester '20', 20 miles road

Adrian Willliams returned to record breaking form again this time in the Gloucester 20, taking over eleven minutes from the 20 mile record set by John Jameson back in 1987.  Also performing well in this three lap road race were Simon Campbell, and Ionel Iancu while Jill Hadland and David Moss were content to use the event in preparation for their attack of the Manchester marathon in four weeks time and Campbell and Nick Wall have six weeks before the London Marathon.


1 Scott Hazell (Coventry Godiva Harriers) 1.54.16 
4 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 1.58.22 - 3rd V40, club V40 record
17Simon Campbell2.04.38, 153Ionel Iancu2.35.37, 238Jill Hadland2.51.03, 243David Moss2.51.50, 304Nick Wall3.02.53, 471Barbara Thomas3.43.34, 498 finished.  

Bath Half Marathon, 13.1 miles road

Howard Ewan and Neil Corbiere both ran PBs in the ever popular Bath Half Marathon with Rachel Ranger pleased to complete her first race over this distance.

1 Robert Mbithi (Kenya) 1.01.44 
298 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 1.25.27 (chip time 1.24.54)
374Neil Corbiere1.27.00 (1.26.26), 5399Rachel Ranger2.05.15 (2.02.05)


Minchinhampton 10k, 10k road

Closer to home, Tim Ingham and James Widdowson enjoyed the quiet country lanes and undulations of the Minchinhampton 10k

1 Ander Russell (Stroud and District AC) 36.12.09

44Tim Ingham45.45.06, 56James Widdowson47.06.08, 491 finished.



Larmer Tree Marathon 26.2 miles trail

Further afield Liza Darroch and Martin Croucher sacrificed speed to savour the scenic Larmer Tree marathon.  The route included well over 2000ft of ascent and took them, in glorious spring sunshine, through vales and over chalky downs and into the majestic forests of the Rushmore Estate south of Salibury.


1 Jon Sharkey (Bournemouth A C) 3.06.23

183Liza Darroch(3rd FV65) and 184Martin Croucher05.21.48, 302 finished.



At Swindon, Wendy Nicolls was first lady and 1st FV65, Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas were second in their respective V65-69 and LV55-59 ages groups and Ruth Fulford was 1st LV65 at Little Stoke


Little Stoke parkrun, nr Bristol, 5km trail

1 David Awde (Bristol & West AC) 16.14 
170Ruth Fulford29.11 - 1st FV65, 256 finished


Swindon parkrun, 5km trail


1 Sam O'Neill (Headington Road Runners) 16.54 
7 Wendy Nicholls 18.51 - 1st lady / FV45
31Martin Croucher21.21, 45Gordon Jones21.56, 163Barbara Thomas26.48, 177David Moss27.33
370 finished. 

Standard Article 8th March 2016

Imber Ultra, Salisbury Plain, 33 miles trail
Rob Forbes knocked 3 minutes off the course record for the Imber Ultra, coming in an unimaginable 28 minutes ahead of the next runner. He was followed, sometime later, by Howard Ewan who achieved an impressive 4th place in this challenging trail race around some of the more remote areas of the Salisbury plain.

Newport ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Elsewhere, Tim Ingham chose the popular Newport Half Marathon to demonstrate his form.

Oxford Mail XC League, Harwell
Meanwhile Sarah Gunn fought magnificently to finish 1st FV 45 in the last of the five legs of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League at Harwell. This cemented her place as first FV45 for the season overall and is a fitting accolade to a runner who is on the top of her form. Ahead of Sarah, Jenny Manners (a fine 4) and Liz Thomas (60) enabled the Cirencester Women’s A team to finish in 6th position on the day. As a result our Women’s A team finished the season a brilliant 4th, to be placed one higher than last year.

For the men, Dave Bell finished in 5th place and second for the season overall holding his place from 2015. Every man was needed to bring the diminished Men’s team home in seventh place but previous performances particularly from Bell, Leggate, Campbell and Ewan, enabled the team to complete the season in fourth place – like the women, one place higher than last year.

Other results included Junior age groups (Cirencester positions) U9 Boys/Girls, 10 Tom Williams U11 Girls, 22 Isla Gregory 7.44 U11 Boys, 19 Henry Morris 7.34, 22 Ben Woodcock 7.37 U13 Girls, 24 Eva Porter 11.15 U13 Boys, 7 Luke Buck 9.14, 13 William Morris 9.42

Park runs
5 March 2016, Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail 1 Graham Rush (Cheltenham Harriers) 15.20 225 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 30.06 - 1st FV65 332 finished.

Standard Article 1st March 2016

Rob Forbes,(1st) our long distance expert, romped round the tough, multi terrain Terminator winning with three minutes to spare. 28 February 2016, Terminator, nr Pewsey, 12 miles multi-terrain 1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC)1.22.15, 405 finished Nearer to home,

Bourton 10K
Dave Bell led a record breaking club squad in the ever popular Bourton 10k road race. From the gun Bell(3rd) ran with the lead group to fight his way to second on the final lap round the town only to be out sprinted to the line. Of the other 28 members who attacked the improved but slightly hillier course in cold but wonderfully bright conditions three broke club records.. On top form, Sarah Gunn(1st FV50) took over 2 minutes off her own age group record while Tony Shelbourne smashed nearly 10 minutes from the V70 record and Carole Clarke, returning to road racing from the world of triathlons, took over 2 minutes from the current FV65 record. Other notable performances included Adrian Williams (2nd V40) and significant improvements from Howard Ewan, Karen Higuera, an increasingly commited Rachel Ranger and club Chair Pam Wheeler (2nd FV60)whose defensive sprint to the line helped her knock 3 minutes off her last year’s time. 28 February 2016, Bourton-on-the-Water 10km road

Swindon Parkrun
In the Swindon parkrun 13 year old Luke Buck (1st Junior) raced round to achieve his first sub 20 minute parkrun and Barbara Thomas (1st FV55) was back under 27 minutes.

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Standard Article 23rd February 2016

Sarah Gunn braved driving rain and gale force winds to race on muddy trails outside Calne finishing, a truly impressive, third lady and first in her FV45 age group.

While the three laps of the aptly named Castle Combe Chilly 10k provided Tim Ingham and Peter Rowland with equally challenging head winds but gave Tim a chance to demonstrate his strength in his first 10k for the club

This weekend saw club junior, Sophie Izon, compete in the 4th round of the Gloucestershire cross country league held at Warwick University. Finishing off the season in style, Sophie had a strong run to come home in 1st place which put her into 3rd place in the league to win a bronze medal. A fantastic run and a brilliant end to the season!

Strong winds also made the Saturday parkruns difficult for the runners and timings slightly slower than they would have liked. In Swindon, Mark Sysum came in third and 1st V40, Luke Buck first Junior and Barbara Thomas as first FV55 while Luke Campbell was relegated to third position in Chippenham