Club road race championship 2016

The new club championship has now been released. There are three new races and a slight rule change.

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Standard Article 8th December 2015

Oxford Mail XC League, Culham Park, Abingdon
In a stunning debut for the club, Ellie Hartnet finished third in Sunday's cross- country. Ellie has recently come to work in Cirencester from Eire and Ciren is thrilled to have the benefit of her speed and experience as a track runner. She was ably supported by Ladies Captain Jo Musk who is steadily returning to her top class form and the improving Jill Hadland who is benefitting from her longer distance events.

After two rounds, Cirencester Women's A team are third in Division One ( 1st Newbury) and the B team 13th in Division 3. Ladies, 6.5km. 1st Fabienne Amrhein (Oxford Brookes Uni) 23.04, 3rd Ellie Hartnet (Cirencester) 24.17, 26 Jo Musk , 44 Jill Hadland, 136 Pam Wheeler, 144 Helen Manners, 157 finished Teams (3 to score): Div 1, 1 Newbury AC 12pts, 5 Cirencester AC 73pts Div 3, 1 Radley 75pts, 34 Cirencester 'B' 438pts

Dave Bell, after a thrilling three lap battle, finished second in the men's race with in-form Adrian Williams (fourth and 2nd V40) and Bill Leggate (seventh) only seconds behind. In the absence of some of our other front runners it fell to four competitive stalwarts, men’s team captain Simon Campbell, Howard Ewan, Martin Croucher and Neil Corbiere to earn the team fifth place. After two rounds the Men's A team is fifth, first place being held by Oxford City while the Men's B team is sixth in Division 3.

Men’s 9km 1st Danny Ray (White Horse Harriers) 28.42, 2nd David Bell 28.55, 4 Adrian Williams 29.26, 7 Bill Leggate 29.34, 28 Simon Campbell, 68 Howard Ewan, 112 Martin Croucher, 127 Neil Corbiere, 161 Jamie Tusting, 175 Colin Tapley, 200 Ionel Iancu, 207 Tony Shelbourn, 214 David Moss, 216 Dorian Matts, 219 Martyn Pulley, 255 Ian Porter, 275 finished. Teams (7 to score): Div 1, 1 Oxford City 139pts, 5 Cirencester AC 348pts Div 3, 1 Hook Norton 793pts, 13 Cirencester 'B' 1392pts

With a small turnout from the juniors, it fell to the girls to produce some good results with Freya continuing to pull away from sister Isla. Junior age groups. U11 Girls, 7 Freya Gregory, 29 Kirsten Powell, 36 Isla Gregory U13 Girls, 9 Eva Porter.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail
1st Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 16.50, 61 David Moss 23.45, 171 Barbara Thomas 28.24, 317 finished

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Standard Article 30th November 2015

Yet another record breaking week found Adrian Williams beating his own club record in the Aztec 5km on Wednesday and on Sunday taking a further 18 seconds off the club 10k record he achieved in October. Adrian now has a clean sweep of Club V40 records from 5 miles to Half Marathon and we wait with interest to see what he can do over 20 and 26.2 miles. In both races Adrian was joined by Ionel Iancu and in the Eynesham 10k by Rachel Jones and his son, nine year old Tom who came 13th in the 1 mile fun run in an impressive 7.06.

Sunday also saw the exciting return after a very quiet year of the talented Chris Illman who came in third in the deceptively undulating AVR Half. 29 November 2015, AVR Wiltshire ½ Marathon, Westbury, 13.1 miles road 1 Rich Ayling (Avon Valley Runners) 1.16.40 3 Chris Illman (Cirencester AC) 1.19.36 321 finished.

Park Runs 5k Trail Geoff Wells, who used to lead our coaching team before moving north, completed the Stockport Park run in 23.47 while in Swindon Mark Sysum came in first V40 in a satisfying time of 18.46. 28 November 2015, Marple parkrun, Stockport, 5km trail 1 Ross Huskisson (Manchester University) 19.18 32 Geoff Wells (Cirencester AC) 23.47 120 finished. 28 November 2015, Swindon parkrun, 5km trail 1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 17.14 4 Mark Sysum (Cirencester AC) 18.46 - 1st V40 62 Martin Pulley 22.56 131 Lisa Carpenter 26.08 140 Barbara Thomas 26.28 397 finished.

