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Oct 2, 2021

Parkrun Milestone and Personal Best for Lewis Jones

Long distance specialist Mark Newton conquered George Fisher’s Tea Round at the weekend. This event was launched in 2017 by a former staff member and comprises a self-navigated 30-miler starting and finishing at the shop and taking in over 12,000 feet of ascent and the ten summits visible from the café window at George Fisher, Keswick. The peaks can be tackled in any order, clockwise or anticlockwise. Mark crushed the challenge in 13:04:31.

Paul Warren flew the flag for Almost Athletes at the Berlin marathon, breezing around the course – which is one of the six World Marathon Majors – on an increasingly warm day in 3:38:42.

Almosts also participated in various half marathons over the weekend, the largest contingent turning out for the picturesque Forest of Dean autumn half marathon. Germain Forgeoux made light work of the 13.1 trail run, finishing in 1:39:20. Other finishers were: Mike Kennedy (1:54:34); Richard Knightley (1:54:35); Steve Wallbridge (2:00:41); Vicky Kennedy (2:10:42); Lorraine Taylor and Neil Tring (2:18:57); Sarah Carr (2:49:36) and Forrest Wheeler (2:50:11).

David Chittock was the club’s sole representative at the Hanley Economic Potters ‘Arf half marathon in Stoke-on-Trent, timing his effort perfectly for a 1:59:47 finish. Similarly solo, Wan Hartley completed the Great Manchester Run half marathon in 2:10:01 and Graham Philpott an emotional Ealing half marathon in 2:31:20. Continuing her carefully managed recovery from an injury-ravaged year, Ingrid Harris completed the White Star Running virtual Jurassic Coast half marathon, walking from Hatherley to Witcombe Villa and back along the Cotswold Way for a 3:06 finish.

Almosts turned out en masse for the popular Apperley Quarter Marathon, an event which seems to get better with the passing years. It’s a huge community effort and this year the organisers attracted a field of over 300 runners, who were amply rewarded for their efforts on a warm morning with handmade medals and plenty of homemade cake, fruit and geraniums. There was a 6.5-minute course PB for Cos Pearson (55:30, 2nd in category). Bob Spawton set himself the challenge of completing the course in 1:05:00. Not only did his watch stop precisely at this time, so did his official chip time!

Other Apperley Quarter Marathon results: Nick Lewis (42:05 for 9th overall and 1st in category); Nathan Newton (45:40); Duncan Mounsor (46:56, 2nd in category); Rob Hume (52:12, 2nd in category); Graeme Stopp (52:19); Ian Coggin (52:56); Craig Jackson (53:28); Hester Coggin (54:32, 1st in category); Lesley Cottle (55:13, 2nd in category); Alison Hume (56:49, 3rd in category); Des Beer (58:26, 1st in category); Sam Wizard (58:54); Tony Heap (59:08); Ela Antosiewicz (59:57); Jason Hulance (1:00:33); Mike Line (1:01:21); Kate Nichol (1:02:23); Donna Evans (1:03:01); Natalie Wizard (1:04:07); Rhodri Sutton (1:04:54); Gary Brewer (1:06:32); Sue Monaghan (1:07:16); Clare Bone (1:08:11); Janine Bennett (1:09:06); Nicole Hope (1:09:45); Jane Russell (1:11:35); Kerry Knowles (1:11:45); Ollie Nolan (1:13:29); Dave Nelson (1:18:54); Jackie Slaughter and Mark Stojanov (1:28:48).

At the Brecon Carreg Cardiff Bay 10k, Iris Mayo put the finishing touches to her virtual London marathon training, earning a new personal best for the distance (1:05:08). Other finishers were Dave Mayo (55:46); Josh Rimell (56:32); Kerry White (1:15:12) and, unleashing her trademark finishing sprint, Penny Lewis (1:20:13).

Further afield Helen and Steve Yarnold participated in the La Santa 10k over a hot and sandy course with a welcome finish on a new running track.

At Cheltenham parkrun Lewis Jones celebrated his 200th parkrun with a new PB of 20:43.

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Posted by: dave