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Sun shines on Almosts at Bourton 10k

25 Feb, 2019

The sun was shining in Bourton on the Water, as over 70 Almost Athletes competed in the popular Bourton 10k race, famous for its fast and flat course. There were PBs aplenty, with winter training and marathon preparation paying dividends for several Almosts. First Almost across the line was Matt Polson, shaving over a minute off his PB to finish in an impressive 36:56. Next home was Simon Jarvis, also with a PB in 37:21. He was followed by Martin Foster (37:37), and Nick Lewis (38:00). Shaun Carr goes from strength to strength, knocking 3 minutes off last year's time in 38:58. Helena Youde was first Almost lady home in 39:33, followed by Hattie Jenkins in 40:15. Jeanette Gullick ran 42:51 to gain a PB and finish 3rd in the FV50 category. There were age category wins for Karen Galpin with 45:41 (FV55) and Sheila Chatterley with 54:43 (FV65). The race also brought PBs for Phillip Jukes (40:03), Robert Dalton Morris (42:05), Piotr Michalski (42:24), Richard Knightley (47:14), Louise Bryan (47:25), Gregg Woodman (49:46), Natalie Pluck (53:24), Nikki Durnell (56:11), Deborah Elliott (56:15), Wan Hartley (56:37), Hannah Brown (56:53), Sue Monaghan (56:54) and Iris Mayo (65:10). The event marked Ollie Nolan’s return to racing, just two months after surgery to remove a brain tumour. He crossed the finish line in a remarkable 70:59. Also making a comeback following surgery was Seth Gilbert (71:42).

Elsewhere, Josh Hand was in incredible form at Wokingham Half Marathon, flying around the course in 1:18 and finishing in the top 100.
Ingrid Harris and Allan Green were in action at the 100 Club AGM Marathon, Staffordshire. Harris completed the eight lap course in 3:48, followed by Green in 5:31.
John Bailey and Paul Turner travelled to the Peopleton Duathlon in Worcestershire, where fog saw the cycle stage being cancelled.  They finished their running events in 49:35 and 34:34 respectively.

Andrew Wilkinson was also defeated by the weather as he waved goodbye to Cheltenham and set off for Malta. His plans to tackle the Malta Marathon on arrival in his new home were thwarted as wind and rain saw the event called off.

There was the usual strong Almost presence at parkruns across the region. Shaun Carr was 9th at Cheltenham (19:30), Jeanette Gullick was 4th lady (21:43) and Helena Youde was 8th lady (22:36). There were celebrations at Gloucester City’s first birthday event where Christopher Benjamin was awarded for his enthusiastic volunteering. Meanwhile, Charmaine Brunt ran 24:25 to finish 7th lady. Kingsway saw Hester Coggin take 4th lady (22:47) and Ben Taylor finish 10th (19:38). Josh Hand was 10th at Tewkesbury (24:19) and Lousie Inchley took 5th lady at Minehead (27:03).

Further afield, Rachel Fargher, Malc Smith, Janine Bennett and Kate Freeman travelled to Severn Bridge. Rich Smith was at Burnham and Highbridge, Joanne Wisniewska Barretto and Vasco Barretto at Worcester Pitchcroft, Danny Carroll at Churchfields Farm, and Bill Jones at Swindon. There was also tourism for Piotr Michalski at Briston Eastville, Martyn Fisher at Market Rasen, Mike Bryce at Henley Wood, David Nelson at Strathclyde, Robert Foord at Stretford and Phil Jeyes at Bideford.