Weekly media reports - Jan-May

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27th May

Plymouth's Ocean City Half Marathon is one of the 3 qualifying races for the national masters squad England programme and as such attracted a lot of fast runners from all over the South West and beyond. It's a tough course taking in a 2 mile steady incline at mile 2 and a steep finish up past the Barbican to finish on the Hoe. Graham Newton managed to come 2nd in the MV70 category in 1:43:36. He has now qualified to run for the national half marathon squad at Maidenhead in September to add to his successful qualification earlier in the year to run in the national marathon squad at York in October. Also producing fine performances were 3 other AVRs: Angela Kerr completed yet another terrific run in 1:56:14, achieving a hard earned 8th position in the heavily competed VW60 category, Diane Newton was very pleased to finish 3rd in the VW65 category in 2:31:36, and Martin Kerr completed the AVR success in a very respectable 2:39:20.

The Women Can races were held on Sunday with a choice of 3 different distances all ending up at Sidmouth Rugby Club. The weather was ideal, overcast so not too hot and the scenery was beautiful. There were many excellent performances from the AVR ladies with Kerry Board 8th in 4:45 and Margaret Pearce 12th in 4:51. Angela Kerr and Sarah Herfet ran together, finishing in 6:10. After a moment of madness on Tuesday Vicki Wraight decided to swap from the half to the full marathon, she ran with Helen Holmes and they crossed the line together in their first marathon in 6:29:08. Emma Ellyn, Amie Sibley and Sandra Mortimer finished at 6:52. All the runners were rewarded with a medal, t-shirt, goody bag and a cream tea at the finish.

Eleanor Wood ran the associated half marathon from Tipton St John to Sidmouth Rugby Club via Budleigh Salterton and in the last 200m managed to overtake the lady in front of her and after a sprint finish managed to hold her off to finish 3rd overall in 1hour 55min, winning a Dartington Fine Quality Crystal glass vase. Thank you to the organisers for putting on such an iconic race.

Jake Smith smashed his PB by more than 20 seconds when he finished third in the 5000m A race at the prestigious BMC event in Manchester clocking an impressive yet agonising 14:00.45.

Rob Collier ran a wet the Edinburgh marathon with a headwind to contend with or the last 8 miles. It was a course considered to be one of the quickest in Europe so Rob set off with the goal of achieving sub 3 hours. He certainly achieved that finishing in 2:57:47, a 10 minute PB. Rob's daughter Hannah took 30 minutes off her PB last year for a 4:16:40 finish.

The weather could not have been nicer to welcome many visitors to Seaton parkrun on bank holiday Saturday. Members of AVR held their own in a very competitive field of 319 parkrunners and also provided the support needed to make this an inclusive and safe event. Hats off to Ron Seward who completed his 50th parkrun on Saturday, bagged a new PB of 22:39 and came third overall on age grade, 76.16%. George Chapman also recorded a PB of 20:16. Janet Cullum came first overall on age grade, 76.92%. Karen Eyre and Chloe Burridge were 2nd and 3rd women to finish in 21:46 and 22:14 respectively and Simon Dimmock finished 3rd overall in 17:44. In addition, the three pacers were AVRs Keith Agland, Matt Hewer and Tim Sibley, all successfully achieving their given paces while AVR Carol Austin was the guide runner to a visually impaired visiting parkrunner.

20th May

On Friday evening a squad of AVR'S travelled to Exeter to take part in the City Runs 4 x 4k relays. The event has grown in status over the years and sees many of the top runners in the area compete for their clubs. This usually means some very stiff competitions and this year was no different.  The club entered a senior men's team, Over 40's men's team and a mixed team.  The course was down by the River Exe and was all on road and flat. The highlight of the results was the men's over 40 team whom came away with victory in their category with Duncan Staddon 13:01; Matt Hewer 14:57; Rob Collier 13:54 and Matt Clist 13:33 total time of 55:25. The senior men's team came in 5th, Terry Emmett 13:08; Chet Gillespie 12:52; Simon Dimmock 13:34; James Green 12:32, 52:06 total time. The mixed team finished 3rd with James Ashforth 15:46; Karen Eyre 16:29; Joel Seward 14:45; Chet Gillespie 13:41 - Chet ran two legs. Total time 1:00:41. Age categories winners were: Duncan Staddon (Over 40), Chet Gillespie (Under 20), Karen Eyre (Over 45) and Rob Collier (Over 45). A great display by all involved and a great event.

