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Flat............for Yorkshire

Colin and Clare Tapley travelled to the far north, Yorkshire, this weekend to enjoy a celebratory weekend with friends including a 10k run. Clare, who was delighted to be first Cirencester lady home in the Dewsbury 10k, sums up the weekend.

“On 6th February we went North to celebrate our friend Nigel’s birthday by joining him at his local 10k race in Dewsbury. The race is advertised as fast and flat and good for PBs .For Yorkshire, it is flat, although my Strava looks like we climbed a mountain. We didn’t. It was fairly flat but very definitely ‘up’ the Bradford Road and into the wind to the turning point at halfway. Sadly, having recently had Covid, Nigel was unable to run but we were able to meet up for cake later in the day.”

6th February, Dewsbury 10k, 10k, road

1 Joe Sagar (Spenborough & District AC) 30.37 (30.37)

1717 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 1.05.26 (1.03.06)

1718 Clare Tapley 1.05.26 (1.03.07)

2026 finished

Tim Ingham most definitely ran up a hill, Mayhill, twice! There were various distances on offer over the weekend at Mayhill Massacre/Mayhem trail events. Tim opted for the Sunday Mayhem race and so was disappointed to find the route came up a couple of miles short of the advertised 15 miles.

Tim describes it as a race that the road runners amongst us would hate, LOADS of mud! But, he says, on a clearer day the climb up the challenging Mayhill would be rewarded with spectacular views to the Welsh mountains and he looks forward to going back and running there again soon.

6th February, Mayhill Mayhem, 15 miles, trail

1 Richard Walsh (Worcester AC) 1.47.29 (1.47.22)

15 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 2.23.30 (2.23.21)

29 finished

By contrast, Sam and Paul Timms went to Newport to take part in the Lliswerry 8. This unusual distance event takes place on the country lanes of the rural edges of Newport and is known as one of the flattest races around. A great opportunity for participants to test their speed.

6th February, Liswerry 8, 8 miles, road

1 Paul Graham (Pontypridd Roadents AC) 40.40 (40.39)

220 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 1.00.02 (59.47)

622 Samantha Timms 1.20.57 (1.20.03)

735 finished

In shocking parkrun news this week, Alan Mcadam didn’t do a parkrun……..very mysterious. But Rachel ran at Tetbury where a fallen tree had to be removed from the course as nobody was keen on a steeplechase.

New club member James Hunton was at Lydiard along with Richard Edwards.

There was a good club turnout at Cirencester where Ian Barrett, Brecht Grieten with a new course PB and Neil Morrissey all finished in the top six. Paul Timms came close to his course best as he warmed up for his road race the following day.

5th February, parkrun, 5k, trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Courtenay Chessell (Unattached) 16.46

154 James Hunton (Cirencester AC) 27.39

161 Richard Edwards 28.05

377 finished

Leamington parkrun

1 Chris Mckeown (Unattached) 17.40

54 Tristan King (Cirencester AC) 24.10

346 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Theo Cinnamond (Unattached) 19.24

2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.38

3 Brecht Grieten 19.42

6 Neil Morrissey 22.24

19 Paul Timms 23.56

24 Gordon Jones 24.30

37 Brendan McCarthy 26.35

67 Pamela Wheeler 31.05

78 Helen Manners 33.54

81 Rob Brown 33.59

90 Brian Harris 35.58

115 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Jonathan Jamieson (Unattached) 17.39

38 Rachel Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 26.21

88 finished

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