Fiery performances at Guy Fawkes race

5 Nov, 2018

The Guy Fawkes 5 mile race in Tewkesbury took place on Sunday 4th November with 71 members of Almost Athletes taking part.

Once again, there were some terrific results for the ladies with three age category wins. Patricia Peever came first in the LV35 age group with a time of 33:54.  Ingrid Harris was first in the LV55 group in 37:24 and Mary Welsh won her LV70 group in 53:45.

Wheelchair athlete Danny Reeves also won his race with a finishing time of 33:36.

Josh Hand was first Almost male to finish in 29:44, followed by Matt Polson in 30:34 and Jon Bird in 30:51.  As well as winning her age group, Patricia Peever was also first Almost lady to complete the race, followed by Amy Sheer and Stacey Osmond who both achieved new PBs of 34:40 and 35:09 respectively.

There were also many other new PBs achieved at the race, including each of the following.  For the ladies Charmaine Brunt completed in 39:10, Lorraine Taylor 39:12 and Iris Mayo 51:37. For the men Jonathan Bird finished in 30:51, Paul Warren 34:01, Piotr Michalski 34:16, Andrew Wilkinson 35:34, Chris McMahon 39:23, Richard Knightley 39:32, Gareth Wilkes 40:14 and Mark Stojanov 54:18.

Apart from the Tewkesbury race, there were some good results for Almosts in other events throughout the country.

On Saturday Mark Willicott ran the Spooky Sprint Marathon in Hartlebury in 4:12 whilst Anne-Marie Willicott tackled the Petrified Pootle half marathon and achieved 2:11.

A number of Almosts took part in the Gloucestershire Cross Country race at Charlton Park on Saturday, with Andrea Hardy finishing her first cross country event in 38:37.

Ed Brandley achieved a season’s best time of 51:38 in the Leeds Abbey 10km Dash on Sunday whilst Dave Nelson ran the Malvern View 10km in 1:02.

At Cheltenham parkrun on Saturday 3rd November Helena Loude was first lady home in an excellent time of 19:54. There were also four new PBs with Thomas Wood coming in 14th overall whilst completing his 50th parkrun with a time of 19:28.  Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre finished in 20:08, Peter Kimpton achieved 26:54 and Jeff Tibbles was home in 28:00.  Congratulations are also due to Dominic Lyes who ran his 50th parkrun.

Claire Hawes had a busy weekend. She went from being Race Director at Cheltenham parkrun to running the Big Fetch Mile at Cardiff Indoor Athletics Centre on Saturday, and then completing the Guy Fawkes 5 on Sunday in 48:02.

It was also a bumper Saturday for parkrun tourism with Almost Athletes taking part in eleven different events.  

Hester Coggin gained a new PB in the Gloucester City event with a time of 23:36, which was also run by Ian Coggin, Ian and Glenda Gill and Beverley and Rachel Nolan.  Rich Smith and Mike Kennedy ran the Gloucester North parkrun and Richard Gilbert completed the Kingsway, Gloucester event.  

James Clay and Greg Hollingworth completed another letter from the parkrun Staying Alive Alphabet Challenge by running in Grangemoor near Cardiff, Aline Imray tackled the Coventry course, Oliver Bell took on Kings Lynn, Sian David ran in Cwmbran and Lesley Cottle in Exmouth. Matthew Bevan completed the Severn Bridge parkrun and Norm Lever ran in Marlborough Common.  

Robert Foord took park in the Littleport parkrun on Saturday and then completed the Bonfire Burn 10km race near Cambridge with a time of 44:25.