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A Sizzling Success and a PB for Brian

It was a beautiful evening in Cirencester Park for the annual Summer Sizzler 10k, this year it was one of the Glos AAA County Road Race series.

Months of hard work behind the scenes came together on the day. Under leadership of Tom Payne, a hard-working crew set up and dismantled the race HQ and route on the day and a team of marshals arrived to man the car park and course for the event. There was a great atmosphere as the crowds gathered, first for the junior races and then the 10k.

See below for the round up of CAC results, plenty of blistering performances in the junior races where there were some fabulous displays of sprint finishing! And in the senior race some fantastic age group placings and county points earned. It was a very hot evening for the two lap course, twice up the long drag to Ewe Pens Farm wasn’t easy.

There were top 5 and top 20 finishes for Rob Forbes and Ian Barret respectively.

Jo Musk was over the moon with her sub 42 minute finish earning 2nd in her very competitive V40 age group and 7th lady overall. This was well inside her target for the day. Brian Harris ran his 2nd best ever 10k race time even after sensibly easing off in the last 2k. The conditions were hot and going flat out wouldn’t have changed his age group 3rd position.

Kate Sackett was 1st FV60 with her 49.47 finish time.

And there was excellent sprint to the line and photo finish from Lorna Harris and Ruth Fulford when they realised just how close together they were! Ruth was 1st FV75 maintaining her lead in her county age group.

The next two races in the county series are the Bourton Hilly Half on 2nd July and Blaisdon 10k on 13th July.

An excellent evening for the club, runners and helpers alike.

14th June, Cirencester Summer Sizzler, 10k

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 33.20 chip time

4 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 35.05 - 1st MV40

17 Ian Barrett 38.01- 3rd MV50

47 Jo Musk 41.48 - 2nd FV40

50 Brian Harris 42.07 – 3rd MV60

64 Leo Crawford 42.50

86 Elysia Harrison 44.18 – 3rd FV35

119 Joyce Matthews 46.49

161 Kate Sackett 49.47 – 1st FV60

283 Ollie Wigley 57.16

396 Ruth Fulford 1.07.28 – 3rd FV70

397 Lorna Harris 1.07.28

491 finished

Summer Sizzler, Junior 3k race

1 Jack Pennell (Cheltenham and County Harriers) 11.06 chip time

3 Joseph Stickney U13 (Cirencester AC) 11.18

7 Ben Conway U13 11.46

10 Robbie Stickney U13 11.56

11 Isabella Stickney U15 11.58

15 Toby Conway U13 12.59

17 Betrice Andrews U13 13.48

18 Sebby Compton-Evans U13 14.00

19 Emma Cunningham U13 14.02

20 Mimi Van Wyk U15 14.03

21 Lyra Elliott-Jones 15 and over 14.19

23 Persephone Southey U13 14.30

24 Josh Neal U13 15.22

26 Caitlin Musgrove 15 and over 16.38

Summer Sizzler, Junior 2k race

1 Rory Macpherson (Chippenham Harriers) U11 8.30

6 Matthew Ross (Cirencester AC) U11 9.07

10 Rory Brown U11 9.15

12 Jessica Ross U11 9.26

14 Ted Lockhart U11 9.38

23 Stanley Harrison U11 10.19

25 Abigail Cunningham U11 10.26

26 Aria Stavrakakis U11 10.39

27 Anneliese Crawford U11 10.43

32 Lucy Laight U11 11.26

33 Isla Wright U11 11.33

38 Rowley Selby U9 11.47

42 Isobel Daniels U11 12.18

43 Katie Leicester U11 12.19

45 Ellena Daniels U11 12.46

40 Owen Bishop U11 14.28

Brian Harris was in action again this week, this time testing himself over the 5k distance on the roads of Wiltshire.

His superb efforts were rewarded with a new PB of 19.56 and a really pleasing age grading of over 80%, his two goals for the evening.

Brian reports that the course, described as flat and fast, does in fact descend in the first half and climbs in the second half which made pacing challenging and he felt he faded over the last kilometre. He has now switched his attention to a 10k race in 5 weeks time when he would love to improve on his PB set in 1998. Good luck Brian!

20th June, Heddington 5k series, 5k road

1 Simon Nott (Calne Running Club) 15.05

34 Brian Harris (Cirencester AC) 19.56 – 1st MV60

132 finished

Earlier this month, Ian Barrett and Kate Sackett both had great results at the local Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon with Ian finishing in the top 50 and Kate 1st in her FV60 age group.

4th June, Cotswold 113 Middle Distance Triathlon, 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle, 13.1 mile run

1 Oliver Simon (ATAC) 4.01.07 (Swim 24.07, Cycle 2.12.52, Run 1.21.34)

46 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 4.45.38 (Swim 34.11, Cycle 2.30.47, Run 1.36.54)

372 Kate Sackett 5.58.23 (Swim 43.41, Cycle 3.11.22. Run 1.58.06) – 1st FV60

639 finished

In parkrun news this week Paul and Sam Timms enjoyed a holiday run on Guernsey where Sam clocked up her 100th parkrun. Rachel and Alan McAdam were also on tour at the hilly Beacon Hill Country Park event.

In Cirencester Dave Musgrove was 3rd overall and Rachel Ranger was 2nd lady. Howard Ewan enjoyed a family run.

***PLEASE NOTE*** There will be no parkrun at Cirencester tomorrow, 24th June, as another event is taking place at the RAU. But…..the following week is the 200th Cirencester parkrun and also the venue for the graduation run of Nicks latest Couch to 5k group.

Please go along to enjoy both these milestones. If you are not a regular parkrunner you will get to witness the very happy, inclusive thing that it is. It only happens because people give up a bit of Saturday morning to help out and new volunteers would be welcomed with open arms.

17th June, parkrun, 5k, trail

Guernsey parkrun

1 Rick Weston 17.09

30 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 24.04

99 Samantha Timms 31.30

175 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Harry Barnes 18.30

3 David Musgrove (Cirencester AC) 19.18

27 Rachel Ranger 24.01 – 2nd lady

79 Rachel Barrow 28.28

94 Pamela Wheeler 29.19

184 Howard Ewan 56.07

185 finished

Beacon Hill Country Park parkrun

1 Daniel Evans 16.50

69 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 26.40

70 Rachel McAdam 26.52

170 finished

As ever. Please send a link to your race results to Martin at and any stories and photos to accompany them to Rachel at

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