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Busy weekend in the sunshine

Woodchester Park, 8 miles trail. Richard Hurdle finished a fine third overall at this undulating course near Stroud; he was also 1st V45. There were strong finishes throughout with Louis Nolan coming in just 16 seconds ahead of Alex Banks in commendable 9th and 10th places. Dorian Matts continues his run of good results and in-form Karen Higuera was an age group winner and Barbara Thomas made up the team.

Results 1st Ian Newns (Stroud & District AC) 52.10, 3rd Richard Hurdle 54.15, 9 Louis Nolan 57.22, 10 Alex Banks 57.38, 54 Dorian Matts 1.08.22, 71 Karen Higuera 1.11.56, 127 Barbara Thomas 1.29.38. 145 finished.

Copenhagen ½ Marathon, Denmark, 13.1 miles road. Sarah Whitehouse finished in a pleasing 1:56.13 and was 11809th in an enormous field on this flat, fast course.. The winner was Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) broke the world record with 58.01 which was a minute faster than Mo Farah at the Great North Run.

Worcester City ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road. Rob Jones (1:47.13) was CAC’s lone representative in Worcester and he finished in 278th place, just outside the top 25% of the 1060 runners. The winner was Omar Ahmed (Birchfield Harriers) in 1.03.30.

Hullavington 10km, Wiltshire, 10km road.

Ollie Campbell kept the leader in sight and battled to get a third place finish in 36.56. Graham Grafton (57.34) was 68th. Alex Bigg (Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC) won in 36.07 and 137 finished.

Great Bristol Run ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road. Nick Wall (1:50.53) is another CAC member putting some good results together this year as he stays injury free. He was 2056th out of 6618 finishers and Matt Clowes (Cardiff AAC) won in 1.05.08

Forestry Running Series, Westonbirt, 10km trail. Lee Lawrence finished in a strong 14th place on the winding and often rough trails at the splendid Westonbirt Arboretum. James Rutherford (Team Bath AC) won in 39.41 and 546 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail. No wins this week but some good results on a glorious Saturday morning. There were fifth places for Mark Sysum (19.01), Jacob McAdam (20.01) and Ian Barrett (18.42), a third for Ollie Campbell (17.58) a second for Tom Purnell (18.29) but bragging rights must go to Paul Timms (24.21) and wife Samantha (30.39) who ran in Cape Town. Results. Cirencester: 5 Mark Sysum 19.01, 23 Joyce Matthews 21.26, 27 Henry Broadley (J) 22.00, 29 Steve Derrick 22.07, 36 Karen Higuera 22.44, 80 Rachel Ranger 25.43, 97 Rob Brown 26.54, 102 Jocelyn Randall 26.59, 111 Richard Edwards 27.52, 127 Denise Ewbank 29.06, 148 Phoebe Matthews (J) 30.05, 197 Neil Broadley 34.12, 256 Helen Manners (sweeper) 48.51, 195 finished Tetbury: 5 Jacob McAdam 20.01, 10 Matthew Roberts 20.52, 31 Jo Roberts 23.16, 35 Alan McAdam 23.55, 42 Rachel McAdam 25.00, 45 Liz Thomas 25.35, 136 finished Stonehouse: 31 Barbara Thomas 26.40, 63 finished Cheltenham: 27 Ross Swain 19.55, 521 finished Gloucester North: 2 Tom Purnell 18.29, 206 finished Clapham Common, London: 202 Gordon Jones 23.37, 522 Rachel Jones 29.44, 736 finished Keynsham: 3 Ollie Campbell 17.58, 151 finished Ashton Court, Bristol: 5 Ian Barrett 18.42, 461 finished Severn Bridge: 94 Thomas McNally 26.48, 232 finished Betty’s Bay, Cape Town, South Africa: 6 Paul Timms 24.21, 27 Samantha Timms 30.39, 112 finished


Kate Sackett completed her Ironman (as did partner Andy) - she was 3rd in her FV60 age group - full details next week. Tenby is known as one of the toughest Ironman courses in the world so this is a really fine achievement.


Rupert Chesmore is toiling over the Clwyd Mountains with less than 45 of his 187 miles of the Offas Dyke Path to do - he should finish in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

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