Standard Article 19th November 2019

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club


A great week for the club with triumphs on and off road.


Gower Ultra, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, 34 miles multi-terrain

Rob Forbes wins again – this time by floating over 34 hilly miles in the Gower in the time many of us take to complete a road marathon.  The course for this scenic challenge keeps changing making “course records” hard to define but Rob’s pace was surely record breaking.

1 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 4.30.12    122 finished


 Roundway Revenge, Devizes, 8 miles multi-terrain

Iron Lady, Corrine Clark demonstrated the breadth of her talents sailing in as first lady in the Roundway Revenge where James Thomas had a fine run to finish 4th with Ollie Pritchard  close behind on 7th.

1 Ed Knudsen (Avon Valley Runners) 49.22
4 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 51.36
7 Oliver Pritchard 53.14
21 Corinne Clark 1.01.44 - 1st lady
124 Liz Thomas 1.23.26   175 finished.  


Broadway Marathon, 26.2 miles multi-terrain

Our largest team tackled the Broadway marathon on a lovely crisp sunny morning and demonstrated, yet again, the depth of our off multi terrain/ultra talent.  Rob Brown (fit again at last) was 3rd  in 3.26 and Neil Corbiere 6th in 3.38 – great times given the rough going over 3000 ft of climbing and bitter winds..  Jill Hadland towed road expert Martin Croucher round and not far behind, Karen Higuera smashed 13 minutes from her marathon PB.

1 Neil Wicks (Stratford upon Avon RC) 3.20.40
3 Rob Brown (Cirencester AC) 3.26.42
6 Neil Corbiere 3.38.16
33 Martin Croucher 4.31.45
34 Jill Hadland 4.31.46
35 Karen Higuera 4.35.40
60 Rupert Chesmore 5.00.52     108 finished.  


On the road, in a trio of Wiltshire races a philosophical Dave Bell was second at Castle Combe,  Bill Leggate 3rd (and 1st V40)  in Sutton Benger and Becky Collier ran in Swindon.

 Castle Combe Chilly 10km, road

1 Michael Towler (Avon Valley Runners) 32.21
2 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 32.45
125 Constant Fischer 42.59
184 James Widdowson 45.19
191 Joyce Matthews 45.40
212 David Moss 47.07
434 Barbara Thomas 54.50   812 finished.  

Sutton Benger '5', nr Chippenham, 5 miles road

BillLegg1 Jack Bancroft (Bristol & West AC) 24.54
3 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 27.21 - 1st V40
68 Tian Porter 39.32   186 finished.  

Swindon 10km, Wroughton, 10km road

1 Courtenay Chessell (Swindon Harriers) 35.03
236 Rebecca Collier (Cirencester AC) 52.19   539 finished.  


 Castle Combe Chilly Duathlon, 2 mile run, 10 mile bike, 2 mile run

Held at Castle Combe racing circuit, this duathlon comprised 2-mile flat run, followed by a 10-mile flat bike on super smooth tarmac, topped off with another 2-mile run to finish. Sarah Gunn was second female and first in her age category and first female in the bike section.

1 Alex Doherty (Goode2swim), (10.34; 20.31; 10.59) 43:30

Sarah Gunn (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (13.11; 24.45; 13.38) 53.59 – 1st F sup vet.

291 finished


Parkruns, 5km trail


Ollie Campbell was piped to 2nd at Chippenham and Sam Cook led a larger club team round Cirencester but only Jon Young achieved a PB.  Run of the week to Jacob McAdam who managed to get out of bed in time to run at Black Park, Slough.


Cirencester AC finishers:
18 Sam Cook (J) 21.50, 22 Caroline Cotterell 22.02, 25 Neil Morrissey 22.15, 27 Jon Young 22.27, 54 Paul Tims 24.46, 76 Pam Wheeler 26.56, 78 Simon Campbell 27.15, 94 Samantha Timms 28.47, 115 Ruth Fulford 31.08, 168 finished
158 Barbara Thomas 26.40, 214 David Moss 28.19, 464 finished
Chippenham:  2 Ollie Campbell 17.57, 62 Alan McAdam 25.06, 85 Rachel McAdam 26.33, 211 finished
61 Bryan Reid 25.01, 212 finished
Black Park, Slough:  13 Jacob McAdam 19.46, 631 finished


Standard Article 12th November 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                Report 11th Nov 2018



Gloucestershire AAA Road Running Championships

Liza Darroch leads a small but winning team of veteran ladies to triumph in the Gloucester AAA Road Running Series.  The Guy Fawkes run last weekend completed the series where competitors need to have competed in at least five of a possible 12 Gloucestershire road races.   Liza was first in the FV70 with Ruth Fulford a worthy second while Barbara T was second in the V60 category and Karen Higuera achieved  a fine third in the much more competitive FV50 group.  Gordon Jones was the only man to complete sufficient races to qualify but he should be very proud of a hard won 4th place in the men’sV65.  And the other good news is that our Summer 10k race features in 2019 Glos AAA champs.


Cirencester Athletics Winners


FV 50 3rd  Karen Higuera

FV60  2nd  Barbara Thomas

FV70  1st  Liza Darroch

            2nd Ruth Fulford



V65   4th Gordon Jones


Sodbury Slog, Chipping Sodbury, 9.8 miles multi-terrain

Jill Hadland was a lone representative at the Sodbury Slog this year.  This very tough event which involves slurry strewn fields, mud filled trenches and lung busting inclines is like a super long cross country race but has always been her favourite.  The course was slightly altered this year to avoid badger setts but Jill still loved it and was unworried by being slightly slower than last year.


