Magnificent marathons: five PBs, 4 sub-3s

As we head into prime marathon season the first five AVRs started the ball rolling with Richard Hardy and Joel Seward taking on the 26.1 miles in Newport while Matt Frost, Jack Broom and Steve Lewis headed to Manchester to tackle the biggest UK marathon outside London.  There were four personal bests, one brilliant debut and such is the standard at AVR that the four youngsters all ran sub-3 hour marathons.

Over in Wales, Richard Hardy finished a tremendous 15th in a massive PB of 2:40.52 at the ABP Newport Wales Marathon while Joel Seward also improved his PB finishing 23rd in 2:44.30.  More than 1700 completed the race which was won by GB-ultra-athlete, Dan Nash in a course record of 2:19.46.

More than 18000 took part in the Adidas Manchester Marathon that started and finished near Old Trafford with the fast flat route heading out to Altrincham via Sale.  Jack Broom was making his marathon debut with a very impressive 87th place in 2:38.08.  Meanwhile Matt Frost also nabbed a PB in 2:56.23, 770th place.  Steve Lewis completed the marathon in 4:32.37, a PB, coming in a very creditable 11th M70 and 12871st.

The event also offers a team-relay option with teams of two or four.  Kevin Feeney joined with some family members running his first leg in an excellent 53:08 to set the team up for a brilliant 66th place from 238 teams with 3:57.40 overall.

Monday is the famous Boston marathon where our very own Tim Sibley will give Kipchoge a run for his money.  You can follow the race on Eurosport 2 from 2.30pm (UK time).

Noa batters Yeovilton

Three intrepid AVRs braved Storm Noa on Wednesday last week and tackled Yeovil Road Running Club’s (YRRC) Spring and Summer Yeovilton 5K race series.  With strong gusts of wind and driving rain, David Cull was first AVR back in 15th in 19.25. Adrian Strawbridge followed in 20th in 20.06 with James Ashforth in 38th in 22.15. This is a great event well organised by YRRC and with five more events in the series it is well worth considering to check out your speed over 5k.

Boggy Butleigh

Ian Kinnersley and Eleanor Wood headed into Somerset for the Butleigh 10k, which was actually closer to 6.5 miles of muddy off road running on tracks, bridleways and through woods all underneath the Glastonbury Tor.  They both loved it with Ian storming home in 51.39, an excellent 20th, and Eleanor fourth female finisher in 53.36.  About 120 completed the race in excellent Spring conditions.

A vertical Kilometre!

Rik Tumber took part in the KVK – Kernow’s Vertical Kilometre which is a 15-mile trail race across the hills and coastline of Cornwall around St Agnes with an incredible 1000m of climb.  Rik finished an excellent tenth in 2:16.33 from 121 finishers.

Lightening Bolt but no Usain!

Cliff Marriott popped up to Wiltshire for the Lightening Bolt 10k in a village just outside Chippenham.  It was a flat road race which Cliff finished in 54.10, 56th out of around 100 finishers.

 

Remembering John Mellodew at parkrun

 The family and friends of John Mellodew attended Seaton parkrun on Saturday to remember John, who passed away in January.  John, AVR member for many years, had been a regular participant at parkrun until the Covid break and often took part with three generations of his family.  On Saturday his daughter Anita celebrated her 50th milestone finishing second female in 22:25. Her daughter, Elsie also completed Saturday’s run.  Many AVRs who used to run with John also came to remember him.

The sun shone again making conditions perfect. First female finisher was new AVR member, Deborah Whiston in 20:28.  Ron Seward celebrated a PB in 22:26 which also placed him second on age grade with 80.61%.

Prize for the furthest travelled for parkrun tourism this week goes to Tim and Amie Sibley who nabbed the elusive ‘J” for the parkrun alphabet challenge by running Jamaica Ponds parkrun in Boston, USA.

Fantastically Fast Friday

 Six AVRs kick-started their Easter taking part in the Fast Friday 10k organised by City Runs with the route using the riverside paths in Exeter.  The flat two-lap course and the excellent conditions ensured some very fast times with the winners, Jim Cole of Tavistock and Katie Knowles of Newquay finishing in 32.08 and 36.46, respectively.

