Despite the soaring temperatures Almosts achieved some blistering results this week!
To kick off a week of no fewer than three triathlons Phil Jeyes took part in the Tewkesbury Tri 4 Ukraine on Sunday.
Then on Wednesday Steve Phelps claimed a PB in the LPS Super-Sprint Tri at Lake 62, completing the course in 59:07 which saw him coming in 15th overall and second in his age group. Phil Jeyes also completed his second tri of the week, in 1:14:09.
The same evening Josh Hand took part in the Midsummer Open 5000m at the Prince of Wales stadium, clocking up a time of 18:43.
Meanwhile in Worcester three Almosts took on the Pitchcroft 10k: John Johnson finishing in 42:18, Joanne Johnson in 44:14 (which gained her 1st place in her age category) and Catherine Daly in 49:16.
It almost goes without saying that Allan Green completed yet another marathon this week - this time it was the Sundae Challenge which he completed in 5:33 and celebrated with ice-cream at the end!
On Friday Deborah Cartlidge, David Chittock, Lesley Cottle ran in the Westonbirt Summer 10k. David finished in 48:59, Lesley won her age category in 54:20 and Deb came in in 55:16.
As usual Saturday morning saw plenty of Almosts running and/or volunteering at parkrun. Neil Tring and Lorraine Taylor ran at the Haga parkrun in Stockholm, and Neil was first in his age group. Robert Foord came first in his age category at The Old Showfield parkrun in Frome, where parkrun founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt was also running. Peter Mitchener also achieved first in his age group at Cheltenham parkrun.
There were also milestone celebrations - at KGV parkrun Cheryl Rodham ran her 100th parkrun and at Cheltenham Jayne Adams celebrated her 250th parkrun - congratulations to both!
Later that day Almosts Hannah Brown, Nicole Hope were in action at the Tri in the Park as was Phil Jeyes, completing his trio of tri's in a week!
Over in Goodrich a brave band of Almosts took on the very challenging Coppett Hill Fell Race. Patricia Dendy continued her fantastic run of form by finishing fourth woman and first in her age category in 51:10. Duncan Mounsor finished in 55:12, Jamie Courtenay in 57:16, Hester Coggin 58:22, and Jim Trowbridge in 1:00:41. Ingrid Harris crossed the line in 1:03:35 and Alison Hume achieved a PB over last year’s time in 1:06:22 even though the course was slightly longer this year. Allan Green, fresh from his marathon earlier in the week finished in 1:11:42. Mike Line paused his own race to help Janine Bennett who’d taken a nasty tumble on the difficult course, but he finished in 1:21:56 and Janine finished the race in 1:22:08. Adrian Courtenay finished in 1:33:47.
Coppett Hill Fell Race Almost competitors (Left-to-Right) Ingrid Harris, Allan Green, Jamie Courtenay, Hester Coggin, Patricia Dendy, Adrian Courtenay, Duncan Mounsor, Mike Line, Alison Hume, Jim Trowbridge.
On Sunday Neil Tring and Lorraine Taylor ran the Runmaro Half marathon in Stockholm, finishing together in 2:31.
Des Beer and Claire Hawes tackled a five mile race with a difference: the Rogue Runs Age-Grader, where results were ordered for age-adjusted time and not actual time (the age-adjusted time being calculated in accordance with the WMA calculator to show the time the runner might have expected to achieve in their 20s!) Des Beer completed the five miles in an actual time of 43:31 (age-graded to 31:41) and Claire Hawes finished in 52:02, age-graded to 36:51.
And there was no rest for Phil Jeyes who completed a 2k river swim and 12k run in the Monmouth Aquathlon!
Finally, away from running, Club Chair Peter Mitchener was very pleased to present a cheque for £500 to Cheltenham charity Open Door, one of the club’s chosen charities for this year.
Club Chair Peter Mitchener presents a cheque for £500 to Cheltenham charity Open Door