Almosts take a trip to the far north
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
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
Mike and Catherine Daly