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Liza Qualifies for Masters Championship

Great news to start this week’s report. Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore travelled to Cheshire for the Tatton Half Marathon, set in the grounds of Tatton Park. The race was one of the qualifying events for the England Masters Age Group Championship half marathon at the Manchester Great Run next spring.

And of course Liza qualified with ease, She tells us a bit about it here. “Pretty pleased with the result, just needed to be in the age group top three so I’ll take second! Better still, Elaine Statham was only seconds in front and I had predicted she would be way, way ahead.”

“AND I bettered my Stroud time, just, although it was a tougher course with more hills and several sharp turns. Also, it RAINED, most of the time so we were wading through water at one point. Tatton Park was lovely, rolling green, lots of lakes and deer. Rupert was a complete star and pulled/pushed/accompanied me all the way round.”

“Having qualified, will I do the National Champs Manchester Great Run next May??? Who knows!!!”

We all hope so Liza! Many congratulations on another fine run and team effort.

19th November, Run Tatton half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Lucas Parker (Unattached) 1.11.54 (1.11.53)

1091 Rupert Chesmore (Cirencester AC) 2.23.27 (2.19.19)

1092 Liza Darroch 2.23.27 (2.19.19) – 2nd LV75

1230 finished

Trail loving Karen Higuera completed one of her favourites, the Broadway Marathon on Sunday.

The race starts and finishes in the village of Broadway, takes in many climbs including an early one to Broadway Tower before heading to Snowshill, Stanway, Winchcombe and Sudeley Castle. A tough Cotswold tour.

Karen described herself as not trained and not feeling quite herself and so didn’t have high expectations. She was rightly pleased with her solid run and finish time, particularly in the conditions including swamp like areas and some parts as slippery as an ice rink.

Well done Karen.

19th November, Broadway Marathon, 26.2 miles, trail

1 Mark Derbyshire 3.32.18

73 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 5.53.27

100 finished

The Castle Combe race circuit was the setting on Sunday for the Chilly 10k and duathlon events. Traffic free, wide and flat, these events are great for those chasing a time.

Dave Bell had a fantastic run in the 10k, finishing 2nd overall. Dave describes the race as tough going in the windy conditions which affected the consistency of his pace. But he was of course delighted with his overall result.

Brecht Grieten also put in an impressive performance in the duathlon comprising a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike followed by another 2 mile run. He has competed in duathlon and triathlon in the past, although busy family life means he hasn’t had much time for multi-sport events since the arrival of his little boy.

He was really happy with his result, finishing 11th overall. His strong running ability showed in his run times, pretty much a match with the race winner.

Well done Dave and Brecht.

19th November, ‘Total Guide’ Chilly 10k, 10k, road

1 Alastair Campbell (Stroud & District AC) 33.13 chip time

2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 34.15

378 finished

19th November, ‘Total Guide’ Chilly Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run, road

1 Henry Lloyd Williams (Moscoe) 46.16 (run 1 11.21, bike 22.28, run 2 11.17)

11 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 50.53 (run 1 11.23, bike 26.18, run 2 11.37)

101 finished

Jos Randall and Tanya Everett had a fun time running the 5 mile, out and back race on the Severn Bridge last week. To add to the dramatic setting the race was run at night.

Jos and Tanya both finished comfortably inside 45 minutes.

16th November, Severn Bridge 5, 5 miles, road

1 Tim Batchelor (Chepstow Harriers) 27.41

135 Jocelyn Randall (Cirencester AC) 43.49

139 Tanya Everett 44.08

399 finished

In parkrun news, Gordon Jones continues his return from injury with a good run at Lydiard. Martin Croucher combined an excellent run at Oxford with a trip to the running shoe shop. Rachel and Alan McAdam both had age group wins at their holiday parkrun in Ashford. Ian Barrett was 2nd at Newent with an age grade result of 74%.

Nicola Wood and Paul Edrich made a rare parkrun appearance at Tetbury where Nicola was thrilled to run her quickest 5k since 2018. David Moss had a good run at Seven Fields. Luke Campbell battled high altitude and high temperatures at the Fig Tree event in South Africa. New club member Amanda Naylor is reaping the benefits of Tuesday night training and was pleased to run a sub 30 minute 5k for the first time in a while at the Maidstone event, her 96th parkrun.

Meanwhile, at a very muddy Cirencester, there was a win for Rob Forbes. Rachel Ranger celebrated her birthday with a 1st place FV50. There was a flurry of Cirencester runners finishing between 28 and 31 minutes including an age grade of almost 70% for Pam Wheeler.

18th November, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Gabriel Dellar (Unattached) 17.13

93 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 27.22

288 finished

Oxford parkrun

1 Dougie Moffett (Unattached) 17.50

18 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 20.58

330 finished

Ashford parkrun

1 Luke Roberts (Unattached) 18.44

60 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 25.40

68 Rachel McAdam 26.14

180 finished

Newent parkrun

1 Henry Pugh (Unattached) 19.56

2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 20.14

72 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 19.52

36 Rachel Ranger 25.55

60 Steve Derrick 28.01

61 Tom Morgan 28.02

62 Sophie Humphries 28.17

75 Brendan McCarthy 29.54

83 Pamela Wheeler 31.11

101 Lorna Harris 37.33

102 Brian Harris 37.34

122 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Ed Bailey (Unattached) 17.52

61 Paul Edrich (Cirencester AC) 27.08

63 Nicola Wood 27.24

143 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Mike Wheeler (Unattached) 17.47

28 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 22.44

176 finished

Fig Tree parkrun

2 Maurice Spilsbury (Unattached) 23.21

6 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 24.52

211 finished

Maidstone parkrun

1 James Ford (Loughborough Students AC) 18.27

153 Amanda Naylor (Cirencester AC) 29.32

255 finished

Results please to Martin at and any accompanying words and photos to Rachel at or via WhatsApp

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