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.

8th July

Glorious sunshine greeted the intrepid would-be ultramarathoners as they stood atop Ham Hill.  Awaiting the start of the Ham and Lyme 50k, the promise of spectacular scenery didn't disappoint.  AVRs Sarah Herfet, Angela Kerr and Julia Mallon meandered their way along the age-old Liberty Trail from Ham Hill to Lyme Regis, taking in the magnificent meadows, hills and woodlands of Somerset and Dorset.  In true ultramarathon style, the AVRs refuelled regularly at well-stocked aid stations and paced themselves towards a joint finish of 8 hours 15 mins. Relieved and euphoric, the tender footed ultramarathoners then plunged themselves into a soothing sea.

On a hot sunny day 8 AVRs went to Charmouth to run the Challenge which took in Golden Cap which is the highest point on the SW Coastal Path. This is a tough 8 mile fell race which was won by James Baker of Chichester Runners in 52:17 and the 1st female runner was Helen Wallington of Totton RC in 1:05:34. First AVR home was Eleanor Wood 5th lady, 56th and 1st Vet 60 in 1:13:55 followed by Kerry Board 90th in 1:18:29, Ron Seward 127th 1:22:44, Alan Morbey 157th 1:28:23, David Slater 201st in 1:34:56, Vicki Wraight 216th 1:38:23, John Larcombe 228th 1:39:18 and Tracey Chapman 290th 1:51:21.  All 343 runners were rewarded with a cold shower from the local Fire Brigade at the finish.

In the Junior Race the first two places were taken by AVR juniors with George Chapman 1st in 11:37 and second was Sam Eyre in 12:11, an amazing achievement considering there were 159 runners. Thank you to Charmouth Primary School for organising such an iconic race.

AVR Simon Dimmock won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:24 with Adam Hennessy of Honiton RC 2nd, 18:42. 3rd place and 1st Female was Kiya Dee of Highworth RC in 18:59. The Dee family ran well as Taya was 2nd female in 22:04 and Diane was 3rd female in 22:22.

1st July

There's long races and there's long races. James Green completed the Jurassic Coast 100 race which follows approximately 105 miles of Southwest coast path from Studland to Exmouth taking in 16,000ft of climb. 79 people started the race at 9am on Saturday morning. Many competitors fell foul of the hot conditions on Saturday with only 43 making it to the finish. The race had checkpoints every 10-15 miles offering the chance to re-fill empty flasks and tuck into snacks. James passed through Beer around 4:30am Sunday Morning and was given a good cuppa and some cheer by his good lady Natalie, eventually finishing in Exmouth at 10:28am Sunday morning to take 4th place in 25hours 28miutes. James reports that he was completely out of it on Sunday after finishing and couldn't walk or talk. Thankfully he's fine now!

There were two highly popular multi-terrain 10K races held last week and AVR's Chet Gillespie won them both. First came the Forde Abbey 10K with two crossings of the river Axe that he won in 39:23 then the Umborne Ug that Chet won in 41:59, that was not the only similarity as both were run in extreme heat.

At Forde Abbey Samantha Scott of Running for Time was the 1st lady, 21st overall in 47:55 and other AVR times were: Tim Sibley  27th out of 292, 49:32; Andrew  West 43rd, 51:41; Eleanor Wood 46th and 1st F 55, 51:55; Kerry Board 60th, 53:28; Ron Seward 76th, 55:12; Steven Lewis 78th, 55:14; Phil Bayliss 96th, 57:53; Richard Matthews 102nd, 58:34; Alan Morbey 124th, 1:00:21; David Cooke 126th, 1:00:47; Mark Spraggs 136th, 1:02:14; Nick Adams 137th, 1:02:29; Gillian Peach 149th, 1:04:08; Margaret Pearce 150th, 1:04:12; Paul Tolchard 156th, 1:04:35; Sarah Dean 178th, 1:07:08; Janet Cullum 191st, 1:08:42; Samantha Tooze 205th, 1:10:41; Emma Richardson 206th, 1:10:41; Amie Sibley 217th, 1:12:36; Tracy  Chapman 225th, 1:13:17; Sandra Mortimer 231st, 1:14:53; Susan Wall 241st, 1:16:10; Laura Kerr 246th, 1:16:47; Janette Mack 247th, 1:16:49; Carolyn Nation 248th, 1:17:04; Aileen Heal 257th, 1:18:50; Denise  Burges 273rd, 1:24:35; Shirley Salter 280th, 1:28:22; Sam Summers 282nd, 1:29:59 and Maxine Sweetman 283rd, 1:29:59.

