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County Cross Country Action & More

On Saturday there was cross country action in the third of this seasons four meetings. This time The Cotswold Farm Park played host where our own Kate Jacobs described the course as "flat and firm underfoot".

Our five senior men had excellent results with age group placings, and very little separating them time wise, for Bill Leggate, Rob Forbes and Aaron Willis, whose thoughts are now turning to road marathon training. Just a couple of minutes behind were James Thomas, who enjoyed the race despite being a bit under the weather with a cold, and Ian Barrett who both also placed well in their respective age groups.

Whilst the men were one short of making a team for the open competition, they earned an excellent 3rd place in the Masters team standings.

As usual the Senior Ladies race was combined with some of the older junior boys and girls as well as the most senior veteran men.

Kate Jacobs was 1st LV45 and she reports that "Corinne, Charlotte and Tanya each improved their age group placings by one as compared with the last meeting at Bath University. Special mention to Corinne who had a fantastic run taking some good scalps!"

She added "I had a much better run than I did in Bath. I don't wear spikes, so the flat and firm ground allowed me to run faster. Looking ahead to Cheltenham, it'll hopefully be firm underfoot as it's on parkland, so fingers crossed for a strong club finish to close the season." Corinne was 2nd LV35.

Our juniors had more excellent results too. Isabella Stickney was 4th LU15, maintaining her 2nd place overall in her age group with one race to go.

Isabella's brothers Joseph and Robert featured in a fantastic U13 team performance. Joseph was 3rd in the age group with the combined efforts of the boys narrowly taking the U13 team prize and making for a tight contest with Cheltenham as we head to the last race of the season.

There was a great CAC showing in the U11 race too which combined boys and girls. Heath Forbes was first home for Cirencester with his brother Otis half a minute behind and nine further resilient club juniors in the following pack.

Well done to all our youngsters.

The current standings in the Club Cross Country competition are as follows


1 Aaron Willis

2 Ian Barrett

2= Bill Leggate


1 Kate Jacobs

2 Corinne Clark

3 Charlotte Wilton

The final race of the county cross country league takes place at Pitville Park, Cheltenham on 17th February

6th January, Gloucestershire Cross Country – Race 3, Cotswold Farm Park, Various Distances

Senior Male

1 Dominic James (Western Tempo) 33.35

13 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 37.07 – 2nd MV45

17 Rob Forbes 37.53 – 2nd MV40

19Aaron Willis 37.59 - 3rd MV40

35 James Thomas 40.02

41 Ian Barrett 40.27

153 finished

Senior Ladies + MU17

1 Sam Wilson (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 24.14

27 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 29.31 – 1st LV45

37 Corinne Clark 30.51 – 2nd LV35

55 Charlotte Wilson 32.12

94 George Whelan 35.41

127 Tanya Everett 40.06

159 finished

MU15+ LU15

1 Patrick Paul (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 18.01

18 Isabella Stickney (Cirencester AC) 20.41

41 finished

MU13 + LU13

1 Alistair Spurr (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 12.22

3 Joseph Stickney (Cirencester AC) 12.43 – 3rd MU13

7 Robert Stickney 13.09

8 Ben Conway 13.13

33 Tobias Conway 14.32

43 Bertie Andrews 15.22

44 Ernie Haywood 15.24

50 Sebastian Compton-Evans 16.18

56 Emma Cunningham 17.04

62 finished

MU11 + LU11

1 Albert Jakubowski (Team Bath AC) 7.30

7 Heath Forbes (Cirencester AC) 8.11

25 Otis Forbes 8.47

27 Hugo Dobson 8.55

30 Ted Lockhart 9.01

51 Charlie Cutler 10.02

52 Wilf Andrews 10.06

54 Stanley Harrison 10.11

62 Annabel Campbell 10.25

63 Aria Stavrakis 10.34

68 Abigail Cunningham 10.51

72 Alyssa Edwards 12.39

72 finished

So, another weekend, another marathon for Martin Croucher! Number 145 involved 17.5 laps of Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes for the Enigma Winter Marathon.

This week Martin was aiming for a sub 4 finish which he comfortably achieved, crossing the line in 3:53.

Watch this space for number 146.

6th January, Enigma Winter Marathon, 26.2 miles, trail

1 Paul Davies 3.20.29

8 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.53.19

54 finished

6th January, parkrun, 5k trail

Sadly, Cirencester parkrun was a casualty of the poor recent weather. The course was very waterlogged and so the decision was taken to cancel this weekends event. Hopefully the blue sky days we are seeing this week will mean normal service resumed in time for the Cirencester AC takeover on January 13th.

Ollie Campbell had an excellent outing at Coventry where he took second place in a field of over 800 runners.

At Seven Fields Wendy Nicholls was 1st lady with an 82% age grading. David Moss also had a strong run there with a 23.29 finish.

At Tetbury there were age group wins for both Rachel and Alan McAdam. Jos Randall ran her parkrun number 99 and with Peter Rowland and Sophie Humphries completing the CAC line up.

Coventry parkrun

1 Jamie Hnatushka 16.24

2 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.03

813 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Andrew Jack 20.28

41 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.46

53 Rachel McAdam 25.41

73 Jocelyn Randall 27.15

83 Peter Rowland 27.49

87 Sophie Humphries 28.02

184 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Theo Cinnamond 17.55

14 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 21.18

41 David Moss 23.39

230 finished

As ever, a plea for you to notify Martin of your race results at and if you have any words or pictures to add to your race report please send them to Rachel at or via WhatsApp

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