With another of the splendid performances we have come to expect from him, Brian Harris led home the four club members who went to Staverton on Sunday for the 10 mile race put on by CLC Striders. With Race HQ at Gloucestershire Airport, small aircraft came and went as runners gathered on a crisp, blue-sky morning.
As he looks ahead to Manchester in April, Brian was pleasantly surprised with his pacing in the first of his 3 pre-marathon races, managing a negative split for the first time. In ideal conditions and on a fast course, he also picked up his first ever age group prize, although the host commented that he looked too young to be in the MV60 category! Brian’s next chance to test himself is at Wokingham Half Marathon in four weeks time.
Also with an April marathon in sight, Rachel Barrow has been somewhat distracted by the Glos AAA road race series for this year and so ditched the Sunday slow pace in favour of trying a bit harder. Despite fading a bit in the 9th mile, she was very happy with her 1:23 finish time.
There were also really solid runs from Ruth Fulford, fresh from a Caribbean holiday, and Barbara Thomas who admitted to not having run much more than a 5k distance recently. All the more impressive.
All four picked up age group points in the county competition.
30th January, Staverton 10, 10 miles, road
1 Michael Kallenburg (Unattached) 50.19
46 Brian Harris (Cirencester) 1.08.27 – 1st MV60
114 Rachel Barrow 1.23.09
176 Ruth Fulford 1.40.55
193 Barbara Thomas 1.45.55
Dave Bell took to the roads near Stratford-upon-Avon for an unusual 12k distance on an undulating course. Not having been able to put in the training he would have liked over the last few months, Dave didn’t feel particularly prepared for the race and so didn’t have high expectations. He was very happy with his 7th place finish and now looks forward to a few good weeks of training in readiness for Bourton 10k next month.
30th January, Not The Roman IX, 12km, road
1 Ben Kruze (Stratford Upon Avon AC) 38.38 (38.35)
7 Dave Bell (Cirencester AC) 41.53 (41.51) – 3rd MV35
Martin Croucher was back in Kent for another of his back-to-back ultra marathon weekends. This time on routes around the Ranscombe Nature reserve, Martin completed 50k each day to clock up marathons number 111 and 112. His incredibly disciplined approach brought him very similar finish times on both days. He reports that the weather was very kind and the lack of any significant recent rain meant that the countryside trails were really dry.
How does he do it? Super impressive stuff.
29th January, Ranscombe Challenge, 8 hour timed challenge, trail
1 Kevin Butters (Unattached) 7.55.13 – 45 miles
8 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 5.55.23 – 31.1 miles
30th January, Random Ranscombe, 8 hour times challenge, trail
1 Gary Wayman (Unattached) 7.39.29 – 37.5 miles
4 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 5.59.32 – 31.1 miles
In parkrun news, there was a great club turnout at Cirencester this week amongst both runners and volunteers. Liz Thomas was 3rd lady and Brian Harris took on tail walking duties.
A fine parkrun PB performance from Nea Sneddon-Jenkins at Tetbury was rewarded with 1st lady and 7th place overall. Wendy Nicholls was 1st lady at the very challenging Stratford Park, Stroud event.
And who knew there was a parkrun language? Well, if anyone is going to be fluent in that, its Rachel and Alan Mcadam. It’s a rare Saturday that they aren’t spotted at a parkrun somewhere, and this week they did a NENDY…………for those not in the know, that’s Nearest Event Not Done Yet. For Rachel and Alan that was the Seven Fields event at Swindon. With that one ticked off, the next nearest is Bath Skyline. Watch this space……….
29th January, parkrun, 5k, trail
1 Richard Liggatt (Unattached) 17.48
78 Tristan King (Cirencester AC) 24.18
1 Terry Jervis (Unattached) 18.11
3 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 20.50
30 Elizabeth Thomas 26.13 – 3rd Female
31 Dorian Matts 26.20
39 Rachel Ranger 27.15
40 Jocelyn Randall 27.15
45 Brendan Mccarthy 27.40
48 Richard Edwards 27.56
56 Isabella Stickney 29.18
83 Pam Wheeler 32.27
124 Brian Harris 57.35
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Robert Deller (Unattached) 18.19
7 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 20.57 – 1st Female
Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud
1 Dan Port (unattached) 21.19
12 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 24.09 – 1st Female
Seven Fields parkrun
1 Chris Reade (Unattached) 15.48
41 Alan Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 24.40
58 Rachel Mcadam 26.43