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Almost Athletes took part in the Gloucester Amateur Athletics Association Cross Country, Prashanth Sripathi was the first Almost Athlete to complete the 9k race at 33.57, with Vasco Barreto 2nd 37.08, Mike Kennedy 3rd 39.38. The womens 6k race saw Jeanette Gullick first female at 26.21, a joint second, Miranda Foster and Joanna Barreto 28.46, 3rd place Ingrid Harris 29.21.

Parkrun tourist saw Claire Hawes take part in the Seaton parkrun, Devon.

In Cornwall, Rich Walklate ran the Eden Project trail Marathon, a hilly, multi-terrain course around spectacular countryside with Rich achieving a time of 3.50.

Kath McHaig ran the Bucharest Half Marathon, in Romania joined by Paul McHaig running the full Marathon. McHaig on target to achieve his 52 out of 52 marathons for 2017.

The Birmingham International Marathon was attended by Richard Birch 3.20, Matthew Hickman 3.26, Karen Galpin first in age category 3.35, Allan Green 3.43, Nicole Stent 5.42, Chaweewan Hartley 5.42, Coralie Pearson 5.16, Jakia Hussain 7.13.

At the Amsterdam Marathon, Simon Jarvis achieved a personal best of 3.33.

In Lisbon, Portugal, Hattie Jenkins achieved 1.34 in the half marathon, and Ellie Laney a personal best of 3.28 in the marathon.

Meanwhile Elly Millington came 5th in her age category in the Bedford standard distance Duathlon, with Steve Linton achieving 2.10.


The MBNA Chester Marathon was the target for three Almost Athletes who travelled north to this increasingly popular event with its undulating but generally fast road course. First home for the club in a blisteringly quick 3.03.26 was Prash Kumar who was clearly putting much of his dedicated summer track training to good effect. Equally impressive was Farook Mota who just one week after a strong showing at the Cardiff Half delivered a marathon personal best by more than 4 minutes in a time of 3.40.48. Completing the triumvate in a shade over 4 hours was Desiree Beer in an impressive 4.03.16.

The clubs multi-marathon supremo Allan Green was on the road twice in the week completing his 464th and 465th full marathons. At the Hillingdon marathon with its 28 laps of a cycle track, Green recorded 4.12 and then followed up with the new Methyr Tydfill marathon in 4.14.

Ingrid Haywood travelled north for the Yorkshire Marathon and shrugging off an injury delivered a very impressive 3.38.

Half Marathons were also the order of the day for the club. Mark Medland ran at the Royal Parks in London where despite picking up an injury mid race due to rogue water bottle, still battled on to record a 1.49.48. On the south coast at the Bournemouth Half Claire Gallagher notched up a 2.21, her fastest time for a number of years. Her training partner Kasha Price was devastated to have to withdraw 48 hours before due to injury but provided much welcome support to Gallagher on the day.

In London at the Shoreditch 10k Lynne Macedo was delighted with a new PB of 1.05.

Speed was the order of the day at the local Bisley 10k where Richard Birch continued his string of prize winning performances in the famous purple of Almosts to take 3rd place overall for the race in 41.02 on the tough, hilly course. Ollie Bell also fielded for the club in 46.15.

At the Lydney Triathlon the club had 3 representatives on the course which featured a 400m swim, a testing and hilly 21km bike and completed with a 5k run. First home for the club was Kev George in an excellent 1.29.29. Helen Fursman Reid and Rob Hume were delighted to record PBs for the course in 1.33.19 and 1.34.16 respectively. Colin Watkins was equally pleased to take 1st place in his age category with an impressive 1.35.20.

Closer to home the club had members extending their repertoire at the Cheltenham Lido's Devils Aquathon with its 2km or 400m swim followed by the lung-busting 10km run to The Devils Chimney on Leckhampton Hill and back. Tacklng the 2km swim option, Rich Walklate took a 1.26, Haiggy McHaig a 1.35, Shaun Carr a 1.36 and Jamie Courtenay a 1.41. Adrian Courtenay opted for the 400m swim and came home in an impressive 1.37.

With final places and times now confirmed for last week's Cheltenham Half Marathon, the club was pleased to acknowledge some excellent in-category performances from its' members. John Liptrott and Virginia Palwyn took very well deserved 1st places in their categories. Hattie Jenkins was 2nd in her senior ladies category in a time of 1.28. Karen Galpin was 2nd in hers in 1.39 and Ingrid Heywood in 1.41. Allan Green took a 3rd place in his category in 1.44.

