No Massacre for Hampton
A PERENNIAL favourite of the winter calendar, this year's May Hill Massacre pitted a nimble bunch of Almost Athletes against dastardly dollops of mud, puddles and brambles.
Matthew Hampton continued his recent rich vein of form, finishing in a terrific time of one hour, eight minutes, 55 seconds.
Following suit, Ian Coggin, Mark Stephens, Oliver Bell, Ingrid Harris and Steve Evans battled in not too far behind.
Special acclaim was reserved for the club's male runner of the year John Galpin, who returned home in 1:30 just one day after a 17-mile training run for the Comrades Marathon.
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Andrew Wilkinson, Helen Fursman, Emma Yates, Barry Walker, Catherine Mason, Claire Hawes, Chris Walker and Sandra Stuart also ran strongly, with Yates and Mason fighting back after recent illness.
Meanwhile, history was made for the Almost Athletes ladies as they became the first female team from the club to achieve a ranking in the Gloucestershire AAA Cross-Country Championship.
A hearty band featuring Sam McGrath, Miranda Foster, Kim Davenport, Leanne Levi, Rebekah Stephens and Sharon Bullimore found their energy overflowed at a part-flooded Plock Court.
Over in Buckinghamshire, Mark Medland attained a regal time of 49 minutes in the Eton Dorney 10K.