How far would you run for a new sweatshirt? Well in Martin Croucher’s case, the answer is 1000 miles! A lovely new hoody was amongst Martins haul of prizes after another epic weekend of running.
Martin went to Kent to run a marathon or more on three consecutive days over the new year with his favourite race organisers, Saxons, Vikings and Normans. When he realised how close he was to joining the SVN 1000 mile club, what else could he do? 50k on New Years Eve followed by a marathon on each of the following days was exactly what.
Since 2015 Martin has completed 33 SVN events, 20 marathons and 13 ultras including his recent 100 miler.
Congratulations Martin on another great achievement. Perhaps you could share out some of your incredible self-discipline and determination, you seem to have far too much for one person!
31st December, Planner Challenge, 6hr timed challenge, road
1 Richard Ward (unknown)4.54.49 – 31.5 miles
2 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 5.48.57 – 31.5 miles
1st January, Lucky Dip, 6hr timed challenge, trail
1 Richard Ward (Unknown) 6.13.53 – 32.8 miles
12 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 4.14.27 – 26.2 miles
2nd January, Zodiac Challenge, 6hr timed challenge, trail
1 Richard Ward (Unknown) 5.59.16 – 36.1 miles
9 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 4.27.29 – 26.2 miles
Meanwhile, there was fantastic success for three club members on the muddy trails of the Forest of Dean in the sinister sounding Immortal Sinner race. The race is described as comprising 14 hills in 14 miles.
Ollie Campbell’s splendid run took first place by a huge margin of over 18 minutes to beat Howard Ewan into second place. Howard was delighted to be racing again. A strong run from Neil Corbiere meant that Cirencester men took three of the top 5 places. Well done gentlemen.
2nd January, Immortal Sinner, 14 miles, trail
1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 1.54.40
2 Howard Ewan 2.13.44
5 Neil Corbiere 2.17.09
Club members started the year in fine form at assorted parkruns.
Ollie Campbell warmed up with a third place at Pomphrey Hill. David Moss ran well at Marlborough. Leigh Guilbert and Gemma Lund enjoyed sea air at Clevedon as did Neil Morrissey at Whitby. With no event at Tetbury, Rachel and Alan Mcadam had a change of scenery and enjoyed the cross country feel of the Stroud course.
At Cirencester there was a fine win for Ian Barrett. Brecht Grieten had a strong run to cross the line in 5th and it was good to see Pam Wheeler back in parkrun action. The club was also well represented amongst the band of vital volunteers.
1st January, parkrun, 5k, trail
Pomphrey Hill parkrun
1 Benjamin Toomer (Unattached) 16.50
3 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.29
1 Adam Horne (Unattached) 18.13
150 Bryan Reid (Cirencester AC) 29.20
1 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC) 19.48
5 Brecht Grieten 21.13
34 Richard Edwards 27.51
65 Samantha Timms 33.43
66 Pam Wheeler 33.45
84 Brian Harris 38.38
Marlborough Common parkrun
1 Ed Knudsen (Unattached) 19.16
14 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 25.13
Stratford Park parkrun, Stroud
1 Alex Milne (Unattached) 17.43
45 Rachel Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 29.32
46 Alan Mcadam 29.33
Clevedon Salthouse Fields parkrun
1 Robert Stewart (Unattached) 16.11
153 Leigh Guilbert (Cirencester AC) 25.56
154 Gemma Lund 25.58
The Cinder Track parkrun, Whitby
1 James Abderson (Unattached) 17.45
22 Neil Morrissey (Cirencester AC) 22.47