Virtual Ekiden3 – success for AVR

Eight AVR teams took part in last weekend’s third virtual Ekiden marathon relay organised by City Runs. Three teams won their age group with many more individual success stories as runners competed virtually in distances from 1k to 15k – each team completing the marathon distance of 42.2k between six runners.

With icy conditions across the region the relay was extended to three days to ensure the safety of runners. Times reflected the challenging conditions.

The women’s F50 team of Eleanor Wood, Angela Kerr, Sarah Shepley and Carol Austin beat five other teams to take first F50 place in a total time of 3:35:03 just pipping Torquay AC by a couple of minutes. The men’s 60+ team of David Cooke, Alan Morbey, Ian Clements, Keith Agland, Kevin Feeney and Graham Newton finished in 3:27.37 and saw off a strong challenge from Honiton RC to win their age group. Also finishing first were the F60+ team of Shirley Salter, Maxine Sweetman, Lesley Adams, Janette Mack and Diane Newton.

Molly Adkin and Jack Broom were making their AVR club debuts in the mixed team that finished in a very creditable tenth place overall with Molly running an excellent 33:59 for the 8.2k leg and Jack an impressive 56:04 for the 15k leg. The men’s M40 team just pipped the mixed team into ninth place overall in a finish time of 2:41.47.

AVR age group first places were: Kerry Board (1k), Eleanor Wood (1k), Lee Moran (3k), Angela Kerr (3k and 10k), Sarah Shepley (5k), Rob Collier (8.2k), Carol Austin (8.2k), Keth Agland (8.2k), Lesley Adams (8.2k), Kevin Feeney (10k), Graham Newton (15k) and Diane Newton (15k); with Angela Kerr (3k and10K), Graham Newton (15k) and Eleanor Wood (15k) all achieving magnificent 80+ per cent age grade. Jeremy Slade, Liz Slade and Carolyn Nation all smashed their personal bests in their respective legs. With 88 teams taking part, it was all-in-all a very successful weekend for AVR!

Thanks to City Runs for organising the event which helped many runners have a focus for their training during the current lockdown.

Full results: here


Club Runs Suspended

Following the Government announcement of a third national lockdown all club runs are suspended with immediate effect.

Members are reminded that within the new guidance we may leave our homes for exercise once a day within our local area. This can be by ourselves, with the people we live with, with our support bubble (if we legally have one) or, when on our own, with one other person from outside our household. We must stay 2m apart from anyone not in our household or 1m with extra precautions e.g. face coverings.

Full details from England Athletics: here