Standard Article 7th June 2016

Fairford 10km, road
Dave Bell (3rd, 33.22) led a strong club team in the Running Somewhere Else Fairford 10k in glorious but eventually hot conditions.  No surprising then that the winner and our front runners were all a few seconds slower than last year but that did not stop Adrian William(35.34) winning 2ndV40 and it was particularly good to see a returning Bill Leggate(35.47) competing strongly.  Our superveterans obviously like it hot as Tony Shelbourn(42.47) knocked 4 seconds and Gordon Jones(45.07) 79 seconds off last year’s times resulting in age group wins for them both and the amazing and apparently ageless Fred Robson(1.15.58), set an inaugural club V85 record in his first race for sometime,



Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road

Earlier in the week, Gordon Jones (20.47) and James Widdowson (22.24) braved a pouring wet evening to complete the Aztec 5km with Gordon finishing as 3rd V60.


Dursley Peaks Race, 10.3km trail
Two of our growing ultra team attacked the hills of Dursley with Rob Forbes finishing second and Richard Hurdle 1st V40. 


Castle Combe Midweek Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run
 Also mid week, Ian Barrett finished 1st V40 in the Castle Combe Duathlon


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

Barbara improved her time in the Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo Race.


In a busy week there were several age group successes including Ian and Barbara both competing twice in  one week but most notable was Luke Campbell’s second and 1st Junior placing at Chippenham

Chipping Sodbury parkrun, 5km trail
1 Aidan Noble17.57, 47 Iain Porter22.28, 268 finished.  

Kingsway parkrun, Gloucester, 5km trail

1 Gavin McCaugherty17.19, 243 Adam Powell50.52, 245 finished.   


Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Alex Harris18.18, 2 Luke Campbell18.19 - 1st Junior,132 finished


Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Gwenael Blanck (u/a)18.02, 239 Robin Lloyd28.33 - 1st V70, 400 finished.   4 June

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 John Lewis 7.36, 2 Ian Barrett17.40 - 1st V40, 183 Barbara Thomas26.32 - 1st FV60, 449 finished. 

Club BBQ - 7th June 6.30 Powells School - No Session at Deer Park


Tuesday 7th June sees Tuesday training replaced by the annual prediction run, BBQ and swimming. Starting at 6:30 from the grounds of Powell’s School (Barton Lane off Gloucester St. GL7 2DJ) where you may park your car; you predict your time for the circa 4 mile run (2 miles for juniors) with the most accurate winning a prize. 


The finish is at the Open Air Swimming Pool where you will be able to enjoy a BBQ and cake (£2 plus £1 for seconds if available) and a swim (20p for showers).


Bring your own drink; water and squash is available but plastic glasses only for H&S reasons.


If you are vegetarian let David Lattimore know asap on or 07836 511011.


Standard Article 31st May 2016

The European Triathlon Age Group Championships, Lisbon.
A report from our group in Portugal says that Lisbon provided an excellent event backdrop. In the Sprint competitions debutant Dan Wood found the going tough in the 30+ age group, whilst seasoned 40+ campaigner Adrian Williams finished in an impressive 1:05.06 (7th overall and 3rd GBR). Carol Clark, Sprint silver medallist Geneva 2015, in the 65+ age group finished in 1:30.03 with excellent swim and run times taking silver again and 2nd GBR. The standard event on Sunday saw Sarah Gunn set a 39.16 10km PB, with an overall time of 2:22.09 to pinch an outstanding bronze medal and 1st GBR place and Jon Wickett finished in a creditable 29th place from 76 competitors. Clarke, Gunn and Williams have automatic qualification into the 2017 championships.

British Triathlon, Nottingham.
Luke Campbell has won a number of local Parkruns but this Sprint Triathlon was his first senior competitive tri and he Learned a lot as he encountered swans and elbows in the swim and difficulty getting out of his wet suit at the transition.. Still not sixteen, he was delighted with his 1:03.16, which included a fast 18.32 5km and a 9th place overall in the U19 category.

