Mud? - didn't put us off!

Updated: Dec 16, 2019


Gloucestershire XC League (2 of 4), Thornbury

Captain Liz Thomas reports: The cross country this weekend was at Old Down Country Park, there was fantastic views of both Severn bridges from the top of the hill, although these were swiftly followed by a tricky wooded section and a long hill back up to the start of the course. It was very, very muddy and slippery underfoot and many competitors took a tumble. It was a very competitive field out there and with standards high the men in particular achieved a great result of 4th team overall. The distance, the season and the weather all conspired to keep numbers down especially for the Juniors but there were some strong performances from them and the women too and everyone especially enjoyed the cake and flapjack afterwards.


U13 Girls (3km)

7 Isobel Watt (Cirencester AC) 12.58

U11 Boys (2km)

31 Toby Cox (Cirencester AC) 10.41 37 Matthew Hunton 10.51

U13 Boys (3km)

18 Zac Humphries (Cirencester AC) 12.46

Ladies (7km)

1 Charlotte Taylor-Green (Clevedon) 29.32

10 Corinne Clark (Cirencester AC) 32.22

24 Holly Willis 34.25

81 Jo Roberts 41.34

109 Pam Wheeler 47.39

123 Louise Abbott 54.12 128 finished

Ladies teams (3 to score):

1 University of Bath 18pts, 9 Cirencester AC 115pts, 29 closed in

Ladies Masters teams (3 to score):

1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 42pts, 19 Cirencester AC 313pts, 19 closed in

Ladies team overall (after 2 of 4 races): tba

Masters overall (after 2 of 4 races): tba

Men (10km)

1 Dominic James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 38.07

6 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 40.18

10 Bill Leggate 40.57

26 James Thomas 42.34

29 Charles Woodd 42.50

43 Tom Hunton 44.20

49 David Musgrove 44.54

55 Aaron Willis 45.50

57 Mark Sysum 45.53

127 Dorian Matts 53.56 161 finished

Mens Teams (6 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 47pts, 4 Cirencester AC 163pts, 14 closed in Masters teams (4 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 84pts, 2 Cirencester AC 145pts, 10 closed in Men’s team overall (after 2 of 4 races): tba

Last weekend Ruth Fulford went to Telford in search of a qualification place for the England Masters 10km Championships but, despite a fine time of 58.07, she was disappointed to find her 5th FV70 place was not quite good enough – she will have another opportunity early next year.

Telford 10km, road

1 Adam Craig (Inverclyde) 28.32 (chip 28.32) 931 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 58.42 (58.07) 1128 finished.


Sarah Whitehouse braved the rain to return to competitive running completing 10km around Westonbirt in a time of 50.41 and Felicity Crotty took on an even muddier challenge in the Sudley Castle Santa Run running 8km in 1.13.06. Finally Rupert Chesmore went to Painswick for an equally tough Rudolph’s Rampage. The 7 km race topped his tally of miles raced over the year to an amazing 500. He was joined by an equally determined Barbara Thomas aiming for her own target of 100 races run over the year.

Westonbirt House Christmas 10km, road

1 Jason Mullins (unattached) 37.23 (chip 37.21)

138 Sarah Whitehouse (Cirencester AC) 51.03 (50.41)

325 Andrew Jones 59.31 (59.00) 745 finished.

Sudeley Castle Santa Run, Winchcombe, 8km multi-terrain

1 Alex Smith (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 38.38

69 Felicity Crotty (Cirencester AC) 1.13.06 125 finished.

Rudolf’s Rampage, Painswick, 7km multi-terrain

1 Zac Summers-Cameron (Charlton Kings RC) 33.02

37 Rupert Chesmore (Cirencester AC) 49.51

99 Barbara Thomas 1.01.42 200 finished.


parkruns, 5km trail

With a club cross country event later in the day, parkrun numbers were down too leaving Jos Randall to fly the club flag on her own at Cirencester. Ollie Campbell (JM15-17) won at Tetbury in 19.18 with the McAdam family, led by Jacob, following behind. Ian Barrett was 7th in Lydney in 19.31, Ruth Fulford 13th in a much reduced Stonehouse and Barbara Thomas was also on her own in her favourite Swindon Lydiard.

Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 44 Jocelyn Randall 28.58, 116 finished. Swindon, Lydiard: 150 Barbara Thomas 29.23, 304 finished. Tetbury: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 19.18, 2 Jacob McAdam 20.44, 22 Alan McAdam 27.48, 28 Rachel McAdam 29.13, 57 finished. Stonehouse: 13 Ruth Fulford 29.57, 27 finished. Mallards Pike, Lydney: 7 Ian Barrett 19.31, 63 finished.

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