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Almosts tackle Manchester Marathon

8 Apr, 2019

Manchester marathon saw twenty-seven Almosts Athletes travel North to kick off their Spring marathon season. Richard Birch was first Almost home in an impressive 3:08. Paul Warren followed  with a PB time of 3:17, then Ben Taylor in 3:24. Kim Mansell ran a speedy 3:28 to finish first Almost lady, Ingrid Harris was next in 3:41, and Jeanette Gullick gained a PB with 3:47. There were some stunning debut marathon performances. Danny Reeves only just made it to Manchester due to technical issues with his racing chair, and he stormed home in 3.41. Ben Stone completed his first marathon in 3:25, and Thomas Wood in 3:54. The flat, fast course lived up to its reputation for producing personal bests. Steve Wallbridge took 24 minutes off his time and broke the four hour barrier for the first time in 3.58. Hayley Woolnough slashed a huge 42 minutes off her PB to finish in 4:17. Hannah Brown dipped under 5 hours for the first time in 4:59, and there was a PB for Peter Mitchener with 3:47. Debbie Elliott ran a half-marathon PB, knocking 8 minutes from her time to finish in 2:09.
There were over twenty Almosts in action at Angels 10K in Ashleworth, the venue for the Gloucestershire Road Race County Championships. The club came away with the 1st Ladies Team prize, and there were some notable age category placings at the race, which is part of the AAA County Road Race Series. Matt Polson led the way in 39:52 to take second in the senior male age category. Ellie Laney-Bolton followed in 41:40, taking 3rd overall lady, and forming the winning ladies team with Amy Sheer (44:39 and 1st LV40) and Katie Coleman (45:36 and 2nd LV40). Sue Monaghan took 3rd LV60 in 57:39 and Gregg Woodman ran 49:10 for a PB.   
In Winchcombe, Shaun Carr was 4th in 1:47 at the Maverick Inov-8 23km race from Sudeley Castle. Also completing the distance were Lepha McCartan (2:39), Oliver Clarkin (2:41) and Mariel Chretien (3:12). Michael Combellack, Jenny Combellack and Andrea Hardy took on the 16km distance and completed the hilly off-road course in 1:39, 1:42 and 2:12 respectively.
Jackie Slaughter tackled the tough Testway 50 Ultra trail, racing across Hampshire against the clock, and finishing comfortably with the fourteen hour cut-off in a time of 13:08. Jack Goodwin took on his first 50 mile ultra at the South Downs Way 50, finishing in 10:29.
Anne-Marie Willicott was in action at Taunton Marathon, and completed the very hilly course in 3:47 to finish 2nd in the LV50 category. Mark Willicott also ran and finished in 3:36. Allan Green added the Bettshanger Marathon to his impressive tally, finishing in 5:27. Meanwhile Karla Cleverley added yet another trip to her half-marathon tourism, with Berlin Half Marathon in 3:12.
Mark Stojanov, Nicole Hope and Rita Crane ran the multi-terrain Scenic Six in Peopleton, Worcester, with Stojanov running his fastest off-road race to date in 1:10.
At Cheltenham parkrun over 40 Almosts turned out to witness Dave Chittock and Simon Gomersall don centurion helmets and capes for their 100th parkrun. Phillip Jukes was first Almost to cross the line with a PB time of 19:32 and Hattie Jenkins was 3rd lady in 22.13. Hester Coggin was 2nd lady at Gloucester City in 23:38, and the club also had local runners at Gloucester North and Kingsway. There was parkrun tourism for Danny Carroll at Oxford, Mike Bryce at Worcester, Clare Hawes at Exmouth, and Matthew Bevan at Woolacombe Dunes.  Malc Smith and Rachel Fargher ran at Lancing Beach Green, Patricia Peever and Kev Dendy ran at Stratford, while Stretford parkrun, Manchester, served as a pre-marathon warm up for Sarah Fennell, Claire Gallagher, Beverley Nolan, Ollie Nolan and Rachael Nolan.