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Snow, rain and sunshine buoyed the Almosts at races both home and abroad last weekend. The Gloucester 20 was lapped up by Mark Lyes, whose soaring run peppered the three hour threshold. Oliver Bell and Michelle Carroll stuck together until three miles from the end, with Carroll's 2:32 pushing Bell's 2:31 all the way. Eddie Munro, evergreen Evan Stanley, Mark Medland, Dominic Lyes, Karen Hilton, Norm Lever and Barry and Chris Walker gave their all.In the Reading Half, new member Mark Denley finished in 1:28 and Dave Elliott 1:43. Husband and wife team Mark and Anne-marie Willicott's synergy scored a searing 3:46 at the Rome MarathonJo with John Galpin producing 4:12. More results from the Carterton 10K and the St. David's coastal Marathon.

A freezing cold Sunday morning yielded some red hot performances at the Blackminster Half. Jeanette Gullick was first lady home for the club in a wonderful 1:46, Debbie Minett scored a new Personal Best of 1:53. Mark Willicott claimed 1:35, Eddie Munro was first MV60, and Helen Fursman and Barry Walker celebrated PBs of 1.47 and 1.57 respectively. Ingrid Harris, Thom Stephens and Dave Elliott took part in the Grizzly  while Rebekah Stephens and Paul Thomas took on the Grizzly Cub race.

The Almosts found themselves dispersed over the South West last weekend, as no fewer than five events proved alluring: At the Bourton 10K Dave McGrath returned to his brilliant best in 37.48, Gareth Edwards got a PB of 38.44 and Dale Midwinter was 1 second over 40 minutes. Michelle Carroll was 3rd LV40 in 41.25. At the Weston Tough Ten Ingrid Harris attacked the challenging course in 1:18, with Allan Green, John Bailey and Steve Adams hot on her heels. Wales was the location for Mark Willicott's stunning 6 hour 10 minute run at the austere Llanelli 40. Dave Elliott finished in around seven hours.

Biting cold and driving rain were brushed aside by Ingrid Harris and Allan Green at the Meon Valley Plod near Portsmouth last week. Ingrid finished as third lady in 3 hours and 43 minutes. At the inaugural Cheltenham Park Run Sheree Molenaar was first overall lady, with Oliver Bell as first male from the club. Stopping the watch at just over twenty minutes were John Hill, Dave McGrath, Karen Galpin and Johanna Bogle.

All that glitters was indeed gold for the Almosts last week, as a generous selection of awards was bestowed on the club at the esteemed Gloucestershire AAA Road Race Presentation Night. Away from the glitz, rainy blues and greys complemented a torrent of purple vests, as eighteen Almosts faced the notorious Dursley Dozen and Gareth Edwards delivered a rock solid 39:05 PB and 12th place at the Gloucester 10k.

A perennial favourite in the winter calendar, this year's May Hill Massacre pitted a nimble bunch of Almosts against dastardly dollops of mud, puddles and brambles. Matthew Hampton continued mining his recent rich vein of form, finishing in a terrific time of 1:08:55. Meanwhile, history was made for the Almost Athletes' ladies on Saturday as the female team became the first to achieve ranking in the Glos AAA Cross-country Championship.