First AVR home was Terry Emmett in eighth and second M40 finishing in a superb 34.35.  Matt Hewer was 37th in 39.05 with Tim Sibley coming home in a PB of 42.04, despite recovering from a virus.

Carol Austin was third F60, 163rd overall, in 50.20; Angela Kerr, 207th and second F65, in 56.08; and Sam Summers, 254th in 1:14.07.

Special mention to the female Grizzly winner, Molly Smith who was a brilliant third placed woman in 37.08.  She held the fort for the Smith family as her brother (Jake) and parents, along with a few other AVRs, succumbed to injury or illness and did not start.

Momentous Milestones at Seaton parkrun

Event Director, Carol Austin, celebrated her 250-milestone run at Saturday’s parkrun in Seaton. Carol began her parkrun journey in Birmingham where she ran the second ever Cannon Hill parkrun before joining the core team of volunteers there. After moving to Seaton she joined with Tony Smith to become Event Directors as Seaton joined the parkrun phenomenon.

Regular volunteers Tim Sibley and Martin Kerr hit their 100 milestone volunteer stints. A whopping 341 runners including many visitors enjoyed the lovely weather on Easter Saturday.

First finisher was Joel Seward in 16:55 who had a fabulous battle with the eventual second placed visitor with our own Ritchie Durrant finishing in third place in 17:09. Andrew Snook was fourth finisher in 17:47.

First AVR woman home was Deborah Whiston in 20:03 and the top age grade score of 93.1% was secured by Eleanor Wood in 22:27.

AVRs also travelled far and wide for their parkrun fix this Easter weekend with visits including Brighton, Monmouth, Macclesfield, Penrose and Long Eaton.

Podium clean sweep for men at Exe to Axe

It was a 1-2-3 for AVR men at the Exe to the Axe on Sunday. Matt Clist took the win finishing in an amazing 3:05.26; Tim Lenton, second finisher just a minute behind in 3:06.27 with James Green third, springing along the seafront, to finish in 3:15.09.  Although a lovely sunny day the recent heavy rain made it a very muddy and tough course throughout the 22 miles of the South West Coast Path from the Exe in Exmouth to the Axe in Seaton.

Emilie Brock was first AVR woman home in an excellent fifth female place and first F40 in 3:52.07.  Eleanor Wood came home in 4:04.28 and first F60.

Vicki Wraight and Stephen Grigg decided 22 miles wasn’t quite enough so ran the full marathon option with an additional loop around Otterton to make up the extra four miles. Stephen Grigg was a brilliant fifth in the marathon, 2nd M40, in 4:38.22 with Vicki, 26th finisher in 5:56.58. Just 39 completed the marathon distance event.

Other AVRs amongst the 119 who completed the gruelling 22-mile event were Richard Jackson, 24th in 4:03.24; Jason Potter, 50th in 4:26.04; James Hawker, 71st in 4:50.59; Henry Smith, 72nd in 4:52.21; Jeremy Slade, 78th in 4:56.56 and Dan Clist, 79th in 4:57.02.

Kevin Feeney and Ron Seward ran it as a relay coming in sixth from 13 teams with Kevin completing Exmouth to Sidmouth where Ron took over to run the second leg through to Seaton with a combined finish time of 4:33.20.

Powering on at Powderham Castle

Four AVRs travelled to Powderham Castle on Saturday for the second edition of the 10-mile Power Run set within the beautiful private estate. The multi terrain course provides a mix of fields, trails, woodland paths and short tarmac sections. The runners experience a tough climb in the first mile but are rewarded with a great view at the top. The two-lap race starts and finishes in the castle’s courtyard and takes in the estate’s gems, such as the Deer Park, Belvedere Tower, American Gardens and The Old Plantation. The recent wet weather made the course very muddy and this was reflected in the slower times although, thankfully, the heavy rain forecast for the race itself did not materialise.

First AVR home, fourth woman finisher and first F45 was Kerry Board in an excellent 1:25.36.   Andy West finished in 47th place 1:33.58, second M65. Next AVR was Suzi Blackett who finished in 67th place in 1:38.40 with Sarah Herfet dipping under the two hours to finish in 1:59.55 taking third F55.


The race was well organised by City Runs and was in support of the Force Cancer Charity.

