Polson’s the pick of the Almost Athletes in Meteor Mile
ALMOST Athletes took over Gloucestershire Airport to host the Meteor Mile Race along the floodlit runway.
Matt Polson was first Almost home, taking fifth position in 4.59, while Phillip Jukes followed in 5.13 then Matt Barnes in 5.21.
Helena Youde was the first female Almost to cross the line in 6.02, then Hattie Jenkins in 6.09 and Ceri Schofield with a personal best of 6.15.
There were also PBS for Thomas Wood (5.38), Louise Inchley (6.58), Nat Stow (7.14) and Mark Stojanov (8.39).
Several Almosts were also in action at Oldbury 10 Miler, where Polson again led for the club in 1.05.
Richard Birch (1.06) and Duncan Mounsor (1.12) followed, pictured left.
Jeanette Gullick scored a PB with 1.15, as did Schofield with 1.17.
Alison Hume finished in 1.27, as did Inchley, who gained another PB.
A group of Almosts tackled the inaugural Cotswold Trail 10k and Half Marathon at Sudeley Castle, where participants were slowed down by queues at gates and stiles.
Olga Goffin stormed across the challenging 13.1 mile course in 1.51 to finish third lady. Also running were Paul Wilkins (2.05), Fi Barnes (2.18), Richard Knightley (2.18), Francis Bull (2.22), Giles Forster (2.24), Jackie Slaughter (3.02) and Sarah Carr (3.04) while Gareth Wilkes chose to complete the 10K and finished in 1.21. There were marathons for Allan Green at the Excalibur Marathon 8 (4.59) and Ingrid Harris (4.07, third lady).
Julianne Jameson managed an impressive 12 laps of the Joust 24 hour event to clock up a total of 67 miles.
Andrew Wilkinson was in action at the hot and humid Burmarrad Edition 10k Malta (48.55). Martyn Fisher ran his fastest 10k in years at the Bedford Twilight 10k (49.20).
Dave Mayo and Iris Mayo completed the RAF Cosford Spitfire 10k in 52.40 and 1.10 respectively.
Martin Thomas, Peter Blakeman and Katy Sworn tried to Beat the Bore at Elmore. Thomas ran home in 1.07 to take ninth place. Blakeman finished in 1.07 and Sworn in 1.34.
Hannah Brown took on West Lancs Triathlon, completing the event in 1.22.
At Alderton 5k, Joanna WisniewskaBarreto finished in 25.01 while Dave Nelson ran a course PB of 32.49, having already donned the centurion outfit at Cheltenham parkrun to mark his 100th event.
At Cheltenham, Prash Sripathi was the first of the club’s parkrunners to cross the line in 19.31, while Sharon Hadad led for the ladies in 23.42.
Ben Stone gained a course PB of 19.33 at Gloucester City, finishing in seventh place and there was representation at Kingsway, Tewkesbury, Stonehouse, Worcester, and Worcester Pitchcroft.
Hester Coggin was second lady at Newent (25.23) and Michelle Balchin ran at the new Stratford Park, Stroud, event, finishing sixth lady (27.16).
Further afield, Josh Hand ran at York, Patricia and Kev Dendy at Severn Bridge, Robert Foord at Wimpole Estate and Nicole Hope at Alice Holt.
Matthew Bevan was in Haverfordwest, David Garnett in Pendle, and Danny Carroll in Salisbury.
Lesley Cottle ran at Fort William and completed the course in 27.40 to take third lady.
Katy Sworn, Martin Thomas and Peter Blakeman