There was a steady stream of Almosts heading up the M6 to Manchester this weekend as members of the club took on the Manchester Marathon or Half Marathon. In the full marathon, Michael Johnstone was first Almost home, in 2:54.07 - not just a PB but a new club record in his age category!
Kieran Keating was the next Almost to cross the finish line in 3:31.16, followed by Steve Axford (3:39.22), Rosemary Hubbard (3:46.19), Paul Warren (3:47.38) Chloe Farrar (4:00.25) Liza Habgood (4:00.53) Francis Bull (4:07.58) Julie Scourfield (4:29.08) and (Sweetchilli) Wan Hartley (4:51.02)
Manchester also held a Two Leg Relay marathon and the team of Almost Athletes Allstars (Steve Taylor and Steve Phelps) came a very commendable fifth in 3:34.
For the Half Marathon, Marty Ward and Ben Stone both turned in excellent results just a week after running the virtual VLM marathon, with Ben finishing in 1:28.55 and Marty in 1:59.12.
Almosts haven’t just headed north this weekend. In the West Country Julianne completed the Atlantic Coast Challenge of three marathons in three days along the South West Coast Path in Cornwall, while in Devon Mike Bryce took on the challenging Exe to Axe also along the SWCP.
In Wales Chris Benjamin edged ever closer to his 100th Half Marathon by running his 95th Half, the Top Gear Trail in Tredegar.
Looking east, Prash Sripathi and Lee Ormerod ran in the Silverstone Half and Lee came home in a new PB of 1:38.
Five members travelled to Alcester for the 10k: Matthew Hickman crossed the line in a new PB of 38:06, with Jason Hulance (53:55), Dave Mayo (54:03) Joshua Rimmell (55:58) and Iris Mayo (1:07.53) completing the Almosts results.
There seems to be no stopping Cos Pearson, who took part in the Malvern Hills Trail Half Marathon on Saturday followed by the Eastnor Mud Run on Sunday. Jack Helliar also ‘enjoyed’ the mud fest that was Eastnor!
Despite still feeling achy after her exploits in the Loch Ness Marathon last weekend Rachael Nolan took part in the Gloucester 10k Race for Life, accompanied by her father Ollie Nolan.
As always now parkrun is back with us, a sizeable proportion of the membership enjoyed a 5k run in a park on Saturday morning. Dave Nelson visited Amager Strandpark parkrun in Copenhagen, and twenty five other parkruns had a visit from at least one Almost. In Cheltenham Corinne Cooper achieved a PB of 31:33, and in Victoria Dock Neil Tring won his age category with a time of 21:33. At Gloucester City Claire Hawes gained a course PB and was first in her age category at 30:22.
Finally to complete another busy weekend for the club, Shaun Carr competed in the Cotswold Duathlon at Sudeley Castle.