Revelling in Reading

Marathon training is clearly benefiting Haydn Boehm who smashed out a personal best for the half-marathon in Reading on Sunday.  His 1:32.00  represented a huge six minute PB.  Next stop London!

 

Capital Gains

Already in the capital, Susan Wall completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon in 2:26.36 smashing more than seven minutes from her previous best over this distance.

Paris in the Springtime

David Cull travelled over to France to join the thousands running the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris. His time of 3:40.46 placed him 14646 out of more than 50,000 finishers. David is recovering from a long spell of injury and paced a friend in Paris so was very pleased to come away with a solid run.

Pacing successes at Seaton parkrun

It was pacing week at Seaton parkrun with Lee Moran celebrating reaching his 50th milestone with a perfectly paced 23:58 helping a couple of runners to their sub-24 time.  Max Richardson was thankful for an early football cancellation this week to secure a big PB finishing in 19:39.

 

AVR hits the airwaves

On Sunday afternoon Carol Austin was interviewed on Lyme Bay Radio’s Sports Spectrum show to discuss AVR and getting into running.  The show is repeated ‘as live’ on Monday at 6pm.  Listen here

Weymouth wanderings

It was an early start for the six AVRs who popped over the border to Dorset to take part in the Weymouth Half Marathon on Sunday with an 8am race start. The 13.1 mile course took the runners through the heart of Weymouth with stunning views of the Jurassic coastline on the mostly flat course.

Eleanor Wood, Ron Seward and Diana Burn came away with age category victory trophies for their excellent runs.  Eleanor was first F65, 177th overall, in 1:41.00 while Ron won first M70 for his 1:45.07, 254th finisher.  Diana was second F65 finishing in 2:13.08.

First AVR home and in a brilliant personal best was Tim Sibley in 1:32.28, 87th overall and fourth M50, setting him up nicely for his forthcoming Boston marathon.

Adele Girdwood finished in 1:52.55 with Cath Brenton coming home in 2:20.09 in her first ever half-marathon.

The eighth edition of the race took place in glorious spring sunshine although windy on the seafront with more than 1200 runners completing the course.

Sunny Seaton parkrun

It was back to the normal course for parkrun in Seaton on Saturday and the lovely sunny morning drew 207 parkrunners.  Second female finisher was Ellie Dominey in 21:02 while third male was James Green in 18:07, who was also third on age grade with 76%.

In the excellent conditions, Ben Tucker celebrated his 50th parkrun with a PB of 20.38.  Katharine Moran also nabbed a PB for her 26.49.

Further afield Rupert Pudy visited Exmouth finishing in a speedy 20:50 (73%) with Karen Eyre also enjoying the fast flat course finishing in 22:04 (76%).  Meanwhile David and Susi Sadler enjoyed the muddy, hilly and very scenic Haldon Forest parkrun.

All the AVR parkrun results can be found here 

Canter by the canal

Liz Slade got a late cancellation to enter this half-marathon which weaves its way along the picturesque Grand Western Canal towpath from Tiverton Basin to Sampford Peverell where runners turn and retrace their steps.  Liz finished in 83rd place in 2:32.18 with 115 runners completing the 13.1m race.

Granite grind

Angela Kerr joined more than 100 others on the Granite Way cycle path in Exeter City Community Trust’s annual 20-mile race which is perfectly timed for Spring marathons.  There are lovely views of Dartmoor to enjoy as you grind out the miles.  Angela ran it as a training run for London marathon finishing in 101st, 3:37.31.  A ten-mile option was also on offer.

Dragon slayed

Eleanor Wood enjoyed the Slay the Dragon trail 10k in Hinton St George, Somerset even with its multiple hills.  She certainly slayed the dragon nabbing second female in a brilliant 49.46.

Storm leads to new route at Seaton parkrun

Huge thanks go to AVR’s Tony Smith, Sam Miller, Carolyn Nation, Lesley Adams, Jeremy Slade and Carol Austin who helped clear part of the Esplanade of an overnight deluge of pebbles to ensure parkrun could go ahead. West Walk remained closed so an amended route was used on Saturday morning.  The route had three tight turns but fewer pebbles than usual and on a windy day it wasn’t a morning for a PB.

