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.

21st May

There was doubt that years year's Beer Blazer series of races would be put on as there was no one to organise it, then up stepped James Green and boy what a good job he did. The main race was the 10K over some of the tough Grizzly course plus the added bonus of very rutted rock-hard fields making all events very hard indeed. AVR's Tim Lenton was the clear winner of the 10K in 44:09 with David Stone of Exmouth Harriers 2nd and AVR's James Glennie 3rd, 48:11. Nicky Savill was the first lady home, 6th overall in 49:39 Gemma Colliers of Gloucester RC 2nd lady, 13th overall, 53:42 and AVR's Eleanor Wood 3rd lady, 1st F60, 18thoverall in 56:26. AVR's John Blackledge was 7th and 1st M55, 50:08; Graham Newton 15th, 1st M65, 54:36; Kerry Board 21st, 1st F40,  57:24. Other AVR results were: Anthony Chadwick 9th, 51:38; Lee Moran in his 1st race for the club 22nd, 58:01; Richard Jackson 28th, 59:26; Andrew Hartnell 31st, 1:00:34; Kevin Feeney 35th, 1:02:55; Keith Agland 42nd, 1:04:10; Caroline French 47th, 1:05:44; Alex Boon 48th, 1:05:49; Anders Larsson 57th, 1:07:08; Steve Maclure 62nd, 1:08:16; Nick Adams 63rd, 1:08:31; Henry Smith 70th, 1:10:10; Sarah Shepley 71st, 1:10:29; Elaine Hourihan 79th, 1:16:19; Helen Holmes 80th, 1:16:19; Angela Kerr 84th, 1:17:39; Sandra Mortimer 86th, 1:19:38; Robert Kerr 97th, 1:26:41; Martin Kerr 98th, 1:27:18; Carolyn Nation 99th, 1:27:29; Esme Markham 102nd, 1:28:54; Debbie Payne 103rd, 1:37:20; Julie Heawood 105th, 1:37:57 and Aileen Heal 107th, 1:40:12.
The 5k race over half the 10K was entered mostly by youngsters and AVR's Tom Perry (13) was the victor in 20:00 with Jack Dormer (13) of Queen's College Taunton 2nd, 20:59 and AVR's Harvey Green (11) 3rd, 21:09. Other AVR times were Sam Eyre 4th, 22:02; Peter Johns 5th, 23:39; Barry Follett 6th, 25:32; Kian Thomson 11th, 29:55; Craig Tiley 30th, 38:29 and Rachel Hiscock 33rd, 39:59. There were 36 finishers.

There was also a mile race for juniors that was won by AVR's Ben Perry in 6:33 with Alfie Manville of Beer Primary 2nd, 7:04 and Charlie Vine 3rd, 7:07. Fari Maclure was the other AVR in the race finishing 48th in 10:52. 106 finished this race.
Well done to all who finished and many thanks to all who helped in raising funds for Beer Primary School. Special thanks to the landowners Rick Dormer and Peter Reed for letting the race go over their private land.

The Exeter marathon and 10K were run on Sunday and both routes started at Exeter City FC ground and made their way down the high street to the Canal and then various loops along the canal, taking in Devon Locks one way and past Exwick the other direction finishing at the Piazza on Haven banks. Both races seemed a bit longer than they should've been. Becky Davey did the 10k in 59.22. Rob Collier, Rupert Pady and Laura Kerr were all doing their first marathon and Rob finished in 56th, 3:21:34, Rupert 81st, 3:34:36, Laura 248th, 4:54:37. Fiona Pyle doing her fourth marathon was 259th in 5:00:22, a PB by 15 mins.

Ferenc Kovacs ran the Clyst Hydon Huff, a 10km multi terrain race, boggy, hilly, a bit of smaller version of the Grizzly, as the organiser promoted before the start. There were 95 entrants for the 10km, and Ferenc finished 22nd, in 55:31.

Yvette and Chris Hill ran the Plymouth Half Marathon with Chris 1,022nd in 1:56:43 and Yvette 1080th, 1:57:44.

Alan Morbey made the short trip up country into Somerset to enter this year's Wambrook Waddle 10K race.  Run across private land, the route is almost entirely off road and can best be described as "undulating" with a total climb close to 1000 feet. The race was won by Wayne Loveridge of Chard Road Runners in 42:55. Alan Morbey was 26th, 1:02:52 and 1st MV60 out of 70 finishers.

14th May

Sarah Glynn completed her first half marathon today in the Forest of Dean in 2:08 – at least 10 mins better than she expected! It was beautiful weather 20 degrees with a light breeze - perfect!

In the glorious private setting of the Flete Estate, Mothecombe on the river Erme estuary 3 AVR’s completed the “Long Half Marathon” of 16 miles. Richard Jackson was first home, 39^th in 2:38:23, Roger Bramley was 51^st, 2:45:11 and Georgia Dommett – who actually entered the much shorter 14K race but missed the split so ran 16 miles instead did well to finish 53rd in 2:45:44.

The best AVR supported 10K race this week was the Ottery 10K so superbly organised by Honiton RC.  The race was won by Andrew Chamber of Bristol in 33:15, and the first AVR home was Matt Hewer, 11^th in 38:46. Eleanor Wood was the 1^st AVR lady home 56^th and, 1^st F55 in 45.38. Other AVR results were: James Glenne 19^th, 40:44; Antony Chadwick 20^th, 40:54; Stephen Grigg 46^th, 44:24; Carol Austin 81^st, 48:49; Caroline French 115^th, 52:05; Andy Sayers 134^th, 53:38; Jon Eyre 195^th, 57:32 (extremely pleased to be sub 60!); Carolyn Nation and Vicky Austin joint 261^st, 1:08:03; Denise Burgess 280^th,0 1:15:46 and Sam Summers (who succeeded in crossing the finishing line in the right direction!) 284^th, 1:18:17.

Ragnhild Richards ran the Bristol 10k in 49:42 and was 6th in her age group (FV55-59).

Alan Morbey travelled to Stourhead House in Wiltshire for the Immortal 10K race.  Starting in the grounds of the estate with a very fast downhill start, the route then heads out through Stourton village and onto quiet undulating country lanes and forest tracks before returning to the beautiful estate grounds for a steep uphill finish in front of Stourhead House. The race was won by Nathan Fisher in 34:02, and Alan finished 42nd in 53:04, 2nd in age category. There were 222 finishers in this very well organised and enjoyable race. Many thanks to Immortal Sports for hosting this event.

7th May

Six AVR’s took the short trip to Bridport for an easy Bank holiday 10k – it just happened that the weather decided to be energy sapping sub – Saharan. Kevin Feeney forged ahead but Bec Davey and Laura Kerr kept together buoyed by their conversation. There was some weird course marking and three AVR’s independently managed to interpret the route signs as passing through some resident’s property – who luckily saw the amusing side. The last drama found Sam Summers attempting to cross the finishing line from the wrong side and hastily being shown the way by her fellow AVR’s for the final 200 metres. Times were: Kevin Feeney 50:23; Bec Davey 55:39; Laura Kerr 55:53; Mark Spraggs 57:51; Robert Kerr 1:05:51 and Sam Summers 1:18:39. Cooling drinks were greatly appreciated.