Henry Birchall won the May Junior handicap in a new PB of 12:52 with Alex Wall 2nd, 17:08 and Izzy Pellow 3rd, 13:15. Harry McMahon leads the junior rankings with 84 points followed by Sam Eyre 69 and George Chapman 68. Kerry Board won the Senior event in 25:20 with David Cooke 2nd, 25:55 and Alan Morbey 3rd, 26:00. Lee Moran leads the Senior rankings with 77 points, followed by Alan Morbey 76 and Rupert Pady 65.

Richard Jackson ran the Race The Tide Long Half (15.7 miles) at the Flete Estate, Mothecombe where he had to race the tide at the Erme estuary at 8 miles. Richard finished 28th out of 162 in 2:37:17.

Patrick Devine-Wright took part in the West Country Hilly Ultra race on Saturday 18th over a distance of 50 miles, with 2750m of climb. The race began in Minehead following the coast path across Selworthy Beacon towards Porlock and Culbone church, before climbing inland to Dunkery Beacon on Exmoor and returning by the same route. On a warm humid day, with great views, He finished 4th in 9 hours and 16 minutes.

The Clyst Hydon Huff is a scenic multi-terrain 10K race starting and finishing in the village of Clyst Hydon near Cullompton. First AVR back was Alan Morbey in 55:34, 39th out of 140 whilst Margaret Pearce recorded 55:59 in 41st spot.

The Domineys were on tour at Heartlands parkrun near Redruth, Cornwall.  It's a very, very twisty convoluted 4 lap route around some disused mine workings and gardens. They didn't allow buggies so to allow them both to run with our 3 month old babies Ellie ran first and finished as 1st lady, 16th overall in 23:32. Husband Matt then set off to chase everyone down! He finished in a self timed 22:20 but officially got 48:30 in 133rd overall, beating 9 people who set off with the masses! 

Meanwhile the Seaton parkrun was won by Chard's Wayne Loveridge in 17:12 with AVR's Simon Dimmock 2nd, 17:50 and Kevin Hawker from Honiton RC 3rd, 18:34. Ellen Keast was the first female home in 20:07 followed by Lucy Watkinson in 22:39 and AVR's Kerry Board in 22:45.

13th May

There was a fun filled atmosphere at Pecorama fields for the Beer Blazer series of runs. 130 juniors completed the 1K run that was won by Oscar Bond in 6:42 with Charlie Wheeler of Honiton Scholl 2nd, 6:45 and Charlie Vine of Beer Primary 3rd, 7:02. 73 completed the 5K run with the first 4 all AVR's.  It was won by Harvey Green in 19:02 with George Chapman 2nd, 19:12; Sam Eyre 3rd, 19:25 and Peter Johns 4th, 19:45. Paul Chapman was 18th in 29:06.  The organisers changed the 10K race to 10 miles this year with a very tough course over Grizzly country but with a fantastic perfume of wild garlic to spur the 136 finishers on. James Denne of Gloucester AC was the victor in 1:10:02 with Liam Storey of Climb SW Trail and AVR's Tim Lenton 3rd, 1:12:41. Ellie Debenham was the first female, 21st overall in 1:31:10 and AVR's Eleanor Wood 2nd lady, 1st F60 in 1:33:40 and Zoe Engert of Blazing Sisters 3rd F, 27th overall in 1:35:07. Other AVR results were: Matthew Clist 5th, 1st M40, 1:13:20; Simon Dimmock 6th, 1:13:27; James Glennie 7th, 1:17:23; Lee Moran 10th, 1:19:53; Richard Jackson 29th, 1:36:12; Paul Johns 30th, 1:36:20; Barry Follett 36th, 1:39:25; Andrew Hartnell 41st, 1:43:08; Ron Seward 42nd, 1st M65, 1:43:09; Richard Matthews 52nd, 1:45:50; Keith Agland 73rd, 1:54:02; Sarah Herfet 75th, 1:54:37; Stuart Olliver 78th, 1:56:22; Andrew Sayers 91st, 1st M70, 2:02:29; David Mutter 95th, 2:03:27; John Whitaker 98th, 2:04:09; Lindsey Freathy 99th, 2:04:09; Nick Adams 112th, 2:15:47; Jennifer Ford 115th, 2:17:31; Linda Butterworth and Tracy Chapman 125th, 2:29:16. Well done to the Beer Blazer committee headed by James Green and all the superb volunteers. The event will have no doubt raised a splendid amount for Beer Primary School funds.