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Standard Article 24th November 2015

Castle Coombe 10k
Although only a small number of Cirencester AC runners were competing last weekend the club had many successes to celebrate. Following on from Rob Forbes' emphatic marathon win at Broadway the previous week it was Dave Bell's turn to taste victory. At the Castle Combe 10k he overcame the cold conditions and a stiff challenge in the first half of the three lap course to cross the line a clear winner in 32m51s. Further down the field new member Joyce Matthews was second in her age group in the excellent time of 48m40s and Barbara Thomas finished her second race of the weekend in 53m04s, both finishing well inside the top half of the field.

In the accompanying duathlon event at the Wiltshire race circuit Mark Sysum finished a creditable 33rd in a time of 50m57s for the 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and 2 mile run. Less than a minute behind was Wendy Nicholls who was second lady across the finish line. Lisa Carpenter was the final Cirencester finisher in 1hr12m24s.

Swindon 10k
David Edelsten was the sole Cirencester runner at the popular Swindon 10k run over a two lap course at Wroughton. In what may be his final 10k race he was happy to finish third MV70 in 65m50s.

Park runs
There were only three runners from the club at Swindon's Lydiard Park for the weekly 5k parkrun. First home in 18th place was Ionel Iancu in a time of 21m01s. Next was Dave Moss in 23m48s followed by Barbara Thomas who was first in her age category in 26m57s.

Bourton 10k

Bourton 10K will be in our road race series in 2016 so please don't forget to enter. Website Last year it was full by 9am!

Standard Article 17th Nov 2015

Cirencester AC runners have been racing at home and abroad from three miles to full marathons in recent days.

Valencia Marathon
Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore chose the Valencia Marathon in Spain but a long journey by sea and road coupled with their recent Bristol to Bath Marathon was not the ideal preparation. The warm weather also took its toll and they were glad to see the finish but although disappointed with their time of 4h36m Liza was pleased to be second in her age category.

Broadway Marathon
Meanwhile two of the club's ultra runners were making light of the challenging Broadway Marathon, run over hilly trails and footpaths in the North Cotswolds. Victory went to Rob Forbes in a new course record of 3hr20m while fifth and first MV40 was Richard Hurdle in 3h56m

Shakespeare Raceway 10k
Another to be among the award winners was Rachel Barber-Brock who finished second in her age category and sixth lady overall in the Shakespeare Raceway 10k near Stratford-on-Avon with a time of 45m54s.

Poppy 5k at Bexhill-on-Sea
Another of the club's crop of successful lady runners was new member Holly Tugwell who travelled to the south coast for the Poppy 5k at Bexhill-on-Sea where she was 23rd out of a field of nearly 400 and second lady with an impressive time of 18m56s.

Park Runs
The club was well represented in various parkruns. Dave Moss took in the Copenhagen race during a recent visit to Denmark and was pleased to finish in the top half of a competitive field in 24m53s. Jenny Manners also fitted in a 5k parkrun during a weekend away with the Fell Foot race on the banks of Lake Windermere where she showed her class by finishing first lady and eigtht overall in 20m40s. The weekly Swindon parkrun was well supported by the club with nine members among the 358 finishers. First home was club male captain Simon Campbell in eigtht place closely followed by female captain Jo Musk who was second lady finisher. However two of the finest performances came from the juniors with Daniel Winfield winning the 11 to 14 year old category and Tom Williams, the youngest in the race, who was paced by dad Adrian to a cmmanding victory in the class for 10 year olds. Cirencester's results were - 8.Simon Campbell 19m14s, 14.Jo Musk 19m53s, 31.Colin Tapley 21m42s, 51.Daniel Winfield 22m45s, 81.Tom Williams 24m12s, 82.Adrian Williams 24m12s, 90.David Moss 24m20s, 133.Barbara Thomas 26m23s(2nd FV55), 221.Clare Blampied 29m54s.

