Standard Article 8th November 2016

Gloucestershire XC League, Blackbridge, Gloucester

A flat, fast, criss-cross course on sports fields with twenty-one Ciren competitors. Although not at full strength the men’s team was third, led home by an in-form second place Dave Bell with great support from Rob Forbes (18th), James Thomas (20th), Denis Galerin (26th), Bill Leggate (27th) and Ian Barrett (36th and 2nd V45); an excellent team result boding well for the rest of the season as they were only three points behind second place Team Bath.  Luke Campbell (37th), Simon Campbell (57th) and Bryan Reid (190th) made up this strong contingent.  225 finished.

Penny Grayson (40th) on her first competitive outing for the Club ran a strong race with team-mates Liz Thomas (82nd) and Pam Wheeler (126th and 3rd FV60) finishing  21st team. Helen Manners (148th) and Louise Abbott (151st) made up the squad. 156 finished.

Juniors. There were some good results; in the U11’s Henry Sheffield finished an excellent second and a young Tom Williams 32nd and in the girls event Caitlan Watson was 24th. In the U13’s Will Morris was a strong 5th with Archie Sheffield (12th) and Henry Morris (30th)  Sophie Izon had a fine run to finish third U13.

Oxford Mail XC series, Newbury Showground. A small group of juniors had a shock as they moved age-groups. Freya Gregory, U13 had a great run and finished 7th and sister Isla ran to 35th place. Luke Buck is just fourteen competed with 15/17year olds to come in overall 22nd place and 14th U15.

Thames Meander Marathon, Kingston, 26.2miles trail.  In-form Martin Croucher,  ran an excellent 3:18.08 finishing 25th overall. He set two PB’s in one race as he set a best 20mile and knocked three seconds of his marathon. Sean Fitzpatrick, 2:40.56 (Herne Hill Harriers) won.

Guy Fawkes '5', Tewkesbury, 5miles road. Gordon Jones ran seven minute pace to pick up second V65 place followed by Barbara Thomas, 2nd V60 with a Club record. The consistant Ruth Fulford was 1st V65 at this last event of the eleven race Gloucestershire Road Race Series. Karen Higuera, despite an earlier fall, ran a solid race and David Lattimore ran his first event of 2016.

Results. 1st Paul Beastall (Cheltenham Harriers) 25.29, 72 Gordon Jones 35.00, 120 Karen Higuera 38.46, 175 Barbara Thomas 42.17, 232 Ruth Fulford 45.47, David Lattimore 47.41. 365 finished.

Swindon parkrun, 5km trail.  Just three runners and good to see coach Jon Young running again. Results. 1st Gary O’Brien (Swindon Harriers) 17.09, 122 David Moss 24.22, 179 Barbara Thomas 26.01, 358 Jon Young 31.28. 494 finished.