First finisher was Matt Hewer in 19:16. AVR also scooped first age-grade with Ron Seward’s 75.98% for his 23.48.

Saturday was parkrun’s annual celebration for International Women’s Day encouraging more women and girls to stay fit and healthy which, of course, parkrun is brilliant for – be it running, walking or, indeed, volunteering.

A few AVRs took the chance for some tourism including Dave Hutton and Sue Chambers nabbing their “Q” for the alphabet challenge at Queen Elizabeth parkrun; Tony Smith and Sam Miller enjoying the famous curly-wurly at Somerdale Pavilion parkrun; Ellie Dominey, who was first female finisher, Rupert Pady and Karen Eyre on the fast course of Exmouth parkrun; and Matt Frost, breaking his journey north, to run Wollaton Hall parkrun in Nottinghamshire.

Fighting the claw – another mega Grizzly success

The weather Gods were kind and it was a cloudy, still day providing perfect running conditions for the 2000+ runners who took on the challenge of the Grizzly and Cub races on Sunday.  Biggest congratulations must go to new Race Directors, Andy West and Steve Haines for a brilliant first event under their guidance.

The race was started by five-time Olympian, Jo Pavey, with the runners heading straight onto the first of two gruelling stretches of pebble running. After that it was off up Castle Hill and onto Beer and, then, Branscombe and beyond and, for the Grizzly runners 20 miles of hills, bogs, river and more pebbles.  The Cub runners may be let off the bogs but it is still a tough 9-mile race.

All through the runners are supported by a huge team of volunteers from AVR and many other local community groups and charities; which is what makes the Grizzly such a special event for Seaton and East Devon.

First home in the Cub was Ritchie Durrant of Pure Endurance in an excellent 1:02.52.  Tenth finisher and first female was Olivia Carthew in 1:11.19.  First male 40 and first AVR was Lee Moran in 1:11.13 with first female AVR and 12th female overall, Laura Kerr in 1:27.20.  All the winners were awarded with a bottle of prosecco from Lyme Bay Wines, and a beautiful handcrafted plate made Gilly Humphreys.  Guy Sweetman from event sponsor, East Devon Sports Therapy Centre and John Barrington-Rowell, President of AVR, made the presentations.

In the full event Sam Kelly of Exmouth Harriers improved on last year’s runner-up to take the win in a brilliant 2:14.25. Molly Smith, once of this parish but now with Norfolk Gazelles took the first female spot in a superb 2:43.28 running her first ever Grizzly.  It was great to see four-time World Ironman Champion, Chrissie Wellington take on the Grizzly and finish an outstanding fourth female.

Matt Clist, in ninth sport following a sprint finish, was first AVR home in 2:29.02 while Emilie Brock scooped the first female AVR prize in 3:11.29.

During the race a memory tree is always provided on Branscombe beach for runners to pause and remember friends lost since the last event.  This year it took on special significance following the recent sudden death of Phil Bayliss, a founder member of both AVR and the Grizzly and long-term Grizzly committee member.  AVRs wore green ribbons in his memory reflecting his deep commitment to the environment and his legacy of encouraging the Grizzly to become a sustainable event as far as possible.

Big thanks must also go to Tescos, Leisure East Devon, East Devon Sports Therapy, Living Options and Seaton firefighters for all their support at the finish line.

On Saturday, hundreds of children had enjoyed some short Grizzly races of their own ably supported by lots of AVR members.

Full results to the Grizzly and Cub are here.

Supersize Seaton parkrun

It was the second biggest attendance ever at Seaton for the pre-Grizzly parkrun on Saturday.  An incredible 392 ran, jogged and walked the pebbles and Esplanade, many using it as a leg-turner for the big one on Sunday.  A huge number of Grizzly Tees were on show amongst the parkrunners.

Huge thanks to Honiton Running Club who took most of the volunteer roles in a take-over day and their latest Couch to 5K “graduates” completed their first parkrun so congratulations to all of them.

Craig Tiley and Roberta Wadsworth both nabbed PBs while AVR also provided most of the pacers who, as usual, did an incredible job especially with the big number of participants so thanks to Tim Sibley, Keith Agland, Vicki Wraight, Rob Collier, Cliff Marriott, Katharine Moran and Haydn Boehm.

