Almosts at Cross Country
Almost Athletes were out in force at the latest round of the Gloucestershire County Cross Country Championships at Cotswold Farm Park on Saturday. There were some gritty performances & excellent positions from a dedicated team of club entrants who all ran valiantly with enthusiasm in some very testing conditions. Nick Lewis was 7th in his category in 44:11, Josh Hand was home in 42:59, Dave McGrath 7th in category in 46:36, Neil Tring a brilliant 2nd in category in 50:55, Steve Wallbridge in 54:40, Dave Garnett 6th in category in 57:51 and Mark Eavers in 1:00:31 .
The Ladies were represented too by Ivana Wilson who dug deep & produced an exceptional 8th in category in 39:14, plus Sarah Wallbridge who rose to the challenge and delivered an equally exceptional 3rd in category in 42:51.
Sarah and Ivana
Almost Athletes as ever turned out in force to support parkruns both locally & nationwide. In the local bracket, Patricia Dendy stormed home to first place ladies finish at King George V parkrun in Cheltenham in a new pb for this course of 22:54, well done Patricia. The King George Vth parkrun was also celebrating its 50th running where club members always turn out to both run and volunteer including running the Core Team. Hamish Adamson of the Core Team ran his 100th parkrun at this week’s run. Well done Hamish.
Further afield Piotr Michalski travelled to the spiritual home of the first parkrun at Bushy Park in Surrey. James Clay and Mike Bryce, both stalwarts of the Pittville Park Core Team took a trip along the M4 to Newbury. At Gloucester North Victoria Kennedy blasted home for 2nd lady home in 24:38, with Mike Kennedy was 8th boy home in 22:46.
At Cheltenham Pittville parkrun where it was Pacer week, Almost Athletes as usual stood up the plate providing many of the volunteers for this task. Members pacing & helping many other happy parkrunners to PBs were Pete Mitchener, Graeme Stopp, Rich Smith, Janine Bennett, Adrian Courtenay, Jason Hulance, Richard Knightley, Corinne Cooper and Forrest Wheeler.
Ingrid Harris & Allan Green both took on the tough Plym Trail Marathon on Dartmoor where despite recent illness and injury, both turned in spirited times with Ingrid in 4:03 and Allan in 6:04.