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Almost ladies team and mens team take first and second places at Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo

3 Jun, 2019

With the longer days now upon us, evening races are becoming a regular feature once again.  On Wednesday 29th a large group of Almosts took part in the Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo 5.5 mile multi-terrain race on Cleeve Common.  Of the 163 runners taking part in the event, more than a quarter were members of Almost Athletes.

Shaun Carr was first Almost home and in 7th place overall with a time of 39:38, followed by Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre in 42:52 and Germain Forgeoux in 43:07.  Laura Tring was third lady to finish in 46:02, closely followed by Emma Charlesworth in 47:26 and Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto in 48:48.

The ladies team of Tring, Charlesworth and Wisniewska-Barreto were first overall, whilst the men’s team of Carr, Villain-Chastre and Forgeoux came second.

At Cheltenham parkrun there was a new PB for Hamish Adamson. He finished in 20th place out of a field of 625 runners with a time of 19:35, whilst Kim Mansell also achieved a new PB with 22:45.

This Saturday saw some other good parkrun results for Almost Athletes. Ben Taylor was second in Newent with a time of 20:21, whilst Martin Foster was 3rd at the Fire Service College event with 19:11 and Jo Foster was 5th lady in 24:21.  At Gloucester City parkrun Ben Stone came 5th in 19:35, and Piotr Michalski came 8th at Lydney with 21:33. Claire Hawes completed her 150th parkrun at Exmouth in a time of 30:20.

Members of Almost Athletes also took park in other parkruns throughout the UK including Aberdeen, Didcot, Dudley, Gloucester North, Pocket, Southampton, Tewkesbury, Trelissick, Whinlatter Forest, Wyne Forest and Yeovil Montacute.

This week also saw several members taking part in longer events.  On a very hot Saturday Robert Foord ran the aptly named Flaming June Quarter Marathon in Cambridge in a time of 51:37. Martyn Fisher also completed the inaugural Hertfordshire AONB Marathon at Great Offley in 4:48 in similarly sweltering conditions.

Allan Green competed successfully in three separate races during the past week. On Tuesday 28th he ran the Enigma Trains marathon at Milton Keynes in 4hrs 39mins, and the following day finished the Cleeve Cloud Cuckoo race in 58:40. On Sunday 2nd June he rounded off the weekend with the Golden Phoenix marathon at Walton on Thames with a time of 4:52.  

Ingrid Harris also took part in the Golden Phoenix marathon and had an excellent result by finishing as first lady with 3:59.

The RunFestRun event took place over the weekend at Bowood House, with a small group of Almosts competing in some of the events.  In the morning, Nikki Durrell and Claire Gallagher ran the half marathon, and in the afternoon a team consisting of Mark Eavers, Gallagher, Ceri Schofield and Jackie Slaughter took part in a relay event.