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News brief 31st of Dec 2018

Determined members still managed to find competitive races in the “quiet

week”. With the year nearly at an end Barbara Thomas went to Harwicke to be

joined by 16 others in running the Pilot Inn 4 which she completed in 34.46 as

one more towards her annual 100 race target.

 Pilot Inn 4 - Hardwicke, nr Gloucester, 4 miles road

1 Chris Brown (Severn AC) 22.05

16 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 34.46 17 finished. 

New member Nicola Wood travelled to Mortimer near Reading for the ten miles

of hills and mud involved in the The Gut Buster. Her now regular Thursday

morning outings made the first 8 miles feel comfortable but she reported that

there was little left for the final two miles when ‘the princess would have given

half her kingdom for a road to run on’. But, after struggling past many others

who were walking, she finished in 1.42 completely unaware that a fellow club

member, was only a minute behind her. In contrast Becky Collier, who was

back competing after minor surgery was just thrilled to be running and


Gut Buster, Mortimer, nr Reading, 10 miles multi-terrain

1 Rob Corney (Reading Roadrunners) 57.27

268 Nicola Wood (Cirencester AC) 1.42.28

272 Rebecca Collier 1.43.29 329 finished.  

parkruns, 5km trail

With a plethora of parkruns done and many more to come over the New Year it

was mostly regulars who ran this Saturday. Ollie Campbell tackled Pomphrey

Hill near Bristol to finish 2nd in 18.35, Ian Barrett was 5 th with 17.55 in Torquay

while Isaac McAdam was 4 th at Chipping Sodbury with 17.45 and the rest of the

family in hot pursuit. Run of the week to Rachel who finally came in below 26

minutes with a great 25.45 new PB. Nearer home, Mark Sysum led the team to

finish 6th at Cirencester followed by Neil Morrissey and an (unusually)

competitive David Moss. Good runs from Dorian Matts and Brendan McCarthy

who was back for more. Rachel Ranger post injury and buggy pushing Simon

Campbell followed. Kate Sackett nipped round Stonehouse, Barbara Thomas

was also on her own at Swindon as was Ruth Fulford at Moreton in Marsh.

Slowest runs of the week for Liza Darroch and Rupert Chesmore who were

supporting daughter and 7 year old granddaughter round their first parkruns in


Cirencester AC finishers:

Cirencester:  6 Mark Sysum 21.12, 17 Neil Morrissey 23.04, 20 David Moss

23.38, 24 Dorian Matts 24.31, 67 Brendan McCarthy 27.46,

70 Rachel Ranger 27.53, 123 Simon Campbell 33.28, 164 finished

Swindon: 188 Barbara Thomas 27.23, 475 finished

Stonehouse: 12 Kate Sackett 23.33, 82 finished

Chipping Sodbury:  4 Isaac McAdam 17.45, 17 Jacob McAdam 19.49, 85

Alan McAdam 24.27, 119 Rachel McAdam 25.45, 414 finished

Gloucester City:  142 Liza Darroch 34.51, 181 Rupert Chesmore 51.19, 185


Fire Services College, Moreton-in-Marsh:  111 Ruth Fulford 30.46, 180


Pomphrey Hill, Bristol: 2 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.35, 280 finished

Torbay Velopark: 5 Ian Barrett 17.55, 294 finished

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