Trails and Roads and Couch 2 5k Success

First in a report covering the results from the last couple of weeks is news of Brian Harris running the Chase The Sun Battersea Park 10k. Brian describes the flat course as having PB potential but the very hot conditions on the day were not ideal for chasing times.


Brian ran a really strong first 5k, putting in 3 very comfortably sub 7 minute miles, then took a short walk break before resuming at a slightly gentler pace for the second half of the race. His 43.10 finish earned him 1st place in his MV60 age group.


3rd August, Chase The Sun 10k, 10k, road

1 Adam Clarke (Aldershot District & Farnham) 29.33 (29.33)

80 Brian Harris (Cirencester AC) 43.19 (43.10) 1st MV60

290 finished



In complete contrast to Brian’s flat and fast 10k, ultra trail specialist Tim Ingham took on the challenge of the Eddum 50 mile race. The route along the Epynt Way follows the boundary of the Sennybridge Training Area, the third largest military training ground in the United Kingdom, with the Brecon Beacons to the south and the Cambrian Mountains to the north and over 7900 feet of elevation to deal with. Tim describes his experience.


“I did the Eddum 50 mile trail race around the Epynt Way. The route is made up of moorland, woodland, fields, hard trails and of course hills and more hills. It was a 7am start so the sun was just coming up but it got hot very quickly. Dehydration was a problem for all of us that day and I also suffered with nausea.”


“I was doing well until 25 miles in when my knees started to become painful on the downhills. I just had to keep moving. The beautiful scenery and the great checkpoint volunteers kept me going and I made it to the finish as the sun was setting behind the mountain. It was a dawn to dusk race and a really tough challenge. The race director was amazing.”


Congratulations to Tim on another fantastic challenge completed.


6th August, Eddum Trail Race, 50 miles, trail

1 Martin Indge (No club names given) 8h 27 min

38 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 13hr 38 min

63 finished



Barbara Thomas ran the Cranham Boundary Race. The race is over 60 years old and has links to the tradition of Beating the Bounds. This year the race returned to its road course after moving off road in recent times.


6th August, Cranham Boundary Race, 6 miles approx., road

1 Pete Haynes (Gloucester AC) 35.48

24 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.04.18

25 finished



Continuing her string of excellent results, Nea Sneddon-Jenkins ran another new PB at the Lancaster Riverside Half Marathon. Nea was 3rd Female finisher.


7th August, Lancaster Riverside Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 Tristan Windley (Keswick AC) 1.12.53

18 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 1.33.52 – 3rd Female

94 finished


In parkrun news there was impressive running all round. Of particular note there was another new PB for Lorna Harris at Cirencester. Wendy Nicholls was first female and fourth overall at Seven Fields. Luke Campbell managed a very impressive second place at Tetbury despite a very late night the day before.


6th August, parkrun, 5k trail

Lydiard parkrun

1 Ben Cole (Unattached) 17.32

12 Steve Yates (Cirencester AC) 19.30

283 finished

Poole parkrun

1 Shane Boxall (Unattached) 15.53

71 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 20.03

695 finished

Thornbury parkrun

1 Thomas Archer (Unattached) 16.59

75 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.38

122 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 Hugh Tibbs (Unattached) 18.15

6 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.29

84 Gary Wood 29.48

100 Lorna Harris 32.32

101 Brian Harris 32.33

139 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Nick Holliday (Unattached) 18.59

2 Luke Campbell (Cirencester AC) 19.11

23 Paul Timms 22.53

118 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Neil Mercer (Unattached) 19.27

4 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 20.48 -1st Female

105 finished



David Wright took part in the latest race in the Gosport Summer 5k series, a fast out and back promenade run. He was 1st MV65 with his impressive 20.49 finish time.


9th August, Gosport Summer 5k Series, 5k Road


1 James Baker (Chichester Runners & AC) 15.37

35 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 20.49 – 1st MV65

104 finished


As usual, club members took part in parkruns up and down the land this week. There was a good turnout at Cirencester at this week’s event as it was a points scorer in the club road race competition.


First Cirencester runner home was Brecht Grieten with a new best time for the course. Not far behind was Ian Barrett. Rachel Ranger was 1st overall female finisher in 24.43. Brian will update the championship standings in due course. The next race in the competition is the Cotswold Classic 10 mile race at Witney on 3rd September.


Also of particular note, Nick Wall accompanied Nadya, the first of the Couch 2 5k group, around the course. The group has been a real success with all the new runners receiving and giving great support and encouragement. The rest of the group will complete their first 5k run at Cirencester parkrun this coming Saturday 20th so please do go along and wish them well. They have all risen to the challenge and coped with difficult hot weather conditions along the way.


13th August, parkrun, 5k trail


Cirencester parkrun

1 Ben Goddard (Unattached) 17.26

3 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 19.12

7 Ian Barrett 19.56

45 Rachel Ranger 24.43 1st female

57 Gary Wood 26.02

62 Rob Tuttle 26.49

85 Samantha Timms 29.59

94 Ruth Fulford 30.44

95 Rachel Jones 30.45

111 Lorna Harris 33.31

119 Nick Wall 36.52

130 Brian Harris 45.11

134 finished


Cardiff parkrun

1 Sam Gilson (Unattached) 15.57

298 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 32.19

421 finished


Southport parkrun

1 Francois Rafferty (Unattached) 16.51

89 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 26.03

241 finished


Southwick Country parkrun

1 Joe Bowerbank (Unattached) 17.09

126 Helen Manners (Cirencester AC) 36.32

153 finished


Stonehouse parkrun

1 Henry Sheffield (Unattached) 16.38

59 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC) 33.11

66 finished


Buckingham parkrun

1 Matteo Gala (Unattached) 18.00

114 Bryan Reid (Cirencester AC) 30.17

176 finished


Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Toby Ryan (Unattached) 18.56

30 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 24.40

43 Rachel McAdam 25.50

96 finished


And finally, news of former club member Oliver Pritchard. On 7th August Oliver had a fantastic win in the individual standard distance event at the London Triathlon. Congratulations Oliver!


Don’t forget to send news of your races to Rachel at rachelelisabethbarrow@hotmail.co.uk A photograph to accompany your story is always really welcome too.




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