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Almosts run Snowdonia Marathon

29 Oct, 2018

A committed band of more than 30 Almost Athletes travelled to North Wales for the Snowdonia Marathon, typically regarded as one of the toughest Marathon challenges in the world. The course features 3 brutal climbs with a total elevation gain of 2650 feet. Conditions were cold & very blustery with hailstorms, but this did not stop some gritty & determined performances.
Catherine Daly recorded a massive new marathon PB coming home in 4hrs 10mins on the unforgiving course & conditions. Similarly, there were new marathon PBs for Lepha McCartan in 4:26 and Sarah Fennel in 5:48.
Also running were Dave Rogers 3:39, Paul Thomas 3:46, Thom Stephens 3:52, Matt Proome 3:57, Martin Thomas 3:58, Michelle Balchin 4:00, Mike Daly 4:03, Dave Elliott 4:07, Fiona Barnes 4:15, Helen Fursman Reid 4:22, Deborella Cartlidge 4:23 (new course PB), Steve Wallbridge 4:25, Dave Chittock 4:31 (new course PB), Andy Wilkinson 4:35, Julie Scourfield 4:56, Nick Simon 4:59, Jules Jamieson 5:02, Catherine Mason 5:13, Jackie Slaughter 5:31, & Paul Haig 5:48.
Claire Cook and Mark Eavers put up a spirited fight despite injury but were both forced to withdraw at 15 miles. Support duties for the club were handled by Matt Barnes, Nicky Woodman, Meg Cook and John Scourfield to help the runners home.
At the Gloucester 10K, Helena Youde represented the club as well as the county of Gloucestershire AAA where she impressed by being first lady in the team home in a new PB of 38:30. Matt Polson also ran a new PB by 50 seconds at the event in 37:59 as did Louise Bryan in 47:39 and Mark Soo in 39:20. Chris Spry & Emma Dooley both ran 1:06.
Shaun Carr ran the Beachy Head Marathon in 3:53, whilst Sarah Carr ran the 10K in 1:06. Allan Green ran the Venice marathon in 5:11.
There was parkrun tourism for Hayley Woolnough in Dublin, Andrea Hardy in Brighton and Ben Stone at Glos North.
There were new parkrun PBs at Cheltenham for Thomas Wood in 19:44, Piotr Michalski in 21:05, Richard Knightley in 23:18 and Stacey Osmond at Kingsway in 21:22 for 1st lady.