Al­mosts sup­port Anna and set new parkrun bests

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

A GROUP of Al­most Ath­letes joined bare­foot run­ner Anna Mc­nuff as she passed through Tewkes­bury to­wards Glouces­ter on her quest to com­plete the equiv­a­lent of 100 marathons.

There were some ex­cel­lent parkrun re­sults with sev­eral Al­mosts achiev­ing per­sonal bests.

At Chel­tenham Martin Fos­ter came 13th in 19.56 while Donna Evans was first in her age cat­e­gory in 24.08 and there was a PB for Helen Furs­man with 23.04 and for Felic­ity Read with 29.29.

The new King Ge­orge V parkrun saw Matt Pol­son sec­ond in 18.44, Prash Sri­pathi fourth with 19.38, Dun­can Man­sour seventh with 20.38 and Ross Green­ing 10th with 21.21. Man­sour was first in his age cat­e­gory and Green­ing’s time was a PB.

There were also five other PBS at the event for Steve Adams in 23.23, Rachel Fargher in 26.42, Sue Mon­aghan in 29.32, Jayne Adams in 29.52 and Jeff Tib­bles in 31.29.

At the Mundy parkrun Ben Tay­lor was first to fin­ish in 20.17, whilst at Glouces­ter City Nick Lewis came third in 19.29 and Ben Stone fourth in 19.38.

Hester Cog­gin was fourth lady with 23.23, as was Pa­tri­cia Dendy at the Mal­lards Pike parkrun with 22.48.

Other parkruns in which mem­bers of Al­most Ath­letes took part in­cluded Ar­mi­dale in Aus­tralia, Bar­clay, Bex­ley, Heaton, Ip­swich, Lyming­ton Wood­side, Winch­ester and Wood­ley.

Seven Al­mosts took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon with Cather­ine Daly the first to fin­ish in 1:55. Rus­sell Jones achieved a mas­sive PB with 2:13 (20 min­utes faster than his pre­vi­ous best time), and Penny Lewis com­pleted her first half marathon in 2:38.

Also run­ning were Dave Chit­tock with 1:57, Cather­ine Ma­son with 2:08, Deb Cartlidge with 2:38 and Karla Clev­er­ley with 3:15.

At the Crick­lade Half Marathon, Jeanette Gul­lick came first in her age group in 1:39, fol­lowed by Steve Wall­bridge in 1:57, Sheila Chat­ter­ley in 2:03, Christo­pher Ben­jamin in 2:09, and Sarah Wall­bridge and Debby Mas­d­ing both with 2:13.

Mar­tyn Fisher took on the Hoohaah Wim­pole Es­tate Half Marathon and fin­ished in 1:57, whilst Han­nah Brown fin­ished in 1:42 at the Sude­ley Cas­tle sprint Duathlon.

In­grid Har­ris tack­led the Claren­don off-road event and came in as sixth lady with a time of 4:03 while Jackie Slaugh­ter com­pleted the Loch Ness Marathon in Scot­land in 5:01, and Al­lan Green ran the Queen of Dragons Marathon along the river Thames at Wind­sor in 5:17.

The Devil’s Aquathon at­tracted a few Al­mosts with Shaun Carr sec­ond over­all in the shorter (400m swim) and 10km run with a time of 1:00. Giles Fos­ter fin­ished in 1:13 and Adrian Courte­nay in 1:37 while Jamie Courte­nay took on the longer 2km swim and com­pleted the event in 1:46.

Al­most Ath­letes at the Cardiff Half Marathon

Anna Mc­nuff with Al­most Ath­lete Mary Welsh

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