On a very wet and windy Saturday morning a group of 23 Almosts took on the Snowdonia Eryri marathon. Despite a bad fall towards the end of the race, Matt Barnes was first Almost to finish with a time of 3:18, followed by Martin Foster in 3:24 and Robert Dalton-Morris in 4:03.
For the ladies, Chloe Farrer was first home in 4:01, Helen Fursman Reid in 4:15 and Fiona Barnes in 4:17.
Also running were John Scourfield with 4:16, Andrew Wilkinson in 4:19, Emma Yates in 4:28, Steve Taylor in 4:37, Sarah Roberts in 4:38, Rob Hume in 4:40, Paul Haig in 4:47, Maisie Markham in 4:48, and Nick Simon in 4:50.
Charlotte Jamieson was 6th in her age category with 5:13. Chris Urwin crossed the line in 5:19, Alison Gregg in 5:44, Ceinwen Davies and Wendy Haskins in 5:53, Richard Birch in 6:00 and Claire Gallagher and Jane Birch in 6:01.
At Saturday’s Cheltenham parkrun Prash Sripathi came 9th out of a field of 274 runners with a time of 20:05. Pete Mitchener was run director and delivered a ‘Strictly’ themed race briefing, although the intense rain did rather spoil some of his props.
Hamish Adamson was 9th at the King George V parkrun with a time of 21:05, and Natalie Greening was 4th lady to finish in 27:13. There was a new PB for Dave Mayo with 28:09 and for Kim Davenport with 31:08.
At the Newent parkrun Victoria Kennedy was 3rd lady with a time of 29:49.
Other parkruns in which members of Almost Athletes took part included Brandon County, Exeter Riverside, Gloucester City, Gloucester North, Heaton, Jersey Farm, Maidenhead and Mallards Pike in the Forest of Dean.
The weather on Sunday 27th October was in stark contrast to the previous day as it remained sunny and dry throughout.
Over in Ireland two Almosts competed in the KBC Dublin Marathon. Virginia Pawlyn came first in her age category with a time of 4:44, and Dave Davey finished in 4:28.
Closer to home, a group of more than 50 Almosts competed in the Stroud Half Marathon with several achieving new PBs.
Josh Hand was the first male Almost to cross the line in 1:24, followed by Matt Polson in 1:25 (a new PB) and Matt Hickman in 1:28.
Amy Sheer was first Almost lady with 1:32 (a new PB), Patricia Dendy was next with 1:38 and Jeanette Gullick followed with 1:39.
There was also a new PB for each of the following: Duncan Mansour with 1:33, Louise Bryan with 1:51, Hannah Brown and Nat Stow both with 2:05, and Iris Mayo with 2:41.
Lesley Cottle was pleased with a finish time of 1:58 at Stroud after completing a very wet Warmley Forest 10km on Saturday in 58:30.
Allan Green ran the Three Lakes Marathon on Thursday in 4:34, and then completed the Stroud Half on Sunday in 1:45.