1 Ben Rawkins (Westbury Harriers) 1.03.39
136 Jill Hadland (Cirencester AC) 1.28.01   994 finished.  



 Eddum Ultra, Brecon, 43.5 miles multi-terrain

Tim Ingham found the informal Eddum Ultra to launch his career as an ultra runner and found it very hard but rewarding.  Backed by extensive training, Tim was able to keep with the lead group for the first three quarters of the race as they scrambled more than 7000 feet over hill and moor.   The icy streams ensured ten hours of wet feet but the views made it worth it until bad knees forced him to walk.  Towards the end Tim struggled to find the final way markers in the dark to finish in 10 hours 38 minutes.  Undaunted, he is already saying he will do more ultras in the future.


10 November 2018, parkruns, 5km trail

Two great wins this week, James Thomas at Worcester and Ollie Campbell at Chippenham but no PB’s so run of the week to Junior Sam Cook who needs only a bit more speed to threaten the PB he set earlier this year.  Thomas McNally travelled the furthest to run in Cork.


Cirencester AC finishers:
4 Simon Campbell 19.55, 13 Sam Cook (J) 21.56, 21 Caroline Cotterell 23.11, 85 Samantha Timms 29.36, 147 finished
12 Jacob McAdam 19.49, 122 Alan McAdam 24.19, 186 Rachel McAdam 26.28, 502 finished
Chippenham:  1 Ollie Campbell 18.03, 227 finished
Worcester Pitchcroft:  
1 James Thomas 17.19, 286 finished
Glengarriff, Co. Cork, Ireland:  13 Thomas McNally 28.13, 32 finished


Standard Article 5th November 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                      Report 4th Nov 2018


Gloucestershire XC League (2 of 4), Charlton Park, Malmesbury

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, we wondered yet again “Where have all the young men gone?” when, for the second meet of the Gloucestershire Cross Country League, we were able to field three ladies teams while the men struggled to produce the six needed for a single team. Everyone enjoyed a flat, dry course at Charlton Park although the quality field resulted in the ladies teams finishing in 14th, 24th and 35th positions, despite having Jo Musk and Nicola Denning (great to have them both back competing after long layoffs with injury) and Lexi Shea in the top 50.   But a certain ‘maturity’ enabled the teams to finish in 5th, 11th and 23rd places in the Masters Champs.  Meanwhile the men’s team also managed to field three (Bill Leggatte, James Thomas and Oliver Pritchard) in the top 50 and so to also finish in 14th place.  



1 Heather Fell (Team Bath AC) 25.36
41 Jo Musk (Cirencester AC) 30.16
43 Nicola Denning 30.23
49 Alexis Shea 30.45
59 Kate Sackett 31.18 
76 Karen Higuera 32.30
101 Jo Roberts 34.19
111 Liz Thomas 35.01
113 Sarah Whitehouse 35.05
149 Pam Wheeler 38.46
157 Helen Manners 41.00    171 finished

Teams (3 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 14pts, 14 Cirencester AC 133pts, 24 Cirencester AC 'B' 236pts, 35 Cirencester AC 'C' 373pts, 39 closed in
Masters (3 to score):
1 Forest of Dean AC 66pts, 5 Cirencester AC 133pts, 11 Cirencester AC 'B' 236pts, 23 Cirencester AC 'C' 419pts, 26 closed in.



1 Alex Lawrence (Bath University) 32.40
25 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 34.42
39 James Thomas 35.36
50 Oliver Pritchard 36.21
94 Aaron Willis 39.30
198 Keith Firkin 45.14
219 Dorian Matts 47.28   249 finished

Teams (6 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 53pts, 14 Cirencester AC 625pts, 25 closed in

It was exciting to see two junior teams finishing 6th and 7th.  Sisters Millie and Izzy Chudley were helped by Eleanor Sheffield in the U11 girls and Henry Sheffield won the U13 Boys to be supported by Zac Humphries and Tom Williams.  In the U15 Boys, ……Archie Sheffield was 7th and Sam Cook18th and in the U17/U20 boys Ollie Campbell was 2nd U17 and 5th overall while (young) Luke Buck was 15th.


U11 Girls
12 Millie Chudley (Cirencester AC) 11.00
28 Eleanor Sheffield 11.49
41 Izzy Chudley 12.34
Team (3 to score): 1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 10pts, 6 Cirencester AC 81pts

U13 Boys

1 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 12.49
29 Zac Humphries 15.15
35 Tom Williams 15.21
39 Henry Broadley 15.36
45 Andrew Woods 16.23
Team (3 to score): 1 Worcester AC 22pts, 7 Cirencester AC 65pts

U15 Boys
7 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 17.16
18 Sam Cook 19.00

U17/U20 Boys
5 Ollie Campbell (Cirencester AC) 24.37 - 2nd U17
15 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 26.19


Guy Fawkes '5', Tewkesbury, 5 miles road

At Tewkesbury, Karen Higuera did not let an unpleasant combination of bonfire smoke and a wheezy chest stop her winning her FV50 age group but it did spoil her chances of a hoped for PB.

1 Marcus England (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 26.21
88 Karen Higuera (Cirencester AC) 36.58 - 1st FV50     390 finished


Marlow 7 miles trail

At Marlow, Kate Fitton and Dave Moss both scampered round 7 wet, off road miles in little over 60 minutes to finish well up the field.

1 James Samson (Datchet Dashers) 40.07
119 Kate Fitton (Cirencester AC) 1.00.46 (chip time 59.33)
132 David Moss 1.02.25 (1.01.11)
492 finished. 


Venice Marathon, Italy, 26.2 miles road

Last week end saw Italy lashed by storm force winds and serious flooding making nearly all of the exposed course of the Venice marathon super tough and miserably wet so Sarah Whitehouse was particularly relieved (and pleased) to wade over the finish line despite ankle deep icy water.