It was a busy week for races and many AVR's competed in the Ottery 10K put on by Honiton RC and won by Sam Hopton of SWRR in 34:09. Duncan Staddon was the first AVR home, 6th in 35:55 with Terry Emmett not far adrift, 9th in 36:29 and Rob Collier 14th, 37:51. Rupert Pady was 31st, 41:16; Karen Eyre 60th, 44:59; Angela Kerr 131st, 52:42; Kevin Feeney 151st, 54:18; Sarah Shepley 173rd, 56:00; Lesley Adams 247th, 1:02:20; Carol Austin 264th, 1:04:22; Diane Newton 282nd, 1:05:03 and Aileen Heal 326th, 1:13:16.

Perfect conditions welcomed the 15 AVR's who were amongst the record number of 335 who took part in the Ottery 10k organised by Honiton RC. The race, which started and finished at Ottery Cricket Club, was all on road apart from a last circuit of the cricket ground - outside the boundary, of course!  First home for AVR was Duncan Staddon 6th in 35:55 closely followed by Terry Emmett 9th, 36:29 and Rob Collier 14th in 37:51.  Rupert Pady was 31st, 41:16, Karen Eyre was 60th in 44:59 with Angela Kerr  131st, 52:42. Kevin Feeney, in his first comeback race after a long injury, was 151st in 54:18.  Sarah Shepley was 173rd in 56:00 then Mark Day 237th, 61:12; Lesley Adams 247th, 62:20 and Vicky Austin 264th, 64:22.  Diane Newton finished 282nd in 65:03, her fastest 10k for five years.  Martin Owen 289th, 65:45; Maxine Sweetman and Aileen Heal, 326th in 73:16 completed the AVR finishers.

Fran and Karl Hodson competed in the Stourhead Megasprint Tri Saturday evening (900 metre swim / 18 mile bike / 4.5 mile run). The Swim was in a cold smelly lake and Fran came out of the water 1st lady and 7th overall.  Karl came in towards the pontoon engulfed a huge amount of lake water finishing towards the back end of the field. After transition Fran was 2nd lady on the bike start and was informed by marshals she was still 2nd Lady at check points. Karl made good time up on the bike and finished with the 27th fastest bike split. Fran left T2 with Karl only seconds behind her, a few hundred meters in to the run Karl passed Fran with a Hi/grunt and both dug in for the 4.5 miles to the finish. Frans first Triathlon saw her finish on the podium in Third position female overall, 1st in her age group and 48th overall, Karl despite hating swimming and drinking a stale dark pint of the lake finished 37th and 6th in his age group.

Gill Day did well to complete her first Triathlon at the novice distance of the Exe Valley Triathlon finishing 52nd out of 66 and times were swim time 7:03, bike 47:04, run 20:40 so 1:17:42 overall. Jonathan Day did the Sprint Distance Finishing 59th out of 273 with swim time 10:12, bike 43:54, run 19:51, 1:16:22 overall. Wayne Trump also did the Sprint Distance Finishing 66th with swim time of 8:33, bike 45:13, run 20:52, 1.17.06 overall.

