May 30th 2021
It may be the Ultra runners who have dominated the return to competitive racing but run of the month – or even of the year to date - surely goes to Ollie Campbell who tore round 13.1 miles of road near Hullavington to finish the Half Marathon in a stunning 1: 15 :40. Tuesday evening training has shown how strongly Ollie is running so no surprise that this time brought him 3rd in the race AND within 36 seconds of the club record for his U20 age group set by Chris Illman some years ago.
16th May, Hullavington Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, Road
1 James Bellward (RAF Athletics) 1.10.56
3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 1.15.40
Another belated resulte belongs to Dave Musgrove who ran 44 miles of the South West Coast path in atrocious weather to finish 3rd in his MV45 age group. Anyone who has run or walked the endless up and downs of the coastal path between The Lizard and Land’s End will appreciate his time of just under 9 hours especially as he described it as “a time trial for Covid and good fun”.
15th May, Endurance Life Classic Quarter, 44 miles, Trail
1 Joachim Cassel 7.18.07
24 David Musgrove (Cirencester AC) 8.58.46 – 3rd MV45
And just to complete the story we can now share the official result from Rupert’s 24 hour run down Opha’s Dyke from Prestatyn to near Montgomery.
15th May, 24 Hours South, Trail
1 Andrew Mearns 88.4 miles – 24 hours
4= Rupert Chesmore (Cirencester AC) 71.5 miles – 24 hours
This weekend found Martin Croucher tackling 100 km between Richmond and Brighton in the London2Brighton Classic. He finished in 148th place having taken 16 hours 8 minutes to cover the distance INCLUDING taking around 3 hours enroute eating, taking photos and generally celebrating his emergence from a tough lockdown. Martin’s usual discipline of walking and running helped as temperatures (and the route over the South Downs) climbed and he finished very strongly.
29th May, London 2 Brighton Challenge, 100k, Road / Trail
1 James Macdonald 9.50.37
148 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 16.08.55
Lara Tompson was also out running the South West coast path in the South West Traverse , in common with many others, made the wise decision to pull out after some 23 miles suffering from dehydration and potential sunstroke in the suddenly very hot weather.
If reading of racing has inspired you to put your competitive shoes on again, you might like to consider going for the Gloucestershire AAA Road Running Championships. But you will be need to be as quick with your race entries as your feet. In theory there is a choice of 8 events but the Beer Race (and Angels 10k?) are full and others are yet to start taking entries. Ideally you need to complete as many as possible as your best 5 scores will count. More details on the GlosAAA website : www.athletics4u.co.uk/road-running/ .
Races for the Gloucestershire AAA Road Running Champs 2021
Bourton One Mile, Saturday 10 Jul - 18:30.
Stroud Beer Race, Wednesday July 14th Waiting list only
Bugatti 10k, Wednesday 11th August, Entries currently “closed” check Entry Central for opening date
Gloucester 5k, Monday 26th July Start 7.30pm. Enter via Race Nation
Gloucester AC 20-mile, Sunday 5th September 2021 Enter via Race Director
Angels 10k, Sunday 19 Sep - ? probably full with entries carried over the from 2020?
Guy fawkes 5, Sunday Nov 7th –will be via Entry Central
Gloucester 10k. Sunday November 21st