Five Mile Festive Frolic Group
As Christmas draws ever closer, Almost Athletes were out in force on Sunday for the brand new ‘Festive Frolic’ club run. Members of the club ran either 5 miles or 11 miles across the beautiful Stroud countryside all in aid of WellChild, raising a remarkable £250 for the charity. WellChild is a charity that makes it possible for children and young people with complex health needs to be cared for at home instead of hospital. The club’s contribution will help fund a local WellChild nurse as well as providing wider support and help for families and young people affected by serious illness. This seasonal iteration of the ever popular ‘Forest Frolic’ runs looks set to be an enduring favourite in the club’s social event calendar.
Before the Mallards Pike 5 mile race
Earlier in the week, and in much gloomier weather, many runners donned their head torches to brave the dark and wet conditions of the first Mallards Pike Night Time 5 miler. Dave McGrath stormed home as the first Almost Athlete on the night simultaneously taking first place in the V55 category with a time of 43:07. Shaun Carr followed soon behind with a time of 44:10. Thanks to an incredible effort by all the club runners who attended, Almost Athletes took 3rd place in the team event.
Dave McGrath - Mallards Pike 1st Almost Athlete and 1st Mens V55
Elsewhere Coralie Pearson finished the 22.5 mile Worcester Winter Ring Run in 4 hours and 40 seconds, taking an incredible 37 minutes off of her time from the spring event held earlier this year - smashing yet another PB and continuing to show that she is on top form at present.
As the Gloucestershire AAA County Road Race series drew to an end last week, team and individual standings were confirmed. A total of 3 Almost Athlete teams placed 2nd - in the Ladies Open, Ladies Veteran and Mens Veterans categories. In addition to this, many members will take home a trophy in January at the awards evening. Duncan Mounsor and Peter Morris (Vet 50 and Vet 60 respectively) join Lorraine Taylor (Ladies Vet 50) to take 1st in their categories, with Ivana Wilson taking 3rd place in the Ladies Vet 35 and Mary Welsh coming second in the Ladies Vet 75 category.
For many no Saturday is complete without parkrun and this weekend was no exception; with over 70 members turning up at 9am to a park somewhere! Notable mentions go to Nick Lewis who came home first at King George V Playing Field, where he was joined by 15 other club members. Many more attended Cheltenham with Felicity Read taking an amazing minute off of her previous personal best on the course. As it was pacer week, Peter Mitchener, Shaun Carr and Graeme Stopp stepped up to help their fellow runners smash their goals.