Sep 12, 2021

Mike Lines up for his 250th parkrun

It was a prolific running weekend for many Almosts, including Mike Line, who completed his 250th parkrun at King George V Playing Field, following it up a day later with a 2:06:38 finish at Cheltenham half marathon.

Most parkrunners took it steady this weekend in order to save their efforts for Sunday’s big local draw. That said, several Almosts secured top ten gender finishes, including Nick Lewis at Cheltenham (19:16); Ben Taylor at Newent (20:15); Patricia Dendy at Seven Fields (21:05); Hamish Adamson at King George V Playing Field (21:39); Paul Haig at Foots Cray Meadows (23:07); and Jo Foster at Dishley, Loughborough (23:18). King George V Playing Field again proved to be a fertile hunting ground for the Almost ladies, where the first four home – Rachel O’Bryan, Rosemary Hubbard, Cat Daly and Vicky Kennedy (+ Hershey) - were Almosts. Also at KGVPF there was an outright parkrun PB for June Franks and course PBs for Mike Kennedy, Dave Davey, Dave Chittock, Deb Cartlidge and Sandra Stuart.

Completing two very different back-to-back endurance challenges over the weekend were Allan Green and Cos Pearson. Allan ran the Saturn Running 100 Marathon Club AGM marathon from the Thames Side Brewery in Staines on Saturday in 5:48:28, following it up with a gritty effort at Cheltenham half marathon the following day (2:12:12). Cos did the Wye Valley Trail Race, a half marathon event starting and finishing at Chepstow racecourse on Saturday, continuing her stellar running year with her second fastest half marathon (1:58:59) at Cheltenham just one day later, missing her PB by just 19 seconds.

Also running on Saturday in the delightfully named Jolly Running Celebration Caper was Karla Cleverley. The Caper is an off-road lapped event with ‘jollification station’ based in the gardens of the Double Locks pub in Riverside Valley Park, Exeter. Karla completed four laps for a total of 13.2 miles in 3:35:23.

The noise and support of the purple army on every corner of the streets of Cheltenham doubtless gave runners a much-needed boost on what turned out to be a very warm race, particularly in the latter stages around the racecourse. The thoughtful ‘Run4Rich’ and ‘BeMoreDoug’ markings on the Honeybourne Line certainly caused more than one lump in the throat. A special shout out to Prash Sripathi, who ran in a penguin costume in honour of Rich Walklate, finishing in a very creditable 1:50:13 in what were undoubtedly less than ideal conditions for full-body costumes.

A huge thank you to Claire Hawes, Zak Hussain, Penny Lewis, Peter Mitchener and Steve Taylor, without whose photos and videos it would have been impossible to piece together the Cheltenham half marathon and 10k results.

In the half marathon Mike Johnstone was first home for the club, equalling the club’s longstanding MV40 record of 1:22:17 for a top 50 finish.

Recording a top ten age category finish in the MV60 category were Kieran Keating (1:36:06, 2nd); Peter Morris (1:40:05, 6th) and Neil Tring (1:45:03, 10th). Sue Pearce was third in the FV45 category (1:37:19, also first lady Almost home). In the FV55 category Jeanette Gullick was 3rd in 1:47:24; Nikki White 7th in 1:51:26 in her first event in club colours; Alison Hume 9th in 1:54:46 and Sarah Wallbridge 10th in 1:55:10. In second place in the FV65 category Pauline Bargus was a mere 24 seconds behind the category winner (2:06:56). Virginia Pawlyn won the FV75 age category in 2:22:31, another national level performance in her age category.

Completing their first half marathon in style were Graeme Stopp (1:50:34); Craig Jackson (1:51:57); Gee Roohan (2:11:37); Chloe Chattington (2:14:51); Kate Nichol (2:15:08); Kerry Knowles (2:26:05) and Corinne Cooper (2:41:43 in her first ever race).

Recording an outright half marathon PB or course PB were: Matthew Hickman (1:26:36); Ben Stone (1:28:14); Matt Proome (1:28:44); Duncan Mounsor (1:36:11); Mark Wreford-Bush (1:38:39); Richard Knightley (1:40:11); Issy Ravenhill (1:42:51); David Woolnough (1:46:51); Julie Scourfield (1:52:00); Sam Wizard (1:54:42); Ela Antosiewicz (1:55:50); Marty Ward (1:58:35); Felicity Read (2:03:34); Hannah Brown (2:06:27); Wan Hartley (2:08:22); Natalie Wizard (2:15:43) and, obliterating her previous PB from 2006, Jane Russell (2:16:27).

Special mentions for Rob Hume, who celebrated his 60th birthday on race day and recorded a helium balloon aided 1:52:49 and Christopher Benjamin, who notched up his 93rd half in memory of his mum and auntie (2:04:14).

Other notable half marathon finishers included: Jean-Philippe Villain-Chastre (1:29:06); Steve Axford (1:31:50); Dale Midwinter (1:35:58); Robert Foord (1:36:24); Matt Mutton (1:39:18); Henrietta Marsh-Smith (1:39:40); Alan Mullen (1:51:11); Olly Bell (1:51:54); Nick Goddard (1:52:30); Ivana Wilson (1:53:41); Simon Morgan (1:54:39); Danny Carroll (1:54:59); Joe Harrison (1:55:45); Ben Kirby (1:56:01); Dave Davey (1:58:18); Chris McMahon (2:01:41); Kim Mansell (2:03:06); Kim Lewington (2:08:46); Lorraine Taylor (2:09:11); Brian Todd (2:12:05); Amy Broomhall (2:12:08); Tony Heap (2:12:20); Nat Stow (2:13:54); Debs Lacey (2:14:48); Simon Whitford (2:15:38); Hayley Woolnough (2:15:59); John Galpin (2:21:59); Dominic Lyes (2:22:00); Pinky Shetty (2:22:27); Bob Spawton (2:22:38); Charlotte Jamieson (2:25:44); Forrest Wheeler (2:26:40); Andy Akerman (2:30:05); Iris Mayo (2:42:15); Sarah Carr (2:46:57); Josh Rimell (2:51:33) and Mark Stojanov (2:53:10).

A number of Almosts took part in the Cheltenham 10k. Shaun Carr finished in 42:15 (8th overall, 2nd in category). Next home was Dan Magovern in 51:42. Jason Hulance (54:15) and new member Tony Storr (56:56, PB) were 7th and 8th in their age category. Completing the contingent of Almosts were Clare Bone (1:00:15) and Kerry White (1:13:02).

Far away from the Cheltenham hullaballoo, Fi and Matt Barnes and Jack Helliar quietly went about their running business at the ABP Southampton marathon and half marathon. Matt completed the marathon in 3:05:33 (8th in category and 31st overall) while Fi came home in 4:26:17. Jack recorded 3:12:34 for the half marathon distance.

Kevin Dryburgh completed the peaceful and picturesque yet challenging and hilly eight-mile Woodchester Park trail race in 1:11:52, Helen Pardoe following in 1:24:06.

At the Lake 32 triathlon Jamie Courtenay recorded 1:15:20 for 8th in category in the Sprint distance. Steve Yarnold finished in 1:47:55 and Helen Yarnold came home in 1:59:18 for 5th in category. In the Supersprint option Adrian Courtenay was first in category in 1:15:17.

Sheila Chatterley was the club’s sole competitor at the Chippenham Tri midweek duathlon at Castle Combe race circuit, where she completed the traffic-free two-mile run, ten-mile bike and final two -mile run in 1:14:11.

Finally, congratulations from all at the club to our newest Runners of the Month: Ivana Wilson and Graeme Stopp.


Category: General
Posted by: dave