  1 Gebre Ayenew (Ethiopia) 2.13.23
3269 Sarah Whitehouse (Cirencester AC) 4.40.05 (chip time 4.37.17)
4912 finished.


 parkruns, 5km trail


Run of the week to Isaac McAdam who won at Swindon although he failed to threaten his PB despite tough training at Loughborough University. Congratulations too, to Rachel McAdam who finally managed to knock 9 seconds from her “usual” time and to Simon Campbell who was 3rd at Cirencester.   Good to see Jon Young having a go for the first time at Cirencester and Caroline Cotterell going well at Worcester.


Cirencester AC finishers:
3 Simon Campbell 19.52, 20 Jon Young 22.51, 158 finished
1 Isaac McAdam 17.32, 108 Alan McAdam 24.15, 155 Rachel McAdam 26.09, 184 Barbara Thomas 26.53, 484 finished
322 Thomas McNally 30.17, 498 finished
Worcester Pitchcroft:  33 Caroline Cotterell 20.52, 239 finished



Standard Article 29th October 2018



Bill Leggatte and Kate Sackett emerge as well deserved 2018 Road Race Champions after six or more great results in the qualifying races.   Bill who shot to the top after a very quiet 2017, was also first in the Club Runner Champs but, owing to a bar preventing one runner receiving both awards, this award for 2018 goes to Nick Holliday.  Club Runner is designed to reward both improvement and participation so no surprise then that, after a season long battle between Kate and Karen, this went to Karen Higuera. Congratulations to all four and members are advised to check the rest of the results on our web site - they may find some interesting surprises.


Gloucester 10km, Haresfield, 10km road

Another great run from Dave Bell when he finally succeeded in cracking a sub 32 minute 10k target in Gloucester but a quality field pegged him to 12th place.  It is worth noting that Dave will have to reduce this PB by a further 41 seconds to threaten the club absolute record of 31.11 set by Chris Illman in 2008.  Sophie Chudley also went well finishing in 39.10 and Joyce Matthews popped up again to be followed in by (a recovered) Barbara Thomas.

1 Peter LeGrice (Mounts Bay Harriers) 29.44
12 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 31.52
79 Sophie Chudley 39.10
195 Joyce Matthews 46.39
387 Barbara Thomas 54.56   787 finished.  


Calne Clock Challenge 10km, road

Dave Wright chose Calne to attack and beat his own age group record finishing in 12th place in 38.18.  Caroline Cotterell was also first in her FV45 age group and her time of 44.52 gave her 4th lady.

 1 Thomas Davies (Team Bath AC) 34.59
12 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 38.18 - 1st V60, club V60 record
55 Caroline Cotterell 44.52 - 4th lady / 1st FV45   326 finished.  


Calne Clock Challenge 5km, road

Also in Calne, Sally Jamieson finished the 5km course in 26.35 and Ruth Fulford set an inaugural club V70 Record of 29.51.

1 Matthew Green (Newbury AC) 16.36
51 Sally Jamieson (Cirencester AC) 26.35
69 Ruth Fulford 29.51 - inaugural club FV70 record   147 finished.  


 Snowdonia Marathon, 26.2 miles road

Tom Purnell romped up and down the slopes of the Snowdonia marathon to finish 173rd  in a field of over 2000.

1 Russell Bentley (Eryri Harriers) 2.38.21
173 Tom Purnell (Cirencester AC) 3.32.44   2186 finished.  


 Beachy Head Marathon, Sussex, 26.2 miles trail

Martin Croucher went back to Beachy Head to revitalise his target of completing his 100th marathon there this time next year.  In a fine imitation of Dad Terry, Martin “pottered round” taking photographs of the stunning scenery and eating anything and everything he was offered while still managing to finish in (just) under 5 hours.

1 Andy Coley-Maud (Clapham Chasers) 2.49.02
732 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 4.57.31   2212 finished.  




parkruns, 5km trail


Cirencester played host to some pretty speedy newcomers this week and Run of the Week goes to Jo Roberts who returned to park running full of marathon training to finish within 90 seconds of her best time set on the (faster) Swindon course over four years ago. Again club representation was poor but Paul and Sam Timms kept her company.  James Widdowson continued to chip seconds away in the fight back to his PB, also set in Swindon, but way back in 2012.  Swindon saw a steady run from Alan MacAdam while wife Rachel showed great consistency finishing in 26.18 for the third time in her last five parkruns.  Finally, even when Kate Sackett took her foot (slightly) off the pedal (back up in Workington), she finished as 2nd lady.


Cirencester AC finishers:
27 Jo Roberts 24.08, 38 Paul Timms 25.21, 89 Samantha Timms 30.13, 150 finished
93 David Moss 24.04, 106 Alan McAdam 24.39, 148 Rachel McAdam 26.18, 182 Barbara Thomas 27.26, 461 finished
16 James Widdowson 22.01, 125 finished
Workington:  17 Kate Sackett 22.43, 136 finished


Standard Article 22nd October 2018




Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club            Report 21 October 2018,




Stroud ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road


For once, Dave Bell found the tough competition he needs on his doorstep and the Stroud Half Marathon produced many good performances on a perfect autumn morning.    Dave was satisfied with his fight from 6th to 3rd place finishing in 1.10 and only failing to catch the race winner (who was said to be preparing for a sub 2.15 marathon) and Ben Price from Cheltenham – his usual local competition.  Ian Barrett continued a good season to finish in 1.21 and Sophie Chudley’s 1.26 earned her a prize as 3rd local lady.   Tim Ingham knocked yet more seconds from his recent PB and Constant Fischer and James Widdowson both ran well. The battle between Kate Sackett and Karen Higuera continued with Kate proving fitter on the day. Gordon Jones showed he should race the greater distance more often and Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch (like Kate) were pleased to be racing only two weeks after the Chester Marathon.  Good to see Louise Horner Baggs joining the team and congratulations to an ailing and weary Barbara Thomas who drew on enormous mental strength to drag herself cross the line.


