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The battle for club V45 20 mile record gets fierce

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club

Reading ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road (full results awaited)

Dave about to overtake Steph Twell

Dave Bell returned to competitive racing in style, finishing the Reading Half Marathon in 1.11.33 with a last minute sprint to get ahead of Steph Twell (Olympics in 2008 and 2016 and first lady at Reading). To end in the top 50 (of 12,000) on the back of very little training is, indeed, an achievement. 1 Scott Overall (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers) 1.03.50 49 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.11.35 c. 12,000 finished.

Bath ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road (full results awaited)

Dave Wright’s choice of the Bath Half was vindicated by his 1st V60 place in a super competitive time of 1.24.30.less than a minute behind his own club age group record. Lee and Nina Lawrence raced well, making good progress along their paths to greater things.

1 Chris Thompson (Aldershot Farnham & District) 1.03.09

263 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.24.30 – 1st V60

2125 Lee Lawrence 1.45.00 (142.10 chip)

8177 Tanya Everett 02:23:56 (02:13:44)

10369 Nina Lawrence 2.48.15 (2.37.22) 14,9600 finished.

Fission 20:20, Berkeley Power Station, 20 miles road

Gloucester ‘20’, Quedgeley, 20 miles road

Robbie Brown, used a last minute place to complete the Gloucester 20 in 38th place with Neil Corbiere in hot pursuit. Howard Ewan followed after hobbling round the third six mile lap. With the growing popularity of twenty mile races it is not surprising that club records have been tumbling in some age groups. Only last month James Widdowson (2.46.03) smashed an eight year old V45 record (Geoff Wells 2.58.56) at Bramley only to lose it emphatically to Tim Ingham (2.41.23) at Berkley on Saturday. But 24 hours later Ionel Iancu (2.40.30) made his claim at Gloucester. We should prepare for this battle to continue as Tim searches for another 20 mile race free of the gale force winds he endured on Saturday.

An ecstatic Sam with Liza, Rachel and Jo

Having lost Kate Sackett and Karen Higuera to injury it fell to a thrilled Louise Horner- Baggs to lead the ladies home, running her first 20 mile race. An increasingly confident Jo Roberts followed – comfortably sub 3 hours. Rachel Ranger and Sam Timms both tested their legs pre London with Sam, like Louise, tackling an unknown distance. Meanwhile Liza Darroch took nearly 3 minutes from the club LV70 record she recently established at Bramley and Barbara Thomas, using it as a training run, achieved her target of completing before the four hour cut off.


1 Chris McMillan (Weston AC) 2.00.15

89 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 2.41.23 – club V45 record

422 finished.


1 Gordon Pearce (Thames Hare & Hounds) 1.56.52

38 Rob Brown (Cirencester AC) 2.13.38

47 Neil Corbiere 2.17.03

123 Howard Ewan 2.32.30

164 Ionel Iancu 2.40.30 – club V45 record

248 Louise Horner-Baggs 2.53.49

283 Jo Roberts 2.58.42

353 Rachel Ranger 3.09.53

369 Liza Darroch 3.14.22 – 1st FV65 / club FV70 record

414 Samantha Timms 3.34.08

447 Barbara Thomas 3.57.42 454 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail

James Thomas was first at Cirencester (despite attempting to shed his shorts part way round), Ollie Pritchard second near Exeter and Simon Campbell (back to form and minus buggy) was third also at Cirencester where Jo Musk was first lady. We assume that for them as for those at Stonehouse and Chippenham it was a battle with the wind.

Cirencester AC finishers:

Cirencester: 1 James Thomas 18.06, 3 Simon Campbell 19.50, 8 Jo Musk (1st lady) 21.31, 64 Brendan McCarthy 26.23, 136 Ruth Fulford 31.08, 218 finished

Stonehouse: 41 Barbara Thomas 29.04, 78 finished

Chippenham: 47 Alan McAdam 25.16, 86 Rachel McAdam 27.51, 189 finished

Haldon Forest, Exeter: 2 Oliver Pritchard 18.16, 183 finished

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Well it wasn't much of a 20 mile record really. I was taking it easy too.

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