Sep 8, 2021

‘Double Double’ Week and More Club Records Tumble

A very busy bank holiday weekend for the Almosts, with a late summer glut of results including two top race placings at Winchcombe Hill Climb 10k, two age category wins at Pershore 10k and two new club records, with many members choosing to double up across shorter distances over the weekend as autumn (half) marathon preparations are fine-tuned.

At the Alderton 5k Peter Morris led home a dozen Almosts in 20:08, shaving four seconds off Ed Munro’s MV60 age category record from 2013. He was followed by Sam Wizard (23:32) and Ela Antosiewicz (24:45), both of whom snared 5k PB’s. Next home was Natalie Wizard, who missed her 5k PB by a mere five seconds (25:56); Karen Hilton (27:03); Dave Mayo (27:04); Phil Jeyes (28:39); Josh Rimell (30:34); Janine Bennett (31:06); Iris Mayo (31:59); Clare Bone (33:12) and Kerry White (35:56).

Kerry White was also in action alongside Penny Lewis at the Witney Colour Run the following day. Sarah Carr negotiated the family friendly course with her two daughters, all ending up plastered in multicoloured paint by the finish of this fun event.

Martyn Fisher was, as usual, the first Almost across the line at the inaugural Little Gransden Airshow charity 10k in rural Bedfordshire. This race starts on the runway and takes runners around beautiful countryside before finishing back on the runway, where participants have the opportunity to take a finisher photo next to one of the many classic planes on display.

Helen and Steve Yarnold enjoyed strong runs at Dorney Lake. Helen finished first in category in the 10k (1:16:59) and Steve placed fifth in category in the half marathon (1:50:39).

A select band ran for sausages at the Winchcombe Hill Climb 10k, a race of two halves if ever there was one. A steep climb to the top of Belas Knap Long Barrow from Sudeley Castle followed by a knee and quad bashing descent back into Winchcombe. Josh Hand was second overall in 42:37 and Patricia Dendy was second lady in 46:58, scything two minutes off her course PB in the process. Other finishers were Shaun Carr (48:33); Neil Tring (51:22); Lizzie Renn (56:23, 3rd lady); Ela Antosiewicz (1:04:04); Lorraine Taylor (1:07:07); Mike Line (1:08:53) and Adrian Courtenay (1:16:23).

There were Vet 55 age category victories for Dave McGrath and Lesley Cottle at the Pershore Plum 10k, Lesley also bettering a club age category record from 2014 in the process (51:28). Dave was 12th home out of a field of 203 finishers in a strong 41:41. He was followed by Steve Wallbridge (48:06); Richard Bennett (48:53) and Rob Hume (49:27). First lady home for the club was Ivana Wilson in 49:42, a time which also secured her a new PB and top ten gender finish. Third lady home for the club was Alison Hume, whose 52:26 secured her third in category. Just half a minute behind was Sarah Wallbridge, who recorded 52:59 for fourth in category. Steve Taylor (54:20) and Steve Phelps (54:54) ran a deliberately measured race, followed home by Debbie Lacey (55:14); Sheila Chatterley (55:15, 2nd in category); Russell Jones (56:59); Bob Spawton (57:24); Sue Monaghan (59:50); Debbie Masding (1:02:17); Josh Rimell (1:10:17); Iris Mayo (1:10:26) and Mark Stojanov, who was running in his sixth ‘Plum’ (1:13:13).

It was a weekend of curious mathematical coincidences. At parkrun Olly Bell recorded his 100th run at the scene of his first in 2013 – Cheltenham – also finishing in 100th position (23:49). Jo Foster was second in gender at Bedworth (23:47). Ben Stone snatched a course PB at Gloucester North (19:18, 7th overall). Glenda Gill recorded her first ever buggy run with granddaughter Millie in tow (33:00), her verdict being that pushing a buggy is quite hard work! There were a number of notable achievements at King George V Playing Field parkrun. Duncan Mounsor finished third overall and first in category (20:55), followed by Mark Wreford-Bush in fifth (21:13, PB) and Hamish Adamson in ninth (22:30). A trio of Almost ladies took the top three gender positions. A first-timer on this course, Rosemary Hubbard was first lady home in 22:48, followed by Sharon Hadad (25:04) and Lesley Cottle (25:12). There were course PBs for Rob Hume (23:35); Dan Magovern (24:59); Alison Hume (26:35) and Jeff Tibbles (28:55). Virginia Pawlyn was the highest ranked finisher by age-grade, her time of 33:28 putting her at a national standard of 81.52% despite stopping for a chat with one of the marshals!


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Posted by: dave