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.

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