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A Birthday 10k for James

James Widdowson rounded off his birthday weekend with a 10k race at Chepstow racecourse.

James was delighted to finish 2nd MV45 as he enters the last year of his forties. He was aware of overtaking quite a few people but, with 10k, 5k and half marathon competitors all running together, it was hard to get a feel for how he was progressing in his own race. He describes the course as definitely undulating and, with two laps to cover, every uphill was encountered twice.

This was the 5th 10k race of the year for James and, with every result falling within a one minute time span, this was the quickest by 7 seconds.

Well done to James.

27th November, Chepstow Racecourse 10k, 10k, mutil-terrain

1 Luke Johnson (Unattached) 37.15 (37.14)

24 James Widdowson (Cirencester AC) 48.36 (48.31) – 2nd MV45

193 finished

Dave Musgrove had a fantastic run at the AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon near Westbury.

He reports “It’s a great race. A bit up and down but with lots of support and a very nice atmosphere, particularly at the end with an enthusiastic commentator announcing you as you come into the finish. I’d recommend it.”

Dave ran an excellent 1.21.29 to finish 6th overall and 1st MV40.

27th November, AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 George Gurney (London Heathside Runners AC) 1.10.12 (1.10.11)

6 David Musgrove (Cirencester AC) 1.21.29 (1.21.29) – 1st MV40

254 finished

In Dorset, David Wright took part in the undulating Boscombe 10k. He described it as a tough course. Another impressive run earned David the 1st MV60 prize.

27th November, Boscombe 10k, 10k, road

1 Naoto Kato (Unattached) 34.45 (34.42)

51 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 42.35 (42.32) – 1st MV60

444 finished

At the always popular Eynsham 10k the club was represented by Wendy Nicholls and Joyce Matthews. The two-lap course is described as fast and flat.

Super results for both Joyce and Wendy who took 2nd spot in the LV45 age group with her 40 minute finish time.

27th November, Eynsham 10k, 10k, road

1 Daniel Studley (Bristol & West AC) 31.01 (31.01)

89 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 40.13 (40.08) – 2nd LV45

201 Joyce Matthews 45.59 (45.32)

565 finished

There was great parkrunning as ever this weekend.

At Pomphrey Hill Ruth Fulford was 1st FV75-79 and her 30.31 finish time was age graded at 79.46%, a national level performance!

Ollie Campbell won at Leamington. Brecht Grieten and Ian Barrett were 2nd and 3rd respectivley at Cirencester where David Moss ran a new best time for the course.

At Tetbury James Hunton had a good run and Rachel McAdam ran yet another new PB!

Rachel Barrow challenged herself to run the undulating Stratford Park course without walking any of the uphill bits.

26th November, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Courtenay Chessell (Unattached) 18.06

75 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 26.06

243 finished

Leamington parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.58

349 finished

Pomphrey Hill parkrun

1 David Bruce (Unattached) 17.49

121 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 30.31

227 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Lewis Roberts (Unattached) 19.12

2 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.39

3 Ian Barrett 19.50

15 David Moss 22.46

39 Rachel Ranger 25.17

76 Pamela Wheeler 29.49

150 fnished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Rabi Guthrie (Unattached) 18.43

28 Alan McAdam 24.25

38 Rachel McAdam 24.53

62 James Hunton 29.17

119 finished

Stratford Park, parkrun, Stroud

1 James Ellison (Unattached) 18.40

56 Rachel Barrow (Cirencester AC) 31.13

84 finished

Ollie Campbell was also in action on Sunday when he was victorious at the tough, multi-terrain Coombe 8 race. On this occasion Ollie was running for his university. The race covers wooded trails, undulating farmland and the historic site of Coombe Abbey.

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