Jul 9, 2021

Almosts Deliver Another ‘Re-lay’ Fine Performance

The big event this weekend was the Cotswold Way Relay, back in the race calendar after a year’s hiatus. As well as running Leg 9, team captain Dave Chittock’s famed organisational and spreadsheet skills were put to good use again this year. The club fielded four teams for this 105 miles-in-one-day challenge:

Mixed Team 1 comprised Matt Proome, Ela Antosiewicz, Jo Foster, Amy Sheer, Shaun Carr, Richard Knightley, Richard Birch, Dave McGrath, Ian Coggin and Ivana Wilson. They finished in 23rd position (out of 50 mixed teams) in 16:44:05.

Mixed Team 4 fielded Jackie Slaughter, Mark Wreford-Bush, Ben Brewin, Lorraine Brinton, Liza Habgood, new member Issy Ravenhill, Sam Alexander, Kevin Dryburgh, Felicity Read and Dave Davey, one of the club’s four Kings of the Cotswolds. They finished in 33rd position in 17:56:07.

Mixed Team 2 was made up of Hester Coggin, Matt Hampton, Duncan Mounsor, Peter Morris, Michelle Balchin, Des Beer (the club’s only Queen of the Cotswolds), Ed Munro, Richard Bennett, Catherine Mason and Mike Kennedy. Their cumulative time in 37th position was 18:25:17.

Mixed Team 3 featured Thom Stephens, Danny Carroll, Hannah Brown, Andrew Wilkinson, Kirstie Hallam, Peter Mitchener, Vicky Kennedy, Steve Taylor, Dave Chittock and Laura Tring. They completed less than three minutes behind Team 2, finishing in 38th position in 18:28:02.

A big shout out to the numerous Almosts who generously volunteered their time as crossing marshals and tail runners and also kicked up a storm on the legendary Leg 3 water station.

Elsewhere Christopher Benjamin clocked up his 90th half marathon at the Birmingham Black Country half marathon on Saturday, leaving just ten to complete before his significant birthday in August. This event is a point-to-point race along the canal towpaths between Wolverhampton city centre and Brindley Place in Birmingham. Largely flat with locks and bridges the only inclines, the route features the 360-metre long Coseley Tunnel and floating drink stations. Christopher crossed the finish line in 2:05:32.

Putting the finishing touches to their Race to the Stones ultramarathon preparation were Cos Pearson and Karla Cleverley, who ran four laps of Bute Park at the Fix Events Conquer Cardiff half marathon. Cos finished in 2:02:31 and Karla in 3:08:17.

Further east, Martyn Fisher had an enjoyable morning out at the Outlaw Holkham half marathon, a lovely route in the grounds of Holkham Hall in Norfolk, on a mixture of tarmac paths and trail, with some long straights and a few undulations thrown in for good measure.

Jack Helliar took on the Welsh 3000s in Snowdonia, an event he has been training for over the past few months. The weather on Saturday was too bad for participants to do the first section of the event but nevertheless Jack conquered five peaks, covering a distance of 16.25km.

Supported by Lesley Cottle and her husband Alan, Claire Hawes - club chair - ran the virtual Exe Estuary half marathon along the South West Coast Path. Closer to home Mark Stojanov opted for The Great British Cake Off Virtual Challenge, running 7.5 miles – the furthest he has run this year – alongside the river around the villages of Apperley and Deerhurst.

At the Gloucester 10k and racing again just one day after completing Leg 2 of the Cotswold Way Relay, Ela Antosiewicz took advantage of the cool conditions to smash her PB by well over three minutes, finishing in 54:01. First Almost home was new member Thomas Yiend in 44:22, followed by Paul Warren in 46:36. Pete Blakeman took third in his age category for a 48:24 finish. Melissa Jonga completed in 56:01; Charmaine Brunt in 57:13 and newlywed Russell Jones in 57:43. Several club members gave up their Sunday morning to volunteer, handing out finish line goodies.

At the Greystones Farm Nature Reserve Swan Lake 10k, a new event near Bourton on the Water, a number of Almosts turned out to show their support for North Cotswolds Rotary and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, some running in torrential rain at the finish. Neil Tring was 13th overall and third in age category in a time of 57:06. Lorraine Taylor also bagged herself a top 20 spot, coming home in 19th position overall and second in age category in 1:01:39. Claire Hawes was next in 1:08:15, earning first place in her age category. Other finishers were Ceinwen Davies (1:14:04); Olly Nolan (1:19:02); Iris Mayo (1:19:03); Rachael Nolan (1:22:49) and Sarah Fennell (1:22:58).


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Posted by: dave