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May 15, 2018

Almosts remember Rich at parkrun


Almost Athletes got the weekend underway with the Cheltenham parkrun, to remember the life of Rich Walklate, one of the original Cheltenham parkrun co-founders, supporters and part of the core team. The Run4Rich Memorial run, was  attended by parents Jane and Steve Walklate as well as family amongst a record 723 runners. Runners wore caps in tribute to Rich, sporting banners and flags with pictures of Rich at the Everest Marathon which he ran last year.  Rich had been working hard to get his parkrun time back under 20 minutes with support from Matt Polson, in memory of this planned 100th parkrun milestone Polson was a under twenty minute pacer.

The purple army attended Tewkesbury Half Marathon on Sunday the 13th May with Dale Midwinter coming in at 1:30, Matthew Proome 1:33, Patricia Peever 1:35, Daniel Reeves 1:37 achieving a 27 minute personal best, Michael Grant 1:39 winning second in his Age Group [PHOTO], Paul Haig 1:59, Julie Birt 2:00, Stephen Holland 2 hours, Natalie Stow also a personal best of 2:07 which she has been trying to gain for several years,  Mark Eavers 2:07, Oliver Bell 2:08,  Coralie Pearson 2:11, Oliver Nolan 2:12, Simon Gomersall 2:15, Chaweewan Hartley 2:19, Rachael Nolan 2:19, Kasha Price 2:29 and Sarah Fennell 2:34.

In Stratford, at the Shakespeare half marathon, Ross Greening achieved 1:44, Lucinda Hand 1:52 and Natalie Greening 2:05. At the Shakespeare marathon Dave Rogers achieved an exceptional personal best of 3:11, Karen Hilton also a personal best of 4:23, and Jackie Slaughter 5:06.

At the Stroud Marathon, a challenging mixture of local trails, and amazing views, Mark Wilicott was first in at 4:24, Ingrid Harris second in at 4:39, Thomas Smith 4:40, Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto 4:57, Shaun Carr 4:58, Karen Galpin 4:59, Anne Marie-Willicott and Fiona Barnes 5:23, Jim Trowbridge, Kevin Richards and Mariel Chretien 7:50.

Ian Coggin ran a marathon on Saturday and again on Sunday, with the Enduroman festival of ultra marathon events in Bransgore, Hampshire. This is a phenomenal success for Coggin who had only just completed the Malvern Hills Ultra Marathon the weekend prior, a tough 46 mile run, achieving 11th position out of 67, in 10:39.

In Vejle Denmark, Steve Linton took part in the Powerman middle distance duathlon, running 10k, cycling 60k, and then running 10k, achieving 16th in age category in 3:29.

David Farrow took part in the LDWA Ridgeway 40 Ultra Marathon starting west of Marlborough and ending in Streatley. The ultra follows the ancient ridgeway trail. This was the first ultra marathon Farrow has run, achieving 8:15.

Bristol hosted the Simply Health 10k, Paul Warren was first in at 44:18, Charmaine Brunt second in at 50:16, Gareth Wilkes third in 52:16, with all three runners achieving personal bests, Adrian Courtenay 1:01 and visually impaired runner Rob Rennell and guide runner Mark Medland 1:18.

The Annual British Heart Foundation Cotswolds 30 and 50 mile cycle got under way on Sunday around the stunning Cotswolds countryside. Cycled by Piotr Michalski, David Chittock, Deb Cartlidge, Jeanette Gullick and Mark Stojanov who cycled this event for the 17th year, achieving a personal best of 3:09.

Almost Athletes Ladies Team: Hattie Jenkins, Amber Bullingham and Michelle Balchin were joint team winners with CLC Striders at the Berkeley 10k race. With David Lawrence winning 1st prize for the 70 age group. 60 Almost Athletes attended this race with personal bests achieved in great numbers by: Matt Polson 38:49, Matthew Hickman 40:44, Steve Wallbridge 43:08, Daniel Reeves 44:34, Piotr Michalski 44:47, Claire Hearing 49:02, Rich Smith 49:25, Brian Todd 51:12, Catrin Davies 53:12, Jayne Adams 58:53, Penny Byrne 59:56, Lynne Macedo 1:01 and Iris Mayo 1:05.

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