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.