Carr drives on to lead Almosts at Apperley
A LARGE troupe of Almost Athletes flocked to the Apperley Quarter Marathon.
Shaun Carr was first Almost home in 44.19, followed by Mike Bryce 44.45 and Duncan Mounsor with a PB, 45.17.
Michelle Balchin was the club’s first lady in 49.59, followed by Jeanette Gullick, first FV50 in 50.53, then Ingrid Harris second FV50 in 51.32.
Sheila Chatterley and Sue Monaghan were second and third FV60 in 59.22 and 1:00.
Richard Knightley took four minutes off his
PB with 50.20 and it was the first Quarter Marathon experience for Josh Rimmel 53.48, Andrea Hardy 1:00 and Natalie Pluck 1:02.
Mark Willicott tackled the Cotswold Way Century ultra, running 102 miles from Chipping Campden to Bath in 27:40.
Martyn Fisher, inset, took on the Tring 50k Ultra, finishing in 6:22 and Harris completed the hilly LDWA Cotswold Challenge marathon distance, crossing the finish line in 5:52.
Karla Cleverley ran three legs of the Ragnar Relay, managing to help her team complete the 170 mile route from Maidstone to Brighton.
At Swindon Half Marathon, Rob Rennell claimed a course PB 2.50 guided by Robert Dalton-morris.
Russell Jones completed the Swansea 10K in 56.14 while Penny Lewis, Julie Averiss and Mark Stojanov took part in St Richards Hospice 5k Doughnut Dash, with Lewis gaining a new PB of 70.18.
Kim Davenport was in France at the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend and clocked up 36km getting some impressive bling for her efforts.
Wan Hartley travelled to Thailand to complete the Krabi International Half Marathon, finishing in 2.26. Several Almosts took part in the second King George V Playing Field parkrun, where Ben Stone was fourth with a parkrun PB, 18.46, Phillip Jukes was fifth in 18.50, Prashanth Sripathi was sixth in 19.02, and there was a PB for eighth placed Duncan Mounsor, 20.31. At Cheltenham, Kieran Keating was first Almost to finish in 21.38, followed by Matthew Hampton in 21.43 and fifth lady Amber Bullingham in 22.06.
There was local representation at Gloucester City, Stratford Park Stroud and Mallards Pike.
There were also tourists as Ross Greening, Natalie Greening, Mark Lyes and Claire Hawes travelled to Exmouth, with Hawes finishing first VW65 in 29.40. Martin Foster was fifth at Sutton Park in 19.24, and Jo Foster fourth lady in 24.05.
Lou Tring ran at Heaton, Malc Smith and Janine Bennett at Eden Project, and Claire Gallagher at Blandford. Patricia and Kev Dendy were in Ross-on-wye, Matthew Bevan was at Mountbatten School, and Jo Johnston was in Armidale, Australia.
From left, Kim Davenport, Suzanne Hills and Russell Jones