Cliff Marriott went to Bath for the Two Tunnels 10K which was an out and back that includes 2 tunnels totalling almost a mile and a half. Half the race was in the dark and slightly springy under foot. He completed in 47:54.

Two AVR's made the short trip to Cotley House near Chard for the 6th Wambrook Waddle, a hilly 10K off road race run entirely on private land. The race was won by Matthew Lunsby in 44:33. Alan Morbey was 29th overall out of 84 in 58:07, 2nd MV60 with Margaret Pearce close behind 37th in 1:00:02, 2nd F45.

6th May

Despite getting slightly lost Linda Butterworth completed the Bridport Half Marathon in 2 hours 15 min.

Paul Tolchard and Graham Newton travelled to the land of the Red Kite, Buzzard and Skylark in the Brecon Beacons in Mid Wales. They joined a small group of runners at the start of the tough Bolamaen 10K organised by AVR Richard Hale. Classed as a Fell race it begins with an uphill start through a pine forest to reach the open fell and a remote mountain lake at 1,384 ft. In perfect weather for racing Graham finished 3rd overall, in 62:56 first vet 70. Paul improved his return time with a speedy descent to finish in 75:07. The cake and bottled beer spot prizes that followed. were downed with smug satisfaction at a job well done.

To Celebrate Janet Woodward's and Denise Burges's birthday many AVR ladies decided to do the Haldon Forest parkrun. Jonathan Day was invited along as an Honorary Lady and was the first home, 7th in 20:49 followed by Matt Dominey 15th, 22:27; Ellie Dominey 30th, 23:53; Viki Wraight 66th, 28:30; birthday girl Janet Woodward 111th, 35:03; Carolyn Nation 112th, 35:03; Gill Day 114th, 35.05; birthday girl Denise Burges 119th, 35:56; Sam Summers 121st, 36:19; Emma Richardson 122nd, 36:19 and Emma-Jayne Ward 138th in 44:50. There was 141 finishers in this 10th Haldon Forest parkrun that has a lovely woodland course with fantastic views over Exeter and the Exe estuary.

Meanwhile it was a clean sweep for AVR in the Seaton parkrun with Simon Dimmock 1st, 17:45; Lee Moran 2nd, 18:29 and Joel Seward 3rd, 19:12. Molly Adkin was the first female home in 21:10 with Emma Elston of Cambridge Uni 2nd female in 21:24 and AVR's Karen Eyre 3rd female in 21:47.

29th April

Every day we are bombarded with sad and depressing news that you may think the world is just full of gloom. Then we get a chance to watch mass participation events like the Grizzly and on Sunday the London Marathon. Over 42,000 runners and thousands lining the route all encouraging and full of joy. It really gladdens the heart to see most people are actually very friendly and just want a good time. A good time is what AVR's Matt Hewer did finishing in a very impressive 3:11.36. He completed the first half in 1:30.53 with a 3 hour finish in his sights but paid the price for the fast start in those last few tough miles. Second AVR was Margaret Pearce, who had secured a good for age time last year, finishing this year in 4:03.51. She ran very consistently until cramp hit around mile 20. She was followed by another good for age runner, Angela Kerr, completing an incredible 11th London marathon, who completed in 4:18.22, a very impressive 87th F60 and likely to be enough to retain her good for age. Lou Burridge was running in her first ever marathon and was delighted to finish in 4:38.41. For the second year running Sam Tooze had been lucky in the ballot and was running in memory of her mother who passed away six years ago to the day. Given a very late injury worry, Sam was pleased to even start and completed the marathon in 5:16.46.

All the runners were cheered on by the huge crowds all around the streets of London but were especially chuffed with the AVR support crew of Fiona Pyle, Bec Davey, Emma Richardson and Sarah Herfet who, quite literally, flew the AVR flag!
On Saturday, five AVRs decided to celebrate marathon weekend on a 26-miler with a difference. Eleanor Wood, Garry Perratt, Karen Eyre, Lee Moran and Matt Clist ran across Dartmoor from the very top near Belstone to the very bottom near Ivybridge. The wind and rough going in places made the conditions somewhat more challenging than the streets on London but at least the rain held off for most of the day and they completed in a touch over six hours.

