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A Record Breaking Bourton

It was a beautiful morning for the always well supported Bourton 10k on Sunday. There was a good club showing for this next race in the club road race championship, Brian will update the current standings.

Of course there were some cracking runs across the board, showing the huge range of ages and paces amongst us and proof that this is a sport for everyone. Of particular note there were a couple of new age group club records set.

First home for Cirencester was Bill Leggate who, despite being a little disappointed not to have come in under 35 minutes, set a new MV45 club record.

With five weeks to go until Reading Half, Dave Bell hit his main target for the day which was to finish under 36 minutes even with a brief stop at 7k.

Brecht Grieten set a new PB. Brecht was followed in by a strong group including James Widdowson delighted to be back on top form and 5 minutes faster than last year.

First lady home was Karen Higuera. Making progress after feeling under the weather, her plan was to go steady to the turn and then pick up the pace through second half. All was going well, particularly with James in her sights as a target, when a stitch took hold about 3k from the end.

Gareth James came close to improving on his PB yet again. A fine run from Gordon Jones earned him 2nd MV70. Rob Tuttle couldn’t quite catch nippy Rachel Ranger but was really pleased with his time and puts it down to getting back to regular Tuesday training and some sociable Thursday morning runs.

Then came the battle of the FV75 ladies, in Liza’s case she turned 75 that very day and set her sights on the club age group record set so recently by Ruth. The low key, friendly rivalry between Ruth and Liza has gone on for years.

Ruth, with her blistering start, tends to come out on top over shorter distances, whereas we all know just how strong Liza is over those half marathon and marathon distances. But in a 10k…….it can go either way.

On Sunday, Ruth set off ahead making Liza work harder than she would have liked to stay in touch but eventually, just before the nasty little mid-race tug uphill, Liza crept ahead.

In the end the club record was reduced by some 58 seconds and both Liza and Ruth were rightly proud to take 1st and 3rd LV75 placings, with a Kenilworth lady creeping into the few places between them.

Liza is firm in her belief that a little bit of friendly competition is good for us all!

Lorna Harris enjoyed her first experience at Bourton as she completed only her second race in club colours with a perfectly paced run after a bit of family coaching from husband and daughter.

Paul Barrow stuck to his run/walk strategy to finish with a flourish and a smile.

26th February, Bourton 10k, 10k, road

1 Richard De Camps (Gloucester AC) 31.44 (31.43)

24 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 35.05 (35.03) – new club MV45 record

32 David Bell 35.30 (35.28)

44 James Thomas 36.17 (36.13)

49 Brecht Grieten 36.42 (36.38)

87 Andy Fellows 38.43 (38.34)

138 Simon Campbell 40.37 (40.31)

187 Neil Morrissey 42.39 (42.32)

189 David Moss 42.42 (42.30)

220 Tom Payne 44.11 (43.59)

267 Paul Timms 45.44 (45.34)

307 James Widdowson 47.37 (47.21)

308 Karen Higuera 47.49 (47.36)

338 Gareth James 49.21 (49.04)

364 Gordon Jones 50.15 (50.03) – 2nd MV70

373 Rachel Ranger 50.48 (50.26)

393 Rob Tuttle 51.28 (50.52)

428 Rachel Barrow 53.30 (52.53)

515 Samantha Timms 59.19 (59.02)

541 Liza Darroch 1.01.11 (1.00.37) – 1st LV75 – new club FV75 record

550 Ruth Fulford 1.02.18 (1.01.44) – 3rd LV75

592 Lorna Harris 1.10.40 (1.10.02)

608 Paul Barrow 1.19.18 (1.18.36)

610 finished

Meanwhile, three very gritty members of our club tested themselves on the even more gruelling changed route of the Dursley Dozen…..twelve miles of what the organisers describe as ‘multi-terrain misery’! The dry, bright, chilly day and lack of significant rainfall in the preceding weeks made conditions near perfect.

A really impressive run from Howard Ewan saw him finish in 24th place. He says he was cautious in the more relentless feeling first half but picked things up in the more runnable second half. He was really pleased with his result, particularly after recovering from a recent virus.

There were also excellent runs from Neil Corbiere and Ionel Iancu. Well done all three.

26th February, Dursley Dozen, 12 miles, trail

1 Chris Phillips (Saddleworth Running Club) 1.23.37 (1.23.36)

24 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 1.39.25 (1.39.20)

53 Neil Corbiere 1.45.39 (1.45.35)

244 Ionel Iancu 2.19.09 (2.18.43)

393 finished

Brian Harris ran Wokingham Half on Sunday as his London Marathon long training run for the week.

He reports that he was hoping to run a more evenly paced race but was still very happy to be inside 1:35 and in one piece with eight weeks of training still to get through.

26th February, Wokingham Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Scott Cousins (Springfield Striders AC) 1.05.10 (1.05.10)

662 Brian Harris (Cirencester AC) 1.34.06 (1.33.16)

2500 finished

In parkrun news this week, Paul Edrich was spotted at Lydiard. Alan and Rachel McAdam tried the Newport event in the grounds of Tredegar House where they both finished first in their respective age groups. Also on tour was Luke Campbell at Eden Project. Nea Sneddon-Jenkins ran her best time yet at Chippenham. Kate Sackett went gently round the Maryport Prom event after twisting her ankle at last weeks cross country.

At Cirencester Sam and Paul Timms and Brian Harris had a leg stretch before races the following day. Jo Musk, in the thick of marathon training, had a run with son Brecon.

25th February, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Harry Woods (Unattached) 15.59

74 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 24.14

75 Paul Edrich 24.16

344 finished

Newport parkrun

1 Ross Williams (Unattached) 18.53

44 Rachel McAdam (Cirencester AC) 26.06

53 Alan McAdam 26.43

189 finished

Eden Project parkrun

1 James Brydon (Unattached) 17.36

18 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 20.20

253 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Peter Holden (Unattached) 18.47

31 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 23.25 – 3rd Female

213 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Tim Pennell (Unattached) 19.46

33 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 24.52

46 Brian Harris 25.58

70 Brendan McCarthy 28.24

85 Samantha Timms 30.55

86 Gary Wood 31.03

90 Pamela Wheeler 31.42

95 Jo Musk 32.46

145 finished

Witney parkrun

1 Keith Rochester (Unattached) 19.23

20 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 23.05

222 finished

Maryport Prom parkrun

1 Daniel Richardson (Unattached) 17.46

34 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 29.36

70 finished

And finally, a plea to everyone to take care when entering races. Please make sure to sign up as an affiliated Cirencester AC member otherwise your results will not be included in the club records and reports and your efforts will not count towards the club championship competition…….and that would be a real shame.

As ever, send stories and photos for inclusion to Rachel at

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