Standard Article 15th Feb 2016

Rob Forbes(2) found himself in the bridesmaid position again, this time in the Dursley Dozen coming in 90 seconds behind the winner. Other members revelling in precipitous slopes and newly firm mud were Howard Ewan(23) who lost a place in the top 20 by following others on the wrong route and Wendy Nicholls(36) who was second lady and first FV45. Much further back Karen Higuera sacrificed her race and honoured the runners’ code by helping an injured fellow runner. 14 February 2015, Dursley Dozen, 12 miles multi-terrain 1 Garry Hughes (Stroud AC) 1.22.39,2 Rob Forbes 1.24.19, 23Howard Ewan1.35.59, 36Wendy Nicholls1.38.16, 2nd lady, 1st FV45, 52Neil Corbiere1.41.40, 70Ionel Iancu1.43.44, 137Andy Hindson1.52.21, 159Jill Hadland1.54.00, 359Karen Higuera2.24.32. 372 finished

Further afield, Simon Campbell(32) led a small road racing team in the Bramley 20. This high quality event is used by many in their preparation for London and the winner was in training for Rio. All our runners used the almost ideal conditions and relative lack of hills to achieve their different targets including new comers James and Liz Thomas and Liza Darroch who surprised herself by getting a PB and beating her own club record thanks to her and Martin Croucher’s metronomic pacing. 14 February 2016, Bramley '20', nr Reading, 20 miles road 1 Jonny Hay (Aldershot Farnham & District) 1.42.43, 32 Simon Campbell 2.07.36, 70James Thomas2.14.19, 512Liz Thomas3.01.31, 13Rupert Chesmore3.01.32, 562Liza Darroch3.08.27 3rd FV65, club FV65 record, 563Martin Croucher3.08.29, 758 finished.

Lone club representatives included Gethin Musk(45) who, despite struggling with injury, tackled the Cirencester Park duathlon and Clare Blampied who gamely completed the Dukeries 10 without injured partner Colin and finally, in her second race of the weekend, Barbara Thomas completed the Wiltshire 10 in 1.34 after achieving another FV55 in the Swindon parkrun the day before. Also at Swindon, Martin Pulley earned 1st V55 with wife Claire not far behind. Junior Luke Campbell slowed by 14 seconds and was pushed into second place this week in the Chippenham parkrun against very tough competition from another junior.

Standard Article 9th Feb 2016

Men's Team

Saturday’s SW inter-counties school cross country championships held at Pittville Park, Cheltenham saw Junior Lauren Izon qualify to represent the South West in the U15s and started a weekend of tough off road racing.

In Chippenham, second claim Luke Campbell won the parkrun again despite the rain.

On Sunday a sodden Cirencester Park enabled the club to provide some of the Oxford Mail Cross Country Leagues’ toughest courses. Runners in all age groups were asked to negotiate steep slopes and rivers of mud but the hosting Cirencester Teams put their training and local experience to good use.

As a result Junior Luke Buck holds 5th position in the U13’s and Freya Gregory 6th position in the U11’s after four of five League fixtures and brothers Henry and Archie Sheffiield both made exciting debut runs.

The Ladies A team, boosted by the return of both Holly Tugwell and Jane Wassell and ably supported by League 1st FV45 Sarah Gunn, proved fast enough to win second place in Division 1. They were so strong that Jane Thomas found herself in an unfamiliar B team despite being only seconds behind.

Adrian Williams (3rd League V40 overall) again led the men home in third place in Division 1 while Ional Iancu brought the B team home 7th in Division 3.

Standard Article 2nd Feb 2016

Staverton 10
Tony Shelbourn does it again. This time his superb run in the first ever Staverton 10 brought him in as 1st V70, created an inaugural club record for the age group and resulted in his being ranked 2nd in the National Power of 10 rankings. This matches his rank as national 2nd for 5 miles established last week. The reappearance of a fast 10 mile road race in the area resulted in a blizzard of PB’s enjoyed by the majority of the field including Mark Sysum (first in for Cirencester), Mark Glunning and Neil Corbiere. Club coach, Mark’s training in preparation for the London Marathon is clearly reaping benefits although Howard Ewan might be well placed to counsel him on potential problems caused by overtraining. Not content with running a fast 10 miles the four younger members completed a third five mile lap as a cool down. Another good start for 2016.

Swindon Park Run
On the other hand it was a quiet week for park runs with Barbara Thomas the only club member to run at Swindon before turning out again on Sunday to complete another event towards her target of 100 races over the year.

Cirencester AC Awards Night


Annual Awards Dinner, Entertainment and Dance


 Celebrate thebest of Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club


Saturday 19th March 2016 - 7pm entertainment commences


 Carriages at midnight


Corinium Hotel, Gloucester Street, Cirencester


 Smart Dress – please include somethingRED


TICKET £25 (Incl. Buffet dinner and wine)                


Tickets available from the Social Committee:


David Lattimore, Emily Hill, Fi Collings, Jo Roberts and Ian Pople and at Tuesday training


Cash or cheque on collecting tickets please


Standard Article 26th Jan 2016

Tony Shelbourn used the streets of Hatherley to smash a club MV70 record by a majestic 11 minutes 30 seconds.

