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A Nice Day Out for the Boys?

It was true cross country weather on Saturday for the latest meet hosted by North Cotswold Tri and Run and Bourton Roadrunners at Cotswold Farm Park.

Thanks to Dorian for summing up a really successful day for a small team from Cirencester AC as follows.

“It was a wet and windy day on Saturday at the Cotswold Farm Park, for the Gloucester AAA Cross Country championships. Perhaps it was the awful weather, but none of our Under 11s appeared for their race. Probably not a bad thing, as I spent half an hour getting the tent up by the time the six boys arrived for the Under 13s race. Whether by design or not the boys ran in small groups/pairs which helped them to second place in the U13 Team club competition (three finishers scoring).”

U13 boys:

1 Teddy Spurr Cheltenham 12:52

5 Ben Conway Cirencester 13:37

6 Joe Stickney Cirencester 13:38

9 Robbie Stickney Cirencester 14:37

10 Ernie Hayward Cirencester 14:47

16 Lucas Lawrence Cirencester 18:29

17 Josh Neal Cirencester 18:39

“Cheltenham won the Team prize, we came second and were the only club to have two teams out, so well done to the six boys who ran.”

“Again, there were no Club members in the U15s or U17s or Ladies races, so it was left to the seven men to complete the day’s events. Due to a number of guest runners and those who could not represent the Gloucestershire due to living outside the county, including our own Dave Musgrove, it meant we managed to achieve a good collection of medals:

· Senior Men’s champion : Dave Bell

· Male Vet V45 champion : Bill Leggate

· Male Vet V50 champion : Ian Barrett

· Senior Men’s team (6 to count)

· Vets men’s team (3 to count)

Most of the runners enjoyed it and again there was good “packing” by our runners; Dave B felt he just couldn’t get into top gear, and Dorian thought it was a very long time to be running without a recovery!”

“As Woody Allan once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up” and so it proved for Dorian, who won two medals mainly due to the efforts of the other Club runners.”

"For those who like to follow the fortunes of some of our ex-members, there were two notable successes for a couple of our ex-Teens:

MU17 1. Henry Sheffield Stroud 22:19 (won by a minute)

LU17 1. Isobel Watt Cheltenham 26:54 (won by 40 seconds)"

Thanks Dorian, and you most definitely earned those medals yourself! Fantastic efforts across the board.

7th January, Gloucestershire Cross Country, Cotswold Farm Park, Various Distances


1 Matthew Rees (Swansea Harriers) 32.28

5 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 33.57 – 1st MV45

6 David Bell 34.31 – 3rd SM

18 Brecht Grieten 36.28

19 David Musgrove 36.35 – 3rd MV45

20 Ian Barrett 36.50 – 1st MV50

26 Alex Banks 37.54

66 Dorian Matts 51.14

71 finished

Just a handful of Cirencester parkrunners this week on a very rainy Saturday.

Another fine win for Ollie Campbell at Chippenham. A strong run from David Moss at Lydiard. Rachel and Alan McAdam splashed their way round at Tetbury where Rachel broke through the 450 parkrun barrier!

7th January, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Richard Elston Unattached) 18.14

28 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 21.56

261 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.59

150 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Jonathan Jamieson (Unattached) 18.12

18 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.58

23 Rachel McAdam 25.42

86 finished

And finally, an interesting story from Luke Campbell who completed an event called The Fan Dance at the weekend. The gruelling event is based on a selection test march used by the SAS.

Luke says “Yesterday, I did the Fan Dance Winter Edition, 14 miles which summits Pen y Fan twice and you are required to carry a backpack weighing a minimum of 18kg. The event is organised by current or ex-military staff and they advertise that you will receive ‘true military encouragement throughout’”.

“Torrential rain, 50mph winds and heavy cloud made the first four miles hard work. The middle section was quite pleasant, including the two river crossings and muddy paths.”

“I finished in fifth place in 3:21, with the winner finishing in 3:03! The military requirement time is 4:10, with a little more weight. A real challenge but very good fun.”

Thanks to Luke for letting us know about that amazing adventure. If any of you fancy having a bash, there appears to be an opportunity in July this year. Definitions of 'encouragement' and 'quite pleasant' may be open to interpretation.

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