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Blazing at Blaisdon

Blaisdon in the Forest of Dean was the scene last Thursday of the latest in the county road race series. The 10k event followed an undulating, out and back course. The club was well represented and the performances everyone put in earned plenty of county points and impressive age group placings.

There was a top 15 finish for Brecht Grieten. Kate Jacobs was 2nd lady overall, by 1 second having pushed hard to reel in a CLC Striders runner, and 1st in her V45 age group. Great tactical racing by Kate.

Next home was Brian Harris. He describes his first mile as over exuberant but then steadied his pace to log a season’s best sub 42 minute time and clock up 9 points to add to his county tally. Taking a minute off his time from 2022, he is pleased to be reaping the benefits of his 80/20 approach to training this year. Brian was closely followed by Jo Musk who took 2nd spot in the FV40 category. Kate Sackett came home inside 50 minutes to be 1st FV60 just days after a very successful triathlon.

Our FV75 duo of Ruth Fulford and Liza Darroch battled it out, with Ruth taking 1st place in the category closely followed by Liza.

The pub based race HQ of this small, friendly event meant the evening was rounded off with well- earned pub grub.

Points amassed after this race see Jo Musk currently at the top of her age group and fourth overall in the Ladies Open competition. Brian is a very close second in his category. Kate is first V60 at the moment have earned maximum points in five of the six races she has run. Ruth tops the FV75 age group, also with maximum 10 points in all five of her completed races so far. Despite turning 75 early this year, Liza falls into the FV70 category as her birthday was after the start of the race series. She is currently 3rd in that group.

A fantastic evening of running and results. Congratulations to our super seven!

13th July, Red Hart Blaisdon 10k, 10k, road

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 33.25

14 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 36.58

20 Kate Jacobs 39.11 - 2nd lady, 1st FV45

43 Brian Harris 41.52 – 2nd MV60

48 Jo Musk 42.26 – 2nd FV40

85 Kate Sackett 49.02 – 1st FV60

119 Ruth Fulford 1.03.24 – 1st FV75

120 Liza Darroch 1.04.04 – 2nd FV75

123 finished

On Sunday morning Dave Bell flew round the two lap, lakeside course of the Dorney 10k taking first place.

Despite the strong headwind in one direction, Dave achieved his goals for the day of keeping a controlled and consistent pace and finishing inside 35 minutes. He described his run as solid and a good confidence boost as he aims to work back to a sub 34 10k.

Well done Dave!

16th July, Dorney 10k, 10k, road

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 34.58 chip time

211 finished

Some highlights from parkrun this week…..another great 75% age graded run from Ruth Fulford at Gloucester North. Top tip from Lorna and Brian Harris on achieving a top twenty finish…..go to Clifton in Nottingham where only 25 people turn up! Quite a long drive though. Ian Barrett was 3rd at Chipping Norton. Rachel and Alan McAdam were both first in their age groups at Tetbury.

Juniors Joseph and Robert Stickney had cracking runs at Cirencester to finish 5th and 9th respectively and Joseph ran a new course best. Pam Wheeler ran an age graded time of almost 72%. Tom Morgan accompanied his son on his first full parkrun.

Please shout if you are proud of your parkrun achievement…..a new PB, a super duper age grading, a milestone number of runs, not tripping over a Tetbury tree root………. It takes a while to trawl through results to find bits of news.

15th July, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Courtenay Chessell 17.17

134 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 26.38

361 finished

Gloucester North parkrun

1 Scott Withey 19.34

85 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 32.02

142 finished

Buckingham parkrun

1 Michael Pearce 17.40

205 Bryan Reid (Cirencester AC) 32.14

271 finished

Clifton parkrun

1 Alastair Dunn 20.16

19 Lorna Harris (Cirencester AC) 33.44

20 Brian Harris 33.46

25 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Michael Gilbert 18.08

5 Joseph Stickney (Cirencester AC) 19.25

9 Robert Stickney 20.27

36 Paul Timms 24.13

82 Brendan McCarthy 28.40

90 Pamela Wheeler 29.35

99 Gary Wood 30.29

100 Sam Timms 30.31

142 Tom Morgan 39.30

147 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Sebastian Munday 19.07

27 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 25.48

35 Rachel McAdam 27.34

99 finished

Chipping Norton School parkrun

1 Aric Klukowski 18.21

3 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.30

86 finished

Please send a link to your race results to Martin at and any notes to go with them to Rachel via the WhatsApp group or to

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