Weekly media reports
Note that the "year" starts in November so these can be used as a reminder when nominating recipients for awards presented at the Christmas dinner.
Terry Emmett and Duncan Staddon headed up to run the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday with both smashing their half marathon personal bests. Duncan finished in 105th in 1:17.59 while Terry was 139th overall in 1:19.20 - both very creditable performances in a very big field of more than 15000 runners.
The 19 mile Grizzly paled into insignificance as Patrick Devine-Wright took part in the Hardmoors ultra race along the Cleveland Way in Yorkshire on Saturday, a race that is 53 miles in length with 3000m of ascent. He finished in an impressive seventh place in a time of 9 hours 35min. The weather conditions were severe, with strong headwinds and driving horizontal rain, leading to over 100 runners failing to finish.
Thankfully Storm Gareth was over and Sunday in Fleet was a beautiful sunny, if cold and still blustery, morning for the 2500+ runners at the Fleet Half Marathon. The race was one of the England Athletics masters series and therefore attracted huge numbers of very fast older runners. Carol Austin and Angela Kerr travelled up there having secured their respective qualifying times at the recent Brighton Half Marathon. The course started and finished in the town with a four mile then a nine mile loop into the Hampshire countryside. Both managed to improve on their Brighton time, Carol by just 20 seconds and Angela knocking an impressive three minutes off. Carol finished in 1:42:23, 160th woman (out of 895) with Angela completing it in 1:50:39, 288th woman.
With Storm Gareth still playing havoc across the region it was amazing that 211 runners, including 29 AVRs, took part in the 123rd Seaton parkrun on Saturday. The ferocious wind made running west incredibly tough. First finisher was AVR’s Simon Dimmock in 18:26 with Lee Moran coming in 3rd in a personal best of 18:59 after Honiton RC’s Adam Hennessey. Rupert Pady also secured a PB of 21:29. Lee recorded the highest AVR age graded result of 71.91%.
While many were battling the hills and bogs of the Grizzly last Sunday Diane Newton travelled to London to take part in the Big Vitality Half Marathon along with 15,000 other runners. The course ran through the Borough of Tower Hamlets, taking in the mile long Limehouse Link tunnel to Canary Wharf before winding its way back through the city and over Tower Bridge, to finish at the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich. The race was won by Mo Farah in an amazing new PB of 1:01:15. Diane’s time was understandably just a little slower, finishing in 2:30:18, having been slightly hampered by the gale force winds, which at one point blew her completely off her feet.
Wayne Trump and Jonathan Day took part in The Exmouth Sprint Aquathlon, the second in a series of four aquathlons organised by Exeter Tri Club.The sprint aquathlon comprises a 600m pool swim (24 lengths) and a 5K run. Wayne finished 22nd in 31.39 (12.39 ,19.08) while Jonathan was 34th in 34.16 (14:55, 19:21) out of a total of 47 finishers.
The winds blew but the sun shone on the 2,178 finishers in the 2019 Grizzly and Cub runs (Trails of the Unexpected). With a howling Nor Westerly it was decided to cut out a bit of the course near Berry Barton to stop runners blowing off the cliff, but everything else was there including the very boggy bogs with a twist and the infamous stairway to heaven climb up Under Hooken. Runners were refreshed with a special treat of a cup of Darkplace Brewery’s finest Ale and at the end some Lugger Spiced Rum courtesy of Lyme Bay Winery! The times are not chip times but taken from the start of the race as that is what the official results were based on. The spectators were out in force to see Ceri Rees of Wild Running storm around the over 19 mile course to win in 2:19:37 with Steve Kenyon of Gloucester AC 2nd, nearly 5 minutes adrift in 2:24:31 and AVR’s Tim Lenton 3rd, 2:25:13. The first Female home was Mary Menon of Ilfracombe RC 10th overall in a superb 