ATHLETICS: Dave Bell races to victory for Ciren in the Westonbirt 10k

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Local athletics Local athletics

DAVE BELL romped to victory for Cirencester AC on a perfect evening for running at the Westonbirt 10k.

Cirencester AC and Triathlon Club

Westonbirt 10km, trails

More than 700 finished this popular race in the glorious surroundings of the Westonbirt Arboretum which is undergoing many exciting changes, resulting in an altered 10km course.

In addition to the 22 Ciren runners, there was an enormous supporting turn-out of members doing the marshalling, helping at the start and finish and generally ensuring that the event was a great success.

Bell's winning time was 33.14. Simon Campbell (36.00) finished third and 17-year-old Matt Crew (37.16) was sixth, giving the men the team prize.

Mark Sysum (38.10) came in 10th to pick up a second V40 place. Denholm Jewell (40.12), a club junior, finished strongly in 31st place.

Jill Hadland (46.10) in 123rd spot was first Ciren lady and Jo Roberts (52.39) was second in 283rd.

Humph’s Hilly Half, 13.1 miles, roads

THIS course, with startling views and beautiful villages, lives up to its name with a progression of very steep and interminably long, lung-busting hills.

A cool, muggy evening proved no impediment to Chris Illman who ran a fine race to 'win by a country mile'.

Chris won a Gloucester Road Race Series gold medal and there were further county bronze age-group medals for Rupert Chesmore and Barbara Thomas and a gold for the irrepressible Liza Darroch in the LV65 category.

Results – 1, Chris Illman 1:14.31; 25, Martin Croucher 1:33.40; 33, Howard Ewan 1:35.58; 97, Rupert Chesmore 1:52.57; 137, Liza Darroch 2:05.51; 164, Barbara Thomas 2:21.19. 169 finished.

Windsor Olympic Distance Triathlon

A PRESTIGIOUS race and Terry Ranger (823rd out of 1,814), finished well.

Terry swam 1.5km in 31.15, biked 42km in 1:14.09 and ran the final 10km in 52.43 giving him a total time of 2:44.03. The winner was James Hockin (Celtic Tri) in 1:58.42.

Swindon Parkrun, 5km trails

David Moss (24.33) was 108th out of 414 finishers and Ben Cole (Tonbridge AC) won in 16.08.

Burnage Parkrun, Stockport, 5km trails

Geoff Wells (23.26) made the trek north and finished 27th out of 79 runners. James Savage (Kent AC) won in 17.12.

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