Standard Article 12th March 2018

                         CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB


Inter-Counties Cross Country Champs, Loughborough

James Thomas, along with juniors Luke Buck and Sam Cook, trekked up to Prestwold  Hall and encountered the worst conditions in forty years. Ten age-group runners were chosen for each county and the senior men ran a 12km course with Thomas, covered in mud, finishing second for Gloucestershire and bettering his last years position.

The shorter mixed age group junior run had a little less mud but still three minutes slower than previous events. Buck was fourth for Wiltshire and Sam Cook was up to the challenge finishing in the pack.

Results. Senior Men 1st Mahamed Mahamed (Hampshire) 42.23,
185 James Thomas (Gloucestershire / Cirencester AC) 51.21.
284 finished.

Juniors. 1 Will Barnicoat (Surrey) 17.58, 219 Luke Buck (Wiltshire / Cirencester AC) 21.33, 303 Sam Cook (Gloucestershire / Cirencester AC) 28.57

Minchinhampton 10km, road. Another early season race which is always a challenge with some lumpy hills and the bleak, open common. The indomitable Kate Sackett was well up the field with a FV55 win supported by Club newcomer Sarah Whitehouse and Barbara Thomas on her second race of the weekend.

Results. 1st  Andrew Gardiner (Boston AAA, USA) 35.21, 56 Kate Sackett 46.53, 166 Sarah Whitehouse 55.00, 269 Barbara Thomas 1.01.10.
471 finished.  

Meanwhile Cirencester runners were at the 5km parkruns around both the UK and the world.

Cirencester. Nick Holliday (20.52) had his best finish yet in very wet and slippery conditions when he came in second place. There was a battle for sixth and seventh between junior Tom Prosser (22.06) and Howard Ewan (22.08). Caroline Cotterell (24.07) came in thirtieth and second lady and Rachel Ranger (58th in 26.40) also had a strong run. A record 216 finished.

Stonehouse. Barbara Thomas (30.30) was 19th out of 38 finishers.

Chipping Sodbury. Some of CAC’s “young bucks” had a field day with a fine win for Isaac McAdam (17.14), a fourth place for junior Ollie Campbell (18.03) followed in by Jacob McAdam (18.28) in fifth. Dad Alan McAdam (24.09) continued his run of consistent results finishing 62nd.  376 finished.

Conwy, N. Wales. Another Club newcomer Ella Shaftoe (25.46) was 104th out of 310.

Heron Banks, South Africa. Hilda-May Latham (26.30) was a respectable 32nd out of an impressive 624 finishers.

Wanaka, New Zealand. Moving on to NZ the Club’s peripatetic duo Rupert Chesmore (23.41) and Liza Darroch (29.28) were 7th and 30th out of 55 finishers.