Standard Article 5th March 2018

On a weekend devoid of many races due to the heavy snow a few Cirencester runners still managed to find a race.

The star performance came from the club’s leading runner Dave Bell who lined up with Sir Mo Farah and other internationals in the inaugural Vitality London Half Marathon. The cold conditions meant personal best times were unlikely on the flat course much of which was the reverse of the traditional London Marathon route. Dave ran in close company with the winning lady for much of the way and was satisfied to clock 1h11m36s for 57th place out of nearly 12000 finishers.

Meanwhile Tim Ingham had to go further afield to Anglesey for his half marathon but was rewarded with a fine 203rd place out of over 1000 in a time of 1h41m41s.


The only parkrun result for a Cirencester runner was in Antrim Northern Ireland where Ian Barrett finished 3rd in 18m13s. All local parkruns were cancelled as was the final round of the Gloucestershire Cross Country Championships. This was the second time the Wootton-under-Edge venue had suffered from bad weather so the championship was decided over three rounds. Henry Sheffield won the Under 11 title while Sam Cook was sixth in the under 15s where Cirencester was the runner-up team. Best result among the seniors came from Ian Barrett who won the Male 45 category while men’s team captain James Thomas was fourth senior and his wife Liz was tenth among the ladies.


Missing from last week’s report on the National Cross Country Championship were two further results for Cirencester runners. In the under 15 boys race Luke Buck was 192nd out of over 500 in 18m13s while Dorian Matts finished the gruelling senior men’s race in 1h7m42s for a place just outside the top 2000 finishers.


Looking ahead and hopefully to better weather there are only 50 places remaining for the club’s Chedworth Roman Trail race on 15 April despite the entry limit being increased to 550. Anyone still planning to enter should do so quickly via the Cirencester AC website.