CAC takes the country by storm....
Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon club 23 Feb 2020
After a super speedy start Dave Bell found himself in 5th place at the end of the Bourton 10k but his 102 second lead on Bill Leggate may have settled the score from last week's Cross Country. Bill, at 16th was followed in by Mark Sysum running well to finish in 30th place but the competition from Cheltenham Harriers was too tough for any team prize. Ian Barrett, Neil Corbiere, Simon Campbell and Brecht Grieten all packed in sub 40. First lady for the club was Kate Sackett whose 47.07 took yet another FV60 record having managed to work her way passed Karen Higuera, (who was 1st FV55), in the final stages. Super vet Gordon Jones shrugged off the serious damage to his hand and knees sustained with a nasty fall on a Thursday morning run to finish sub 50. Great to see 21 club members running strongly, braving the wind and ignoring the rain with many kicking off their competitive road running for 2020.
Bourton on the Water 10km, road
1 Ed Banks (Birchfield Harriers) 31.04
5 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.22
16 Bill Leggate 35.09
30 Mark Sysum 37.15
50 Ian Barrett 38.26
66 Neil Corbiere 39.16
69 Simon Campbell 39.32
78 Brecht Grieten 39.58
107 Ross Swain 41.35
171 Tom Renton-Rose 44.17
232 Kate Sackett 47.07 – club FV60 record
239 Karen Higuera 47.21 – 1st FV55
258 Paul Timms 47.58
276 Neil Morrissey 48.56
280 Rachel Ranger 49.06
303 Gordon Jones 49.53
382 Rachel Barrow 54.14
398 Pam Wheeler 54.57
432 Barbara Thomas 56.50
454 Liza Darroch 57.50
492 Samantha Timms 1.00.22
547 Paul Barrow 1.07.03 587 finished.
Ollie Campbell showed strength and endurance as well as speed by finishing 23rd in the demanding 12 mile multi terrain Terminator near Pewsey. Keith Firkin and Andy Hindson also ran well in what is, for them, a more familiar environment
The Terminator, Pewsey, 12 miles multi-terrain
1 Liam Wilson (unattached) 1.23.25
23 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 1.38.46
118 Keith Firkin 1.59.44
212 Andy Hindson 2.12.57 519 finished.
National Cross Country Championships, Wollaton Park, Nottingham
This iconic event brings together the best clubs in the country to battle it out at speed over some of the toughest terrain around. This challenging and hilly course was made all the more difficult by the sheer volume of runners and the mud, which was at times between shin and thigh deep! This year the conditions were unprecedented, being the muddiest on record for this course to date, but all CAC competitors soldiered on (staying upright!) and jumping over logs and navigating bogs to achieve very respectable times and all enjoyed the cake and atmosphere on the day.
Junior Men (10km)
1 Zakariya Mahamed (Southampton AC) 36.27
77 Isaac McAdam (Cirencester AC) 41.26 195 finished
1 Anna Moller (Aldershot Farnham & District) 32.59
658 Liz Thomas (Cirencester AC) 53.26
897 Louise Abbott 1.11.10 911 finished
1 Calum Johnson (Gateshead Harriers) 43.36
510 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 54.51
689 Aaron Willis 57.42
1320 Dorian Matts 1.08.18 1710 finished
parkruns, 5km trail
A combination of the Bourton 10k and the National XC championships led to a quiet Saturday for parkruns. Ollie Campbell won again at Chippenham and Simon Campbell was first for the club in 5th place at Cirencester. Nea Sneddon was 8th and 1st lady again at Tetbury and Isobel Watt had another good run at Cirencester.
Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 5 Simon Campbell 21.57, 14 Isobel Watt (J) 22.52, 18 Holly Willis 23.42,
25 Neil Morrissey 25.32, 44 Paul Timms 28.03, 124 Gill Hopkins 42.16,
132 Rachel Ranger (sweeper) 48.48, 132 finished.
Swindon, Lydiard: 199 Barbara Thomas 29.26, 404 finished.
Tetbury: 8 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 21.44 (1st lady), 22 Alex Banks 24.50, 33 Thomas McNally 27.57, 80 finished.
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.01, 191 finished.
Osterley Park, Isleworth: 20 Jacob McAdam 21.42, 359 finished.