Comrades Marathon, Durban to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, 88km.
Martin Croucher ran this gruelling race for the fourth occasion in virtually the same time as last year but, he says, “This was the best! with a finish in the stadium that was emotional and sent tingles down the spine.” His time was 9hrs 57mins.

Hatfield Broad Oak 10km.
Bill Leggate enjoyed a strong racing comeback from an ankle injury to finish 15th out of 1215 in a time of 36.06.

Westonbirt Sprint Triathlon.
Although held up by a tractor a pleased Terry Ranger was 17th supervet and 78th, overall in 1:18.05 on a cool, gloomy morning. That gloom was lightened by the news that Chris Riches, (running in Flying Monk colours), despite undergoing continuing debilitating cancer treatment, completed the race in 1:45.01, was 11th supervet 60 and 384th out of 427 finishers.

Parkrun, 5km trails.
Cirencester junior, Eva Porter ran brilliantly to win the ladies race in Swindon in 20.05, finishing 25th overall with David Moss, Barbara Thomas and Dad Ian in her wake. At the Fell Foot parkrun, Windermere Howard Ewan beat the conditions to come 6th in 18.31 and Geoff Wells in Marple, Stockport was 56th in 23.01. Cheltenham saw good runs for Denise Ewbank, Ruth Fulford (1st LV65) and Robin Lloyd. Between these four events there were 1300 runners.

Standard Article 23rd May 2016

Cirencester’s best runner Dave Bell chalked up another victory in last Sunday’s Worcester Half Marathon. He dominated the race over country lanes east of the city to win by over five minutes. As he was unchallenged for most of the race he was not pressured into recording a fast time but was well satisfied with the win in 1hr13m17s. Also competing for Cirencester was Joyce Matthews , representing the club for the first time in a half marathon, who did very well to finish 164th out of over 700 finishers in a time of 1hr47m58s.

There was further success for the club in the latest Cheltenham Parkrun. Both Ruth Fulford and Robin Lloyd won their age categories and together with Denise Ewbank the trio finished within a minute of each other. Leading them in was Ruth (1st FV65) in 28m17s, followed 10seconds later by Denise and then Robin (1st MV70) in 29m04s.

Further afield Geoff Wells upheld club honours by finishing 48th in the Stockport 5k Parkrun in 23m31s.

Standard Article 17t May 2016

Marlborough Downs Challenge, 33 miles trail

Andy Hindson (31) bounced back from his recent triumphant Fellsman race to tackle the lesser Marlbrough Challange. Further back and after enjoying wonderful distant views and 33 miles roaming over the Downs, along the Kennet and Avon canal and back over more hills via Avebury, Liza Darroch (1st FV60) and Rupert Chesmore finished together pleased to be one minute faster than last year’s PB.

1 Andy Davies (Mercia Fell Runners) 4.17.18 
31 Andy Hindson (Cirencester AC) 5.38.09
78 Liza Darroch 6.33.59 - 1st FV60
79 Rupert Chesmore 6.33.59 
119 finished 

Apocalypse50, Church Stretton, Shropshire, 50 miles trail
Howard Ewan(8) and the more experienced Richard Hurdle(9) both used the Apocalypse 50 for a post injury return to ultra running. They tackled the 4 loops involved (aptly named War, Famine, Death and Conquest) and 10,000 ft of brutal climbing as a team to manage a joint sprint finish. Runners can choose the order they do the loops giving an interesting twist by making it very difficult to know who is ahead or behind you at any point during the race. Hence, despite crossing the line together they were given the different times shown below.

1 Colin Earl (no clubs given) 10.06.35 
8 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 11.23.07
9 Richard Hurdle 11.30.19
101 finished

Cotswold Triathlon, Cotswold Water Park, 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run

1 Jordan Frapwell (Brooks Running) (19.40; 1.02.27; 34.35) 1.58.32 
16 Jon Wickett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (22.29; 1.08.01; 40.20) 2.13.11
185 finished.   

Tewkesbury ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Good run for Barbara Thomas in the Tewkesbury Half in another of her two race weekends but for Alan Poole and Tim Ingham, the heat over an undulating route took its toll.

