There were points and medals a plenty for the small band of CAC runners at the Bourton Hilly Half on Sunday. This challenging race is one of both the club and county road race series for this year and was also the County Half Marathon Championship event for 2023.
Brian Harris and Jo Musk, both having great seasons, worked well together. Brian reports that he was delighted with 2nd MV60, given that he trimmed more than 5 minutes off his age group winning time last year. He credits part of this improvement to his recent London marathon training, with the rest coming from working with Jo for most of the race, balancing their complementary uphill/downhill strengths.
Jo’s fantastic run earned her 3rd lady, 1st V40 and a V40 county gold medal. There were gold medals too for Kate Sackett V60 and Liza Darroch V75.
Liza reflects that it was a great day for both her and Rupert. It was a new route, over 1000 feet of climbing, 200 more than last year, but a course with plenty of views and variety. Rupert knocked 2 minutes off his time from last year. Liza was really pleased with her time, very close to last years despite the extra climbing, and with feeling good all the way round.
A great mornings work.
2nd July, Bourton Half, 13.1 miles, road
1 Ben Robinson (Bristol & West AC) 1.10.58
20 Brian Harris (Cirencester AC) 1.35.13 – 2nd MV60
23 Joanna Musk 1.36.04 – 1st LV35
55 Kate Sackett 1.51.43 – 2nd LV55
76 Rupert Chesmore 2.03.20
99 Liza Darroch 2.23.35 – 3rd LV65+
Ian Barrett had a fantastic result when he completed the Long Course Weekend triathlon in Pembrokeshire.
The event is spread over three days, the swim from Tenby beach on the Friday, 112 miles on a bike in undulating Welsh countryside on the Saturday and a mere marathon to run on the Sunday!
Ian finished 21st overall and was 1st MV50.
30th June 2nd July, Long Course Weekend, swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles
1 Liam Lloyd (Tri Potential) 8.24.41 (Swim 51.27, Bike 4.52.53, Run 2.40.20)
21 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 10.52.01 (Swim 1.18.12, Bike 6.14.10, Run 3.19.38) 1st MV50
The trail runners were out in force for the Cotswold Way relay on Saturday and there were excellent results for CAC with wins in the Veterans and Mixed categories and 18th place in the Open category.
Aaron Willis worked hard to bring the teams together and summed up the day like this “It turned out to be another successful year for Cirencester AC at the Cotswold Way Relay. Three teams competed in the ten stage race, a mixed team, a vets team and an open team.”
“As the results were coming in from each stage it was looking tight, but late on Saturday night it was confirmed that both the mixed and vets teams had won their categories and the open team had finished in a very respectable 18th place. Rob Forbes got our only stage win with his impressive run on leg five but consistency is key in these events and all the runners played their part in making it a great day for Cirencester.”
Thanks to Aaron for all his organisation and congratulations to all who took part.
1st July, Cotswold Way Relay, 103 miles, 10 stages, Chipping Campden to Bath
1 SADAC Open Team 12.06.24
18 Pirate Hares 16.08.21
41 teams finished
1 Boxing Hares 13.27.23
12 teams finished
1 Racing Hares 14.04.56
38 teams finished
Stage 1 – Chipping Campden to Stanway House – 12 miles
1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 1.15.16
15 Michael Hobbs (Boxing Hares) 1.37.01
44 Luke Campbell (Racing Hares) 1.50.00
92 Mike Logan (Pirate Hares) 2.20.06
Stage 2 – Stanway House to Cleeve Common – 11.9 miles
1 Lee Gawler (Bristol & West AC) 1.24.40
4 Aaron Willis (Boxing Hares) 1.26.10
8 Tom Purnell (Racing Hares) 1.33.08
28 Sam Lewis (Pirate Hares) 1.45.04
Stage 3 – Cleeve Common to Seven Springs – 8.3 miles
1 David Johnson (Team Llama) 57.35
12 Howard Ewan (Pirate Hares) 1.05.53
16 Andy Fellows (Boxing Hares) 1.06.30
75 Sam Humphries (Racing Hares) 1.29.48
Stage 4 – Seven Springs to Cranham Corner – 12.8 miles
