The road race season is largely finished and the Guy Fawkes 5 miler last weekend marked the end of the Gloucestershire AAA race series. Both the Ladies Open and Ladies Veteran competitions were dominated by the club, winning both. The men couldn’t quite match the women but did achieve 3rd place in both their respective team events.
Club runners also achieved a huge range of top-three placings across the different age categories. Neil Tring finished first in the MV60 competition, Amy Sheer was third in the Ladies Open and also finished 2nd in the LV40 category, Nat Stowe was 2nd LV35, Lorraine Taylor was 2nd LV50, Matt Barnes 2nd MV45, Allan Green was 2nd MV65 , David Lawrence 2nd MV70, Joanne Wisniewska-Barreto 3rd LV40, Ingrid Harris 3rd LV55 and Sue Monaghan 3rd LV60.
Longer distance running has been the main focus for club runners this week. A number of Almosts travelled down to Meon Valley in Hampshire to complete either 15.5, 21.5 or 40 miles as part of the inaugural Roly's Run. It’s a race that means a lot to Almost Athletes as an event set up in memory of our lost friend and ultra-runner Rich (aka Roly). Sarah Fennell, Archie, Matt Proome, Andrew Wilkinson, Danny Carroll, Fi Barnes, Claire Gallagher, Janine Bennett, Thom Stephens, Kev Fairs and Natalie Greening all completed the event and clocked up a fair few miles in the Almost fun bus in the process!
Miranda Foster completed the Druid’s Run, an 84 mile race over 3 days. Not content with just finishing the very tough event, she came home as first in her age category and 18th overall.
Allan Green completed his 584th and 585th marathons this week. He did the Kings of the Castle Marathon in 4:51 and found a sprint finish to complete the Pheonix Remembrance Day marathon a minute faster. Also completing 26 miles this weekend was Sam Alexander who did the Gower trail marathon which came up at 27.5 miles. He finished in 5:43.
In shorter distances, but certainly no easier, Jules Jameson ran the Crickhowell trail 9 miles in 1:52, a beautiful but very tough race.
With a reduced number of races this week, the Almosts had another strong showing at parkruns across the country this weekend. The Foster family had a successful Saturday morning at King George V playing parkrun in Cheltenham with Martin as the first finisher and Jo was the second placed female finisher. Sue Monaghan was first in her age category at the same parkrun. Kingsway parkrun also witnessed further Almost success with Matt Polson as the first finisher.
In local parkruns, Prash Sripathi was the first Almost home at Cheltenham parkrun and Dunc Mounsor the first Almost finisher at Gloucester City (and first in his age category). Further afield Ben Stone did Pollok parkrun in Glasgow. Lou Tring completed Heaton parkrun, Mike Bryce completed the Pomphrey Hill parkrun, Virginia Pawlyn did Tewkesbury parkrun, Claire Hawes completed Exmouth parkrun, Martyn Fisher completed Salcey Forest parkrun.