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Goodbye CRO - Hello CROSS

CRO comes to an end after 28 weeks of solitary running involving some 44 members running (we think) 1,697.88 miles or slightly further than Cirencester to Moscow. Little did Martin and I imagine when we set up the club’s own virtual competitive road running programme that it would still be needed seven months later. But it is time for some for something different and, with the emergence of CROSS (Cirencester Running Over the Second Spike), we welcome a new team with and a host of new ideas. CROSS will include Cross Country, Trail and Road running and swimming!! For more details see the new CROSS page, on the web site.

Covid secure races having been popping up around the nation but, with infection numbers rising, many members may choose to stick local for a while longer. Tuesday training has been going for several weeks now thanks to massive efforts from Head Coach Dorian Matts. Anyone wanting to join these sessions needs to complete various Covid related forms accessible on the club Web Site (

as do those wanting to join the social Thursday morning groups ( ). In both cases runners can feel confident that they will run in groups of 6 or fewer and all other Covid restrictions including social distancing will be applied.

For week 28 – our last 5 km - we only had 4 of a handful of the super faithful of CRO runners and all of us improved our times in order to score over 100% in the handicap list . Top congratulations to Rachel Barrow and Liza Darroch who have succeed in running all 28 of the CRO runs – to cover a total some 107 miles each. We had almost 100% participation too by Ian Barrett, Martin Croucher and Ruth Fulford with Ian dominating the top slot week after week. Brian Harris and Kate Sackett also used CRO to record fast runs and some great achievements. Over the 7 months Rachel, Ruth and Louise Abbott used CRO to produce admirable improvements to their running and we will miss the friendly competition between Ian and Brian and between Liza and Ruth. Finally it was great to see Pam Wheeler slowly working her way back from injury to “real” running. But possibly the best week to remember will be our celebration of Cirencester Athletics Club’s 35th anniversary when well over 70 members found over 70 ways to do something (including running, cycling or swimming) that involved the number 35 – - it was fun.

None of it would have been possible without Martin’s patient and careful collection of our times. But he didn’t stop there, each week we were also treated to an age grading – which seemed to favour older women (but then why not?) and a handicap rating which compared our current performance with our last time for that distance. Martin will continue to collect all results for races and for CROSS via – you need to give him your details or risk being “unsung”.

CROSS starts on Saturday 17th – enjoy the short break and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Week Ending October 11th, Cirencester Runs On (CRO), 5k any surface


1 Martin Croucher 24.45

2 Rachel Barrow 26.01

3 Liza Darroch 27.31

4 Ruth Fulford 28.31


1 Liza Darroch 84.59%

2 Ruth Fulford 81.63%

3 Rachel Barrow 66.00%

4 Martin Croucher 56.08%


To work out the handicap score, your last 5k run has been used. Your original time divided by your new time has produced a percentage. Any percentage higher than 100, means you have run quicker this week. For people whom this run is their first 5k performance, I have simply given them 100.

1 Rachel Barrow 106.28

2 Martin Croucher 105.12

3 Liza Darroch 102.73

4 Ruth Fulford 101.93

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