There was 5k success last week when four Cirencester runners went to Haresfield for a race that scored points in both the club and county road race series and was also the County Championship 5k for this year.
On excellent form, Brecht Grieten clocked up a new PB for the distance. He says “I didn’t think I had it in me after racing on Sunday, but after the first kilometre everything just went a lot faster than expected!”
With a brilliant 18.41 finish Kate Jacobs was second lady, just 4 seconds behind the first female finisher who, as an Under 17, must be about a third of Kate’s age!
Kate Sackett’s excellent 23.05 earned her first FV60 and is also a new Club FV60 record.
Kate was very closely followed in by James Widdowson who enjoyed the event despite the hot conditions and uphill second half. James has run five of the races in the club championship series so far and currently tops the men’s leader board by some margin.
Things are closer at the top of the ladies score board with just seven points between Rachel Ranger currently in first place, Kate Sackett in second and Ruth Fulford in third. The two remaining races in the series are Angels 10k on 17th September and Guy Fawkes 5 on 5th November.
16th August, Haresfield 5k, 5k, road
1 Glen Stallard (Unattached) 15.04
14 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 17.22
26 Kate Jacobs 18.41 – 2nd lady
74 Kate Sackett 23.05 – 1st FV60 and new Club FV60 record
75 James Widdowson 23.13
Also in 5k action, Ruth Fulford set an inaugural Club FV75 record last week when she ran the latest Heddington 5k on quiet country lanes.
The race is part of a series and billed as flat and fast although Ruth describes the hill to the finish as having been a struggle.
15th August, Heddington 5k, 5k, road
1 Michael Passmore (Swindon Harriers) 16.09
99 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 31.17 – 2nd FV65+ and inaugural Club FV75 record
David Wright and Keith Firkin cleaned up in the MV60 age category at the Compton Bassett 5, picking up 1st and 2nd places respectively with their fine running.
20th August, Compton Bassett 5, 5 miles, road
1 Michael Passmore (Swindon Harriers) 26.42 chip time
13 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 33.18 – 1st MV60
24 Keith Firkin 36.45 – 2nd MV60
Alex Banks had a really successful day out in the Lake District when he finished 19th in the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon. With 1800 metres of ascent the race route passed through wooded valleys, along lake shores and over mountain trails with challenging changes of surface underfoot.
20th August, Scafell Pike Trail Marathon, 27 miles, trail
1 Ricky Lightfoot (Salomon) 3.53.41
19 Alex Banks (Cirencester AC) 4.48.31
Of note at parkrun this week, Wendy Nicholls was first lady at Cirencester with an age graded run of 82%. Pam Wheeler was pleasantly surprised to run her best time there this year despite the windy conditions.
Meanwhile, at Stonehouse, Ruth Fulford set a new FV75 record for the course and Kate Sackett ran an age graded time of 83%. Ollie Campbell was first at Tetbury and Ian Barrett second at Berkeley. Colin Tapley ran his best time at Seven Fields.
19th August, parkrun, 5k, trail
1 John Rooney 18.43
17 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 24.02
55 Ruth Fulford 32.14
1 Nathan Wilkins 18.07
11 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 21.23 – 1st lady
115 Gary Wood 28.10
120 Jocelyn Randall 28.30
124 Pam Wheeler 28.51
128 Peter Rowland 28.56
143 Sam Timms 30.04
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.52
32 Alan McAdam 24.19
40 Rachel McAdam 25.29
Seven Fields parkrun
1 Mike Purbrick 18.49
22 Colin Tapley (Cirencester AC) 23.33
59 David Moss 28.21
100 Clare Tapley 34.50
Berkeley Green parkrun
1 Giles Dakin 17.42
2 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 18.30
Bury Field parkrun
1 Mark Morris 19.03
34 Bryan Reid (Cirencester AC) 31.59
Finally, please shout if you are able to help marshal at the fast approaching Chedworth Roman Trail Race. See the WhatsApp group for links to add your name to the list of volunteers for 10th September.