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With the summer holidays in full flow, the Almost Athletes running season has seen a quiet week. However, despite a busy few weeks of races and with a number of big events on the horizon, the week saw the usual array of incredible performances by the club’s runners.

Leading the way for the Almosts this week was the brilliant Jayne Murphy, guided by Graham Philpott, completing her first ever Triathlon at Dorney Lake, Windsor showing that Almosts can turn their hand to swimming and cycling as well!

A few Almosts ventured down to Bath to tackle the hilly Two Tunnels Marathon. Josh Hand led the way finishing a fantastic 3rd overall in 3:13. The other Almost Athletes marathon stars were Chris Urwin who finished in 5:30 and Coraline Pearson (6:24). No mention of Marathon stars would be complete without mention of Allan Green who completed the Leila Marathon in St Albans in 4:50.

Vasco Barreto continued his recovery from his recent shoulder operation and decided that a marathon wasn’t recovery enough! He completed the Alps 100, covering the mountainous 50km course in the Swiss Alps in 10:17.

Getting back closer to home, Giles Forster completed the Gargrave Show Seniors Fell Race, a sharp up and down route of 3.2 miles, finishing in 36:24.

In parkruns this week, Mark Stojanov continues to show that hard work pays off as he builds on his great improvements this year. He achieved a parkrun PB of 32:45 at Tewkesbury. Hester Coggin continued her great form by finishing as third lady at Gloucester North. Matt Barnes was the first Almost to complete Cheltenham parkrun finishing 11th in 19:14. Jeanette Gullick was the 2nd lady in 22:14. Cheltenham parkrun also saw PBs for Francis Bull in 24:06 and Kevin Balchin in 27:45. Ben Taylor was the 2nd runner home at Newent, completing quite a week of parkruning achievements for the club!

As always, the weekend saw a wide variety of parkrun tourism with Almosts travelling near, far and wide to complete the following parkruns: Black Park, Kingsway, Swindon, Forest of Dean, Bury St. Edmunds, Peterborough, Eastville, Cirencester, Gloucester City, Prospect, Teignmouth Promenade, California Country, Ross-on-Wye.

Almost Athletes stormed to both male and female team victories at The Bugatti 10k. Matt Polson was first Almost home, taking 8th place in 38:56. Josh Hand followed close behind in 39:07 for 9th place, and Matt Barnes completed the men’s team with 40:19. The winning ladies team was made up of Amy Sheer (44:04 and 1st FV35), Katie Coleman (45:45) and Helena Youde (46:32). There was also a LV65 age category win for Pauline Bargus (56:24), a 10k PB for Kev Fairs (54:27) and course PBs for Richard Knightley (49:16) and Mark Stojanov (1:11).

Barnes was also in action at Standish Woodland Chase, finishing first of eighteen Almosts in 1:09. Neil Tring was next in 1:17, then Peter Mitchener in 1:18. Ingrid Harris was 1st FV55 in 1:23, followed by Joanna Wisniewska-Baretto (also 1:23) and Hester Coggin (1:26).

The inaugural Wyedean Relay took place in wet and windy conditions. Two Almost teams completed the ten-leg unmarked trail route from Chepstow. Neil Tring ran the last, technical leg in 20:09 to finish 2nd overall. The teams were: Mark Eavers, Matt Proome, Alison Hume, Richard Knightley, Danny Carroll, Jo Foster, Martin Foster, Lorraine Taylor, Ceinwen Davies, Steve Yarnold; and Andrew Wilkinson, Chloe Farrar, Rob Hume, Claire Gallagher, Steve Taylor, Sarah Fennell, Laura Tring, Lou Tring, Sam McGrath, Neil Tring.

There was victory for Ian Coggin at the Cotswold Ultra. He finished the 44 mile course in 9:01 to take 1st place. At the Salisbury 54321 Trail Races, Allan Green ran the marathon in 5:32, while Mariel Chretien and Jackie Slaughter took on the half-marathon and finished in 3:00. Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott were in Birmingham to take part in the Canal Canter Marathon, crossing the line in 4:22. Julie Averiss travelled to Dublin and ran the RocknRoll Half Marathon in 2:55.

