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Cross Country Comes to a Close

A couple of pieces of admin first this week.

Don't forget to book your seat for curry night which will incorporate the presentation of various well earned awards for 2023. See the News Feed post dated 3rd February for details of how to book your place.

We are really keen for someone to take on the role of weekly news reporter as Rachel will step down at the end of March. Martin collates the results, but relies on YOU to tell him if you have run a race. We need somebody to just add a bit of narrative to the results each week. Again, YOUR contribution is essential. It's not a massive task but without it we will just have a weekly list of results as of April. If you think it's something you could contribute to your club. have a word with Pam or Rachel.

A little extra piece of information regarding our band of four at the Bramley 20 last weekend. An eagle eyed club member spotted that Rupert's run does in fact set an inaugural club MV65 record for the 20 mile distance.

Andy Hindson took on the many ups and downs of the challenging Dursley Dozen on Sunday and sums it up like this.

"The Dursley Dozen didn't disappoint. More mud than I've ever experienced on the course. After the torrential rain that was forecast, it was lovely to run in blue skies and sunshine. It's always a good pointer as to where your fitness is and mine isn't quite where I'd like it to be. Slowest time since 1996, the first time I ran it in training for the London Marathon."

A tremendous run from Andy, almost thirty years on from his first Dursley Dozen. He probably shouldn't be too hard on himself!

18th February, Dursley Dozen, 12 miles, trail


1 Sam Moppett (Unattached) 1.26.33 (1.26.35)

187 Andrew Hindson (Cirencester AC) 2.10.49 (2.10.19)

467 finished

There was a terrific showing from our cross country runners at Pittville Park in Cheltenham on Saturday. This was the final race of four in the series.

Bill Leggate, James Thomas and Ian Barrett all crossed the line within a couple of minutes of each other with Bill and Ian taking 2nd and 3rd place in their respective age groups.

Kate Jacobs put in yet another stunning run in her race, senior ladies ran alongside several other age groups of younger men and ladies and also men over 65. Kate placed 25th overall but was 1st in her FV45 age group. Kate's impressive performances across the season earned her an overall win in the FV45 category. Congratulations.

There were many fine runs across the age groups from Dorian's gritty juniors. Dorian will have more to say and has some photographs to come of proud prize winners. On Saturday the U13 boys took 2nd place in the team competition and the U11 girls were 3rd.

The Glos AAA athletics4u website has a comprehensive round up of the results from Saturday and the overall results after all for meetings. Some of the Cirencester highlights appear to be:

Isabella Stickney overall 3rd U15 girls

Joseph Stickney overall 3rd U13 boys

U13 boys team 2nd overall

James Thomas overall 4th MV35

Aaron Willis overall 2nd MV40

Bill Leggate overall 2nd MV45

Ian Barrett overall 4th MV50

Congratulations to all our winners and everyone who took part over the season.


17th February, Gloucestershire Cross Country, Pittville Park Cheltenham, Various Distances


Senior Men – 9.8km


1 Chris Pickering (Team Bath AC) 32.57

22 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 36.06 – 2nd MV45

37 James Thomas 37.45

46 Ian Barrett 38.41 – 3rd MV50

173 finished


MU17 + Senior Ladies – 6.5km


1 Conal Cross (Team Bath AC) 25.08

25 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 29.16 – 1st LV45

144 finished


MU15 + LU15 – 5km


1 Tobi-Lee Loughlin (Team Bath AC) 17.15

20 Isabella Stickney (Cirencester AC) 21.03

37 finished


MU13 + LU13 – 2.9km


1 Jack Shingler (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 10.09

5 Joseph Stickney (Cirencester AC) 10.44

14 Robert Stickney 11.19

24 Ben Conway 11.55

49 Bertie Andrews 13.12

52 Tobias Conway 13.23

53 Evie Mence 13.41

54 Emma Cunningham 13.42

62 finished


MU11 – 2.2km


1 Freddie Rendall (Stroud & District AC) 9.00

16 Heath Forbes (Cirencester AC) 10.01

26 Ted Lockhart 10.23

28 Otis Forbes 10.26

36 Finley Garrett 10.41

37 Bo Raikes 10.41

53 Wilf Andrews 11.22

57 Aria Stavrakakis 11.35

58 Annabel Campbell 11.38

62 Stanley Harrison 11.59

68 Abigail Cunningham 12.11

71 Leuan Mather 12.23

77 finished

Corinne Clark ran an excellent 10 mile race in Yorkshire at the weekend, The Snake Lane 10. Thanks to a roving reporter for pointing this one out and highlighting that it appears to be in the top 10 club ladies best times for the distance.

18th February, Snake Lane 10, 10 miles, road

1 William Strangeway (Lincoln Wellington Athletic Club) 50.14 chip time

221 Corinne Clark (Cirencester AC) 1.09.09

1571 finished

You can look at individual parkrun event websites for a full round up of results including age gradings. But thanks to Pam, who ran at a muddy, slippery Cirencester, for picking out some top age graded runs from Gordon, Wendy, Alan, Rachel McAdam and Ollie Campbell, who won at Chippenham, all at 70% and above. Pam herself ran a 72.32% age grade, matching Martin Croucher who tested his speed at Lydiard this week and finished 14th.

Pam also made special mention of the excellent support from club members out on marshal duty at Cirencester on Saturday.


17th February, parkrun, 5k trail


Lydiard parkrun


1 Valentin Nitu 17.52

14 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 20.14

40 David Moss 22.09

110 Gordon Jones 26.28

397 finished


Chippenham parkrun


1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.03

200 finished


Rushmoor parkrun


1 Daniel Quinlan 17.36

172 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 26.10

524 finished


Exmouth parkrun


1 Sam Bailey 17.20

262 Rachel Barrow (CIrencester AC) 29.43

421 Paul Barrow 37.00

488 finished


Cirencester parkrun


1 Alistair Hammond 20.12

46 Jocelyn Randall (Cirencester AC) 28.16

55 Brendan McCarthy 29.38

56 Pamela Wheeler 29.48

68 Amanda Naylor 30.33

148 finished


Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun


1 Alister Henderson 18.32

19 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 23.03

32 Alan McAdam 24.43

40 Rachel McAdam 25.51

122 finished


Seven Fields parkrun


1 Matthew Allen 18.02

9 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 21.01

207 finished

It would be appreciated if you could send you race results to Martin at and if you want add any words or pictures contact Rachel via the WhatsApp group or at


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