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Helena Youde takes Wirral Way Half Marathon ladies' course record

7 Jan, 2019

The beginning of the New Year got off to a flying start for several members of Almost Athletes.

Helena Youde continued her winning streak by finishing as first lady and twelfth overall at Wirral Way Trail Half Marathon on Saturday 5th January.  Her time of 1:27:24 broke the ladies’ course record by an impressive 2 mins and 33 secs.

There were also some excellent results in parkruns throughout the country.  Matt Polson came fourth at Cheltenham with a new PB of 18mins 33secs, and Simon Jarvis came 14th in 20:06.

Peter Hooper achieved a new PB at the Torbay Velodrome parkrun with a time of 21:42, whilst both Neil Tring and Lorraine Taylor also gained new PBs in the Worcester Pitchcroft event of 21:12 and 24:27 respectively.  

Almosts took part in ten other UK parkruns including Gloucester Kingsway where Phillips Jukes was 6th with a time of 19:32 and Newent where Mike Kennedy came 8th in 22:36.  Lynne Macedo came first in her age group in Tunbridge Wells.

Further afield, David Davey and Claire Cook ran in the Sligo, Ireland parkrun and Mark Medland participated in Malmö Ribersborg, Sweden.

The latest event in the Gloucester Cross Country race series also took place on Saturday at Rendcomb School near Circencester.  Ten Almosts competed with Josh Hand the first of those to finish the challenging course in 39:37, followed by Nick Lewis in 41:17 and Shaun Carr in 41:44.  Jayne Cheslin completed the ladies’ event in 35:47.

Over in Norway, Karla Cleverley participated in the Polar Night 10km race in Tromsø.  Wearing spiked shoes to combat the icy conditions, she completed the race in total darkness with a finish time of 1hr 35mins.

Back in Cheltenham, Paul Haig took on a different kind of endurance test by successfully undertaking a 24 hour and longest continuous ski challenge. By the finish on Saturday evening he had covered an astonishing 231,021 metres.

The traditional Almost Athletes New Year run took place on Sunday 6th with a 15 mile route from Winchcombe to Old Pats RFC in Cheltenham. Runners had the choice to complete the whole 15 mile run, to join for 10 miles from Cleeve Golf Club or to run 5 miles from Lineover Woods.

Allan Green also began his latest round of marathons on Sunday by running the Hillingdon Cycle Circuit event.  He finished the 14 lap event in 5:05.