30th April

Jake Smith ran in the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) national 10,000 metres championships on the track at Loughborough University on Saturday. After a comfortable first kilometre, Jake took the race by the scruff of the neck and decided to make a break. He was followed by a student from Loughborough and the two of them established a lead of around 100 metres over the chasing pack as they went through the first 5km in 14 minutes 56 seconds. Jake traded the lead with his opponent over the next few kilometres and as they approached the final 2 laps, another runner from Birmingham University managed to bridge the gap from the chasing pack and took the lead. Jake managed to hang in there and took home the silver medal in a new PB of 30 minutes and 15 seconds.

James Sibley took part in his first road marathon on Sunday  in Newport, South Wales. The conditions were ideal and he finished in 3:40:42.

AVR’s Amy Greenhalgh was 3rd overall and 1st lady in 46:94 at last Saturday morning's Chardstock Revival 10k that started and finished at Chardstock Cricket Club and was organised by Chardstock Street Fayre. Eleanor Wood was 5th and 2nd lady in 49.75, Alan Morbey 8^th, 54:22, and Anders Larsson 11^th, 60:05. There were 41 runners and the race was won by ex-AVR Josh Hopson. Daisy Greenhalgh was fifth overall in the associated 3k and first U10 female in 15:03 while Tommy Greenhalgh was 29th in 31:37.

AVR’s Tom Perry won the latest Seaton parkrun in a new PB of 19:08 with Huw Davies 23nd, 19:20 and Gareth Tucker of Gade Valley Harriers 3^rd, 19:49. Honiton RC’s Jo Davey was the 1^st female, 10^th overall in 21:56. with Heather Stevens 2^nd lady, 21^st overall, 22:11 and AVR’s Kerry Board 3^rd lady, 24^th overall, 22:54.

This Saturday Graham and Diane Newton indulged in a bit of parkrun tourism while visiting their daughter in Worthing.  It was a little chilly but otherwise fine running weather. Graham achieved a PB finishing in 21:40, and first male over 65.  Diane finished in 32:02, not a PB, but having thoroughly enjoyed her run.

Last Sunday saw 10 AVR’ tacking part in their low-key Duathlon, it was the biggest turn out so far, with most getting PB's, either on the 4.4 k First Run, the 17.8k Bike Loops, or the 2.2k Second Run. Matt Hewer was 1st in 1:00.15, Antony Chadwick a close 2^nd, 1:01.29; Tim Sibley 3rd with a very strong bike in 1:01.58; Alex Todd 4^th, 1:02.31; Jon Day 5^th, 1:05.41; Simon D’Albertanson 6^th, 1:06.31; Chris Keeffe 7^th, 1:07.32 and Eleanor Wood 8^th, 1:10.37. Alan Morbey took a Bike Loop short cut by mistake completing in 1:15.21 with Gill Day with a strong 2nd in 1:30.35. All Results of past AVR Duathlons are on the "Multi-sport" Section of the Website where further AVR Low Key Duathlons Dates will be posted and on the Facebook Group "AVR Multi-Sport". Many thanks to Garry Perratt for organising and timings at these fun events.

23rd April

It’s extremely difficult to get accepted for a place in the London Marathon and once accepted you pound the roads for mile after mile which this year was usually in wet, cold or windy weather. Then along comes race day and the temperature soars to 24 degrees in the shade, in reality though the sun reflecting off the buildings and tarmac pushed it up into the high 20s. Terry Emmett made light of the conditions finishing 1,569^th in 3:06:15, a new PB by 9 mins, extraordinary! Geoff Woodward was the next AVR home 10,577^th in 4:05:12 followed by Stephen Grigg 11,407^th, 4:09:22; Sarah Herfet 28,373^rd, 05:24:49; Samantha Tooze 29,440^th, 5:30:20 and Pam Goddard 37,021^st, 6:26:15. All runners were grateful for the extra showers en route and said the crowd support was unbelievable. Congratulations to all who finished this epic race.

On Saturday in the heat Richard Jackson ran the Head to Head undulating multi-terrain half marathon near Salcombe that boasted stunning views of Hope Cove, but really serious ascents and descents finishing 40^th in 2:30:38.

Peter Johns won the AVR Junior April handicap in 12:57 followed by Sammie d’Albertanson 16:49 and Harvey Burrough 3^rd, 16:04. Sam Eyre leads the Junior Rankings with 67 points, Peter Johns 60 and Holly Eyre 57. Ferenc Kovacs won the Senior handicap in 24:35 with Chris Keeffe 2^nd, 23:29 and Robert Kerr 3^rd, 29:45. Andrew Hartnell leads the Senior Rankings with 67 points, Anthony Chadwick has 58 and Kevin Feeney 57.

David Cooke ran a “comeback” track 400 metres at Yeovil in a new PB of 67:28.

16th April

On a bright and slightly overcast Sunday morning down in Brighton 5 AVR's assembled to participate in the Brighton marathon. The course winds its way around the town passing landmarks such as the famous Brighton pavilions and iconic seafront. It then heads east along the front past the marina and loops around Ovingdean before heading back into Brighton, down through Hove town and back east again. The final sting in the tail being the turn back west towards the power station before heading back to the pier for the final 5 or so miles and the finish. Chris hill finished 3,839th out of 19,772 in 4:02:29; Alan Morbey close behind 3,839 in 4:06:56; then Caroline French in her first marathon in an amazing 4:21:31, 5,094th and soon after Yvette Hill completing her first road marathon in 04:27:18, 5,610th.  Michelle Dobson was just behind Yvette, 4:29:14, 5,795th. All just beat the rain showers which started in the afternoon. A thoroughly well-deserved rest and maybe a drink or two were in order. The support and noisy encouragement from the fantastic crowds for virtually the entire route spurred all of the competitors from the fastest to the wonderful charity runners. Well done Brighton and the supporters.

The Honiton Hippo is a tough 7.25 mile run over hills, woods, streams and rivers plus lashings of gloopy mud this year. Renowned as a true toughy, it certainly did not disappoint. AVR fielded eleven warriors keen to test their stamina. The winner was David Hampton of South Devon AC in 51:41. Tim Lenton was 3rd overall in 53:12, first M40, followed by in form Matt Hewer, 5th in 57:46. John Blackledge getting back to form was 14th, 1:02:41, closely followed by Clare Hansford first lady home,  making easy progress, ploughing through the muddy fields like a woman possessed in an incredible time of 1:04:55 in 22nd place and first V45. Eleanor Wood was the 2nd lady back 1:08:06, 35th overall and first V55 - this is the girls favourite type of run in such muddy difficult conditions. Next home was Richard Jackson recovering back to full fitness with another PB of 1:12:08 in 51st spot. Then came a battle between Roger Bramley 71st, 1:15:38 and Steve Lewis 72nd, 1:15:44. Anders Larsson was 81st, 1:18:04; Stephen Morbey 115th, 1:29:19 and Richard Dodge 133rd, 1:32:25. There were 209 finishers. There were 38 runners in the Hippo Calf run and Ben Perry was 2nd in 12:24 and Rosie Kendall 13th in 15:03. A big thank you to the Honiton RC organisers and marshals standing in gloop who were cheerful and encouraging throughout.

