Grizzly and Cub fun in the sun

There was a huge turnout at the annual AVR Grizzly and Cub training event on Sunday.  After what has felt like weeks of heavy rain the course was as expected muddy and very slippery in places but the day itself started in glorious sunshine and blue skies.  Although there were a few light showers runners were awarded with a beautiful rainbow over Branscombe as they tackled one of the trickiest parts of the course.

Big thanks go to the run leaders Rob Collier, Carol Austin, Eleanor Wood, Steve Haines, Andy West, Louise Rawlins and Iain Westworth who kept everyone safe and ensured a fun day of training ahead of the big day, Sunday 17 March.



Fab Four at Exeter Half

The Exeter Half Marathon, organised by the Exeter City Community Trust, took place over Saturday and Sunday with more than 300 finishers each day.  The 13.1 mile two-lap course took in the scenic route along the city’s historic Quayside and around Riverside Valley Park.  Four AVRs opted for the Saturday event with Matt Frost first AVR home in an excellent seventh place finishing in 1:22:06, just short of his PB.

Ann Coston was 188th in 1:54.00, third F55 with Vicki Wraight in 207th finishing in 1:56.49.  Angela Kerr was 249th in 2:05.42, first F65.

Seaton parkrun

More than 250 completed Seaton parkrun on Saturday with Debbie Whiston coming in as first female in 20:24.  There were PBs for Jase Potter in 20:28; Ben Morgan in 24:57; Lee Brooker in 26:35;  and Shirley Goy in 41:33. Viv Blumfield celebrated her 50th milestone.

Out on the road, Jon Day joined the throngs at Southampton parkrun where more than 1100 took park.  Jon finished in an excellent 21:51.  Tony Smith and Sam Miller enjoyed the wide expanses of Hove Promenade parkrun finishing in 20:50 and 27:45 respectively.  Aileen and Pete Heal went to the relatively new Five Arches parkrun in Radstock near Bath.