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.

20th February

It was AVR's 1st & 2nd in this weeks Seaton parkrun, with Jake Smith, on the comeback trail from injury, winning in 17:06 and Terry Emmett 2nd, 18:38. Simon Durrant was 3rd, 18:56 and AVR's Flo Swan the first lady, 8th overall out of the 154 entrants in 20:39. Well done to one of the main organisers Lesley Adams who was able to run for the first time and finished 1st lady in her age group, 80th overall, 28:36.

Most of the AVR gang took part in an official Grizzly rehearsal run on Sunday, with different groups to suit each person's ability. With only 3 weeks to go to the March 12th race date this was an important test of training; it was also an animal rescue mission as during the run a group manged to free a sheep that had been entangled in a mass of brambles.

13th February

Maddie Carter was 1st home in the February Junior handicap taking 18:13, with Harry McMahon 2nd, 14:08, Sami Narayakkara 3rd, 14:13, Ethan Huntley 4th, 14:00 and Josh D'Albertanson 5th, 16:23. Harry McMahon leads the junior standings with 43 points followed by Rosie Kendall 38 with Harvey Burrough and Josh D'Albertanson both on 33. Kelly Stamp was the Senior handicap winner in 27:37 followed by David Cooke 28:41, Flo Swan 23:16, Matt Hewer 21:33, Alan Morbey 26:35 and Fran Hodson 27:20. Kelly Stamp leads the Senior standings with 44 points, David Cooke 41 and Matt Hewer 36.

Simon Gould finished the four Trigs in 3:26 after getting lost, again!

The 3 lap Exeter half marathon was a two day event with one race on Saturday and  the 2nd race on Sunday. Emma Kiernan ran on Saturday finishing 35th out of 191 runners in 1:29:19 (PB). In the Sunday race Angela Kerr came 111th, 1:57:40 and Martin Kerr 242nd, 2:22:45 out of 276 runners.

AVRs, Graham and Diane Newton along with their daughter Paula, ran the second Worthing half-marathon on Sunday.  They lined up for the start by Worthing Pier in bitterly cold winds, although the snow was kind enough to stop in time for the run. The course winds around the streets of the town but starts and finishes with long straight stretches along the sea front. They all finished very, very cold but happy with their performance.  Graham was first in, at 1:35:20, Paula was next in 2:07:47 and then Diane in 2:26:47.

Sunday was the running of The Humdinger, a hilly road half marathon that has over 1,000ft of climb. The race is organised by the Taunton based Running Forever club. This race is becoming more and more popular and this year both The Humdinger and The Hurtle sold out (The Hurtle is the shorter 5 mile version). The race itself was keenly contested and AVR had Terry Emmett and Matt Hewer in The Humdinger and Robin Britton in The Hurtle. The cold conditions and wind chill made conditions tough and choosing the right running gear and preparation was important. Matt managed to fail on both accounts! Terry, who came 4th last year improved on his time and finished 9th in 1:25:38. Matt was 16th place, 1:30:06 but he suffered the school boy error of not doing his laces up properly at the start and the brief stop after 1 mile and the poor wisdom of I'll warm up when I get going so I'll be ok in just a T Shirt probably cost him a sub 1.30 time. The shivering wreck in the changing rooms after the race probably indicated this also! Robin came home from 29th in 39:50. A great event and a hopefully it will be bigger again next year, and Matt will be better prepared - but don't rely on the last bit.

Honiton RC's Kevin Hawker was once again the victor of the Seaton parkrun, completing the 5K route in 17:48. He was followed bt SWRR Graham Reeves, 18:10 with Simon Durrant 3rd, 18:40. SWRR Ellie Dominey was the 1st lady, 7th overall in 20:01. It was celebration time at a cold and drizzly Gorleston Cliffs (near Gt. Yarmouth) parkrun where that old warhorse Dave Kelf came in 1st over 70, 213th overall in 35:11. Patrick Devine-Wright won the Killerton parkrun in 18:29 with Tim Lenton 4th, 19:13.

