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Mar 15, 2020

TWENTY IS PLENTY FOR ALMOSTS AT BERKELEY AND GLOUCESTER


The weekend saw a number of Almost Athletes take on the challenge of some long distance road running with the Berkeley 20:20 Fission (Saturday) and the Gloucester 20 (Sunday) events happening.

At Berkeley, 19 Almosts took on the two lap 20 mile circuit and Ben Stone was first to finish in a PB time of 2:27:06. He was followed home by Pete Mitchener who took 7 minutes of his previous best with a 2:38:18 and Matt Proome in 2:43:52. Miranda Foster led the way for the women and secured an impressive new PB of 2:44:06. Completing the top 3 were Michelle Balchin in 2:51:43 and Fi Barnes in 2:56:22.

There were plenty of other strong performances over the 20 mile distance with Neil Tring coming 2nd in his category, and at the same time taking 4 minutes of his previous best, with a 2:44:04 finish. Richard Knightley (2:48:10) and Sue Monaghan (3:47:22) also set new PBs, as did Chris McMahon, who completed his longest ever run in 3:20:04.

In the 20k race, Jeanette Gullick was the first Almost over the line in 1:39:13, a result that saw her come second in the FV50 category. Catherine Daly was next in 1:45:57 and Lorraine Taylor third in 1:58:28.

Also celebrating PBs over 20k were Iris Mayo (3 mins quicker in 2:22:55) and Marty Ward in 2:19:17.

At Gloucester, Olga Goffin was the first Almost home in an excellent time of 2:28:42, which was enough to give her a category first place. Ingrid Harris was the second Almost lady in 2:49:06 (also topping her category) and a day after completing the 20k at Berkeley, Catherine Daly was third in 2:53:26.

For the men, Duncan Monsour led the way and continued his excellent form securing a 20 mile PB in 2:38:39. Michael Daly was next, claiming second in his category with a 2:49:58 run and distance specialist Allan Green followed in 3:10:10.

As ever, the club was well represented at Parkruns far and wide with Matt Polson leading the way locally, finishing first at the King George V Playing fields event in 19:10. Nick Lewis also achieved a similar feat, albeit some 234 miles away – he came first at the Land’s End Parkrun in a rapid 18:59. Even further away, Kara Cleverley completed the Pegasus Parkrun in Canterbury, New Zealand in 40:45, and thoroughly enjoyed the scenic two-lap course. Kara then followed it up with a Sunday 10k, running Christchurch’s Spencer Park event in 1.35.

Back to Parkruns in the UK and flying the purple flag were Steven Adams (Bournemouth 23:36), Helen McGuire (Wythenshawe 29:47), Rita Crane (Dinton Pastures 35:23) and Danny Carroll (Seven Fields 26:13). Almost Athletes were also well represented at the Cheltenham, Kingsway, Gloucester North, Gloucester City, Stratford Park, Mallards Pike and Chipping Norton School events.

The weekend also saw Almost Athlete representation in the Aspire 5 mile winter series in Bristol where Debs Lacey came 1st in the VF50 category for the Out and Back race and Russell Jones finished the 50:50 course in 49 minutes.

Away from the roads, Malc Allen completed the Wolverhampton Trail Half and celebrated first in his category with an outstanding 2:08 to make it a busy weekend for Almost Athletes, worldwide!

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The weekend saw a number of Almost Athletes take on the challenge of some long distance road running with the Berkeley 20:20 Fission (Saturday) and the Gloucester 20 (Sunday) events happening.

At Berkeley, 19 Almosts took on the two lap 20 mile circuit and Ben Stone was first to finish in a PB time of 2:27:06. He was followed home by Pete Mitchener who took 7 minutes of his previous best with a 2:38:18 and Matt Proome in 2:43:52. Miranda Foster led the way for the women and secured an impressive new PB of 2:44:06. Completing the top 3 were Michelle Balchin in 2:51:43 and Fi Barnes in 2:56:22.

There were plenty of other strong performances over the 20 mile distance with Neil Tring coming 2nd in his category, and at the same time taking 4 minutes of his previous best, with a 2:44:04 finish. Richard Knightley (2:48:10) and Sue Monaghan (3:47:22) also set new PBs, as did Chris McMahon, who completed his longest ever run in 3:20:04.

In the 20k race, Jeanette Gullick was the first Almost over the line in 1:39:13, a result that saw her come second in the FV50 category. Catherine Daly was next in 1:45:57 and Lorraine Taylor third in 1:58:28.

Also celebrating PBs over 20k were Iris Mayo (3 mins quicker in 2:22:55) and Marty Ward in 2:19:17.

At Gloucester, Olga Goffin was the first Almost home in an excellent time of 2:28:42, which was enough to give her a category first place. Ingrid Harris was the second Almost lady in 2:49:06 (also topping her category) and a day after completing the 20k at Berkeley, Catherine Daly was third in 2:53:26.

For the men, Duncan Monsour led the way and continued his excellent form securing a 20 mile PB in 2:38:39. Michael Daly was next, claiming second in his category with a 2:49:58 run and distance specialist Allan Green followed in 3:10:10.

As ever, the club was well represented at Parkruns far and wide with Matt Polson leading the way locally, finishing first at the King George V Playing fields event in 19:10. Nick Lewis also achieved a similar feat, albeit some 234 miles away – he came first at the Land’s End Parkrun in a rapid 18:59. Even further away, Kara Cleverley completed the Pegasus Parkrun in Canterbury, New Zealand in 40:45, and thoroughly enjoyed the scenic two-lap course. Kara then followed it up with a Sunday 10k, running Christchurch’s Spencer Park event in 1.35.

Back to Parkruns in the UK and flying the purple flag were Steven Adams (Bournemouth 23:36), Helen McGuire (Wythenshawe 29:47), Rita Crane (Dinton Pastures 35:23) and Danny Carroll (Seven Fields 26:13). Almost Athletes were also well represented at the Cheltenham, Kingsway, Gloucester North, Gloucester City, Stratford Park, Mallards Pike and Chipping Norton School events.

The weekend also saw Almost Athlete representation in the Aspire 5 mile winter series in Bristol where Debs Lacey came 1st in the VF50 category for the Out and Back race and Russell Jones finished the 50:50 course in 49 minutes.

Away from the roads, Malc Allen completed the Wolverhampton Trail Half and celebrated first in his category with an outstanding 2:08 to make it a busy weekend for Almost Athletes, worldwide!