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Although there were fewer races taking place this weekend, several members of Almost Athletes still managed to achieve some excellent results.

On Saturday, Thomas Wood gained a new PB at Ravenstonedale, Weybridge 10km with a time of 42:25.

Hannah Brown also got a new personal best time of 56:57 at the Wilmslow Festive 10km race.

Both Ingrid Harris and Allan Green took part in the Four Seasons Winter Marathon at Margam Park in South Wales.  Harris finished in 3:52 and Green in 5:40.  This marathon was Green’s 96th out of 100 which he aims to complete over 100 consecutive weeks.

On Sunday 25th Sheila ‘Zippy’ Chatterley ran in the Cartama Half Marathon in Malaga, Spain, and was delighted to finish as second in her age category for which she was awarded a cup.

At Cheltenham parkrun on Saturday 24th November Josh Hand was 9th overall with a finishing time of 18:51, whilst Matt Polson came 13th in the Leamington parkrun in 19:35.  

Much further afield in Australia, Jeanette Gullick was first lady in Yeppoon, Queensland parkrun with a time of 22:14, and Jo Johnson ran in the Armidale parkrun along with a kangaroo!  Maisie Markham was 2nd lady to finish in the Anacastia, Washington DC parkrun with a time of 25:34.

Other parkrun tourism saw Almost Athletes taking part in 10 different UK events at Basingstoke; Fountains Abbey; Gladstone Park, London; Gloucester City and North; Leamington; Richmond; Severn Bridge; Swindon; and Upton House.  

The Mandy Whittington Newent 9 saw a bumper turnout from Almost Athletes as the race represented the final event in the clubs road race competition series for 2018. On a bright but cold morning the club had some excellent performances.

First 3 men home for the club were Matt Polson in 37:00 and 6th overall out of the field of nearly 300, Prash Kumar Sripathi in 37:19 for 7th place overall and Martin Foster in 37:46 for 10th overall. For the ladies, Catherine Daly finished off a marvellous season in 46:48 and 5th in her category, followed by Lorraine Taylor in 48:03 and Dawn Carroll in 49:29. Maddie Page was delighted on her comeback with her first race this year to record a 55:13.

At the tough, off-road Broadway Marathon Shaun Carr was home in 3:57 for 9th place overall, Piotr Michalski completed in 5:00 and Fi Barnes in 5:11. In the half marathon, Nicole Hope was round in 2:38 and Chaweewan Hartley in 2:59.

Allan Green notched up two more marathons this week with the Dormy Lake Marathon in 4:45 and the Winter is Coming event in 5:21.

In Coalport, Jules Jamieson completed the overnight “Sunset to Sunrise” 38-mile Ultra marathon

At parkrun, Cottia Howard completed her 100th at Cheltenham. Patricia Peever was 1st lady home at Gloucester City. Further afield, in Australia, Jo Johnston ran at Armidate & Jeanette Gullick at Maribyrnong, Melbourne in 22:21 for first in her category.
Malc Smith was en-francais for the Les Dougnes parkrun in Bordeaux where he crossed the line in 24:02.

Ingrid Harris tackled the Kirkstall Abbey Marathon and was first lady home in 3:47.

Visually impaired runner Rob Rennell and guide Robert Dalton Morris tackled the Castle Coombe Chilly 10k in 1:16.

At the Ashton Under Hill 5K, Karen Gomm completed in 25:03, Jess Hull in 24:49 and Matt Hull in 19:03, all were PBs. Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto also ran.

Karla Cleverley sent herself to Coventry where she tackled the 10K in 1:24.

Windy conditions did not deter a hardy group of Almost Athletes from competing in the Severn Bridge Night Run on Wednesday. Ollie Nolan completed the five mile race in 59:24, coming first in the MV65 category and making a remarkable comeback after recently fracturing his ankle. Joe Harrison was the first Almost to finish in 39:51, followed by Kasha Price (50:43), Janine Bennett (56:19), Clare Gallagher (56:20) and Rachel Nolan (59:24).

Remembrance Sunday saw three Almosts taking part in the annual Sodbury Slog multi-terrain race, where the hilly nine-mile course lived up to its tough and muddy reputation. First Almost home was Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto in 1:33. Seth Gilbert finished in 2:29 and Coralie Pearson in 2:37.  Meanwhile, Paul and Kathy Haig took part in the centenary edition of the Remembrance Day Marathon, finishing in 4:03 and 6:34 respectively. Participants stopped mid-race to observe a two minute silence at 11am, before continuing along the riverside trails of Walton on Thames.