2:33:15 with Lucy MacAlister of Bristol & West AC 2nd lady, 2:34:40 and Rachel Astington of Running For Time 3rd lady, 2:44:48. There were many excellent times posted by AVR’s, many attempting that distance for the first time and other AVR results were: Matthew Clist 4th, 2:28:55; James green 8th, 2:32:22; Patrick Devine-Wright 12th, 2:34:41; Robert Collier 22nd, 2:38:30; Karl Hodson 31st, 2:40:49; Matthew Hewer 44th, 2:44:36; Simon Dimmock 50th, 2:46:40; Simon Bayliss 60th, 2:48:18; Raymond Coombes 89th, 2:54:53; James Glennie 92nd, 2:55:31; Lee Moran 96th, 2:56:07; Rupert Pady 135th, 3:01:22; Stephen Grigg 183rd, 3:09:40; Wayne Trump 188th, 3:10:08; Joel Seward 211th, 3:13:49; Karen Eyre 225th, 3:16:14; Simon Davey 256th, 3:18:34; Chris polley 258th, 3:18:43; Fran Hodson 280th, 3:20:09; Eleanor Wood 295th, 3:21:36; Susan Hayes 364th, 3:26:45; Louise Tucker 398th, 3:29:42; Anthony Chadwick 417th, 3:30:57; Kerry Board 436th, 3:33:17; Cameron Hill 440th, 3:33:41; Patrick Kinsella 494th, 3:38:24; Alan Morbey 497th, 3:38:48; Tim Sibley 610th, 3:47:42; Richard Jackson 635th, 3:49:28; Steve Haines 640th, 3:50:17; Stuart Oliver 722nd, 3:56:22; Ferenc Kovacs 730th, 3:57:27; Andrew Hartnell 731st, 3:57:27; Tony Wood 907th, 4:11:34; May Wood 908th, 4:11:35; Ian Clements 925th, 4:13:11; Mark Spraggs 929th, 4:13:29; John Larcombe 945th, 4:15:11; Paul Tolchard 950th, 4:15:36; Yvette Hill 990th, 4:19:41; Chris Hill 991st, 4:19:41; Keith Agland 1,158th, 4:32:55; Sarah Herfet 1,201st, 4:38:44; Tracey Anning-Beckett 1,202nd, 4:38:44; Stephen Morbey 1,363rd, 4:57:57; Julia Mallon 1,385th, 5:02:36; Rachael Tattershall 1,386th, 5:02:37; Helen Holmes 1,387th, 5:02:37; Amie Sibley 1,458th, 5:15:11; Sandra Mortimer 1,459th, 5:15:11; Lynn Sloman 1,467th, 5:16:49; Richard Dodge 1,511th, 5:25:12; Hayley Eate 1,519th, 5:26:05; Ollie Barrett 1,520th, 5:26:06; Nick Adams 1,521st, 5:26:06;
The 9 mile Cub Run with 589 finishers was won by Ben Chesters of Sidmouth RC in 1:10:03 with Ben Moller 2nd, 1:11:42 and AVR’s Ollie Rodger 3rd, 1:12:12. Catie O’Donoghue of Bristol & West AC was the first Female, 4th overall in 1:13:00, with Rachel Collins of Chard RR 2nd Lady, 1:22:56 just outsprinting Suzanne Spiller of Honiton RC by 1 sec. Other AVR Cub Results were: James Guler 17th, 1:19:29; Jon Day 18th, 1:21:06; Chris Keeffe 37th, 1:26:37; Barry Follett 48th, 1:29:11; Phil Bayliss 82nd, 1:34:54; Nicola Rendell 85th, 1:35:14; Andrew West 91st, 1:36:28; Steven Maclure 104th, 1:38:43; Wayne Tooze 106th, 1:39:01; Louise Harrison 151st, 1:44:24; Rosie Thoennissen 162nd, 1:45:35; David Gedye 163rd, 1:45:35; Adele Foxwell 171st, 1:46:34; Dave Mutter 193rd, 1:48:53; Sarah Shepley 228th, 1:53:41; Vicki Wraight 229th, 1:53:41; Chris Driver 234th, 1:53:52; Jane Calvert 255th, 1:55:48; Henry Smith 257th, 1:55:52; Kelly Giles 262nd, 1:56:36; Ian Smith 271st, 1:57:55; Jessame Coulson 280th, 1:59:30; Chris Boyd 295th, 2:01:06; Eleanor Carr 328th, 2:03:57; Simon d'Albertanson 333rd, 2:04:14; Joshua d'Albertanson 334th, 2:04:15; Kay d'Albertanson 335th, 2:04:15; Angela Kerr 349th, 2:05:51; Amanda Harris 350th, 2:05:53; Susan Wall 357th, 2:07:17; Mark Harding-Perrott 360th, 2:07:23; Martin Kerr 361st, 2:07:25; Emma Richardson 401st, 2:12:09; Samantha Tooze 402nd, 2:12:10; Tracy Chapman 408th, 2:12:51; Linda Butterworth 409th, 2:12:52; Julie Barton 415th, 2:13:11; Steve Buxton 416th, 2:13:12; Rachel Hiscock 435th, 2:14:52; Vicky Austin 500th, 2:22:01; Janet Woodward 502nd, 2:22:10; Gill Day 503rd, 2:22:10; Debbie Payne 518th, 2:25:44; Sam summers 546th, 2:30:22; Denise Burges 547th, 2:30:23 and Daisy Forster 583rd, 2:59:01;
Many thanks to the landowners who allow us to cross their private land, the sponsors including Scimitar Sportwear Specialists, East Devon Sports Therapy, Lyme Bay Winery and Photo-fit.net plus many others and of course the marshals standing for hours guiding the runners. Special thanks to all spectators who once again not only cheered the runners on, but provided them with much needed sustenance and thanks to the small Grizzly Committee lead by Tony Smith for all their hard work.
