19th July 2021
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Two midweek races for you. Firstly Rachel and Paul Barrow wandered over to Minchinhampton to spectate at the Stroud Beer and Rachel tell us more below. But the even better news is that Rachel (ably aided and assisted by Paul) will be taking over writing this weekly report from the end of August. So you will need to share your stories with her soon and don’t be surprised if you her from her rather than me.
14th July, Stroud Beer Race, 7.2 miles, road
A glorious summer evening on Wednesday saw a small group of Cirencester runners join just over a hundred others on Minchinhampton Common for the delightfully low key Stroud Beer Race. A bit of breeze helped to cool things down a little on the challenging, three lap, undulating course. Some very impressive performances produced a wonderful haul of age group wins. Kate Sackett was first home for Cirencester and 1st FV60 having run strongly in the Bourton mile and also completed a triathlon only days before. There was some healthy competition between Kate and Karen Higuera but in the end Karen came in just one minute behind to take 1st FV55. Karen was happy to have run such a solid race and also broken in some brand new shoes! Next home were Jos Randall closely followed by Tony Shelbourn claiming 1st FV50 and 1st MV75 respectively. Tom Morgan and Ruth Fulford came in shortly afterwards with Tom describing the course as more hilly than he had expected and admitting that he may have gone off a little too quickly. Ruth finished strongly to take second spot in the FV70 category.
Every one of this gritty band looked strong at the top of the final climb and were smiling as they reached the home straight before finishing to claim well earned medals and beer.
1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 40.02 (39.51) 48 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 58.43 (57.59) – 1st FV60 61 Karen Higuera 59.55 (59.20) – 1st FV55 74 Jocelyn Randall 1.03.04 (1.02.29) – 1st FV50 75 Tony Shelbourn 1.03.33 (1.02.37) – 1st MV75 96 Tom Morgan 1.10.44 (1.09.47) 104 Ruth Fulford 1.13.07 (1.12.11) – 2nd FV70 129 finished
14th July, Castle Coombe 10k, 10k, road
On the same evening Brian Harris was in Castle Coombe to attack and reduce his 10 k PB. After 3 flat and traffic free laps of the race circuit, he had done just that – by a healthy minute. Brian shares a message to us all when he comments that his success is probably due to a combination of highly effective warm up and good, consistent, pacing.
1 Courtenay Chessell (Swindon Harriers) 34.44
58 Brian Harris (Cirencester AC) 43.42 208 finished
Finally, more great news, Cirencester parkrun will recommence on Saturday and are they are appealing for more volunteers to help. Everyone speaks highly of the experience – give it a go – pick the Volunteer tab on the parkrun website to find out more.