Bill Leggatte is Athlete of the Year
Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club 24 March 2018
Saturday night saw one of our most important social events of the year as members gathered to celebrate the achievements of individual club members in the annual award ceremony. We already knew that Bill Leggatte had won both the Cross Country and the Road Running Championships this year so it was only right for him, after year of superb running, peppered with fine achievements, to also be crowned Athlete of the Year. Meanwhile Nick Halliday was made Club Runner as Bill was not allowed by the rules to claim both Championships. We also already knew that the ladies awards were shared amongst three of our best with Cross Country going to Pam Wheeler, Road Race Champion to Kate Sackett and Club Runner to Karen Higuera.
Congratulations too to one of our fastest ladies, Sophie Chudley who earned Veteran of the Year. Also announced on the night were New Comer of the Year to Aaron Willis, and Most Improved of the Year to James Widdowson who spoke movingly and with feeling of his route to running fitness and his recent joy at breaking a club age group record. We also celebrated Rob Forbes amazing ultra running achievements, Corrine Clarke’s superb Triathlon performances and the great joint efforts of ‘The Nine’ who tackled the Chester marathon (Team of the Year). Finally, the behind the scenes labours of Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch were marked as they were jointly made Club Member(s) of the Year. And we have more to look forward to with the presentation of the Junior Awards at the Prediction Race and Pool BBQ evening on Tuesday 18th of June.
Weston-super-Mare ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
Dave Wright ran another superb half marathon finishing 29th overall and first V60 at Weston adding only seconds to his last weekend’s time at Bath. He, like all runners this weekend, ran in perfect conditions as temperatures stayed low despite the glorious spring sunshine and even running out along the pier for the final 600m the wind was kind.
1 Colin Snook (Cornwall AC) 1.12.04
29 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.24.53 – 1st V60 1577 finished
Forest of Dean Trails ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles trail/road
Wendy Nicholls burst back into competitive running to finish the Forest of Dean Half as 8th lady and first in her, LV45, age group. If Wendy can stay injury free and race hungry the club’s fortunes are due for a great boost. Coach Colin Tapley followed, comfortably iside the first 500, with Chris Prevett just tipping over the two hours. The ladies followed as Clare Tapley managed to stay just ahead of Sharon O’Keeffe and Rachel Jones.
1 Ben Livesey (Notts AC) 1.10.45 (chip time 1.10.44)
105 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 1.32.00 (1.31.57) – 8th lady / 1st FV45
451 Colin Tapley 1.47.15 (1.46.13)
1148 Chris Prevett 2.07.12 (2.05.42)
1568 Clare Tapley 2.24.27 (2.22.08)
1588 Sharon O’Keeffe 2.25.45 (2.23.25)
1590 Rachel Jones 2.25.48 (2.23.30) 1887 finished
The Big Cheese, Cheddar, 15 miles multi-terrain
Rob Brown was also out competing two consecutive weekends swapping the roads around Gloucester for the trails of Cheddar to finish 7th having run 15 hilly miles in under 110 minutes. Increased confidence and stamina both helped Robbie to pull past faster starters in the final stages of the race.
1 Chris McMillan (Weston AC) 1.38.09
7 Rob Brown (Cirencester AC) 1.49.39 278 finished
parkruns, 5km trail
Parkrun numbers were up – inspired by the spring sunshine? Joint run of the week to Ian Barrett (4th at Swindon) and Junior Ollie Campbell (1st at Chippenham) who both ran their respective races comfortably sub 18 minutes. James Thomas won again, this time running with the family at Marlborough, leaving Junior Sam Cook to bring home a strong team at Cirencester. Alan and Rachel McAdam went back to Swindon where their results emphasise again that this remains one of the fastest parkruns in the area. Further afield Cheney Kibblewhite ran in Camberwell and Thomas McNally stayed put in Auckland.
Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 8 Sam Cook (J) 22.00, 17 Kate Sackett 23.14, 28 Gordon Jones 24.01, 63 Brendan McCarthy 26.22, 68 Rachel Ranger 26.58, 71 Pam Wheeler 27.22, 131 Tom Prosser (J) 33.00, 189 finished
Swindon: 4 Ian Barrett 17.51, 120 Alan McAdam 24.07, 178 Rachel McAdam 26.06, 235 Barbara Thomas 27.46, 546 finished
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.52, 207 finished
Marlborough Common: 1 James Thomas 18.16, 33 David Moss 24.03, 96 Liz Thomas 28.20, 151 Louise Abbott 33.22, 184 finished
Gloucester City: 96 Liza Darroch 28.42, 118 Rupert Chesmore 30.05, 221 finished
Thornbury: 53 Ruth Fulford 31.45, 71 finished Newent, Forest of Dean: 12 Tristan King 24.07, 113 finished
Burgess Park, Camberwell, London: 262 Cheney Kibblewhite 26.02, 518 finished
Cornwall Park, Auckland, New Zealand: 207 Thomas McNally 29.13, 343 finished