1 Alex Lee (Cheltenham Harriers) 1.12.29 
257 Alan Poole (Cirencester AC) 1.52.04 (chip time 1.51.16)
464 Tim Ingham 2.07.59 (2.07.37)
525 Barbara Thomas 2.13.53 (2.13.15) 
695 finished.  


Bristol 10K
Rhiannon Brown tackled her favourite distance in the very popular Bristol 10k and was pleased to achieve a slightly improvement from the last couple of years.

1 Toby Spencer (Coventry Godiva Harriers) 30.47 
1728 Rhiannon Brown (Cirencester AC) 48.02 
9675 finished.  

Oxford Town & Gown 10km, road
1 Luuk Metselaar (Oxford University) 31.35 
396 Terry Ranger (Cirencester AC) 45.06 
3561 finished.  

Luke Campbell’s brave move to forsake his Chippenham comfort zone and take on a much greater challenge in Swindon paid off with a first place (and inevitably 1st Junior) and a time five seconds faster than his Chippenham PB. Also exciting to see Keith Firkin joining other club members and Dave Wright and Kate Fitton (1st FV35) running well despite both being plagued with enduring injuries. Ex Club coach Geoff Well also went well in Marple, Stockport.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail

1 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.38
31 Keith Firkin 21.05
32 David Wright 21.05
87 Kate Fitton 23.42 - 1st FV35 
168 Barbara Thomas 26.30
447 finished.  

Marple parkrun, Stockport, 5km trail
1 Stuart Cameron (Stockport Harriers) 16.47 
49 Geoff Wells (Cirencester AC) 23.17 
181 finished.  

Standard Article10th May 2016

Berkeley Power Station 10km, road
Simon Campbell finished the week’s running with a hard earned second place on the roads around Berkeley Power Station on a wet Monday evening.  New club member Kate Sackett added more success to her week as she knocked half a minute off a fifteen year old FV55 club record finishing 1st FV55.  


1 Anthony Glover (Westbury Harriers) 33.45 
2 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 35.50
81 Kate Sackett 44.18 - 1st FV55, club FV55 record
120 Tim Ingham 47.10, 214 Barbara Thomas 54.42, 254 Ruth Fulford,

305 finished 


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

A highly successful week for Ian Barrett who finished seventh and first V40  in the Cotswold Sprint Triathlon and seventh and second V40 earlier in the week in the Castle Combe Mid week duathlon.  Gethin Musk (41) also did well in the Triathlon in a sunny Cotswold Water Park and it was good to see that Bob Ferris (198) (who retired from our Committee recently after dedicated service to the club having help found it some thirty years ago)  remains a fine competitor coming 3rd V60.  But others including Ionel Iancu and Carol Clarke (who did not run due to injury) struggled, particularly with a crowded and difficult swim.  


1 Jordan Frapwell (Stroud AC) (5.35; 28.16; 15.42) 50.51 
7 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.06; 28.59; 16.28) 54.16 - 1st V40
41 Gethin Musk (7.20; 29.02; 20.32) 58.47
103 Adam Powell (8.47; 31.49; 20.55) 1.03.36 
198 Bob Ferris (8.23; 33.25; 26.58) 1.10.47 - 3rd V60
210 Ionel Iancu (7.55; 39.29; 20.14) 1.11.34
322 finished.   


4 May 2016, Castle Combe Midweek Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

1 Oli Stenning (Swindon Harriers) (10.26; 20.56; 10.45) 43.21 
7 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (10.57; 22.56; 11.18) 46.30 - 2nd V40.  99 finished.  


Preseli Ultrabeast, Newport, S Wales, 32 miles / 6,000ft climbing, trail 

James Thomas demonstrated total recovery from his Manchester marathon by finishing second in the very demanding Preseli Ultrabeast.  With over 6,000 feet of ascent, this 32 miles off road event is certainly not for the faint hearted.  Wife Liz sensibly took a (slightly) easier option  - The Preseli Beast -  with a mere 4,700 ft of climbing over 24 miles. 