Whilst all eyes were focussed on London, Alan Morbey made the journey to Stratford upon Avon to run the Shakespeare Marathon. Starting in the heart of Stratford, the route passes by all the local historical landmarks before heading out into the countryside where the work really begins. Alan recorded 4:20:37, 363rd overall out of 570 finishers.

22nd April

Graham Newton ran the 123rd Boston Marathon, the oldest annual marathon in the world, on Patriot's Day in Massachusetts. All the runners are bussed out 26 miles to Hopkinton where the marathon starts. Unfortunately, this year the runners had to board the busses in the middle of a thunderstorm with torrential rain, although the weather did improve later on. Graham said it was a great route, with a lot of downhill, and the support all along the route was fantastic. However, Graham did not have as good a run as he had hoped, finishing in 4:26:26. Duncan Staddon had a fantastic race, finishing in 3:15:27.

The annual Kilmington Kanter was held on Good Friday morning once again this year. There was a strong turnout, with plenty of AVR's in the Fun Run and 7 mile Kanter. The. Junior run was one in some style by Will Birchall of Mrs Ethelston's Primary School in 16:53, closely followed by AVR's Harvey Green, 17:06 and Will's Brother Henry, 17:57. Other AVR results were Peter Johns 6th, 19:08, Kai Martin 10th, 19:42, David Cooke 21st, 23:40, Nick Adams 22nd, 23:53 and Naomi Glennie 24th 24:08.

The main event was absolutely smashed by one of the South West's best runners. Tom Merson who shaved an incredible 2 and a half minutes off the course record to finish in an astonishing 39 minutes flat. James Green came in second with a time close to his own PB but found himself cut adrift by 3 and a half minutes in 42:33. Next home was Chet Gillespie, 45:34 for 3rd and 1st M17, holding off a strong challenge from much more seasoned campaigners Mateusz Szala, 45:39 and Tim Lenton 5th and 1st M45, 45:51. The first Lady home overall was SWRR 19 year old Fiona German,56:01. First Lady home for AVR and 1st F60 was Eleanor Wood 33rd and 1st F60, 57:17. Second lady back for Axe Valley was Kerry Board 39th overall, 59:37. Among the many good performances, Simon Bayliss showed he is returning to some of his form of old to come in 6th overall,46:53, just ahead of Terry Emmett 7th,46:54. Other AVR times were: Rob Collier 9th , 47:52, Lee Moran 11th, 1st M40, 48:17, James Glennie 12th, 48:24, Joel Seward 17th, 52:46, James Ashforth 28th, 56:56, Ferenc Kovacs 37th, 59:24, Ron Seward 45th and 1st M65, 1:01:12, Richard Matthews 51st, 1:03:16, Andrew West 55th, 1:04:34, Ragnhild Kordt Richards 60th, 1:06:16, John Whittaker 66th, 1:09:07, Sarah Herfet 67th, 1:09:11, Rosie Thoennissen and David Gedge both 71st, 1:10:18, David Slater 72nd, 1:10:47, Thomasin Mincham 84th, 1:19:33 and Jennifer Ford 85th, 1:20:35.

A record breaking 401runners took part in the latest Seaton parkrun including 38 AVR's. Fastest AVR and 6th overall was Matt Hewer in 18:35 and first woman home was AVR Karen Eyre in 21:40 just one week after completing the Brighton marathon! Best age graded AVR and second overall was Carol Austin 78.92%. Congratulations to Sidmouth RC's Justin Ashby who finished first in 17:17 and with an overall best age grade of 84.67%. The parkrun was made possible by 30 volunteers including 15 AVRs. Everyone (runners, walkers, volunteers, spectators) is welcome at Seaton parkrun which takes place every Saturday morning on the seafront at 9am.

