Mark Sysum, who has been quietly working and racing hard this season set a new Club V45 5 mile record at Sutton Benger this weekend. His time of 29.17 brought him home in 13th place and, some minutes later, Keith Firkin was 59th.
Sutton Benger '5', nr Chippenham, 5 miles road
1 Kurt Taylor (Bristol & West AC) 25.03 13 Mark Sysum (Cirencester AC) 29.17 - club V45 record 59 Keith Firkin 37.10 232 finished Becks Collier took on the 10 k in Wroughton to finish in 56.46 while Adrian Williams went for a very different challenge running the 10k in Addis Ababa. We are yet to hear his placing but a time of 41.41 in the lung busting Ethiopian altitude will have been hard work but hopefully the massive support for this national event helped him to keep going as the hilly course wound its way around the city.
Swindon 10km, Wroughton, 10km road 1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 30.50
302 Rebecca Collier (Cirencester AC) 56.46 562 finished.
Great Ethiopian Run, Addis Ababa, 10km road
1 Berihu Aregawi (Ethiopia) 28.22 x Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC) 41.14 x finished.
Meanwhile Barbara Thomas had to settle for 9 kms at Newent and Kerry Smith went for 8 miles of multi terrain near Devises.
Mandy Whittington Newent 9km road 1 Steve Kenyon (Gloucester AC) 32.22
195 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 55.56 344 finished.
Roundway Revenge, Devizes, 8 miles multi terrain
1 Stuart Holloway (City of Salisbury AC) 52.28 129 Kerry Smith (Cirencester AC) 1.20.24 252 finished.
The Broadway Marathon is tough at the best of times and Sunday was surely one of the worst but this didn’t stop Karen Higuera and Rupert Chesmore returning for this gruelling hill and mud combo. The “toughest conditions since 2012” wrenched every muscle and put up to 30 minutes onto their times and over the 5 hours although the winner was within minutes of the course record set by our Rob Forbes. Chris Prevett also rose to the challenge to finish in just over 6 hours.
Broadway Marathon, 26.2 miles trail 1 Andrew Siggers (Kenilworth Runners) 3.25.51
53 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 5.19.41
66 Rupert Chesmore 5.35.39
91 Chris Prevett 6.12.32 97 finished
parkruns, 5km trail
Two wins this week, Oli Campbell with 17.15 at Chippenham and James Thomas with 19.03on Marlborough Common. Members of the club packed the top ten at Swindon Lydiard with Dave Musgrove (VM45-49) 5th in a fine PB, Tom Purnell(SM25-29) 6th and Chris Miller(VM40-44) 8th all of whom, along with Gordon Jones (VM70-74), bagged age group wins. Dave Moss and Barbara Thomas also remained loyal to Lydiard.
Cirencester saw a similar pattern with Holly Willis (SM25-29) 8th where she was followed by Steve Derrick (VM55-59) 15th, Dorian Matts (VM60-64) with a PB 17th and Kate Sackett(VW60-64)18th again all with age groups firsts. But run of the week goes to Gary Wood (VM45-49) who took a cool 57 seconds from his PB – a clear demonstration of the value of ambitious marathon training. Regulars Jos Randall and Pam Wheeler were joined by Tom McNally running on home turf for a change and great to see Ali Norris back in the mix.
Ross Swain returned to Gloucester North to finish 5th despite running some 60 seconds faster than his previous win there. Finally, the Timms tried out Swindon’s new parkrun at Seven Fields, Nea Sneddon- Jenkins and the McAdam seniors were back at Tetbury while son Jacob ran in Slough, Liza Darroch returned to Gloucester City and Lee Lawrence popped up on the Clacton Seafront.
Cirencester: 9 Holly Willis 21.47, 15 Steve Derrick 23.02, 17 Dorian Matts 23.18, 18 Kate Sackett 23.27, 27 Gary Wood 24.07, 58 Jocelyn Randall 27.08, 68 Thomas McNally 28.23, 70 Pam Wheeler 28.28, 127 Ali Norris 43.08, 133 finished Swindon Lydiard: 5 David Musgrove 18.00, 6 Tom Purnell 18.03, 8 Chris Miller 18.20,56 Gordon Jones 22.55, 133 David Moss 26.25, 193 Barbara Thomas 28.34, 393 finished Swindon Seven Fields: 30 Paul Timms 24.25, 82 Samantha Timms 29.42, 154 finished Tetbury: 7 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 24.42, 17 Alan McAdam 26.04, 27 Rachel McAdam 28.18, 74 finished Chippenham: 1 Oli Campbell (J) 17.15, 194 finished Gloucester City: 103 Liza Darroch 28.50, 202 finished Gloucester North: 5 Ross Swain 20.23, 69 finished Marlborough Common: 1 James Thomas 19.03, 114 finished Black Park, Slough: 8 Jacob McAdam 19.05, 599 finished Clacton Seafront: 25 Lee Lawrence 23.19, 155 finished