It was another great night for what was the penultimate round of the Seaton winter 5k series with many pbs and a few new runners. Matching the most participants to have taken part yet at 11 with hope for a few more in the final event the winner this month with a new course record was Ollie Caute in 16:39 followed by Jake Smith, 16:51 and Terry Emmett 3rd 18:13. Matt Hewer has achieved a pb at each event and came 4th in 18:28 with Garry Perratt 5th 18:37, Josh Hopson 6th 19:11, James Guler 7th 19:31, Karl Hodson 8th 20:35, Chris Keeffe 9th 20:57, Fran Hodson reset the female course record 10th,  23:16 and David Cooke 11th 23:46. There is 1 event left in the series which takes place on March 8th.

6th February

Ethan and John Day did their first Aquathon at Dawlish in the Novice Race of 12 lengths Swim followed by a 1.5 Mile run. It was very cold! Ethan had a brilliant Swim exiting the pool leaving John two lengths behind. Ethan eventually finished 2nd with John 3rd. Thanks to Exeter Tri Club for organising a great event and many thanks to Pure Endurance Triathletes for
being a Fantastic supportive Team.

David Cook ran in the South West Veterans' 6k run at Sidford and in wet and slippery conditions he was pleased to finish 35th in 33:43.

Kelly Stamp ran the Blackmore Vale half marathon at Sherborne and in her first attempt at the 13.1 mile distance was pleased to finish the hilly course in 1:48, 186th out of 369.

Ragnhild Richards completed the Tough Ten (miles) in 1:29:28 finishing 1st over 55 in his debut run for AVR.

On her 55th birthday, Carol Austin ran the Fulfords 5 in Exmouth finishing 2nd W55 and 113th overall in 38:36. The largely flat road run led to some very fast times with 239 finishers. It was well organised by Exmouth Harriers.

Anders Larsson and Pippa Wyatt ran in the Portland Half marathon which goes around the whole of Portland on the costal path. It started and finished at the sailing academy. Once we got to Portland Bill at mile 6 we had a head wind the whole way home which was hard going. It was a lovely route with lots of mud.  And Pippa finished 10th lady, 58th overall in 2:18:49 and Anders was 103rd, 2:41:48.

The annual Four Trigs run hosted by Sidmouth running club on Sunday resulted in a good day out for seven AVR runners. Winner of the race was AVR's Patrick Devine-Wright in 2:19. He was the lead runner for most of the race and was pleased to be five minutes faster than two years ago when he also won. Clare Hansford enjoyed her first ever Four Trigs blasting up the hills and through the sloppy terrain finishing first lady 13th overall in a super-fast time of 3:02. Clare thrives on hills, mud and beach so watch out Grizzly people! Fourth home was Tim Lenton in 2: 29 and fourth home for the girls in 37th place were Karen Ayre and Eleanor Wood in 3:29, running together and putting in some good training for the Grizzly. Steve Haines and Chris Hill were also running as a pair and were delighted with their time of 4:01 and 4:02 respectively in 69th and 70th places and would have broken the four-hour mark if Chris had not run slightly off piste. Chris was very happy to do such a fast time, thanks to his buddy's encouragement. All runners enjoyed a well earned pasty afterwards in the yacht club, although Clare and Patrick had a nice bottle of wine as prizes to wash theirs down with. Many thanks to Sidmouth Running club for yet again a well organised and beautiful run.

With all the bad weather leading into the weekend many parkruns around the county, including Seaton's were cancelled. However, Killerton's survived and 204 runners made it to the start line to slip and slide all over the National Trust run estate. AVR had two participants that came in one behind the other, Patrick Devine-Wright finished 6th in 19:25 and Matt Hewer followed taking 19:48.

While in Australia in January, AVRs Carol Austin and Lesley Adams took part in four parkruns each "down under".  There are hundreds of parkruns worldwide so anyone who has registered can run and take part in some parkrun tourism. Lesley was pleased and surprised to be first lady W60-64 home on all four occasions. Carol finished first in the W50-54 age group twice at the Rhodes parkrun, located in Sydney Olympic Park, in a grade of 76%. Up the coast at Fingal Bay she was 2nd woman home to another W50-54! At Cooks River the temperature hit 35 degrees even at 8am so a fast time for Brits was out of the question - even the locals struggled in that heat. Lesley and Carol were back volunteering in the cooler temperatures at Seaton this weekend.