The club tradition of good performances in this Linda Franks five mile race was maintained with Tony coming in first not only in his (new) MV70 age group but also as first MV60. First home for the club was Simon Campbell holding onto last year’s sixth position despite knocking 15 seconds off his time. Further back, it was great to see Karen Higuera back in race form after a long period off with injury and Barbara Thomas’ punishing racing schedule paying off by enabling her to knock 41 seconds off her last year’s performance. Meanwhile Liza Darroch used her first experience of the event to take over 3 minutes off the Club LV65 record.

Elsewhere Martin Neil, a lone representative for the club, fared less well in the muddy conditions of the Slaughterford 9 to be down in both time and position from last year.

Saturday saw Junior Luke Buck returning to great form to scrape under the 20 minute mark in a parkrun PB. The fast Swindon course brought him in 14th overall and first junior. Surely, an exciting future lies ahead for 13 year old Luke. He was joined by three other parkrun stalwarts including Mum Caroline and Barbara Thomas who pocketed yet another 1st FV55 position.

Standard Article 18th January 2016

 Although Cirencester Athletics Club's weekend racing was limited to three parkruns there was plenty of success to celebrate.

Best performance came from Holly Tugwell who was first lady and fifth overall in the Hastings 5k race in an age category course record of 18m29s. More success could be forthcoming in the shape of 16 year old Luke Campbell.

Although still registered with Swindon Harriers Luke is in the process of switching to Cirencester and was representing his new club at Chippenham where he not only won the race outright in 18m12s but also set a new course record.

Five club members turned out on a cold and frosty morning for the Swindon parkrun. First home was Tony Shelbourn in 53rd place. Although slightly disappointed with his time he was first MV70 and set a new course record for his age category and this was his first race since June due to injury and illness. Not far behind was Dave Moss running in his 101st parkrun and Gordon Jones who was second in his age group. Cirencester positions were - 53. Tony Shelbourn 21m30s, 67. David Moss 22.05, 70.Gordon Jones 22.10 ,80. Martin Pulley 22.30 and 194.Barbara Thomas 26.18 out of the 496 finishers. Barbara is well on her way to her 200th parkrun and is aiming to emulate her achievement of last year when she completed 100 races in the year.

County Road Race Championships
Barbara and two of the club's other experienced lady racers were at a reception last week to collect their awards in the County Road Race Championship. Ruth Fulford won the FV65 category while Barbara and Liza Darroch were runners up in the FV55 and FV65 categories. Upholding honour for the men was Gordon Jones who was third MV65.


Standard Article 12th January 2016

Gloucester Cross Country Championship
Saturday saw Sophie Izon a stunning second to cross the line for the Under 11’s in the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championship while Holly Tugwell (1stLV35) came home fourth to qualify for the InterCounties competition for the Ladies.

Park runs
Meanwhile David Moss was joined by a small support group to complete his 100th parkrun in a sodden Swindon. The veterans scored again with Jill Hadland 1stLV45 in her first ever parkrun and Gordon Jones finishing 1stV65 in Richmond.

Nauton Nearly 19
Sunday produced even better results for the club with Rob Forbes beating the course record in the Naunton Nearly 19. Despite slippery and very tough conditions Rob was well ahead within moments and finished 12 minutes ahead of the next runner.. In hot pursuit came Richard Hurdle (1st LV40) and Howard Ewan. While Jill Hadland added to her triumphant weekend by coming in 4th lady and 1st LV40. 10 January 2016, Naunton Nearly 19, nr Stow-on-Wold, 18.3 miles trail 1 Rob Forbes2.04.44 - course record 4 Richard Hurdle2.22.41 1st V40 10 Howard Ewan2.31.52 23 Jill Hadland2.50.18 - 3rd lady, 1st FV40 68 Martin Croucher 3.27.08 69 Rupert Chesmore 3.27.08 107 finished

Horspath Oxford League Cross Country
Meanwhile in Horspath, Tom Williams set an example to us all as he smiled his way through the mud and streams of the Oxford Mail Cross Country League to finish 14th in the Under 9s., Later, in the under 11 girls, Freya Gregory maintained her form to come in strongly in 6th position with sister Isla in a credible 34th in a tough field. For the Under 13s Luke Buck ran a highly competitive race to finish 8th and Simon Crew managed a fantastic 4th in the Under 15s despite running the previous day, 10 January 2016, Oxford Mail XC League,

Jane Thomas led a much depleted Ladies team but was ably supported by Sarah Gun who was first in her age group and Kate Fitton. The ladies were a disappointing eighth on the day and so the Ladies A team are now 5th (out of 8) in Division One while the B team only managed two to score and so have dropped to 29th in Division Three

Adrian Williams (3rdV40) led a much stronger men’s team to finish in 8th place to be followed by Dave Bell in a (for him) below average 11th. As a result Dave is now second overall and Adrian second V40 after three of five meets. Strength in numbers enabled the Men’s A team to finish 3rd on the day and to cling on to 4th place in Division One .

