Al­mosts take a trip to the far north

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORT -

SEV­ERAL Al­most Ath­letes trav­elled north, tak­ing part in a va­ri­ety of events and dis­tances.

One group of took in New­cas­tle parkrun be­fore lin­ing up at the start of the largest half-marathon in the world, The Great North Run.

They joined 57,000 run­ners on the fa­mous course across the Tyne to the South Shields coast.

Matt Hartwell was the first Al­most across the line in 1.31, fol­lowed by Mike Har­ris in 1.39. Dave Mayo ran 2.04, Norm Lever 2.22, Rachael Nolan 2.36 and Iris Mayo 2.53.

Dave Rogers was also in the North of Eng­land, com­plet­ing ‘The Lap’, a 45 mile ul­tra around Eng­land’s largest lake, Lake Win­der­mere.

He tack­led 8,500 feet of el­e­va­tion, storm­ing home in an im­pres­sive 10.5 hours, less than half the cut off time.

In nearby Keswick, Mar­tyn Fisher sam­pled Whin­lat­ter For­est parkrun be­fore go­ing on to com­plete the Keswick Lake­land Trails 15k in 1.44.

Nick Si­mon ran the Grit­stone Grind 35 mile ul­tra along the Grit­stone Way in the Peak Dis­trict, fin­ish­ing in 9.47 and third MV60.

At the tough Bat­tle of the Bor­ders Marathon, Shrop­shire, In­grid Har­ris fin­ished third over­all and first lady in a time of 4.53.

There were mud and ob­sta­cles aplenty at the Sev­ern Mud Run as Penny Lewis, Zakia Hus­sain and Ja­son Hu­lance all gained PBS as they com­pleted the event in 2.35.

Joanna Wis­niewska-bar­reto, He­len Barker and Mariel Chre­tien took on the Wood­ch­ester Park Race, an eight-mile course through hilly wood­land trails.

In Bude, Peter Mitch­ener and Jeanette Gul­lick ran the eight-mile Pi­rate Run, fin­ish­ing in 1.20 while Cather­ine and Mike Daly tack­led the New For­est Marathon fin­ish­ing in 4.05 and 4.06 re­spec­tively.

A num­ber of mem­bers took part in the pop­u­lar Cotswold Sprint Triathlon. Karen Hil­ton fin­ished in 1.14, Mark Lyes 1.18, Wendy Hask­ins 1.29, Glenda Gill 1.29 and Steve Yarnold 1.32.

There was also cy­cling for Mark Sto­janov at the Eve­sham Cy­cle­fest 38 miler, which he com­pleted in 3.20

Kathy Haig reached Por­tu­gal aboard the Zhuhai in the Clip­per Round the World Yacht Race, while Al­lan Green was on the other side of the world com­plet­ing the North Shore Marathon, New Zealand in 5.11.

At Chel­tenham parkrun, Prash Sri­pathi was first home for the club in 19.05, with Sharon Hadad first fe­male Al­most in 23.19 (eighth lady). Nick Lewis ran his fifth parkrun, and there

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were PBS for Dun­can Moun­sor 20.46, Mark Con­way 25.44, Jane Rus­sell 28.16 and For­rest Wheeler 28.37.

Ben Stone nailed a 19.25 PB to fin­ish fifth at Gloucester City, while Hester Cog­gin was sec­ond lady with 23.43.

Ben Tay­lor took first place at Newent in 20.07, while at Mal­lards Pike, Mar­tin Fos­ter was fourth in 20.03 and Jo Fos­ter was fourth lady in 23.52 while Mike Bryce, Patricia and Kev Dendy ran at Strat­ford Park, Stroud.

There was tourism for Kate Free­man at Ban­bury, Norm Lever at York and David Nel­son at Drumpel­lier Coun­try. Adam Smith ran at Clum­ber, Les­ley Cot­tle at Fort Wil­liam, and Steve Ax­ford at Ta­mar Lakes where he was fourth in 20.43.

Lynne Macedo ran at Divonne les Baines, Geneva, fin­ish­ing ninth lady and first in her age cat­e­gory in 31.05.

Al­most Ath­letes mem­bers at the New­cas­tle parkrun

Zakia Hus­sain, Ja­son Hu­lance and Penny Lewis

Jeanette Gul­lick and Peter Mitch­ener

Mar­tyn Fisher

Mike and Cather­ine Daly

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