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

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.