On Wednesday 6 members took part in the 1st race of the Yeovilton Summer 5k series. 1st home was Ollie Caute 8th in 16:24 followed by Chet Gillespie 18th, 17:14; Terry Emmett 21st, 17:32; Matt Hewer 24th, 18:04; Chris Keeffe 66th, 20:52 and James Ashforth 76th, 21:15.

9th April

Duncan Staddon ran the Manchester Marathon over the weekend and completed in a fantastic 3:02:03, a time which qualifies him for the iconic Boston marathon next year. Another brilliant time was achieved by Terry Emmett who ran the Taunton Half Marathon and finished 10th out of 1048 in 1:21:34.

The annual Exe to Axe race took place on Sunday with a great turn out from AVR looking to take on this 22 mile endurance challenge. The race starts in Exmouth and follows the coast path all the way to Axmouth Harbour and show cases some great scenery and several rather large hills to get up and down. The race is known as a fairly easy first 10 miles with a very hard last part, this year was made even tougher as the wet weather made all the sections even tougher.
Matt Clist ran superbly to finish 2nd in 2:34 and Tim Lenton was 3^rd, 3:01. Other results were as follows: Patrick Devine-Wright 17^th, 3:19; Matt Hewer 21^st, 3:26; Rob Collier 22^nd, 3:26; Rupert Pady 42^nd, 3:42; Karen Eyre 69^th, 3:56; Eleanor Wood 74th and first FV60 3:57; Kerry Board 105^th, 4:22; Andrew Hartnell 112^th, 4:24; Steven Lewis 129^th, 4:35; Louise (Superwoman) Burridge 155^th, 4:50; Adele Foxwell 156^th, 4:50; John Larcombe 166^th, 4:56; Samantha Miller 177^th, 5:07 and Tony Smith 178^th, 5:07.

The club also had 5 relay teams taking part, the relays can be made up of either 2,3 or 4 people. They finished as follows AVR Amber 3:50 Kevin Feeney & Steve Haines; AVR Blue 4:01 Georgia Dommett, Alex Boon; AVR Damson 4:12 Robb Kerr, Sarah Shepley, Nick Adams & Ferenc Kovacs; AVR Eggshell 4:52 Bec Davey & Mark Spraggs; AVR Crimson 4:52 Laura Kerr & Fiona Pyle. Congratulations to Sidmouth Running Club for organising such a wonderful event.

2nd April

Cliff Marriott ran the inaugural London Landmarks Half Marathon in 1:57. It was a very well organised race if a little busy in the starting pens and the loo queues but Cliff would recommend it. There was almost as much support en route as the well established London Marathon.

On Saturday morning, still a little sore from the Kilmington Kanter, Matt Clist and James Green ran the East Devon way from Lyme Regis to Exmouth. Despite some flooded sections in the valleys, the going was generally good. The GPS clocked the finish time at 7:20:46 for the 38 miles route.

With winter weather returning once again, Good Friday morning turned out to be very wet and cold for the 7 mile Kilmington Kanter; a multi-terrain race starting from the cricked field encompassing two challenging hills of just over a mile each. There was great AVR success with the club claiming the first 7 places. James Green was beaten by Ollie Caute by 2 secs last year, but he romped to victory in 43:55 with Ollie 2nd, 44:04 and Simon Davis 3rd, 44:30. There were many age winners with Karen Eyre 27th, 1^st FV40, 55:19; Clare Hansford 29th, 1^st FV50, 55:27, Eleanor Wood 33rd, 1^st FV50,57:17, Patrick Devine-Wright 6th, 1^st MV40, 46:55; John Blackledge 18th, 1^st FV50, 52:28. Other AVR results were:  Matt Clist 4th, 44:31; Chet Gillespie 5th, 46:06; Terry Emmett 7th, 47:24; Matt Hewer 11th, 49:12; Robert Collier 13th, 50:52; James Glennie 16th, 52:09; Florence Swan 31st, 56:26; Iain Horlock 36th, 58:09; Alex Boon 39th, 59:26; Richard Matthews 44th, 59:59; Kerry Board 45th, 1:00:19; Andrew Hartnell 55th, 1:02:13; Ferenc Kovacs 58th, 1:02:46; Richard Jackson 65th, 1:04:26; Kevin Feeney 66th, 1:04:46; Anders Larsson 68th, 1:06:38; Nick Adams 75th, 1:11:47; Sarah Shepley 78th, 1:12:30; Robert Kerr 90th, 1:23:32 and Julie Heaward 91st, 1:32:02.
The Kilmington 2.5 mile Fun Run was won by William Birchall, 17:53 one second ahead of Henry Birchall both of Mrs Ethelston's Primary School with AVR’s Harvey Green 3^rd, 18:20. Other young AVR’s running were Sam Eyre,

5^th, 18:58; Holly Eyre 17^th, 23:06 and Stephen Johns 22^nd, 24:59.There was also a 1K for Juniors that was won by Eli Baker-Price in 3:36. Despite the more Christmas like conditions everyone had a ball so many thanks to Kilmington Primary School PTFA for organising the event so well.

26th March

After the snow filled days of last weekend, seasonal weather was the order of the day for the Seaton parkrun that was won by Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC in 18:27 with AVR’s Matt Hewer 2^nd, 18:53 and Kyle Chesterman of Riverside Runners 3^rd, 19:07. The ladies winner was Phoebe Clarke of East Devon Tri, 11^th overall, 20:59.

Bideford 'swift' half marathon on was run by AVRs Diane and Graham Newton. A mostly flat 13 mile race starting on the undulating road towards Torrington and then turning onto the Tarka Trail for the last 6 miles.  The weather was perfect for running which for the first time was sold right out with 1,263runners taking part.  Diane ran really well but was disappointed to miss her target time of 2:30, taking 2:31:04, but really cheered up when she found she had won the trophy for 3rd lady over a certain age.  Graham ran well and was pleased with his time of 1.38.33 to win the 2nd male over 65 trophy.

Early Sunday morning 7 AVRs travelled to Oakhampton to take on the 10 or 20 mile Granite Way run organised by Exeter City Community Trust. Having previously been postponed due to the ‘Beast from the East - part 1’ we were very happy to have much better conditions (even the sun showed up) and fantastic views of Dartmoor. Perfect training for those of us doing our final long runs for upcoming Boston/Brighton and London Marathons. We all had a successful run and a great morning with the following results: Martin Kerr ran 10 miles in 1:51 with all the other doing 20 miles. Angela Kerr 3:16, Caroline French 3:23, Laura Kerr 3:27, Sam Tooze 3:31, Fiona Pyle 3:36 and Sarah Herfet 3:44.

