CAC WEEKLY REPORT - 16TH MARCH

Thanks to Tony Shelbourn for this weeks report as follows:


Some members’ results were too late for inclusion in last week’s report – these included Holly Willis’ triumphal banishment of last year’s DNF demons in the Imber Ultra on the Salisbury Plain. She showed us all, including the demons, by coming 2nd lady and 10th overall having completed 33 miles of roads, tracks and trails in 5.12 despite having run a competitive sub 20 parkrun the previous day.

Imber Ultra, Westbury, 33 miles trail

1 Tom Simmons (unattached) 4.34.17 10 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 5.12.14 – 2nd lady 113 finished.

Nearer home, Keith Firkin powered round a muddy 16km at Sudeley Castle in 1.31 to finish 23rd. Sharon O’Keeffe and Nina Lawrence took on a the lesser challenge of running 7k together enabling both to enjoy the mud.

Maverick Race Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle, 16km trail

1 Mark Teague (Worcester AC) 1.13.42, 23 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 1.31.56 183 finished.

Maverick Race Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle, 7km trail1 Tom Heslop (unattached) 30.41,114 Sharon O’Keeffe 1.31.06, 115 Nina Lawrence 1.31.06 124 finished.

Gloucester ‘20’, Quedgeley, 20 miles road

The record books saw lots of changes with a fine run from Ciren’s Chris Miller to set a Club V45 record and excellent backup from Tom Purnell and Mark Sysum to put three in the top 30. Additionally, returning member Brian Harris set a Club V55 record and the indomitable Kate Sackett, newly returned from Japan, set a FV60 record.

Results 1st Courtenay Earl (Swindon Shinsplints) 1.55.18 (all results are chip times), 11 Chris Miller 2.02.28, 22 Tom Purnell 2.06.36, 29 Mark Sysum 2.12.07, 102 Brian Harris 2.35.12, 140 Kate Sackett 2.43.47, 232 Sarah Whitehouse 3.01.12, 235 Nick Wall 3.04.11, 290 Liza Darroch 3.21.19, 329 Barbara Thomas 3.52.45. 338 finished.

English Schools Cross Country. Mixed fortunes for two of Ciren’s juniors when Henry Sheffield fell whilst in third spot and had to pull out with a badly sprained leg. Meanwhile, a calm but very muddy Isobel Watt finished in the pack and came in third for Gloucestershire. Bath ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road. With the corona virus beginning to affect races the Bath half had a much smaller turnout with many runners completing their training with a “virtual race; Louise Horner-Baggs was Ciren’s sole entrant coming 1906th out of 6794 finishers in a time of 1.46.29 . Paul Pollock (Kent AC) won in 1.04.14. Milton Keynes ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road. Ruth Fulford, as one of Ciren’s coaches, practised what she has preached to finish 847th out of 1087 runners and was 1st FV70 in 2.19.45. Steve Tuttle of MK AC won in 1.12.11.

Fission 20:20, Berkeley Power Station, 20 miles road. Although Tim Ingham works for a well known local company that sells running shoes he wore his “old trainers (quote)” and ended up with blisters in the second half of the race. His 2.33.16 gave him 68th place out of 349 finishers. Nicholas Coyle (Stroud & District AC) won in 1.56.27.

Avon Valley Railway Series, Bitton, 5 miles multi-terrain. Alex Banks ran a commendable 32.26 in this difficult race to finish fourth for Ciren. The winner was Trevor Elkins in 30.57 and 59 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail Some solid results although many of the Club’s “young bucks” were missing from the CAC finishers. Cirencester is back as the course dries and Brecht Grieten ran well to a fifth place with junior Henry Broadley just two places back and Rachel Ranger continuing her good form. Cirencester: 5 Brecht Grieten 19.32, 7 Henry Broadley (J) 21.34, 34 Rachel Ranger 26.27, 40 Jocelyn Randall 26.42, 54 Chris Prevett 29.35, 60 Samantha Timms 31.08, 105 finished. Swindon, Lydiard: 52 Neil Morrissey 22.57, 205 Barbara Thomas 29.41, 388 finished. Tetbury: 21 Alan McAdam 24.20, 42 Rachel McAdam 26.36, 126 finished. Cheltenham, Pittville Park: 16 Ross Swain 20.07, 365 finished. Harrow: 32 Jacob McAdam 22.04, 232 finished. Wammy, Newcastle under Lyme: 28 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 21.12, 296 finished.

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