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Antipodean parkrun for Jo

Losing an hour of precious sleep wasn’t enough to stop Gareth James finding another 10k race. This time it was the Pendock Spring Chicken 10k in the Worcestershire countryside. He was very pleased with his 50.45 finish in the hilly, muddy conditions on a mix of road and farm tracks.

26th March, Pendock Spring Chicken 10k, 10k, multi terrain

1William Kennedy (Western Tempo) 36.27

47 Gareth James (Cirencester AC) 50.45

193 finished

Barbara Thomas also found a 10k race on Sunday, the Calne Clock Change Challenge where she took the 1st FV65 spot.

26th March, Calne Clock Change Challenge 10k, 10k, road

1 Simon Nott (Calne Running Club) 33.11

143 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.05.38 – 1st FV65

164 finished

And it was off to the Kent coast again for Martin Croucher as he completed marathon number 123. This time it was a family affair as he was joined on laps at various times by his mum, sister and uncle.

Martin reports that the conditions made it a challenging day with very strong winds. However, he was revived at the feed stations by the array of homemade fudge………it’s all about the food.

25th March, Fudgeathon, 6 hour Challenge, trail

1 Tyrone Raymond (Unattached) 6.01.45 – 36.1 miles

19 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 4.59.56 – 26.2 miles

61 finished

In parkrun news this week, Wendy Nicholls and Kate Jacobs were first lady at Lydiard and Tetbury respectively and both clocked times with age gradings of over 80%. Ollie Campbell won at Chippenham.

Gordon Jones was first MV70 at Seven Fields. Colin and Clare Tapley had a family run at University Parks in Oxford.

At Cirencester Ian Barrett was third overall in what looked like a close battle between 2nd and 4th places. Rachel Ranger was third FV50 but clocked the same time as the 2nd FV50 lady and was less than a minute behind the first placed FV50. Jos Randall, in half marathon training, was 1st FV55 and Pam Wheeler was 1st FV65.

And while we were all running around in the damp and drizzle, Jo Roberts enjoyed a very hot Australian parkrun at the Marina event and was 2nd female finisher.

25th March, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Michael Gilbert (Unattached) 17.18

16 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 20.32 – 1st Female

229 David Moss 32.44

343 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.39

156 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Jack Rose (Unattached) 18.20

3 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 20.27

49 Rachel Ranger 26.47

70 Jocelyn Randall 28.21

103 Pamela Wheeler 31.57

149 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Adam Stokes (Cirencester AC) 17.30

7 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 19.47 – 1st female

132 finished

Marina parkrun

1 Phill Dernee (Unattached) 18.52

13 Joanna Roberts (Cirencester AC) 24.48 – 2nd Female

53 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Ben Chapman (Unattached) 19.13

46 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 27.16

135 finished

University Parks parkrun

1 Luke Gribbin (Unattached) 16.47

347 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 32.33

395 Clare Tapley 34.56

434 finished

Wolford Wood parkrun

1 Joshua Moran (Unattached) 21.14

16 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 28.18

22 Rachel McAdam 30.08 – 3rd Female

56 finished

Don’t forget to send a link to your results to Martin at and any stories and photos to Rachel at

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The annual prediction run and BBQ will be held on Tuesday 18th June 2024. The run will take place in the Abbey Grounds commencing at 6.30 pm. The BBQ will take place at Cirencester Open Air Pool comme


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