19th March

What a fantastic, bizarre, surreal and humbling experience this years Grizzly was. “May the Course be With You” was the subtitle for the 31^st Grizzly and boy was it. Never before have we experience near Siberian blizzards on Beer Common, with temperatures feeling like -8 degrees or the magical wonderland when running through calmer wooded sections of the course. Because of the adverse weather everyone knew in advance that a modified Cub route of 10.5 miles or a shorter version of 9.2 miles were the only races that would take place. Despite the weather 1,266 runners completed the courses with no major incidents. One reason for that was the absolutely fantastic group of volunteer marshals, coastguards, medical teams, drink station helpers and many more helpers, who without exception were cheerful and encouraging to us runners. All helpers deserve the highest respect and thanks and of course the hardy, rowdy and encouraging spectators that were drifted all over the route.

Race Director Tony Smith and his superb team of helpers got the race underway on time, but the slipway down to Branscombe beach was really icy, so after the first 3 runners went through everyone was diverted to the shorter route. That meant Jake Smith, 1:10:19, James Green, 1:11:01 and Ryan Prout were the only finishers in the longer version.
David Green of Northampton Road Runners was first home in the shorter route in 1:01:08 with AVR’s Matt Clist 2^nd, 1:04:34 and Samuel Kelly of Exmouth Harriers 3^rd, 1:04:43.

There were many exceptional AVR results and the rest of the 91 strong gang finished as follows: (Times are chip times, positions are the position the finish line was crossed) Tim Lenton 4th, 1:05:12; Matthew Hewer 19th, 1:10:06; Robert Collier 27th, 1:10:41; Karl Hodson 37th, 1:13:23; Emma Kiernan 50th, 1:15:22; Anthony Chadwick 53rd, 1:15:38; Rupert Pady 69th, 1:16:53; Murat James Guler 95th, 1:18:19; Chris Keeffe 109th, 1:19:19; James Sibley 119th, 1:20:08; Karen Eyre 125th, 1:20:24; Clare Hansford 130th, 1:20:38; Chris Polley 141st, 1:20:53; Simon Davey 142nd, 1:20:57; Jonathan Day 166th, 1:22:06; Eleanor Wood 168th, 1:22:38; Graham Newton 190th, 1:23:51; Justin Sloman 218th, 1:25:31; Alex Todd 229^th, 1:25:52; Iain Horlock 241st, 1:25:52; Tim Sibley 257th, 1:26:36; Patrick Kinsella 289th, 1:28:23; Kerry Board 290th, 1:28:15; Alex Boon 313th, 1:29:35; Louise Tucker 318th, 1:30:31; Georgia Dommett 344th, 1:31:42; Fran Hodson 347th, 1:32:21; Steve Haines 348th, 1:31:41; Steven Lewis 357th, 1:31:53; Alan Morbey 374th, 1:32:52; Margaret Pearce 375th, 1:32:56; Peter Knox 377th, 1:33:06; Lizzie Fontes 393rd, 1:34:20; Susan Hayes 419th, 1:36:14; Andrew Hartnell 421st, 1:35:25; Richard Jackson 433rd, 1:36:46; Kevin Feeney 445th, 1:36:58; Chris Hill 447th, 1:37:09; Tracey Anning-Beckett 456th, 1:37:28; Susan Tubbs 467th, 1:38:28; Wayne Tooze 472nd, 1:38:57; Ferenc Kovacs 480th, 1:38:26; Ian Clements 488th, 1:39:45; Keith Agland 500th, 1:41:07; Louise Burridge 556th, 1:44:16; Adele Foxwell 557th, 1:44:15; Tony Wood 567th, 1:43:39; May Wood 568th, 1:43:39; Mark Spraggs 570th, 1:44:46; Phil Bayliss 599th, 1:45:13; Anna McLoughlin 617th, 1:44:57; Gillian Peach 653rd, 1:47:45; Yvette Hill 654th, 1:47:41; Sarah Shepley 691st, 1:49:21; Garret Maher 696th, 1:49:41; Henry Smith 710th, 1:50:48; Ragnhild Kordt Richards 714th, 1:52:13; Caroline French 716th, 1:52:09; Laura Kerr 717th, 1:52:14; Richard Dodge 722nd, 1:51:51; Geoff Woodward 745th, 1:52:46; Eleanor Carr 785th, 1:55:16; Barry Follett 816th, 1:57:35; Kirstin Harwood 864th, 2:01:19; Fiona Pyle 875th, 2:02:06; Samantha Tooze 876th, 2:02:03; Elaine Hourihan 878th, 2:01:02; Dave Mutter 879th, 2:01:04; Chris Boyd 886th, 2:01:30; Nick Adams 890th, 2:01:49; Robert Kerr 909th, 2:03:01; Christopher Driver 914th, 2:04:49; Hayley Eate 942nd, 2:06:33; Stephen Morbey 950th, 2:06:19; Lynn Sloman 990th, 2:09:25; Gill Day 1,043rd, 2:11:50; Amie Sibley 1,051st, 2:14:11; Emma Ellynn 1,061st, 2:12:38; Martin Kerr 1,097th, 2:17:25; Esme Markham 1,099th, 2:18:31; Sammy Barry 1,131st, 2:20:11; Pam Goddard 1,173rd, 2:24:30; Janet Woodward 1,197th, 2:27:45; Emma Grigg 1,198th, 2:27:42; Vicky Austin 1,199th, 2:27:45; Gill Parker 1,200th, 2:27:45; Rachael Tattershall 1,201st, 2:27:44; Kirsty Farrington 1,202nd, 2:27:45; Carolyn Nation 1,203rd, 2:27:42; Tamsyn Bate 1,225th, 2:34:58; Kirsty Willett 1,226th, 2:34:59; Sam Summers 1,238th, 2:39:27 and Denise Burges 1,249th, 2:42:51.

As a prelude to the Grizzly, there were 3 junior races held in the bitter cold on Saturday afternoon. In the 4K Junior Grizzly the first three were all AVRs with Tom Perry 1st, 15:27; Harvey Green 2nd, 16:37 and Sam Eyre 3rd, 16:48. Other AVR results: Peter Johns 6th, 17:05; Caitlyn Sloman 12th, 20:00; Kian Thomson 14th, 20:41; Madison Carter 19th, 22:05; Stephen Johns 20th, 22:40 and Josh d'Albertanson 26th, 23:33. The 2K Junior Cub was won by Henry Birchall, 7:54 with William Birchall, 7:55 2^nd both from Mrs Ethelston’s School. Harry Hodson of Honiton Primary was 3^rd, 8:40. AVR Ben Perry was 6^th, 8:45.The 2K Fun Run for under 8’s was won by Ellie Birchall, 9:54 of Mrs Ethelston’s School with Max Dormandy of Orchard House School 2^nd, 10:04 and Darcie Green of Beer Primary 3^rd, 10:09.

