There was a fairly small field at the gently undulating Hullavington Half Marathon on Sunday but great success for two Cirencester runners.
Both Stuart Fitzgerald and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins ran new PBs for the distance, with Stuart finishing in 9th place overall and Nea claiming the 3rd lady spot.
15th May, Hullavington Half, 13.1 miles, road
1 Jake Stephens (Chippenham Harriers) 1.12.44 (chip time)
9 Stuart Fitzgerald (Cirencester AC) 1.24.21
28 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 1.35.49 – 3rd lady
Meanwhile, in triathlon news, Steve Yates and Ian Barrett had a good morning out at the #51Fiver Cotswold Triathlon. The DBMax event took place locally at Lake 32 of the Cotswold Water Park. Competitors took on a 1 lap, 1500 metre swim, a flat and fast 40k bike ride around local villages and finished with a single lap 10k run.
Steve had a really impressive 14th place finish with his overall time of 2.12.19.
Ian was not many minutes behind in 22nd overall. This was his first triathlon for three years. In his own words he is “three years older, three years slower and a bit rusty in the transitions. But it was a good event and I’m still in one piece, just.” A very modest summary of a great performance.
15th May, #51Fiver Cotswold Tri, 1500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run, road
1 Will Crudgington (Unattached) 1.56.19 (Swim 20.00, T1 1.28, Bike 58.35, T2 1.06, Run 35.08)
14 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC) 2.12.19 (Swim 23.40, T1 1.38, Bike 1.04.37, T2 1.15, Run 41.07)
22 Ian Barrett 2.16.39 (Swim 28.31, T1 1.46, Bike 1.05.44, T2 1.45, Run 38.50)
In parkrun news, Kate Sackett continues her comeback from a longstanding injury and had a good run at Stonehouse. In a large field at Woodley, Wendy Nicholls ran her quickest for a while and finished 4th lady overall and 1st LV50. At Cirencester, Brecht Grieten ran his best time on the course and it was good to see Dave Musgrove back and running strongly to finish 5th. At Tetbury, on the more challenging Route A, James Hunton persevered and finished despite turning his ankle.
14th May, parkrun, 5k trail
1 Alex Sewell (Unattached) 18.13
56 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 30.12
1 Tim Swinn (Unattached) 17.26
176 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 26.31
330 Rachel Jones 33.21
1 Michael Sas (Unattached) 19.30
19 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 25.08
1 Roland Dan (Unattached) 17.59
31 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 20.40 – 4th lady, 1st FV50
1 Andrew Brian (Unattached) 18.02
4 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.27
5 David Musgrove 19.32
18 Brian Harris 22.22
31 Paul Timms 23.55
54 Gary Wood 26.31
68 Samantha Timms 28.51
78 Jocelyn Randall 29.59
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Chris Taylor (Unattached) 20.38
34 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 25.44
45 Rachel McAdam 27.50
129 James Hunton 1.03.21
In other news, Brian Harris has heard this week that his recent run at the Milton Keynes marathon was good enough for him to be selected to run for the England Masters V60 team at the Chester Marathon on 2nd October. He was surprised but delighted to get the call up and, after some great advice from Martin, still expects to run some of the shorter county road races already in his diary before starting the next marathon training plan.
Congratulations also go to Liza Darroch and Ruth Fulford who have each qualified to join Masters teams, both of them in the FV70 age group.
Liza earned her place at Chester when she ran the Manchester marathon in April but is, as yet, undecided as to whether to take part as she continues to cope with some nasty back problems.
Ruth will wear her England vest at the Great Bristol 10k in September after she ran the qualifying time at Bourton 10k earlier in the year.
A tremendous well done to all three.