First this week, news of two superb triathlon performances from earlier in the month that slipped through the net.
Steve Yates and Ian Barrett both took part in the Cotswold Classic middle distance triathlon which involved a swim in Lake 32 of the Water Park, a bike leg taking in Kemble, Malmesbury and Minety and a half marathon run on lakeside paths and local roads.
Steve finished 12th overall and Ian 45th. In a field of 112 in their MV50 category their impressive performances bagged them 2nd and 6th age group placings.
Cotswold Classic Middle Distance Triathlon, Swim 1.2 miles, Bike 56 miles, Run 13.1 miles
1 Lee Williams (Unattached) 3:57:22 (Swim 26:02, Bike 2:10:46, Run 1:16:13)
12 Steve Yates (Cirencester) 4:20:06 (Swim 28:06, Bike 2:15:15, Run 1:34:13) 2nd MV50
45 Ian Barrett 4:42:37 (Swim 32:01, Bike 2:27:58, Run 1:38:38 (6th MV50)
Ollie Campbell tested himself over a 5k distance on the hottest day of the year last Tuesday. His stunning 15.56 brought him a well deserved victory in the Heddington 5k.
The race was the second in a series of three put on by Calne Running Club with the course described as flat and fast and superb for chasing a PB. The final race of the series takes place on 16th August.
Congratulations to Ollie.
19th July, Heddington 5k, 5k, road
1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 15.56
A good week for the Campbell family, Luke was in triathlon action at the weekend. He finished in a very impressive 6th place overall at the Cotswolds Lake 62 Summer Standard Triathlon. This involved a 1500m swim, 39k on the bike and a 10.5k run.
Luke reports being second out of the water in his swim wave, feeling fairly good on the bike and suffering some cramping in his quads on the run. He was rightly very happy with his overall finish.
Well done to Luke.
Cotswolds Lake 62 Summer Standard Triathlon, Swim 1500m, Bike 39k, Run 10.5k
1 Felix Wernham 2.03.16 (Swim 24.13, Bike 1.00.40, Run 36.53)
6 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 2.21.12 (Swim 25.36, Bike 1.10.15, Run 43.14)
In parkrun news this week Dorian Matts completed the Cirencester course for the second consecutive week, unheard of. He explained that he needed to run out the stiffness in his legs following his exertions on the track the previous evening!
Dorian competed for Swindon Harriers, his second claim club, in both the 200m and the 4x200m relay in the Veterans League, Western Division. He was pleased to report coming 2nd in his V60 age group and very modestly added that he did benefit from the leader pulling his hamstring 40 metres from the line. That’s sport for you. Very well done Dorian.
Also of note at Cirencester, Ian Barrett and Brecht Grieten took 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Brian Harris took a few seconds off his course PB and had his best ever placing and all in spite of a bit of a headache after indulging in a strong beer the previous evening. Pam Wheeler was the all important tail walker.
On tour in Wales were Gordon and Rachel Jones at Penallta in Caerphilly. Gordons excellent 24.12 was first MV70 over a minute ahead of the second placed local gentleman.
Paul Timms ran a new best time at Tetbury and Alex Banks tried the Warwick Racecourse event for the first time where he was 15th overall.
23rd July, parkrun, 5k trail
1 Dan Smith (Unattached) 18.00
36 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 24.12
77 Rachel Jones 30.22
1 Daniel Possee (Unattached) 18.53
2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.09
3 Brecht Grieten 19.39
6 Brian Harris 21.14
51 Gary Wood 25.05
61 Dorian Matts 26.24
121 Ruth Fulford 31.10
172 Pamela Wheeler 58.09
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Joey Patchitt (Unattached) 18.02
15 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 22.37
25 Alan McAdam 24.33
37 Rachel McAdam 26.05
Warwick Racecourse parkrun
1 Callum Hanlon (Unattached) 15.02
15 Alex Banks (Cirencester AC) 19.01