The Almost Athletes season is really starting to motor along with this weekend seeing a string of great results with runners achieving great things around the world.
Starting close to home, a number of runners tackled the Mayhill Massacre, a hilly 9 miler run near Huntley in Gloucestershire with the opportunity to run on both the Saturday and the Sunday. In the Saturday event the first Almost home was Sarah Roberts in 1:37. She was followed home by Karen Hilton (1:50) and Adrian Courtenay (2:13). A few more athletes took on the Sunday run, achieving two top ten finishers. Ian Williams finished third overall in 1:11 and Shaun Carr was just behind him finishing in 1:19 for 8th overall. Mike Daly also saw success as he finished first in his age category (1:27). Also running were Hester Coggin (1:34), Cat Daly (1:35) and Catherine Mason (1:57).
A little further afield and definitely a little warmer, a group of Almosts travelled over to Torremolinos in Spain to complete the Half Marathon in what is becoming an annual tradition for the club. In tricky conditions runners from the club ran well and were cheered on by a typically awesome Almost Athletes support crew. Some of those who made the trip over included Rachael, Bev Nolan and Oli Nolan, Ceinwen Davies, Matt Proome, Dave and Sam McGrath, Sarah Fennell, Helen and Steve Yarnold and Oli Bell.
Penny Lewis proved to be on scorching form over the weekend, setting two personal bests over 5km. On the Saturday she completed the Weymouth parkrun in a pb of 33:05 only to then lower that mark on the Sunday with a 32:54 at the Cardiff Warmer 5km.
The person always travelling about and seeking new events (new marathons at least) is Allan Green. This week he found the Rejected Run Home Run Marathon, an out and back trail along Thames Egham which he completed in 5:29.
Almost Athletes travelled the country and beyond to parkruns on Saturday this week. Club runners achieved a rare double at the King George V Playing Field parkrun in Cheltenham. Matt Polson was the first finisher and Cat Daly was the first female in a course PB time. Elsewhere, Prash Kumar Sripathi was the first Almost home at Cheltenham whilst Ben Stone, Mike Bryce, Chris McMahon, Dave and Iris Mayo travelled over to complete Mallard Pike parkrun.
In other parkruns, Almosts completed the following: Lou Tring at Heaton Park, Bill Jones at Lydiard parkrun, Nick Lewis, Jo and Martin Foster at Arrow Valley, Haiggy McHaig at Gloucester North, John Wallis at Wycombe Rye, Dave Nelson at Chippenham, Rita Crane at Stewart park, Robert Foord at Upton Court, Peter Jones at Newent, Matt Bevan and Liz Garner at Evesham, Mark Stojanov at Tewkesbury, Hannah Richards at Bideford, Martyn Fisher at Castle Park, Claire Hawes at Exmouth, Kev Dendy at Marlborough Common, Virginia Pawlyn, Lisa King and James Clay at Cromhall, Norm Lever at Tawd Valley, Neil Tring and Lorraine Taylor at Startford Park, Piotr Michalski, Malc Smith and Thomas Wood at Berkeley Green and Deb Cartlidge at Whangarei in New Zealand to complete the global spread of runs this week!