The Autumn Forest Frolic was hosted by club members Ian and Glenda Gill, with proceeds going to Brockworth Hedgehog Rescue. The event saw club members and their families running around the trails of the Forest of Dean, with the reward of Ian’s legendary cooking waiting for them at the finish line.
In Malta, Andrew Wilkinson took a break from his holiday to run the Zurrieq Half Marathon in 1:46.

More than 40 club members were in action at Cheltenham parkrun to witness Peter Mitchener’s debut as Run Director. Jo Foster ran 23:05 to finish second lady, while Prash Sripathi was the first male Almost in 19:44. The club was also represented at Gloucester North, Tewkesbury, and Gloucester City where Lorraine Taylor was 6th lady with course PB of 24:26 and Neil Tring was 7th overall in 20:47. Rich Smith pushed a buggy around Lydney parkrun, finishing in 30:21.

Jo Johnston was in New South Wales, Australia, and ran the hot and hilly Armidale parkrun in 38:39. Andrea Hardy was a tourist at Cannock Chase, Rachel Fargher at Witney, Oliver Bell at Sheringham and Jeff Tibbles at Heartlands.

The Guy Fawkes 5 mile race in Tewkesbury took place on Sunday 4th November with 71 members of Almost Athletes taking part.

Once again, there were some terrific results for the ladies with three age category wins. Patricia Peever came first in the LV35 age group with a time of 33:54.  Ingrid Harris was first in the LV55 group in 37:24 and Mary Welsh won her LV70 group in 53:45.

Wheelchair athlete Danny Reeves also won his race with a finishing time of 33:36.

Josh Hand was first Almost male to finish in 29:44, followed by Matt Polson in 30:34 and Jon Bird in 30:51.  As well as winning her age group, Patricia Peever was also first Almost lady to complete the race, followed by Amy Sheer and Stacey Osmond who both achieved new PBs of 34:40 and 35:09 respectively.

There were also many other new PBs achieved at the race, including each of the following.  For the ladies Charmaine Brunt completed in 39:10, Lorraine Taylor 39:12 and Iris Mayo 51:37. For the men Jonathan Bird finished in 30:51, Paul Warren 34:01, Piotr Michalski 34:16, Andrew Wilkinson 35:34, Chris McMahon 39:23, Richard Knightley 39:32, Gareth Wilkes 40:14 and Mark Stojanov 54:18.

Apart from the Tewkesbury race, there were some good results for Almosts in other events throughout the country.

On Saturday Mark Willicott ran the Spooky Sprint Marathon in Hartlebury in 4:12 whilst Anne-Marie Willicott tackled the Petrified Pootle half marathon and achieved 2:11.

A number of Almosts took part in the Gloucestershire Cross Country race at Charlton Park on Saturday, with Andrea Hardy finishing her first cross country event in 38:37.

Ed Brandley achieved a season’s best time of 51:38 in the Leeds Abbey 10km Dash on Sunday whilst Dave Nelson ran the Malvern View 10km in 1:02.

At Cheltenham parkrun on Saturday 3rd November Helena Loude was first lady home in an excellent time of 19:54. There were also four new PBs with Thomas Wood coming in 14th overall whilst completing his 50th parkrun with a time of 19:28.  Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre finished in 20:08, Peter Kimpton achieved 26:54 and Jeff Tibbles was home in 28:00.  Congratulations are also due to Dominic Lyes who ran his 50th parkrun.

Claire Hawes had a busy weekend. She went from being Race Director at Cheltenham parkrun to running the Big Fetch Mile at Cardiff Indoor Athletics Centre on Saturday, and then completing the Guy Fawkes 5 on Sunday in 48:02.

It was also a bumper Saturday for parkrun tourism with Almost Athletes taking part in eleven different events.  

Hester Coggin gained a new PB in the Gloucester City event with a time of 23:36, which was also run by Ian Coggin, Ian and Glenda Gill and Beverley and Rachel Nolan.  Rich Smith and Mike Kennedy ran the Gloucester North parkrun and Richard Gilbert completed the Kingsway, Gloucester event.  

James Clay and Greg Hollingworth completed another letter from the parkrun Staying Alive Alphabet Challenge by running in Grangemoor near Cardiff, Aline Imray tackled the Coventry course, Oliver Bell took on Kings Lynn, Sian David ran in Cwmbran and Lesley Cottle in Exmouth. Matthew Bevan completed the Severn Bridge parkrun and Norm Lever ran in Marlborough Common.  

