Ollie Pritchard was victorious at the British Triathlon Age Group Celebration Cup which took place at Mallory Park race circuit on Sunday. This was his first mass start, draft legal race of the season with Covid restrictions having been in place previously. A sprint distance event, Ollie came out of the water in 9th place, finished the bike leg in 4th place and took the overall lead within the first 500 metres of the run. He continued to open the gap until he crossed the finish line. He says he thoroughly enjoyed the event and can’t wait for next season but for now is looking forward to some cross country.
The official stats will be added to the results page shortly. Congratulations to Ollie on his winning time of 1:00:06 a minute and a half clear of the 2nd placed finisher.
This weekend Kate Sackett travelled north with partner Andy to take part in the Great Manchester Half Marathon. Kate says the 10k that followed was the main event of the day, with the half marathon being an inner city route between football stadia. The weather conditions were fine and the event well organised. Continuing her fantastic run of form, Kate finished in 1:44:21, nicely within her target for the day of sub 1:45. She was very pleased to take a superb age group first place in her LV60 category. Her time was also a few seconds faster than Andy although he managed to run further, a lesson in taking corners as tightly as possible when chasing a time!
26th September, Great Manchester Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road
1 Luke Cotter (Unknown) 70.25
430 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 1.44.21 – 1st LV60
Dave Bell went to the Forest of Dean to take on the Autumn Half Marathon. Having been nursing a sore achilles for a while he wasn’t sure he would even make it to the start line. On the day however, Dave had a great run and came in a very close second, just 13 seconds behind the first placed athlete. He was within 20 seconds of the leader for the entire race but just couldn’t quite close the gap. He really enjoyed the ups and downs of the beautiful forest trail, definitely not a PB course but a very successful morning’s work.
26th September, Forest Of Dean Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, trail
1 Tim Hartley (Unattached) 1.15.15 (1.15.13)
2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.15.28 (1.15.26)
Martin Croucher travelled to the Kent coast near Dover to run a more unusual event, the Zombie Run. He has taken part in numerous events directed by these organisers and it was a chance to enjoy a very sociable run with old friends and chat about all manner of things. Not known as events for quick times they are a good opportunity to try out different methods. Running laps of roughly 5k meant passing the aid station frequently enough not to have to carry very much in the way of fuel. It was a really sunny day with no wind. Martin also enjoyed finally wearing the 100 marathon T shirt he earned almost two years ago at Beachy Head.
25th September, Zombie Run, 6 hr Challenge, trail
1 James Patterson (Unknown) 6.32.58 – 36.1 miles
7 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 5.45.51 – 29.5 miles
On the parkrun circuit there were wins for Tom Purnell at Lydiard, and Ollie Campbell at Chippenham both with new PBs for those particular courses. There was a strong Cirencester showing at Tetbury with Nea Sneddon-Jenkins first lady. At Cirencester Ian Barrett was first home for CAC with solid runs behind him from many regular club parkrunners. Tom Morgan made it part of a longer marathon training run. David Musgrove enjoyed a family run this week and Rachel Ranger took on tailwalking duties.
25th September, parkrun, 5k, trail
1 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 17.16
68 David Moss 24.00
1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 16.26
1 Philip Cooper (Unattached) 18.02
4 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.34
12 Tom Payne 22.49
18 Paul Timms 24.16
40 Gordon Jones 26.35
41 Jocelyn Randall 26.36
50 Tom Morgan 27.22
57 Richard Edwards 28.26
67 Sam Timms 29.55
81 David Musgrove 32.21
117 Rachel Ranger 47.35
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Jacob Mcadam (Unattached) 18.34
10 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 21.30 – 1st Woman
32 Alan Mcadam 24.38
45 Brendan McCarthy 26.01
46 Rachel Mcadam 26.05