30th January

Eleanor Wood was the only AVR runner to compete in the South West Veterans' 6k run at Sidford on Sunday. In wet and slippery conditions she was pleased to finish 3rd lady, 17th overall in 28:56. Thanks to Bill Valentine and his team for organising this event.

The Moonlight Flit, billed as Devon's darkest half marathon as the race starts at 5.30pm on the first night of the new moon, is a circular loop starting and finishing in Totnes. The route, mainly off road muddy trails with five big hills to ascend including the notorious Post Box Hill and a mucky bog to contend with near the end made for a tough run. The race was won by Rhys Goodhead in 1:33:55. AVR Graham Newton was very pleased to finish 24th in 2:06:01, winning the over 60 vet men category.

N1 Tri Club were the dominant force is this week's Seaton parkrun with Johnny Livingstone winning in 17:24 and Alan Livingstone 2nd, 18:02. AVR's Garry Perratt was 3rd, 19:20 and triathlete Phoebe Clark the 1st lady 8th overall in 20:20 out of the 137 runners.

One of the many wonderful things that parkrun offer is a network of organised 5k runs all around the country. Once you have registered then you can turn up with your barcode to any parkrun and get a time and position. Matt Hewer and James Ashforth were both down in Plymouth and both (not planned) took part in the Plym Valley parkrun run. It is very different to the Seaton Parkrun with a lot of mud, off road, and a couple of hills to contend with. 5k PB's where never going to challenged bearing in mind the conditions and both performed well in tricky conditions. Matt came in 4th in 20:17 and James 23rd, 23:21 out of a total of 201 participants.

23rd January

Pippa Wyatt, Lizzie Ricketts and Anders Larsson travelled to Bovington Camp for the 15k Dirty Devil Stampede. It was soft to heavy going throughout, with all three putting in solid performances and top half finishes. Pippa finished 81st out of 209 in 1:29:41, Anders 89th, 1:31:30 and Lizzie in 93rd, 1:.32:31.

Away from Seaton Patrick Devine-Wright was first across the line at the Killerton parkrun taking 18:03.

16th January

Three intrepid Axe Valley Runners set off late Saturday afternoon to experience their first night run in Haldon Forest. The Haldon Night Run is part of a series of Wild Night Runs organised by Ceri Rees & Ben Tisdall both regular South Devon Trail runners. With head torch batteries charged & hi viz gear on, Isla Hart (aged 5) was the first to compete taking part in the under 8's race which was an off road dash through the forest over a distance of 1k. This was Isla's first off road night race and despite struggling with a stitch she kept on running and finished a very commendable 10th place over all.

The children's races were followed by the seniors 5 and 10k races. Canny Hart & Gillian Peach accompanied by Albert Whippet, Canny's regular running buddy, took on the 10k challenge.  291 runners shivered on the start line due to dropping night time temperatures and chilly westerly winds, but soon warmed up when they set off, on mass, running deep into the forest & weaving their way stealthily through the darkness. The runners faced some challenging muddy conditions with a couple of very steep accents, but arrived back safely across the finish line in a time of 1:01 having negotiated the well marked course without tripping over or getting lost in the dark.

A technical glitch caused some confusion with finishing times, but preliminary results see Gillian Peach taking 2nd place in the 10k Female - Vet 50 category and Canny Hart finishing 7th in Female - Vet 40. All who ran agreed it was a fabulous night of running and are looking forward to their next Wild Night Running Challenge.

The 10 mile Oh My Obelisk at Dawlish race attracted four AVR's with Matt Hewer being the 1st AVR, 15th overall, Eleanor Wood completed in 1:41, Steve Haines 1:43 and Kelly Stamp 1:4.

Last Wednesday night was the 4th event of the rather excellent Seaton winter 5k series (this report is written by the organiser) Adam Hennessey from Honiton was this month's winner with a new course PB of 18:46. 1st AVR was Matt Hewer really returning to form 3rd, 19:08 followed by Garry Perratt 4th, 20:08; James Ashforth 5th, 21:15; Chris Keeffe 6th, 21:27 and Fran Hodson setting a fantastic female course record in 23:31. There are 2 more races left in the series on the 2nd Wednesday of February and March.

