Des Beer completes her 5th World Major Marathon

15 Apr, 2019

On a very wet Monday morning the 15th April, Almost Des Beer took part in the Boston, Massachusetts marathon in the USA.  She finished the race in 5:24, making it her fifth successful completion of the six World Majors, with just Tokyo still to go.

At the start of the weekend, Matt Polson had come home in 10th place out of a field of 599 runners at Cheltenham parkrun with a time of 18:40, whilst Hattie Jenkins was first Almost lady to finish in 21:21.  There was also a new PB for Peter Mitchener with 20:55.

There were several other excellent results in parkruns for members of Almost Athletes.  Ben Taylor was second in the Newent event with 21:21, and Lesley Cottle was 2nd lady at Gloucester North with 24:39.  Josh Hand came 5th in Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun with a time of 17:51, and in Gloucester City VI runner Rob Rennell achieved a new PB of 34:28, more than 30 seconds faster than his previous best time.

Members of Almost Athletes also took park in parkruns at Gloucester Kingsway, Haldon Forest, Hove Promenade, Marlborough Common, Richmond, Sandwell Valley, Seaton, Severn Bridge, Stewart Middlesbrough, Swindon and Wimpole Estate.

Despite the cold and windy conditions it was a busy Sunday for Almosts taking part in longer events, both in the UK and abroad.

The Chedworth 10 mile trail multi-terrain run was well attended with more than 30 Almosts taking part.  Hester Coggin was first Almost lady to finish in 1:27, closely followed three seconds later by Ingrid Harris, who was first in her age category.  Sophie Longely was third Almost lady with 1:29.  For the men, Matt Barnes stormed home in 1:13, followed by Richard Birch in 1:15 and Dale Midwinter in 1:21.

Slightly further afield, Steve Yarnold took part in the Great Birmingham Half and crossed the line in 2:05, and Christopher Benjamin ran the Droitwich Half in 2:04.

Coralie Pearson and Karla Cleverley travelled to Boston, Lincolnshire, to take part in their marathon and half marathon events. Pearson completed the marathon in 5:25, whilst Cleverley crossed the half finishing line in 2:59.

The Brighton Marathon took place on Sunday 14th and Shaun Carr was first Almost home in 3:12.  Matthew Hickman achieved a new PB with 3:18, whilst Paul Warren finished in 3:30.  Also running were Piotr Michalski (4:01), Deb Cartlidge (4:09), and Dave Chittock (4:28).  Sarah Carr completed her first run at this distance in 5:40.

Along with the marathon, Brighton also hosted a 10km race that was run by Charmaine Brunt in a time of 50:13, together with Dave and Iris Mayo, who finished in 52:22, and 1:06 respectively.

Down in Wales, Ian Coggin took part in the Pendine Sands 32 mile Ultra and finished second overall with a time of approximately six and a half hours.

Allan Green completed his latest marathon at the weekend – the 8 lap Groovy Baby event at Walton on Thames. He crossed the line in 5:18 together with Paul Haig. Haig was aiming to complete 10 marathons in as many days, with the Groovy Baby event his second of the weekend.

Over in France, Kate Plummer ran in Les Printemps de l’Héronnière, Deux Sèvres, 5.5km race, whilst Clare Sinnott finished the Paris marathon in a time of 4:12.

Back in the UK, Hannah Brown competed in the West Lancs Triathlon with a finish time of 1hr 24mins, while John Bailey and Dominic Lyes both completed the Hereford Duathlon.