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Jul 4, 2021

7th is Heaven for Glen


Long-standing club member Glenda Gill didn’t so much dip a toe in the world of ultramarathons as dive right in, as she took on the Cotswold Way 100k Challenge, running 34 miles from Cirencester to Wotton under Edge via Painswick on Saturday and then a further 30 miles via Tetbury and Cirencester on Sunday. The 100k loop run double ultra included pretty villages, rolling hills and tough climbs. Running with her sister Nicola, Glen finished in a magnificent 7th place out of 81 lady finishers, completing the first stage in 8:59:09 and the second in 8:49:41.

Another long-distance fan, Mark Newton, completed the Black Mountains Ultra as part of his training for the Upton Ultra in July. Another 35 miles and 7,500 feet of elevation gain in the bag for Mark.

Forrest Wheeler continued his remarkable four-year journey from heart bypass surgery, via cake and dubious jokes, to his first official marathon, completing the Milton Keynes marathon in 5:30:43 with Archie the club mascot on board.

Christopher Benjamin, the man who must surely get the most value for money out of his EA affiliation fee, continued his quest to complete 100 half marathons by notching up a further three this week. From the legendary stadium finish of the Milton Keynes half on Saturday via his 88th in 2:01:53 at the National Trust Lacock half on Sunday to his 89th at the Greenway half in Stratford upon Avon on Wednesday. Keep going Christopher, your target is coming into view!

Sue Monaghan put her recent targeted off-road training to excellent use in the Round Sheffield 20k Run, a trail run completed in eleven stages in the hills and parks around Sheffield.

The club was well represented at Frampton 10k on Monday, where the cool evening conditions led to some impressive times and a handful of personal bests. Josh Hand was first home in 38:22 for a top 20 finish. Pushing each other all the way, Duncan Mounsor (42:27) came in just three seconds ahead of Peter Morris, who recorded 42:30 for fourth in category. Next in were Mark Wreford-Bush (43:47) and Richard Knightley (44:53), whose recent concentrated long-distance training resulted in new PBs for both. Steve Phelps (46:55) was followed by first Almost lady home, Michelle Balchin, who clocked 47:26 for fourth in category. Other finishers, many of whom are in heavy training for various long-distance challenges, were: Steve Taylor (47:50); Chris McMahon (48:46); Alan Mullen (49:23); Allan Green (50:45); David Chittock (50:57); Ali Shaikh (51:29); Cos Pearson (52:16) (PB); Catherine Mason (57:46); Charmaine Brunt (59:32); Kim Lewington (1:01:32); Darren Lewington (1:01:33); Jayne Murphy (1:02:11) and Karla Cleverley (1:11:15) (PB).

A group of Almosts, some of whom had been disappointed by the late cancellation of the Pendock Spring Chicken 10k, enjoyed the Malvern 10k trail race around the foothills of the Malvern Hills, another undulating course with some challenging sections. First home for the club was Mike Kennedy in 48:56. Ed Munro followed in 53:48 and David Garnett in 57:47. Scoring a memorable husband/wife double, first Almost lady home was Vicky Kennedy in 1:01:33. Hot on Vicky’s heels was the ever-improving Cos Pearson in 1:02:15. Other finishers were Pauline Bargus (1:08:37) (3rd in category); Wan Hartley (1:08:49); new member Kerry White (1:21:48); Karla Cleverley (1:25:38) and Julie Averiss (1:26:29).

A select group took on the Cotswold Women’s Only triathlon, an event which comes highly recommended. Helen Yarnold crushed the Sprint event in 1:55: 38. Setting herself a much shorter challenge than usual, Hannah Brown scored an impressive first in category and second overall in the Super Sprint, finishing in 54:47. Nat Stow completed the Novice edition in 1:00:21.

Further afield Ian Williams and Mike Daly competed in the traffic-free Bowood House triathlon in Calne, Wiltshire. Williams recorded 1:23:56 in the Sprint while Daly recorded 1:43:02.

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Posted by: dave

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