Mark Willicott tackled the Cotswold Way Century, a 102 mile ultra race starting in Chipping Camden, following the hilly and picturesque Cotswolds Way, ending at the Bath Abbey, Bath. Mark completed the race 21st out of 129 athletes in a time of 25 hours, 41 minutes. In Berlin, Matt Polson ran his first marathon achieving a time of 4:10, Kev George achieved his personal best of 3:31. Parkrun tourists saw Catherine Daly take part in the Stellenbosch parkrun, Cape Town, James Clay and Rachel Fargher at Vejen parkrun, Denmark, and David Chittock the Bideford parkrun, North Devon, with David achieving his personal best of 21.50. Paul Haig completed the Top Run II marathon, along the River Thames, then joined Kathy Haig to complete the Phoenix Night Marathon. Kathy completed her 12th Marathon for 2017, and Paul is running towards achieving 52 marathons for 52 weeks certificate for 2017. Click headline for full article.

Athletes dedicated their running this week to Doug Waymark with #BeMoreDoug t-shirts, logos and banners celebrating Doug's life who sadly passed away in the past week swimming the English Channel. At the Bugatti 10k Douglas Wight was the first Almost Athlete to finish the race at 36:23, with Josh Hand closely behind at 37:46 and Simon Jarvis third at 37:48, Eleanor Laney the first Female Almost Athlete 41:54, Patricia Peever second 43:10, and Michelle Balchin third 47:05. At Cranham Cricket Club, Douglas Wight was the overall winner, with Prashanth Kumar and Simon Jarvis forming the winning men's team. At the Standish Woodland Chase Amber Bullingham was the first lady winning the race at 1:12:57, with Patricia Peever 4th Lady and Ingrid Harris first in her age category – with all three ladies forming the winning women's team. Paul Haig completed his 43rd Marathon out of his planned 50 at the Thames Meander Marathon, a scenic riverside trail marathon along the Thames Path, achieving a personal best of 3:54 with Joanna Barreto who achieved a time of 4:25. In Salisbury, Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott and Karen Galpin attended the 54321 Ultra Marathon, a 50km event with Karen winning her age category at 5:00, Mark 5:17 and Anne-Marie third in age category at 5:48. Paul Haig also attended the Marathon event, achieving 4:55.

Alan Mercer successfully completed an incredible test of endurance by running in the North Downs Way 100. The race stretches from Farnham in Surrey to Ashford in Kent, and includes almost 10,000 feet of climb. In the Gloucester City Marathon Ingrid Harris finished first in her age category with a great time of 3 hrs 48 mins. Kev George completed in 3.43, Mark Willicott in 3.57, Anne-Marie Willicott 4.11, Philip Jeyes 4.42, Lesley Cottle 4.43, Ian Coggin 4.44 and Coralie Pearson 4.54. Eight Almosts completed the Half Marathon including Rob Rennell who took part in his first ever race at this distance, guided by Mark Medland. Matt Proome achieved an impressive 1 hr 33 mins closely followed by Andrew Ford at 1.34, Tim Brock 1.41, Oliver Bell 1.50, and Sweetchilli Wan at 2.15. Rachel and Ollie Nolan Snr finished together in 2.16.In the Westonbirt 10km summer race Nick Spice ran an excellent 42 mins 48 secs, Kate Freeman 51.52 and Jackie Slaughter 56.22. Sheila Chatterley was second lady in her age category with 56.26 and Sarah Wallbridge, Debbie Masding and Kate Plummer were all home in just over 1 hour. 

This weekend saw yet another large turnout of Almost Athletes in support of Julianne Jameson and her Cotswold Way Challenge. Jules was aiming to join a select group of female athletes by running the entire 103 mile journey from Chipping Campden to Bath Abbey. Club members joined Jules for each of the ten legs of her run, with outstanding support from Ian Coggin who ran the whole distance alongside her. Jules and Ian set off at 8am on Saturday and both successfully completed the Challenge by arriving at Bath Abbey at 2.25 am on Monday morning. Two other Almosts took part in the 100 km Race to the Stones Ultra. Kev George finished in 10hrs 53 and 12th place overall, whilst Mark Willicott achieved 11hrs 50. Paul Haig completed his 39th Marathon of the year by running the Piece of Cake Trail in Shropshire, as did Ingrid Harris who finished as second lady in 4hrs 55. Allan Green also successfully completed the Fairlands Valley Marathon. Neil Tring and his daughter Laura took part in the Frome Half Marathon, finishing together at 1hr 44.