The day after Kilmington and in preparation for Patrick Devine-Wrights attempt at the Bob Graham Round later in June Matt Clist, Tim Lenton, Garry Perratt, Patrick Devine-Wright, James Jackson and James Green tackled an 18 mile run on Dartmoor that took in a heap of tors from Okehampton over 4 hours of gloriously sunny running.

15th April

192 runners completed this year's Honiton Hippo. It was a chilly start but the first 3 miles had a good elevation gain so we all warmed up in time to go through all the mud and river crossings. The race was won by AVR's Tim Lenton in 50:37:. First lady back was Lucy Macalister of Bristol. Eleanor Wood had a brilliant run, coming in first in her age grade at 1:05. Other AVR times were: Peter Knox 1:25, Emma Richardson, Bec Davey, Kirsty Farrington, Denise Burges, Vicky Austin, Sam Summers and Maxine Sweetman all came in together at 2:02. 37 runners completed the associated 3k Calf. The race was won by Alfie Gibbons from Honiton RC in 11:13. AVR's Sam Eyre had a great run, coming 3rd in 11:22. Many thanks to Roger, Howard and the Honiton team for a great race.

Four AVR's travelled to Brighton for the marathon in cool, but breezy conditions. First home for AVR was Simon Dimmock in a fantastic 3:03:28. This was even more amazing as the day before Simon did the Hove Parkrun in 17:27. Next home we're two gunning for good for age times for London marathon next year. Firstly Rupert Pady at the grand old age of 50 doing it in 3:14:08, nearly a minute under the required time. Next up was Karen Eyre running with Rob Collier as a pace companion who had already achieved his good for age last year. Crossing the line together in a time of 3:36: 46 Karen smashed her required time by over 16 minutes, astonishing. The times were really hard earned running into a strong headwind over the last 5 miles.

8th April

Terry Emmett did exceptionally well in the Manchester Marathon getting a 8 minute PB finishing in 2:58:55 and achieved his ambition to break the 3 hour barrier.

JP’s Exe to Axe is a grade B Fell race that runners have described as “a brute of a race with some outstanding views”. That’s not surprising as its 22 mile length along the coastal path has many lung sapping hills. Despite running the Grizzly a few weeks ago many AVR’s attempted the challenge. Joel Seward was the first AVR home, 76th in 3:50:22 and Sue Hayes 86th in 3:57:10. Phil (Evergreen) Bayliss ran with son Simon and were joint 153rd in 4:29:05. Ferenc Kovacs was 191st, 4:52:44; Ragnhild Kordt Richards 213th, 5:13:53; Sarah Herfet 222nd, 5:32:59 and Andrew Hartnell 226th, 5:38:09. A posse of AVR ladies ran a lot of the race together, encouraging each other to finish despite some pain en route. Their finish order was Helen Holmes 229th, 5:41:38; Sandra Mortimer 231st, 5:47:21; Linda Butterworth 232nd 5:47:23; Amie Sibley 233rd, 5:47:29, Emma Ellyn 234th, 5:47:32 and Julia Mallon 238th, 5:53:42. That’s a fantastic achievement when you consider Sandra and Julia both suffer from Asthma, but going running has made it much easier to deal with. Thanks to Sidmouth RC for organising such a great race.

When Richard Hale saw that the course route in the South Wales Valleys for Pontypridd Roadents AC race “Reverse 10” passed through the village where he was born, he just knew he had to enter. The 10 mile undulating mixed terrain race included a climb up to the famous Sultan the Pit Pony sculpture, one of the largest figurative earthwork sculptures in the U.K. The enormous mountain top sculpture is created from 60,000 tons of coal shale, dirt, and stone and honours the pit ponies of the UK who lived and worked underground in the coal mines. In Spring sunshine but with a keen wind there were 191 finishers. Richard was pleased to finish 95th in 1:25:20.

