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Wendy and Corinne Shine at Avebury

Wendy Nicholls and Corinne Clark took to the trails on Sunday in the Avebury 8 Nine race. Described as a 9-mile-ish race, the route starts and finishes in Avebury, a World Heritage site famed for its stone circle. Competitors run on byways and bridleways and the terrain can be muddy, wet rutted and difficult underfoot.

Wendy reports it being a great, well organised race with plenty of mud and puddles but found it hard going as she tries to shake off a cough. Despite that, she was leading lady until mile six and finished 2nd lady with Corinne only half a minute behind and taking the 3rd lady prize.

Fantastic performances!

20th November, Avebury 8, 9.2 miles, trail

1 Felix Wernham (Swindon Harriers) 57.07

15 Wendy Nicholls (Cirencester AC) 1.07.30 – 2nd Female

19 Corinne Clark 1.08.09 – 3rd Female

145 finished

In complete contrast to the mud and hills of Avebury, the Castle Combe motor racing circuit played host to the Chilly 10k. Maybe not the most interesting race on the calendar but the perfect venue to try for a PB, with none of the usual congestion at the start of a race and plenty of pacers laid on by the organisers DB Max.

First home for Cirencester in an impressive 39.06 was new club member Chris Hopkinson.

Gareth James was rightly pleased to have executed his race plan perfectly. He ran a beautifully even paced race, taking three and a half minutes off his previous 10k best.

Nick Wall, giving a bit back to the running community, was the all-important tail runner.

20th November, The Chilly 10k, 10k, road

1 Max Kelly (Cheltenham and County Harriers) 33.32 (33.32)

26 Christopher Hopkinson (Cirencester AC) 39.10 (39.06)

152 Gareth James 50.12 (50.02)

290 Nick Wall 1.32.04 (1.31.28)

291 finished

Tom Morgan was back on his favourite trails for the challenging and very scenic Broadway Half Marathon.

20th November, Broadway Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, trail

1 Richard Liggatt (Unattached) 1.40.30

72 Tom Morgan (Cirencester AC) 2.30.47

124 finished

In parkrun news, there were wins for Ollie Campbell at Chippenham and Dave Musgrove at Cirencester. Amongst other great results at Cirencester, Rachel Ranger was 3rd lady and Gordon Jones was 1st MV70.

Brecht Grieten tried a change of scenery at Witney and finished 5th. Also ‘on tour’ Keith Firkin had a fine run at Aberbeeg and David Moss tried Seven Fields for the first time with a top ten finish.

19th November, parkrun, 5k trail

Chippenham parkrun

1 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 17.13

173 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 David Musgrove (Cirencester AC) 19.43

20 Rachel Ranger 24.27 – 3rd Female

27 Dorian Matts 24.53

31 Gordon Jones 25.33

66 Pamela Wheeler 29.40

72 Samantha Timms 30.17

84 Gary Wood 32.05

122 finished

Witney parkrun

1 Matthew Lock (Unattached) 18.11

5 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 20.15

203 finished

Aberbeeg parkrun

1 Ryan Cullen (Unattached) 17.25

11 Keith Firkin (Cirencester AC) 21.26

59 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Jonathan Jamieson (Unattached) 18.20

38 Alan McAdam (Cirencester AC) 25.17

39 Rachel McAdam 25.18

114 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 Jack Reed (Unattached) 18.55

9 David Moss (Cirencester AC) 22.04

118 finished

………..and finally……great fun was had by all who got together for Liza and Rupert’s annual mince pie run. It was the perfect crisp, blue-sky day for hitting the trails to earn those mince pie treats.

Don’t forget to send you results, stories and photos to Rachel at

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