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Mar 26, 2012

Bailey leads the way in sunny San Domenico


Seven Almosts made the journey to Merthyr Tydfil to take part in the San Domenico 20 mile race as part of their final preparations for Spring marathons. Preparing for Milton Keynes in April, John Bailey led the Almosts home in 2:50:56.  Next back were husband and wife team Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott, who crossed the line together in 2:55:45, an improvement of four minutes on Anne-Marie's 2011 time. 

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Posted by: steve

Seven Almosts made the journey to Merthyr Tydfil to take part in the San Domenico 20 mile race as part of their final preparations for Spring marathons. The race was run in unseasonably warm temperatures approaching 20 degrees.  Starting with two one-mile laps on the edge of the town runners are then sent out onto the Taff Trail for a challenging out and back course with a loop along the Cefn-Glas road to include a lung-busting hill at nine miles followed by a long drop into the valley before joining the Trevethick Trail.  On returning to Pontygwaith there is a humpback bridge and series of punishing concrete steps for runners to tackle on ever-tiring legs.  Once The Steps have been conquered runners return to the finish on the Taff Trail path.  Running as part of his preparations for the Milton Keynes marathon, John Bailey led the Almosts home in 2:50:56.  Next back were husband and wife team Anne-Marie and Mark Willicott, who crossed the line together in 2:55:45, an improvement of four minutes on Anne-Marie's 2011 time.  Dominic Lyes found the course more challenging than the Gloucester 20 but completed it in a very creditable 3:06:17.  Completing the contingent of Almosts Jean Bryan and Edward Collier finished in 3:11:43, shaving a couple of minutes off Jean's 2011 time for the course, with Alison Hume close behind in 3:11:47 (342 ran).