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Jul 9, 2019

Marathons, Ironmans, Parkruns and much more


In a week where it was confirmed that the Almost Athletes ladies team finished a brilliant 5th in the Cotswold Way relay, runners from the club produced another array of fantastic performances.
The week kicked off with the Frampton 10k on Monday night. Josh Hand led the way for club, finishing 17th overall in a very rapid 37:04. He was followed in by Peter Mitchener (44:47) and Neil Tring (45:06). As always, the ladies team put in a strong showing, led home by Runner of the Month Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto in 47:59 with Charmaine Brunt second Almost lady (50:03) followed by Deb Cartlidge in 53:03. The event also saw PBs for Richard Knightley in 48:31 and Peter Allsopp in 54:48.
On a sunny, but thankfully cooler, Sunday morning the club provided a very glamorous water station for the Gloucester 10km. As well as distributing quality H2O, Almosts also had a number of runners in the event. First home for the club was Michael Harris in 43:03. He was followed by Ceri Schofield who was 4th lady overall finishing in 46:28. Brunt capped a consistent week by coming home next in 50:05, outsprinting Paul Warren (50:06) and Helen Pardoe (50:09).
The Evesham 10km was run at the same time and it saw the Almosts take home some prizes. Pauline Bargus took home her category prize in a time of 53:43. Matt Polson was the first Almost home finishing 7th overall in a time of 38:36. He was closely followed by Phil Jukes in 40:28 and Rich Birch in 41:08, with the three of them taking home the men’s team prize. The ladies were brought home by Jeanette Gullick who was third in her category in a time of 45:30. Wisniewska-Barreto completed good week (48:35) with Bargus completing the Almost top three. The event saw Mark Stojanov set a pb of 1:06:36.
Capping a solid day of 10km performances David Chittock made a successful return from injury. Ably assisted by Debs Cartlidge, they completed the Porthcawl 10km in well under an hour.
When running isn’t enough, Almosts turn their hand to Ironmans. This weekend saw both Matt Proome and Thom Stephens demonstrate incredible stamina with Proome completing the Challenge Roth Ironman in 12:38 and Stephens complete the Long Course in Tenby in 12:36. The ever-impressive Shaun Carr represented GB in Romania completing the duathalon and finishing 8th in his age category.
And when running one marathon becomes too easy, why not do two in a week?! Alan Green completed the delightfully named Turd marathon in 5:12 and the Moreton marathon in 5:11. Ingrid Harris also completed the latter in 4:17 coming home as first lady.
In some other long distance feats, Christopher Benjamin continued his recent good form completing the Birmingham and Black Country Half marathon in 2 hours and change. Martyn Fisher completed an incredibly hot Great Barrow Challenge Marathon in 4:57.
In parkruns, the Almosts saw Polson home as first finisher at Newent parkrun. Ben Stone was 3rd at Gloucester North in an event that also saw Rob Rennell and guide Rob Dalton-Morris set a pb of 34:04. Duncan Mounsor set a parkrun pb at Cheltenham of 21:16.
Finally, congratulations also go to Fi and Matt Barnes, both of whom completed their Coaching qualifications this week adding to the club’s growing contingent of qualified England Athletics coaches.

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Posted by: dave

In a week where it was confirmed that the Almost Athletes ladies team finished a brilliant 5th in the Cotswold Way relay, runners from the club produced another array of fantastic performances.
The week kicked off with the Frampton 10k on Monday night. Josh Hand led the way for club, finishing 17th overall in a very rapid 37:04. He was followed in by Peter Mitchener (44:47) and Neil Tring (45:06). As always, the ladies team put in a strong showing, led home by Runner of the Month Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto in 47:59 with Charmaine Brunt second Almost lady (50:03) followed by Deb Cartlidge in 53:03. The event also saw PBs for Richard Knightley in 48:31 and Peter Allsopp in 54:48.
On a sunny, but thankfully cooler, Sunday morning the club provided a very glamorous water station for the Gloucester 10km. As well as distributing quality H2O, Almosts also had a number of runners in the event. First home for the club was Michael Harris in 43:03. He was followed by Ceri Schofield who was 4th lady overall finishing in 46:28. Brunt capped a consistent week by coming home next in 50:05, outsprinting Paul Warren (50:06) and Helen Pardoe (50:09).
The Evesham 10km was run at the same time and it saw the Almosts take home some prizes. Pauline Bargus took home her category prize in a time of 53:43. Matt Polson was the first Almost home finishing 7th overall in a time of 38:36. He was closely followed by Phil Jukes in 40:28 and Rich Birch in 41:08, with the three of them taking home the men’s team prize. The ladies were brought home by Jeanette Gullick who was third in her category in a time of 45:30. Wisniewska-Barreto completed good week (48:35) with Bargus completing the Almost top three. The event saw Mark Stojanov set a pb of 1:06:36.
Capping a solid day of 10km performances David Chittock made a successful return from injury. Ably assisted by Debs Cartlidge, they completed the Porthcawl 10km in well under an hour.
When running isn’t enough, Almosts turn their hand to Ironmans. This weekend saw both Matt Proome and Thom Stephens demonstrate incredible stamina with Proome completing the Challenge Roth Ironman in 12:38 and Stephens complete the Long Course in Tenby in 12:36. The ever-impressive Shaun Carr represented GB in Romania completing the duathalon and finishing 8th in his age category.
And when running one marathon becomes too easy, why not do two in a week?! Alan Green completed the delightfully named Turd marathon in 5:12 and the Moreton marathon in 5:11. Ingrid Harris also completed the latter in 4:17 coming home as first lady.
In some other long distance feats, Christopher Benjamin continued his recent good form completing the Birmingham and Black Country Half marathon in 2 hours and change. Martyn Fisher completed an incredibly hot Great Barrow Challenge Marathon in 4:57.
In parkruns, the Almosts saw Polson home as first finisher at Newent parkrun. Ben Stone was 3rd at Gloucester North in an event that also saw Rob Rennell and guide Rob Dalton-Morris set a pb of 34:04. Duncan Mounsor set a parkrun pb at Cheltenham of 21:16.
Finally, congratulations also go to Fi and Matt Barnes, both of whom completed their Coaching qualifications this week adding to the club’s growing contingent of qualified England Athletics coaches.