s a prelude to the main Grizzly there were Junior runs on Saturday afternoon. The Junior Grizzly was won by Jacob Bell of Ely Runners in 15:55 with Harvey Green 2nd, 16:19 and Sam Eyre 3rd, 16:36 both AVR members. The Junior Cub was won by Will Birchall of Mrs Ethelston’s Primary School in 7:43 with Harrison Walker of Seaton Primary 2nd, 8:19 and Kendra Druce of Gold Star Runners 3rd. The Fun Run was won by Ellis Bown of Exmouth Harriers in 9:14 with Louis Vine of Beer Primary 2nd, 9:18 and Ray Larner of Seaton Primary 3rd, 9:22.
The 25th Bideford Marathon took place on Sunday and Tim Sibley choose this as an event for a warmup for the London Marathon. The Race was won by Ronnie Richmond in 01:07:33. Tim went with the plan of running 1:37:00 and paced it perfectly to finish in 205th 1:36:30, and new PB.
Joel Seward ran the Coombe St Nicholas 10K, a road run with undulating and hilly terrain, finishing 12th in 45:42 with Jenny Ford finishing in 1:06:11.
AVR Simon Dimmock won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:08 with Luke Reed of Pure Endurance Triathletes 2nd, 18:16 and Paul Rose of Maiden Newton Runners 3rd, 18:27. Ellen Keast was the 1st Female in 20:37 followed by Alexandra
Door of Egdon Heath Harriers, 20:42 and Rachael Moss in 23:18.
The Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge is a tough 10 mile race with just under 2000ft of elevation gain. Last year, the terrain was rock hard underfoot and frozen resulting in a fractionally shorter course than usual. This year, the runners were greeted by glorious sunshine, muddy conditions underfoot and the knowledge that the full 10 mile course lay before them. 17 year old Edmund Greirson of Sidmouth RC led the way with Tim Lenton of Axe Valley runners hot on his heels. Matt Clist and James Green closed the gap by mile 3 with the latter pushing on into the lead. As the race entered the final stages, James Green had built a significant lead while the chasing pack of 3 runners fought to claim the runner up spot. The final Hill of the Dalwood trio is the longest and steepest, a true brute of a climb. By ½ way up, Matt was in in second with Tim in 4th, but Tim found some good rhythm in the final section to get past Matt and set up a fast and furious downhill finish. James Green took the tape (1:08:50) followed by Tim (1:11:25 and first MV45) who was just ahead of Edmund (1:11:31) and Matt (1:11:32 and first M40) in a cracking 3 way sprint finish. There was more success for AVR with Karen Eyre (1:30:50) claiming 2nd Lady overall despite feeling a little off colour. Eleanor Wood stormed home in typical fashion for 3rd Lady (1:32:52) and 1st on age graded time by a whopping 4 minutes. Other AVR results were:- Rob Collier 5th, 2nd M45, 1:15:15; Karl Hodson 8th, 1st M50, 1:16:57; Matt Hewer 9th, 2nd M40, 1:17:18; Lee Moran 19th, 1:25:39; Joel Seward 23rd, 1:27:23; Andrew Hartnell 40th, 1:37:03; Ferenc Kovacs 45th, 1:38:34; Kerry Board 47th, 1:38:38; Ron Seward 59th, 1st M60, 1:45:07; Anders Larsson 60th, 1:45:18; Steven Lewis 63rd, 2nd M65, 1:45:26; Wayne Tooze 69th, 1:49:32; Andrew Sayers 93rd, 1st M70, 2:09:23. There were 97 runners in the race.
There was also great AVR success in the 3 mile Three Hills mini challenge with Sam Eyre winning in 23:43 and Harry Hodson 3rd, 24:32. Noah Remington was 5th, 26:11; Peter Johns 7th, 27:04; Wesley Burrough 11th, 29:34 and Jenny Ford 15th, 38:11. Well done to all who completed the course.
There was also a fun run that was won by Oscar Purchase of Exeter Tri Club with Freddie McMahon the only AVR representative finishing 7th in 11:59.
The weather couldn’t have been better for this year’s Grand Brighton Half Marathon. The sun shone and the wind kept away. The route took the runners up and down the fabulous seafront with a short foray inland past the famous Brighton Pavilion. Six AVRs took part. Cameron Hill finished in 1:39:08 in his first ever half marathon. Graham Newton finished in 1:41:01 and was the second M70. Carol Austin finished in 1:42:46. Angela Kerr 1:53:23, Diane Newton 2:24:40 and Martin Kerr 2:30:56.
