Remembering Mike

Four AVRs took part in the Feighan Fury, a challenging 10-mile multi-terrain race around private land in the rolling hills of mid Devon starting in Templeton. It includes hills, woods, trails, rivers with 70 per cent of the course off road with 166 finishers on Sunday.

Mike Feighan was a much-loved member of the local running community who worked in mental health and championed exercise for mental health benefits. An extremely talented runner, Mike won the Grizzly race five times along with countless other races. Tragically Mike abruptly passed away in 2021 and the Feighan Fury is organised by South West Road Runners to remember him.

First AVR home was Eleanor Wood in 1:37.00, 53rd place and first F60.  Cory Schultze was 90th in 1:51.08 with Shane Morgan 147th in 2:18.52.  Sadly Julia Teague twisted her ankle in a huge puddle in mile 3 so was a DNF.


Fleeting Half

Debbie Whiston ran the Fleet Half Marathon in Hampshire as part of her preparation for the London marathon.  The flat half attracted more than 2000 runners.

Despite it being a week after running the tough 20-mile Grizzly, Debbie finished well in 1:29.22, 352nd and sixth F45 in nice, sunny conditions.

Twin Lakes

Also in London marathon training, Diana Burn ran the Twin Lakes 20 mile race in Milton Keynes taking 4:08.  It was a very cold, windy start but sunny later and very flat compared to Dorset/Devon runs.  Diana finished an excellent third F65, especially given there was no 70+ category.

Trust 10k

On Sunday in glorious sunshine, several AVRs took part in the Trust 10k around Stonebarrow and Golden Cap taking in the beautiful Jurassic coast path and the stunning views from Golden Cap.  It is one of a number of free 10k runs held on various National Trust owned land on the fourth Sunday of each month during the summer.

More information on upcoming events here.

Seaton parkrun

It was a bitterly cold morning in Seaton with hail, a strong wind and rain replacing the early morning sunshine.  First finisher was AVR’s Joel Seward in 18:30 with third female, Lucy Watkinson in 23:04.

There were PBs for Adrian Strawbridge in 21:00, Rob Harp in 23:30 and Emma Sampson in 27:51.

Alan Morbey celebrated his 100th parkrun and Simon Freathy reached his 50 volunteer milestone.

On the tourist trail, Angela and Martin Kerr took part in the Eden Project parkrun; Barry Follett was “where it all began” joining the 1500+ at Bushy parkrun; Tim Sibley ran Porthcawl parkrun: Rob Collier and Sam Summers completed Bognor Regis parkrun while Sam Miller enjoyed Five Arches in Radstock near Bath.