Standard Article 26th March 2018

There were many celebrations and victories for Cirencester Athletics Club’s members last weekend. A very successful year for the club was celebrated at the Annual Awards presentations on Saturday evening.


The top award for Athlete of the Year went to Robbie brown for his consistent good results in a variety of races.  Veteran of the Year was won by Dave Wright who has re-written the club records in the over 60 age category. At the other end of the experience scale were Rachel Barrow who was Best Newcomer and Nina Lawrence and Sharon O’Keefe who were joint winners in the Most Improved Category. Other winners were Martin Croucher for Long Distance success, Andy Hindson who took the Member of the Year title for his work as race entry secretary and Team of the Year went to the men’s cross country team for their success at the County Championships. Triathlons were not forgotten with the award going to Carol Clarke for her international success.


The club championship awards were presented to Robbie Brown and Kate Sackett in the Road Race series while Cross Country honours went to James and Liz Thomas. Club championship awards were won by Howard Ewan and Rachel Ranger.


The best recent race result recorded was left to one of the club’s youngest members which bodes well for future success. Henry Sheffield scored a brilliant victory in the National Primary School Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Park in Leicestershire. This comes on top of the Under 11 Gloucestershire League, Gloucestershire County and Year 6 Schools titles giving him an unbeaten record throughout the season.


Parkrun victories were recorded at Cirencester and Gloucester North while there were good performances at the other end of the distance scale at the Gloucester 20 and overseas. The club dominated the local parkrun at Cirencester Agriculture University taking the top three places and having six of the top ten finishers. At Gloucester North James and Liz Thomas won the male and female categories.

Parkrun results –

Cirencester : 1.Luke Campbell 18m21s, 2. Ollie Campbell 19.33 (1st junior), 3.Howard Ewan 19.48, 6. Lee Lawrence 21.46,

9. Tom Prosser 22.22 (1st junior 11-14), 10. Sam Cook 22.31, 12. Callum Fallows 23.15, 14. Neil Morrissey 23.18, 24. Matt Ulyatt 24.13, 31. Gordon Jones 25.33 (1ST MV65), 34. Cherry Kibblewhite 26.18, 38. Rachel Ranger 26.34, 68. David Lattimore 32.01.

Gloucester North : 1. James Thomas 17.50, 13. Liz Thomas 23.38.

Swindon : 89. Alan McAdam 24.10, 193. Barbara Thomas 28.25.

Cheltenham : 17. Nick Holliday, 41. Caroline Cotterell 22.23.


The club also featured in longer races with five members taking on the challenge of the Gloucester 20 where Andy Fellows led home the group in 53rd place in 2h17m59s. He was followed by Corinne Clark 78th in 2h25.07s who was fifth lady finisher, Kate Sackett 141st in 2h37.51, Karen Higuera 204th in 2h47.49 and Barbara Thomas 4h02.33s.


Meanwhile on the other side of the world Rupert Chesmore and Lisa Darroch continued to explore Antipodean races this time tackling the Southern Lakes Half Marathon. Run in cold but sunny conditions through the scenic Cardronna Valley to the town of Wanaka they finished well inside the top half of the 331 finishers in what they described one of their most enjoyable half marathons. Rupert, third in the MV60 category, finished 96th in 1h43m49s while Liza was FV60 winner  with 1h56m38s in 160th place.