Vicki Wraight ran the 10k Resolution run for the Stroke Association at Escot Park on Sunday, finishing in a new P.B. of 56:38, Denise Burgess completed the 5K version and Caroline French the 15K. An added attraction was Jo Pavey was there to start the run and stayed to hand out the medals at the end.
Jake Smith, representing Cardiff Met university, cruised to victory in the heats of the BUCS indoor National championships 3,000 metre race winning in 08:24. A really impressive run which he followed up by finishing 3rd in the final in 08:15, just behind 2nd placed Linton Taylor from Leeds Beckett. The final was won by Birmingham's James Gorley in 8:09.
Jon Day and Chris Keeffe made the last-minute decision to race in the Taunton Deane Aquathlon for which they are very grateful to the race direct for letting them enter the night before. Jon opted for the long course a 1000m swim followed by a 10k run. Jon's swim and transition time was 24:45 with a run time of 43:24 for a total of 1:08:09 knocking 1:45 from his time last year. Chris chose the half distance option with a swim time of 13:35 and run time of 25:45 for a total of 39:24.
It was a blast from the past when Simon Bayliss won the latest Seaton parkrun in 17:57 with Adan Hennessey of Honiton RC 2nd, 18:02 and AVR's Simon Dimmock 3rd in 18:29. Isla Bryson was the first female home in 21:32 followed by Chloe Burridge 2ndF, 22:05 and Joanna Hawkins of Pure Endurance Triathletes 3rd F, 22:16.
The Exmouth Express has taken over from the Fulford 5 and is a flat fast 5 miles road race two laps along the sea front and through the town finishing in the square where we started. It was won by Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers AAC in 24:39 with 304 finishers. There were some excellent AVR performances with Duncan Staddon the first AVR home, 14th in 28:47 and 2nd MV40 just in front of Terry Emmett who was 18th, 29:41. Joel Seward was 61st 33:13 and Carol Austin 3rd FV55, 112th overall in 36:53. Cliff Marriott prepared for the race by carb loading on curry and beer resulting in a wind assisted 134th place in 38:46.
James Green's run of form continued on Sunday when he won the 4 Trigs challenge where the runners have to visit the trig points at Weston Cliff, Buckton Hill, Beacon Hill, and High Peak via a number of control points with many other hills, valley, woods and fields in between in 2:15:20 with Tim Lenton just behind in 2:22:00. Gillian Peach and Yvette Hill completed in 4:13, after a tough start and extremely muddy conditions throughout the 17 mile race which has a massive 3,200 feet of elevation gain.
Ragnhild Richards completed the Humdinger Half Marathon at Taunton in 1:58:20. She was 3rd in her age group and 23rd female.
This weekend the Exeter Half Marathon was run over two days, Saturday and Sunday. Two AVR's ran the course on the Saturday, Sam Tooze and Wayne Tooze. They ran together and finished together in 2.01.14, Sam being very happy with a great new PB! On Sunday morning Angela and Martin Kerr took on the half marathon route, with a fair amount of water on the course after the heavy rain. Angela finished in 1.57 16 and Martin, coming back from injury did well to finish in 2.32.11.
Izzy Swainson won the February Junior AVR handicap in 17:17 with Wesley Burrough 2nd, 14:32 and Caitlin Tooze 3rd, 15:27. Wesley Burrough leads the rankings with 42 points followed by George Chapman 37 and Caitlin Tooze 36. Tim Sibley won the Senior 3.5 mile handicap in 23:56 with Alan Morbey 2nd, 26:19 and David Cooke 3rd, 26:20. Fran Hodson leads the senior rankings with 40 points with Matt Dominey 2nd, 37 and Tim Sibley 3rd, 35.
Carol Austin received her prize - a rather natty hoodie - for finishing top F55 in the 2018 In Step Devon race series after yesterday's Exmouth 5, part of this year's event. The series is a competition between nine local clubs and covers a range of races from a track 3000m through to a half marathon including all surfaces track, trail, road and multi-terrain. Each individual scores from their best five events throughout the year
AVR's James Green won the latest Seaton parkrun in a new P.B. of 16:30 with Wayne Loveridge of Chard RRC 2nd, 16:50 and AVR's Simon Dimmock 3rd in a new P.B. of 17:42. Emilie Padmore of Honiton RC was the first female home in 21:07 with Jane Beech of N1Tri Club 2nd F, 21:37 and AVR's Eleanor Wood 3rd F, 21:42.
