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Wind? Rain? Mud? NO PROBLEM!

16th Feb 2020

This month’s cross country went ahead despite Storm Dennis but we await full analysis of the results. Holly Willis led the ladies home with sisters Pam Wheeler and Helen Manners making up the team of three. Isobel Watt finished a strong 2nd in her U13 race with Zac Humphries in U13 Boys and Henry Broadly in the U15s. A strong men’s team finished 4th(and 2nd Masters) despite the absence of team captain James Thomas. Bill Leggate had a storming run – to finish 4th overall and over a minute ahead of Dave Bell who was 10th. Clearly the damp and muddy conditions suited Bill’s long Scottish legs. Nicely packed and not far behind were Charles Woodd(23rd), Tom Purnell (27th) and Aaron Willis (35th) with Simon Campbell making up the team of six.

Gloucestershire XC League (3 of 4), Pittville Park, Cheltenham


U13 Girls (3km)

2 Isobel Watt (Cirencester AC) 12.05

U13 Boys (3km)

12 Zac Humphries (Cirencester AC) 11.57

U15 Boys (5km)

17 Henry Broadley (Cirencester AC) 23.47

Ladies (7km)

1 Kaitlyn Sheppard (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 28.13

21 Holly Willis (Cirencester AC) 31.46

103 Pam Wheeler 44.41

114 Helen Manners 48.30

116 Louise Abbott 49.11 123 finished

Ladies teams (3 to score):

1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 13pts, tba Cirencester AC 238pts, tba closed in

Ladies Masters teams (3 to score): tba

Ladies team overall (after 3 of 4 races):

1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 53pts, tba Cirencester AC 476pts, tba closed in

Ladies Masters overall (after 3 of 4 races): tba

Men (10km)

1 Dominic James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 35.35

4 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 37.22

10 David Bell 38.26

23 Charles Woodd 40.04

27 Tom Purnell 40.40

35 Aaron Willis 42.05

91 Simon Campbell 48.16

104 Dorian Matts 50.13

131 Neil Morrissey 58.54 140 finished

Teams (6 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 35pts, 4 Cirencester AC 190pts, 13 closed in Masters teams (4 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 80pts, 2 Cirencester AC 222pts, 9 closed in Men’s team overall (after 3 of 4 races): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 140pts, tba Cirencester AC 562pts, tba closed in parkruns, 5km trail

Parkruns were also wet and windy but Ollie Campbell (JM15-17) won again at Chippenham and Ross Swain won at Cirencester. With over 100 runners still braving it at Cirencester, Joyce Mathews was 2nd for the club and 1st lady - her preparations for London marathon are clearly going well. Neil Morrissey, Paul Timms and Brendan McCarthy followed. Then it was the turn of young Isabella Stickney (JW10) running independently of dad or brothers to finish a strong 41st in 28.18. Barbara Thomas and Thomas McNally were both in Swindon and Jacob McAdam had a go at Colchester Castle where he finished 17th.

Cirencester AC finishers: Cirencester: 1 Ross Swain 22.00, 8 Joyce Matthews 23.24 (1st lady), 22 Neil Morrissey 25.48, 31 Paul Timms 26.56, 34 Brendan McCarthy 27.33, 41 Isabella Stickney (J) 28.18,45 Rachel Barrow 28.56, 74 Samantha Timms 33.33, 82 Paul Barrow 34.58, 106 finished. Swindon, Lydiard: 158 Barbara Thomas 29.55, 294 finished. Swindon, Seven Fields: 76 Thomas McNally 30.47, 113 finished. Chippenham: 1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.57, 52 Alan McAdam 25.30, 87 Rachel McAdam 27.54, 178 finished. Colchester Castle: 17 Jacob McAdam 20.59, 405 finished.

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