Manchester Marathon Magic & More

Club members were in action the length of the country on a beautiful, early autumn weekend.


At the famously flat and fast Manchester marathon this weekend there were superb, sub 3 hour performances from Tom Purnell and Stuart Fitzgerald, seeing them home well inside the top five per cent of the large field. They both ran incredibly evenly paced races with Stuart describing his first marathon as “quite hard work at the end, but a fantastic day out!” Tom Morgan, just a couple of weeks after a trail ultra event, sadly battled with stomach issues from before the half way point which, he says, developed into whole body aches and pains. Determined to finish, Tom adopted a run/walk strategy and crossed the line in 5:22. Wonderful efforts all round.


10th October, Manchester Marathon, 26.2 miles, road

1 Mathew Crehan (St Helens Sutton AC) 2.18.26

273 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 2.54.17

505 Stuart Fitzgerald 2.59.08

11,933 Tom Morgan 5.22.06

13,454 finished





Nea Sneddon-Jenkins went to Cornwall to take part in the Eden Project Half Marathon. After a very busy week that saw her hand in the dissertation for her masters degree, Nea says she just went out to enjoy herself. But, she says, the race could not have gone any better. She held something in reserve until the last 4k and surprised herself with her 1:48 finish on the hilly course. She describes the route as one of the nicest she has ever run.


10th October, Eden Project Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Marc Smerden (Unattached) 1.20.41

66 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 1.48.05

600 finished





On the south coast, Rob Tuttle and Rachel Barrow returned to Bournemouth, the scene of previous exploits, this time to take on the half marathon. The agreed plan of some 8:45 minute miles to start with disappeared in a fit of overenthusiasm. Half a dozen 8:30 miles and a horrible little hill in the ninth mile came back to bite them both and made the last 3 miles feel hard. However, they both enjoyed the great crowds, good weather and support from other runners. Rachel came in just inside her 1:55 target with Rob just a minute behind. Paul Barrow was really disappointed not to run what he had decided would be his last half marathon after having a nasty fall from his bike during the previous week.


10th October, Bournemouth Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Dom Willmore (Unknown) 1.07.30 (1.07.30)

840 Rachel Barrow (Cirencester AC) 1.56.02 (1.54.41)

903 Rob Tuttle 1.57.07 (1.55.46)

2,667 finished



On the parkrun circuit, Rachel and Alan Mcadam enjoyed a change of scenery at Wotton under Edge. Tom Morgan made the most of his trip to Manchester for the marathon by joining parkrunners at Southport, where he was swept up in the great atmosphere. On home turf at Cirencester there was a win for Ian Barrett, a new course PB for Ionel Iancu and, after a few recent seconds, a well deserved first female placing for Rachel Ranger as she counts down to her York marathon next weekend.


9th October, parkrun, 5k, trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Ben Cole (Unattached) 16.43

89 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 24.49

317 finished

Southport parkrun

1 Chris Ovenden (Unattached) 16.21

145 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 28.44

289 finished

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Liam Connolly (Unattached) 17.12

42 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 28.20

79 finished

Wotton parkrun

1 Richard Mulvany (Unattached) 18.56

31 Alan Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 25.33

40 Rachel Mcadam 27.16

88 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.23

17 Ionel Iancu 22.40

21 Paul Timms 23.50

26 Rachel Ranger 24.21 – 1st Woman

43 Rob Jones 26.11

107 Richard Edwards 36.00

126 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Robert Deller (Unattached) 18.27

47 Sam Timms (Cirencester AC) 28.00

95 finished

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