Dave and Bill end the season on a high

Dave Bell and Bill Leggate both produced Season’s Bests at Gloucester. Dave, who has had a quiet year nursing injury, is now back to top form and so ended the year in Dave style with an impressive 10k in 32.34. The Gloucester 10k is a highly competitive race drawing elite runners from far and wide including the first two home who achieved national standards with sub 30 times making Dave’s 17th place a fine achievement. So too, veteran Bill’s 39th with 34.10 coming as the culmination of yet another very successful season.

Gloucester 10km, Quedgeley, 10km road

1 Jonathan Hopkins (Swansea Harriers) 29.27 17 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 32.34 39 Bill Leggate 34.10 840 finished.

Just down the road the Castle Combe Chilly also drew large numbers making (still Junior) Ollie Campbell’s 4th place with a PB9?) of 35.09 equally impressive. James Widdowson and Barbara Thomas also chose the race track over the streets of Quedgeley and James had good reason to be pleased with a time of 45.04 two days before he joins the V45 age group.

Castle Combe Chilly 10km, road

1 James Rodgers (North Somerset) 32.57 4 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 35.09 147 James Widdowson 45.04 441 Barbara Thomas 55.37 969 finished.

Lee Lawrence joined the crowds to run the Half Marathon around Silverstone finishing with a chip time of 1.50.44 while wife Nina returned from injury to run the 10k in 1.10.

Silverstone ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Matthew Bennett (Southampton AC) 1.11.12 (chip time 1.11.12) 859 Lee Lawrence (Cirencester AC) 1.56.16 (1.50.44) 2055 finished.

Silverstone 10km, road

1 James Dale (Worcester AC) 34.03 (chip time 34.03) 1468 Nina Lawrence (Cirencester AC) 1.15.37 (1.10.04) 1872 finished.


Earlier in the month retired Club Chair, Dave Edelsten celebrated becoming a V75 with two 5kms in Florida finishing the first in a record establishing 31.40.

Care2Tri 5km, Sarasota, Florida, USA, 5km road

1 Matt Russell (US) 16.09 138 David Edelsten (Cirencester AC) 31.40 – inaugural club V75 record 246finished.

Turkey Trot for the Twig, Venice, Florida, USA, 5km road

1 Katherine O’Sullivan (US) 19.27 115 David Edelsten (Cirencester AC) 35.36 – 1st V75 270 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail

Fastest club parkruns of the week were Ollie Pritchard (17.09) 4th at Worthing and Mark Sysum (17.49) who was 2nd at Swindon Lydiard while Ollie Campbell (JM 15-17) won again – this time at Tetbury with 18.15. Tom Purnell (18.40) was 2nd at Whitstable and James Thomas (18.51) was 2nd at Stroud where Liz (28.39) also had a good run. Ian Barrett (19.21) was 12th in Bristol and Alan and Rachel McAdam ran well at Tetbury as did Ruth Fulford. Probably the most fun run was Jo Roberts (23.32) who came 85th out of 999 runners in a chaotic parkrun near Cape Town.

Cirencester: 8 Lee Lawrence 22.45, 15 Steve Derrick 23.22, 35 Neil Broadley 26.17, 37 Rachel Ranger 26.20, 40 Jocelyn Randall 26.50, 47 Richard Edwards 27.47, 50 Peter Rowland 28.05, 114 finished Swindon Lydiard: 2 Mark Sysum 17.49, 110 Paul Timms 24.11, 201 Barbara Thomas 28.07, 217 Samantha Timms 28.49, 425 finished Tetbury: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.15, 17 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 23.14, 26 Alan McAdam 24.42, 31 Rachel McAdam 26.01, 55 Ruth Fulford 29.19, 92 finished Stroud: 2 James Thomas 18.51, 30 Liz Thomas 28.39, 94 finished Wotton-u-Edge: 31 Thomas McNally 30.07, 70 finished Eastville, Bristol: 12 Ian Barrett 19.21, 395 finished Worthing: 4 Oliver Pritchard 17.09, 357 finished Whitstable: 2 Tom Purnell 18.40, 299 finished Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa: 85 Jo Roberts 23.32, 999 finished


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