On a cold and sunny day Cliff Marriott ran the Benfleet 15 race; a challenging 15 mile multi-terrain course, incorporating sections of the Canvey Island sea wall, and the undulating Hadleigh Downs in Essex. He was pleased to finish in 2hrs 23min and described it as a lovely hilly event.
Chard RRC's Wayne Loveridge won the latest Seaton parkrun in 17:00 with Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC 2nd, 18:16 and AVR's Matt Hewer 3rd, 18:58. Ellen Keast was the first female home in 21:01 with Honiton RC's Ceri Oak 2nd F,
21:57 and Racheal Moss 3rd F, 21:57. Of course the parkrun is not all about the speedy people, it is designed to appeal to anyone who would like to run 5K at 9am every Saturday morning at 9am.
The first three home in the AVR January Senior handicap all broke their PBs with Fran Hodson winning in 25:16. Rob Collier 2nd, 20:57 and Matt Dominey 3rd, 24:19. As this was the first race of a new series Fran now tops the rankings with 22 points, Rob 2nd, 21 and Matt 3rd, 20 points.
Seven AVRs took a trip to sunny Dawlish to run Oh My Obelisk, organised by Dawlish Coasters RC. A choice of two distances were given for this one, a 9 mile or 13.4 miles of off-road fun and frolics. The race is named after the large Obelisk that sits in Haldon Forest and from it a stunning view across Dawlish and the Exe Estuary awaits the runners. Somehow Karl Hodson managed miss the great big chunk of phallic-shaped rock when going past but we guess that he was too busy concentrating on his running. The 13.4 mile, 2018 version of the event saw AVR fair rather well in the awards as James Green won the race, the men won the team prize and Eleanor Wood took the over 60s ladies place. This year there was a sense of déjà vu all round as the same awards were won! James had a potentially tough race on his hands as Exmouth Harriers Simon Minting had recently got the better of him at The Drogo 10 only 6 weeks ago. James has been very focused on his training and the effort rewarded him by comprehensively winning in 1:24:44, a full 3 minutes clear.
The team prize is made up of 3 runners and along with James the rest of the team was made up of Matt Hewer and Karl 'The Oblivious Obelisk' Hodson. Matt came back 14th in 1:36:32 and Karl was only just behind in 15th in 1:37:10. A good win as Teignmouth had turned up with some strong runners given this race is almost in their back yard. Eleanor was next AVR in and she came home at a fantastic time of 1:52:48, Fran Hodson raced for the first time in 18 months and she performed superbly in a time of 1:55:13. Steve Haines almost broke the similarities of last year's awards by being pipped on the line by the first over 60 runner. Steve completed the run in 2:01:38.
In the 9 mile race Andy West completed the course in 1:23:40 and completed his first race in AVR colours.
The first three home at this week's Seaton parkrun all broke their PBs with Chet Gillespie winning in 17:11 followed by Simon Dimmock of Liss RC, 17:50 and Stuart Gold, 19:06. First Female was Ellen Keast, 21:42, Rachael Moss was 2nd F and AVRs Louise Tucker 3rd F, 22:15. A magnificent 277 runners had a go at the event and it is open to all and families are encouraged. It's a 5K distance at 9am on Seaton seafront every Saturday, is free to enter and has a terrific atmosphere. See <http://www.parkrun.org.uk> www.parkrun.org.uk for more details.
People do many things on 1st January such as family walks or getting over of the night's excesses, some people push themselves to their limits to compete in the traditional Chard Flyer 10k race. To be precise 192 runners made it to the start and the event shows the growing popularity of running as it sold all of its 200 places well before race day. The race is a traditional fixture on the running calendar which has been going for many years and is one that has seen many AVR's over the years turn up to the start line and think 'why have I eaten and drunk so much in the past 7 days'!! The route takes runners out along the reservoir, through Knowle St Giles up a long hill and back along the other side of the reservoir eventually finishing at Chard Cricket Club. The event is very well organised by Chard Running Club and thanks needs to be given to them. The runners were grateful that conditions where favourable for them and the uncharacteristically pleasant weather proved ideal for running.
Now, normally when writing the report you start with who finished first of the AVR team but on this occasion we need to recognise the return of Geoff Woodward back into the racing world. Geoff suffered some very serious heart problems only a few months ago and yet due to our brilliant NHS and his determination he was on the start line. If that doesn't give any of us some inspiration then remember he did the run in 52.52, finishing 100th place, astonishing really. James Green came in second overall in 35:17, narrowly beaten by Christian Green of Wells City Harriers who won in 34:54. Rob Collier finished 5th in 38:25 and won the Over 40 age category. Other results were Matt Hewer 8th, 40:07, Joel Seward set a new 10k PB with 42:51 and came 23rd, Karen Eyre returned to racing for the first time since October and finished 51st in 46:46, Cliff Marriott who ran in his AVR vest but registered in the results as Reading Joggers, came 79th in 50:29.
