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Let's Tri Something Different......

Martin Croucher lined up with tens of thousands of others, including Sir Mo Farah in his final professional race, at the Great North Run last Sunday.

Martin enjoyed the familiar course and great crowd support. He adjusted his goal and tactics a few miles in as the warm and humid conditions took hold of everyone.

It was a long day as torrential rain hit soon after the race causing the Metro to be closed due to flooding and leaving thousands of runners and supporters drenched and queuing for the ferry instead.

Martin is looking forward to another "nice, easy" marathon in a few weeks time!

10th September, Great North Run, 13.1 miles, road

1 Tamirat Tola 59.58

4881 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 1.49.08

approx 60,000 started

Dave Bell was pleased to maintain a consistent pace in the humid conditions at the Langley Burrell Lightning Bolt 10k on Sunday. He finished 8th overall and took a couple of seconds off his seasons best for the distance.

10th September, Lightning Bolt Langley Burrell 10k, 10k, road

1 Daniel Studley (Bristol & West AC) 31.50 chip time

8 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 34.57

104 finished

Our own Chedworth Roman Trail race took place on Sunday. Just a handful of CAC runners took part, with a team of club volunteers headed up by Tom Purnell, in his first foray into the world of the Race Director, bringing the event together.

He was supported by James and Liz getting involved in race admin, Rupert, Tim and Oscar doing the very important course set up and dismantling and, of course, Jo, Liza, Lara, Linda and David maintaining the standards when it comes to tea and cake sales. A team of marshals covered the course and Jos Randall took on the tail runner role and enjoyed talking the last finisher, an inspiring 75 year old lady who only took up running after her husband died and was determined to finish.

There were challenges on the day with the humid conditions and a swarm of angry hornets near the start line!

Another superb run from Kate Jacobs as she finished 1st lady and 7th overall. Then not much between Tom Payne, Natasha Pauck and Andy Hindson.

Well done to all involved.

10th September, Chedworth Roman Trail, 10 miles, trail

1 Aiden Daniel (Team Bath Athletic Club) 1.04.56 chip time

7 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 1.20.30 – 1st lady

44 Tom Payne 1.33.23

61 Natash Pauck 1.36.55

64 Andy Hindson 1.37.33

164 finished

In parkrun news this week Martin Croucher warmed up for the Great North Run by hurtling round Whitley Bay parkrun. Ian Barrett was 4th with a 78% age grade at Minehead. Also at the seaside were Paul and Sam Timms at Bournemouth.

More locally, Rob Forbes was 2nd at Cirencester, there were the usual consistent performances from Brendan McCarthy, Pam Wheeler and Gary Wood and Gordon Jones continues his comeback from injury. At Tetbury Rachel McAdam was 1st in her age group and Alan was 2nd in his.

9th September, parkrun, 5k trail

Whitley Bay parkrun

1 Sparrow John Richard Morley (Unattached) 17.31

33 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 21.50

560 finished

Minehead parkrun

1 Matthew Bradley (Unattached) 17.53

4 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.14

115 finished

Bournemouth parkrun

1 Stuart Nicholas (Unattached) 16.5

87 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 23.12

296 Samantha Timms 30.21

481 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 George Jackson (Unattached) 17.22

2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 17.28

83 Brendan McCarthy 28.15

86 Pamela Wheeler 28.34

92 Gary Wood 29.00

100 Gordon Jones 29.49

190 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Ed Bailey (Unattached) 17.57

27 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.04

42 Rachel McAdam 25.17

143 finished

And finally……. Kate Sackett reports that she, Jo Roberts and Lara Tompson, together with a Dursley Running Club friend Mel, completed the end of season relay triathlon at Lake 62 on Saturday. All four members of the team do each discipline, a 300 metre swim, a 5 mile bike ride and a 1 mile run.

This was a first taste of triathlon for both Jo and Lara with Jo not having swum for a while and Lara similarly a little out of her comfort zone on a bike. Kate reports that they showed no fear and rocked around the course sporting their CAC tri gear! We would expect nothing less! Looks like a fun time was had by all.

Results to Martin please at and running news stories to Rachel at or via the WhatsApp group

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