Standard Article 4th January 2016

Elmore Christmas ‘4’
It was entirely appropriate that Barbara Thomas (33.48) should be the only club runner to take part in the last event of year. Our most regular competitor joined a small field for the Elmore Christmas ‘4’ thereby completing an impressive 79 competitive events in 2015. 27 December 2015, Christmas '4', Elmore, Gloucester, 4 miles road 1 Mark Couldwell (Charnwood) 21.44 30 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 33.48 37 finished.

Edinburgh Park Run
Adrian Williams(16.43) , another stalwart, started 2016 with a parkrun in Edinburgh where Scottish competition pushed him into third place despite a time approaching his fastest (and winning) time of 16.34 in Swindon in 2015. 2 January 2016, Edinburgh parkrun, 5km trail 1 Neil Renault (Edinburgh AC) 15.47 3 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 16.43 529 finished

Swindon Park Run
Nearer home Martin Croucher(20.00) dragged himself to Swindon in another attempt to complete the 5k parkrun in under 20 minutes but the clock was not on his side and despite being first V40, his time challenge remains. Another first for Junior Luke Buck(21.07) who was pleased to return to something approaching his best form as was dad Stephen Buck(26.40). David Moss, Ian Porter and Barbara Thomas also turned out to begin another season of parkruns. 2 January 2016, Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 1 Thomas Hemming (Swindon Harriers) 18.00 6 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 20.00 - 1st V40 15 Luke Buck 21.07 - 1st Junior 52 David Moss 23.31 60 Iain Porter 23.44 116 Stephen Buck 26.40 136 Barbara Thomas 27.44 314 finished.

Standard Article 28th December 2015

Rudolph Rampage
James Widdowson braved hills and mud in the festive Rudolph’s Rampage but his David Beckham mask proved insufficient to protect him from being overtaken by Rudolph following a tight battle in the first lap, while Santa pipped him at the post. 20 December 2015, Rudolfs Rampage, Painswick, 7km multi-terrain 1 Alastair Campbell (Stroud & DistrictAC)31.07 28 James Widdowson (CirencesterAC)41.16 201 finished.

Swindon Park Run
Under 15’s junior Luke Buck continued to lead the Cirencester team in the Swindon parkrun but this week he was more closely followed by David Moss who is nearing his 100th parkrun. 26 December 2015, Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 1 Thomas Hemming (Swindon Harriers)17.46 26 Luke Buck (CirencesterAC)21.27 65 David Moss 23.33 160 Lisa Carpenter 27.37 166 Barbara Thomas 27.59 331 finished

Club Championship
2015 ends with a unique tie between Bill Leggate(117) and Adrian Williams(117) for the Men’s Club Road Race Championship. For this year long competition, members enter any of 11 selected races. Twenty points are awarded to the first Cirencester finisher in each race, down to one point for the 20th . The best 6 results count and Bill(3rd in 2014) started the year with a convincing lead but as the year progressed Adrian(winner in 2014 also with 117 points) reached top form to force the first tie for 30 years of the championship.

Again, age proved no barrier to great running with winning performances from veterans of all ages in both the Men and Womens’ championships. Fi Collings(114) won the 2015 Women’s Championship by beating last year’s winner Wendy Nicholls(60) while being closely followed by Barbara Thomas(112).

Bill Leggatte(V35)117, Adrian Williams(V40)117, Howard Ewan(SEN)106, David Moss(V40)105, Gordon Jones(V65)78 with 48 members scoring

Fi Collings(LV50)114, Barbara Thomas(LV55)112, Wendy Nicholls(LV45)60, Trudy Compton(LV45)53, Liza Darroch(LV65)48 with 29 members scoring .

Stand Article 24th December 2015

A good parkrun from under 15’s member Luke Buck (21.35) led a larger group of club members around the Swindon 5 k route. Luke, Dad Stephen and Barbara Thomas were all more than a second behind their fastest times for the course, all achieved in October 2015 while David Moss continues to work back to his form of earlier this year . 19 December 2015, Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 1 Thomas Hemming (Swindon Harriers) 17.35 35 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 21.53 38 Daniel Whitfield 22.00 64 Martin Pulley 23.04 111 David Moss 25.13 146 Stephen Buck 27.03 150 Barbara Thomas 27.07 339 finished.

Standard Article 12th December 2015

Gloucestershire Cross Country League.
Caroline Buck, CAC’s juniors coach, reported that two of Ciren’s youngsters competed at the weekend and once again put in outstanding performances. Sisters Lauren and Sophie Izon maintained their positions in the league with Lauren coming home 3rd in the U15 girls and Sophie 3rd in the U11 girls.

Swindon parkrun.
Although numbers were down at 275 at last Saturday’s parkrun the quality was there with a number of good age-group runners competing. Martin Pulley, a CAC triathlete who turned out for the club at the Culham XC the previous week, ran strongly to finish in 52nd spot in a time of 23.02 giving him a third place in the MV55-59 category. David Moss (24.11) also ran at Culham and was next home in 78th place and Barbara Thomas, despite a 26.45 and a fight to the line, was 135th and could only place fourth in her FV55-59 age group. Guy Whittaker won in 18.33.