The Long and the Short Of It

There was a great variety of racing this weekend, from short, flat and fast at Bourton on Friday evening, to team efforts covering the length of the Cotswold Way on Saturday.



On a beautiful sunny evening in Bourton on the Water on Friday runners gathered for the 20th, and final, running of the Bourton Mile. Not a distance many of us ever race over, this event was a points scorer in both the club and county road race competitions.


First home for Cirencester was Brecht Grieten in a really impressive 5.07. Brian Harris was very pleased to finish inside 6 minutes with Keith Firkin, also in the competitive MV60 category, not far behind.


Rachel Ranger’s excellent 6.45 run earned her a silver medal as 2nd FV50. Rachel Barrow was pleased to improve slightly on her time from last year. Barbara Thomas was 2nd FV65 in 8.39. Pre-race, Paul Barrow had appointed himself unofficial tail runner, but failed to finish last. His disappointment was eased by earning some valuable points in his MV70 county age group.


In the race briefing it was announced that, over the years, the event has raised over £10,000 for various charities.


1st July, Bourton 1 Mile. 1 mile, road

1 William Stockley (Belgrave Harriers) 4.14 (4.13)

15 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 5.09 (5.07)

46 Brian Harris 5.59 (5.56)

60 Keith Firkin 6.20 (6.15)

78 Rachel Ranger 6.50 (6.45) – 2nd LV50

90 Rachel Barrow 7.20 (7.13)

102 Barbara Thomas 8.47 (8.39) – 2nd LV65

110 Paul Barrow 10.30 (10.18)

116 finished



Over recent weeks and months Aaron Willis has worked hard to organise three teams of ten runners for the popular Cotswold Way Relay which took place on Saturday. The race is always popular with the trail runners amongst club members and, with the route divided into ten legs, there is always a chance to try something new. Aaron sums up the day as follows,


“After a slightly chaotic few days leading up to the Cotswold Way Relay (all my fault) I managed to juggle things round to come up with a mixed team, a veterans team and an open team.”

“On the day weather was a mixed bag of rain, sun and drizzle making conditions underfoot slippery with a few runners falling, but all safely made it over the finishing line.”


“Notable performances came from Ollie Campbell who won leg 2, an astonishing run by Ollie Pritchard who won leg 6 by 8 minutes and wasn't far off course record and Jo Roberts who ran 8 minutes faster than last year on leg 7.”


“As the race organisers were having problems with the race app, results didn't come through until late on Sunday afternoon. The Mixed Team won their category as did the Veterans with the Open Team coming in the top 10 overall. It was a great day with some great results which showed the strength and depth of Cirencester AC.”


Thanks to Aaron for bringing everything together and well done to all thirty runners who took part. Results will be updated on the club website shortly




Harrie Siebenaller had another strong run in a trail half marathon, this time in the beautiful surroundings of Westonbirt Arboretum.


3rd July, Westonbirt Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, trail


1 Neil Richardson (no clubs listed in results) 1.11.21 chip time

67 Harrie Siebenaller (Cirencester AC) 1.38.45

460 finished



Runners gathered on Frampton on Severn village green on Monday evening for the ever popular Frampton 10k. There was a really good turnout with 460 finishers.


Paul Timms was first Cirencester finisher and pleased with his 47.18 finish, especially as he has felt a little off form after a recent bout of Covid. James Widdowson was just a little outside his sub 48 minute target but had fun. Next time James! Tom Morgan ran very well so soon after his Cotswold Way leg. Rachel Barrow was happy with how she paced her run and with her best ever Frampton result.


Ruth Fulford’s 1.01.05 finish earned her 3rd FV65. Super impressive running as Ruth approaches the FV75 category later this year.


Paul Barrow enjoyed running with friends from other clubs and finished in a time consistent with his other recent 10k efforts. He was pleased to be cheered home by all his clubmates.


4th July, Frampton 10k, 10k road


1 Lee Stopford (Stroud and District AC) 31.49 chip time

134 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 47.18

158 James Widdowson 48.44

184 Tom Morgan 50.53

207 Rachel Barrow 52.11

341 Ruth Fulford 1.01.05 3rd FV65

447 Paul Barrow 1.15.40

460 finished



In parkrun news Steve Yates had a top ten finish at Lydiard. There were first female finishes for Kate Sackett and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins. Neil Morrissey ran his best time at Witney.


2nd July, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Simon Jell (Unattached) 17.33

9 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC) 19.42

261 finished

Stonehouse parkrun

1 Alex Milne (Unattached) 15.23

10 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 23.32 – 1st Female

53 finished

Cheltenham parkrun

1 Oliver Matharu (Unattached) 17.17

210 Samantha Timms (Cirencester AC) 28.31

399 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Allan Mckinnon (Unattached) 17.50

72 Rachel Barrow 27.24

73 Martin Croucher 27.26

87 Gary Wood 28.13

101 Pamela Wheeler 29.37

111 Ruth Fulford 30.54

143 Paul Barrow 37.40

154 finished

Witney parkrun

1 Sam Upton (Unattached) 17.14

16 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 21.04

228 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Matthew Bisco (Unattached) 20.53

6 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 22.33 – 1st Female

16 Alan Mcadam 26.09

27 Rachel Mcadam 27.31

97 finished




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