With Storm Dennis bringing disruption to running events nationwide, Almost Athletes were relieved to see the third Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country league meeting at Pittville Park go ahead, albeit without the popular stream crossing.
Twenty-five hardy Almost Athletes tackled the race, which was particularly challenging given the very muddy course and windy conditions . Nick Lewis was first Almost to finish the tough 9.3km 3 laps in 43:47, followed by Josh Hand, 44:27, and Gary Farquharson, 48:32. Neil Tring was 3rd MV60 in 50:37. Richard Knightley finished his first event in 52:35, then Pete Hooper, 52:37, Paul Warren, 54:24, David Garnett, 55:11, Steve Wallbridge, 57:05, Jim Trowbridge, 57:47, David Davey, 59:17, Kevin Richards, 1:05:43, Mike Line, 1:07:04, and Bob Spawton, 1:10:00.
Jordan Blackall flew around the 6.4km 2 lap race in 34:27. Hester Coggin was next in 37:45, then Lucy Powell, 38:30, Allan Green, 38:31, Ingrid Harris, 38:33, Hayleigh Woolnough, 41:29, Jane Russell, 43:50, Lorraine Taylor, 44:22, Sue Monaghan, 45:13, Catrin Davies Perkins, 45:35, and Janine Bennett, 52:05.
Further afield, Marty Ward was in action at the wet and windy Castle Combe Chilly 10k, finishing in 1:02.
Over fifty Almosts braved the weather at parkrun events. Ben Stone was pleased to see Cheltenham parkrun take place, and he ran his 50th event in 20:20, finishing 12th overall. Matt Proome was next Almost home in 21:03, followed by Prashanth Sripathi, 21:21. Rosemary Hubbard was the first of the club’s females to finish (24:20), then Sharmila Door (28:25), and Nela Trowbridge (29:18).
At King George V Playing Fields, the club took three of the top five placings. Matt Polson was 2nd (20:22), Nick Lewis third (21:13), and Duncan Mounsor 5th (22:31). Hattie Jenkins ran 24:10 to finish 2nd lady, then Catherine Mason (28:05), and Cheryl Rodham (28:56).
There was tourism for James Clay at Ipswich, David Nelson at Brueton, Mark Wreford-Bush at Long Eaton, and Kate Freeman at Eastville. Mike Kennedy, Megan Davies and Hester Coggin ran at Newent, Andrea Hardy at Isabel Trail and Martyn Fisher at Fulbourn Hospital. Martin Foster was 3rd at Heartlands in 19:43, and Jo Foster finished 5th lady in 23:57.