Success and disappointment as the Cross Country Season ends

Updated: Mar 3

Late in - STOP PRESS

Chris Illman wins in Cornwall - more details later

Cousin Jack Classic, Cape Cornwall to St Ives, 17.5 miles trail

1 Chris Illman (Cirencester AC) 2.59.09 164 finished.


Our Ladies Team at Thornbury XC

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club

Holly Willis led the Ladies Cross Country team home again, this time in the final leg of the season at Thornbury. The event was rescheduled after bad weather and numbers across all teams but particularly for the men, were down. We await final scores for the season but Isobel Watt’s fine 2nd place in the U13 Girls looks likely to give her 4th over all. The women finished in 10th place having braved the elements in true cross country style for the first lap of the course with stinging sleet whipping straight into faces making for a less than pleasant start. The sun did eventually come out but this hilly, muddy course tested stamina and spikes to the max. Holly and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins provided a couple of fast finishes and a great team performance overall.

The four men who braved the treacherously slippery course in the sunshine also did the club proud with Dave Bell finishing 7th closely followed by James Thomas in 13th, newcomer Kit Wilson in 19th and Dorian Matts bringing the club home. But, after strong performances in previous legs, but having 4 of the necessary 6 for a team their brave efforts will not score. As ever the cake and support was abundant, with Oli Pritchard acting as team photographer.

Gloucestershire XC League (4 of 4), Old Down, Thornbury

U13 Girls (2.7km)

2 Isobel Watt (Cirencester AC) 11.03 – 4th overall (provisional)

Ladies (6.3km)

1 Victoria Hiscock (Bath University) 24.48

20 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 28.17

26 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 28.44

67 Liz Thomas 34.00

77 Jo Roberts 35.13

90 Pam Wheeler 40.48

93 Helen Manners 43.44

95 Louise Abbott 44.31 101 finished

Ladies teams (3 to score) - provisional:

1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 10pts, 10 Cirencester AC 109pts, tba closed in

Ladies Masters teams (3 to score): tba

Ladies team final overall: tba

Ladies Masters final overall: tba

Men (8.1km)

1 Remi Adebiyi (Bath University) 28.20

7 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 29.46 – 2nd overall (provisional)

13 James Thomas 31.20

19 Kit Wilson 32.19

68 Dorian Matts 38.49 – 2nd V60 overall (provisional) 88 finished

Men’s Teams (6 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 57pts, Cirencester AC did not close in.

Men’s team final overall: 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 197pts, Cirencester AC did not close in. Joyce Matthews continued her relentless preparation for the marathon by joining the world’s best (and another 22 thousand) running the London Big Half. Her time of 1.38.33 and place in the first 3 thousand suggests her training is going well. A bit further back, Zoe Walters held her own finishing halfway down the field with a time of 2.14.41.

Vitality Big Half, London, 13.1 miles road

1 Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) 1.00.22 2553 Joyce Matthews (Cirencester AC) 1.38.33 11086 Zoe Walters 2.14.41 22125 finished


parkruns 5km trail

More wind and rain and the mud induced cancellation of Cirencester led to yet another quiet week for parkrunning.

Ollie Campbell (JM15-17) took his 250th parkrun relatively easy (18.40) at Chippenham but was still first – again. Alex Banks’ 20.36 gave him 27th place in Edinburgh while Jacob McAdam, who seems to have become a parkrun tourist, popped up this time in Ashford Middlesex to finish 5th in 20.33. Ian Barrett was also 5that Swindon, Seven Fields in 20.46.

Nea Sneddon-Jenkins prepared for cross country the following day by running her fastest parkrun ever and coming 7th and 1st lady (again) at Tetbury with a time of 21.27. She was followed by Neil Broadley (25.11), Jos Randall (26.50) and Sam Timms (32.17). Neil Morrissey was first for the club in Swindon Lydiard with 23.30 to be followed by David Moss (26.09) and Barbara Thomas (30.27). Ruth Fulford ran well at Berkeley Green to finish in 28.52. Alan and Rachel McAdam continued their holidays but having run not far off 400 parkruns apiece their positions as most prolific park runners looks unassailable.

Cirencester AC finishers: Swindon, Lydiard: 59 Neil Morrissey 23.30, 118 David Moss 26.09, 220 Barbara Thomas 30.27, 380 finished. Swindon, Seven Fields: 5 Ian Barrett 20.46, 120 finished. Tetbury: 7 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 21.27 (1st lady), 25 Neil Broadley 25.11, 41 Jocelyn Randall 26.50, 89 Samantha Timms 32.17, 121 finished. Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.40, 198 finished. Berkeley Green: 108 Ruth Fulford 28.58, 208 finished. Bedfont Lakes, Ashford, Middlesex: 5 Jacob McAdam 20.33, 170 finished. Edinburgh, Portobello: 27 Alex Banks 20.36, 447 finished.

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