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A New PB for Gareth

New club member Gareth James took part in the Cotswold Water Parks 10k at the weekend. Gareth only took up running six months ago and his times at this distance are steadily improving. After his recent best at the Westonbirt Arboretum 10k, he shaved off even more time on Sunday. He felt he took things too comfortably for the first 6k……there’s many a coach would say that’s the way to run a great 10k.



Gareth has a couple more races coming up and is looking forward to the Castle Combe event in November, a cracking one for PB chasers. In the meantime, there is plenty of healthy competition in the household. His wife, who also enjoyed the 10k on Sunday, runs with our friends at RSE.


9th October, Cotswold Water Parks 10k, 10k trail

1 Nick Worsley (no clubs listed) 40.01

49 Gareth James (Cirencester AC) 53.38

144 finished



In another 10k event on Sunday, David Wright took to the streets of Southampton in the Ageas Bowl 10k. The flat, fast course begins and ends at the famous cricket ground and the event raised funds for the Hampshire Cricket Foundation. David’s 43.11 finish took 3rd place in his MV60-69 age group.


9th October, The Ageas Bowl 10k, 10k road

1 Rob Arkell (Stubbington Green Runners & AC) chip time 35.04

48 David Wright (Cirencester AC) chip time 43.11 - 3rd MV60-69

602 finished



Martin Croucher and David Phelps both completed the Bournemouth Half on Sunday in bright but windy conditions.


Martin had planned to use the event to have a crack at a PB for the distance but his training has been very much hampered in recent weeks after an annoying incident whilst out running resulted in a twisted ankle.


So, instead, he enjoyed a weekend by the seaside, feasted on a pre-race day afternoon tea, and used a run/walk method to complete the race in 2:09. He reports that his ankle felt good all the way and he was able to start picking the pace up as his confidence grew.


9th October, Bournemouth Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Jaymee Domoney (City of Salisbury AC) chip time 1:08:00

749 David Phelps (Cirencester AC) chip time 1:54:34

1429 Martin Croucher chip time 2:09:18



Ultra, trail running specialist Holly Willis completed the Lakes in a Day event on Saturday. The 50 mile route, from Caldbeck at the top of the Lake District to Cartmel at the bottom, takes in Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere and 4000 metres of ascent along the way.


Many retired along the way but Holly finished in 45th place and was the 6th female finisher. Well done Holly on another great result.


8th October, Lakes in a Day, 50 miles, trail

1 Jarlath McKenna 8:40:46

45 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 12:42:08

358 finished (60 retired)



Also no stranger to tough challenges, Rob Forbes very recently completed, and was victorious in, the Atacama Crossing (Chile) 2022.


There is lots of information about the race online for those of you who would like to know more. The 155 mile route was run over 6 stages. There are enormous amounts of ascent and descent involved and a mixed bag of incredibly challenging terrain. Sand dunes, river crossings, loose rocks, waist high grass, narrow canyons and salt flats to name but some. And all in the driest place on earth. Sounds like the stuff of nightmares to most of us.


Rob finished in 21:20:46, some two hours ahead of the second place finisher. Huge congratulations to Rob.




Amongst the usual great selection of parkrun results, Wendy Nicholls and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins were first lady finishers at Lydiard and Tetbury respectively. Ollie Campbell and Ian Barrett both finished high up the leader board at large events. Paul Timms was across the Atlantic in Boston at the Jamaica Pond event.


At Cirencester there was good club representation in the volunteer squad (they always welcome new volunteers), Brecht Grieten had a top ten finish and Pam Wheeler was really happy to be back running after working her way back from a niggling knee injury

8th October, parkrun, 5k trail


Lydiard parkrun

1 Jordan Winbourne (unattached) 17.26

12 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 20.16 – 1st female

37 Corinne Clark 22.06

306 finished


Coventry parkrun

1 Joshua Morland (Unattached) 16.50

2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.31

580 finished


Stonehouse parkrun

1 Zac Humphries 20.12

12 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 23.25

56 finished


Cheltenham parkrun

1 Ben Price (Unattached) 15.50

11 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.00

442 finished


Cirencester parkrun

1 Maciej Bialogonski (Unattached) 17.20

6 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.41

35 Gary Wood 25.26

70 Sam Timms 29.00

92 Pam Wheeler 32.05

139 finished


Jamaica Pond parkrun

1 Richard Hardy (Unattached) 17.37

25 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 23.26

96 finished


Marlborough Common parkrun

1 Jamie Crawford (Unattached) 19.10

29 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 26.27

90 finished


Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Matt Hudd (Unattached) 18.39

12 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 22.00 - 1st female

36 Alan McAdam 27.48

47 Rachel McAdam 29.26

84 finished


You can send race day stories and photos to Rachel on rachelelisabethbarrow@hotmail.co.uk

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