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Some great views on a quiet CRO week

Injuries and a virtual Great North Run gave us a very quiet week on the CRO front but that didn’t deter Ian Barrett from running well, Rachel Ranger getting back to form or Liza Darroch taking advantage of Rupert’s pacing to produce a PB (albeit somewhat gravity assisted). Ruth Fulford and Louise Abbott also managed to improve on their previous times.

Rachel Barrow, Rupert and Liza also went down to Bristol to support Nick Wall running a virtual Great North Run timed to join some 17,000 others scattered around the nation. Nick’s team of 8 ran a carefully planned Half Marathon route which included some stunning views of the Bristol gorge and, a first for many, running along side the M5 across the Avonmouth Bridge. Towards the end there was a Covid enforced walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and a beautiful run via Bristol Downs down to the finish. Bristol was at its best, the weather was lovely, the atmosphere relaxed and the route undulating so times were neither competitive nor recorded but much fun (and you guessed it – cake!) was had by all.

It’s another 5 km coming up this next week – let’s see who can score over 100% in the handicap this week!

wc 14th September - 5km

wc 21st September - 5 mile

wc 28th September - 1 mile

wc 5th October - 5km

wc 12th October - 5km

wc 19th October - 10 miles

Week Ending September 13th, Cirencester Runs On (CRO), 5k any surface


1 Ian Barrett 18.50

2 Rachel Ranger 23.56

3 Martin Croucher 26.16

4= Rupert Chesmore 26.58

4= Liza Darroch 26.58

6 Rachel Barrow 27.15

7 Ruth Fulford 28.24

8 Louise Abbott 31.04


1 Liza Darroch 86.32%

2 Ruth Fulford 81.96%

3 Ian Barrett 76.06%

4 Rachel Ranger 68.17%

5 Louise Abbott 64.59%

6 Rachel Barrow 63.01%

7 Rupert Chesmore 59.27%

8 Martin Croucher 52.85%


To work out the handicap score, your last 5k run has been used. Your original time divided by your new time has produced a percentage. Any percentage higher than 100, means you have run quicker this week. For people whom this run is their first 5k performance, I have simply given them 100.

1 Rachel Ranger 122.08

2 Liza Darroch 103.71

3 Ian Barrett 103.63

4 Ruth Fulford 102.24

5 Louise Abbott 101.56

6 Martin Croucher 99.94

7 Rachel Barrow 96.21

8 Rupert Chesmore 95.49


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