It was great weather for the Axmouth Challenge series of races and AVR had great success with James Green winning the main 9 mile multi-terrain event beating the course record by 2 minutes in 55:50. After a very fast start James was in 3rd spot, but made his move up the long drag to Rousdon after mile 5 and clung on to win. Sam Hopton of SWRR was 2nd, 56:06 and Angelo Pieris of East End RR 3rd, 56:30. Jo Davey of Honiton RC was the first lady home, 25th overall in 1:12:47 with Clare Hansford 1st F50, 2nd lady 26th overall, 1:13:01 and Eleanor Wood 1st F60, 3rd lady, 27th overall, 1:13:29. Other AVR times were: Rob Collier 4th, 1:00:40; Karl Hodson 7th, 1:02:37; James Glennie 10th, 1:04:58; Anthony Chadwick 17th, 1:10:14; Joel Seward 19th, 1:11:01; Jonathan Day 23rd, 1:12:32; Chloe Burridge 1st F17, 29th overall, 1:13:52; Andrew Hartnell 37th, 1:17:46; Kerry Board 3rd F40, 42nd overall, 1:20:24; Richard Matthews 43rd, 1:20:57; Margaret Pearce 1st F45, 44th overall, 1:22:05; Alan Morbey 2nd M60, 45th overall, 1:22:05; Ron Seward 1st M65, 46th overall, 1:22:08; Cliff Marriott 51st, 1:23:44; Emma Parris 56th, 1:24:27; Ragnhild Kordt Richards 61st, 1:26:40; Angela Kerr 69th, 1:29:15 and Andrew Sayers 1st M70 81st overall, 1:36:10.
The 5 mile event was won by James Phillips in 40:19 with Sarah Shepley the 1st AVR, 8th in 54:32 she was followed by Mark Spraggs 11th, 56:27; Susan Wall 12th, 1:00:00; Rachael Tattershall 15th, 1:02:49; Carolyn Nation 16th, 1:04:52; Rachel Hiscock 19th, 1:06:03; Pam Goddard 20th 1:08:14 and Sam Summers, Vicky Austin and Denise Burgess joint 22nd in 1:17:36. The 3 mile challenge was won by Alexandra Carter in 22:12 with AVR Sam Eyre 2nd, 23:04 and Ethan Paynter 3rd, 25:34. AVR Noah Remington was 4th, 26:47 and Naomi Glennie 6th, 30:54. There was also a 1 mile race won by Isaac Parris in 09:27. The village came out in force to marshal and provide bacon butties and cake so hopefully Axmouth Village Hall funds were given a good boost.
There have been some notable AVR performances at recent parkruns, on 29th December at Seaton Eleanor Wood recorded a massive 90.16% age grade, third woman in 21.31 putting her amongst the top age grade finishers nationally that week. Ron Seward recorded a new PB of 22:57 as did Ragnhild Korda Richards 24:20, Susan Wall 26:29, and Maxine Sweetman 31:11. On New Year's Day Carol Austin recorded a new age grade PB at Bideford parkrun of 80.15%
and Angela Kerr completed her 50th parkrun at Tamar Lakes. On 5th January at Seaton parkrun Janet Cullum recorded a very impressive first place 80.59% age grade and a new PB of 25:56. Matt Hewer was first man on age grade, 71.97%, in 18:58 and was also third finisher. Sam Tooze recorded a
significant PB of 26:01 and Paul Lloyd ran his 50th parkrun.
An incredible 229 runners completed the Christmas Day Seaton parkrun, with most people wearing festive attire. AVR has much Christmas cheer with Jake Smith having a great run winning in an incredible 14:48 with Wayne Loveridge of Chard RRC 2nd, 17:17 and Mark Spiller of Bishops Stortford RC 3rd, 17:53. AVR's Emma Kiernan was the first female in 19:22 with Honiton RC's Jo Davey 2nd F, 21:37 and Emilie Padmore also of Honiton 3rd F, 22:03.
This was followed on Saturday by the highest ever turn out for Seaton parkrun of 284 finishers. It was won by Simon Dimmock of Liss RC in 17:59 with Colin Davies 2nd, 18:32 and Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC 3rd, 18:38. Anita Mellodew of Avon Valley Runners was the first Female in 21:00, Victoria Plummers was 2nd F, 21:09 and AVR's Eleanor Wood 3rd F, 21:31.
