This weekend saw members of Almost Athletes taking part in a wide variety of different races, both in the UK and further afield.
The largest turnout was for the Mandy Whittington Newent 9 on Sunday 17th November, in which a group of around 50 Almosts took part. The race produced some excellent results for the club, particularly for the ladies.
Amy Sheer was 1st Almost lady to complete and 4th lady overall with a great time of 41:51. Patricia Peever was 2nd Almost lady and also second in her age category with 43:01, and Jeanette Gullick was 3rd Almost lady and 2nd in her age category with 43:53.
For the men, Matt Polson came 8th overall in 37:28, followed by Martin Foster who was 9th with 37:36 and Matt Hickman who was 15th in 38:32.
Neil Tring was 1st in his age category with 42:51, and there were PBs for Ceri Schofield with 44:00, Richard Knightley with 45:46 and Chris McMahon in 47:46. For Mark Stojanov it was his 100th race which he completed in 1 hr 03 mins.
Martyn Fisher took part in two events over the weekend. On Friday he completed the Rutland 10km Night run in 53:56, then on Sunday he ran the St Neots Half Marathon in 1:48, his first sub 1:50 for six years.
Marathon specialist Allan Green also completed two events in the past week by running the Yeti Challenge Marathon, Brixworth in torrential rain in 5:02mins, followed by the Phoenix Firebird Marathon at Walton-on-Thames in 4:44.
Ashley Stevens took on the Fulham 10km on Sunday and achieved a new PB with a time of 43:11.
The Broadway Marathon also took place on Sunday 17th, and there was yet another age category win for Ingrid Harris in a time of 4:56. Also running were Giles Forster with 5:30 and Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto with 5:35.
Shaun Carr took on the Broadway Half and also came first in his age group and was 9th overall with a time of 1:53.
Hamish Adamson tackled the Roundabout Revenge trail event at Devizes, and completed the muddy 8 miles in 1:03, which placed him as 26th out of 253 runners.
Karla Cleverley travelled to Derby to compete in a very wet 10 mile event, whilst Alan Mullen and Dave Nelson experienced 29C heat at the Larnaca, Cyprus 10km race. Mullen finished in 56:36 and Nelson crossed the line in 1:15.
Earlier in the week, Matt Polson won the Cattle Country Dark Skies 10km off-road event in Berkeley with a time of 43:23, despite heavy rain and knee-deep puddles. Nicki Staniforth and Helena Youde also took part.
At Saturday’s King George V parkrun there were new PBs for Emma Hall with 24:58 and Mike Line with 30:35. Hall was also second in her age category.
Gloucester City parkrun saw Nick Lewis come 5th overall with 18:57, and Ben Stone was in 11th place with 19:36. Duncan Mansour was first in his age group with 21:16, and Hester Coggin was second in hers with 23:53. There was also a new course PB for VI runner Rob Rennell with 34:00.
At the Bideford parkrun Hannah Richards was 2nd lady with a time of 22:32.
Other parkruns in which members of Almost Athletes took part included Aldenham; Cheltenham Pittville Park; Clevedon Salthouse Fields; Dudley; Gloucester North; Heaton; Raphael Park, Romford; Southsea; and Stratford Park, Stroud.
There were also club members taking part in the Armidale, Australia and Weston Springs, New Zealand parkruns.