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.

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.