West Country Hilly Ultra 50 miles Minehead Trail
Run of the week was from Rob Brown who completed 50 miles in 9 hours 02 minutes. Rob led for the first 20 miles of the West Country Hilly Ultra but perhaps should have saved slightly more in the tank for the two leg sapping climbs over Dunkery Beacon and back along the coastal path between Bossington and Minehead. A wrong turn and a total 8309ft of ascent took their toll and Rob was passed by three others before managing to pull one back to finish in an impressive third place.
Official results not available at time of going to press.
City of Gloucester 10km, road
Dave Wright clocked a second V60 win in a week after running the Gloucester 10 k in a 38.23 - not surprisingly this time (only seconds off a recent PB) brought him across the line 13th overall (again).
1 Harry Bishop (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 32.20
13 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 38.23 – 1st V60
44 Paul Stevens 42.21
317 Barbara Thomas 58.35 556 finished
Cotswold 51Fiver Triathlon, Water Park, 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run
Ian Barrett led a small but quality team through the first triathlon of the season to finish 5th in his Mvet age group and, strong in all three disciplines, he was only 4 minutes behind the leader. Sophie Chudley, still missing an Australian climate struggled in the cold despite the spring sunshine. With a faster swim and very similar bike section, Steve Derrick’s slower run brought him in only a minute behind. Kate Sackett knocked 4 minutes from her previous time but had to be content with second in her (WsupVet) age group.
1 Rob Abraham (unattached) (24.19; 59.40; 37.35) 2.04.22
5 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) (24.23; 1.03.06; 39.40) 2.09.56
123 Sophie Chudley (30.05; 1.14.09; 44.34) 2.33.24
134 Steve Derrick (27.08; 1.14.02; 48.38) 2.34.38
281 Kate Sackett (36.12; 1.23.12; 47.48) 2.52.35 464 finished.
Worcester Marathon, 26.2 miles road
Martin Croucher ran a last race before Commrades (now only three weeks away) taking it steady round the Worcester Marathon to finish in 3 hours 58 mins.
1 Adam Jelf (unattached) 2.52.07 (chip 2.52.05)
59 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 3.58.28 (3.58.03) 92 finished.
Berkeley 10km, road
On a fine sunny evening, Kate Sackett returned to winning form to finish 1st FV55 in the
Berkley 10 km. Some 6 minutes later was Sarah Whitehouse fighting her own battle back to form. Libby Butler and Ruth Fulford (1st V70) followed.
1 Steve Millward (Gloucester AC) 32.55
131 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 46.13 – 1st FV55
219 Sarah Whitehouse 51.46
266 Elisabeth Butler 54.34
316 Ruth Fulford 1.00.09 – 1st FV70 386 finished
Heddington Summer Series 5km, nr Calne, 5km road
Dave Wright sped round 5km near Calne in18.35 to finish 13th overall and 1st V60.
1 Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 15.46
13 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 18.35 – 1st V60 193 finished.
Late results from last week include James Widdowson’s first ultra experience which took him a hard fought 8 hrs 45 to scale Pen y Fan twice over a tough 53 km route and Louise Abbott’s return to Preseli where she completed the Beast Bach 11 mile fell race in 2 hours 38. Also last weekend, Stuart Fitzgerald finished the Hullavington ½ Marathon in a strong sixth place in 1.29.24.
Brecon Beacons Ultra, 53km trail
1 Matt O’Keeffe (Mynyddwyr De Cymru) 4.59.07
123 James Widdowson (Cirencester AC) 8.45.12 160 finished.
Beast Bach, Preseli, S Wales, 11 miles fell (1700’)
1 Peter Bray (Chorlton Runners) 1.13.59
172 Louise Abbott (Cirencester AC) 2.38.51 184 finished.
Hullavington ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
1 Holly Rush (Avon Valley Runners) 1.23.15
6 Stuart Fitzgerald (Cirencester AC) 1.29.24 118 finished.
parkruns, 5km trail
Cirencester AC finishers:
Challenged by wife Liz (who claims to “have had a baby in less than17 minutes”) James Thomas produced his first sub 17 parkrun to a win at Kingsway, Gloucester in 16.54 while Ollie Campbell was 2nd at Chippenham with 17.15. Jo Musk was first lady at Cirencester with lone Junior Sam Cook next at 19th. The McAdams tried out the new parkrun at Tetbury, Barbara Thomas was a Stonehouse, Dave Moss at Marlborough, the Barrows in Norfolk and Thomas McNally still in Auckland, New Zealand.
Cirencester: 7 Jo Musk 19.27 – 1st lady, 19 Sam Cook (J) 21.13, 40 Gordon Jones 23.16,45 Rob Jones 23.23, 97 Pam Wheeler 26.41, 129 Denise Ewbank 28.43,149 Ruth Fulford 29.51, 185 Kate Sackett 33.01, 248 finished
Tetbury: 27 Alan McAdam 24.57, 42 Rachel McAdam 27.18, 125 finished
Chippenham: 2 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.15, 244 finished
Stonehouse: 50 Barbara Thomas 27.23, 88 finished
Kingsway, Gloucester: 1 James Thomas 16.54, 249 finished
Marlborough Common: 97 David Moss 29.15, 174 finished
Holkham, Norfolk: 74 Rachel Barrow 27.56, 130 Paul Barrow 33.18, 161 finished
Western Springs, Auckland, New Zealand: 52 Thomas McNally 28.04, 100 finish