Over at Cranbrook Country parkrun, Ellie Dominey was first finisher in 20:16.

All AVR parkrun results can be found here.

 

 

Spirits up in the Blackdown Hills

Blackdown Beast, organised by Honiton RC, is a social self-navigated 16-ish miler starting and finishing at Dunkeswell Airfield, with a 10 mile alternative course. The route visits Smeathorpe, Upottery and Luppit with steep climbs, mud and pasties promised en route.

There were smiles all round from the AVR members who took part in both the 16 mile and 10 mile routes. 

   

As the race continued, the atmosphere didn’t diminish. The route was described as really enjoyable and picturesque, and praise was given for the friendly team and great organisation of Honiton RC.

Pictured, Helen Holmes, Julia Mallon, Vicki Wraight, Katharine Moran, Emma Richardson and Suzi Blackett, finished in just under 3.5 hours, despite stopping for pasties and mulled cider at the first “aid” station!

Crossing the line at the same time, AVR members Emilie Brock and Kerry Board took joint first ladies.

Emilie Brock described the event simply as “ace”!

Tim Lenton also finished first overall, making it an absolute clean sweep for AVR! 

Well done to everyone who took part. A video of the start can be viewed on Facebook.

With thanks to Jeremy Slade and Suzi Blackett for the photos.

City Runs Exmouth

Matt Frost has been chasing 30 mins in the RunExe 5 mile series for a while. On 25th Jan, he achieved his goal with a PB of 29:46, finishing in 18th place overall. Well done, Matt!

 

The ARC 50

The dramatic Cornish coast path provides the setting for the ARC 50 mile race. A tough course with fantastic scenery. On 28th Jan, in perfect weather conditions, Patrick Devine-Wright completed the course in 10:06:56, finishing in 14th place overall and 2nd V50, out of a field of 224. Chapeau!

 

Grizzly get even closer

With 5 weeks to go until Grizzly 2023: “I Fought The Claw!”, a multitude of AVR members could be seen around the tops of Hooken Cliffs, from Beer to Branscombe, heading from the depths of winter into the last stages of their training! 

The countdown has begun!

AVR across the globe at parkrun

Seaton parkrun saw 29 AVR members on Saturday. Adele Girdwood was highest placed age-graded with a fantastic 73.22% and Simon Dimmock was highest placed in 8th position. Additionally, Darrel Farley, Roberta Wadsworth and Paula Cooke all ran PBs!

There were AVR members running elsewhere as well: among others, Carol Austin was running at Albert Park in Australia, Craig Tiley at Lydiard, Ron Seward at Aberystwyth, and Paul Lloyd at Heartlands.


Farnborough Foray

Angela Kerr and Steve Lewis headed to Surrey for the Farnborough Winter Half Marathon which took place in freezing, sub-zero temperatures on Sunday morning.

With both recovering from illness and injury it was all about getting round with Steve finishing in 2:08.25, 1304th and Angela in 2:16.223, 1448th with 1697 completing the flat 13.1m race run around Farnborough airfield and organised very efficiently by 2:09 events.

Grizzly gets closer

AVRs were out in force over the weekend practising for the Grizzly and Cub.  Two groups ran the Sid Vale Ring in gorgeous winter sunshine on Saturday while another two groups tackled the Cub route and beyond on Sunday.

Seaton parkrun

It was good to have the sunshine back for Seaton parkrun, and after a course check for ice the event was able to go ahead with 157 finishers.  It was a clean sweep for the AVR men with first finisher Ritchie Durrant in a PB of 16:51 followed by Richard Hardy in 17:22, also second on age-grade with 78%, and Lee Moran in third in 18:35. Second female to finish was Kerry Board in 22:45.

Celebrating her birthday with a PB was Laura Kerr in 24:21. Helen Boehm got another PB of 37.14 while reaching her 50 milestone.  David Sadler celebrated his 200th volunteering stint.  Congratulations to all three!

Oh my!

Starting and finishing in Dawlish, the Oh my Obelisk half marathon takes the trails up to the Mamhead Obelisk with c1700 feet of elevation.   AVR’s Tim Lenton, Eleanor Wood, Jeremy Slade and Henry Smith took part on Sunday.  With so much rain it proved to be quite the mud bath so perfect Grizzly training!

