On Saturday morning a group of Almost Athletes joined barefoot runner Anna McNuff as she passed through Tewkesbury towards Gloucester on her quest to complete the equivalent of 100 marathons.
There were some excellent parkrun results this weekend for members of Almost Athletes, with several achieving new personal best times.
At Cheltenham parkrun Martin Foster came 13th out of a field of 479 runners with a time of 19:56. Donna Evans was first in her age category with a time of 24:08 and there was a new PB for Helen Fursman with 23:04 and for Felicity Read with 29:29.
The new King George V parkrun was the scene of further success for the club, with Matt Polson in 2nd place with a time of 18:44, Prash Sripathi in 4th with 19:38, Duncan Mansour in 7th with 20:38 and Ross Greening in 10th place with 21:21. Mansour was first in his age category and Greening’s time was a new PB. There were also five other PBs at the event for Steve Adams in 23:23, Rachel Fargher in 26:42, Sue Monaghan in 29:32, Jayne Adams in 29:52 and Jeff Tibbles in 31:29.
At the Mundy parkrun Ben Taylor was 1st to finish in 20:17, whilst at Gloucester City Nick Lewis came 3rd in 19:29 and Ben Stone was 4th in 19:38. Hester Coggin was 4th lady with 23:23, as was Patricia Dendy at the Mallards Pike parkrun with 22:48.
Other parkruns in which members of Almost Athletes took part included Armidale in Australia, Barclay, Bexley, Heaton, Ipswich, Lymington Woodside, Winchester and Woodley.
There was plenty of action on Sunday 6th October, with club members competing in a number of different events.
Seven Almosts took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon with Catherine Daly the first to finish in 1:55. Russell Jones achieved a massive new PB with a time of 2:13 (20 minutes faster than his previous best time), and Penny Lewis completed her first half marathon in 2:38. Also running were Dave Chittock with 1:57, Catherine Mason with 2:08, Deb Cartlidge with 2:38 and Karla Cleverley with 3:15.
Another group of Almosts ran in the Cricklade Half Marathon, where Jeanette Gullick came 1st in her age group with a finish time of 1:39, followed by Steve Wallbridge in 1:57, Sheila Chatterley in 2:03, Christopher Benjamin in 2:09, and Sarah Wallbridge and Debby Masding both with 2:13.
Martyn Fisher took on the Hoohaah Wimpole Estate Half Marathon and finished in 1:57, whilst Hannah Brown finished in 1:42 at the Sudeley Castle sprint Duathlon.
There were also three Marathons in which club members ran on Sunday. Ingrid Harris tackled the Clarendon off-road event and came in as 6th lady with a time of 4:03. Jackie Slaughter completed the Loch Ness Marathon in Scotland in 5:01, and Allan Green ran the Queen of Dragons Marathon along the river Thames at Windsor in 5:17.
The Devil’s Aquathon attracted a few Almosts with an excellent result for Shaun Carr who was 2nd overall in the shorter (400m swim) and 10km run with a time of 1hr 00secs. Giles Foster finished in 1:13 and Adrian Courtenay in 1:37. Jamie Courtenay took on the longer 2km swim and completed the event in 1:46.