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Another Record For Ollie

Those of you who are regular readers of the weekly news feed will be aware of just what fine form Ollie Campbell is in. Within the last few weeks he has completed a 5k event in a time good enough to take the club U20 record for that distance. His record breaking streak continues.

On Saturday Ollie ran his local 10k event, The Flying Monk 10k, an annual fixture that is part of the Malmesbury Carnival celebration. The route of the race is described as undulating with 1.5k of it off road down the Old Fosse Way, the rest on quiet country lanes surrounding Malmesbury.

Ollie followed his brother Luke, who was lead cyclist for the event, and crossed the line in a fantastic 33.23 and earned himself another club record. His impressive performance took the U20 10k record from Chris Illman by just 7 seconds. Many congratulations to Ollie.

Two other Cirencester members also performed well on the day. There was a top ten finish for Brecht Grieten and Carole Rayner’s 51.02 finish earned her 3rd FV50 spot.

3rd September, Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k, 10k, road

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 33.23 (33.23) – New U20 Club Record

10 Brecht Grieten 39.06 (39.04)

94 Carole Rayner 51.13 (51.02) – 3rd FV50

236 finished

Also on Saturday, a small group from Cirencester travelled to Witney for the Witney Road Runners annual Cotswold Classic 10 miler. This really well organised and marshalled race has been running for over 30 years and was once again one of the Cirencester AC Road Race Championship events this year. The course is described by the organisers as ‘fundulating’. Conditions on the day were mostly warm and humid, cooling off towards the end for those who were out on the course for a bit longer than the winner, who took just 55 minutes to finish.

Nick Wall used the race as a last long run before his upcoming Great North Run. Rob Tuttle was delighted to run 10 miles after patiently working his way back from a calf injury. Rachel Barrow didn’t much like the heat and humidity but nevertheless enjoyed the morning out.

As so many of us do, Liza Darroch couldn’t help but compare her finish time to her race last year when she finished several minutes quicker. It was however a great example of how we can all use races not just to race but to prepare and practice pace for other, possibly longer, events. Liza is just a few weeks away from Chester Marathon where she will represent England in the Age Group Masters event and used this race as one of her steady long runs, accompanied by Rupert for the last few miles. Her performance earned her 1st place in the FV70 category and a £30 prize to go home with.

There was the usual long sleeved running top and a can of beer for all finishers with Rob also bagging a spot prize of a bottle of wine!

The photograph of Liza is courtesy of Barry Cornelius at Oxon Race Photos.

With just two races remaining in the Road Race Championship schedule, Stroud Half and the Guy Fawkes 5, the top three men and women are currently as follows:

1. Brecht Grieten

2. Brian Harris

3. Rob Tuttle

1. Rachel Barrow

2. Ruth Fulford

3. Rachel Ranger

3rd September, Witney 10 mile, 10 miles, road

1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers AC) 55.07 (55.07)

169 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 1.35.35 (1.35.04)

175 Rob Tuttle 1.36.09 (1.35.39)

192 Rachel Barrow 1.39.25 (1.38.55)

223 Liza Darroch 1.47.24 (1.46.54) – 1st LV70

272 finished

Sunday morning saw the ‘hillier than you might think’ Cheltenham Half Marathon taking place.

In action from Cirencester were Chris Miller who finished inside the top 100 and Tanya Everett who was using the event as a training run for the Bath Half next month. Tanya was very pleased with how her race went and enjoyed the great crowd support along the route.

4th September, Cheltenham Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Dominic James (Western Tempo) 1.08.19 (1.08.14)

93 Chris Miller (Cirencester AC) 1.30.26 (1.30.15)

831 Tanya Everett 2.05.48 (2.02.59)

1534 finished

Harrie Siebenaller completed The Ridum 2022 race on Saturday. This is a 30 mile challenge around the Rhymney Valley Ridgeway Walk. Along the way participants encounter 4252 feet of elevation and varied terrain.

Harrie reports “I was very excited to take on my first ultra and the Pegasus Ridum 50k in South Wales did not disappoint. The company were incredible, so well organised. The event coordinator even rang every single participant in the week leading up to the event to make sure we were happy and to answer any questions. They don’t have cut off times, believing that everyone who has trained for the event deserves support until the finish. That was really reassuring when tackling that distance and elevation for the first time!”

The official results don’t appear to be available at the time of writing but Harrie was 2nd female finisher in a time of 5:58. Very well done.

As ever, there was great parkrunning at the weekend with Kate Sackett 1st female at Stonehouse and Wendy Nicholls 2nd female at Cirencester. Tom Morgan enjoyed a bit of parkrun tourism in Snowdonia.

3rd September, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Adam Townsend (Unattached) 17.14

12 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 19.39

300 finished

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Alastair Campbell (Unattached) 17.47

13 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 23.14 – 1st Female

56 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Danny Adams (Unattached) 16.13

120 James Hunton (Cirencester AC) 28.25

210 finished

Dolgellau parkrun

1 Tomos Roberts (Unattached) 19.01

20 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 26.19

58 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Chelsea Rose Baker (Unattached) 18.05

2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 18.56

7 Wendy Nicholls 20.58 – 2nd Female

18 Paul Timms 23.24

43 Gary Wood 25.32

78 Samantha Timms 29.15

133 finished

King George V Playing Fields parkrun

1 Sam Upton (Unattached) 18.48

36 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.38

59 finished

Keep sending news of your achievements to Rachel either via the club WhatsApp group or email

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