So ends another memorable Grizzly weekend, but since the main event was cancelled there will be course marking out materiel still on the route for a few days until the rather tired AVR team can gather it all in. Please be patient as it will be collected ASAP. Many thanks once again to the race sponsors : East Devon Sports Therapy, Seaton, Scimitar Sports and Lyme Bay winery and of course the landowners allowing the race to be run over their private land and anyone who helped in any way in those horrendous, but beautiful conditions.

12th March

This weekend Emma Kiernan ran the Fission 20/20 road race which takes place in Berkeley. There was an option of 20k or 20 miles. With Emma taking on the 20 mile race and she finished 47th out of 459 runners in 2:25:11. It’s a great race for those marathon training even if the course was quite flooded in places.

5th March

This Sunday was the 4th staging of the duathlon series. 4 axe valley runners braved the elements with great performances from Simon Davies to be 1st overall and Eleanor wood to be 1st female with times as followed. Simon 53:29, Antony Chadwick 1:03.02, Chris Polley 1:06.38 And Eleanor 1:13.34.

Three AVRs travelled to Escot to complete the Resolution Run in aid of The Stroke Association, the 5k figure of eight course made the most of the glorious landscape around the house and surrounding countryside and woodland. Carolyn Nation chose to complete the 10k in a terrific 1:09:04, whilst Denise Burges completed the 5k in 35:18 and Sam Summers did the 10k in her own PB of 1:20:24.

26th February

Ragnhild Kordt Richards ran the two bays Tough Ten at Weston-Super-Mare and finished in 1:29:38, sharing 1st FV55 and 255^th overall.

On a cold but bright, fresh morning, 24 AVR's tackled the Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge on Sunday morning. The race was won by AVR's James Green, who despite going wrong early on finished in 1:05.41, a good 3 minutes ahead of 2nd place Matt Clist, 1:08:38. 3rd was Tim Lenton 1:10:34, also winning the Vet 40 prize. Duncan Staddon was 7th 1:13:44, Matt Hewer 10th 1:16:55, Chet Gillespie and Terry Emmett sharing 12th place in 1:17:19, Karl Hodson 16th 1:19:52, Rob Collier 18th 1:20:57, Clare Hansford finding her form again was 2nd lady, 27th overall in 1:26:29, Karen Eyre 3rd lady and 1st Vet 40 1:28:16 including two falls but no submissions, Eleanor Wood 4th lady 1st Vet 60 1:30:50, Kerry Board 46th in 1:37:34, Andrew Hartnell 47th 1:37:40, Steve Haines 1st vet 60 in 1:38:26, Steve Lewis 52nd 1:39:25, Richard Jackson 61st 1:43:51, Liam Denny 62nd 1:44:30, Alan Morbey 64th 1:45:02, Anders Larsson 66th 1:46:12, Kevin Feeney 69th 1:48:34, Ferenc Kovacs 77th 1:53:26, Sam Miller 84th 2:01:18 and Tony Smith 85th 2:01:20. Thanks to back marker Sarah Shepley and backroom helpers Garry and Fran. There was an associated Mini Challenge for juniors in which AVR had a clean sweep with Sam Eyre 1st, 25:52, Peter Johns 2^nd, 28:20 and Harry Hodson 3^rd, 28:20. Thank you to Dalwood committee for organising the 16th running of this 10.7 mile beautiful run. All were rewarded with hot drinks, cakes and soups in the village hall.

A team of six AVRs travelled to Escot to complete the Resolution Run in aid of The Stroke Association on Sunday. The 5k figure of eight course made the most of the glorious landscape around the house and surrounding countryside and woodland. Carolyn Nation chose to complete the 10k in a terrific 1:09, whilst Helen Holmes and Elaine Hourihan finished the 15k in 1:31 with Sandra Dunn-Mortimer, Susan Wall and just 1 minute behind at 1:32. Beautiful weather, lovely course and six happy AVRs. Perfect.

With the Grizzly fast approaching (18^th March) James Green is really coming into form, as well as winning at Dalwood he produced a PB of 16:31 to win the Seaton parkrun. Luke Reed was 2^nd, 18:11 and Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC 3^rd, 18:20. Ellen Keast of Sidmouth RC was the first lady home, 14^th in 22:33. This was Keith Agland’s 50^th parkrun and he celebrated by finishing 30^th in 24:33.

Away from running it was sad to hear that long time AVR Pete Biggs passed away in Spain after a battle with cancer. He was a great guy and I will always be in his debt as I turned up to race one day and forgot my shorts – Pete had a spare pair which were gratefully donned.

19th February

While visiting their son and his family in Japan, AVR Graham Newton decided it would be a good idea to run the Kyoto Marathon. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan was a good choice for the “ancient” Graham to run as it was mostly a flat course around the city, running through temples and shrines, along the river and through the botanical gardens.  Graham felt a little conspicuous being one of the very few Westerners running, but the Japanese people made him very welcome, and thought it was hilarious when he stopped to cuddle his baby granddaughter, Ena on the way.  All was going well until about 38 kms when Graham's toenail decided to be troublesome and he had to run the last 5 km carrying one of his shoes. However, he managed to complete the race in 3:40:28 and 16th in his age group

This weeks Seaton parkrun was won by Mark Jeffreys in 17:57 with Honiton RC’s Adam Hennessey 2^nd, 18:11 and AVR’s Matt Hewer 3^rd, 18:22. Ellen Keast of Sidmouth RC was 1^st lady in 22:43, AVR’s Kerry Board 2^nd, 22:58 and Sally Dodge 3^rd, 23:26.

Sunday Morning saw the 13th running of "The Taunton Dean Aquathlon" From Wellington Sports Centre. The long-distance race was a 1K Pool Swim (40x lengths) followed by a 10K run. A few AVR’s had a go and Antony Chadwick performed well with a swim/transition time of 21:59 and run 43:20 giving a total of 1:05:19. Jon Day’s swim/transition time was 26:59 and run time 42:56, overall 1:09:55.

12th February

Josh D’Albertanson was the winner of the Junior February handicap in 15:39 with Megan Woolland 2^nd, 19:51 and Lewis Burridge 3^rd, 12:07. Megan leads the standings with 43 points followed by Josh on 37 and Sam Eyre 33. Helen Holmes was the victor in the Senior handicap in 31:45 with Sarah Shepley 2^nd, 28:23 and Chris Polley 3^rd, 23:29. There is a three way tie at the top of the senior rankings with  Andrew Hartnell, Anthony Chadwick and Lou Tucker all on 39 points.

Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:44 followed by Martin Hewlett of Clevedon AC, 19:15 and Thomas Dunn, 20:34. AVR’s Kerry Board was the 1^st lady, 14^th overall in 23:30; Nicola Rendell 2^nd lady 19^th overall, 23:53 and Ragnhild Kordt Richards 3^rd lady, 22^nd overall, 24:21.

Emma Kiernan ran the Saturday version of the Exeter Half Marathon this weekend. It was a slightly different 2 lap course due to flood defence works. Emma ran extremely well to finish 27th out of 205 runners in a PB of 1:27:36. Angela Kerr was 179^th, 2:02:22 and Sarah Herfet 193^rd, 2:11:59. Two AVR’s completed the Sunday Half Marathon with Laura Kerr 90^th, 1:58:17 and Fiona Pyle 155^th, 2:11:41.