1 Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) 1.08.05
3 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 1.10.15
33 Ian Barrett 1.21.24 (chip time (1.21.22)
75 Sophie Chudley 1.26.16 (1.26.12) - 5th lady
223 Tim Ingham 1.35.20 (1.35.02)
260 Constant Fischer 1.36.43 (1.36.32)
352 James Widdowson 1.40.14 (1.39.56)
436 Kate Sackett 1.43.26 (1.43.08)
534 Karen Higuera 1.45.43 (1.45.24)
544 Gordon Jones 1.46.09 (1.45.51)
651 Rupert Chesmore 1.50.02 (1.49.26)
782 Louise Horner-Baggs 1.54.32 (1.53.44)
1038 Liza Darroch 2.02.28 (2.01.52) - 1st FV70
1298 Barbara Thomas 2.15.35 (2.14.12)   1670 finished.  




Note: Stroud Half was the final race in the Club Road Running Championships and looks to have caused little change in the placings but, as any marathons completed have yet to be included, the official results will be announced next week.




Abingdon Marathon, 26.2 miles road


Congratulations too to Lesley Hinsley and Rebecca Collier who had their first go at a marathon and, we understand, talked non stop for all the 26.2 miles round Abingdon to finish in a respectable 4.23.and raise thousands of pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.


1 Maciej Bialogonski (Bristol & West AC) 2.26.56
677 Lesley Hinsley (Cirencester AC) 4.23.36 (chip time 4.22.19)
678 Rebecca Collier 4.23.36 (4.22.19)     747 finished.  




Great South Run, Portsmouth, 10 miles road


Nick Holliday, Caroline Cotterell and Paul and Sam Timms joined over eleven thousand others in the Great South Run in Portsmouth.  Nick, who was recovering from food poisoning, had to settle with completing the 10 miles in 1.09.


1 Chris Thompson (Aldershot Farnham & District) 46.56
525 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC) 1.09.10
1082 Caroline Cotterell 1.14.20
2200 Paul Timms 1.20.13
7788 Samantha Timms 1.40.13    11601 finished.  




parkruns, 5km trail




Our (older) juniors dominated again this week with a fine win by Ollie Campbell at Swindon where Luke Buck was 7th.  Run of the week to Corinne Clark who continued her fight for a sub 20 time finishing 2nd lady with a new parkrun PB. The McAdams were minus their speedy sons and it was left to Pam Wheeler and Thomas McNally to represent the club in our local Cirencester parkrun while Jason Humm finished 9th at Cheltenham.




Cirencester AC finishers:
57 Pam Wheeler 27.17, 81 Thomas McNally 29.26, 163 finished
1 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.51, 7 Luke Buck (J) 19.12, 22 Corinne Clark (2nd lady) 20.10, 98 Kerrie Smith 23.54, 111 Alan McAdam 24.25, 169 Rachel McAdam 26.18, 486 finished
9 Jason Humm, 19.07   446 finished




Standard Article 15th October 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club               Report 14 October 2018


Belated and renewed congratulations to Adrian Williams whose great performance at the World Age Group Duathlon Champs in Denmark in July was recently upgraded to bronze medal status following the disqualification of a Spanish athlete for drugs violations and now for another fine performance  and 3rd place at Bowood House this week end.  Congratulations too, to son Tom who was 6th in his 11-12 age group and young Millie Chudley finishing 19th in her 9-10 age group.

Bowood House Duathlon, Calne, 5km run, 21km bike, 5km run (splits to follow)

1 Geoff Owen (unattached) 1.07.09 
3 Adrian Williams (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) 1.20.15     120 finished.  

 Bowood House Duathlon, Calne, junior races

Age 9-10, 1.2km run, 3km bike, 400m run
19 Millie Chudley (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.59; 11.33; 2.37) 22.09
Age 11-12, 1.2km run, 6km bike, 400m run
6 Tom Williams (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (7.15; 13.52; 2.27) 25.38


Gloucestershire XC League (1 of 4), Old Down Country Park, Thornbury

The new cross country season kicked off in Thornbury where our four teams celebrated two birthdays, enjoyed atypically warm and dry conditions and ate cake.  After many individual battles against fierce competition and strong winds our one junior team finished 4th, the Ladies (with 3 to score) 11th and 29th and the Men(needing 6 to score) 6th   Our “senior” teams fared slightly better in the Masters with 10th and 20th for the Ladies (still 3 to score) and 3rd for the men (with a reduced 4 to score) so giving us a firm platform on which to build over the next three meets. A particular welcome to X country newcomers including Eleanor Sheffield, Alexi Shea and Rachel Jones and a warm welcome awaits any other members wanting to give it a go.


