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Willicotts collect Comrades' "Back-to-Back" medals

11 Jun, 2018

The past week saw Almost Athletes participating in a large number of races both throughout the UK and abroad, including a number of Ultra events.

In Durban, South Africa, Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott took part in the biggest parkrun in the world on Saturday 9th with over 3,000 other runners. They then went on to compete in the Comrades 90km Ultra Marathon on Sunday, a race which stretches from Pietermaritzburg to Durban. Their finishing times for this challenging event were 10:34 and 8:48 respectively.

Back in the UK, Mariel Chretien ran the gruelling Race to the Tower Ultra – a continuous double Marathon through the Cotswolds - in a time of 15:57. Mark Lyes and Steve Yarnold completed the first leg of marathon distance in 6:35 and 7:28.

On Sunday, both Ellie Laney and Amber Bullingham tackled the half Ironman triathlon in Staffordshire, and finished in 5:34 and 5:42.  

Allan Green and Ingrid Harris took part in the Phoenix Explorer Marathon along the river Thames on Saturday. Green came home in 4:33, whilst Harris was first lady in 3:48.  On Sunday Harris then competed in the Heron Half in Yeovilton, and finished first in her age group with a time of 1:49.

In Seattle, USA, Karla Cleverley ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll 5km race on Saturday, and then successfully completed the hilly half marathon in the same location on Sunday.

The annual Man Versus Horse race took place on Saturday in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales in which runners compete against riders on horseback in a 22 mile event. Dave Rogers came home in 3:24, Mike Daly in 4:06, Martin Thomas in 4:24 and Catherine Daly in 4:27. The ‘Hot to Trot’ team of Lepha Mccartan, Deb Cartlidge and Catherine Mason completed the race in 4:08.

Mary Welsh took part in the Ladies 10km in Glasgow on Sunday, and finished in 1:06 and Lynne Macedo ran the 10km Gloucester Race for Life in 1:03.

Congratulations were given to Rob Rennell who completed his 50th parkrun at Cheltenham on Saturday 9th June. Josh Hand equalled his personal best with a finish of 18:08 and 8th position overall, whilst Prash Sripathi came 19th in 19:44. Peter Morris and Cam Pay both gained new PBs at the same run with 20:40 and 26:51 respectively.

Parkrun tourists this week included Chris McMahon who gained a new PB of 23:17 in the Gloucester North event, and Neil Tring with a PB of 21:13 in Cirencester.  Claire Hawes came first in her age group at the Exmouth parkrun, whilst other Almosts competed in Tewkesbury, South Woodham Ferrers, Upton Court and the Gloucester City events.

This is also the Triathlon season for a number of club members, and both Hattie Jenkins and Matt Proome took part in the Costwold 113 South Cerney Lakes middle distance race on Sunday. Jenkins finished in 5:06 and secured fifth place in the ladies event, whilst Proome completed in 5:20.

Earlier in the week, eight Almosts took park in the Broadway Tower Charity Run – a five mile, multi-terrain race. Nick Spice was first home in 39:04, followed by Tegan Parsons in 42:51, Michelle Balchin in 45:47, Matt Jones in 47:20, Ed Brandley in 47:39, Chris McMahon in 49:38, Mike Lane in 55:22 and Nicola Woodman in 1:08.