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Our team event of the year

Thanks to an early warning from Captain James the club was able to secure places for three teams in this year’s Cotswold Way Relay – and what impressive teams they were. The final timings and individual results are not yet officially confirmed but what follows is a report from James and Liz – our team captains. But not before all of us say thanks and much applause to organiser James who, despite people’s pulling out, getting injured and raising transport problems, managed to hold it all together and draw from the ranks to produce three strong team. Thanks you James.

“The forecast for rainy weather thankfully abated for most of the day and runners had hot and humid conditions for the annual club team event.....the Cotswold Way Relay. This year a slightly different format with an app to track competitors and starting in waves to comply with covid rules made for an element of change. However, for the teams involved the constant was a stellar performance from everyone racing! The Racing Hares mixed team really excelled winning the mixed category outright. A fabulous effort from all involved with James T (who narrowly avoided being pushed over a precipice by a wayward dog), Oli P and Holly winning their respective legs, and Rob F and Ollie C (despite updating his Instagram halfway around) coming second on theirs, Charles Woodd forgoing the ice bucket challenge this year to finish in 4th and Aaron clinching an age group win despite not looking old enough to qualify. Meanwhile, the provisional results also look like the Corinium hares put in a very strong performance to come 2nd in the mixed category and the Boxing hares bagging a very respectable 12th position. A great day was had by all with many exciting photo updates on social media as the day unfolded and some very raucous cheering in the Thomas household from Oli P (who had stopped by to refuel on curry) when we found out that we had won the mixed team prize! Team Captain James, after threatening over the course of the last few weeks never to organise this event again, says...Same time next year?”

3rd July, Cotswold Way Relay, 103 miles, 10 stages, Chipping Campden to Bath

***Provisional Results as shown on Web site – to be updated later in the week***

Mixed Category

1 Racing Hares 14.18.58 – 4th Overall

6 Corinium Hares 16.02.23 – 17th Overall

18 Boxing Hares 17.18.36 – 42nd Overall

54 finished (100 teams overall)

Individual results will be updated once results have been published

2nd – 4th July, Hope Trail Festival, Kids Race, 2.4km Trail On Saturday eight year old Rory Brown took part in his first race since joining Ciren AC. Proud father reported that “he ran conservatively, which was sensible as it was quite hilly” but more to the point that Rory “loved it” and finished 7th out of 64 runners with a huge smile on his face. Congratulations to Rory but also to coach Bob (Ferris) who is (predictably) doing a great job with the juniors on a Tuesday evenings.

1 Ryan Kellaway 9.27

7 Rory Brown (Cirencester AC) 11.12

64 finished

28th Jun, Frampton 10k, 10k, Road

Last Monday evening (just too late for last week’s report) saw the return of the ever popular Frampton 10k. Only the super vigilant and those with places carrying over from last year were able to get a place and our four loved it. Paul Timms was first home in 107th place with 46.53 and Kate Sackett (only one day after competing in a Sprint Triathlon) used his pace to help her finish in 47.53 and 2nd in her FV55 age group. Next came Sam Timms with 57.33 and finally Ruth Fulford with 58.20 placing her first not only in her FV70 age group but also first FV65 which bodes very well for this her campaign for this year’s Gloucestershire AAA road running championships.

1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 32.13

107 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 46.53

111 Kate Sackett 47.23 – 2nd FV55

278 Sam Timms 57.33

291 Ruth Fulford 58.20 – 1st FV65

397 finished


We are an Athletics and Triathlon club and therefore normally have to restrict ourselves to reporting only on running events and triathlons but readers might be interested to know that although, very sadly, we won’t be seeing her on the track again Louise Abbott is still busy competing, and, as you can see from the photo, looking great. She shared the following:

“Yesterday I did The Cotswold Big Swim, 1 mile race in 35 minutes exactly. I was 4th in my age group. Not a PB but it was good to be back out there doing an event. I have been told I cannot run again due to arthritis in my knees, so swimming is quite important to me now (I might even have to buy a bike!)”

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