April 2014

29th April  2014 Standard Article

Highworth 5mile, road.  An strong turnout in this CAC championship race saw 26 Ciren runners achieve excellent results. A deserving race winner was Adrian Williams (27.35) followed in third by Bill Leggate (29.01) with Simon Fortnum (29.11) fourth, giving them the team win. Wendy Nicholls (30.03) ran a dominant race and was once again winning lady. There were numerous solid age-group performances with second FV45  Fi Collings (46th in 34.08) and third Sarah Gunn (50th in 34.23)  With Wendy they were the first ladies team. Tony Shelbourn (39th in 33.33) was second UV and 354 finished.

Shakespeare Half Marathon, Stratford upon Avon, 13.1 miles, road. Dave Bell is having a fine season winning this popular half in style. He continues to improve and his finishing time of 1:10.46 is getting close to the CAC record, which has stood for many years. The race has 1995 finishers. 

Downland Challenge, 20 and 40 miles, multi-terrain. To quote Liza Darroch,  “the course was wonderfully scenic, the sun shone, the bluebells glowed and the chalky downs were dry but soft.”  Ed Morris came home a strong 39th but was disappointed to lose time on the second half. Keith Firkin was a battling 74th and then Karen Higuera, in her first 20 mile race, and Liza Darroch finished together in 142nd .

Rupert Chesmore, having run the first 20 with the ladies, decided to do another lap with a total altitude change of 4000 feet.

Results. 1st Steve Paterson 2:18.31, 39 Ed Morris 2:54.31, 74 Keith Firkin 3:14.22, 142 Karen Higuera 3:45.54, 143 Liza Darroch 3.45.54. 195 finished. 40mile results. Simon Sikora, (Marlow Striders) won in 5:03.37, 87 Rupert Chesmore 8:09.09. 119 finished.

Two Oceans Marathon, Capetown, 56km, road. An amazing run from Newlands RCC in Capetown to the Indian Ocean and back across Chapman’s Peak via the brutal Constantia Nek Hill, finishing at the University of Capetown. Martin Croucher likes a challenge in far flung places and he finished in 5:16.56 and 1710 place. The winner was Lebenya Nkoka (Lesotho) in 3:09.52 and a remarkable 8000 finished.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails. Barbara Thomas (25.12) passed yet another remarkable milestone finishing her 100th Parkrun; She was 96th and had yet another FV55 win. The winner was Damien Grace (18.18) and 361 finished.

21st April  2014 Standard Article

A glorious morning brought out 414 runners at Lydiard Park, just one shy of the record turnout. This venue, along with 254 other Parkruns around the UK, offers a free, timed 5km run every Saturday morning at 9:00 and they are seeing an ever-increasing uptake by new runners.

This week’s Swindon Parkrun saw the return of two of Ciren’s London Marathon entrants, stretching their legs after their successful efforts last week. Dave Moss, who has nursed a niggley knee for some time ran the Swindon race in 23.29, finishing in 109th place whilst Barbara Thomas finished 165th and ran her best time this year to finish in 25.19, giving her the FV55 win.

As the Marathoners got back into the swing Howard Ewan had a great debut Parkrun, indeed an excellent first 5km race, finishing 12th overall with a time of 19.03. Howard, one of the Club’s promising new runners, is thoroughly enjoying competing for CAC and reckons that he can do even better as he was late at the starting-line, losing him the few vital seconds that would have taken him under the nineteen mark. The winner was Nyle Clinton (Swindon Harriers) in 16.02.

14th April  2014 Standard Article

The Virgin Money London Marathon, 26.2 mile, roads. When we watch the superb spectacle of the world’s finest marathon runners against the backdrop of a magnificent London its hard to believe that there was ever a doubt that our capital could host what is probably the worlds greatest marathon.  As millions view the race on TV there are a huge number of runners wishing that they were there.

