Glenda & Ian's Autumn Forest Frolic combine running with great soup, bacon rolls and cake

12 Nov, 2018

Windy conditions did not deter a hardy group of Almost Athletes from competing in the Severn Bridge Night Run on Wednesday. Ollie Nolan completed the five mile race in 59:24, coming first in the MV65 category and making a remarkable comeback after recently fracturing his ankle. Joe Harrison was the first Almost to finish in 39:51, followed by Kasha Price (50:43), Janine Bennett (56:19), Clare Gallagher (56:20) and Rachel Nolan (59:24).

Remembrance Sunday saw three Almosts taking part in the annual Sodbury Slog multi-terrain race, where the hilly nine-mile course lived up to its tough and muddy reputation. First Almost home was Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto in 1:33. Seth Gilbert finished in 2:29 and Coralie Pearson in 2:37.  Meanwhile, Paul and Kathy Haig took part in the centenary edition of the Remembrance Day Marathon, finishing in 4:03 and 6:34 respectively. Participants stopped mid-race to observe a two minute silence at 11am, before continuing along the riverside trails of Walton on Thames.

The Autumn Forest Frolic was hosted by club members Ian and Glenda Gill, with proceeds going to Brockworth Hedgehog Rescue. The event saw club members and their families running around the trails of the Forest of Dean, with the reward of Ian’s legendary cooking waiting for them at the finish line.
In Malta, Andrew Wilkinson took a break from his holiday to run the Zurrieq Half Marathon in 1:46.

More than 40 club members were in action at Cheltenham parkrun to witness Peter Mitchener’s debut as Run Director. Jo Foster ran 23:05 to finish second lady, while Prash Sripathi was the first male Almost in 19:44. The club was also represented at Gloucester North, Tewkesbury, and Gloucester City where Lorraine Taylor was 6th lady with course PB of 24:26 and Neil Tring was 7th overall in 20:47. Rich Smith pushed a buggy around Lydney parkrun, finishing in 30:21.

Jo Johnston was in New South Wales, Australia, and ran the hot and hilly Armidale parkrun in 38:39. Andrea Hardy was a tourist at Cannock Chase, Rachel Fargher at Witney, Oliver Bell at Sheringham and Jeff Tibbles at Heartlands.