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.

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.