Standard Article 25th December 2017


While most members of Cirencester AC were taking a rest from competitive running over the festive period the keen rivalry between the younger members of the Campbell and McAdam families continued over three 5k park runs.




Honours went Ollie Campbell at Swindon and Chippenham at Christmas, narrowly edging out Jacob McAdam on each occasion but Jacob had his revenge five days later at Swindon. In the first encounter Ollie, Jacob and their brothers Luke Campbell and Isaac McAdam finished together in 19m03s for 10th to 13th places. Although times were a little slower at Chippenham on Christmas Day the result was the same but Jacob McAdam was the clear winner at Swindon last Saturday finishing fourth in 18m49s, nearly half a minute ahead of Ollie Campbell who was however only one place behind and four places ahead of Isaac McAdam.




Aside from the Campbell- McAdam duels Martin Croucher stepped down in distance to dip under the 20 minute mark at Swindon and Simon Campbell enjoyed a shorter race than normal to finish inside the top 100 at the second Swindon race. Supporting the younger members of the McAdam family was Alan McAdam who completed all three races in a consistent 25 minutes.


Full Swindon and Chippenham park run results for Cirencester runners were –


Swindon (23 December) – 10. Ollie Campbell 19m02s, 11.Jacob McAdam 19.02, 12.Luke Campbell 19.03, 13.Isaac McAdam 19.02, 19.Martin Croucher 19.36, 134. David Moss 24.11, 185.Alan McAdam 25.40, 222. Ella Shaftoe 26.59, 237. Barbara Thomas 27.41.


Chippenham (25 December) – 10. Ollie Campbell 20m33s, 11.Jacob McAdam 20.34, 12. Luke Campbell 20.34, 13. Isaac McAdam 20.34, 90. Alan McAdam 25.38.


Swindon (30 December) – 4. Jacob McAdam 18m49s, 5.Ollie Campbell 19.14, 9. Isaac McAdam 20.00, 85. David Moss 24.51,


94. Alan McAdam 25.07, 96. Simon Campbell 25.11, 119. Gordon Jones 26.23, 121. Lisa Carpenter 26.28, 165. Rachel Jones 28.54.




Elsewhere David Lattimore returned from French park runs to finish 59th at Stonehouse in 33m37s and Ian Barrett enjoyed warmer climes in Torbay where he crossed the line in 17m57s for 3rd place. But going even better was Oliver Pritchard who won at Horsham in an excellent 17m38s.




Away from park runs three Cirencester members joined over 500 runners in the re-scheduled Westonbirt Christmas Cracker 10k run in the grounds of Westonbirt School and along nearby country roads. The original race had to be cancelled due to the heavy snowfall on the eve of the race but last Saturday runners had to contend with strong winds instead. However the conditions did not deter Nick Holliday who established himself as one of the club’s strongest veteran runners winning the over 60 age category finishing 20th overall in 43m40s. Not far behind was Steve Derrick 44th in 46m15s with Caroline Cotterell putting in another strong run finishing 68th in 48m24s.