A win, a sub 10 hour Ironman and marathons galore

Updated: Oct 11, 2019



Dave Bell won the Cricklade 10k, for the 3rd time, battling blustery conditions for a strong time of 33.23 with Bill Leggate coming in second and 1st V40 just behind him. Mark Sysum was 8th and a great run from Sophie Chudley brought her in as 1st lady (and 1st FV40) in 40.90. Behind her, the stream of club members continued with everyone clocking up the points won towards the Club Championships.

Cricklade 10km, road

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.23 2 Bill Leggate 35.10 – 1st V40 8 Mark Sysum 37.39 19 Sophie Chudley 40.19 – 1st lady / FV40 28 Alex Chudley 42.33 42 Ionel Iancu 45.29 50 Tom Renton-Rose 46.12 54 James Widdowson 47.03 72 Gordon Jones 49.24 128 Rachel Barrow 55.21 143 Pam Wheeler 56.21 146 Barbara Thomas 56.44 155 Tracey Seville 57.29 190 Rachel Jones 1.00.55 203 Rob Brown 1.02.37 292 finished.

We also had four strong men tackling the longer Half Marathon at Cricklade with Tom Purnell finishing 13th in 1.24.54.

Cricklade ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Ben Goddard (Woking AC) 1.11.57 13 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 1.24.54 26 Ross Swain 1.30.22 35 Simon Campbell 1.33.12 74 Constant Fischer 1.39.39 340 finished.

In Barcelona, Adrian Williams was competing on a completely different scale achieving a sub 10 hour Ironman. After months of disciplined and demanding training, he bettered his target time for the sea swim by 2 minutes finishing in 1.03.51 and achieved a sub five hour cycle (4.57.00) along the coast despite slowing over the second lap. Finally a 3.47.10 marathon proved tough but brought him over the line in 9.56.42. - a fine achievement in this highly competitive European event.

Barcelona Ironman, Spain, 3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run

1 Florian Angert (Germany) (45.56; 4.06.13; 2.48.55) 7.45.05 416 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) (1.03.51; 4.57.00; 3.47.10) 9.56.42 At time of writing 2927 had finished but more were still coming in!.

Gary Wood returned to the Chester marathon determined to beat the popular four hour target and his chip time tells us he did it! Gary, who started with the 4 hour pacer but chose to run away from the crush and go it alone, is quick to acknowledge the contribution joining the club made to his success. “Thanks to running with others and their invaluable support and advice” he knocked a cool 40 minutes from his time at Chester last year.


Chester Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Tom Charles (Trafford AC) 2.29.29 (chip 2.29.28) 1384 Gary Wood (Cirencester AC) 4.01.19 (3.59.10) 4041 finished.

Baxters Loch Ness Marathon 26.2 miles road

Alexander Golev chose the demanding Loch Ness Marathon for his first crack at the full 26.2 mile event to finish in 4.23.49 after enjoying the vote winning scenery from the shores of Loch Ness down to the centre of Inverness.

1 Isaiah Kosgei (Metro Aberdeen Running) 2.29.31

1683 Alexander Golev (Cirencester A C) 4.23.49 3581 finished

Finally, with the marathon season in full swing, Sarah Hancock went to Bournemouth to run her (more hilly) marathon in 4.40.35.

Bournemouth Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Lloyd Biddell (Mercia Fell Runners) 2.25.48 (chip 2.25.48) 1284 Sarah Hancock (Cirencester AC) 4.43.02 (4.40.35) 2129 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail

“The Ollies” were in winning form again with Ollie Campbell (J15-17) first at Tetbury (17.04) while Ollie Pritchard stormed up and down the grassy slopes of Guildford in 16.35. Wendy Nicholls was first for the club at Cirencester finishing 1st lady and 5th overall. Alan McAdam was 9th at Milford Haven while Colin Tapley (21.30) and Steve Derrick (23.01) were both 10th at Witney and Cirencester respectively. There were some other fine junior runs too with Isobel Watt (JW11-14) 23.10, Joe Cook(JM10) (27.40), Izzy Chudley (JW10) (28.46) and finally Isobel Watt ran again in the Cheltenham Junior parkrun to finish first girl and 6th overall.

Cirencester AC finishers:

Cirencester: 5 Wendy Nicholls 21.19 – 1st lady, 10 Steve Derrick 23.01, 11 Isobel Watt (J) 23.10, 22 Dorian Matts 24.26, 37 Rachel Ranger 26.16, 41 Sarah Whitehouse 26.36, 46 Joe Cook (J) 27.40, 56 Izzy Chudley (J) 28.46, 57 Sophie Chudley 28.47, 75 Samantha Timms 30.29, 132 Jenny Brewin 39.03,

142 finished

Tetbury: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.04, 112 finished

Swindon: 171 Barbara Thomas 26.42, 440 finished

Stroud: 18 Kate Sackett 24.31, 55 Jocelyn Randall 27.56, 140 finished

Witney: 10 Colin Tapley 21.30, 167 Clare Tapley 31.17, 300 finished

Guildford: 1 Oliver Pritchard 16.35, 465 finished

Milford Haven: 9 Alan McAdam 24.51, 13 Rachel McAdam 25.55, 40 finished

Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 23 Neil Morrissey 25.33, 148 finished

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