Within our club we have 'ordinary' people doing extraordinary things which our members often don't get to hear about. We will be regularly featuring members here who have enjoyed some great achievements or who have an interesting story to tell. Please let us know if you are aware of a member who has done something remarkable that you feel should be highlighted - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started doing triathlons in the same year as I did the London Marathon in 1983. My first race was in East Kilbride on a freezing cold November day on a borrowed bike. Since then I have continued to compete several times a year with a break only when work restricted training time. im just adding some more text to make sure the wysiwig editor inserts correctly
Julie Bridge has come a long way since running her first mile with a friend from work in 1996. She enjoyed it so much that she entered and ran the London Marathon for the first time two years later and completed it in 4 hours and 44 minutes. The 26.2 mile distance has been an obvious favourite for Julie who has now completed over 20 marathons both in the UK and overseas.
Virginia Pawlyn started running in 2006 in order to train for the 5K Race for Life. She had never been sporty at school but kept fit in retirement by doing aerobics and yoga. This was the first race she had completed since the egg and spoon race at school!
The last cross country race of the season saw wintry weather for competitors. In addition to a strong turnout for the men, Becky Stephens was the sole lady representative from the club and ran well in spite of the challenging conditions finishing in 57th place.
After a chilly but bright start on the athletics track of Tilsley Park, the Abingdon marathon got underway with close to 800 competitors. A good representation of Almost Athletes were in attendance, including 6 members of the same running family putting sibling rivalry to the test.