HEAVY overnight rain and a stiff breeze made conditions tough for the 250 competitors in last Sunday's Chedworth Roman Trail 10-mile race.
Cirencester AC and Triathlon Club
Chedworth Roman Trail 10-mile.
A trio of runners, led by former Cirencester AC member Marc Fallows, quickly broke away from the pack but by half distance near the notorious crossing of the River Coln, Connor Carson from Kenilworth Runners had broken clear and went on to win in 1hr 1min 47sec, well outside the course record.
Marc was beaten into third place in the final mile by Robert Mead who finished more than a minute behind the winner.
First for Cirencester AC was Rob Forbes who had a relatively lonely run in fourth place throughout the race. His time of 1:04.05 was more than three minutes up on the club's next finisher Bill Leggate who was ninth, just ahead of the winning lady Kate Goodhead from Bristol. Next home was Howard Ewan in 32nd place (1:r12.59), followed by Nicola Denning (1:15.00), who was second in her age category, Amy Bentley (1:19.27), Jill Hadland (1:22.10), Martin Croucher (1:22.11) and Barbara Thomas (1:50.34) who now faces the harder
challenge of Sunday's London Marathon.
Many members of the club braved the windy conditions to marshal the course to ensure another successful race and the first under new race director Richard Hurdle.
Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon
THE previous week Cirencester's ladies took top honours in the Hogweed Hilly Half Marathon, run over country lanes near Chipping Sodbury, with three of the top four places.
Wendy Nicholls showed her strength from
triathlon competition to finish first lady and third overall. Nicola Denning emphasised Cirencester's domination by finishing second and 15th overall with Jill Hadland in fourth place. Recent member Howard Ewan showed that
he will be a great asset to the club by coming in 24th. Full Cirencester results were: 3, Wendy Nicholls 1:31.15; 15, Nicola Denning 1:36.52; 24, Howard Ewan 1:39.56; 34, Lonel Lancu 1:42.22; 38, Jill Hadland 1:43.56; 57, James Widdowson 1:48.10; 63, Geoff Wells 1:49.45 and 134, Ruth Fulford 2:17.14.