Lovely weather for trail running
Chalgrove Festival 10km, Oxon., 10km road
Dave Wright kicked off a busy week of running nipping round a Bank Holiday 10k in Chalgrove in an efficient 38.28 to finish 11th and first in his V60 age group.
1 Graham Hope (Kidlington AC) 34.34
11 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 38.28 – 1st V60 434 finished.
Run for the Trees, Westonbirt Arboretum, 10km trail
Later in the week, Wendy Nicolls returned to the Westonbirt Arboretum to finish an off road 10k as 4th lady and first FV45 in a time of 41.12 .
1 Alan Baker (Clevedon AC) 34.32
16 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 41.12 – 4th lady / 1st FV45 821 finished. Cotswold Super Sprint Triathlon, 400m swim, 20km bike, 5km run
Ollie Pritchard continued a great season to finish third in the Cotswold Sprint triathlon ending with a very competitive sub 16 minute 5k run. Clearly all those training runs around Fairford with Captain (and new Dad) James are paying off,
1 Jack Powis (Stroud AC) (6.28; 27.42; 16.06) 51.59
3 Oliver Pritchard (Cirencester AC) (6.55; 29.38; 15.55) 53.58 251 finished.
Marlborough Downs Challenge, 33 miles trail
Unusually Holly Willis was a lone member taking on the Malborough Downs Challenge this year. She completed the demanding 33miles which include parts of Wansdyke and the Kennet and Avon canal to return via the stones of Avebury as third lady in 5.11.
1= Michael Gregory / Christopher Brobin (Stubbington Green AC) 4.21.52
20 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 5.11.04 – 3rd lady 104 finished.
The club was better represented over the four races making up the Stroud Trails event. Tim Ingham and Rupert Chesmore both ran the new 40 (+) ultra route which adds a further 1,500’ ascent around Frampton Mansell and The Daneway to an already demanding route. Tim finished in 8.40 with Rupert some 50 minutes later as first V60. For his first, Lee Lawrence could hardly have chosen a harder ‘marathon’ making his 20th place very respectable. His time of 4 hours 49 after climbing over 3,000’ and covering 27.6 miles (making it, technically, also an ultra) should provide a great boost to confidence. So too for Jo Roberts and Liza Darroch who followed after taking time to appreciate the joys of this very beautiful route on what was perfect spring day. Jo was second in her age group and Liza first in hers. With a later start Barbara Thomas ran the second loop of the course to complete over 14 miles , described as a ‘½ Marathon’, in just over 3 hours, slightly faster than last year. Finally Nick Wall took a last minute entry to run the ‘Quarter marathon’ finishing the 6.6 miles in 1.07 in a pleasing 14th place.
Ultra Marathon, 40 miles trail
1 Zen Sherley-Dale (unattached) 6.05.46 (chip 6.05.41)
23 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 8.40.40 (8.40.29)
30 Rupert Chesmore 9.32.26 (9.32.14) – 1st V60 36 finished. ‘Marathon’, 27.6 miles trail
1 Richard Clark (Chiltern Harriers) 3.46.39 (chip 3.46.38)
20 Lee Lawrence (Cirencester AC) 4.49.02 (4.48.52)
45 Jo Roberts 5.40.17 (5.40.06) 53 Liza Darroch 5.57.48 (5.57.38) – 1st FV65 66 finished.
‘½ Marathon’, 14.2 miles trail
1 Hayden Hodges (unattached) 1.43.34 (chip 1.43.33)
140 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 3.03.14 (3.03.01) 146 finished. Quarter Marathon, 6.6 miles trail
1 Matt Pritchard (unattached) 53.08 (chip 53.07)
14 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 1.07.13 (1.07.08) 72 finished.
Tewkesbury ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road
The Barrows returned to the Tewkesbury ½ Marathon where Rachel was pleased to repeat her time of last year without current “niggles” flaring up. Nina Lawrence, who is becoming a regular competitor, followed with Paul Barrow taking it steady in the rear.
1Phil Beastall (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.09.23 (chip 1.09.23)
537 Rachel Barrow (Cirencester AC) 2.07.54 (2.07.13)
776 Nina Lawrence 2.36.47 (2.35.39)
809 Paul Barrow 2.47.14 (2.45.57) 849 finished.
Finally, in absence of full results we can, as yet, only report that James Widdowson ran another marathon plus in the Brecon and Louise Abbott ran the Beast Bach near Preseli. parkruns, 5km trail
Our juniors completely dominated at Cirencester with Ryan Outram finishing second, Sam Cook fifth, Tom Prosser eighth and young Isobel Watts twentieth as first lady. Elsewhere Ollie Campbell was first at Chippenham, Tom Purnell fourth at Swindon and Colin Tapley twenty first at Keswick.
Cirencester AC finishers:
Cirencester: 2 Ryan Outram (J) 18.48, 5 Sam Cook (J) 21.22, 8 Tom Prosser (J) 21.32, 20 Isobel Watt (J) 23.03 – 1st lady, 47 Nathan Govier (J) 25.14, 56 Brendan McCarthy 26.11, 66 Pam Wheeler 26.45, 105 David Moss 28.38, 191 Jenny Brewin 46.22, 192 Cathie Cowell 46.23, 200 finished
Swindon: 4 Tom Purnell 18.07, 79 Alan McAdam 23.40, 145 Rachel McAdam 25.34, 209 Barbara Thomas 28.01, 313 Chris Prevett 30.52, 563 finished
Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.21, 225 finished
Keswick: 21 Colin Tapley 21.24, 165 Clare Tapley 30.56, 241 finished
Millwater, Auckland, New Zealand: 111 Thomas McNally 29.03, 225 finished