Fresh from his Axmouth Challenge win last week, Kevin Hawker powered around the Seaton parkrun course on Saturday to win in 18:20 with Graham Reeves of SWRR 2nd, 19:01 and Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC 3rd, 19:30. Ellie Dominey
was the ladies winner, 7th overall in 20:08. There were 163 participants with the last runner taking 47:02 for the 5K flat route.

9th January

Emma Kiernan ran the First Chance 10k in Exeter, a great flat 10k which attracted over 500 runners and Emma ran brilliantly to finish 76th in 40:32, just ahead of James Ashforth 89th, 41:44.

Conditions were perfect for Sunday's Axmouth Challenge, perfect temperature with enough mud to make things interesting. Four courses were on offer, all hilly and multi-terrain.

The 10-mile race was won by Beer boy Kevin Hawker of Honiton RC in 1:00:14. Luke Reed started steadily then gave it some welly just over halfway round, moving from 4th to finish 2nd in 1:01:10. Terry Emmett spent most of the race just behind Garry Perratt, losing ground on the climbs but gaining on the flats and descents; luckily for him, the race finished with a monster drop down Stepps Lane so he gave it some welly to storm past Garry and finish 3rd in 1:01:29 with Garry 4th (and first over-50) 4s later. Matt Hewer was 9th in 1:07:20, Mike Clark 18th 1:14:58, and Eleanor Wood 20th overall, 2nd lady and first over-50 in 1:15:52. The rest of the AVR results were Karen Eyre 21st 1:16:18, Margaret Pearce 34th 1:21:38, Lizzie Fontes 35th 1:21:47, Alan Morbey 37th 1:21:58, Stephen Morbey 40th 1:26:23, Pippa Wyatt 41st 1:26:24, Kelly Stamp 43th 1:27:04, Chris Hill 46th 1:28:52, Steve Maclure 47th 1:30:43, Yvette Hill 48th 1:34:17, Angela Kerr 51st 1:38:09, Martin Kerr 56th 1:43:56.

The 10-mile race was the first in this year's East Devon Community Race series which uses age- and gender-graded results to compare all runners together. Eleanor made a good start to her bid for a 5th consecutive overall win by taking Round 1 with Garry currently 3rd and Luke 6th.

Simon Davis was in excellent form, emphatically winning the 5-mile race in 35:45. Amy Greenhalgh was recovering from the Christmas lurgy so dropped down a distance, finishing second in 39:10. Canny Hart was 7th 54:48, Sam Miller 8th 55:01, Gillian Peach 9th 56:12, Laura Kerr 11th 1:00:28 and John Mellodew 13th 1:03:18.

Holly Eyre was first girl in the 3-mile race in 27:05, only just over a minute behind the first man.

AVR's Sam Eyre won the 1-mile race in 9:35. A plethora of Johnses(?!) followed with Stephen 3rd in 10:42, Michael 5th in 11:50 and Andrew 10th in 13:19.

Many AVRs helped with the race - Dave Mutter on entries, Garry Perratt results, Patrick Devine-Wright checking the course first thing then backmarking with Tony Smith, Dave Thomas and Mike Calvert. Thanks also go to the Axmouth village hall management committee for staging another excellent race.

19th December

On Sunday three AVRs travelled across to compete at the Wellington Monument 10k race. It starts by the pub in Hemyock and takes you up a pretty significant hill to loop around the monument and then back again. The weather was near perfect for running and all 3 runners performed well. Recently crowned AVR male runner of the year Terry Emmett finished in 3rd position. He improved on his time last year by approximately 1½ minutes to complete the course in 38:23. Luke Reed had a rare outing in a AVR's vest to finish 8th in 38:57, just under a minute quicker than last year. Matt Hewer came 20th in 41:32 and is starting to get back to where he was before injury temporarily stopped his running. The race had about 200 entries and finishers received a bottle of Sheppy's cider and at this time of year the traditional mulled wine and mince pie. Many thanks to Taunton AC for organising another great event.

There was double success for AVR at the Seaton Park Run which was won by young Charlie Kendall in 18:52 with Taunton AC’s Nick Daniels 2nd, 19:05 and David Purchase 3rd, 20:25. Eleanor Wood was the 1st lady home 12th overall in 21:38.

Meanwhile Patrick Devine-Wright was first across the line at the Killerton Park Run taking 17:59.

