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Dressed as Superheroes Captain America and Spiderman, Ali Shaikh and John Galpin achieved personal best times for their character alter-egos of 1 hour 50 minutes and also paced Helen Fursman to a new PB for the distance of 1 hour 51 mins. Ed Collier was placed 16th overall and 2nd MV50 with his time of 1.25.25.

Karen Galpin, Mark Willicott and Dave Elliott travelled to Llanelli for the inaugural 37 mile Born to Run ultra marathon. Karen was the first lady to cross the finish line in 5 hours 32 minutes and in 5th place overall. Dave Elliott finished in 7th position in 5 hours 39 minutes and Mark came 10th overall in 5 hours 54 minutes.

Anthony Bailey firmly secured victory at the Cotswold Spring 10K by leading the field throughout the picturesque but hilly route and coming home almost a clear minute ahead of his nearest rival.

With over 60 runners, the club made its mark on the results sheet at the Forest of Dean Half and produced many personal best times. Leading the way throughout was Dave McGrath who managed a top 50 finish and with a time of 1.23.58 and 5th placing in the MV40 category. Hot on his heels was the ever improving Ed Collier who crossed the line in 1.26.05, securing 2nd place in the MV50 category.

There was a strong turnout from Almosts Athletes at the 22nd Cleevewold Race and competitors were blessed with unseasonably warm conditions. Dave Horne led for the club throughout the tough 14.5 mile race finishing in 3rd place, just 3 minutes behind the leaders. Chris Midgley powered through the field in the latter stages of the race finishing in 18th place, around 20 seconds ahead of Nick Lewis in 19th.

Seven Almosts made the journey to Merthyr Tydfil to take part in the San Domenico 20 mile race as part of their final preparations for Spring marathons. Preparing for Milton Keynes in April, John Bailey led the Almosts home in 2:50:56.  Next back were husband and wife team Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott, who crossed the line together in 2:55:45, an improvement of four minutes on Anne-Marie's 2011 time.