Standard Article 10th November 2015

After a large turnout of Cirencester AC club members for last week's opening of the cross country season this week saw a more selective but varied participation in races.

Druids Challenge
Howard Ewan didn't just compete on one day but took on the 85 mile long Druids Challenge which occupies three whole days along the Ridgeway path Although Howard is relatively new to ultra running he aclimatised well after some early nutritional problems and battling against wet and windy weather to finish an excellent 18th out of the 190 starters.

Sodbury Slog
Another to take on a stern challenge was Jill Hadland who made her regular entry into the Sodbury Slog which she claims is her favourite race despite it being many miles of gruelling bogs, rough fields and deep mud. Despite the conditions she knocked four minutes of last year's time to finish in a creditable 1hr 23m.

Park Runs
Ladies team captain Jo Musk showed that she is getting back to full fitness by finishing first lady and 20th overall in the Coventry 5k in a time of 20m22s. Also racing over 5k were three of Cirencester's regular park run competitors. Colin Tapley and Barbara Thomas stayed close to home but Martin Croucher took the opportunity to fit in the Sydney Park Run before ending his Australian holiday. He upheld British honour with an fine run to 26th place in 20m30s despite a steep hill and the summer heat. Colin did well to finish 13th at Banbury in 21m38s while Barbara made a change from her usual Swindon Parkrun to race at Cheltenham where she won her age category in 27m14s.

Gloucester League - Malvern
Although many club members were competing at the opening round of the Oxford Cross Country League the previous week two of the club's outstanding performances came at the second round of the Gloucestershire League at Malvern. The Izod sisters Lauren and Sophie had superb runs to finish third in their respective races against the best youngsters in the county. Lauren was in the under 15 race clocking 21m02s while her younger sister took just 7m22s to complete the under 11 race.

Standard Article 1st November 2015

1 November 2015, Oxford Mail XC League, Ascott-u-Wychwood
Wendy Nicholls and Dave Bell led the way putting the Ladies’ and Men’s ‘A’ teams both into joint second places in Division 1. A massive turn out including several new comers produced six teams for an excitingly strong start to the Oxford Mail Cross Country season.

Ladies, 6.5 km, 3 to score
Div 1: 1 NewburyAC 25pts, 2= Cirencester’A’ / Woodstock Harriers 41pts
Div 3: 1 Hook Norton'A' 93pts, 3 Cirencester'B' 115pts, 28 Cirencester'C' 397pts

Men, 9.5 km, 7 to score
Div 1: 1 Oxford City 97pts, 2nd= Cirencester AC / Headington Road Runners 248pts
Div 3: 1 Abingdon 'B' 817pts, 3 Cirencester 'B' 979pts, 22 Cirencester 'C' 1820pts

Wendy Nicholls 6th (24.26, 1st LV 45), Jenny Manners 16th, Holly Tugwell 19th, Sarah Gunn 30th, Jo Musk 35th, Jill Hadland 50th, Anna Barrowclough 114th, Liz Thomas 124th, Pam Wheeler 159th, Helen Manners 177th: 185 finished.

Dave Bell 4th (30.32), Bill Leggate 15th, Denis Galerin 29th, Simon Campbell 31st, James Thomas 40th, Howard Ewan 58th, Joe Barrowclough 71st, Charles Woodd 85th, Richard Hurdle 89th, Dan Wood 106th, Neil Corbiere 146th, Tom Dixon 176th, Gethin Musk 184th, Ionel Iancu 193rd, Ed Morris 201st, Tim Ingham 247th, Dorian Matts 249th, Martyn Pulley 254th, Brian Barrowclough 279th, Nick Wall 284th: 305 finished.

Individual juniors also made promising starts to their season. Cirencester Junior positions U9 Boys/Girls, Tom Williams 13th: U11 Girls, Freya Gregory 6th, Isla Gregory 36th: U13 Girls, Eva Porter 10th: U13 Boys, Luke Buck 5th, William Morris 23rd, Matthew Pulley 33rd.

