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Westonbirt Wins and a New Club Record

The long Easter weekend brought with it some perfect running weather and it definitely suited Brecht Grieten and Nea Sneddon-Jenkins at Westonbirt on Good Friday. On offer were both a 10k and half marathon distance.

Brecht had a fantastic run to take 1st place in the 10k and tells us about his day.

“It was a glorious spring day at Westonbirt, we planned to have a good snoop around the grounds as my wife Fleur used to go to school there. After being kicked out of the building, I realised I was a little late to warm up. Having just finished warming up with 15 mins to go, the announcer asked everyone to get to the start. Still having to stretch and put on my shoes the announcer decided to share my progress in open commentary, much to the delight of my wife.”

“The run itself was 2 loops on the quiet country roads around the school, going through the lovely Italian gardens at the end of the first loop. With 230ft of climbing I would describe it as a rolling course but know many might disagree! Having settled for 2nd after the first loop I was over the moon at taking my first ever victory at a race!! I was glad to take on the much needed quick sugars in the form of lollies and jelly worms at the finish.”

“There is ample parking and dogs are allowed at a brilliant venue, perfect for a nice family day out! With a bar and food options on site, I would 100% recommend!!”

This is just the latest in a string of recent great results for Brecht in local races and at parkrun.

15th April, Westonbirt Easter 10k, 10k, road

1 Brecht Grieten (Cirencester AC) 39.03

357 finished

Also running consistently well at the moment is Nea Sneddon-Jenkins and she opted for the half marathon distance. Nea ran a big PB and was 2nd female finisher. She describes her race,

“It was a lovely race that goes right past my front door. I started fast as my strategy was to hang on to the 1 hour 30 pacers and then drop back when I felt ready. It was a 10 minute PB but since I set that at the very hilly Eden Project race in October, I’m not entirely sure it counts!”

“The Westonbirt Half is a 2 lap course with about three miles on the grass through the house grounds, so I’m looking forward to trying a flat, fast course at some point to see how fast I can push it. I’ve been really enjoying consistent training so far this year and it’s been nice to see my times coming down.”

Proof that hard work pays off, and that new PB definitely counts Nea! Pass on your recommendations to her for fast and flat half marathon courses.

15th April, Westonbirt Easter Half Marathon, 13.1 miles, road

1 James Everett (Unattached) 1.20.57

23 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 1.38.44 – 1st SL, 2nd Female

196 finished

In parkrun news this week James Thomas took 1st place at Seven Fields having won at Cirencester the previous week. His 17.34 finish also took the highest age grading of the day at Seven Fields with 76%. He has very sensibly decided that he should probably take charge of child care and dog walking next week and let Liz have a run instead. Well done James.

Elsewhere, Millie and Sophie Chudley both had strong runs in Melbourne to take 2nd and 3rd lady respectively. Paul Timms was very pleased with his time at Osterley and taking 1st MV55. Simon Campbell enjoyed a family holiday parkrun in Cornwall. Pam Wheeler continues to improve her times at Cirencester. At Tetbury, Nea Sneddon-Jenkins was 2nd lady and Rachel Mcadam warned us of a return to Route A next week. Google that if you are thinking of a run at Tetbury and didn’t know about Route A!

16th April, parkrun, 5k trail

Albert Park parkrun, Melbourne, Australia

1 Tom Gardner (Unattached) 16.00

15 Millie Chudley (Cirencester AC) 19.05 – 2nd Female

26 Sophie Chudley 20.11 – 3rd Female

321 finished

Lydiard parkrun

1 Michael Passmore (Unattached) 16.58

117 James Hunton (Cirencester AC) 26.46

308 finished

Osterley parkrun

1 Tim Lawrence (Unattached) 18.35

19 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 22.32

217 finished

Cirencester parkrun

1 James Lewis (Unattached) 18.59

33 Gordon Jones (Cirencester AC) 25.38

82 Pamela Wheeler 29.50

136 finished

Heartlands parkrun

1 Daniel Giles (Unattached) 17.40

116 Simon Campbell (Cirencester AC) 32.48

175 finished

Tetbury Goods Shed parkrun

1 Henry Sackville Hamilton (Unattached) 17.58

20 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins (Cirencester AC) 22.24 – 2nd Female

45 Alan Mcadam 24.18

58 Rachel Mcadam 25.48

115 finished

Seven Fields parkrun

1 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 17.34

93 finished

In an update from last weeks results, news that Keith Firkin’s superb run at Brighton Marathon is a significant new club MV60 record for the distance. His 3.42.51 finish (chip time 3.39.35) took almost 20 minutes off the previous record. Many congratulations to Keith.

With the first three races in the Club Road Race Championship now completed, the up-to-date league tables are now available online. Brian has reformatted them to show the marathon points pending until the end of the season, ie race 12. He has also corrected two errors in earlier versions for which he sends apologies.

There are still plenty more races through the year to earn points in. Next is Berkeley 10k on 9th May, a lovely race and still plenty of places available. Following that is Fairford 10K, currently full although you can join a waiting list. It would be lovely to see more Cirencester vests at some of these great events, a fun few hours out and also good support for the local clubs who organise them.

And last, but by no means least, it's not too late to say yes to curry night next Monday 25th April. Its at Sultan in Cirencester at 7pm. The all inclusive cost of £20 per head covers plenty of food, tea or coffee afterwards and a tip. If you fancy a night off cooking, and who doesn’t, just let David Lattimore know as soon as you can on and don’t forget to mention if you would like the vegetarian option.

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