Organised by Sidmouth Running Club, the Four Trigs is another low-key, challenging multi-terrain race with an obscene amount of climb involved! Approximately 28km, runners chose their own route that must include the four Trig points at High Point, Beacon Hill, Buckton Hill and Weston Cliff. This year’s event was started by five-time Olympian and the 2014 European 10,000m champion, Jo Pavey. The race raises much needed funds for the charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young.
The race, which provides ideal preparation for the Grizzly, was won by last year’s winner, Exmouth Harriers’ Sam Kelly. There was a good turnout of AVRs with Tim Lenton finishing third in 2:30.37 and Patrick Devine-Wright just behind in fourth in 2:32.16. Kerry Board was third female in an excellent 3:17.04. Rob Collier came in seventh, improving on last year’s time to finish in 2:41.42. Others who ran the challenging self-navigated route in pairs, were Ian Kinnersley and Eleanor Wood who finished in 3:33.37; Jeremy Slade and Andy West in 3:48.20; and David and Susi Sadler, who were delighted to reach all four Trigs this year, in 5:36.52.
British Masters Championships & Chichester 10k
Three AVRs travelled to West Sussex for the British Masters 10k Championship which took place at Goodwood Motor Race Circuit near Chichester. AVRs team of Carol Austin, Ann Coston and Angela Kerr took second team prize in the F55+ category. First AVR home in 562nd place was Carol Austin in 46:54, sixth F60. Ann Coston was 704th finishing in 50:11, 18th F55 while Angela Kerr was ninth F65 in 917th place overall in 55:46. More than 1200 runners completed the fast, flat race with the first five finishers in sub-31 minutes.
There was another bumper turnout at Seaton parkrun on Saturday with the good conditions and pacers helping six AVRs to shiny new PBs. Tim Sibley came home in 20:18; his marathon training clearly paying off! Adrian Strawbridge in 21:01; Suzi Blackett in 24:40; Ben Morgan in 25:36; Lee Brooker in 26:54; and Shirley Goy in 42:29 were the others celebrating PBs.
First home was Joel Seward in 16:59 with second finisher Rich Hardy in 17:42. First female finisher was Debbie Whiston in 20:20, also second on age-grade with 79%, with Ron Seward third on age-grade with 78% for his 23:37 finish.
Congratulations to Kevin Feeney who completed his 350th parkrun as one of a number of AVRs on pacing duties. Carol Austin, Saturday’s Run Director, completed her 200th volunteering stint at Seaton parkrun.
On the road, Georgie Ryan smashed her parkrun PB by nearly a minute at the fast Exmouth event finishing in 28:50. Matt Frost completed Denton Dene parkrun in Newcastle; Alan Sealey Itchen Valley Country Park parkrun while Liz and Jeremy Slade completed Southsea parkrun.