Almosts took part in a variety of different sporting events this week ahead of the upcoming heat wave.
Despite the rising heat on Saturday morning Almost Athletes still took part in various Parkrun courses around the country – and even further afield. Starting closer to home, Peter Mitchener was joined by 29 other Almost Athletes members at Cheltenham parkrun where he finished first in his age group with a new summer course PB of 22:01. Neil Tring was first in his age group as well, this time at Wantage parkrun with a time of 21:46. Dave Nelson claimed the ‘most Northerly Almost’ spot at Ury Riverside parkrun in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Slightly closer to Gloucestershire, though still far from the Cotswolds, Helen McGuire finished Barnstaple parkrun in 32:36. Steven and Jayne Adams ran at Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun in times of 26:14 and 31:29 respectively. At Stonehouse parkrun four Almost Athletes took part, with Mike Kennedy leading the purple and yellows home in 22:04, followed soon by Mike Bryce in 23:23, then James Clay (42:29) and Simon Jarvis (51:29). Neil Tring finished 11th at Grove Fields parkrun in 21:46. Many other Almosts took part in other events, including the regularly attended King George V in Cheltenham, Chippenham Playing Fields, Oxford’s University Park, Edgbaston, Clevedon Salthouse, Gloucester City and Ross on Wye.
In order to beat the heat on Sunday morning, 11 Almosts met at Old Pats at 4:15am to complete a warm 5.5 mile off road route around Leckhampton Hill. As a reward for their early morning they were treated to a beautiful red sun rise.
A little later on Sunday morning eleven Almost Athletes took part in the sunny Wye Valley tunnel 10k and 2k colour run. Christopher Benjamin organised the group of eleven intrepid athletes which included Ceinwen Davies, Zakia Hussain, Rachel Nolan, Matt Proome, Jason Hulance, Ollie Nolan, Kevin Keegan and Iris Mayo. All enjoyed this unique race and were welcome for the shade that the tunnels provided!
Almost Athletes at the start of the Wye Valley Tunnels 10k
Earlier in the week Allan Green ran the Blaisdon 10k and came first in his age category earning maximum points in the Gloucestershire AAA series. He then went on to run the Worcester ‘Wild One’ marathon on Sunday completing the 10 laps in 5 hours 41 minutes.
Outside of running, Mark Stojanov completed his 8th LINC 3 counties cycle ride with an all-time PB over 21.5 miles and finishing at the front of the pack, proving that his recent training efforts have been paying dividends. Steve Phelps took on the Tewkesbury sprint triathlon finishing with a time of 1 hour 14. Slightly further afield, Steve Taylor completed the National 3 Peaks challenge in a time of 26 hours, hampered only by heavy traffic during transitions.