U11 Girls            25 Eleanor Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 12.15
U13 Boys              1 Henry Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 11.52
                            21 Tom Williams 13.56
                            32 Henry Broadley 14.14
                            33 Zac Humphries 14.20
Team (3 to score): 1 Team Bath AC 27pts, 4 Cirencester AC 54pts
U15 Boys              8 Archie Sheffield (Cirencester AC) 23.39
U17/U20 Boys    13 Luke Buck (Cirencester AC) 29.17



1 Jessica Gibbon (Bath University) 25.53
17 Corinne Clark (Cirencester AC) 31.11
39 Alexis Shea 34.05
52 Kate Sackett 35.13
116 Pam Wheeler 42.40
120 Rachel Jones 43.29
125 Helen Manners 45.28
130 Ruth Fulford 49.23    133 finished



Teams (3 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 18pts, 11 Cirencester AC 108pts, 29 Cirencester AC 'B' 317pts, 31 closed in
Masters (3 to score):
1 Stroud AC 73pts, 10 Cirencester AC 207pts, 20 Cirencester AC 'B' 375pts, 20 closed in



1 Dominic James (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 35.41
10 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 38.21
19 James Thomas 38.51
25 Oliver Pritchard 39.45
27 Charles Woodd 40.00
75 David Wright 44.11
109 Lee Lawrence 46.08
140 Tim Ingham 48.08
166 Keith Firkin 51.02      208 finished

Teams (6 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 51pts, 6 Cirencester AC 265pts, 21 closed in
Masters (4 to score):
1 Cheltenham & County Harriers 111pts, 3 Cirencester AC 252pts, 21 closed in

Cardiff ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road.  Results were late last week but both Paul and Sam Timms were pleased with their times on this fast course.

1 Jack Rayner (Australia) 1.01.01 (chip time 1.01.00)
2641 Paul Timms (Cirencester AC) 1.48.06 (1.46.54)
8555 Samantha Timms 2.19.05 (2.12.46)     18983 finished. 


Great West Run ½ Marathon, Exeter, 13.1 miles road.  This weekend Martin Croucher took it easy accompanying work colleagues round a very wet Exeter.

1 Peter Le Grice (Bristol & West AC) 1.06.23 (chip time 1.06.22)
681 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 1.51.53 (1.49.59)   2217 finished


parkruns, 5km trail

Run of the week goes to an ever improving James Widdowson, thrilled to be 7th at Cirencester where super vet Gordon Jones was 10th.  Junior Ollie Campbell continued his fight back to top form by coming 3rd at Chippenham and Ken Wells popped for his annual(?) parkrun in Weymouth .


Cirencester AC finishers:
7 James Widdowson 22.05, 10 Gordon Jones 22.47, 129 finished
20 Jacob McAdam 20.39, 106 Alan McAdam 24.31, 126 Lisa Carpenter 25.27, 169 Rachel McAdam 27.27,  174 Barbara Thomas 27.36, 310 David Moss 33.20,      421 finished
3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.23, 152 finished
Torbay Velopark:  
51 Martin Croucher 25.11, 160 finished
Weymouth:  266 Ken Wells 38.29, 286 finished

Standard Article 8th October 2018

                         CIRENCESTER AC and TRIATHLON CLUB


Chester Marathon, 26.2 miles road, National Masters Championships. This is a story of team spirit and commitment from a group of CAC ultra runners who set out to encourage seven “marathon virgins” to take part.  Rupert Chesmore, Liza Darroch and Martin Croucher, with support from Dan Finchett, guided and helped to achieve greatness for the group. On the day, with a goal of four hours hanging over many of them, Caroline Buck ran with a broken toe, Lisa Stevens with a recent wedding behind her and Martin Croucher needing to qualify for his umpteenth Comrades Marathon; everyone covered themselves in glory. Also, Liza (stomach cramps) won a National gold medal/CAC age group record and Rupert Chesmore (groin strain) set a CAC age group record.

Results.1 Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (Altrincham & District AC) 2.25.20, 634 Martin Croucher 3.26.32, 713 Dan Finchett 3.29.43, 1118 Kate Sackett 3.47.50, 1445 Lisa Stevens 3.59.25, 1517 Caroline Buck 4.01.22, 1552 Rachel Ranger 4.02.54, 1579 Jo Roberts 4.04.41, 1613 Rupert Chesmore 4.06.51, 1964 Liza Darroch 4.24.58,  2258 Gary Wood 4.41.49. 3800 finished. 

Bournemouth Marathon, 26.2 miles road. Meanwhile, on the south coast Rachel Barrow just missed her five-hour target whilst Paul was delighted to finish what might be his last marathon.

Results.1st  Iain Trickett (Dorset Doddlers) 2.25.45, 1769 Rachel Barrow 5.05.31,
2159 Paul Barrow 6.32.10. 2160 finished. 

Cricklade ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road. A revitalised Simon Campbell just stayed ahead of the intrepid Neil Corbiere in a close fought battle. Lee Lawrence set a very good time to finish 32nd and there were many positive results in mid-field.  Rachel Jones, in her first half and Karen Carter were encouraged home by Club Chairman Pam Wheeler.

Results.1st Sam Upton (Witney Road Runners) 1.14.20, 8 Simon Campbell 1.22.57, 11 Neil Corbiere 1.24.33, 32 Lee Lawrence 1.32.08, 167 Rebecca Collier 1.57.04, 168 Lesley Hinsley 1.57.04, 235 Karen Carter 2.13.43, 236 Rachel Jones 2.13.43, 237 Pam Wheeler 2.13.44. 252 finished. 

Cricklade 10km, road. Great things are always expected of Dave Bell and he ran another fine race to win at Cricklade whilst Sophie Chudley made it a Ciren double as she was first lady home and first FV35. David Wright is also having a wonderful season and he came in seventh and was, unsurprisingly, first V60 with Caroline Cotterell finishing 4th lady.

Results. 1stDave Bell 32.24, 7 David Wright 38.24, 10 Sophie Chudley 39.37,
18 Nick Holliday 41.07, 26 James Widdowson 44.24, 28 Caroline Cotterell 44.27,
35 Gordon Jones 46.07, 95 Barbara Thomas 53.52, 146 Helen Manners 59.27, 183 Nina Lawrence 1.04.34. 235 finished.  

