Rough 'n' Tumble, Milton Lilbourne, Pewsey, 10 miles trail
In another quiet week, newcomer Kerry Smith found a ten mile trail race over the downs near Pewsey to test her stamina to full. She was not found wanting leaving over 200 runners behind her.
1 Ben Cole (Swindon Harriers) 1.01.19 296 Kerry Smith (Cirencester AC) 1.49.20 529 finished.
Cadbury Marathon, Hobart, Australia, 26.2 miles road
Martin Croucher completed his month long sojourn “down under” by running the Cadbury Marathon in Hobart, Tasmania. In a conservatively timed race and with a significant negative split Martin finished with a long, leg sapping hill in 3.39. The 6 am start, designed to avoid the heat of the mid day sun, was ideal preparation for Martin’s return to The Comrades race in South Africa coming up in May. The sponsor’s chocolate filled goody bag helped too.
1 Dion Finocchiaro 2.27.37 90 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.39.48 293 finished.
Gloucestershire AAA Road Race Championships
Friday evening saw the presentation of medals to Road Race Championship winners by the Mayor and Sheriff of Gloucester. Only Liza Darroch and Ruth Fullford were able to attend but repeated congratulations to our five winning veterans and a reminder to everyone that getting a place in some of the qualifying races can be the hardest bit – you need to “enter early”.
Cirencester Athletics Winners
FV 50 3rd Karen Higuera
FV60 2nd Barbara Thomas
FV70 1st Liza Darroch
2nd Ruth Fulford
V65 4th Gordon Jones
At time of going to press, spare a thought for Andy Hindson who was nearing the end of the aptly named Spine Challenge with only eleven of 108 miles along The Pennine Way to do. Full results next week.
parkruns, 5km trail
This week saw a great turn out at Cirencester with 200 runners including 12 from the club. Leo Crawford (returning from injury?) ran his first parkrun to finish 8th with James Widdowson hot on his heels in 9th place. Leigh Guilbert, another first timer and club new comer, was 13th. Otherwise most of our regular parkrunners took it steady although Ollie Campbell (3rd at Chippenham) almost managed to dip under eighteen minutes with a time of 18.00. Rachel Ranger will be pleased to be returning from injury and Jacob McAdam took time out of a holiday to run in Norwich. Finally Martin Croucher was unable to resist a quick scamper around the beautiful Queen’s Domain in Hobart as a pre marathon warm up.
Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 8 Leo Crawford 21.35, 9 James Widdowson 22.08, 13 Leigh Guilbert 22.29, 64 Ella Shaftoe (J) 26.54, 74 Brendan McCarthy 27.44, 87 Samantha Timms 29.34, 88 Thomas McNally 29.41, 97 Rachel Ranger 30.22, 113 Simon Campbell 31.03, 136 Nina Lawrence 33.44, 137 Lee Lawrence 33.45, 200 Pam Wheeler (sweeper) 1.04.11, 200 finished Swindon: 135 Alan McAdam 24.24, 238 Rachel McAdam 26.45, 249 Barbara Thomas 27.07, 649 finished Chippenham: 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.00, 259 finished Stonehouse: 16 Kate Sackett 22.57, 124 finished Colney Lane, Norwich: 15 Jacob McAdam 20.53, 252 finished Queen's Domain, Hobart, Australia: 40 Martin Croucher 25.54, 180 finished