The 4 Trigs Race was held by Sidmouth Running Club on Sunday. The 17 mile self-navigation fell race requires entrants to bag the 4 main trig points around Sidmouth. Additional checkpoints streamline the route whilst still leaving the opportunity for variations. This year the clockwise route saw the runners set off across Sidmouth Seafront towards Peak Hill. The tarmac start gave little away about the course conditions. Once the runners had made the first climb, they were greeted by saturated slippery ground which made for muddy tough going. The first half of the race was quite pleasant overhead but this turned to persistent hail showers and a ferocious cutting breeze by about 11:00am. Harpford woods provided the usual talking points with numerous runners taking different routes and some getting lost too! James Green, Matt Clist and Tim Lenton started strongly to break from the field early on. James Green eventually pulled away from Matt Clist to win in just under 2:14. Matt finished second in 2:22 Tim Lenton came in 5th. Karen Eyre and Eleanor Wood enjoyed a measured start. As the race progressed, Karen felt the urge to chase down the lady in first position. The strong finish wasn’t quite enough but a cracking time of 3:09:20 and second lady were just reward for the effort. So close to catching the first female! Eleanor Wood was not far behind in 3:23 despite some unhelpful exploration of Harpford woods. Andrew Hartnell ran with Richard Jackson, they stayed together until the last climb from Weston where Andrew forged ahead to finish in 3:52:31. With Richard taking 3:53:49. Amie and Tim Sibley  completed the 4 trigs together in 5hrs 3mins.

5th February

Three AVR’s contested the SW Masters AC/Open XC championships at Sidford on a flat 6k mostly on grass. Although all 3 were in the ‘wrong end’ of their relevant age groups they achieved the following: Kevin Feeney 8th (M55-64) and 33rd overall (32m36s), Sarah Shepley 4th (W45-54) and 39th overall (34m52s) and David Cooke  9th (M55-64) and 34th overall (32m43s).

Carol Austin, Ollie Caute and Nicola Rendell took part in the Fulfords Five, a fast 5 mile road race which attracted 326 club runners. Ollie came 12th in 28:33. Carol was 112^th, 38:10, third in W55 age group and in a faster time than last year. She was immediately followed by Nicola, who in her first ever 5 mile race was 113th in 38:21. Thanks as ever to Exmouth Harriers for a well organised event.

29th January

Eight AVRs travelled to Dunkeswell to enjoy the Black Down Beast, a self-navigating social run. The route takes in a circular 16 miles course across the more remote parts of the Blackdowns with three stops at Smeatharpe (where most welcome pasties and mulled cider were to be had) thence Upottery and Luppitt before returning back to Dunkeswell. The weather was pretty inclement throughout – rain, drizzle fog and wind - but that did not dampen enthusiasm among the 200 entrants.  With much of the route off road, the imbibing memory though was of ankle deep mud! Steve Lewis, Marg Pearce, Gillian Peach, Alan Morbey, Chris and Yvette Hill ran together finishing in 3 hours 22 minutes whilst Tim and Amie Sibley recorded 4 hours 24 minutes. Many thanks to Roger Saunders and Honiton Running Club for organising such a superb event as well as the landowners for allowing us to run across private land.  All proceeds from the run are donated to the Macmillan Cancer Support.

22nd January

Despite the rain, six hardy souls turned out for this month's duathlon. First back was James Sibley in 1:02:15 with Anthony Chadwick second in 1:04:28, Chris Polly third in 1:04:55 and Eleanor Wood first lady in 1:13:50.

15th January

Jake Smith was second U20M in the SW (England Athletics) XC championships held at Aldon Hill Yeovil. He was only narrowly beaten by junior international Luke Prior from Aldershot Farnham and District. Caitlin Smith was 12th in the U15G and Chet Gillespie was 11th in the U17M.

The AVR handicaps have restarted and Megan Woolland won the January Junior handicap in 21:13, with Peter Johns 2^nd, 13:54 and Ethan Huntley 3^rd, 13:46. Andrew Hartnell was the Senior handicap winner in 26:45, with Lou Tucker 2^nd, 26:05 and Anthony Chadwick 3^rd, 22:57.

The annual Axmouth Challenge was held on Sunday in very good conditions for the time of year. The race raises money for the Village Hall and this year it was well supported by 147 runners taking part in either the 9 mile, 5 mile, 3 mile or 1 mile races. The main event was the 9 miler and that saw a fantastic win for Axmouth resident Ollie Caute. Ollie, running for AVR, completed the course in 58:50. Second was Teignbridge Trotters Geoff Davey 1:01:32 and 3rd AVR’s Duncan Staddon in 1:02:32. The first lady back was Hannah Brown from Exmouth Harriers in 1:08:43, 2nd Mandy Wheeler Teignbridge Trotters 1:10:18 and 3rd was the ever-improving AVR Karen Eyre in 1:10:53, 17th overall. Other AVR results: 4th Matt Hewer 1:02:28, 5th Terry Emmett 1:03:12, 6th Karl Hodson 1:06:40 (1st Over 50), 7th Rob Collier 1:08:12, 10th James Glennie 1:09:32, 11th Anthony Chadwick 1:09:33, 18th Tim Sibley 1:11:32, 22nd Clare Hansford 1:14:24 (1st Over 50), 24th Eleanor Wood 1:14:41, 44th Alex Boon 1:20:18, 46th Kerry Board 1:20:22, 55th James Ashforth 1:23:22, 58th Richard Jackson 1:23:45, 59th Andrew Hartnell 1:23:51, 64th Ian Apps 1:25:25, 67th Kevin Feeney 1:26:17, 71st Andres Larsson 1:27:42, 72nd Steven Lewis 1:27:55, 85th Samantha Tooze 1:37:18, 98th Esme Markham 1:53:23.

The 5 miler saw team AVR lead home by Sarah Shepley, 4th in 55:51, 7th Kirsty Farrington 58:48, 9th Susan Wall 59:59.
AVR’s Harry McMahon won the 3 mile race in 25:18, Peter Johns was second in 25:40, AVR’s Carolyn Nation came in 5th in 38:21 and Rachel Hiscock was just behind in 6th in a time of 38:23.

4 Junior AVR’s completed the one mile course 4th Michael Johns 10:31, 7th Frederick McMahon 11:14, 14th Andrew Johns 12:12 and 25th was Stephen Johns in 22:22.

A big thank you on behalf of the club to the organisers and marshals who give up their time to allow the event to take place.

