Standard Article 11th June 2018


We have two record breaking achievements to celebrate this week as, while Rob Forbes smashed the national (world?) record for completing a marathon pushing a buggy, Martin Croucher completed his best ever Comrades marathon.


Coach Martin’s performance, completing the hilly 90km in under 9 ½  hours shows the value of “smart” training.  Preparing for his sixth visit to the iconic South African race Martin continued to run 1,000 miles in training between January and May but increased his hill work by some 33% dragging himself up some 23,000 metres of climbing, dressed, as always, in thick clothing to help prepare for the heat.  With all this work behind him, he achieved his best ever time despite a new course which was some 3 km longer.

Comrades Marathon, Pietermaritzburg to Durban, South Africa, 90km road

1 Bongmusa Mthembu (South Africa) 5.26.34 
3838 Martin Croucher (Cirencester AC) 9.24.13     16844 finished. 


Rob Forbes also had a target to beat, taking on the record for pushing a buggy around a road marathon which was set at 3:22.  Not one for small measures, Rob had two daughters and Peppa Pig to push in a double buggy and, while he admits there was some disappointment in the team to “only” finish second, knocking 40 minutes from the record with a negative split is a fantastic achievement.

Yeovil Marathon, 26.2 miles road

1 Adam Holland (Tavistock AC) 2.32.40
2 Rob Forbes (Cirencester AC) 2.43.11     218 finished


Kate Sackett used the Cotswold 113 ½ Ironman as one more step in her dedicated preparation for a full Ironman in July.  Again the value of training, particularly on the bike, produced great results and yet another age group win.

 Cotswold 113 ½ Ironman,  Ashton Keynes, 1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run

1 Gareth Hodgson (Train Xhale) (26.15; 2.09.34; 1.21.55) 4.01.04 
469 Kate Sackett (Cirencester AC & Tri Club) (43.30; 3.10.43; 1.48.01) 5.48.18 - 1st FV55     826 finished.  


Earlier in the week Kate finished 3rd lady in the Stroud Beer Race where Richard Hurdle showed he can do speed as well as distance finishing in 8th place.

Stroud Beer Race, Minchinhampton Common, 7.2 miles road

1 Adam Stokes (Taunton AC) 40.03
8 Richard Hurdle (Cirencester AC) 46.31
25 Kate Sackett 52.34 - 3rd lady / 1st FV55
28 Tim Ingham 53.48
35 James Widdowson 55.44
47 Jo Roberts 1.00.47    62 finished. 


parkruns, 5km trail

No wins this week but Charles Woodd was second at Helston, Pam Wheeler achieved a well deserved PB at Cirencester and Martin Croucher jogged round the North Beach of Durban with over 2 thousand others.


Cirencester AC finishers:
7 Nick Holliday 19.51, 10 Howard Ewan 20.30, 24 Caroline Cotterell 21.44 (3rd lady), 434 Paul Timms 24.07, 65 Pam Wheeler 26.30,

100 Sharon O'Keeffe 29.06, 151 Rachel Ranger 32.56, 199 finished
 104 Alan McAdam 23.41, 229 Barbara Thomas 27.19, 530 finished
Lanhydrock, Bodmin: 8 Jacob McAdam 23.41, 157 finished
Penrose, Helston: 2 Charles Woodd 17.39, 191 finished
North Beach, Durban, South Africa: 640 Martin Croucher 31.59, 2271 finished