Standard Article 9th July 2018

The hottest weekend for years failed to deter many Cirencester runners from competing in a variety of races at home and abroad with many excellent results.


Dave Bell returned to the area he grew up in to win the Evesham 10k for the fourth time in five years. He set off at a conservative pace mindful of the conditions to move clear of the opposition in the later stages to cross the line 30 seconds ahead in 34m07s.

The popular Frampton-on-Severn 10k Monday evening race saw six Cirencester runners taking part with Tim Ingham leading them home in 90th place with a time of 45m57s. He was followed by Karen Higuera 109th in 47m17s, Paul and Samantha Timms, 48.13 and 57.21 and Rachel and Paul Barrow 59.00 and 68.28.


A more extreme challenge was provided by the Mt. Blanc 91km challenge around Chamonix in which Richard Hurdle survived the gruelling event, which included 6220 metres of ascending, to finish an excellent 110th out of 677 finishers in 16hrs42m26s. Nearer to home Rupert Chesmore and Liza Darroch enjoyed a trip to the Lake District for a 55km trail race around Ambleside which they completed in 9hrs48mins for 204/205th place out of 375 finishers with Lisa winning her age category. A shorter version in South Wales saw club captain James Thomas finish 5th out of 124 runners in1 hr.25mins at the Fan Y Big fell race in the Brecon Beacons.


The club’s most prolific runner Barbara Thomas has been chalking up more results in recent days at the Sherborne 10k multi terrain race and Pilot Inn 5k near Gloucester, finishing 56th and 27th respectively.


Strong support for park runs at various locations around the country have continued with many club members taking the opportunity of a 5k Saturday morning run. There have been recent victories for Ollie Campbell at Chippenham and Chipping Sodbury, Kate Sackett in Workington and Sophie Chudley in Cirencester. Perhaps the most outstanding result however was a third overall at Cirencester for Henry Sheffield who is showing all the signs of being the club’s most promising junior.


Park Run results –

Cirencester (30 June) – 3. Henry Sheffield (J) 18m41s, 4.Howard Ewan 19.21, 10. Sophie Chudley (1st lady) 20.05,14.Jacob McAdam 21.04, 21. Tom Prosser (J) 22.15, 30. Gordon Jones 23.01, 37. Ivan Quinlan 23.47, 41. Alan McAdam 24.03, 75. Ella Shaftoe (J) 27.04.

Cirencester (7 July) – 2. Steve Yates 19.26, 27. Neil Morrissey 22.11, 48. Sam Cook (J) 23.46, 109. Nick Holliday 26.24, 110. Caroline Cotterell 26.25, 158. Tom McNally 29.17, 294. Paul Timms 60.24 who shepherded the last runners home.

Swindon – 211. Barbara Thomas 27.28, 240. David Moss 28.13.

Chippenham – 1. Ollie Campbell (J) 17.04.

Fountains Abbey, Ripon – 13. Nick Holliday 19.28, 39. Caroline Cotterell 21.32.

Chipping Sodbury – 1. Ollie Campbell (J) 17.43, 15. Jacob McAdam 20.30, 58. Alan McAdam 23.52.

Workington – 8. Kate Sackett 21.27 (first lady).

Toulouse –  5. David Lattimore 29.59.


Highlight of duathlon and triathlon results was achieved by Adrian Williams who travelled to Odense in Denmark to represent the club and GB team in the World Age Group Duathlon Championships. He completed the first 9km run in 31m19s, followed by 33km cycle in 54.22 and final 5km run in 18.39 for a total time of 1h48m19s which gave him fourth place out of 35 in the MV40 age category.

In the Cotswold Women’s Triathlon  Carol Clarke was first in her age category and 42nd out of 119 finishers. Her time of 1h22m32s comprised a 18.02 swim of 750 metres, 38.17s 20km cycle and 23.51 for the closing 5km run. In the Novices race over slightly shorter distances Nina Lawrence finished 22nd in 1h12m06sm, closely followed by Ali Norris 28th in in 1h15m21s.


The club’s next event is the re-scheduled Chedworth Roman Trail 10 mile multi-terrain race on Sunday 2 September. Following the postponement of the April race a number of refunds were given to runners but they have largely been replaced by new entrants and there are now only 30 places remaining to reach the 550 maximum.