Tim Lenton and Patrick Devine-Wright ran a winter Dartmoor Crossing in 4 hours 50 min, leaving from Ivybridge and running to Okehampton into a cool north easterly wind. The weather was mixed, with some sunshine in the southern half and a thick mist in the northern half. The going underfoot was mostly pretty wet and sodden, with stepping stones very greasy but there were also some were very runnable stretches that helped us along at a steady pace all the way for an enjoyable day out.
Three brave souls made the short trip over to Escot for the first extremely Jolly run sponsored by Red Rock brewery on Saturday morning. There was mud a-plenty, 2 bridges to cross, 2 bridges to go under, and the total of 5 river crossings! A superbly organised 7.5 mile run with surprises along the way. Carolyn Nation 200th, 1:52:44; Denise Burges 201st, 1:52:44 and Sam Summers 202nd 1:52:57 out of a field of 247.
Due in part to the cracking weather Seaton Parkrun attracted 229 runners, many creating new P.B.'s. The winner was James Donald of Team Bath AC in 17:07 with Mark Spiller of Bishops Stortford RC 2nd, 17:54 and Huw Davies 3rd, 18:08. Becky Tovey of Romsey Road Runners was the first Female home in 20:43 with Ellen Keast 2nd F, 21:11 and Jane Beech of N1 Tri Club 3rd F, 21:19.
The annual Full Monty Cute 10.5m multi-terrain race was won by Philip Bridge of Wells City Harriers in1:07:10. AVR Matt Clist, not feeling on top form, came 9th out of 255 runners in 1:17:34. Close on his heals was the ever improving Rob Collier 10th in 1:17:44 2nd MV40. Matt Hewer took an early fall which affected his running but still came home 26th in 1:23:04. Rupert Pady on a streak of good form was 44th in 1:28:33. Eleanor Wood won the 1st FV 55 award coming 74th in 1:33:55. Completing the AVR contingent was John Larcombe 190th in 2:01:07. Thank you, Crewkerne Running Club for another fabulous run.
Two AVR's travelled to a soggy Otterton for the 16th annual Reindeer Run 10K. This year, it had to be re-routed to avoid parts of the flooded Otter Valley. Fortunately, the rain eased off for the 10am mass start of over 300 runners. James Denne was the winner in 38:31 whilst the winner of the ladies' race was Lizzie Dyson in 43:15. Andrew Hartnell recorded a PB, 30th 53:27 whilst Alan Morbey was 44th 56:18 out of 182 finishers. Many thanks to Otterton C of E PTFA for organising yet another fantastic reindeer run.
After a dose of rain during the previous days it was expected the Bicton Blister course would be wet, muddy and slippery. Surprisingly the mostly pebble heaths were in very good condition and with fair weather a great race and much AVR success ensued. Once again James Green was 3rd out of 424 in 1:02:50 and along with Matt Clist 5th, 1:04:52; Robert Collier 18th, 2nd M45, 1:08:41 and Terry Emmett 20th, 1:08:59 came 2nd in the male team event. Eleanor Wood 109th, 1st F60, 1:23:25; Adele Foxwell 115th, 1:23:50 and Kerry Board 172nd, 1:29:24 came 3rd in the lady's team event. There were many other great AVR times as follows:- Matt Hewer 23rd, 2nd M40, 1:09:48; Emma Kiernan 69th, 1:17:43; Chris Polly 94th, 1:21:17; Graham Newton 121st, 3rd M65, 1:24:15; Richard Hale 191st, 1:31:43; Ron Seward 218th, 1:34:40; Angela Kerr 260th, 3rd F60, 1:39:34; Paul Tolchard 268th, 1:40:27; Dave Mutter 316th, 1:48:31; Linda Butterworth 317th, 1:48:32; Julia Mallon 318th, 1:48:44; Sarah Herfet 324th, 1:49:35; Bec Davey 325th, 1:49:57; Anna McLoughlin 331st, 1:50:39; Rachael Tattershall 377th, 1:57:43; Susie Sadler 382nd, 1:59:15; Martin Kerr 383rd, 2:00:13; Carolyn Nation 396th, 2:04:04 and Diane Newton 403rd, 2:05:17.
Young Sam Eyre ran very well in the associated 5 mile Bicton Lite race finishing 5th out of 99 in 34:58. Kirsty Farrington was 43rd, 51:16; Lesley Adams 50th, 52:14; Denise Burges 81st, 1:00:25 and Pam Goddard 83rd, 1:00:34. Well done to Exmouth Harriers for putting on another superb event.
With a pale blue sky lit by a radiant winter sun and Fingle Forest in full winter raiment where else would you rather be than running the Drogo 10(mile)? Quite often it lashes it down for this race on Dartmoor, but this year we were given a real weather treat with most runners enjoying the slightly longer course.