Cirencester AC had some excellent results with Simon Campbell, having battled with numerous injury niggles, crossing the line three hundred places and an excellent seven minutes faster than last year. David Moss improved over four thousand places and around 25 minutes after a winter of tough training and improvement.  Barbara Thomas, better known as the Clubs most prolific racer, improved on last year whilst Michael Thomas, who has struggled throughout his training with injury, was glad when the race finished.

Results. 1st Wilson Kipsang, Kenya, 2:04.49 (a course record) 423 Simon Campbell 2:46.47, 18,139 David Moss 4:26.21, 30,337 Barbara Thomas 5:30.55, 34,584 Michael Thomas 6:30.58.

At the Woodchester 5km, a rolling multi-terrain run at a National Trust property near Stroud, Ciren’s Mark Sysum coasted to a comfortable victory. A winter of structured training has enabled Mark to make a remarkable recovery from surgery and he completed the lakeside course in 19.16 ahead of 46 finishers.

David Wright’s training runs in Ciren Park paid off when he completed the 12km Pewsey Vale Bluebell Run to finish in third place, a remarkable result as David is a V50. His time of 52.04, on this multi-terrain course, was close behind the winner, Ian Luke (50.19) of Poole Runners. 103 finished.

At the Manchester Marathon Rachel Barber-Brock was up against stiff competition. They pushed her to add to the string of PB’s achieved this year and Rachel ran an excellent 3:05.55 to finish 296th overall, sixteenth lady and 9th in her age-category. Andi Jones won in 2:16.59 and 5911 finished.

Tony Shelbourn, the sole Ciren representative at the Swindon Parkrun, continued to improve his recent Parkrun times as aims at sub 20.00. He finished 15th overall and first MV65 with a time of 20.29. 359 runners finished behind Alex Bampton (Cheltenham and County Harriers) who won in 17.04.

7th April  2014 Standard Article

Heavy overnight rain and a stiff breeze made conditions tough for the 250 competitors in last Sunday's Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile race. A trio of runners, led by former Cirencester AC member Marc Fallows, quickly broke away from the pack but by half distance near the notorious crossing of the River Coln Connor Carson from Kenilworth Runners had broken clear and went on to win in 1hr1m47s, well outside the course record. Marc was beaten into third place in the final mile by Robert Mead who finished over a minute behind the winner.

First for Cirencester AC was Rob Forbes who had a relatively lonely run in fourth place throughout the race. His time of 1hr4m5s was over three minutes up on the club's next finisher Bill Leggate who was ninth, just ahead of the winning lady Kate Goodhead from Bristol. Next home was Howard Ewan in 32nd place (1hr12m59s), followed by Nicola Denning (1hr15m0s), who was second in her age category, Amy Bentley (1hr19m27s), Jill Hadland (1hr22m10s), Martin Croucher (1hr22m11s) and Barbara Thomas (1hr50m34s) who now faces the harder challenge of next Sunday's London Marathon.

Many members of the club braved the windy conditions to marshal the course to ensure another successful race and the first under new race director Richard Hurdle.

The previous week Cirencester's ladies took top honours in the Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon, run over country lanes near Chipping Sodbury, with three of the top four places. Wendy Nicholls showed her strength from triathlon competition to finish first lady and third overall. Nicola Denning emphasised Cirencester's domination by finishing second and fifteeth overall with Jill Hadland in fourth place. Recent member Howard Ewan showed that he will be a great asset to the club by coming in 24th.

Full Cirencester results were - 3.Wendy Nicholls 1hr31m15s, 15. Nicola Denning 1hr36m52s, 24.Howard Ewan 1hr39m56s, 34.Lonel Lancu 1hr42m22s, 38. Jill Hadland 1hr43m56s, 57.James Widdowson 1hr48m10s, 63.Geoff Wells 1hr49m45s and 134.Ruth Fulford 2hr17m14s.

This was a new race in the club's road race championship but next will be the more familiar terrain of the Highworth 5 mile race later this month.