1st April

Three AVR's had an extra early start, due to the clocks going forward an hour, to make the journey to Yeovil for the town centre start of the Yeovil marathon and half marathon. The undulating course takes the runners out of town along country roads, through the grounds of Montacute House and back into town for the finish. AVR's completed the half marathon and first AVR home was Mark Spraggs in 1:53:53, followed by Angela Kerr, 1:55:44. Martin Kerr took a tumble just after the half way mark, but was happy to finish in 2:27:07.

Grace McLennan won the March Junior handicap in 17:55 followed by Harvey Green, 13:16 and Sam Eyre 13:41. George Chapman leads the Junior Rankings with 53 points with Harry McMahon 2nd, 50 and Elsa Wood plus Erin Ellis joint 3rd on 45points. Paul Hilder was the victor in the Senior handicap in 26:11 Matt Hewer 2nd, 21:23 and Lou Tucker 3rd, 25:07. Matt Hewer leads the Senior Rankings with 51 points, Fran Hodson 2nd, 46 and Alan Morbey 3rd, 45 points.

An impressive 32 AVRs took part in the 125th Seaton parkrun and PB's were recorded by six of them: James Ashforth 20:32, John Whitaker 24:24, Vicki Wraight 26:02, Shaun Vinnicombe 28:48, Lily Bryant 30:47, and Sam Summers 33:38. Well done too to first finisher AVR Simon Dimmock in 17:52. Full results can be found on the Seaton parkrun Results web Page. From next week the route returns to the summer one so it will start on the pebbles.

25th March

Competing in their third half marathon in six weeks, Diane and Graham Newton ran the very first Weston Super Half Marathon in perfect running conditions on Sunday.  This well marshalled route started on Marine Parade before heading out into country lanes overlooking the sea.  It also included two miles of sandy beach and finished at the end of the Grand Pier.  Diane, who won her place in the race as a prize for finishing first in her age category at last year's Great West Run, finished in 2:23:07, her best time this year.  Graham also had his fastest run this year, finishing in 1:41:22.

It was a bright sunny morning in Okehampton for the Granite Way race which offered a ten or 20 mile option.  A dozen AVRs took part with many using it as marathon training to practise pacing or to complete their final long run.  It was a five mile out and back route along The Granite Way with beautiful far reaching views across Dartmoor. The runners turned at Lydford with the 20 mile runners completing the route twice. Both races started and finished at the historic and picturesque Okehampton railway station.

First AVR home in the 20 mile race was Rob Collier who stormed in in a time of 2:16.27 followed by Rupert Pady.  Karen Eyre finished in 2:42.21 with some brilliant pacing and a very strong finish. Margaret Pearce was just behind her in an impressive 2:49.38.  Lou Burridge completed it in 3:02.44 with Angela Kerr hot on her heels in 3:02.50 followed by Sam Tooze.

In the ten mile option, Carol Austin was first AVR finishing in 1:18.14.  Wayne Tooze was next in.  Sarah Herfert and Bec Davey ran together finishing in 1:38.52 followed by Martin Kerr. Full results and positions are not yet available but should appear here: https://www.exetercitycommunitytrust.co.uk/courses/running-events/granite-way-2019. The post-race coffee and cake in the sunshine on the railway platform was well deserved and enjoyed by all.

Seaton parkrun needed to follow an amended route on Saturday because of the drainage works on West Walk meaning the 5k route included more pebble beach than usual, starting on the pebbles adjacent to Axe Yacht Club. Despite this another big turnout of 232 ran, jogged or walked the 5k.  The first finisher was Axe Valley Runner Simon Dimmock in 18:08. First female AVR and third woman to finish was Eleanor Wood in 22:23 who also recorded the best age graded result of 87.94%.  AVR Andrew West ran a new PB of 22:17.  All the results can be found here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton/results/latestresults/

18th March

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.

11th March

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.

4th March

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.

25th February

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.

18th February

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.

11th February

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.

4th February

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.

21st January

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.

14th January

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.

7th January

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.

31st December

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.

24th December

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.

3rd December

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.

25th November

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.

19th November

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!

12th November

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.

5th November

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