A baker’s dozen of AVRs tackled the challenging Westdown Wander approx. 10-mile multi-terrain race on Sunday. Organised by Exmouth Harriers the race had a different finish with the after-effects of Storm Ciaran still causing problems. With the recent rain it was also vey muddy as the course left Exmouth on the coastal path up and down at Budleigh and then back inland through Littleham.
First AVR home was Kerry Board who was fourth female in an excellent 1:19.16, also second F45. Eleanor Wood was just behind in 1:22.09, a brilliant ninth woman and first F65. Ron Seward picked up first M70 for his 1:29.18, 53rd overall while Ann Coston secured first F55 for her 1:34.38 finish. The full results are here: with 120 completing the race.
The race was the final event in the InStep Devon series; results to follow next week on this.
It was a very cold but a beautifully sunny day on Saturday; so cold that a slight course amendment was needed to avoid some lethal ice at the Hideaway end of the Esplanade.
First finisher was AVR’s Joel Seward in 17:15 with Rich Hardy in third in 17:54. Debbie Whiston was second female in 20:40. The extra pebble sections, added to compensate for the shorter Esplanade route, caused no trouble to Max Richardson or Pam Goddard who both secured shiny PBs in 18:32 and 29:48 respectively. Rob Collier was second on age-grade with 81% for his 18:43.
Congratulations and a big thanks to Louise Rawlins who reached her 100 volunteer milestone and to Haydn Boehm for his first outing as Run Director, including navigating the course change!
Out and about, Jake Smith was preparing for his pacing duties at Valencia next week with a first finisher place at Cardiff parkrun in 14:32; Tim and Amie Sibley took part in Porthcawl parkrun; Dave Hutton and Sue Chambers ran Clevedon Salthouse parkrun while Jo Orsman visited Sharpham Road Playing Fields parkrun and smashed out a 5k PB of 26:32.