1 Gancho Slavor (Aberystwyth AC) 4.56.38 
2 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 5.24.34
55 finished.  


 Preseli Beast, Newport, S Wales, 24 miles / 4,700ft climbing, trail 

1 Marcus Pinker (MDC) 3.28.32 
57 Liz Thomas (Cirencester AC) 6.07.25
57 finished.  


 Stroud Beer Race, Minchinhampton Common, 7.2 miles road 

Earlier in the week Kate Sackett was 3rd lady and 1st FV55 in the Stroud Beer Race – setting herself high standards to maintain and giving fellow FV55 Barbara Thomas tough competition.


1 Dan Robinson (Stroud & District AC) 40.37 
29 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 53.06 - 3rd lady / 1st FV55
59 Barbara Thomas 1.08.45
62 finished.  

Robin Lloyd who also joined us recently to become a regular at Tuesday training was thrilled to achieve his latest ambition of coming in 1st V70 in Cheltenham.   Luke Campbell, without a triathlon the following day, was back to winning form in Chippenham finishing in under18 minutes and 1st Junior.  Barbara Thomas was our lone representative in Swindon this week. 

 Cheltenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Alex Lee (Cheltenham Harriers) 16.29 
309 Robin Lloyd (Cirencester AC) 29.46 - 1st V70
454 finished.  


Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Mike Dooley (Team Bath AC) 17.30 
2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.43 - 1st Junior 
170 finished.  


 Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 

1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 16.08 
216 Barbara Thomas 26.32
523 finished.  

Standard Article 3rd May 2016

North Dorset Village Marathon and Relay Sturminster Newton, 26.2 miles road
Yet again, Martin Croucher demonstrated the value of demanding and dedicated training as he finished the North Dorset Village Marathon in 3.41 Not only was this some 27 minutes faster than last year but, despite energy sapping hills around mile 20 he ran the second half a good 10 minutes faster than the first –the kind of marathon negative split most of us can only dream of. He certainly looks ready for the 56 mile Comrades marathon in South Africa in 4 weeks time.

1 Jon Sharkey (Bournemouth AC) 2.39.55 
82 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.41.12
267 finished.  

DeSota Grand Parade, Bradenton, Florida 5km road
Tony Shelbourne raced every inch of the DeSota 5km in 21.23 to earning the title of Senior Grand Master Champion and more importantly, to beat his "main rival". Finishing first V70 was even more impressive given the short time he had to acclimatize to conditions on a Florida evening with temperatures approaching 90degF and 80% humidity.

1 Michael Lamb in 17.22
25 Tony Shelbourne 1st V70 21.23
352 finished

Olbury White Horse Sprint Triathlon Calne (400m swim, 20km bike, 5km road run)
Luke Campbell was in winning form again – this time in the White Horse Sprint Triathlon coming 16th overall and first in his age group. Now we can all see that this promising junior performs as well both in the water and on a bike as he runs. Terry Ranger also had a good day finishing 3rd in his age group.

1 Paul Ryman (Frome Triathlon) (5.34; 30.11; 16.19) 53.36 
16 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) (6.02; 37.34; 17.26) 1.02.45 - 1st Junior
55 Terry Ranger (7.56; 36.46; 21.02) 1.09.00 – 3rd V55
211 finished.

Aztec 5km, Bristol, 5km road
Earlier in the week Holly Tugwell joined the highly competitive Aztec 5km to finish as 3rd lady and 2nd FV35.

1 Oli Mott (Cheltenham Harriers) 15.19
42 Holly Tugwell (Cirencester AC) 18.05 - 3rd lady / 2nd FV35
154 finished.  

Ruth Fulford held her place as first LV65, this time back at the controversial Stoke Gifford parkrun, while, not surprisingly Luke Campbell used Chippenham for a gentle pipe opening warm up. In Swindon, regulars David Moss and Barbara Thomas (1st FV55) both ran well.

Little Stoke, nr Bristol, parkrun, 5km trail
1 David Bruce (Oxford City AC) 16.21 
182 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 27.57 - 1st FV65
271 finished

Chippenham parkrun, 5km trail
1 Gareth Allen (unattached) 17.54 
62 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 25.02 
139 finished.  

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 16.10 
55 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 22.01
154 Barbara Thomas 25.50 - 1st FV55
490 finished.  

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.