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401's Ben Smith presents ROTY awards to Prash, Glen & Vicky

16 May, 2017

Almost Athletes hosted their 2017 AGM meeting this week and were delighted to welcome as their guest speaker for the evening Ben Smith who completed 401 marathons in 401 days raising money for anti-bullying charities. Ben delivered an excellent talk giving an emotional insight into his journey and then rounded the evening off by presenting the clubs Runner of the Year winners as voted for by the members. For the ladies, honours were shared between Glenda Gill and Vicky Kennedy and for the men Prash Kumar was the worthy winner. At the ever-popular Tewkesbury Half Marathon the club was out in force with some excellent performances. Josh Hand took the club honours with a blistering 1.23.28 in some very warm conditions and 11th place overall for the race. Matt Barnes was in hot pursuit and continued his rich vein of form in 1.25.49. Prash Kumar was 3rd home easily dipping under 1.30 in 1.27.17. Fiona Barnes was first lady home for the club in 1.51.20, Heather Berry was second in 1.58.21 and Cos Pearson third in 2.06.50. Also running were David Pilling 1.38, John Bailey 1.42, Pete Michener 1.46, Simon Bayliss 1.52, Jamie Watt 1.53, Phil Jeyes 1.56, Stephen Holland 1.59, Neil Harris 2.04, Jayne Murphy 2.06, Glenda Gill 2.07, Oliver Nolan 2.12, Rachael Nolan 2.12, Ian Gill 2.15, Helen Springham and Helen Yarnold in 3.10. Maddie Page also had a spirited run just outside the 2-hour mark. A through the night 26.2 mile "Moonwalk" in London was the target for Sandra Stuart, Jayne Adams and Sandra Stuart who all completed the course, contributing to the £3.7million raised to support research into cures and treatments for cancer. In the Brecon Beacons, Vasco Barreto conquered the 32 mile ultra over a punishing off-road course in 7hrs 41 whilst Joanna Wisniewska Barreto took on the equally challenging half marathon route in 2.19. Di Kemple also completed the Ultra course. As ever, Almosts were racing overseas and in the New York 10k race on Roosevelt Island, Andy Akerman took a highly credible 14th in his age group in 49.24. Continuing his 50 marathons at 50 quest, Haiggy McHaig over achieved this week with a 32 mile ultra run at the Phoenix Running series in Walton on Thames with Kathy McHaig scoring a new marathon PB herself by 8 minutes. Lepha Mccartan and Dave Rogers travelled to Surrey for the off road challenge of the Mavericks Series Original Surrey Trail run over 15.6 miles and in hot and humid conditions secured an excellent 2hrs 38 each. Ever keen to demonstrate their versatile approach to training a band of Almosts took on the British Heart Foundation Cotswold 50 mile bike ride. The team included Dave Chittock, Debs Cartlidge, Lepha Mccartan, Dave Rogers, Dave McGrath, Haiggy and Kathy McHaig, Sheila Chatterley, Debbie Masding, John Galpin, Barry Walker, Dex Walker and Becky Thomas. Shaun Carr scored 1h 57min the Immortal Triathlon at Stourhead consisting of an - 900m open water swim, 18m bike, and 4.5m run. At Cheltenham parkrun, Hattie Jenkins secured a magnificent 1st lady home is her first ever parkrun in 19.50. PBs were abounding elsewhere at Cheltenham with Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott scoring 23.52 and 19.47 respectively, Katy Gaze 26.58, Rhiannon Edwards 29.42, Claire Taylor 34.05 whilst at Tewksbury parkrun Rachael Nolan notched up her 50th milestone run.