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Heroic Centurians

Before news of this weeks achievements, some omissions from last weeks report.

Andy Hindson had been due to run the Ultra Tour Monte Rosa in early September but opted out due to many Covid related changes to the event. He filled the gap in his calendar with the Adidas Terrex 50K, part of the Keswick Mountain Festival. Andy describes the route as mostly runnable on lesser known trails around Buttermere and Crummock Water. The scenery and weather were beautiful and there was added interest as filming for Mission Impossible 77 was going on in the area.

12th September, Adidas Terrex 50k Ultra, 50k, trail

1 Michael Holliday (Unattached) 5.00.43 (5.00.41)

65 Andy Hindson (Cirencester AC) 6.53.37 (6.53.24)

198 finished

In last weeks report of Liza Darroch’s run at Richmond Half supported by Rupert, Joyce Matthews superb 1:40:31 finish was overlooked. Apologies to Joyce for this omission and congratulations on her performance.

12th September, Richmond Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Craig Ruddy (Unattached) 1.08.54

356 Joyce Matthews (Cirencester AC) 1.40.31

1352 Rupert Chesmore 2.10.09

1359 Liza Darroch 2.10.16 – 1st FV70

2129 finished

On to this week’s array of results. Three club members, David Musgrove, Robbie Brown and Karen Higuera, took on the mighty challenge of Cotswold Way Century. Starting at lunchtime on Saturday they had 30 hours to cover the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way with intermediate cut-off points along the way. Navigating the route, managing fuelling, hydration, lack of sleep and running in darkness make this a gruelling challenge. All three suffered huge discomfort along the way.

First home was David who developed spectacular blisters after the fresh shoes and socks he put on at half way were immediately soaked in a wet field. He describes feeling the blisters bursting on his descent into Bath. There is photographic evidence of the state of his feet afterwards! He was delighted to find a burst of energy in the last couple of miles to come in within 24 hours. He needed a little medical attention after suspected heatstroke.

Next to finish was Robbie Brown. Robbie managed to complete the route well within the cut-off time despite suffering from sickness from 40 miles and being unable to keep any food down after that point.

Karen was sadly not able to complete the route but covered a spectacular 87 miles. Having been hit by indigestion at 20 miles her discomfort continued and developed into back pain amongst other things. Karen is really philosophical about her experience, rightly thrilled with what she achieved and already talking about putting all that she learned along the way to good use next time.

All three were very grateful for support and encouragement from fellow club members both virtually and in person.

18th – 19th September, Cotswold Way Century, 102 miles, trail

1 Daniel Hendriksen (Unattached) 21.41.17

7 David Musgrove (Cirencester AC) 23.40.36 - 2nd MV45

19 Robbie Brown 27.19.35

41 finished

More success at ultra distances came from Chris Illman and Tom Morgan. Chris was the winner of the Beyond Badminton 50k event on Saturday. He enjoyed the lovely two lap course around the Badminton Estate although navigation was somewhat tricky on a very foggy morning. The official results will be added in due course but Chris finished first of 91 in a brilliant 3:36:33.

Tom Morgan completed The Fox trail ultra in Surrey. This was a postponed event and didn’t fall ideally as Tom is preparing for the Manchester marathon in a few weeks time. The day brought hot, humid conditions which made hydrating difficult. Tom was pleased with running all the flat and downhill sections of the route and finishing within his 9 hour plan.

18th September, Fox Ultra, 62km, trail

1 Rob Feline (Unattached) 5.13.01

65 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 8.55.46

77 finished

James Thomas navigated the Black Mountains Fell Race, 17 miles with 5200 feet of ascent and quite a list of kit to be carried. Terrain not to be taken lightly but favoured conditions for James.

18th September, Black Mountains Fell Race, 17 miles, fell

1 James Blore (Unknown) 2.51.30

8 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 3.22.41

46 finished

On to road races, Tanya Everett and Jos Randall both ran well in the Chester Half Marathon coming in just outside the 2 hour mark. Tom Barnes put in a great performance to finish well within the top ten percent of the field in the Great Bristol Half Marathon.

19th September, Chester Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Jonathan Escalante-Phillips (Cambridge & Coleridge AC) 1.06.36 (1.06.36)

1096 Tanya Everett (Cirencester AC) 2.01.41 (2.00.20)

1139 Jocelyn Randall 2.03.05 (2.01.43)

2389 finished

19th September, Great Bristol Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Chris Thompson (Aldershot, Farnham & District) 1.07.53

579 Tom Barnes (Cirencester AC) 1.37.14

Approx. 10,000 finished

There were some great performances in 10k events. At the Angels 10k at Ashleworth, part of the Gloucestershire AAA series and county championships, Kate Sackett and Barbara Thomas both had age group wins. Kate was pleased with her sub 50 minute run and has now accumulated enough points to claim the FV60 County shield. She commented that the event is small and very sociable with really thoughtful prizes. Congratulations to Kate.

19th September, Angels 10k, 10k, road

1 Anthony Bailey (Western Tempo) 35.43 (35.42)

35 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 49.14 (49.05) – 1st LV60

62 Barbara Thomas 1.00.24 (1.00.12) – 1st LV65

81 finished

David Wright took third place in his MV60 category in the Lordshill 10k along country lanes on the outskirts of Southampton.

19th September, Lordshill 10k, 10k, road

1 Richard Waldron (Southampton AC) 32.41

78 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 40.26 – 3rd MV60

450 finished

On the parkrun circuit, club members were seen running well at various locations. Of particular note were first place finishes for Ian Barrett, Ollie Campbell and Tom Purnell. Ross Swain was 16th in the large field at Cheltenham. Another fine run from marathon ready Rachel Ranger saw her take 2nd place lady at Cirencester yet again. Brian Harris took on tail walking duties at Cirencester, keeping up the club presence in the local volunteering team.

18th September, parkrun, 5k, trail

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Toby West-Boyle (Unattached) 20.37

14 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 25.07

48 finished

Cheltenham parkrun

1 Christopher Wagstaff (Unattached) 16.50

16 Ross Swain (Cirencester AC) 20.39

404 finished

Buckingham parkrun

1 Kevin Hamilton (Unattached) 18.20

169 Bryan Reid (Cirencester AC) 29.48

243 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.45

18 Paul Timms 24.30

21 Neil Broadley 24.36

23 Rachel Ranger 24.49 – 2nd Woman

48 Brendan Mccarthy 27.24

76 Sam Timms 30.02

133 Brian Harris 49.13

133 finished

Severn Bridge parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 16.54

142 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Ed Knudsen (Unattached) 15.33

32 Richard Edwards (Cirencester AC) 26.21

76 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 53.13

77 finished

Wollaton Hall parkrun

1 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 17.35

291 finished

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