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Wet and Windy weekend

This was a quiet week following the postponement of the scheduled Cross Country in Charlton Park due to high winds.

Leigh Guilbert completed his three part personal challenge by running the New York marathon in 5 14. After going well for the first 10 miles Leigh had to dig deep to get the job done and was just pleased to get over the finishing line. Having already done the 100 mile Cotswold Sportive and the Welsh Ironman at Tenby, Leigh can rest up knowing he has achieved his Challenge and in the process is close to raising his target of $4000 (£3250) for Alzheimers Research. Anyone wanting to support him should go to

New York City Marathon, USA, 26.2 miles road

1 Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) 2.08.13 x Leigh Guilbert (Cirencester AC) 5.14.32 x finished.

Meanwhile Richard Hurdle, ever the man for a big challenge, went to Gloucester (in the rain) to see how many times he could run round a 400m track in 24 hours. While the leaders were set to complete some 220+km, Richard had the wisdom to withdraw (“with a niggle”) after some 12 hours in the dark and drizzly gloom, having done a by no means shabby 90+km.

In contrast, Liza Darroch and Ruth Fulford went up the road to Tewkesbury to run the Guy Fawkes ‘5’. With a time of 45.19, Liza managed to knock more than two minutes from the age group record she set in August and Ruth was not far behind. For both it could have been more of a ‘lap of honour’ than an all out race as Ruth already has the points to clinch her age group win of this year’s County AAA Road Running Championships and Liza was running her 3rd race in 15 days with the other two being marathons but the competitive spirit continued and both tackled the flat out and back course with gusto.

Guy Fawkes '5', Tewkesbury, 5 miles road

1 Alex Lee (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 25.13 207 Liza Darroch (Cirencester AC) 45.19 – 1st FV70, club FV70 record 223 Ruth Fulford 46.38 377 finished.

parkruns, 5km trail

Another wild, wet and windy Saturday and the promise (unfulfilled) of a Cross Country kept parkrun numbers down again but this didn’t stop Ollie Campbell (JM 15-17) winning again with 17.18 (not so far from his 17.04 PB) – this time at the Eden Project. Ross Swain deserted Cheltenham to win in 21.31 at Gloucester North. Tetbury welcomed new member Nea Sneddon-Jenkins where she finished 8th and Steve Derrick was 9th at a much reduced Cirencester. The McAdams went to Chipping Sodbury, Rachel Ranger was near York and Chris Prevett returned to Wammy for the most popular parkrun of the week. Thomas McNally was on the move again and popped up in Glengariff in Ireland and finally the newly named Swindon Lydiard was not Barbara Thomas’ best.

Cirencester AC finishers:

Cirencester: 9 Steve Derrick 23.39, 44 Cathie Cowell (sweeper) 39.35, 44 finished

Swindon Lydiard: 177 Barbara Thomas 47.19, 183 finished

Tetbury: 8 Nea Sneddon-Jenkins 25.38, 38 finished

Gloucester North: 1 Ross Swain 21.31, 26 finished

Chipping Sodbury: 40 Alan McAdam 25.08, 61 Rachel McAdam 27.04, 195 finished

Eden Project, Cornwall: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.18, 157 finished

New Earswick, York: 12 Rachel Ranger 27.28, 42 finished

Wammy, Newcastle-u-Lyme: 71 Chris Prevett 25.05, 208 finished

Glengariff, Ireland: 22 Thomas McNally 29.28, 40 finished

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