At Cheltenham parkrun, newly married Patricia Dendy ran in her wedding dress alongside husband Kevin. Prash Sripathi was first Almost home in 20:17, and Jeanette Gullick took 2nd lady in 21:54. Jane Russell gained a new PB of 28:39. The club was represented at parkruns near and far. Sarah Wallbridge and Virginia Pawlyn were at Tewkesbury, and Dave and Iris Mayo visited Cirencester. Helen McGuire was at Cardiff, Mark Stojanov ran at Cannon Hill, Dave Nelson at Worcester Pitchcroft and Malc Smith at Nobles. Andrea Hardy ran at Abingdon, Mike Bryce and Rich Smith at Tetbury, and Danny Carroll and Steve Taylor at Ross on Wye. Further afield, Matt polson was 6th at Ormeau, Belfast, Piotr Michalski was 8th at Slodowo, Poland, and Norm Lever was in Marrechia, Italy.

Entries are open for this year’s Meteor Mile, which takes place at Gloucestershire Airport on Saturday 31st August at 7:45pm. This is a measured one mile race that takes place on the airfield at Staverton. Taking place against the setting sun, it is a unique opportunity for adults and children alike one to run along a lit runway.

There are medals for all finishers, as well as prizes for the first male and female finishers, both adult and under-15. We are limiting on-the-day entries, so visit the race page, at https://almostathletes.co.uk/meteor-mile.html and beat the 26th August deadline for online entries. There is also a Facebook page for information (Almost Athletes – Meteor Mile 2019).

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The Gloucester 5km race took place on Thursday 1st August in Haresfield, and was well attended by more than 30 members of Almost Athletes.

Matt Polson was first Almost to cross the line and 12th overall with a time of 18:26, followed by Matt Hickman in 19:09 and Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre in 19:56.

For the ladies, Helena Youde finished in 21:18, Louise Inchley in 25:02 and Sophie Langley in 25:21.

After the race, Helena Youde was presented with a gold Gloucestershire County Medal and Matt Polson with silver.

Now that we are in the holiday season, a number of members took part in events overseas. On Friday 2nd, Andrew Wilkinson completed the Malta 10km night run in 52:44 while Piotr Michalski ran the Bieg św Dominika 5km race in Gdansk, Poland, in 21:49.

Karla Cleverley travelled all the way to Taupo, New Zealand to take part in her first ever Marathon which she finished in 7:17.

Back in the UK, a small group of Almosts took part in the Barry Island 10km on Sunday 4th August. Josh Rimmel crossed the line in 52:13, Dave Mayo in 55:16. Deb Cartlidge in 56:04, and Iris Mayo in 1:13.

There were also some longer events that attracted Almost runners. Julianne Jameson completed the Broadmeadow Runs Aston Subedge Marathon, an off-road event with 2,200 feet of ascent, in 6:15.

Both Ingrid Harris and Allan Green ran the Vanguard Way Marathon in Croydon on Sunday 4th. Harris was 3rd lady to finish with a time of 4:34, whilst Green ran a slightly longer distance in 6:40.

At Cheltenham parkrun on Saturday Josh Hand came 12th overall with a time of 18:59. There was also a new PB for Felicity Read with 29:44.

There were some other good parkrun results for members of Almost Athletes. Ben Taylor was 2nd overall at Newent parkrun with 20:25, whilst Maisie Markham was 2nd lady at Anacostia, Washington DC with 27:28. Patricia Peever was 6th lady to finish in Gloucester City with 26:04.

Other parkruns in which members of Almost Athletes took part included the inaugural Ross-on-Wye event, Barry Island, Cirencester, Clermont Waterfront in Florida, Golynia in Poland, Houghton Hall, Ormeau in South Belfast, Portsmouth Lakeside, Prospect, Street in Somerset, Witney, Wootton, and Wycombe Rye.

As well as taking part in running events, four Almosts travelled to the capital to take part in Ride London 2019, a 100 mile cycle ride through the roads of London and Surrey. All four members – Dave Chittock, Michelle Balchin, Nicky Woodman and Helen Fursman-Reid successfully completed the ride.

Entries to the Meteor Mile which takes place on Saturday 31st August, 7.45pm at Staverton Airport are now open. Further information and application details can be found at https://entrycentral.com/MeteorMile2019.

Following a busy few weeks of racing, and with club members building up to the Bugatti 10km on the 7th August, it’s been a quiet racing week for the Almost Athletes. Despite this there have been some impressive performances from club members.

Shaun Carr is slowly becoming a globe trotter as he competes for Great Britain around Europe. This week he completed the Triathlon sprint European Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Much closer to home, a few Almosts tackled half marathons this past weekend. Ceri Schofield completed the Tough Runner half marathon in the Afan Forest. She continues her run of impressive finishes, coming 5th lady overall and 2nd in category. Christopher Benjamin is also showing remarkable consistency clocking another 2-hour half marathon at the Down Tow Up Flow Half Marathon along the river Thames.

