An excellent cross country season from Aaron Willis, as reported on last week, earned him a county vest and the chance to compete in the Inter Counties Championships at Loughborough this weekend.
Aaron kindly put together some words to describe his experience.
“289 of some of the fastest cross country runners in the country lined up at Loughborough to take part in the Inter Counties Championships. The course was tough with plenty of muddy sections to stop you getting into any kind of rhythm. The time flew by and I couldn’t believe I was coming to the last 1000 metres so I put my foot down to pass a few runners. I got myself into a small group but soon realised the course was longer than the stated 10k and was really hanging on in the last 500. I enjoyed it and hope to be back next year”.
Aaron qualified through his position in the Gloucestershire Championship race in January. In a really strong field Aaron finished in 240th place. The Gloucestershire team finished 29th.
12th March, Inter Counties Cross Country Championships
Senior Men, 10k
1 Calum Johnson (North East) 33.03
240 Aaron Willis (Gloucestershire) 40.15
At parkrun this week there was another great performance from Ollie Campbell with a 2nd place finish at Coventry.
The Chudley family were in action in Australia at the Curl Curl event where young Millie was 3rd lady with mum and dad, Sophie and Alex, not far behind.
At Cirencester there were top 5 finishes from Ian Barrett and Brecht Grieten. Marathon ready Rachel Ranger was 3rd lady just a couple of days after a twenty mile training run and Yvonne Binks made her parkrun debut. Also in training for an upcoming marathon, Keith Firkin clocked a good time at Seven Fields.
Freshly back from a Spanish holiday, Rachel and Alan Mcadam were at Tetbury where son Jacob paced Nea Sneddon-Jenkins to a new parkrun PB of 20.43. Nea was 1st lady yet again with Wendy Nicholls 2nd lady in 21.45.
12th March, parkrun, 5k trail
1 Scott Hudspith (Unattached) 16.19
2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.36
Curl Curl parkrun
1 Logan Campbell (Unattaced) 15.41
15 Millie Chudley (Cirencester AC) 18.49 3rd female
29 Sophie Chudley 20.18
51 Alex Chudley 21.52
1 Lewis McBride (Unattached) 19.05
3 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 20.01
4 Brecht Grieten 20.44
11 Neil Morrissey 21.58
27 Gordon Jones 25.25
33 Rachel Ranger 26.06 3rd female
64 Pamela Wheeler 31.01
72 Ruth Fulford 31.52
93 Yvonne Binks 36.58
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Heath Bampton (Unattached) 18.35
6 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (CirencesterAC) 20.43 1st female
10 Wendy Nicholls 21.45 2nd female
32 Alan Mcadam 24.48
43 Rachel Mcadam 26.35
56 Samantha Timms 29.09
Seven Fields parkrun
1 Robert Hudd (Unattached) 19.52
19 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 22.22
Next, an update from Brian Harris regarding the Club Road Race Championship for this year.
“There are still places available for the Berkeley “Fission” 20 mile race next Saturday, 19th March. This is the 2nd race in the Club Road Race Championship. The top 5 men and women after the first race, Bourton 10k, are;
1= Dave Bell 20 points
1= Martin Croucher 20 points *
3 Tom Purnell 19 points
4 James Thomas 18 points
5 Ian Barrett 17 points
*Martin earned his 20 points from a completed marathon
1 Karen Higuera 20 points
2 Gemma Lund 19 points
3 Liz Thomas 18 points
4 Rachel Barrow 17 points
5 Rachel Ranger 16 points
Further details of the fixtures and results will be appearing on the club website shortly, once Brian can figure out how to upload them.”
And finally, just a reminder that we can only record and report on all your fantastic achievements if you let us know about you races. Please do send links to results and, if possible, a few words about your experiences, to Rachel Barrow via WhatsApp or email firstname.lastname@example.org