Memories of Rich Walklate continue to inspire

3 Dec, 2018

Inspired by the memory of late friend and club member Rich Walklate, Ellie Laney-Bolton and Gemma Stevens travelled to Dorset to take part in the Endurance Life Ultra. The tough 33 mile route along the trails of the Jurassic Coast took in an ascent of over 5700 ft. They battled the wind, rain and mud to complete the race in an impressive 7:56.

Malc Allen also braved wet and windy conditions to tackle the Might Contain Nuts Half Marathon in Powys. He ran the challenging, hilly course across the Brecon Beacons in 2:25.

Clare Hearing was in action at the Croome Capability Canter. She completed the scenic 6.5 mile route around Croome Park in 1:07.

In Portsmouth, Karla Cleverley took part in the Victory 5 Mile Road Race, which is now in its 72nd year. Cleverely finished in 1:08.

Allan Green edged closer to his 100 Marathon goal with the Oulton Park Marathon in Cheshire. Green completed the 10 lap run around the motor racing circuit in 4:51.

With the festive season underway, Mark Stojanov was amongst the Almosts taking part in the Rotary Club Santa Fun Run in Pittville Park. Stojanov completed the 3km course in 21:47 adding yet another pb to his year.

Ingrid Harris ran the Nottingham Christmas Marathon around the National Watersports Centre, finishing in 3:40.

Almost Athletes' parkrunners were out in force with some impressive individual results. Leigh Allinson took a fantastic 1st place at Wyre Forest in 19:33. At Gloucester City, Hester Coggin was 3rd lady in 23:51. There were strong performances at Cheltenham with Prash Sripathi, Matt Polson, Nick Lewis, Martin Foster and Simon Jarvis all finishing in the top 15. Hattie Jenkins took 2nd lady in 21:37, while Karen Galpin and Catherine Daly also finished as top 10 women.
There was local representation at Tewkesbury and Stonehouse, while further afield Robert Foord was in action at Black Park and Kev Dendy at Eastville. Dave Rogers and Lepha McCartan were at Tamar Lakes, with McCartan finishing as 4th lady in 26:10. Away from the UK, Mark Medland ran at Caffarella, Rome, and Sue Monaghan was at Western Springs, Auckland.