5th December

Blue skies and icy ground greeted the full entry of 243 runners for this year's Full Monty Cute race at Ham Hill Country Park in Somerset, organised superbly by Crewkerne Running Club. The pace at the front of the field was fast from the off, as the field twisted and turned its way around the top of Ham Hill. Unfortunately Matt Clist rolled his ankle early on, impeding his normally speedy footwork. Patrick Devine-Wright was first home of the AVRs finishing just over a minute behind the winner in 3rd place 1:10:32 followed by Matt 7th, 1:13:21 and Terry Emmet 10th, 1:15:40. Matt Hewer was pleased to be 23rd in 1:22:49. Clare Hansford running this race for the first time and thoroughly enjoying it, finished strongly in 56th spot as 6th female and 1st Vet 45 taking 1:29:30.  Graham Newton was running very well but unfortunately a few runners went off piste and he lost a lot of ground but was still amazingly quick finishing 2nd vet 65 62nd overall in 1:31:10. Eleanor Wood was again consistent in finishing  9th female and was 2nd Vet 55 74th home in 1:34:06. John Larcombe after a difficult year finished well to be 148th in 1:48:23. Collectively it was a very good day for the club, winning the first team prize made up of the top two male and female finishers, Patrick Devine-Wright, Matt Clist, Clare Hansford and Eleanor Wood. All in all, a great day out and highly recommended as they all clinked home with many bottles of wine and ham stone trophies.

Last Saturday's Seaton Park run was won by Rhys Goddard of Sittingbourne Harriers in 17:04, followed by AVR's Garry Perratt 2nd, 18:22 and Honiton RC's Adam Hennessey 3rd, 19:20. The Park Runs are not just about winners, but for anyone of any pace to enjoy and free to enter. The next event will as always be on Saturday at 9:00am at Seaton sea front. See www.parkrun.org.uk <http://www.parkrun.org.uk>  for more details.

28th November

A great turn out on Sunday saw 20 AVRs in action at the Bicton Blister, a hilly mostly off-road ten miler superbly organised by Exmouth Harriers.  AVR Jake Smith came home first in a remarkable time of 58:37. He had been neck and neck for much of the course with Grizzly winner, Ceri Rees but out sprinted him over the last few hundred metres to cross the line first and break the course record!

Thereafter the AVRs were 14th Terry Emmett, 1:05:36 and first m35, 24th Duncan Staddon 1:07:30, 59th Amy Greenhalgh 1:13:06, 76th Flo Swan 1:15:21 first F15-19, 82nd Mathew Hewer 1:16:23, 115th Clare Hansford 1:21:46, 130th Eleanor Wood 1:22:46 and first F55, 145th Karen Eyre 1:24:35, 161st Steve Haines 1:26:06, 166th Dave Thomas 1:26:29, 174th Margaret Pearce 1:27:49, 180th Alan Morbey 1:28:33, 213th Pippa  Wyatt 1:30:43, 227th Alex Boon
1:31:27, 248th Andy Sayers 1:33:16, 272th Chris Hill 1:37:09, 291st Anders Larsson 1:39:17, 338th Lizzie Ricketts 1:43:21, 345th Yvette Hill 1:43:42 and 418th Martin Kerr 1:56:52. AVR were delighted to have won many team prizes at the Blister which were 1st Senior Ladies Team, 1st Vet Ladies Team, 2nd Senior Men's Team and 3rd Senior Ladies Team. A great effort on a spectacular run.

A further six AVRs tackled the shorter Blister Lite, a 4.5 mile course, along with 100 runners from other clubs. Results were 27th Nick Adams 43:31, 28th Canny Hart 44:10, 38th Sam Miler 45:59, 77th Bec Davey 52:14, 82nd Robert Kerr 53:29, and 83rd Lesley Adams 53:31.

Seaton's third parkrun saw a massive 11 AVRs record personal bests over the 5k course! The first AVR home (second overall and first in his age group) was Garry Perratt in 18:25. Garry also recorded the highest age grade of 80.72%. Carol Austin was the first AVR woman home (also first in her age group) in 23:55 and in the fourth best age grade of 73.73%. There were 126 runners altogether of which 24 were AVR members. As ever, many thanks to all of the volunteer marshals many of whom were AVRs resting their legs before tackling the Bicton Blister the following day.

