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Oct 1, 2019

Almost Athletes don’t do things by halves...except marathons


Over the weekend, the Almost Athletes running club was announced by England Athletics as the running club of the year for the South West of England. The club will now represent the region at the national awards in January. It’s a huge honour and, much like the club’s running achievements, the result of many years’ hard work. It’s a reflection of the friendly nature of the club and the hard work that goes into it by a huge number of volunteers.

The community spirit of the club was in evidence over the weekend, as the club contributed a large number of marshals and volunteers to help make the Cheltenham Half Marathon happen. As you’d expect, a large club contingent also pounded the streets around town to finish with a lap of a very windy racecourse. Leading the club home was Matt Barnes in 1:24 which was good enough to rank 35th overall. He was followed home by two runners who achieved personal bests; Martin Foster (1:26) and Matthew Hickman (1:27). For the women, Olga Goffin did an amazing job to finish 17th overall in 1:33. She was followed home by Amy Sheer (1:36) and Katie Coleman (1:38).

Despite the tough conditions, multiple club members achieved personal bests: Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre (1:29), Duncan Mounsor (1:37), Richard Knightley (1:47), Karen Gomm (1:48), Louise Bryn (1:52), Josh Rimell (1:52), Helen Barker (1:56), Kev Fairs (1:57 which is a massive 13 minute PB) and Sharmila Door (2:14).

In half marathons further afield, Sam Wizard achieved a PB of 1:59 at the Blenheim half, a race that also saw Natalie Jayne finish in 2:18. Christopher Benjamin completed his 70th half marathon in the Milton Keynes Autumn race in 2:04.

Deciding to go further afield and doubling the distance Marty Ward (5:23) and Dave Nelson (5:40) took on and conquered the challenge of one of the big 6 major marathons in Berlin. No section on Marathon running would be complete without mention of Allan Green who completed the Barnstable marathon in 5:04. Also tackling marathons this weekend were Dave Rogers (3:59), Thom Stephens (4:13) and Giles Forster (5:16), who all ran the ‘undulating’ Michaelmas Aston Sub-Edge marathon.

In similarly hilly events, Julie and Adrian Courtenay completed the Portishead Costal path 10km in 1:17, an event in which Sheila Chatterley also ran. Lewis Jones completed the national three peak challenge over the weekend and did a cracking job to get up and down all three peaks in 25 hours.

Finally, the club saw some great parkrun running this weekend. Lesely Cotte was first in her age category at the Exmouth parkrun, a feat matched by Peter Mitchener at Cheltenham parkrun.
Hester Coggin was third overall woman at Gloucester City parkrun whilst Prash Sripathi was also third overall at the wonderful King George V playing field parkrun in Cheltenham, his highest ever parkrun placing.

As for parkrun tourism, club members went overseas to tackle events in Hesenheide in Germany and Armidale in Australia whilst closer to home club members completed the following parkruns: Wimpole Estate, Clumber Park, Cirencester, Stratford Park and Mallards Pike.

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Posted by: dave

Over the weekend, the Almost Athletes running club was announced by England Athletics as the running club of the year for the South West of England. The club will now represent the region at the national awards in January. It’s a huge honour and, much like the club’s running achievements, the result of many years’ hard work. It’s a reflection of the friendly nature of the club and the hard work that goes into it by a huge number of volunteers.

The community spirit of the club was in evidence over the weekend, as the club contributed a large number of marshals and volunteers to help make the Cheltenham Half Marathon happen. As you’d expect, a large club contingent also pounded the streets around town to finish with a lap of a very windy racecourse. Leading the club home was Matt Barnes in 1:24 which was good enough to rank 35th overall. He was followed home by two runners who achieved personal bests; Martin Foster (1:26) and Matthew Hickman (1:27). For the women, Olga Goffin did an amazing job to finish 17th overall in 1:33. She was followed home by Amy Sheer (1:36) and Katie Coleman (1:38).

Despite the tough conditions, multiple club members achieved personal bests: Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre (1:29), Duncan Mounsor (1:37), Richard Knightley (1:47), Karen Gomm (1:48), Louise Bryn (1:52), Josh Rimell (1:52), Helen Barker (1:56), Kev Fairs (1:57 which is a massive 13 minute PB) and Sharmila Door (2:14).

In half marathons further afield, Sam Wizard achieved a PB of 1:59 at the Blenheim half, a race that also saw Natalie Jayne finish in 2:18. Christopher Benjamin completed his 70th half marathon in the Milton Keynes Autumn race in 2:04.

Deciding to go further afield and doubling the distance Marty Ward (5:23) and Dave Nelson (5:40) took on and conquered the challenge of one of the big 6 major marathons in Berlin. No section on Marathon running would be complete without mention of Allan Green who completed the Barnstable marathon in 5:04. Also tackling marathons this weekend were Dave Rogers (3:59), Thom Stephens (4:13) and Giles Forster (5:16), who all ran the ‘undulating’ Michaelmas Aston Sub-Edge marathon.

In similarly hilly events, Julie and Adrian Courtenay completed the Portishead Costal path 10km in 1:17, an event in which Sheila Chatterley also ran. Lewis Jones completed the national three peak challenge over the weekend and did a cracking job to get up and down all three peaks in 25 hours.

Finally, the club saw some great parkrun running this weekend. Lesely Cotte was first in her age category at the Exmouth parkrun, a feat matched by Peter Mitchener at Cheltenham parkrun.
Hester Coggin was third overall woman at Gloucester City parkrun whilst Prash Sripathi was also third overall at the wonderful King George V playing field parkrun in Cheltenham, his highest ever parkrun placing.

As for parkrun tourism, club members went overseas to tackle events in Hesenheide in Germany and Armidale in Australia whilst closer to home club members completed the following parkruns: Wimpole Estate, Clumber Park, Cirencester, Stratford Park and Mallards Pike.