1 November 2015, Guy Fawkes '5', Tewkesbury, 5 miles road
Adrian Williams demonstrated that his superb form spreads across different distances coming in 7th in 26.48, another PB and another club V40 record. Gordon Jones was 2nd V65. Results 1st Dave Roper (Cheltenham Harriers) 25.42, 7 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 26.48, 99 Gordon Jones 36.45, 186 Barbara Thomas 42.40, 218 Rachel Jones 45.05, 225 David Lattimore 45.36, 246 Ruth Fulford 47.47, 315 David Edelsten 53.49 - 3rd V70: 371 finished.

1 November 2015, Great Barrier Reef Marathon, Port Douglas, Australia, 26.2 miles trail race
Club coach Martin Croucher took on the Australians at home. With jet lag and a 5.30 am start he attacked this race with great gusto. The infamous Bump track climbs over 400 metres from sandy beaches up into the rain forest but the slippery descent proved even harder. Results 1st Steve Monaghetti (Australia) 3.05.31, 11 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.59.26 - 2nd V40: 108 finished.

1 November 2015, Swindon Parkruns, 5km trails
Oliver Middleton gained a new PB by hitting 22.00 while regulars Barbara Thomas and Mark Edwards both knocked a few seconds of previous weeks. Results 1st Simon Rawlins, Wootton Bassett Hounds RC, 18.25, 58 Oliver Middleton (JM11-14) 22.00, 190 Barbara Thomas 26.30: 479 finished.

Standard Article 27th October 2015

Stroud Half Marathon, 13.1miles, road.
A season long battle between Adrian Williams and Bill Leggate continued at the Stroud Half and Adrian pulled away to finish in 1:13.23, knocked a minute off his PB and was 5th overall, earning him another CAC V40 record. Bill Leggate, nearly two minutes back in sixth, still improved his PB by 30 seconds and Steve Yates finished strongly in 20th. Howard Ewan was disappointed with his time whilst Tim Ingham continues to improve. Results. 1st Rob Keal (Notts AC) 1:09.19, 5 Adrian Williams 1:13.23, 6 Bill Leggate 1:15.13, 20 Steve Yates 1:21.33, 74 Howard Ewan 1:29.52, 175 Tim Ingham 1:38.58, 396 Roy Joslin 1:53.15, 493 Karen Higuera 1:59.21, 531 Rachel Ranger 2:02.23, 597 Barbara Thomas, 2:07.54. 808 finished.

Bristol to Bath Marathon, 26.2 miles, roads.
This new and unique city- to-city race was well received and Liza Darroch (4:30.00) achieved another age group second which helped her Power of ten rankings. Rupert Chesmore (4:15.15) struggled with cramp in the challenging second half, missing his personal four-hour target. Both CAC athletes finished well amongst the 4129 runners. Adam Holland (Notfast) won in 2:31.31.

Great South Run, 10miles, road.
Terry Ranger (1:16.10) was 1430th in an enormous field racing along the Southsea waterfront. The race was celebrating its twenty-fifth year and running celebrity Jo Pavey finished second lady. The overall winner, Kenyan Moses Kipsiro, cruised home in 46:00.

Parkruns, 5km trails.
Coaches always preach consistency and CAC’s Martin Croucher equalled his 19.00 minute PB, finishing fifth overall. Twelve year old Luke Buck was disappointed the last time he ran but he smashed his old PB with a 20.18, finishing 17th. Another junior, James Edwards (22.52) was 69th, ahead of David Moss (22.55) in 71st and father Mark Edwards (22.59) 73rd. Barbara Thomas (26.54) was 172nd and 1st FV55 and Stephen Buck 175th in 27.08. Josh Daly (Swindon Triathlon Club) won in 18.14. 385 finished.
Colin Tapley (22.58) and Claire Blampied (30.19) travelled north, finishing in 25th and 110th places behind the winner, Richard Butterwick (19.28) of Todmorden Harriers. 164 finished.

Geoff Wells ran a 22.54 to finish 31st out of 155 and Mathew Townley (17.59) of Stockport Harriers won.
Hatfield Forest, Bishops Stortford.
Oliver Middleton, another successful Ciren youngster, ran a 21.05 to finish 6th overall and first junior. Daniel Reynolds (Grange and Dunmow Runners) won in 18.57. 144 finished.