1 Ian Lewis (Stroud & District AC) 1.23.17
13 Richard Hyatt (Pirate Hares) 1.48.35
66 Andy Hindson (Boxing Hares) 1.56.14
Stage 5 – Cranham Corner to Ebley Mill – 11.8 miles
1 Rob Forbes (Boxing Hares) 1.15.06
32 Wendy Nicholls (Racing Hares) 1.38.21
55 Mike Manchester (Pirate Hares) 1.47.39
Stage 6 – Dudbridge to Dursley – 8.8 miles
1 Aled Anderson (Bristol & West AC) 1.02.28
5 Brecht Greiten (Racing Hares) 1.09.40
14 Richard Hurdle (Boxing Hares) 1.13.53
68 Tom Morgan (Pirate Hares) 1.40.57
Stage 7 – Dursley to Wotton U Edge – 7.3 miles
1 Aiden Daniel (Team Bath AC) 50.19
4 James Thomas (Racing Hares) 53.50
7 Bill Leggate (Boxing Hares) 54.06
41 Holly Willis (Pirate Hares) 1.12.42
Stage 8 – Wotton U Edge to Old Sodbury – 12.1 miles
1 Hugh MPS (Stroud & District AC) 1.22.46
5 Dave Bell (Racing Hares) 1.28.24
8 Rob Brown (Boxing Hares) 1.32.54
26 Chris Hopkinsn (Pirate Hares) 1.41.20
Stage 9 – Old Sodbury to Cold Ashton – 9.3 miles
1 Brian Glynn (Team Bath AC) 1.00.39
10 Simon Campbell (Boxing Hares) 1.09.27
14 Kate Jacobs (Racing Hares) 1.10.56
67 Gemma Lund (Pirate Hares) 1.30.16
Stage 10 – Cold Ashton to Bath Victoria Park – 8.9 miles
1 Aaron Bruce (Bristol & West AC) 1.02.49
16 Jason Richards (Pirate Hares) 1.15.49
20 Ian Roberts (Boxing Hares) 1.16.22
31 Harrie Siebenaller (Racing Hares) 1.21.11
The always popular Frampton 10k, with its village green start and finish, took place on Monday evening.
First home for the club was Chris Hopkinson with a sub 40 finish. Next came Paul Timms closely followed by James Widdowson, delighted with a seasons best time in summer conditions. Nick Wall, Sam Timms and Ruth Fulford completed team CAC.
Ruth had a splendid run to be first FV75 in an excellent 1.01.27. She thanks Sam, who she caught up with at around the 2k mark, for all her encouragement along the way as they overtook each other several times. Ever modest, she was also very quick to say that her relaxing family weekend was somewhat better race prep than Sam’s working one which saw her fly to America and back! Well done both of you.
3rd July, Frampton 10k, 10k, road
1 Lee Stopford (Stroud & District AC) 31.36 chip time
63 Chris Hopkinson (Cirencester AC) 39.38
160 Paul Timms 46.51
167 James Widdowson 47.18
247 Nick Wall 51.46
409 Samantha Timms 1.01.25
410 Ruth Fulford 1.01.27 1st FV75
In parkrun news this week, there were double celebrations at Cirencester where it was both the 200th event and also the venue for the graduation run of the latest Couch to 5k group.
Nick Wall who, along with a band of volunteers from the club, helped the group to achieve this goal said “Many, many congratulations to our latest Couch to 5k group who, after nine weeks’ training, completed their first-ever 5k run at Cirencester’s parkrun on Saturday in fine style, with each member of the group running every single step of the way accompanied by club members and producing excellent times - we are proud of all of them and it was good to see them enjoy themselves so much during training and on the day. Watch this space if you’re interested in joining our next Couch to 5k adventure.” Congratulations to Nick and the gang.
Rachel McAdam ran her best time yet at Cirencester. Jos Randall’s was her 87th parkrun, equalling the number of times she has been a volunteer.
1st July, parkrun, 5k trail
1 James Windle (Unattached) 19.20
46 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.46
61 Rachel McAdam 25.42
104 Brendan McCarthy 28.16
108 Jocelyn Randall 28.33
114 Pamela Wheeler 28.55
129 Claire Cripps 30.18
158 Lorna Harris 33.40
159 Brian Harris 33.40
166 Adam Vines 34.24
188 Kasey Garrett 36.53
189 Gary Wood 36.54
197 Rachel Ranger 37.48
198 Kerry Hook 37.49
199 Kirsty Bassett 37.52
201 Rebecca Mckay 38.50
202 Martin Croucher 38.51
206 Sarah Smithson 40.23
207 Rachel Jones 40.24
227 Yvonne Binks 54.10
Marlborough Common parkrun
1 Elliott Lassiter (Unattached) 18.27
27 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 24.16
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