8th January

A group of hardy AVR’s travelled to Dawlish on Sunday to take on the very chilly “Oh my Obelisk” which was stretched to 13.4 miles this year making it a little over a half marathon. The sun was out which helped take the edge off a stiff easterly breeze that was whistling onto the coast and up past the start line. The long steady ascent soon had all the runners warmed up and enjoying the trails. AVR’s James Green was the winner in 1:25:13, a full 2 minutes ahead of Torbay’s Aaran Tocknell. Tim Lenton ran a strong race to come 4th in 1:31:55 and was closely followed by the ever-improving Matthew Hewer 8^th, 1:35:59. The 3 results combined to comfortably give AVR another excellent Male team prize. Eleanor Wood won the 1^st F60 prize, 48^th overall in 1:56:40. Other AVR results were: Margaret Pearce 80^th, 2.08:58; Chris Hill 91^st, 2:17:01; Yvette Hill and Gillian Peach finished together in about 2:31:00. Diane Newton completed the associated 9 mile version of the race in 1:57:13.

2nd January

When most people should be sleeping off party excess from New Year's Eve, 170 runners started the Chard Flyer 10k run, organised by Chard Running Club. There were two AVR runners taking part: Rob Collier, in his first ever competitive race, showing great talent for the future, came home 25th in 44:06. He enjoyed the run so watch this space. Eleanor Wood also ran and finished 2nd lady, 33rd overall in 45:27. The winner was Philip Bridge of Wells City Harriers in 35:04. Thanks to Chard RC for an enjoyable first run of the year.

18th December

The Wellington Monument Race has become a regular date for many runners and has now been going for 18 years. It starts at the Catherine Wheel pub in Hemyock and goes straight up a significant hill to the monument and back down to the finish at the Hemyock Primary School. The distance is a very precise 10,090m according to the organisers Taunton AC. To give the event a sense of history back in 1999 AVR’s now Chairman Garry Perratt came 3rd in the impressive time of 35:51. Team AVR turned up to the 2017 instalment of the race with 7 runners willing to take on the total field of 256. The other 255 runners were unfortunate to find that Jake Smith had returned from University the day before and was keen to show that he had not spent all his time enjoying the nightlife of Cardiff. Jake won the race in 33:14, one of the fastest times ever recorded. The other AVR results were as follows, 6th Matt Clist 37:27, 11th Simon Davis, 12th Chet Gillespie (both in the same time of 38:33),  16th Duncan Staddon 39:24, 22nd Terry Emmet 40:08, 25th Matt Hewer 40:32, and Eleanor Wood was first over 60 lady finishing 72nd in 46:50. The first four AVR’s also walked away with the team prize which meant another good day for the club, especially as 3 of the team were under the age of 20.

AVRs Diane and Graham Newton joined with the other 250 hopeful runners, to run the 14th Cockington Christmas Caper. It was a 7½ mile off-road race with a circular course, which sets off from Cockington House, and takes in some very muddy and slippery trails, with many ups and downs, through woods, tracks and fields. The race was won by Thomas Pain in 50:34. Graham managed to finish 40th, in 1:10:33, winning the first male vet over 65 prize despite a couple of falls and ending up covered in mud.  Diane ran a more measured race, finished 205th in 1:47:13, having managed to stay on her feet, very muddy but unscathed, pleased to be back at last to off-road running.

11th December

The yearly prize giving was held before the fun really started at the annual AVR get together at Colyford Village Hall on Friday night with the well-deserved winners being: Male Runner Matt Hewer, Female Runner Clare Hansford, Club Person the junior coaches, Chairman’s Shield Seaton Parkrun core team, Most Improved male Simon Davey and female Karen Eyre, New Member male Kevin Feeney and female Sarah Shepley, Founder’s Trophy Amie Sibley, President’s Shield Jake Smith. The handicap winners were David Cooke 150 points, 2^nd Eleanor Wood 145, 3^rd Matt Hewer 140. The Team award was won by the Drogo winning male and female teams (James Green, Matt Clist, Matt Hewer; Karen Eyre, Eleanor Wood and Sue Hayes). In the East Devon Community Race Series Eleanor Wood was the overall winner with 808 points, Matt Clist 2^nd, 734; Roderic Inglis (Honiton RC) 3^rd, 723 and Clare Hansford 4^th 715. After the formalities a really good night was had by all with everyone looking forward to a new running year.

The first of the relaunched club duathlons (4.5K run, 18K bike, 2.2K run) on 29th October was won by Ollie Caute in 53:04 with Simon Davis 2nd in 53:46, Matt Clist 3rd in 59:46 and Fran Hodson first lady in 1:12:31. Nine hardy souls braved last Sunday's weather for the second race with times being much slower than last time. Matt Clist won in 1:05:00, Matt Hewer 2nd in 1:05:42, Tim Sibley 3rd in 1:06:19 and Eleanor Wood first lady in 1:15:12.

4th December

Four AVR's tackled the 10mile Full Monty Cute race on Sunday in good weather for running but still rather muddy under foot. Matt Clist back to top form finished 3rd out of 237 runners in 1:10.53. Next home was Clare Hansford showing great form 61st in 1:33:12, 2nd vet 45 followed by Eleanor Wood 1:34:50 in 69th place winning 1st vet 55. Completing the quartet was John Larcombe 157th in 1:51:56. Thank you to Crewkerne running club for putting on a great race with hills and great scenery.

There was a strong AVR presence at this year’s Otterton Reindeer Run, a very festive event sporting many Christmas outfits amongst the competitors.  A 10K multi-terrain race, it starts with a hard climb out of Otterton with stupendous views towards the sea at Budleigh, before settling down into a slightly less challenging route back along the Otter Valley to Otterton. In the men’s race won by Matthew Menary from Haldon Trail Runners, the first AVR back was Matt Hewer, 4th, 39:46.  Alan Morbey was 39th, 48:25, Roger Bramley, 43rd, 50:18, Andy Hartnell, 49th 53:54 and Robert Kerr, 83rd, 1:04:40.

The ladies race was won by Ellie Dominey of Haldon Trail Runners.  Not far behind, Karen Eyre completed in a fantastic 3rd 44:14, Margaret Pearce was 12th 51:33 running with her sister Caroline French 13th 51:44, Louise Burridge 29th, 56:37, Louise Kerr, 39th, 58:54, Bec Davey 57th, 1:1:39, Janet Woodward, 111th, 1:15:23, Gill Day, 112th, 1:15:24 and Sam Halls, 130th, 1:22:24. There were 350 finishers in total.  A big thank you to all at Otterton Primary School for organising such a fun and enjoyable event.

Patrick Devine-Wright (AVR) and Ceri Rees (Wild Running) successfully ran the 100 mile Two Moors Way between Lynmouth and Ivybridge in 26hrs 10min 40secs. In challenging wintry conditions, the pair were ably supported on their run across Exmoor and Dartmoor by friends and family on their epic journey from north to south Devon.

Martin Hewlett of Clevedon AC was the victor in the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:26 followed by AVR Terry Emmett, 18:39 and John Mitchell, 18:49. AVR’s Kerry Board was the first female finisher in 22:39 with Joanna Hawkins 2^nd, 23:34 and AVR’s Holly Eyre 3^rd female in 23:56.

27th November

Sue Hayes ran the St Neots Half Marathon and was very pleased to finish in an excellent 1.37.34.

