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Dec 2, 2019

Early Christmas Festivities


As December rolls in and attention turns to advent calendars and mince pies, the running season moves into a quiet month. However, the Almost Athletes always find a colourful array of different events and parkruns to run off the excesses of the festive period, sometimes in fancy dress as well.

Ingrid Harris and Alan Green decided to tackle the Porchester Castle Christmas dinner challenge, a daunting 12 laps but with 4 interlocking medals on offer to those who could complete it. Continuing her fantastic form this season, Ingrid finished in 4:19 and was the first lady over the line to win the event. Alan finished in 5:17 and adds to his extensive medal collection.

Karla Cleverley finished the Chasewater Christmas pudding dash, a 10km run in fancy dress in 1:25. In other Christmas related running events, Mark Stojanov completed the 4th Rotary Santa run in Pittville park with a PB of 21:06.

In a non-festive themed event (bah humbug), Josh Hand did the Last Friday of the Month 5km in Hyde Park in London. There was no good cheer in this event as it was a very fast field but Josh finished in an impressive 17:53.

In a team event, Dave Chittock led a group of Almosts who rose to the challenge in the Waite 10, matching the clubs previous best in the process.
As always, runners from the club braved a very cold Saturday morning to enjoy the sunshine and the joys of a parkrun. Leading the way was Kieran Keating who completed his 100th parkrun at Cheltenham <image>. Also in Cheltenham, Catherine Daly was 3rd lady at King George V playing fields parkrun where Matt Polson finished third overall. Duncan Monsour finished first in his age category Gloucester City, as did Claire Hawes at the 100th running of the Exmouth parkrun.

A little further afield, Ben Taylor went over to Canada to complete the Central parkrun in Buraby, finishing in 2nd place. Perhaps not feeling the cold quite so much, Steven and Jayne Adams travelled to North Sydney in Australia.

Alongside these, club runners travelled far and wide to complete the following parkruns this weekend: Matt Proome in South Shields, Mike Bryce at Groe, Neil Tring at Greenwich, Rich Smith at Lydiard, Karen Hilton at Canterbury, Lesley Cotte at Gloucester North, Ben Stone at Billericay, Katie Freeman at Eastville, Lynne Macedo at Mile End, Ross Greening at Stonehouse, Matt Bevan at Queen Elizabeth park, Danny Carroll at Longrun Meadow, Helen Fursman and Fi Barnes at Stratford Park, Stroud, Martyn Fisher at Irchester Country and Malc Smith at Seven Fields.

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As December rolls in and attention turns to advent calendars and mince pies, the running season moves into a quiet month. However, the Almost Athletes always find a colourful array of different events and parkruns to run off the excesses of the festive period, sometimes in fancy dress as well.

Ingrid Harris and Alan Green decided to tackle the Porchester Castle Christmas dinner challenge, a daunting 12 laps but with 4 interlocking medals on offer to those who could complete it. Continuing her fantastic form this season, Ingrid finished in 4:19 and was the first lady over the line to win the event. Alan finished in 5:17 and adds to his extensive medal collection.

Karla Cleverley finished the Chasewater Christmas pudding dash, a 10km run in fancy dress in 1:25. In other Christmas related running events, Mark Stojanov completed the 4th Rotary Santa run in Pittville park with a PB of 21:06.

In a non-festive themed event (bah humbug), Josh Hand did the Last Friday of the Month 5km in Hyde Park in London. There was no good cheer in this event as it was a very fast field but Josh finished in an impressive 17:53.

In a team event, Dave Chittock led a group of Almosts who rose to the challenge in the Waite 10, matching the clubs previous best in the process.
As always, runners from the club braved a very cold Saturday morning to enjoy the sunshine and the joys of a parkrun. Leading the way was Kieran Keating who completed his 100th parkrun at Cheltenham <image>. Also in Cheltenham, Catherine Daly was 3rd lady at King George V playing fields parkrun where Matt Polson finished third overall. Duncan Monsour finished first in his age category Gloucester City, as did Claire Hawes at the 100th running of the Exmouth parkrun.

A little further afield, Ben Taylor went over to Canada to complete the Central parkrun in Buraby, finishing in 2nd place. Perhaps not feeling the cold quite so much, Steven and Jayne Adams travelled to North Sydney in Australia.

Alongside these, club runners travelled far and wide to complete the following parkruns this weekend: Matt Proome in South Shields, Mike Bryce at Groe, Neil Tring at Greenwich, Rich Smith at Lydiard, Karen Hilton at Canterbury, Lesley Cotte at Gloucester North, Ben Stone at Billericay, Katie Freeman at Eastville, Lynne Macedo at Mile End, Ross Greening at Stonehouse, Matt Bevan at Queen Elizabeth park, Danny Carroll at Longrun Meadow, Helen Fursman and Fi Barnes at Stratford Park, Stroud, Martyn Fisher at Irchester Country and Malc Smith at Seven Fields.