Men's AA Cross Country team - October 2021
A quieter week of racing in Almost Athlete quarters but nevertheless a fruitful one. Eleven ladies and fifteen men attended the first Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country meet of the season at the stunning if not soggy Cirencester Park. Heavy rain in the morning made the conditions gloriously muddy with long patches of bog and rolling technical tree lined corridors providing a great challenge to all team members. Much fun was had chasing around the fields with many runners taking part in their first cross country meet - a testament to the supportive nature of the club. The first male Almost home was Nick Lewis (11th MV45) and the first female was Patricia Dendy (3rd LV40). Overall after the first meet the Almost team positions stand respectably at - Senior Male A and B teams in 15th and 18th, Male Vets A, B and C teams at 9th, 15th and 16th positions, Senior ladies A, B and C teams in 23rd, 33rd and 35th and Ladies Vets teams at 11th and 19th. Eight runners who took part in Saturday's Gloucestershire AAA Cross Country team doubled their fun and also enjoyed racing at Upcote on Sunday.
Women's AA Cross Country team - October 2021
As the clocks rolled back on Halloween morning, 44 intrepid Almosts took on Run Upcote’s treacherous trails hoping there would be no tricks before their treats. In true October style, the rain poured down and the wind blew but they weren’t scared away - with prizes in abundance for the Almost Athletes members who braved the horrifying hills of Upcote.
Almosts at Upcote - October 2021
Shaun Carr took first male vet with 8th position (44:27) quickly followed by Mike Bryce (45:28) claiming second male vet; Lesley Cottle took home first female vet in 53:42, Neil Tring was the first V60 male with a time of 48:07 and Bill Jones - who only entered at the very last minute - won first place in the over 70s category with a time of 1:07:48. Laura Tring was the first female Almost home also claiming third senior lady (51:07) in the process, with Ian Williams coming in as the first male Almost and fourth senior male (42:03). Hester Coggins was the fourth lady in her category with a time of 53:39. Duncan Mounsor was the second male V50 (47:50).
As always, no Saturday would be complete for many Almosts without a trip to Parkrun - and this Halloween weekend was no exception. Hester Coggins completed her 25th Parkrun at Kingsway, Gloucester making 75 events attended. 10 Almosts attended King George V Playing Fields parkrun, with a notable mention to Catherine Daly who was the first female home in 25:52, hot on the heels of Steven Adams (25:51). Fifteen Almosts enjoyed a soggy run around Cheltenham Parkrun. Inside Gloucestershire Almosts also attended Tewkesbury and Mallards Pike parkruns. Several others opted to go further afield with attendances at Evesham, Prospect, Cannon Hill (Birmingham), Peel and Southsea. Even further afield Ben Taylor attended Mundy parkrun, near to Vancouver, Canada.