Birch second as the Almosts turn out in force at Northleach
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.