Former junior Hannah Tapley found herself competing in the High Jump with the nation’s best at the British Athletics Championships at the Alexandra Stadium in Birmingham. The 20 year old’s jump of 1.66 gave her a fine 11th place and ahead were international heptathletes 1st Morgan Lake (1.94) and 2nd Katrina Johnson Thompson (1.90). Head Coach Colin was happy to be relegated to proud father.
Rob Forbes was back in winning form last week after several months of injury. In the Hangman Ultra he choose a very low key event for his return but his time of 4:20 tells of a challenging there and back 54 km course.
Hangman Ultra, Andover, 54km trail
1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 4.20.56 27 finished.
Tim Ingham with only one 40 mile ultra in Brecon under his belt, rose to a much greater challenge running the 86 miles of the Ridgeway from Ivinghoe in the Chilterns to Avebury. This is a tough, overnight run at the best of times but in last weekend’s high temperatures it became a brutal epic with 64 runners forced to retire suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion. But, despite early nausea and a navigational error Tim battled on to finish 54th out of 99 in 23 hours 22 minutes.
Ridgeway Challenge, Ivinghoe to Avebury, 86 miles trail
1 Matthew Ma (Trail Runners Association) 15.05.37 54 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 23.22.44 99 finished.
In total contrast, Martin Croucher and Liza Darroch decided to go for speed rather than their favoured distance races. In the Headington 5 they chose one of the Oxfordshire County Championships series and so faced some tough competition as they toiled up the side of a dual carriage way on a hot Sunday morning. Martin exceeded his target to complete the 5 miles in 32.52 while Liza, with time of 47.23, had to settle for setting an inaugural club FV70 record.
Headington ‘5’, Oxford, 5 miles road
1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) 26.37 56 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 32.52 322 Liza Darroch 47.23 – inaugural club FV70 record 441 finished.
Earlier in the week, speed merchant Gordon Jones ran one of the Westbury 5km series to finish halfway down the field in 22.20.
Westbury 5km Series, 5km road
1 Harry Allen (Bristol & West AC) 14.30 47 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 22.20 81 finished
parkruns, 5km trail
No PBs at Cirencester this week but (JM10) Jo Stickney’s 23.46 was only 2 seconds off and Mark Sysum’s 5th place in 19.25 came close. Ollie Campbell’s (JM15-17) time of 17.25 was a PB for Tetbury (but not his best parkrun time) and gave him 3rd place with the McAdam family following with a clean sweep of course PB’s. This week Ian Barrett had a go at Severn Bridge to finish 4th, Tom Purnell, popped up in Canterbury, Chris Prevett in Wammy near Newcastle-under-Lyme but Jocelyn Randall topped them all by running in Futakotamagawa, Japan.
Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 5 Mark Sysum 19.25, 22 Lee Lawrence 22.32, 26 Joyce Matthews 22.37, 41 Joseph Stickney (J) 23.46, 67 Brendan McCarthy 25.34, 86 Isobel Watt 26.55, 93 Rachel Ranger 27.18, 122 Denise Ewbank 30.04, 209 finished Swindon: 232 Barbara Thomas 27.33, 235 David Moss 27.41, 519 finished Tetbury: 3 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.25, 7 Jacob McAdam 19.46, 29 Alan McAdam 23.48, 45 Rachel McAdam 25.32, 120 finished Cheltenham: 23 Ross Swain 19.39, 582 finished Severn Bridge: 4 Ian Barrett 17.30, 356 finished Canterbury: 104 Tom Purnell 36.58, 125 finished Wammy, Newcastle-under-Lyme: 64 Chris Prevett 24.57, 240 finished Futakotamagawa, nr Tokyo, Japan: 91 Jocelyn Randall 34.49, 126 finished