The June version of the AVR 4K virtual handicap race was won by Sarah Whelan in 25m 20s, with Pam Goddard 2nd, 24:26; Caroline Wiseman 3rd, 26:51; Paula Cooke 4th, 25m 56s and Andrew Hartnell 5th, 19:13. The top five all broke their P,B for their own 4K route. Pam Goddard now leads the standings with 93 points with a close battle ensuing between the next three places. Sarah Whelan is 2nd on 86 points, Eleanor Wood 3rd, 85; and Shirley Salter 4th 84. Jon Day is 5th on 77 points. Thanks to Andrew Hartnell for organising this virtual event.
Jon and Gill Day partook in the Honiton Sprint Triathlon which comprised of a 400m Swim, 20K Bike and a 5K Run. (The run this year was a bit short 2.7 miles not 3.10miles). This was their first Triathlon in nearly Two years due to Covid Restrictions and they both enjoyed getting back into competitive Triathlon racing. Jon finished 39th out of 107 competitors with a swim time of 9:37 mins, bike 37:32 and run 19:44. Gill was pleased with her 102nd place with a swim time of 12:51, bike time 49:39 and run 30:12. Many thanks to all the marshals and LM Events for taking over The Honiton Triathlon and keeping it going in these difficult times.
Cliff Marriott ran the Burrator 10K in 48:56 and was highly impressed with the scenic route which he described as “I might have still been in Devon but could have been Narnia”.
Ron Seward ran the “Egdon Easy”, a 10K over tarmac and gravel paths around Lodmore Park, Weymouth. Having been injured for the past couple of months restricting his training Ron was delighted to finish 1st in his age group 106th out of 327 finishers in 48min 59sec.
Jason Potter, Terry Emmett, Matt Orsman, Adrian Strawbridge and Joel Seward took part last Thursday’s evening 5km event along Exeter Quay which was successfully organised by City Runs.
Joel Seward was the first AVR home, 16th overall in a new P.B. of 17:15. Terry Emmett was just behind Joel in 18th spot with a very fast time of 17:17. Matt Orsman was 30th, 17:52 and in his debut race Adrian Strawbridge finished 65th place with a very impressive 20:20. Jason Potter was 67th with a time of 20:26.
On Saturday Amie and Tim Sibley plus Rob Collier took on the Albion Running organised Westcountry Flat 50 mile ultra which was actually 52 miles and had 1,800 feet of climb!
Starting in Taunton the route follows the canal to Bridgwater and then the River Parrett to the coast. Then heading west along the coastline with a slight inland diversion around Hinckley Point before returning to the coast. Another inland diversion through East /West Quantoxhead returning to the coast at Watchet and finishing in Minehead.
This was the first attempt at 50 miles for all 3 runners, some 20 miles further than they’d run before. Rob had a couple of navigational issues and ended up running 53 miles but still managed to finish 6th in 8 hours 37 minutes. Tim and Amie Sibley really enjoyed the variety of scenic views that Somerset has to offer and were pleased to complete the event together in 13 hours and 56 minutes.
Patrick Devine-Wright took 1st place in the 2021 East Devon Round ultra-marathon trail race, finishing the distance of about 100km with approximately 3000m of climb in 11 hours and 46 minutes. A friendly yet challenging event, the route included local highlights such as Danes Hill above Dalwood, the Undercliff between Lyme Regis and Seaton, and Blackbury camp and was run in weather that varied from sunny heat to chilly hail showers. Plaudits to race organiser Alisdair Moffett for mitigating the race’s carbon emissions by having one tree planted for each competitor.
Sarah Whelan won the May edition of the AVR 4K handicap race beating her PB by 1 min 5 sec taking 26m 35s. David Cooke was 2nd, 20m 9s; Alan Morbey 3rd, 19m 56s, Andrew Hartnell 4th, 19m21s and Paula Cooke 5th, 26m 5s. Pam Goddard now leads the standings with 72 points, very closely followed by Eleanor Wood and Shirley Salter both on 71, Sarah Wheelan is 4th, 64 points and Richard Matthews 5th, 63 points. The first 9 competitors beat their PB for their own 4K route.
On Sunday Richard Jackson completed the Sid Valley Ring half marathon finishing 25th out of 177 in 2hours 14 min. The course followed the newly created Sid Valley Ring walking route, a joint venture between Sidmouth Town Council and the Sid Vale Association. There were plenty of hills on a fantastically scenic but unusually dry route starting and finishing at Sidmouth via Sidbury and Salcombe Regis. There was a social distanced start to the race with groups of six released at one minute intervals. Then amazingly, Richard completed a 115 mile coast to coast bike ride the following day. An average cross training weekend!
With effect from 12 April, official club runs returned in accordance with the England Athletics and Sport England’s “return to play” guidance.
All runs must be pre-booked with club leaders. Runs are advertised each Friday on the calendar.