A large troupe of Almost Athletes flocked to the unique Apperley Quarter Marathon. This year’s race saw a sell out crowd complete the unusual distance and claim knitted medals as a reward. Shaun Carr was first Almost home in 44:19, followed by Mike Bryce 44:45 and Duncan Mounsor with a PB, 45:17. Michelle Balchin was the club’s first lady in 49:59, followed by Jeanette Gullick, 1st FV50 in 50:53, then Ingrid Harris 2nd FV50 in 51:32. Sheila Chatterley and Sue Monaghan were 2nd and 3rd FV60 in 59:22 and 1:00. Richard Knightley took four minutes off his previous PB with 50:20. It was the first Quarter Marathon experience for Josh Rimmel 53:48, Andrea Hardy 1:00 and Natalie Pluck 1:02.
Mark Willicott tackled the tough Cotswold Way Century ultra, running an epic 102 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath in 27:40. Martyn Fisher took on the Tring 50k Ultra, finishing in 6:22 Ingrid Harris completed the hilly LDWA Cotswold Challenge marathon distance, crossing the finish line in 5:52.
Karla Cleverley ran three legs of the Ragnar Relay, managing without sleep to help her team complete the 170 mile route from Maidstone to Brighton. At Swindon Half Marathon, Rob Rennell claimed a course PB 2:50 guided by Robert Dalton-Morris. Russell Jones completed Swansea 10K in 56:14. Penny Lewis, Julie Averiss and Mark Stojanov took part in St Richards Hospice 5k Doughnut Dash, with Lewis gaining a new PB 70:18.
Kim Davenport was in France at the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend. She clocked up 36 km and some impressive bling for her efforts. Wan Hartley travelled to Thailand to complete the Krabi International Half Marathon, finishing in 2:26.
Several Almosts took part in the second King George V Playing Field parkrun, gaining a number of top ten placings. Ben Stone was 4th with a parkrun PB, 18:46. Phillip Jukes was close behind in 5th place, 18:50. Prashanth Sripathi was 6th in 19:02, and there was a PB for 8th placed Duncan Mounsor, 20:31. At Cheltenham, Kieran Keating was first Almost to finish in 21:38, followed by Matthew Hampton in 21:43 and 5th lady Amber Bullingham in 22:06. There was local representation at Gloucester City, Stratford Park Stroud and Mallards Pike.
There were parkrun tourists aplenty. Ross Greening, Natalie Greening, Mark Lyes and Claire Hawes travelled to Exmouth, with Hawes finishing 1st VW65 in 29:40. Martin Foster was 5th at Sutton Park in 19:24, and Jo Foster 4th lady in 24:05. Lou Tring ran at Heaton, Malc Smith and Janine Bennett at Eden Project, and Claire Gallagher at Blandford. Patricia and Kev Dendy were in Ross-on-Wye, Matthew Bevan was at Mountbatten School, and Jo Johnston was in Armidale, Australia.