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Mar 30, 2020

Almosts Keep on Running ... ALONE!!..!!!


Throughout the week members of Almost Athletes continued to pack in the runs and to undertake various challenges to help keep themselves motivated.

Although it began last week the post box challenge started by Kev Fairs remained a firm favourite. Many members participated including Dave Nelson, Michelle Balchin, Lisa King, Alan Mullen, Jane Russell, Felicity Broom, Claire Hawes, Matt Proome, Alison and Rob Hume, Nat Stow, Mark Stojanov and Mike Line. Ceri Schofield took on the challenge on Sunday and managed to bag at massive total of twelve post boxes in one run!

Alongside the main post box challenge, a number of Almosts were inspired to seek out the seven Penfolds which are scattered throughout Cheltenham. Dating back to 1866, these are Grade 2 listed and were designed by the surveyor and architect John Wornham Penfold. Their hexagonal shape with a cast iron top is decorated with acanthus leaves and buds which make them strikingly different from later post boxes. There are believed to be less than twenty remaining in the country but Cheltenham still has the largest collection of them. Amongst those seeking out the Penfolds were Helen Fursman Reid, Lisa King, Sue Monaghan, Kevin Dryburgh, and Jason Hulance.

The new challenge for the week of 30th March is to take selfies with different road signs, again suggested by Kev Fairs. Those already taking part include Steve Taylor, Lisa King, and Forrest Wheeler whose encounter with a 30 mile speed sign suggested he was running a lot faster than his Garmin suggested.

James Clay would have been Race Director at Saturday’s Pittville Park parkrun so invited club members to complete at 5km run wearing their milestone teeshirts. Several Almosts took on this challenge, including Ross Greening who wore his 100 parkrun top and completed the distance in 22 mins 37 secs, whilst Club Chair Claire Hawes ran her 5km at home. Alison and Rob Hume did theirs as part of a multi-tasking run taking in a post box and delivering some much needed toilet paper to another club member!

Also on Saturday Ian Coggin completed a half marathon before breakfast, while Ivana Wilson ran 5.5 miles up to Nottingham Hill and along the bottom of a deserted Cleeve Hill.

Some Almosts were self-isolating during the week but kept running whilst staying at home. Sarah Carr managed 92 laps of her garden which amounted to a 5km run, and both Richard Knightley and Mark Wreford-Bush also ran 5km round their respective gardens. John Galpin added a new twist to his home run by completing a 5km dressed as Spider-Man.

Other club members created their own challenges to help focus whilst running alone. Penny Lewis should have been competing in the Cardiff Bay 10km at the weekend, but ran the same distance in Cheltenham in 1hr 12mins. Natalie Jayne was thrilled to complete 3.5 miles with no walk breaks whilst recovering from tendonitis in one of her deep hip flexors. Louise Inchley ran 10 miles around Leckhampton and was pleased to see other Almosts out on solo runs. Matt Proome and Michael Grant undertook several runs during the week, as did Ashley Stevens who completed a 5 miler on Saturday in 35mins 40secs.

Possibly the most creative run this week was completed by Robert Dalton-Morris who spent 13 minutes of hill work in one of his runs to spell out the club name in Pittville Park.

The Almost Athletes run reporters were also out and about during the past seven days. Stevie Hawkins (Lynne) clocked up a total of 20 miles over her three runs during the week. Ben Stone managed to run six days out of seven and his seven mile run on Saturday was finished in 50 mins 13 secs. Catrin Davies Perkins undertook a ‘not the Junior parkrun’ with her two daughters and bagged a post box as well.

Keep safe and keep running everyone.

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Throughout the week members of Almost Athletes continued to pack in the runs and to undertake various challenges to help keep themselves motivated.

Although it began last week the post box challenge started by Kev Fairs remained a firm favourite. Many members participated including Dave Nelson, Michelle Balchin, Lisa King, Alan Mullen, Jane Russell, Felicity Broom, Claire Hawes, Matt Proome, Alison and Rob Hume, Nat Stow, Mark Stojanov and Mike Line. Ceri Schofield took on the challenge on Sunday and managed to bag at massive total of twelve post boxes in one run!

Alongside the main post box challenge, a number of Almosts were inspired to seek out the seven Penfolds which are scattered throughout Cheltenham. Dating back to 1866, these are Grade 2 listed and were designed by the surveyor and architect John Wornham Penfold. Their hexagonal shape with a cast iron top is decorated with acanthus leaves and buds which make them strikingly different from later post boxes. There are believed to be less than twenty remaining in the country but Cheltenham still has the largest collection of them. Amongst those seeking out the Penfolds were Helen Fursman Reid, Lisa King, Sue Monaghan, Kevin Dryburgh, and Jason Hulance.

The new challenge for the week of 30th March is to take selfies with different road signs, again suggested by Kev Fairs. Those already taking part include Steve Taylor, Lisa King, and Forrest Wheeler whose encounter with a 30 mile speed sign suggested he was running a lot faster than his Garmin suggested.

James Clay would have been Race Director at Saturday’s Pittville Park parkrun so invited club members to complete at 5km run wearing their milestone teeshirts. Several Almosts took on this challenge, including Ross Greening who wore his 100 parkrun top and completed the distance in 22 mins 37 secs, whilst Club Chair Claire Hawes ran her 5km at home. Alison and Rob Hume did theirs as part of a multi-tasking run taking in a post box and delivering some much needed toilet paper to another club member!

Also on Saturday Ian Coggin completed a half marathon before breakfast, while Ivana Wilson ran 5.5 miles up to Nottingham Hill and along the bottom of a deserted Cleeve Hill.

Some Almosts were self-isolating during the week but kept running whilst staying at home. Sarah Carr managed 92 laps of her garden which amounted to a 5km run, and both Richard Knightley and Mark Wreford-Bush also ran 5km round their respective gardens. John Galpin added a new twist to his home run by completing a 5km dressed as Spider-Man.

Other club members created their own challenges to help focus whilst running alone. Penny Lewis should have been competing in the Cardiff Bay 10km at the weekend, but ran the same distance in Cheltenham in 1hr 12mins. Natalie Jayne was thrilled to complete 3.5 miles with no walk breaks whilst recovering from tendonitis in one of her deep hip flexors. Louise Inchley ran 10 miles around Leckhampton and was pleased to see other Almosts out on solo runs. Matt Proome and Michael Grant undertook several runs during the week, as did Ashley Stevens who completed a 5 miler on Saturday in 35mins 40secs.

Possibly the most creative run this week was completed by Robert Dalton-Morris who spent 13 minutes of hill work in one of his runs to spell out the club name in Pittville Park.

The Almost Athletes run reporters were also out and about during the past seven days. Stevie Hawkins (Lynne) clocked up a total of 20 miles over her three runs during the week. Ben Stone managed to run six days out of seven and his seven mile run on Saturday was finished in 50 mins 13 secs. Catrin Davies Perkins undertook a ‘not the Junior parkrun’ with her two daughters and bagged a post box as well.

Keep safe and keep running everyone.