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Unexpected Cross Country for Ruth

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

In very chilly conditions on Saturday, our cross country loving members were in action at Milton End, Arlingham.


Dorian has reported separately on the excellent performances of the juniors.


In the mens 9.2km event, Bill Leggate was first home for Cirencester and 1st MV45 closely followed by Aaron Willis who placed 2nd in his MV40 age group. Strong performances from the rest of the men contributed to 7th place in the team open competition and an excellent 3rd place finish in the team masters competition.


There were also some splendid age group placings for our gritty ladies over the 6.2km course. Kate Jacobs was 2nd LV45 and Kate Sackett 3rd LV60. Tanya Everett has obviously taken a liking to cross country after dipping her toe in at Cirencester last month and brought home the ladies team with a 36.48 finish.



10th December, Gloucestershire Cross Country, Milton End, Various Distances

Mens Race Distance – 9.2km

1 Leon Chevalier (Team Bath AC) 32.11

17 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 34.02 – 1st MV45

35 Aaron Willis 35.35 – 2nd MV40

65 David Musgrove 38.06

69 Alex Banks 38.24

74 Brecht Grieten 38.56

88 Simon Campbell 40.00

131 Tom Payne 44.26

168 finished

Team Open Men

1 University of Bath – 36

7 Cirencester AC – 348

18 finished

Team Master Men

1 Western Tempo – 38

3 Cirencester AC – 53

15 finished

Ladies (+MU17 + MV65) Race Distance – 6.2km

1 Harry Maxwell (Team Bath AC) 22.13 – MU17

4 Phoebe Hayashi (University Of Bath) 23.34 – LU20

43 Kate Jacobs (Cirencester AC) 28.27 – 2nd LV45

82 Kate Sackett 32.12 – 3rd LV60

128 Tanya Everett 36.48

Team Open Ladies

1 University of Bath (A) – 11

18 Cirencester AC -189

34 finished

Team Masters Ladies

1 Team Bath AC (A) – 71

9 Cirencester AC – 189

23 finished


Whilst overnight snow saw the cancellation of a couple of local races, the Telford 10k did take place on Sunday morning.


The course for this race claims to be statistically proven as the fastest 10k course in the UK and the event was one of the qualifying races for the England Athletics Age Group Masters competition.


Ruth Fulford, following a recent milestone birthday, took part in her new FV75 age group. Her excellent 1.00.56 finish earned her an age group 2nd place which should see her competing in the Chester 10k next March in her England vest. (At the time of writing Ruth awaits confirmation from England Athletics).


Ruth reports that those taking part in the Masters competition had to wear numbers on their back signifying their age group. She appreciated the encouragement of other runners acknowledging her as they passed her in the closing stages of the race.


The worsening weather meant that Ruth’s journey home was a bit harder than getting to Telford in the first place, with chaos on Gloucestershire roads by the time she returned. She wasn’t able to make it safely back to her own home and had to abandon her car at her daughter’s house. After tea and refreshments, she and Tony donned headtorches and walked across fields to get home. Her recovery the next day was the walk back to collect the car.


Congratulations Ruth on a very well earned Masters place. Her result is also an inaugural club FV75 record.



11th December, Telford 10k, 10k, road

1 Alexander Lepretre (Highgate Harriers) 28.54 (28.53)

994 Ruth Fulford (Cirencester AC) 1.01.35 (1.00.56) – 2nd LV75 – Inaugural Club LV75 Record

1073 finished


In parkrun news this week Helen Manners clocked up her 100th volunteering shift at Cirencester. parkrun simply couldn’t happen without people like Helen giving up a bit of their Saturday morning. Our club is well represented in the volunteer team. A big thank you to Helen.


Volunteering is great fun and really appreciated by all the runners. So, if you think you could spare a bit of time, and it certainly doesn’t have to be every week, check out the Cirencester parkrun website, or any other venue of course, and get your name added to the list of volunteers.


As well as the club members volunteering at Cirencester on Saturday, others were running. Gareth James pushed himself to a new PB for the course and Gordon Jones was 1st MV70.


Meanwhile at Tetbury, Ollie Campbell was first over the line. David Moss ran his best time there to date and Alan McAdam ran his 451st parkrun……..much more special than the 450th one last week that was overlooked!!!



10th December, parkrun, 5k trail

Cirencester parkrun

1 David O’Sullivan (Unattached) 19.01

22 Gareth James (Cirencester AC) 23.08

42 Gordon Jones 25.46

58 Brendan McCarthy 27.53

68 Pamela Wheeler 29.55

99 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.27

10 David Moss 21.13

31 Rachel McAdam 25.36

32 Alan McAdam 25.37

79 finished



Send any results, race day reports, anecdotes and photos to Rachel at rachelelisabethbarrow@hotmail.co.uk


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