Birch sec­ond as the Al­mosts turn out in force at North­leach

Gloucestershire Echo - - ATHLETICS -

AL­MOST Ath­letes’ Richard Birch was sec­ond at the the North­leach 10k, a new ad­di­tion to the club’s off-road se­ries.

The race at­tracted a large band of club members and Birch stormed home in 43.11, fol­lowed by Dave Rogers in fourth with 43.21, and Jean-philippe Vil­lain Chas­tre with 44.01.

First lady was Katie Cole­man in 46.53. Rachel O’bryan was next in 50.59, and In­grid Har­ris in 51.48 while Richard Knight­ley ran his fastest off-road 10k to date in 52.00.

The Glouces­ter City 10k saw Ben Stone go un­der 40 min­utes for the first time in 39.50 while Fran­cis Bull had his first sub-50 run in 49.19.

Peter Blake­man hit his PB tar­get, fin­ish­ing third in the MV60 age cat­e­gory with 46.06 while Steve Phelps ran 46.02, Chris Mcma­hon 51.08, and Rob Ren­nell 61.15.

He­len Furs­man Reid, right, ran 1.50 to fin­ish first lady at the For­est of Dean Run­ning Fes­ti­val Half Marathon, while at the Worces­ter Half Marathon Chloe Far­rar fin­ished as a top 10 lady in 1.43.

Mark Eavers fin­ished in 2.09, and Julie Birt in 2.20 and Marty Ward gained a PB of 2.01 at the Great Run Manch­ester Half Marathon.

Nau­ris Egli­tis ran his first marathon in Riga, and pro­duced a re­mark­able per­for­mance in hot con­di­tions to fin­ish in 3.03.

Al­lan Green also bat­tled the heat at Helsinki Marathon (4.42) while Les­ley Cot­tle ran Ex­eter Marathon in 4.32, and Har­ris fin­ished the Shindig in the Shire Marathon in 5.09.

A group of Al­mosts turned their at­ten­tion to the Mira Show­ers Triathlon at Sand­ford Parks Lido.

Hannah Brown fin­ished in 1.04, Wendy Hask­ins 1.06, Nat Stow 1.10, Sarah Carr 1.13, He­len Mcguire 1.15 and Claire Hawes 1.28 while Jamie Courte­nay com­pleted Ban­bury Sprint Triathlon in 1.23, and Adrian Courte­nay in 2.00.

Dave Chit­tock, Deb Cartlidge, Ali­son Hume, Rob Hume, Sue Mon­aghan, Clare Hawes and

Jane Russell took part in the Waitrose Ten, fin­ish­ing with an im­pres­sive PB of 10.

At Chel­tenham parkrun, Prashanth Sri­pathi was the first Al­most home in 19.40 while Jeanette Gul­lick stormed home in 21.15 to fin­ish first fe­male, and Anne-marie Wil­li­cott, Sally Free­man, Joanna Wis­niewska-bar­reto and Jo Fos­ter fin­ished in the top 10.

An­drea Hardy donned the cen­tu­rion out­fit to run her 100th parkrun, and there were PBS for Dawn Car­roll 24.30, Jor­dan Black­all 24.32 (by two min­utes), and Louise Inch­ley 24.38. Matt Pol­son crossed the line in 17.51 at Kingsway, knock­ing 42 sec­onds off his PB. At Glouces­ter City, Rob Ren­nell, guided by Robert Dalton-morris, had a PB of 34.18. Mad­die Page ran at Tewkes­bury, and Peter Michal­ski was sec­ond in his age cat­e­gory at Eve­sham with 21.14.

Mar­tyn Fisher ran at Hyde, Thomas Wood at Markeaton, Peter Morris at Me­d­ina, Isle of Wight, and Mike Bryce at Sandwell Val­ley.

Robert Fo­ord was in ac­tion at Up­ton Court, Ben Tayor at Rich­mond, Ellie Laney-bolton at Lanc­ing Beach Green, and Matthew Be­van at Tet­bury Goods Shed.

Al­mosts turned out in force for an ori­en­teer­ing event or­gan­ised by the club’s Mental Health Cham­pi­ons to mark Mental Health Aware­ness Week.

The evening saw 100 club members split into teams, and Ru­nandtalk their way across Chel­tenham to lo­ca­tions based on the 5 Ways to Well­be­ing.

At the AGM, Pol­son, Ol­lie Nolan and Fiona Barnes were crowned Al­most Ath­letes Run­ners of the Year, while the newly cre­ated Dou­glas Way­mark Me­mo­rial Tro­phy and Rich Walk­late Me­mo­rial Tro­phy were awarded to Do­minic Lyes and Michelle Balchin.

Chit­tock and Phil Jeyes were awarded life mem­ber­ships, while re­tir­ing com­mit­tee members in­clud­ing chair­man Graham Fletcher were recog­nised for their con­tri­bu­tion.

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