It was a cracking day for a cracking run at the Bicton Blister (10 miles) and Bicton Lite (5 miles) with 579 runners completing the mostly off road route around the scenic Woodbury common. There was considerable AVR success with the men’s team :- Duncan Staddon, Terry Emmett, Matt Hewer and Chris Polley finishing 3^rd and the Ladies :- Karen Eyre, Eleanor Wood and Kerry Board 3^rd overall and 1^st over 40 team. The Blister was won by Jim Cole of Tavistock Run Project in 1:00:01. The AVR times were:- Duncan Staddon 14th, 1:07:30; Terry Emmett 19th, 1:08:30; Matt Hewer 21st, 1:08:48; Chris Polley 75th, 1:18:44; Emma Kiernan (2nd claim) 44th, 1:13:10; Graham Newton 1^st M65,79^th overall, 1:18:57; Karen Eyre 2^nd F45, 83rd, 1:19:36; Eleanor Wood 1^st F60, 100^th overall, 1:20:52; Jon Day 101st, 1:21:08; Simon Davey 119th, 1:23:16; Steve Hawes 159th, 1:26:56; Kerry Board 164th, 1:27:27; Richard Jackson 175th, 1:29:14; Richard Hale 3^rd V65, 193rd, 1:30:22; Roger Bramley 207th, 1:31:39; Caroline French 229th, 1:34:30; Chris Hill 259th, 1:37:33; Yvette Hill 306th, 1:43:07; Sandra Mortimer 351st, 1:47:40; Dave Mutter 372nd, 1:51:51; Gill Day 409th, 2:03:06; Diane Newton 411th, 2:03:28 (a new PB by 5½ minutes) and Esme Markham 422nd, 2:06:06.

The Blister Lite was won by young Ben Sheridan in 31:38 and many AVR’s posted excellent times as follows:- Tom Perry 8th, 34:44; Amy Catley 27th, 44:09; Hannah Williams 34th, 46:18; Elaine Houriham 55th, 50:05; Helen Holmes 56th, 50:05; Kirsty Farrington 71st, 52:48; Janet Woodward 106th, 57:07; Vicky Austin 116th, 59:03; Emma Grigg 117th, 59:04; Aileen Heal 135th, 1:03:25; Caroline Barrett 136th, 1:03:59; Denise Burges 137th, 1:07:57 and Sam Summers 138th, 1:14:51.

The races were based at Bicton College which did a roaring trade in post-race refreshments and was put on by Exmouth Harriers – congratulations to the Harriers and all the excellent marshals posted around the course.

13th November

With the air as crisp as a new £10 note and the River Teign Valley trees in glowing full autumn raiment what better reason could there be to run the Drogo 10? Thanks to organiser Alan Morbey and charabanc driver Matt Hewer a posse of AVR’s made the trip to Castle Drogo on Dartmoor. AVR were richly rewarded with the Men’s team: James Green 4th, 1:05:02; Matt Clist 5th, 1:05:15; Matt Hewer 16th, 1:11:52 winning the male team award and Karen Eyre 47th, 1^st F45 1:21:36; Eleanor Wood 86^th 1^st F60, 1:24:12; Sue Hayes 128th, 1:28:00; winning the ladies team prize plus Graham Newton 74th, 1:23:09 was the 1^st M65. Many other AVR’s put up sterling performances with Jack Smith 96th, 1:24:53; Simon Davey 97th, 1:25:04; Alan Morbey 139th, 1:29:11; Steve Haines 161st, 1:31:37; Margaret Pearce 171st, 1:32:36; Roger Bramley 183rd, 1:34:27; Kevin Feeney 191st, 1:35:42; Steven Lewis 219th, 1:38:43; John Larcombe 229th, 1:40:32; Richard Jackson 236th, 1:41:23; Chris Hill 245^th, 1:44:42; Henry Smith 275th, 1:47:24; Gillian Peach 314th, 1:51:59; Yvette Hill 317th, 1:52:05; Susie Pitt 332^nd, 1:55:21 and Dave Mutter 352nd, 1:59:24. It was a perfect day out with the runner camaraderie, cheering marshal’s and super organisation making everyone forget the doom and gloom and put a smile of unbridled happiness on competitors faces. Thanks to SWRR for a brilliant run once again.

The first anniversary of the Seaton parkrun was won by Chet Gillespie in 17:48 with AVR’s Matt Hewer 2^nd. 18:53 and Nick Daniels of Taunton AC 3^rd, 18:55. Congratulations to everyone who has run, walked, marshalled and organised the event over the past year that has certainly brought new life to Seaton seafront early on a Saturday morning.

6th November

Four AVRs travelled up to the Lake District last weekend for the 50th running of the OMM/Original Mountain Marathon. This challenging two-day event involves teams of two people navigating and running together across rough mountain terrain and camping overnight in a remote location, carrying everything they need (tent, sleeping bag, stove, food etc.). Robin Carter led the way finishing in the 2nd female team and first veteran female team in the Medium Score class event. James Jackson finished in the 1st male veteran team in the A class event. Patrick Devine-Wright and Tim Lenton was one of only 11 teams to complete the Elite course over two days, even if they missed one control on day 1. On Saturday, gusts of wind up to 60mph and poor visibility made conditions very difficult. Up to 75% of competitors retired in some classes but all AVR entrants made it across the finish line.

Saturday saw the 51st Seaton parkrun and a return to the winter route now the beach huts have gone until next spring. There are slightly shorter pebble sections on this route, there was little breeze and the 138 runners recorded a massive 50 PBs! The summer time pebble training must be paying off. First across the line was Honiton’s Kevin Hawker in 17:57. Second woman finisher was AVR Karen Eyre in a new PB of 21:52. Kevin Hawker was also first on age graded performance 78.37% with AVR’s Janet Cullum and Karen Eyre second and third with 75.35% and 74.09% respectively. Next Saturday 11th November is Seaton parkrun’s first anniversary and the organisers are asking runners and volunteers to turn up in their favourite hats to mark the occasion.

5 AVR's travelled to Newton Abbot to take on the Templer 10, a multi terrain 10-mile course starting and finishing in the wonderful grounds of Stover School, Newton Abbot. The course is 90% off road and runners will have the pleasure of running through the picturesque Stover Country Park as well as the fields at Teigngrace. First back was Matt Clist and claimed 3rd place in 1:00:01, he'll have to come back next year to get under the hour mark. The other place winner was Graham Newton who was the first over 65 in 1:18:12. Other results where Ollie Caute 5^th, 1:01:16; Matt Hewer 11^th, 1:05:51 and Terry Emmett 1:06:23. 270 completed the sold out event. The first four back for AVR also claimed the men's team prize, beating both Torbay AC and South Devon AC into second and third. This meant that every AVR runner went away with a trophy and therefore a very good day was had by all.

3 AVRs headed to north Devon to run the Bideford 10, a beautiful road race taking in much of the Tarka Trail. The exposed route around Instow was the most scenic but also left runners battling a wicked head wind. All three AVRs finished in the top half of the field of more than 900 runners. Simon Davey was first AVR home in 1:13.18, 146th, with Carol Austin finishing 230^th, 1:17.51 and Angela Kerr 445th in 1:27.24.