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A Winning Team & A New Club Record

There was a fantastic start to the County Road Race Championships for this year at the Linda Franks 5 mile race on Sunday. The lovely, friendly event put on by Almost Athletes saw a group of our senior ladies pounding the tarmac of Cheltenham in the first race of the series.


First home for CAC was Kate Jacobs in a superb 30.04. Kate was 1st LV45 and set a new club age group record for the distance. The record was previously held by Wendy Nicholls who was also part of the winning ladies team on Sunday, following Kate in 33.13. Just a few seconds later came Charlotte Wilton who took 2nd FV45.


Kate Sackett also had a great morning out with her 38.09 finish taking 1st place in her LV60 age group. Kate was followed over the line half a minute later by Rachel Ranger in an excellent 38.41.


Kate J reports “It was a hugely competitive race. I gave it everything I had and I sure hurt the next day! I really couldn’t believe how fast I ran. It’s Tuesday night training combined with parkrun paying off!”


Well done to our winning ladies.


21st January, Linda Franks 5, 5 miles, road

1 Rob Green (CLC Striders) 25.51 (25.50)

24 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 30.06 (30.04) – 1st LV45 – Club FV45 Record

74 Wendy Nicholls 33.17 (33.13)

78 Charlotte Wilton 33.36 (33.30) – 2nd LV45

133 Kate Sackett 38.16 (38.09) – 1st LV60

141 Rachel Ranger 38.48 (38.41)

273 finished


Meanwhile, Paul and Sam Timms went to Wales for a favourite race of theirs, a slightly unusual distance of 8 miles at the Lliswerry 8.


Paul describes the race as “Fantastically organised, friendly, flat and fast. It’s an unusual distance, like a 10k pace race with a 3k sting in the tail. But you get a long sleeved top as a reward for your efforts.”


Whilst this was not the quickest of Paul’s four outings at this race, he was very pleased at how evenly he ran it.


21st January, Lliswerry 8, 8 miles, road

1 Jonathan Butler (Swansea Harriers AC) 39.34

267 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 1.02.08

626 Samantha Timms 1.22.27

755 finished


Tom Morgan also found a winter race on Sunday and had a great run at the Farnborough Half Marathon, clocking one of his best times at the distance.


21st January, Farnborough Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Christopher Rainsford (Unattached) 1.07.43 (1.07.43)

1147 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 1.58.55 (1.57.15)

2082 finished


The going was much firmer at Cirencester parkrun on Saturday……the mud was frozen! Despite the very cold conditions there were lots of club members out at parkruns this weekend both running and volunteering.


There were Cirencester best times for Nicola Wood, Paul Edrich, Annabel Campbell and Tilly Campbell who accompanied dad Simon. Nick Wall incorporated parkrun into a much longer run and Gary Wood ran well as he returns to form.


Elsewhere, Gordon Jones went well at Lydiard where  Martin Croucher joined his niece for her first ever parkrun. There was another great finish for Ollie Campbell, 2nd overall at Coventry. James Hunton enjoyed an outing at Chippenham. Amanda Naylor had a scenic run at Penrose in Cornwall.


Peter Rowland joined Rachel and Alan McAdam at Tetbury where it was back to the cross country route. Sophie Humphries took on the challenging course at Stroud and Corinne Clark was 2nd lady at Seven Fields.



20th January, parkrun, 5k trail


Lydiard parkrun

1 Ben Cole 15.33

134 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 26.28

369 Martin Croucher 46.59

395 finished

Coventry parkrun

1 Adam Hudson 15.55

2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.10

745 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 James Bellward 17.38

203 James Hunton (Cirencester AC) 39.00

230 finished

Penrose parkrun

1 Blake Williams 16.12

106 Amanda Naylor (Cirencester AC) 29.26

211 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Harry Barnes 17.47

2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 17.54

8 Ian Barrett 19.51

16 Heath Forbes 21.22

32 Otis Forbes 23.33

47 Paul Timms 24.27

66 Nicola Wood 26.29

67 Paul Edrich 26.30

70 Annabel Campbell 28.42

96 Brendan McCarthy 28.42

100 Nick Wall 28.53

105 Leo Crawford 29.02

111 Pamela Wheeler 29.26

117 Gary Wood 29.49

124 Kirsty Leggate 30.19

152 Tilly Campbell 33.46

153 Simon Campbell 33.48

187 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Samuel Davies 18.30

39 Alan McAdam 26.50

48 Rachel McAdam 27.47

59 Peter Rowland 29.02

129 finished

Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud

1 Lee Stopford 18.03

51 Sophie Humphries (Cirencester AC) 29.37

93 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Harry Woods 17.09

22 Corinne Clark (Cirencester AC) 21.45 – 2nd Lady

159 finished


As ever, a request to please send a link to your race results to Martin at as soon as possible and if you have any words or pictures to add to your race day story Rachel would really appreciate them at or via WhatsApp. Thanks all.







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