Standard Article 26th February 2018

A strong field of 23 Cirencester AC runners were prominent among the leading overall and category positions in a fast and competitive Bourton 10k race last Sunday. Topping the results the club won the men’s and women's team trophy.


Cirencester’s Dave Bell opened out a clear lead in the early stages around the village but was hauled in by a chasing trio by half distance and was beaten into third place at the finish. Not far behind was a close battle between Bill Leggate and Adrian Williams. Adrian was ahead for most of the race but an excellent run by Bill in his best time for a while saw him cross the line eighth and first in the M40 category with Adrian tenth 13 seconds behind.


Others to achieve age category success were Jenny Manners who was the club’s leading lady in 30th overall and fourth lady. More female success came from Jo Musk winning the F35 category and Kate Sackett who was first F55 across the line.  Ian Barrett was another of the club’s success stories with second place in the M45 category and 28th overall. There were second and third male and female 60 plus age category places for Dave Wright and Nick Holliday and Pam Wheeler and Barbara Thomas.


Cirencester AC ‘s results at Bourton 10k were –

3. Dave Bell 32m39s, 8.Bill Leggate 34.17, 10. Adrian Williams 34.30, 28. Ian Barrett 36.20, 30. Jenny Manners 36.24,

41. Simon Campbell 37.13, 57.Andy Fellows 38.15, 73.Dave Wright 38.52, 81. Jo Musk 39.06, 95. Corinne Clark 39.57,

106. Nick Holliday 40.31, 184. Kate Sackett 44.19, 185. Karen Higuera 44.19, 203. James Widdowson 44.49, 207. Caroline Cotterell 44.55, 242. Rhiannon Brown 46.35, 247. Gordon Jones 46.45 (3rd M65), 258. Alan Thompson 47.42, 386. Rachel Barrow 54.45, 387.Pam Wheeler 54.49, 397. Barbara Thomas 55.29, 468. Richard Waldron 60.22, 508. Paul Barrow 64.56.


Five members of the club took on some of the best runners in the country in the English National Cross Country Championship run over the iconic Parliament Hill Fields course in North London. Club captain James Thomas finished an excellent 460th out of over 2300 finishers in the high class 12km senior men’s race while Oliver Pritchard was less than a minute behind in 540th. James’ wife Liz was 810th out of over 1100 in the 8km ladies race while Luke Campbell and Isaac McAdam continued their rivalry in the 10km junior men’s race. This time Luke came out on top in 87th place 39 seconds ahead of Isaac.


With Luke and Isaac missing the local parkruns last Saturday it was left to two of the club’s other top juniors to lead home the club’s runners at the fourth Cirencester parkrun. Luke’s  brother Ollie finished second overall winning the 15 to 17 age category in 18m06s ahead of Ryan Ottram in fourth, who won the 11 to 14 class. Next home was Howard Ewan in his first parkrun half a minute ahead of Wendy Nicholls who triumphed over former club colleague Jane Wassell by five seconds to win the ladies category.

Results from Cirencester parkrun  –

2. Ollie Campbell 18m06s, 4. Ryan Ottram 19.16, 6. Howard Ewan 19.21, 9. Wendy Nicholls 20.07, 16. Sam Cook (J. 11-14) 21.00, 19. Tom Prosser (J. 11-14), 30. Matt Ulyatt 22.08, 50. Nick Holliday (1st M60) 23.59, 55. Adam McAdam 24.57, 61. Gary Wood 25.15, 62. Rachel Ranger 25.34, 90. Cheney Kibblewhite 27.51, 131. Sharon O’Keefe 30.44. 201 finished.


Elsewhere Dave Moss finished 101st out of 452 at Swindon in 24m28s, ahead of Barbara Thomas 209th in 28.01. At Slough Jacob McAdam was 81st out of 551 in 24m04s while David Lattimore took on the French at Toulouse to come home 12th in 30m39s.