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Bill Takes the High Road

Before news of results from this weekend, details of something a bit different from last week.


As many runners like to do, Bill Leggate looked for a holiday race to enter and took part in the Lomonds of Fife Hill Race. The route, with 823 metres of ascent, is described as taking in the two prominent hills of Fife and culminating in the legendary descent into the Bunnet Stane followed by a hillside traverse. Participants are instructed to bring full body cover! But there was food on offer in the village hall afterwards and all for the entry fee of just £7.


Bill summarised his race like this, “Tough, but a nice change from the norm. Felt ok to the top of West Lomond but struggled on the near vertical descent from the summit. Then a group of us made a navigational error and stayed too high traversing back round to the finish. I felt better that there were at least some seasoned looking hill runners with me!”


“It was a hairy descent through untrodden forest to rejoin the track by which time my legs were done. Finished 20th having been in the top ten before the error, probably lost about ten minutes.”


Sounds like a very memorable race.


21st August, The Lomonds Of Fife Hill Race, 16.76km, Fell

1 Alexander Chepelin (Carnethy) 1.16.05

20 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 1.50.00

58 finished




By complete contrast, Stuart Fitzgerald tested himself in a flat and fast road race at Langley Burrell. This DBMax 10k event was the fourth in a series on this course.


Despite feeling that he went out a bit too fast in the first kilometre, Stuart managed to maintain a great pace for the rest of the race and bagged himself a new 10k PB, shaving around 50 seconds off his previous best.


Congratulations to Stuart.


27th August, Langley Burrell Lightning Bolt Fast 10k, 10k, road

1 Ben Cole (Swindon Harriers) 30.14 (30.14)

9 Stuart Fitzgerald (Cirencester AC) 37.30 (37.29)

85 finished



There were 10k and half marathon distances on offer at the Severn Bridge events on Sunday. These events are ever popular with the chance to run on a closed road across the iconic Severn Bridge.


New club member Gareth James completed the 10k in 55.33 and Barbara Thomas took on the half marathon, claiming 3rd place in her FV65 age category.


28th August, Severn Bridge 10k, 10k road


1 Arron Kearney (Bideford AC) 34.50 chip time

175 Gareth James (Cirencester AC) 55.33

515 finished


28th August, Severn Bridge Half Marathon, 13.1 miles road


1 Hallam Girardet (Unattached) 1.14.12 chip time

400 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 2.34.39 – 3rd FV65

439 finished



Amongst the usual assortment of great parkrun results there were top ten finishes for Luke Buck, Ollie Campbell and Holly Willis, who was second female finisher at the Forest of Dean event.


27th August, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Simon Byrne (Unattached) 15.39

4 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 19.19

316 finished

Forest Of Dean parkrun

1 Steven Harris (Unattached) 17.49

6 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 21.05 – 2nd Female

114 finished

Thornbury parkrun

1 Matt Browning (Unattached) 19.31

55 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.03

86 finished

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Matt Hudd (Unattached) 18.09

25 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 23.54

77 finished

Chippenham parkrun

1 Ethan Pierce (Unattached) 16.30

2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.01

177 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Allan Howling (Unattached) 20.00

22 Jonathan Young (Cirencester AC) 23.56

66 Brendan McCarthy 28.03

82 Samantha Timms 29.19

141 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Simon Rawlins (Unattached) 18.27

29 Alan Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 24.39

32 Rachel Mcadam 25.09

84 finished



If you have a story to tell about your race result or a photograph from the day please do get in touch with Rachel at rachelelisabethbarrow@hotmail.co.uk




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