Oxford ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road.   

After the event Tom Renton-Rose said, “I found it tough and feel I should have done better” which sums-up so many of us at the end of a hard race. He still finished in the top twenty percent with Penny Grayson in the pack. 

Results.1 Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) 1.08.37, 1349 Tom Renton-Rose 1.42.53, 6876 Penny Grayson 2.35.06. 8648 finished.  


parkruns, 5km trail. With bad weather and so many CAC runners at other events the highlights at parkrun were a second lady finish for Corinne Clark and a third  for Caroline Cotterell as her warm-up for Cricklade.

9 Sam Cook (J) 22.39, 27 Caroline Cotterell 25.35. 111 finished
16 Corinne Clark 20.34, 183 Barbara Thomas 27.34. 377 finished
Chippenham: 18 Ollie Campbell (J) 21.54. 152 finished
Colney Lane: 
48 Alan McAdam 25.00, 79 Rachel McAdam 28.18. 152 finished.


Standard Article 1st October 2018

Dave Wright smashed a club age group record in Cheltenham knocking nearly  two minutes from the time he ran in Denmark last year. On a tortuous course but amongst many quality runners Dave was able to achieve an impressive 1.23.48 and a V60 1st .  Sad then that he was the sole representative of club in such a local half marathon.

Cheltenham ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Ben Price (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.09.51 (chip time 1.09.50)
56 David Wright (Cirencester AC) 1.23.50 (1.23.48) - 1st V60 / club V60 record    2912 finished.  


As a club championship race, the Witney 10 attracted a few more members, with Bill Leggate finishing 4th but a frustrating 4 seconds over his target time of 58 minutes.  Tim Ingham relished the short distance after so many half marathons to finish a satisfying 59th but the real battle was between two close contenders for the Women’s Club Championships.  Karen Higuera led for the first half of the race but Kate Sackett was able to sneak past on one of the many downhill sections.  Undeterred and with trail marathon stamina, Karen pulled away again on the next climb only for super competitive Kate to get ahead again in the last half mile finishing 24 seconds ahead.  In the process Kate stripped over two minutes from an FV55 record set by Carol Clark at Witney in 2005.  With two more races to go (and potential score for a marathon) Bill Legatte’s lead of both the men’s Road Race and Club Runner Championship looks very strong.  While Kate looks set for the Road Race but Karen should take the Club Runner given that it rewards both race participation and personal improvements.  However the indefatigable Barbara Thomas remains in the mix for both Championships.


Cotswold Classic '10', Witney, 10 miles road

1 James Bolton (Woodstock Harriers) 56.37
4 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 58.04
59 Tim Ingham 1.11.57
108 Kate Sackett 1.17.30 - club FV55 record
110 Karen Higuera 1.17.54
194 Barbara Thomas 1.36.18   229 finished.  


Sharon O’Keeffe and Nina Lawrence ran together for three quarters of the Forest of Dean trails half marathon but the pair split up at a water station for Sharon to finish some 9 minutes ahead. Having joined the Club Beginners Group some two year ago, they can both be very proud to have worked up to racing half marathons.

Forest of Dean Autumn Trails Half Marathon, 13.1 miles trail

1 Jonathan Barnes (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 1.15.31 (chip time 1.15.30)
893 Sharon O'Keeffe (Cirencester AC) 2.30.19 (2.28.54)
960 Nina Lawrence 2.39.03 (2.37.38)        1022 finished. 


Parkruns 5km trail


Running mates Isaac McAdam and Luke Campbell were both runner up in their new local events.  Other competitors in Loughborough and Bodmin will need to stay on their toes to avoid defeat in the weeks to come.  At Cirencester, Ian Barrett was 4th, Simon Campbell 5th and Nick Holliday 9th.  Run of the week is shared between Caroline Cotterell finishing as 1st lady and James Widdowson with a new PB.   With one week to go before their Bournemouth marathon Rob Tuttle and Rachel and Paul Barrow were more cautious.  While Alan and Rachel McAdam were to the only members to run at Swindon, son Jacob was back in Slough and Bryan Reid in Banbury.


Cirencester AC finishers:
4 Ian Barrett 18.35, 5 Simon Campbell 18.36, 9 Nick Holliday 20.10, 14 Caroline Cotterell (1st lady) 21.37, 17 James Widdowson 21.40, 36 Rob Tuttle 24.09, 41 Paul Timms 24.29, 60 Ella Shaftoe (J) 26.12, 83 Rachel Barrow 28.16, 89 Samantha Timms 28.30, 130 Paul Barrow 32.34, 181 finished
109 Alan McAdam 24.11, 172 Rachel McAdam 26.18, 436 finished
Black Park, Slough: 13 Jacob McAdam 19.40, 594 finished
Dishley, Loughborough: 2 Isaac McAdam 17.24, 283 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 2 Luke Campbell 18.38, 152 finished
Banbury: 59 Bryan Reid 24.23, 261


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 Lara Tompson became the first female club runner to complete the century, running 103 miles of the Cotswold Way to finish in under 30 hours so joining a super elite group of five ultra running current members.   Her achievement becomes even more impressive given that she started at lunch time on Saturday enduring almost 24 hours of rain and drizzle as she ploughed up and down the muddy tracks and trails of a very challenging route. 

Official results for the Cotswold Way Century were not available at time of going to press.


Nick Wall was also out in the elements but he claims it only made him run faster helping him to produce a sub 1.50 PB in the Bristol ½ Marathon.  But the training and competing he has done this year might also have something to do with it?

