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AA's assist Jules & Ian to complete 103 mile Cotswold Way Challenge

24 Jul, 2017

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, whilst also raising money for charity. Teams of Almost 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. Other Almosts were much in evidence as supporters of the Challenge, especially Doug Waymark and Sue Monaghan who helped to ensure their smooth progress throughout the entire weekend. Virginia Pawlyn and Mary Welsh served as 'pop up pensioners' and left messages of support along the route as well as waiting to welcome the runners at the finish. 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 with the final team of support runners. Jules and Ian were not the only runners to take on a major challenge over the weekend as 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. On Saturday 15th, Paul Haig completed his 39th Marathon of the year by running the Piece of Cake Trail in Shropshire, as did Ingrid Harris who ran with a foot injury but still finished as second lady in 4hrs 55. On Sunday 16th, Allan Green also successfully completed the Fairlands Valley Marathon. Neil Tring and his daughter Laura took part in the Frome Half Marathon on Sunday 16th and by careful pacing managed to finish together at 1hr 44, despite the heat and the size of the hills. At the Cheltenham parkrun on Saturday there was once again a strong Almost Athletes presence. Claire Gallagher acted as Course Director whilst several other Club members served as volunteers. Claire Hawes became a 'Centurion' by donning the traditional cape and helmet whilst completing her 100th parkrun, and three Almosts – Matt Barnes, Matt Polson and Prash Sripathi were amongst the first ten finishers at 19.00, 19.01 and 19.12 respectively. Slightly further afield, Robert Foord ran the Cwmbran parkrun at an impressive 21.05, his 4th fastest parkrun to date. The Bourton One Mile Challenge also took place on Saturday 15th, with a number of Almosts taking part. Richard Birch recorded 5.35 whilst Stacey Osmond and Allan Green both achieved sub 6.30 results.