It was a bitterly cold but busy weekend for members of Almost Athletes, starting on Friday evening with the Gloucestershire County Road Race Series Awards for 2019.
Club members received awards in many of the individual and team categories, with the ladies doing particularly well. Amy Sheer was 3rd in the Ladies Open and 2nd in the LV40 group; Natalie Stow was 2nd in LV35; Joanna Wisniewska-Barreto was 3rd in LV40; Lorraine Taylor was 2nd in LV50; Ingrid Harris was 3rd in LV55 and Sue Monaghan 3rd in LV60.
Both the Ladies Open Team and the Ladies Veterans Team categories were also won by Almost Athletes, consisting of Helena Youde, Stacey Amber, Hattie Jenkins, Catherine Daly, Ellie Laney-Bolton, Katie Colman, Anne-Marie Willicott, Jeanette Gullick, Ceri Schofield, Deb Cartlidge, Louise Inchley, Sophie Longley and Patricia Dendy.
For the men, Neil Tring was 1st in the MV60 category; Allen Green equal 2nd in MV65 and David Lawrence was 2nd in MV70.
At a very icy Pittville Park parkrun on Saturday, Martin Foster came in as 9th out of a field of 634 runners with a time of 19:15. Ashley Stevens achieved yet another PB with his finish of 20:37.
There were also two milestone runners at Pittville Park with Wan Hartley completing her 100th parkrun and Mark Wreford-Bush achieving his 250th.
The King George V parkrun in Cheltenham saw Matt Polson finish as 13th in 23:08, and Hamish Adamson as 16th in 23:49. Nicola Woodman completed her first parkrun there in 35:14.
There were some good results at other parkruns on Saturday as well. Danny Carroll was 7th at Mallards Pike with a time of 20:53, Ben Stone was 8th at Gloucester City with 19:31 and Mike Kennedy was 9th at Gloucester North with 21:34. Hester Coggin was 2nd lady to complete at Newent with 24:44.
Other parkruns in which Almosts took part include Airlie Beach, Australia; Heaton; Hove Promenade; Kingsway Gloucester; Milford Waterfront; Rogiet; Upton Court; Stratford Park, Stroud; Valentines, Ilford and Wimpole Estate.
Sunday 19th January marked the start of the Almost Athletes Road Race Series for 2020 with the Linda Franks Five Mile event. There was a terrific turnout of club members, both taking part and in organising and volunteering for the race.
First Almost to cross the line in 12th place was Josh Hand with 29:19, followed by Matt Barnes in 15th place with 29:45 and Matt Hickman in 18th position with a time of 30:11. Matt Barnes’ time of 29:45 gave him a new Five Mile Club MV45 record, and was also a PB. Matt Hickman’s time of 30:11 was another new PB.
Amy Sheer was first female Almost and 7th lady overall to finish the race with a time of 33:36, followed by Katie Coleman with 34:21 and Patricia Dendy with 34:52.
There were a number of other new PBs for club members, including the following: Ben Stone with 31mins 03secs, Phillip Jukes with 31:31, Duncan Mounsour with 33:30, Pete Mitchener with 33:33, Piotr Michalski with 33:50, Richard Knightley with 37:07 and Jane Russell with 43:38.
The Linda Franks race was not the only event to have Almost Athletes participants on Sunday. Five members took part in the Doynton Hard Half Marathon in the Cotswolds. Shaun Carr was first to complete in 1:59, followed by Mike Daly in 2:08, Dave Elliott in 2:56, and Dave Chittock and Catherine Mason both with 3:08.
The Gloucester Half and full Marathon also took place on Sunday 19th. In the Half, Pauline Bargus was first in the FV65 category with a time of 1:58. Also running were John Bailey with 1:53, Karen Galpin with 1:55, Liz Francis with 2:06, Megan Watkins with 2:09 and Julie Birt with 2:10.
In the full Marathon, Ingrid Harris finished as 2nd in the V55 age category with a time of 3:46. Ian Coggin came home in 3:44 and Mark Willicott in 3:49.
Slightly further afield, Karla Cleverley ran 17 miles in the Zeus and the Thunderbolt event at Walton on Thames, and Jackie Slaughter completed the Tough Runner Epic 10km in Falkirk, Scotland in 1:11.