There were some fantastic results at the weekend over a variety of distances.
Wendy Nicholls went to Melksham for the Wiltshire 10. Her superb time of 1.06.05 earned her 5th female finisher and 1st FV50.
Wendy says “I decided to give the Wiltshire 10 a bash after the Staverton 10 was cancelled. I wanted to average 6.30 per mile but found the undulating course tough, especially the long drag out of Lacock.”
“It was a good test of my current fitness though, and the past six consistent weeks have paid off. I’m finding the age-grading system a good way to keep motivated and my time on Sunday gave me 89.2%.”
What an outstanding result.
12th February, Wiltshire 10, 10 miles, road
1 Simon Nott (Calne Running Club) 53.01 (53.01)
44 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 1.06.07 (1.06.05)
Dave Bell also tested himself over the 10 mile distance. The Bramley 10 was his first road race for over eight months.
His initial feeling was slight disappointment at not being closer to 55 minutes but, on reflection, he was pleased to finish well inside an hour and put down a solid marker in the sand for the rest of the season.
Dave finished in an excellent 11th place in a field of over 400 finishers.
12th February, Bramley 10, 10 miles, road
1 Adam Stokes (Bristol & West AC) 53.45 (53.45)
11 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 58.00 (58.00)
Another happy man was James Widdowson. He went to Calne and competed in the Calne Smartt Smasher 10k, an out and back route described as flat and multi-terrain.
James was delighted with his continued progress, the result of very hard work, and took a minute off his best 10k time from last year.
He reports that the second 5k seemed like a real uphill struggle, the pace felt tough but he managed to keep with it and his spirits were really lifted when, at the 8k marker, he realised that sub 48 was achievable.
Really well done to James.
12th February, Smarrt Smasher, 10k, trail
1 Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 35.36 (35.35)
54 James Widdowson (Cirencester AC) 47.40 (47.36)
Tom Morgan took to the Surrey hills at the Punchbowl Marathon event where there was a choice of 20 or 30 miles and participants could run or walk. Tom chose the 20 mile option.
Tom says “This was my longest run for quite a long time. I was plodding along fairly comfortably until about 3k from the end, from which point it was a bit of a struggle.”
“It’s a good foundation to keep building on my slowly returning fitness. I was pleased to get it done in less than four hours, a lot of it is sandy underfoot, plenty of hills and really hard going at times.”
It’s good to see Tom’s name back in the weekly report.
12th February, Punchbowl 20, 20 miles, trail
1 Simon Thompson 3.05
13 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 3.56
In parkrun news this week, another fantastic result for Ollie Campbell, 2nd in a field if over 700 at Coventry.
Excellent age gradings for Ruth Fulford and Kate Sackett, who was 2nd lady at Stonehouse. Neil Morrissey and Dave Moss both placed well at Witney and Marlborough respectively. Dave’s 22.01 was his best time there. Gordon Jones was 1st MV70 at Seven Fields.
Trying out new events were Rachel and Alan McAdam at Cranbrook Country Park and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins at Llanishen where she was 1st lady.
Meanwhile, at Cirencester, Brecht Grieten ran very close to his best time for the course to finish 2nd. Luke Campbell went gently round by his standards….possibly pacing someone else? Rachel Ranger was 2nd LV50. Dorian Matts and Gary Wood also had good runs there supported by a few club members on the volunteer squad.
Paul Barrow did his bit with a stint as a marshal and a fry up in the student canteen.
11th February, parkrun, 5k trail
1 Dan Clarke (Unattached) 16.11
2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.03
1 Ben Bohane (Unattached) 18.17
70 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 31.43
1 Matt Hudd (Unattached) 19.02
12 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 24.02 – 2nd Female
1 Harry Barnes (Unattached) 17.12
2 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.13
34 Luke Campbell 24.42
38 Rachel Ranger 25.09
44 Dorian Matts 26.01
63 Gary Wood 27.33
1 Matthew Lock (Unattached) 18.22
14 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 23.33
Malborough Common parkrun
1 Neil Perry (Unattached) 19.29
8 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 22.01
Seven Fields parkrun
1 Pete Martin (Unattached) 17.30
56 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 25.32
Cranbrook Country Park parkrun
1 James Benham (Unattached) 19.03
27 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.27
34 Rachel McAdam 25.12
Llanishen Park parkrun
1 Dan Smith (Unattached) 17.41
23 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 21.40 – 1st Female
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