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Alan Mercer covers 90 miles underground!

11 Mar, 2019

Extreme winds and heavy rain made racing conditions a challenge over the second weekend in March. Nevertheless, members of Almost Athletes successfully competed in a number of different events, both home and abroad.

Six Almosts took part in the Minchinhampton 10km event on Sunday, with Michael Harris the first Almost to finish in 46:39.  Pete Blakeman came home in 50:02, Jenny Combellack in 50:47, David Garnett in 51:50, Philip Withers in 57:52 and Adrian Courtenay in 1:08.

Martyn Fisher ran a very muddy Harpenden Half Marathon in 1:56, whilst Julianne Jameson completed the Draycote Water Half in 2:06.

Three Almosts – Karla Cleverley, Steve and Helen Yarnold - travelled to France to take part in the Paris Half Marathon. Despite the French authorities removing signage before the end of the race, they crossed the line together in 3:12.

Ingrid Harris came home as 3rd lady overall and 1st in her age group at the Larmer Tree Marathon in the Wiltshire Downs with a time on 4:21, whilst Helen Fursman Reid ran the 20 mile event in 3:38.

Allan Green notched up another marathon by completing the Thames Meander Trail event in 5:19, whilst Alan Mercer ran an incredible 90 miles in the Bath Combe Down Tunnel Ultra – the longest underground race in Europe.

At Cheltenham parkrun there were top ten finishes for both Matt Polson and Shaun Carr. Polson came fifth in 19:04 and Carr was 10th in 19:37.

Ben Taylor came second in the Newent parkrun with a time of 21:16 and Chris McMahon got a new course PB at Gloucester City with 23:30.