Meanwhile at the Umborne Ug the women's race was won by Emma Kiernan of Taunton AC in 50:25, with AVR's Karen Eyre 2nd female in 54:17 and Kerry Board 3rd in 55:34. Graham Newton won the male 60+ award in 55:42. Other AVR times were: Tim Lenton 2nd, 43:37; Rob Collier 3rd, 44:03; Simon Dimmock 5th, 45:01; Karl Hodson 7th, 46:40; Wayne Trump 17th, 52:54; Simon Davey 25th, 56:58; Andrew Hartnell 28th, 57:22; Tony Smith 31st, 57:41; Paul Hilder 34th, 59:22; Noah Remington 40th, 1:00:29; Alan Morbey 41st, 1st M60, 1:01:09; Kevin Feeney 47th, 1:02:53; Sarah Herfet 54th, 1:06:33; Angela Kerr 55th, 1st F60, 1:07:22; Vicki Wraight 56th, 1:08:04; Wesley Burrough 58th, 1:08:46; Henry Smith 67th, 1:14:27; Tracy Chapman 68th, 1:15:19; Samantha Tooze 71st, 1:16:03; Emma Richardson 72nd, 1:16:04; Thomasin Mincham 74th, 1:16:17; Sandra Mortimer 76th, 1:16:22; Shaun Vinnicombe 77th, 1:17:03; Jennifer Ford 79th, 1:17:56; Amie Sibley 80th, 1:20:38; Tim Sibley 81st, 1:20:38 and Robert Kerr 83rd, 1:25:23.  In the associated Ug Fun Run AVR's George Chapman was the winner in 10:22, with another AVR Sam Eyre 2nd 10:27. Other AVR times were: Harry Hodson 5th, 11:46; Abi Reed 10th, 13:23; Freddie McMahon 11th, 13:28; Harvey Green 33rd, 20:25 and Sarah Philpot 37th in 22:15.

After both races there was sumptuous food and drink for the runners, at Forde Abbey it was thanks to Sarah Shepley and Kevin Feeney who entertained at their abode, while at the Ug The evening's celebrations carried on after the race at Umborne Hall with a BBQ, bar, hot drinks and lots of cakes in a friendly and convivial atmosphere. Thank you to all the AVR members who helped with this race in so many ways, marking out the course, receiving entries, time keeping, back marking, helping on the finish line, and Garry Perratt for doing all the results - a fantastic combined effort of club and village.

AVR's held the top 2 places at this weeks Seaton parkrun with Simon Dimmock winning in 18:32 and Joel Seward 2nd, 19:15. Honiton RC's Adam Hennessey was 3rd in 19:20. Sophia Lorke of South London Harriers was the 1st female in 21:30 with Jo Davey of Honiton RC 2nd F in 22:14 and Rachael Moss 3rd F in 22:40.

24th June

AVR hosted the annual Woodland Relays last Wednesday at Morganhayes wood.  Due to fallen trees on the original extended course the route was shortened to 3 legs of 1.2 miles, including a 50m climb at the turnaround. 31 teams from AVR, Honiton, Sidmouth and the Met Office respectively contested the Relays with 7 teams representing AVR. The overall winners were a mixed gender team from Honiton. AVR's Senior Men (Sam Eyre, Joel Steward x 2) and our Senior Women's (Karen Eyre, Kerry Board and Lou Tucker) teams both won their age group categories. The Vet 55+ lost out by only 1 second to a very good Honiton team, Andy West running 43 seconds quicker than the excellent Howard Bidmead from Honiton RC on the last leg and Andy was also the third fastest AVR runner on the day. Ron Seward M65+ ran well to be the 10th fastest AVR runner on the day.

