Standard Article 31st July 2018

Richard Hurdle demonstrated his trail running prowes and the depth of his preparation for the 171moutainous kilometres of  the UTMB  (one of trail running greatest challenges run around Mont Blanc at the end of July) when coming 4th in an off road marathon race in the Bath Festival of Running last weekend

Bath Festival Races, 26 .2 miles Marathon trail

1 Damian Hall (Corsham RC) 3.34.26
4 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 4.04.38         208 finished. 


Nick Holliday and Caroline Cotterell stared again in the fourth and final open track event in Cheltenham where they both achieved “their fastest times in recent years” and, we understand, Nick’s 5000m time currently ranks nationally as 3rd fastest for his age group.

Cheltenham Open Meeting, Prince of Wales stadium, 5000m track

‘D' race                                                                                               
1 Fee Maycock (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 18:42.8 - 1st FV50
2 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 18:44.8 - 1st V60
16 Caroline Cotterell 20:31.0 - 1st FV45


Over in Gloucester, Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas managed to find a mid week race enabling Gordon to achieve yet another 5km age group 1st.

Pilot Inn 5km, nr. Gloucester, 5km road

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 16.00
24 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 21.26 - 1st V65
39 Barbara Thomas 26.55    40 finished.  


With the quiet season for racing approaching, club members are starting to prepare for our own Chedworth Roman Trail.  Earlier this year this demanding off road race was a casualty of the April floods but entries for the re-run on Sept 2nd are nearly full and anyone wanting to race along the tracks and paths around Chedworth should hurry to grab a place via Entry Central.



parkruns, 5km trail


Only one win this week, but what a win, with 11 year old Henry Sheffield coming first at Stonehouse.  Nick Holliday was second in Cirencester while Martin Croucher, finishing ten seconds faster, was 10th at Redditch showing typical Croucher consistency as records show he completed a parkrun in exactly the same time exactly one year ago.  Jacob McAdam finished in 20 minutes dead to come 10th at Swindon and Neil Morrissey, 52 second slower, was 23rd in Darlington.  Finally, Maggie Elsey chose Cirencester for her first organised event for many years.

Cirencester AC finishers

Cirencester:  2 Nick Holliday 19.37, 11 Howard Ewan 21.20, 87 Samantha Timms 28.23, 164 Maggie Elsey 51.38, 164 finished
10 Jacob McAdam 20.00, 87 Alan McAdam 24.19, 186 Barbara Thomas 28.09, 422 finished
Stonehouse: 1 Henry Sheffield (J) 18.13, 74 finished
Arrow Valley, Redditch: 10 Martin Croucher 19.27, 394 finished
Ashton Court, Bristol: 76 Kate Sackett 23.39, 383 finished
Darlington South: 23 Neil Morrissey 20.52, 298 finished