Months of training are starting to come to fruition for many Almosts, with one of the first rescheduled marathons taking place this weekend. Running for The Alzheimer’s Society, Katie Coleman shone in her first marathon, crossing the line in 3:30:15 on a course which measured 568 metres too long. Duncan Mounsor’s race experience was less than ideal. Not only was the course long he was also forced to run an additional three miles to the start, arriving with just 15 minutes to spare. He acquitted himself superbly well under such stressful circumstances, completing the marathon in 4:10:08.
At Dorney Lakes Marathon Preparation Event a quartet of Almosts took on five laps of Eton Dorney lake in increasingly warm and sunny conditions. Amy Broomhall ran a perfectly judged event, completing twenty miles in 2:59:40. The club’s sole male representative, Francis Bull, was next over the line in 3:02:15 followed by Alison Hume, whose 3:02:20 was good enough for 9th in category. Ela Antosiewicz finished very strongly in 3:06:36. All agreed that the multiple lap format was very challenging but it was a well organised event and served its purpose as a long training run for upcoming autumn marathons in London and Newport.
Further afield Alan Mullen’s knee held up sufficiently for him to complete the Twin Lakes 20 – ‘twenty miles of magic’ around Milton Keynes – in 3:09:44.
There was good club representation at the Great North Run half marathon. Louise Horner was first home in 1:46:37. Iris and Dave Mayo ran together in 2:36:33, as did Helen and Steve Yarnold in 2:51:02. Mere seconds behind were father and daughter duo, Ollie and Rachael Nolan, who completed in 2:51:41 and 2:51:42 respectively.
Closer to home ten Almosts competed in the ever-popular Chedworth trail race, beloved of off-road fans for its hills and river crossing. First home for the club in 1:21:35 was Ian Williams, followed by Shaun Carr in 1:23:58. Lizzie Renn secured 1:41:59 and Jim Trowbridge a little further back in 1:46:41, both ninth in category. Coming home close together were Helen Pardoe (1:51:56) and Des Beer (1:52:21), the latter securing a fine second in category. Mike Line was next in 1:59:30, followed by Sue Monaghan (2:03:20 for 8th in category); Andrea Hardy (2:07:35) and Mariel Chretien (2:17:40).
Cos Pearson’s stunning run of form continued with a fourth in category finish (54:03) at the Relish Running Wye Valley Tunnel Run 10k, starting and finishing at the National Diving and Activity Centre at Tidenham. The race runs along the Wye Valley Greenway, taking in the 1080m long Tidenham tunnel.
Further afield Martyn Fisher took on the Hoohaah Heritage 10k trail race around the Old Warden aerodrome on the Shuttleworth estate in Biggleswade, completing in 50:18.
Celebrating her 100th parkrun this week was Catherine Mason and Rich Smith recorded his 300th parkrun. Securing top ten gender finishes at parkrun were: Matt Polson (18:59, 5th in gender at Peel); Nick Lewis (19:47, 9th in gender at Cheltenham); Robert Foord (21:01, 5th in gender at Forest of Dean); Paul Thomas (22:56, 10th overall at King George V Playing Field); Rosemary Hubbard (23:19, 4th in gender at Cheltenham); Rachel O’Bryan (23:24, 5th in gender at Cheltenham) and Cat Daly (25:28, 5th in gender at KGVPF).
At KGVPF Sandra Stuart recorded a course PB for the second consecutive week (29:19) and Forrest Wheeler also scored a course PB (33:18). An improving June Franks earned an outright parkrun PB for the second consecutive week (34:16).
Finally, at the Bowood Middle Distance triathlon (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run), Matt Proome recorded a strong 5:20:01.