Almost Athletes were in festive action over the weekend, taking on all distances from parkrun to the marathon. Issy Ravenhill delivered in spades in her first outing over 26.2 miles in a warm and sunny Malaga, starting conservatively and patiently working her way through the field to execute the perfect race, recording 3:48:46 and a huge negative split.
Ingrid Harris With Trophy For Second Female
Closer to home and in far chillier conditions, Ingrid Harris notched up her first in-person marathon in fourteen months, after a protracted period of injury, completing the very muddy and hilly eight lapper at Escot House in Devon. Her finishing time of 4:36 was good enough for second lady and earned Ingrid another trophy for the Harris mantelpiece.
Allan Green conquered the curiously named Tie Fighters at Christmas Enigma marathon, finishing in 5:03. In so doing he moved one step closer to 700 lifetime marathons.
Several club members took on the popular Westonbirt House Christmas 10k. Third is category and eighth female overall was new member Alice Tredgett (45:03). Other finishers were Ian McKinlay (51:03); David Chittock (51:20); Sally McKinlay (59:14); Deb Cartlidge (1:04:41); Peter Kimpton (1:05:14) and, running his fastest 10k for 18 months, David Nelson (1:09:11).
At the Severn Bridge night run, a five-mile race taking place on pedestrian accessways on the old Severn crossing, a healthy contingent of Almosts shone brightly. Elzbieta Antosiewicz was first over the line for the club in 41:11. She was followed by Lesley Cottle (42:42), who finished first in her age category. Jason Hulance recorded 46:48 and Claire Hawes 52:39, just a few seconds behind the winner of her age category. Corinne Cooper rounded out the club’s contingent in 54:22.
Following on from her age category success at the Severn Bridge night race, Lesley Cottle went one better two days later and finished second lady overall at the Brean Down Santa Scramble 10k (56:40).
Mark Stojanov at the Rotary Club Gloucester Santa 5k
A quartet of Almosts took on the Rotary Club Santa 5k fun run in Gloucester city centre. Mark Stojanov recorded his fastest 5k time of the year (34:21). Taking on the challenge of Gloucester City parkrun first and then the Santa 5k were Ollie Nolan (39:58); Rachael Nolan (40:08) and Cos Pearson (40:11).
On the same festive theme Julie Averiss took part in the Liverpool Santa Dash, with 6,000 other costumed fun runners.
Julie Averiss at the Liverpool Santa Dash
There were outright personal bests for Megan Davis (27:48) and Claire Crawford (28:16) at Gloucester City and Cheltenham parkruns. Patricia Dendy was first lady finisher at King George V Playing Field parkrun in a course personal best time of 23:07. Nicole Hope (27:40) and Cottia Howard (37:25) also recorded course personal best times at King George V Playing Field.
In other news the club was delighted to receive photos of old club kit donated to a charity which works with youth groups in Africa. Pictured in the surplus kit is an award-winning under 15 girls’ rugby team.