4 GREAT MARATHONS and some fine CRO miles

A triumphant sub three hour marathon by Chris Miller sets the tone for this week’s results. Four members found different routes and styles to participate in this year’s Virtual London Marathon. While the elite of the world ran laps around a closed St James Park, they were winding their way around the lanes and tracks of the Cotswolds with all the hills that can involve. Chris stuck to a familiar 13 mile lap close to home in Minety and relied on a small but super supportive family for support but all four can be proud of maintaining focus and effort in the constant rain and in the absence of roads lined with cheering crowds. Chris has run a spring marathon (including several Londons) for the last 10 years but hadn’t put in the same amount of training so was pleased with his 2.56.04.


Despite having to change her route to avoid floods and mud, Joyce Mathews used her “club place” to complete her marathon in 3.48 although this is currently officially recorded as 3.54.33 which is being ‘looked into’.
















Gary Woods had been working towards a spring and then an autumn marathon so was preparing for one in 5 weeks time - only to have that one cancelled too. So he was pleased with his second fastest marathon with a time of 4.09.48.












Finally Jos Randall grabbed the opportunity to run her first ever marathon (some 12 miles further than she had ever run before) in 5.16.48. Jos was wonderfully supported by Paul Edrich, Nicola Wood (on a bike) and a string of other club members who popped up along the way for a few socially distanced miles of running. Our congratulations to all four marathon runners.



CRO

Exciting times for the penultimate CRO run too. Brian Harris put his best mile foot forward and achieved a tie with the younger (and usually faster) Ian Barrett both running their final CRO mile in 5.54. Tom Renton Rose rejoined the CRO crew with a time of 6.10 to be followed by Martin Croucher (7.55) and Rupert Chesmore (8.05). Next came a super triumphant Liza Darroch with her fastest CRO mile yet but in a time she insists will never been repeated. Rachel Barrow (8.11) and Ruth Fulford (8.37) both ran strongly but slipped, slightly below the 100% in the handicap list.

This week sees the last of CRO running – our familiar 5 km to round off 7 months of CRO running. Much more exciting CROSS (Cirencester Runs Over Second Spike) takes over on Saturday 17th offering you a wonderful medley of Cross Country, Road and Trail running – not forgetting a swimming challenge! Lots more to follow soon on the web site under Our Races.

Final CRO run – week beginning 6th October – 5 km – go for it!

Week Ending October 4th, Cirencester Runs On (CRO), 1 mile any surface

GUN TIME

1= Ian Barrett 5.54

1= Brian Harris 5.54

3 Tom Renton-Rose 6.10

4 Martin Croucher 7.55

5 Rupert Chesmore 8.05

6 Liza Darroch 8.06

7 Rachel Barrow 8.11

8 Ruth Fulford 8.37

AGE GRADED

1 Liza Darroch 85.40%

2 Ruth Fulford 80.28%

3 Brian Harris 76.83%

4 Ian Barrett 71.32%

5 Rachel Barrow 62.48%

6Tom Renton-Rose 60.22%

7 Rupert Chesmore 58.08%

8 Martin Croucher 51.50%

Source for age grading

HANDICAP RACE

To work out the handicap score, your last 1 mile run has been used. Your original time divided by your new time has produced a percentage. Any percentage higher than 100, means you have run quicker this week. For people whom this run is their first 1 mile performance, I have simply given them 100.

1 Liza Darroch 108.44

2 Martin Croucher 102.53

3 Tom Renton-Rose 101.36

4 Brian Harris 99.16

5 Rupert Chesmore 97.74

6 Ruth Fulford 95.94

7 Ian Barrett 95.77

8 Rachel Barrow 94.71

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