Robert Foord took park in the Littleport parkrun on Saturday and then completed the Bonfire Burn 10km race near Cambridge with a time of 44:25.

A committed band of more than 30 Almost Athletes travelled to North Wales for the Snowdonia Marathon, typically regarded as one of the toughest Marathon challenges in the world. The course features 3 brutal climbs with a total elevation gain of 2650 feet. Conditions were cold & very blustery with hailstorms, but this did not stop some gritty & determined performances.
Catherine Daly recorded a massive new marathon PB coming home in 4hrs 10mins on the unforgiving course & conditions. Similarly, there were new marathon PBs for Lepha McCartan in 4:26 and Sarah Fennel in 5:48.
Also running were Dave Rogers 3:29, Paul Thomas 3:46, Thom Stephens 3:52, Matt Proome 3:57, Martin Thomas 3:58, Michelle Balchin 4:00, Mike Daly 4:03, Dave Elliott 4:07, Fiona Barnes 4:15, Helen Fursman Reid 4:22, Deborella Cartlidge 4:23 (new course PB), Steve Wallbridge 4:25, Dave Chittock 4:31 (new course PB), Andy Wilkinson 4:35, Julie Scourfield 4:56, Nick Simon 4:59, Jules Jamieson 5:02, Catherine Mason 5:13, Jackie Slaughter 5:31, & Paul Haig 5:48.
Claire Cook and Mark Eavers put up a spirited fight despite injury but were both forced to withdraw at 15 miles. Support duties for the club were handled by Matt Barnes, Nicky Woodman, Meg Cook and John Scourfield to help the runners home.
At the Gloucester 10K, Helena Youde represented the club as well as the county of Gloucestershire AAA where she impressed by being first lady in the team home in a new PB of 38:30. Matt Polson also ran a new PB by 50 seconds at the event in 37:59 as did Louise Bryan in 47:39 and Mark Soo in 39:20. Chris Spry & Emma Dooley both ran 1:06.
Shaun Carr ran the Beachy Head Marathon in 3:53, whilst Sarah Carr ran the 10K in 1:06. Allan Green ran the Venice marathon in 5:11.
There was parkrun tourism for Hayley Woolnough in Dublin, Andrea Hardy in Brighton and Ben Stone at Glos North.
There were new parkrun PBs at Cheltenham for Thomas Wood in 19:44, Piotr Michalski in 21:05, Richard Knightley in 23:18 and Stacey Osmond at Kingsway in 21:22 for 1st lady.

An impressive field of more than 90 Almost Athletes travelled to Stroud for the 37th running of the highly popular Stroud Half Marathon. Ideal running conditions led to a string of equally impressive performances throughout the club.
First home for the Almosts was Helena Youde in a blistering paced 1:23:03 which earnt her 2nd “local” lady back and 4th place lady overall for the race. Next for the ladies was Ellie Laney with a new PB in 1:29:24 giving her 8th lady overall, followed by Patricia Peever in 1:33:48 for 16th lady overall.
For the men, Prashnath Sripathi stormed home in 1:25:26  followed by Martin Foster in 1:27:11 and James Eastwood in 1:27:36.
The running conditions led to a string of other PBs for Almost Athletes with Matt Hickman in 1:28:01, Matt Proome 1:30:19, Neil Tring 1:37:19, Thomas Wood 1:37:37, Kim Mansell 1:39:27, Jamie Watt 1:41:31, Lorraine Taylor 1:50:14, Hayley Woolnough 1:51:47, Chris McMahon 1:54:58, Mark Eavers 1:59:20 for his first sub 2-hour finish and Jayne Adams 2:14:51.
In the “full” distance at the Abingdon marathon , Josh Hand was on blistering form with a 2:50 finish and Allan Green completed the Rickmansworth marathon in 4:38.
Karla Cleverley, Kasha Price & Claire Hawes travelled Portsmouth for the Great South run. Hawes completed in 1:38:10 and Cleverley in 2:34.
Steve Linton & daughter Holly competed in Ibiza at the European Duathlon Championships where in the Sprint Distance, Holly took a fabulous 10th place in 1:22.
At parkrun, Lynne Macedo ran at Medina parkrun on the Isle of Wight, Iris Mayo ran The Severn Bridge parkrun and at Cheltenham parkrun Louise Inchley ran a new PB of 24:47.
The Courtenay family were at Blenheim were Adrian tackled the 10k in 65:36 as did Jamie in 47:16, meanwhile Julie cracked the 5k in 32:47.