Updated: Sep 10, 2019
In a very satisfying return to competitive running Rob Forbes won the New Forest Marathon completing the undulating course in 2:40.35 confirming that his getting back to his usual top form.
New Forest Marathon, 26.2 miles road
1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 2.40.35 983 finished.
Chippenham ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Dave Bell’s 1.13.16 half marathon gave him 11th place at Chippenham and as 4th for the county and as 6 counted he made a key contribution to Gloucestershire winning the South West Half Marathon Championships. Sophie Chudley’s time of 1.26.19 brought her in as 9th lady and Gary Wood’s 1.48.10 was a fine confidence booster as he prepares for next month’s Chester Marathon
1 Tom Merson (Exmouth Harriers) 1.06.09 11 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.13.16 76 Sophie Chudley 1.26.19 – 9th lady 387 Gary Wood 1.48.10 764 finished.
Nick Wall took some 3 minutes from his last year’s time for the Great North Run while Martin Croucher had another fun outing eating his way along the route with his dad.
Great North Run ½ Marathon, Newcastle, 13.1 miles road
1 Mo Farah (Newham & Essex Beagles) 59.07 4989 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 1.47.50 26724 Martin Croucher 2.51.54 42867 finished.
Another good run from Bill Leggate served to consolidate his lead position in the Club Road Running Championships. His time of 57.58 was an improvement on last year but he was pushed from third to fourth place by a strong trio which included two other vet 40s. Mark Sysum and Ionel Iancu also gathered useful points to boost their already strong positions in the men’s club champs. Further back, Pam Wheeler may have lost a point to an on-form Liza Darroch but her lead in the Championships remains super strong. Rachel Barrow had a good run with her daughter while husband Paul crossed the line holding hands with two other ladies......
WATCH OUT for new Championships Tables soon.
Cotswold Classic ‘10’, Witney, 10 miles road
1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) 55.02 4 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 57.58 25 Mark Sysum 1.03.57 137 Ionel Iancu 1.18.58 289 Sarah Whitehouse 1.32.56 297 Liza Darroch 1.33.41 – inaugural club V70 record 346 Pam Wheeler 1.39.08 353 Rachel Barrow 1.39.45 409 Paul Barrow 1.53.01 420 finished.
Note: We hope to have results from Woodchester soon and will include them next week.
parkruns, 5km trail
Fastest run of the week by Martin Croucher (19.48), 10th at Whitley Bay the day before the Great North Run and Ollie Campbell (19.56) was 14th at Chippenham. In the absence of many of the usual faces it fell to parkrun irregulars to lead the way at Cirencester. Wendy Nicholls finished as first lady and club super vet David Wright returned after a three year parkrun gap to try out the Cirencester course where Chris Prevett and Jocelyn Randall both ran PBs.
Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 11 Wendy Nicholls 20.49 (1st lady), 13 David Wright 21.41, 26 Isobel Watt (J) 22.34, 32 Matt Ulyatt 23.15, 58 Rachel Ranger 25.03, 64 Chris Prevett 25.19, 77 Liz Thomas 26.08, 81 Jocelyn Randall 26.26, 113 Joe Cook (J) 28.41, 188 Neil Broadley 40.53, 195 finished Swindon: 78 Gordon Jones 22.24, 210 Barbara Thomas 26.37, 565 finished Tetbury: 22 Alan McAdam 23.37, 33 Rachel McAdam 25.38, 102 finished Chippenham: 14 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.56, 249 finished Stroud: 95 Thomas McNally 31.13, 175 finished Colby, Pembrokeshire: 90 Louise Abbott 33.46, 122 finished Whitley Bay: 10 Martin Croucher 19.48, 479 finished
Some fine performances from CAC athletes at the undulating trail race in Woodchester park near Stroud. Richard Hurdle took full advantage of the dry conditions underfoot and put in a cracking performance to not only take 3rd overall but also beating the long standing M45 record.
There were also some strong performances from Louis Nolan and Alex Banks both finishing in the top 10, as well as great runs from Dorian Matts, Karen Higuera and Barbara Thomas.