David Cooke, running in the colours of Yeovil Olympiads, competed in the French National Masters Championship in Dreux, Northern France on June 15th.  Dreux is a lovely unspoilt town, the size of Yeovil, 50 km west of Paris, David was 6th overall in the M60 200m and 3rd in the 400m (64.27s).

Three AVR's had an early morning 9am start on Sunday in Haldon Forest for the 10k run in ideal running conditions which compensated just a little for the challenging forest hills! The race was won by Neil Golding of Mendip TRC in an amazing 42:32. First AVR home in 15th place was Eleanor Wood 2nd lady and 15th overall in 51:22, also 1st vet 60. Next in was Mark Spraggs 87th in a pleasing time of 1:03:46 followed by Laura Kerr running a superbly strong run just four months after having a baby, 144th out of 178 runners in 1:12:55. Thank you to all the efficient organisers for a most enjoyable morning. All competitors proudly went home wearing a wonderful wooden medal.

The 28th Torbay Half Marathon took place on Sunday.  It is a very undulating race, with two loops from Paignton Pier to the big wheel at Torquay, and back. First AVR in was Duncan Staddon 30th in 1:21:09. Next was Terry Emmett 53rd in 1:24:46, who after an unscheduled pitstop only just managed to pass Lee Moran on the finish line, who was then 54th, with a new PB of 1:24:43.  Graham Newton was very pleased to finish 242nd, in a time of 1:40:35, to win the men's over 65 category.  Diane Newton, despite a lack of training, was very happy to run all the way, albeit slowly, in 2:36:55, to finish 8th in her age category.

On Saturday Fran and Karl Hodson headed off to the White Star Running event Sydling 10K Hill race but was more like 11K.They had this rare thing sunshine and warmth making the hilly 10K tough going, at the top of the last hill was a marker with 400 Metres to go. 800 Metres later you reached the finish line in the middle of the village square. Fran finished 20th overall and 3rdF in 1:00:13 and Karl 5th in 47:53. All finishers had a rudish medal and shirt.
Patrick Devine-Wright successfully completed the Bob Graham Round on Saturday in a time of 21 hours and 20min. The round is a challenging circuit involving 42 mountains in the Lake District with a total distance of 65 miles and 27,000 feet of climb. Running in hot, dry conditions with exceptional visibility, he was ably supported by a crack team of supporters and pacers including Garry Perratt, James Jackson, Duncan Taylor, Ceri Rees, Colin Kirk-Potter, James Morrison and Sarah Thorne.

Four veteran AVR's, Richard Hale, Paul Tolchard, Graham Newton and Dave Thomas, recently crossed the Irish Sea to tackle the highest mountain in the Irish Republic, Carrauntoohil (1040 metres). Under strict instructions not to mention the 'B' word, they were each designated specific roles. Dave, being the youngest, was the carer, Paul the driver, Richard the navigator and Graham was to keep the spirits up with his John Cleese impressions.  Despite the best efforts of the navigator, the four still managed to find the starting point at CroninÂ' Yard, where the shortest and most popular route started. The day was overcast with some low cloud shrouding the mountain. The first couple of miles of the route was relatively flat with no hint of what was to come. After an hour or so, they arrived at the foot of the Devils Ladder. This was an extremely steep gully filled with scree and loose rocks all the way up, and not for the feint hearted. The mountain rescue website describes it as 'quite unstable in places' as the path has been badly eroded and required a high degree of scrambling and climbing to negotiate. Eventually, they arrived at the top of the ladder and found a more straightforward, if steep, path for the push to the summit. Alas, the summit was still in clouds whilst they were there, so they could not see the fantastic views you would normally get. After a quick celebratory mars bar, they returned by the same route in a somewhat quicker time. After a cup of tea at the Cronin's Yard café, they returned to their base at Killarney for their afternoon nap followed by a well earned pint of the black stuff. For Richard, Paul and Graham, this concluded climbing the highest peaks in all four parts of the UK and now also Eire.

Rob Collier took part in the City Runs Devon 10000 metres, a track event at Exeter Arena . There were 40 runners over 2 races. Rob was 15th in the A race in 38:29 and 9th overall on the age graded System.

AVR Simon Dimmock won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:16, with Taunton AC's Sam White 2nd, 18:47 and Gary Day of Avon Valley Runners 3rd, 19:10. Ellen Keast was the 1st female in 21:16 with AVR's Chloe Burridge 2nd, 23:01 and Kerry board 3rd F in 23:09. 222 runners completed the course.