Bristol ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Matt Clowes (Cardiff AAC) 1.05.10
2335 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 1.49.21     6743 finished. 


Captains James and Liz Thomas rounded off their holiday with an eight mile trail race where James faced some tough competition to finish 5th some two minutes behind the local winner and Liz came in 30 minutes later.

Waseley Wobbler, Rubery, Birmingham, 8 miles trail

1 Lewis Sternkopf (Worcester AC) 54.58
5 James Thomas (Cirencester AC) 57.16
78 Liz Thomas 1.25.43    101 finished


Barbara Thomas and Ruth Fulford ran the rescheduled Angels 10 k where both earned age group firsts, Gloucestershire AAA gold medals and the all important points toward the county Road Running Championships.

Angels 10km, Ashleworth, nr Gloucester, 10km road

1 Steve Kenyon (Gloucester AC) 35.37
77 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 56.13 - 1st FV60
86 Ruth Fulford 1.06.23 - 1st FV70    88 finished.  



Parkruns  5km trail


Isaac McAdam was again pushed into second place at Swindon where he was followed by Luke Buck and Corinne Clark was second lady.  Ollie Campbell went for an easier run this week to finish third at Cirencester, followed by Simon Campbell (no relation) and Nick Holliday (back from the Masters in Malaga). Also in Cirencester, Paul Timms clawed 2 seconds from his PB but run of the week goes to Rachel Ranger who knocked 22 seconds from hers and finished third lady.  We assume that it was pure coincidence that Ollie Pritchard and Rachel and Paul Barrow all ran at Skipton and can’t help but wonder why Sam Timms got left behind in Guernsey!


Cirencester AC finishers:
3 Ollie Campbell (J) 18.34, 4 Simon Campbell 19.26, 7 Nick Holliday 20.33, 20 Paul Timms 23.46, 22 Rachel Ranger (3rd lady) 24.08, 145 David Lattimore (Sweeper) 47.11, 145 finished
2 Isaac McAdam 17.41, 11 Luke Buck (J) 19.27, 27 Corinne Clark (2nd lady) 20.37, 110 Alan McAdam 24.17, 192 Rachel McAdam 27.06, 188 Barbara Thomas 27.02, 445 finished
Skipton: 6 Oliver Pritchard 20.09, 89 Rachel Barrow 29.14, 131 Paul Barrow 32.48, 168 finished
Guernsey: 58 Samantha Timms 30.56, 96 finished


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Tim Ingham’s season of success continued when he went to Worcester to knock a few more seconds from his new Half Marathon PB.  Despite training on the hills around Chalford, Tim admitted to struggling for the first three miles of this popular local race as the course climbed up and away from Worcester but he was able to use the payback downward finish to his advantage.

Worcester City ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Phillip Matthews (Swansea Harriers) 1.09.40
104 Tim Ingham (Cirencester AC) 1.35.48      1024 finished.


Caroline Cotterell and Nick Holliday were both fit enough to run again at the World Masters Track and Field Champs at Malaga.  Caroline was unable to better the two PBs she set in Birmingham earlier this year, coming 6th in a FV45 1,500m heat so failing to qualify for the finals and earlier in the week she will have been even more disappointed to just miss out on the podium when coming 4th in FV45 5000m ‘B’ Race.  In a similar event for V60’s Nick finished in 11th place again leaving his national standard PB of 18.44, set Cheltenham in July, intact.

World Masters Track & Field Champs, Malaga, Spain

FV45 1500m heat
1 Sharon Davis (Australia) 5:03.77
6 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / GB) 5:34.59 (dnq)
V60 5000m 'B' Race
1 Pietro Uras (Italy) 18:26.63
11 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC / GB) 19:36.10

FV45 5000m 'B' Race
1 Li Li (China) 19:02.02
4 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / GB) 21:38.87


This week, Barbara Thomas’ many years of running so many races reaped rewards with a 13th finishing place in the Highnam 5k.

 Great Highnam Court Run, nr Gloucester, 5km multi terrain

1 Matt Pritchard (u/a) 20.12
13 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 27.08    52 finished.





Oliver Pritchard was pipped into second place (by a junior) at Cirencester while Isaac McAdam was third at Swindon.  But the run of the week was from Ollie Campbell who ran a PB to finished only 7 seconds behind Isaac.  Ollie was one of several juniors who ran well, others included Luke Buck, Tom Prosser and Sam Cook.   Lee Lawrence was fourth along the Clacton Seafront and Simon Campbell, Jacob McAdam, James Widdowson and Matt Ulyatt also all kept under 23 minutes. The Timms had a go in Guernsey and Bryan Reid battled in Banbury.


parkruns, 5km trail

Cirencester AC finishers:
2 Oliver Pritchard 17.46, 7 Simon Campbell 19.26, 20 Tom Prosser (J) 22.07, 21 James Widdowson 22.18, 22 Sam Cook (J) 22.36,

25 Matt Ulyatt 22.40, 124 Ella Shaftoe (J) 37.21, 140 finished
3 Isaac McAdam 17.31, 4 Ollie Campbell (J) 17.38, 17 Luke Buck (J) 19.54, 25 Jacob McAdam 20.29, 119 Alan McAdam 24.17, 214 Stephen Buck 26.58, 218 Barbara Thomas 27.03, 543 finished
Clacton Seafront: 4 Lee Lawrence 21.47, 96 finished
Banbury: 79 Bryan Reid 25.33, 270 finished
Guernsey: 31 Paul Timms 24.25, 72 Samantha Timms 30.22, 132 finished


Standard Article September 10th 2018

Cirencester Athletics and Triathlon Club                   Report 9 September 2018


Caroline Cotterell ended a busy track season at the World Masters Champs in Malaga by getting a (surprise) Bronze medal in the cross country despite needing to recruit an older runner to make up the team at the last minute.  This was on the back of a 5000m age group 2nd in the National Champs in Birmingham.  Also in Malaga, partner Nick Holliday had an easy run when returning from injury in the Masters 10km on road.

