After a cool week, the very warm weather at the weekend may not have been to everyone’s liking. It certainly made some of the races on offer a little more challenging than they might otherwise have been.
In pre Covid days the unstoppable Barbara Thomas would appear in the results line up every week without fail. She must be delighted that races are well and truly back and this weekend tested herself on the woodland trails of the Woodchester Park 8 miler, a route full of serious ups and downs.
5th September, Woodchester Park, 8 miles approx, trail
1 Adam Stokes (Bristol & West) 45.59
62 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 1.33.50
Triathlon specialist, Kate Sackett travelled to Bedfordshire to compete in the Box End Euro qualifier, standard distance event. Kate had originally entered this race 2 years ago but deferred her place due to Covid restrictions. She reports that the event was supremely well organised, with no queues for registration, transition or loos! The bike course had an unexpected extension to avoid some traffic lights and Kate describes the off road run as “bumpy”. Kate says that competition in her age category was fierce and so was very pleased with her age group 6th place.
5th September, Box End Euro Qualifier 2021 Triathlon, (1500m swim, 46k bike, 10k run)
1 Matthew Stratford (Unattached) 2.09.12 (20.48, 1.08.19, 38.25)
264 Kate Sackett (Cirencster AC) 3.10.35 (35.45, 1.37.04, 54.09)
On the south coast David Wright put in a very fine performance in the Southampton Half Marathon to finish in 80th place overall and an impressive 2nd in his V60 age group.
5th September, Southampton Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road
1 William Cork (Brighton & Hove AC) 1.12.21 (1.12.21)
80 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.31.26 (1.31.26)
A little closer to home, a small band of Cirencester runners was found at the Cotswold Classic 10 mile road race at Witney. Brecht Grieten was first home in a superb 1:12:05. Another particularly impressive performance came from Nick Wall. As he prepares for the London Marathon in a few weeks time, he used the undulating route to complete a 20 mile training run, a solo lap first then joined clubmates for a second circuit. The slightly delayed start was not good for his legs! Nick finished the race in fine shape. Liza Darroch ran a well planned, steady race with a week to go until an important half marathon in Richmond. As she said herself, with the hilly route and suddenly very hot weather, it was not the day for heroics. Rachel Barrow used the race as a long training run before Bournemouth Half and Paul Barrow tried a new run/walk ratio as he decides how to tackle Bournemouth, his last half marathon he says. The morning was rounded off with very sociable coffee and cakes chez Liza and Rupert (their camper van in the carpark).
4th September, Witney Cotswold Classic, 10 mile, road
1 Joe Godwood (Witney Road Runners) 55.53 (55.51)
52 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 1.13.13 (1.12.05)
166 Rachel Barrow 1.30.48 (1.30.07)
180 Nick Wall 1.32.31 (1.31.52)
235 Liza Darroch 1.41.10 (1.40.30) – 2nd WV70
299 Paul Barrow 2.02.12 (2.01.03)
On the parkrun circuit, there were winning performances from Tom Purnell who was at Canterbury and Ollie Campbell at Cirencester. The club provided three of the top five finishers at Cirencester this week with Ollie closely followed by Simon Campbell and Ian Barrett. Nea Sneddon-Jenkins went back to Ashton Court and THAT hill as part of a longer run and did very well to improve on her PB at the course. Ross Swain had a strong run at Cheltenham. The Burnham seaside called to Alan Mcadam this week although he left Rachel at home to run at Tetbury alongside Paul Timms. Also on the beach was Jenny Brewin. Having a well earned rest from her organising duties at Cirencester, she ran at Morecombe Prom this week.
4th September, parkrun, 5k, trail
Ashton Court parkrun
1 Tony Orvain (unattached) 16.07
90 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 24.12
1 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 18.05
1 Nick Williams (Unattached) 17.53
54 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 29.26
1 John Parker (Unattached) 17.35
24 Ross Swain (Cirencester AC) 20.23
Burnham and Highbridge parkrun
1 Peter Morton (Unattached) 16.57
66 Alan Mcadam (Cirencester AC) 24.43
1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 18.24
3 Simon Campbell 20.27
5 Ian Barrett 23.03
22 Neil Broadley 26.17
52 Richard Edwards 29.19
Morecombe Prom parkrun
1 Ellis Bland (Unattached) 16.31
323 Jenny Brewin (Cirencester AC) 36.56
Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun
1 Ben Crouch (unattached) 16.47
22 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 23.19
41 Rachel Mcadam 25.45
Mention now of a few events that slipped through the reporting net in recent weeks.
The aforementioned Barbara Thomas ran the spectacular Severn Bridge Half Marathon last weekend.
29th August, Severn Bridge Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road
1 Simeon Bates (Gossy’s Gazelles) 1.11.11
380 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 2.27.19
New club member Carole Rayner has run a couple of very impressive 10k events recently. Last weekend saw her at the Flying Monk 10k in Malmesbury and back in June she put in a sub 50 minute finish at Chippenham to come 4th of 39 finishers in the very competitive FV50 age group.
29th August, Flying Monk Malmesbury 10k, 10k, road
1 James Bellward (RAF Athletics Association) 33.56 (33.56)
115 Carole Rayner (Cirencester AC) 52.06 (52.06)
23rd June, Chippenham Longest Day, 10k, road
1 Daniel Soltys (Royal Navy Athletics Club) 33.53
174 Carole Rayner (Cirencester AC) 49.45