17th June

Four AVR's took on the Age UK Exeter 10k Superhero Run which is part of the Instep series of races. It starts and finishes from the Piazza Terracina at Haven Banks. 32nd overall and 1st F45 was Karen Eyre in 45:50. Denise Burgess also completed in 1:17:42. For the men Lee Moran competing in his first road 10k for some time ran a very good 38:09 finishing 6th and 2nd M40, he was closely followed in 7th by Rob Collier, 38:29 coming 2nd M45.

Ellie Dominey completed the Killerton Duathlon, a run-bike-run sprint of 5k - 20k - 3k with off-road runs around Killerton grounds and a road bike to Cullompton and back. There was a strong female field so didn't expect too much and set out conservatively as it was her first multi-sport race since giving birth to her son 4 months ago but was pleased to feel strong
throughout and finish as 3rd female, 24th overall in a total time of 1:15:57.

Cliff Marriott spent the weekend in Berkshire at the Endure 24 hour event as part of a 5 man team, Spice Up Your Life.  Cliff managed six 5 mile laps throughout the 24 hours and is now spiced out.

AVR Matt Hewer won the latest Seaton parkrun in 19:19 with Alice Wright of Vale of Aylesbury AC 2nd, 19:28 and Molly Adkin 3rd, 19:43.

10th June

Despite a poor forecast, the sun shone for the 3 AVR's on the coast to coast - Devoran to Portreath - half marathon along the old mineral trail. Beautiful scenery was enjoyed by the 300+ runners. Rob Collier finished 1st in 1:19, Carolyn Nation came in at 2:47 followed by Sam Summers in 2:49.

Congratulations to Jake Smith who at the 10,000m Gouden Spike meeting at Leiden in the Netherlands smashed his PB, coming 2nd overall in 29:15, gaining a qualifying time for Euro U23s.

A breezy Seaton parkrun greeted the 219 runners entered on Saturday. That meant no PBs but Simon Dimmock was 2nd 18:16 whilst Janet Cullum achieved the best AVR age grading of 76.23% and 1st lady in her age category. Other age category firsts were achieved by Kerry Board, Andrew West, Barry Follett and Sam Eyre.

3rd June

The Domineys were on tour in North Wales this week. Both did the Newborough Forest parkrun on Saturday and Matt finished 9th in 21:36. Ellie was saving her legs and jogged around in 24:46. The next day they were back at the same
forest for the Anglesey Trail 10k race. Ellie hadn't run farther than 5k since last July and so wasn't sure how her legs would hold up, but was over the moon to finish as 1st lady and 2nd overall in 48:45. Stunning but tough technical course, with more sand dunes and truly awful weather conditions.

Lesley Adams and Carol Austin took part in Haga parkrun in Stockholm for the third time. Both achieved course PBs; perhaps as the previous two years had been very hot. It is a lovely, undulating two lap course with great views of the city around a park that houses the Royal Palace and graveyard, a butterfly house and a huge copper tent. Lesley finished in 30:22 while Carol was sixth woman in 23:49. The Seaton parkrun that was won by Ben Sloan of Woodford Green AC in 16:44 with Graham Sherwin of Egdon Heath Harriers 2nd, 17:35 and AVR Simon Dimmock 3rd, 17:44. Phoebe Clarke was the 1st female in 19:53 with Deborah English of Vegan Runners 2nd female and Fiona Brady-Miller 3rd F in 21:39. AVR John Mellodew completed his 100th parkrun; a tremendous achievement. Joel Seward, Andy West and Thomasin Mincham all achieved PBs.

Eleanor Wood was the first AVR home in the Crewkerne 10K race finishing 1st F55, 41st overall in 47:54. Ron Seward was next AVR, 1st M60, 58th overall in 50:32, he was followed by Alan Morbey 60th, 50:54; Margaret Pearce 61st, 51:00; Cliff Marriott 64th, 51:28; Mark Spraggs 93rd, 54:57; Kevin Feeney 97th, 55:09 and Sarah Shepley 104th, 56:44

Reports for Jan-May are here.