The Christmas and New Year period saw many Almosts taking a break from racing but in the Forest of Dean several members competed successfully in the very challenging Seven Sins races. These are races held over the New Year weekend and comprise either seven hills in seven miles or fourteen hills in fourteen miles - what a way to burn off any excess Christmas cake!
On New Year’s Eve Sarah Roberts was 3rd in her Age Group in 1:22 and Lesley Cottle was 1st in her AG in 1:24. On New Year’s Day Jayne Cheslin was 3rd lady home (and 2nd in her Age Group) in 1:21 while Thom Stephens completed the fourteen miler in 2:36. On Sunday Fi Barnes’ 3:09 gave her first place in her Age Group in the fourteen miler, while Jamie Courtenay finished the seven miler in 1:15 and Adrian Courtenay completed the race in 1:59.
They may not have been racing over the Christmas break but Almosts didn’t put their feet up completely! On Christmas Day sixty-eight members took part in parkruns across the country (Dave Nelson achieving a 2021 PB at Springburn - a very welcome return to fitness after a difficult year recovering from covid).
New Year’s Day saw 92 members putting on their running kit in sixteen different parkruns. In Cheltenham Almosts had very successful outings: at the Pittville venue Peter Morris marked his 250th parkrun with an Age Group first place and Christine Harker took first place in her Age Group.
At King George V Playing Fields parkrun a good turnout from the club saw Age Groups firsts for Ela Antosiewicz, Victoria Kennedy, Jo Foster, Jeanette Gullick (who also got a course PB), Julia Whittaker and Claire Hawes. For the men Ross Greening and Rob Hume also notched up first place in their Age Groups.
A successful start to the year, and let’s hope we have a full and uninterrupted year of racing and parkrunning to look forward to in 2022!