James Green started at the front, but let the 2 leaders hoon off into the distance with canny James gradually closing in the final stages. Unfortunately the ridiculously steep hunters path near the end put paid to James’ ambitions and he finished 3rd out of 485 in 1:05:15. Eleanor Wood was 1st FV60, 117th overall in 1:27:17. Other AVR times: Matt Clist 9th, 1:09:32; Duncan Staddon 19th, 1:12:29; Robert Collier 22nd, 1:12:48; Terry Emmett 28th, 1:14:24; Matthew Hewer 35th, 1:15:50; Rupert Pady 56th, 1:19:54; Simon Davey 109th, 1:26:24; Lee Moran 123rd, 1:28:14; Richard Jackson 126th, 1:29:00; Andrew Hartnell 130th, 1:29:10; Steve Haines 157th, 1:32:23; Margaret Pearce 171st, 1:34:20; Alan Morbey 213th, 1:37:57; Chris Hill 244th, 1:41:10; Gillian Peach 273rd, 1:45:16; Yvette Hill 274th, 1:45:27; Mark Spraggs 291st, 1:46:45; Anders Larsson 306th, 1:48:24; John Larcombe 311th, 1:48:52 and Dave Mutter 384th, 1:59:01. It was Linda Butterworth’s 1st 10 mile race and she ran well to be 386th in 1:59:13. Sarah Herfet finished 400th, 2:02:15; Angela Kerr 405th, 2:04:01; Bec Davey 406th, 2:04:13; Susie Pitt 413th, 2:05:44. Unfortunately Amie Sibley, Sandra Mortimer and Tim Sibley missed a direction sign and ended up running much further and to add insult to injury Sandra had a nasty fall. All three eventually finished joint 459th, 2:20:55. Many thanks to SWRR for a brilliant event and to Alan Morbey for organising the transport and driver in chief Cliff Marriott.
Angela and Martin Kerr were visiting their home town in Bedfordshire over the weekend and on Saturday morning took part in the Dirt Half Marathon, a challenging, multi-terrain event. A lovely bright and cool morning for running it was, Angela completed the course in 2:04:29, 432nd out of 770 finishers and Martin was happy to be 634th in 2:25:01. On Sunday morning, back home in Devon, race number 2 of the weekend for Angela, off to Drogo for the 10 miler while Martin decided supporting was the more sensible option!
The waves shaped the shore for Seaton Parkrun's second anniversary on November 10th, but 160 determined runners from 17 clubs braved King Neptune, three heavy downpours, high winds and a thunderstorm to complete the course.
Wayne Loveridge (Chard RRC) and Rachael Moss were first male and female to finish in 18:00 and 23:13. Among 26 Axe Valley Runners taking part were Tom Perry 4th (19:59), Matt Hewer 5th (20:33), Ben Perry 8th (21:56), Sam Eyre
10th (22:37) and Fefe Kovacs 11th (23:01). The first AVR women home were Kerry Board 4th (24:12), Carol Austin 6th (24:57), Lou Burridge 10th (26:58), Angela Kerr 16th (28:09) and Sarah Herfet 19th (28:30). Special birthday guest David Hill of Team GB brought a dash of Paralympic glamour, finishing 7th (21:41) and setting a new course record for "Seaton ParkRunner Featuring in Most Selfies." Despite the inclement weather, the run included 19 first timers and 14 new PBs. In a post-run birthday party at Pebbles, special prizes were awarded to Marilyn Hughes, Sue Venn, Emma Richardson, Paula Youens and Diana Lloyd for topping the volunteering chart in the last year. A special family prize was also awarded to the Slade Family for exemplifying what Parkrun is all about. Special thanks go to Pebbles for the
birthday cake and to all those who swept, shovelled, mopped up, and generally made it happen.
Eight AVRs travelled down to Stover School for the Templer 10 race on Sunday, a 10mile flattish run around the school grounds and Stover Country Park. The race was won by Arran Tocknell of Torbay Tri Club in 59.01. First home for AVR was Duncan Staddon, 12th in 1:03:53 and 2nd Vet 40. Rob Collier was 16th, 1:05:30; Terry Emmett 21st, 1:07:02 and 1st Vet 35; Matt Hewer 22nd, 1:07:10 and these four runners were the 2nd men's team to finish behind Torbay Tri Club. Next home was Joel Seward 71st, 1:16:50 followed by Eleanor Wood 80th, 1:18.00 and 1st Vet 60. Diane Newton was pleased to finish in 1:53:31, taking nearly 10 minutes off her off-road PB time 2nd FV65. Graham Newton, struggling with an injury, finished in 1:55:55 but in the end was very pleased to manage to finish the course. There were 268 finishers. Thank you to Teignbridge Trotters for putting on such a well organised event