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James T races on the fells with Aaron W

James Thomas and Aaron Willis went to Shropshire to run the Cardington Cracker. James finished an impressive 11th in this very popular fell race having completed the 9 mile route with nearly 3,000 ft of gain in 1.26.31. Aaron was 45th in 1.37.36 and both managed to revel in the sunshine and appreciate the views despite the tough conditions from the soggy start to the frozen peaks.

Cardington Cracker Fell Race 9 miles trail

1 Jack Agnew (Mercia Fell Runners) 1.19.50

11 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.26.31

45 Aaron Willis 1.37.36 249 finished.


Kate Sackett recently celebrated the end of very successful and busy season with an age group win in the Lanzarote Running Challenge. The event involved four very different races over four consecutive days and the decreasing number of runners finishing each one tells its own story of drop outs and withdrawals. Kate, competing for the 3rd year running, stayed strong and ran the final half marathon in 1.44.57. thus suggesting many of the club FV60 records are likely to change hands in 2020! Her total time of 4.08.21was some four minutes slower than last year (when she earned 2nd FV55) but heat and wind will always be major factors on any of the Canary Islands.

Lanzarote Running Challenge, – 148th overall.1st FV60 (4.08.21) 351 finished

Day 4 of 4, ½ marathon road

1 Kasper Hartlev (Denmark) 1.09.15 – 1st overall (2.45.41) 177 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 1.44.57

Day 3 of 4, 5km beach

1 Andreas Bjornsen (Denmark) 16.54 161 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 25.03 374 finished.

Day 2 of 4, 13km multi terrain

1 Andreas Bjornsen (Denmark) 46.17 200 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 1.10.27 395 finished.

Lanzarote Running Challenge, Day 1 of 4, 10km road

1 Kasper Hartlev (Denmark) 32.17 187 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 47.55 425 finished.

Nearer home an impressive mix of ages and abilities braved more mud and cold to enjoy a purely social event swapping times and competition for cakes and camaraderie in the annual Mince Pie Run.

Lovers of off road running are reminded that the next club Cross Country event is next weekend - tough running but GREAT fun- contact Liz and James Thomas if you need more details.


parkruns, 5km trail

Ollie Campbell (JM15-17) won again at Chippenham in 18.12 and David Musgrove was also first at Cirencester in 19,24 while 19.54 earned Ian Barrett 7th place at the relatively new parkrun in King George V Field, Cheltenham. Adam Harborow was 5th at Ciren with 20.36 where Steve Derrick, Jos Randall and Chris Prevett were pursued round the laps by a buggy pushing Jo Musk although we understand son Brecon was unimpressed by his Mum’s speed through the mud. Sam Timms and young Joe Cook (JM10) followed to complete the club presence. Gordon Jones and Barbara Thomas stuck to Swindon and Rachel McAdam was on her own at Tetbury while Allan took time away with friends to run in Keswick. Tom Purnell and Thomas McNally both ran in the Forest but Jo Roberts went a bit further to have more fun in Stellenboch, South Africa. Finally we understand that Gary Wood ran in Exeter but in the absence of official results (reason unknown) we can only say we believe he took another 107 seconds from his recent PB to finish in 22.20.- but, sadly for him, he will have to repeat this superb effort to get it recorded officially.

Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 1 David Musgrove 19.24, 5 Adam Harborow 20.36, 22 Steve Derrick 23.12, 60 Jocelyn Randall 26.28, 62 Chris Prevett 26.40, 63 Jo Musk 26.49, 91 Samantha Timms 30.46, 100 Joe Cook (J) 31.41, 144 finished Swindon Lydiard: 64 Gordon Jones 23.00, 200 Barbara Thomas 28.29, 393 finished Tetbury: 38 Rachel McAdam 26.21, 82 finished Cheltenham, King George V Field: 7 Ian Barrett 19.54, 98 finished Gloucester City: 147 Rupert Chesmore 32.14, 187 Liza Darroch 47.01, 193 finished Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.12, 170 finished Forest of Dean: 30 Tom Purnell 25.34, 100 finished Mallards Pike, Lydney: 73 Thomas McNally 31.54, 112 finished Keswick: 33 Alan McAdam 25.15, 104 finished

Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, South Africa: 17 Jo Roberts 29.01, 114 finished

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