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An Easter Eggstravaganza

There was some glorious running weather over the Easter weekend and some ‘eggcellent’ results too.

At Westonbirt on Good Friday there were fine performances in both the 10k and half marathon events from experienced and new runners alike.

A splendid 37.23 finish from Brecht Grieten took 5th place overall in the 10k. New club member Ollie Wigley was delighted with his 53 minute run in his first ever 10k event. He has been enjoying and benefitting from Tuesday evening training and social Thursday morning club runs.

Neil Morrissey took on the half marathon distance.

Neil was thrilled to bits with his 1.36.09 time, a brilliant new PB. After returning from a recent 6 month army posting to Bahrain, where he was relying on 5k runs for cardio work and ran a half marathon he was a little disappointed with, he has made great progress this year setting new PBs at 10k, 10 mile and now half marathon.

Congratulations Neil, we look forward to seeing what the rest of 2023 brings.

7th April, Westonbirt Easter 10k, 10k, road

1 Harry Barnes (RAF Athletics Association) 33.34 (33.34)

5 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 37.24 (37.23)

134 Oliver Wigley 53.15 (52.59)

354 finished

7th April, Westonbirt Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Cory She Twin (Forest of Dean AC) 1.17.58 (1.17.58)

23 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 1.36.13 (1.36.09)

160 finished

On Saturday, Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore headed to Dorney Lake for a half marathon.

Liza reports “My aim was to better my 2.23 run at Farnborough in January and to practice a Half before the Masters National Championships in late May and Milton Keynes marathon on May 1st. Rupert just wanted to see if he could stay the course only 7 days after his 22 hour 100k epic ultra in Lakes.”

“Running four times up the side of the Dorney rowing lake that we all remember from the Olympics and four times back to the start had never sounded appealing but in the end anywhere and anything would have been a pleasure early on such a glorious spring day. The start was chaotic as runners of 5 and 10k, the Half marathon and three different duathlon groups all fought their way down a narrow finishing tunnel but we soon settled down to a regular pace with plenty of space.”

“Rupert stayed strong throughout and even made sure our last mile was our fastest. We finished in 2.17 and the hoped for improvement made me 1st LV60 let alone LV75 but then there was only one of us in each of the 10 year age bands. I think it will be an inaugural club record but more impressive was Rupert’s achievement so a good morning all round.”

Really well done to both Liza and Rupert.

8th April, Dorney Lake Half Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Simon Millett (Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC) 1.11.46 (1.11.43)

149 Liza Darroch (Cirencester AC) 2.19.35 (2.17.48) – 1st LV70 – Inaugural Club LV75 Record

150 Rupert Chesmore 2.19.38 (2.17.51)

177 finished

Kate Jacobs and new club member Jason Richards went to Wales for the challenging, 20 mile, Beast of the Beacons event in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The route takes participants through stunning scenery with varied terrain from rocky paths to forest trails, mud and rivers, tackling almost 4000 feet of elevation.

Kate reports “The weather was amazing, and the views were spectacular. It was a great day for running!”

Really impressive running from both meant that Jason finished in 7th place overall and Kate was 1st lady and 11th overall.

8th April, Beast Of The Beacons, 20 miles, trail

1 Jerome Edwards (Les Croupiers RC) 2.55.25 (2.55.23)

7 Jason Richards (Cirencester AC) 3.23.37 (3.23.32)

11 Kate Jacobs 3.30.33 (3.30.28) – 1st SL

122 finished

Amongst great parkrun results, some of the highlights were age group 1st places for Rachel McAdam, Alan McAdam, Pam Wheeler and Ruth Fulford.

Easter holiday travels took Cirencester runners to further afield events. Tom Purnell ran his best time at Canterbury where he finished first.

Closer to home at Tetbury, Ollie Campbell and Luke Campbell were 1st and 7th respectively and both ran their best times for the course. Clare and Colin Tapley appear to have been bitten by the parkrun bug in recent weeks and tried Tetbury for the first time.

8th April, parkrun, 5k trail

Canterbury parkrun

1 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 17.42

132 finished

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Bart Saaiman (Unattached) 18.47

24 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 25.26

69 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Rohan Archer (Unattached) 17.59

68 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.57

89 Rachel McAdam 26.17

207 finished

Parke parkrun

1 Eirin McDaid (Unattached) 18.37

77 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 31.43

136 finished

Fell Foot parkrun, Newby Bridge

1 Connor Mcgurk (Unattached) 17.24

11 Howard Ewan (Cirencester AC) 20.01

321 finished

Harcourt Hill parkrun

1 Kerry Papps (Unattached) 19.28

16 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 22.04

129 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Thomas Graham (Unattached) 19.42

74 Jocelyn Randall (Cirencester AC) 27.39

100 Pamela Wheeler 30.51

175 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 16.11

7 Luke Campbell 18.51

19 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 21.47 – 2nd Female

84 Colin Tapley 30.23

102 Clare Tapley 32.45

138 finished

King George V Playing Field parkrun, Cheltenham

1 Samuel Crowther (Unattached) 18.48

62 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 31.49

100 finished

Liza has kindly offered to write the reports for the next two weeks so do send her any news of your endeavours.

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