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Helena led Almost ladies prize team at Oldbury

9 Sep, 2018

The flat & fast course at the Oldbury 10 mile race near Thornbury was a happy hunting ground this week for a large turnout by Almost Athletes.
For the ladies, Helena Youde was first home for the race overall in a time of 1:04:59. Together with Patricia Peever & Hattie Jenkins the ladies also stormed to the team prize for the race where Sally Conway, Judo bronze medal Olympian presented their prize.
First home for the men were Prash Sripathi Kumar in a PB of 1:04:04, Rich Birch in 1:05:57, Martin Foster 1:06:04 PB and Dave Rogers also in a new PB of 1:07:03.
The course also brought out a string of personal bests including Matt Hickman 1:07:31, Jeannette Gullick 1:16:30, Stacey Osmond 1:18:46, Andy Wilkinson 1:19:15 , Lorraine Taylor 1:22:22, Alison Hume 1:24:32, Chris McMahon 1:26, Lepha McCartan 1:27:03 and Janine Bennett 1:39:04.
Danny Reeves earnt a prize for the events inaugural wheelchair athlete in 1:12:26.
Travelling to the North East for the Great North Run, the world’s largest half marathon, a small band of Almosts were relieved to find no fog on the Tyne but instead some ideal running conditions. Christopher Benjamin felt like the first time in a half with 2:09 and Oliver Clarkin ran around an army of other runners to secure a new PB of 2:17. It was another family affair for the Nolans with Oliver home in 2:27:07 & daughter Rachael in 2:32:05. Iris Mayo found the going tough but finished in 2:47.
At the Marathon du Medoc in France Virginia Pawlyn finished in 6:11.
At Cheltenham parkrun there were PBs for Dave Rogers in 19:29 and Chris White in 21:29.
There was parkrun tourism for Peter Morris at Trellisick in Cornwall in 22:57, Dave Nelson at Strathclyde Park in Motherwell in 29:56 a best for the year, Ellie Laney in San Francisco, California in 20:02 for first lady. Martyn Fisher completed his 100th parkrun at The Wimpole Estate, Cambs, whilst Dave, Sam and Barney McGrath ran at Exmouth parkrun.
In her first outing as an Almost Athlete, Kerry Knowles conquered the Stratford 10k in 1:08:05. Karla Cleverley defeated the Northampton half marathon in 3:23:35. Hazel Everett took a 1:02 at the New Forest 10K. Ingrid Harris was 3rd lady overall at the Bacchus Wine Marathon.
At the Cheltenham Lido triathlon with its 500m swim, 13km bike & 2.5km run Neil Tring was round in 53:02 PB, Lou Tring in 59:23 PB, Hannah Brown 1:02, Nat Stow 1:03, Adrian Courtenay in 1:07 and Sarah Carr in 1:09.