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With a number of marathons just round the corner the Gloucester 20  was perfect for those in training. First home for the club was Chris Midgley, training for Edinburgh marathon he finished strongly in 2:21:22, Dale Midwinter had a good race and finished in 2:22:02. Dave McGrath led the club home in the Chedworth 10 mile. Jeanette Gullick and Paul Turner completed the Rhayader 5 mile.

The new Blackminster Half Marathon proved very popular with Almost Athletes.  Mark Willicott was first home for the club in 1:34 with Karen Galpin in hot pursuit finishing in 1:36. Personal best times were recorded for John Bailey 1:37, Dominic Lyes 1:44, Jeanette Gullick 1:50, Mark Lyes in 1:53 and Helen Fursman in 1:54.

Ultrarunner Nick Lewis took on the inaugural Thames Path 100 mile event and finished 28th overall in a time of 21 hours, 53 minutes and 40 seconds.

Almost Athletes got their early season underway with a flying start at this year’s Bourton 10k. It wasn’t only the sun that was shining but many of the Almosts did too with many achieving personal best times. 

Shafts of winter sunshine greeted the Almosts attending this year's May Hill Massacre. A firm favourite with the club, and boasting a new route runners were still treated to steep hills and mud aplenty.

Edward Collier led the trio of Almost Athletes home amongst a very strong field in a time of 1hr 25min and 34 seconds. Nick Lewis was close behind in 1 hour 26min and 29seconds followed by Duncan Mounsor, who was pleased with his performance just outside his PB in 1 hour 35min 49 seconds.