No run report would be complete without mention of marathon man Allan Green. This week he completed the Twilight Marathon in Ilford with the course comprising 20 laps of a cycle track. Alan finished in 4:52. Another of the club’s marathon legends Ingrid Harris completed a marathon at the Cider Frolic in 4:17.


In the Harriers Summer open, Matt Polson competed in the 3000m event, finishing 2nd in the B race with a time of 10:46 which was good enough for 8th place overall.


As always, club members completed a range of different parkruns at home and abroad. Starting with Cheltenham parkrun, Matt Hickman ran a personal best of 19:34 as did Dunc Mounsor in 20:47 and Sharmila Door in 27.39. Further afield, Dave Nelson tackled the second hardest parkrun in the UK, Churchfields Farm, defeating it in a time of 36 minutes flat (although the course definitely wasn’t!).

Summer holidays also mean that parkrun tourism is in full swing. Claire Hawes was first in her age category at Exmouth parkrun, Piotr Michalski completed the Berlin Hasenheide parkrun, Rich Smith (and buggy) overcame the St Albans parkrun, Alison and Rob Hume owned the Teignmouth parkrun, Peter Morris conquered the Colby Woodland parkrun and Lynne Macedo smashed the Penrhyn Castle parkrun.

There were 10ks aplenty for Almost Athletes, who travelled far and wide to compete. Ten Almosts headed to the Forest of Dean for the Blaisdon 10k. Josh Hand was first Almost home in 38:37, followed by Peter Morris in 42:59 and Neil Tring in 45:48. Sue Monaghan was first Almost lady in 58:35, followed by Lorraine Taylor in 60:13. Mike Kennedy finished in 46:29, Allan Green 46:50, Dave Elliott 50:58, David Davey 55:01 and David Lawrence 60:15. Green had a busy week, following up with the Daventry Challenge Marathon in 5:27 and the Kingfisher Capers Marathon in 5:07.

Locally, Ceri Schofield tackled the tough hilly Cranham Beast in 1:06. At the London 10k, Jayne Murphy finished in 1:05, followed by Hazel Everett in 1:07, Lynne Macedo in 1:08, and Graham Philpott in 1:11. Dave Nelson was in Aberdeenshire, where he ran the undulating Alford 10k in 1:07.

Martyn Fisher took on the self-navigating Fairlands Valley Challenge Marathon, Stevenage. Despite a slight detour, he ran home in 5:18.

Lepha McCartan completed the Castle Howard Sprint plus tri, finishing the 800m run, 48k bike and 8k run in 3:03 and 6th in her age category.

At Cheltenham parkrun, Matt Polson finished 9th in 19:10, Sharon Hadad was 5th lady in 23:08, and Jeanette Gullick 6th lady in 23:11.

Ben Stone 5th at Gloucester North (19:56), Patricia Peever was 2nd lady at Tetbury Goods Shed (23:27), and Hester Coggin was 7th lady at Kingsway (23:57). At Churchfields Farm, Martin Thomas finished 5th in 20:40, and Duncan Mounsor was 7th in 21:13. Maddie Page ran at Tewkesbury, Andrea Hardy at Cirencester, while Piotr Michalski and Mike Kennedy travelled to the Forest of Dean.

There was tourism for Ellie Laney-Bolton at Eden Project where she finished 2nd lady in 20:36. Danny Carroll, Neil Tring, Lorraine Taylor and Rob Rennell made the trip to Bushy Park, the first and original parkrun. Rachel O’Bryan and Kate Houston ran at Pollok, Glasgow, Ed Brandley at Tamar Trails, Peter Morris at Killerton, and Claire Hawes at Exmouth. Rita Crane was at Dinton Pastures, Dave and Iris Mayo at Bicester, and Julie and Adrian Courtenay at Cassiobury. Further afield, Matthew Bevan took in Firenze parkrun, Florence.

Almost Athletes are hosting a couple of race events over the next few weeks. The Bugatti 10k takes place on Wednesday 7th August, from the Bugatti Owners’ Club, at Prescott, and the Meteor Mile takes place on Saturday 31st August along the runway (and against the setting sun!) at Gloucestershire Airport at Staverton. Entries for both events are open and can be accessed via the Almost Athletes race page  https://www.almostathletes.co.uk/races