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"Almost our girls" 4th in CWR

5 Jul, 2018

This Saturday saw the annual Cotswold Way Relay event which started from Chipping Campden in the early morning and finished in the evening at Bath Abbey.  The race comprises ten stages of varying length and undulation in which teams from different running clubs compete, and this year’s event was run under particularly hot and gruelling conditions.

Almost Athletes fielded a total of 60 runners in 6 teams, together with other members who manned water stations along the route. The Club was delighted when their ladies team – "Almost our girls" - secured fourth place overall. The ladies team consisted of Amber Bullingham, Michelle Balchin, Amy Sheer, Stacey Osmond, Helena Youde, Hattie Jenkins, Hester Coggin, Helen Fursman, Miranda Foster and Katy Gaze.

As well as the excellent team result, both Helena Youde and Hattie Jenkins took second places in their stage of the race, whilst Martin Foster was 11th in leg 2.

The Almost mixed team – "Almost winning aren’t we" – took a very well deserved 17th place out of a strong field of 66, and consisted of Oliver Bell, Martin Foster, Ingrid Harris, Richard Birth, Mike Kennedy, Catherine Daly, Dave Rogers, Kirstie Hallan, Danny Caroll and Matt Polson.

The numbers of Almosts taking part in the Cheltenham parkrun were lower this weekend, largely because so many members were taking part in the CWR on the same day. Nevertheless, two Almosts were amongst the first finishers – Matthew Pickman was 19th with a time of 19:53 whilst Prash Sripathi was 23rd in 20:10.  There were also two new PBs with Simon Gomersall completing in 28:01, and Lynne Macedo in 30:18.

Parkrun tourists included Kate Freeman, Janine Bennett and Claire Gallagher who all ran in the Witney event, and Iris Mayo who was first in her age category at the Cirencester parkrun.  Peter Morris took part in the Penrhyn castle parkrun in North Wales, and came in at 21:40.

Other events that Almosts took part in this weekend included Endure 24 in Leeds in which Peter Mitchener ran 35 miles out of the 140 total as part of the "Worst Pace Scenario" team.  Allan Green completed yet another marathon – Rachel’s Ranscombe Ramble – in 6:08, and Ingrid Harris took to her bike to cycle 32 miles in the very hilly Tour d’Ilmington.  Donna Evans also cycled 80 miles in the GE charity ride from Cheltenham to the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Frampton 10km race took place on the evening of Monday 2nd and also enjoyed a good turnout of Almosts, together with some outstanding results.

Karen Galpin was first in her age category with a time of 47:09 and David Lawrence was third in his group with 56:38. The Ladies Team of Michelle Balchin, Amber Bullingham and Jeanette Gullick took 2nd place overall.

Josh Hand was the first Almost home and in 11th position with a great time of 37:47, followed by Richard Birch in 40:17, Matt Polson in 40:39, Matt Proome in 41:49, Matthew Hickman in 42:32, Andrew Ford in 42:37 and Simon Jarvis in 43:10.

Despite the heat a further 29 Almosts completed the race in less than one hour, whilst Sue Monaghan, Charlotte Jamieson, Jayne Adams and Claire Hawes claimed four of the top ten places in their age category.