21st November

There were a fantastic 141 entrants for last Saturday's Seaton Park Run 5K with several new runners taking part and one of those runners, AVR's Jake Smith was the winner, blasting around in 16:10. Marcus Albano from CSSC Sports & Leisure was 2nd, 18:29 and Matthew Gauld 3rd, 19:18. There were 25 AVR's in total and special mention to Jonathan Day who ran for the 1st time since a lower back injury 6 months ago forced him to stop running, he was 141st in 24:05. Of course, the parkrun series is not just about the quick runners, it's there to get people active, so why not have a go yourself next week? See www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton for more info and how to enter.

14th November

Despite misty rain on Saturday morning, 23 AVR's took part in the first Seaton parkrun with another 18 AVR's volunteering (along with others) to make this inaugural event a tremendous success. In total 188 people ran with some coming from as far away as Surrey and Birmingham to take part. AVR Amy Greenhalgh was the first woman home in 19:39 with an age graded score of 77.01% Terry Emmett was third overall and first male AVR in 18:24 with an age graded score of 71.65%. However, honours for the overall best age graded score of 84.29% go to AVR Eleanor Wood who finished in 22:23 putting down a marker for us all to aim for! Congratulations to Lesley Adams and her team for getting these runs underway. This event will be run every Saturday at 9am - see www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton for more info and how to get involved running or helping.

Last Sunday, Carol Austin took part in her first race for a year following a long injury, completing the Conductive Education 10k in Birmingham in 47:31.

Last Wednesday saw the 2nd edition of the unofficial Seaton winter 5k series and a great night was had by all, including every runner who ran in the 1st event beating their time. 1st home was Terry Emmett setting a new course record of 17:53 followed by Luke Reed, 18:19, Garry Perratt 18.31, Josh Hopson 19:31, Matt Hewer 20:34, Richard Harvey from pure endurance 20:41 and James Ashforth 20:55.

Congratulations to Matt Thurgood for winning the November Junior AVR handicap in 13:40 with Sammie D'Albertanson 2nd, 18:13; Ethan Huntley 3rd, 13:27; Erin Ellis 4th, 16:33 and Josh D'Albertanson 5th, 15:46. Holly Eyre leads the Junior ranking with 138 points, Ethan Huntley 2nd, 131 and Peter Johns 3rd 128. Andy Sayers won the Senior handicap in 27:44 with Ian Clements 2nd, 26:25; Flo Swann 3rd, 22:51; Craig Tiley 4th, 29:54 and Alan Morbey 5th, 25:55. Alan Morbey leads the Senior rankings with 128 points with Angela Kerr 2nd, 116 and Tim Sibley 3rd, 114. All is now set for the final round in December.

7th November

Garry Perratt returned to racing at the Killerton Parkrun on Sunday, finishing the off-road, undulating 5K(ish) in 18:58, 10th overall and first M50.

The Teign valley was looking gorge-ous on Sunday morning, November 6th as runners from all over the county and beyond arrived at Castle Drogo for the annual 10 mile cross-country race. Bedecked in autumn colours, the course was in good condition with firm ground making for fast times. 11 Axe Valley Runners completed the course, with honours going to Jake Smith, who put in an exceptional performance to take victory and relegate Ceri Rees, a previous winner, to second place with a time of 58.44. With Patrick Devine-Wright and Matt Clist working well together to finish 7th and 8th with times of 1.05.52 and 1.06.26 respectively, the men also took the team prize, with Eleanor Wood putting in a great run to finish 5th female, first vet 55 in a time of 1.25.32 and Patrick Devine-Wright taking the first vet 45 prize. Other axe Valley performances were Terry Emmett 16th 1.10.18, Mike Clark 64th 1.22.14, Matt hewer 69th 1.23.11, Tim Sibley 75th 1.23.47, Steve Haines 119th 1.30.04, Kelly Stamp 181st 1.40.09, Anders Larsson 191st 1.42.37.

Elsewhere, Amy Greenhalgh was first lady in the 7.5 mile Gilly Hilly in Gillingham, coming in 12th overall in 50 minutes 32 seconds.