World Masters Track & Field and Non-Stadia Champs, Malaga, Spain

FV35/40/45/50 8km Cross Country
1 Joice Kirui (Kenya) 28.44 - 1st FV40
47 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / GB) 35.24 - 10th FV45   118 finished. 

 National Masters Track & Field Champs Day 2, Alexander Stadium, Birmingham   FV35/40/45/50 5000m
1 Claire Martin (Telford AC / Midland Masters AC) 18:07.06
5 Caroline Cotterell (Cirencester AC / South West VAC) 20:19.54 - 2nd FV45

World Masters Track & Field and Non-Stadia Champs, Malaga, Spain

V35/40/45/50/55/60/65 10km Road
1 Samuel Nderaba (Kenya) 30.43 - 1st FV40
298 Nick Holliday (Cirencester AC / GB) 42.24    462 finished.  


Bill Leggate came an impressive second and won his age group running a track 10k in the Gloucestershire Track Champs and Dave Bell won at Stratford again – having won it all four times of entering but just missed his target sub 33 time after running out on his own at the front initially in strong head winds.

Gloucestershire Track Champs, Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham, 10,000m track

1 Alex Lindfield (Cheltenham & County Harriers) 34:42.5
2 Bill Leggate (Cirencester AC) 34.56.1 - 1st V40

Stratford-upon-Avon 10km, road

1 David Bell (Cirencester AC) 33.17    1273 finished


Robbie Brown was pleased to finish 23rd in 1.22 in Swindon Half Marathon when feeling poorly trained and a stranger to the distance while Neil Corbiere  had a comfortable run pacing a friend.  They were joined in what will probably be the last running of this event by Keith Firkin and Mark Ulyatt.  Others, including Sir Mo, went north in search of PB’s  but while Nick Wall and Cheney Kibblewhite were pleased with their times in the Great North Run, Martin Croucher claimed to have achieved his aim of eating as much as possible while accompanying his Dad. Barbara Thomas chose the Chippenham Half for her second race of the weekend and the Barrows, Rachel and Paul took it easier after two competitive half marathons in previous weeks.


Swindon ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Matt Clowes (Cardiff AAC) 1.06.00
23 Rob Brown (Cirencester AC) 1.22.17 (chip 1.22.15)
81 Neil Corbiere 1.30.58 (1.30.48)
258 Keith Firkin 1.41.29 (1.41.20)
638 Mark Ulyatt 1.55.01 (1.54.29)    1911 finished.  

Great North Run ½ Marathon, Newcastle to South Shields, 13.1 miles road

1 Mo Farah (Newham & Essex Beagles) 59.27
4824 Nick Wall (Cirencester AC) 1.51.30
5743 Cheney Kibblewhite 1.54.05
14990 Kerrie Wallis 2.17.03
25409 Martin Croucher 2.39.09   43569 finished.  

Chippenham ½ Marathon, 13.1 miles road

1 Josh Taylor (Team Bath AC) 1.15.47
599 Barbara Thomas (Cirencester AC) 2.14.09
619 Rachel Barrow 2.15.43
755 Paul Barrow 2.37.13  820 finished.


In a busy week for triathletes, there was a great turnout and performance at the Cotswold triathlon event held at Lake 32.  In the novice race Ella (age 15/16) put in a wonderful performance to come 8th. Five completed the sprint category, Ian Barrett was 28th and Carol Clarke came first in her age category. In Leicester, Lexi Shea had a first attempt at triathlon middle distance having been given her entry as a birthday gift.

Cotswold Sprint Triathlon, 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

1 Paul Ryman (Frome Triathlon Club) (10.59; 27.36; 16.36) 56.25 
28 Ian Barrett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (13.00; 33.01; 17.42) 1.05.19
122 Andrew Holdsworth (15.38; 34.55; 21.23) 1.14.00
192 Jonathan Rixon (13.03; 36.41; 24.54) 1.18.09
303 Carol Clarke (16.43; 39.27; 24.19) 1.23.43 - 1st FV65  492 finished.  

 Cotswold Novice Triathlon, 400m swim, 20km bike, 2.5km run

1 Toby Fernandez (unattached) (6.21; 32.45; 8.50) 50.00 
8 Ella Shaftoe (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (8.02; 37.01; 12.46) 59.48 - 2nd lady
74 finished.  

Vetruvian Middle Distance Triathlon, Leicester, 1900m swim, 85km bike, 21km run

1 Sam Wade (Team Pedalcover) (23.55; 2.09.02; 1.13.58) 3.48.31 
452 Alexis Shea (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (47.43; 3.28.21; 1.38.10) 6.01.40
550 finished.


parkruns, 5km trail

No winners this week but some fine runs, some as preparation for other events.

Cirencester AC finishers:
3 Isaac McAdam 17.47, 5 Jacob McAdam 18.54, 7 Simon Campbell 19.21, 9 Luke Buck (J) 19.39, 26 James Widdowson 21.59, 33 Sam Cook (J) 23.15, 70 Rachel Ranger 25.57, 80 Stephen Buck 26.56, 219 finished
11 Kate Sackett (3rd lady) 21.51, 37 Barbara Thomas 26.52, 69 finished
Chippenham: 12 Ollie Campbell (J) 20.33, 201 finished
Whitley Bay: 10 Martin Croucher 19.35, 398 finished