Tim Lenton finished in an excellent seventh place in 1:35.41 also scooping first M45.  Eleanor Wood was next AVR home in 2:02.59, an excellent ninth female and first F65.  In 112th was Jeremy Slade in 2:25.21 with Henry Smith just behind him in 119th in 2:28.04.  The race, organised by Dawlish Coasters, had 159 finishers with a further 86 running a 9-mile option.

 

250 up for Seaton parkrun

It may have been another wet, windy and wild Saturday but it didn’t stop the celebrations for the 250th parkrun event in Seaton.  Since the launch event in November 2016 more than 10,000 different people have completed the 5k free, timed run with more than 500 different volunteers helping.  With just a handful of cancellations as well as the “pause’ due to the pandemic, the event has averaged 189 finishers each week with many more volunteers and spectators all ensuring a wonderful atmosphere on the Esplanade every Saturday and contributing to Seaton’s friendly welcome.

At Saturday’s event, AVR Luke Reed was first finisher in 19:41 with Kerry Board, second female in 23:23.  Chris Rathbone was third finisher and third on age-grade with his 20:02.  There were milestone celebrations for Adele Girdwood and Bethany Laycock reaching their 100th parkrun and Matt Frost who hit the 25-mark.  Finally there was a brilliant PB despite the challenging wind for Helen Boehm.

Don’t forget parkrun is only possible because of the wonderful volunteers and you can help at parkrun by emailing seaton@parkrun.com .  It is a great way to stay involved if you’re injured or unable to run.

Bumper turnout for Winter Series

 

With the rainy day turning into a cold but dry, still evening an amazing 36 AVRs took part in the 5k Winter Series which uses the Esplanade and double Axmouth bridge route.  It takes place once a month from October to March with an award for the most improved over the six months.  In the running with just two months left are Sue Chambers and Matt Orsman, both with two-minute improvements.  Results to date:  https://www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk/winter-5k-series/

First Chance for a PB!

AVR’s female runner of 2022 along with our most-improved male and female of 2022, all started the new year where they left off. Kerry Board, Matt Frost and Suzi Blackett made the best of the fast and flat course to secure 10K PBs at the Exeter First Chance on Sunday.

Matt Frost was an excellent 31st in 37.23 in a race won in a very impressive 30.55 by Shaun Antell of Bideford AAC.

Kerry Board also picked up her trophy for winning the 2022 In Step Devon Championship and a prize for first F45 in the same champs.  She also made the best possible start to this year’s Champs by finishing 149th in 44:5, second F45.

Suzi Blackett was 243rd taking two minutes off her PB to finish in 50.23.  Darrell Farley was 192nd in 47:43; Cory Schultze was 281st in 52:10 and, completing the AVR line-up was Angela Kerr, returning from injury and illness, who finished in 1:06.17 (490th).  A total of 565 runners completed Sunday’s event; the first in this year’s In Step Devon Championship.

Bumper AVR turnout at Axmouth Challenge

Runners at the Axmouth Challenge on Sunday faced every weather possible with rain, thunder, hail and high winds as well as mud, hills and tricky camber to test them over a choice of 9 miles, 5 miles or 3 miles.

It was a terrific win for Richard Hardy in the nine-mile event coming in magnificently under the hour in 59.34, more than a minute ahead of the second placed finisher.  In third place and first M40 was Andrew Snook in 1:01.05 with Joel Seward hot on his heels in 1:01.08 to take fourth spot.  Matt Orsman came in fifth in 1:03.36 to take first M45.

A brilliant fourth female, and first F65, was Eleanor Wood in 1:17.35.  Ian Kinnersley (29th) was first M60 in 1:18.54.

In the five-mile event, AVR scooped second and third with Simon Dimmock in 42:21 and Tony Smith, who was also first M40, third in 44:20. Great to see a medal for a different member of the Smith family!

Other AVRs amongst the 68 finishers in the longer race were:  Rupert Wiseman, 12th in 1:12.48; Adrian Strawbridge, 19th in 1:15.47; Haydn Boehm, 20th in 1:16.01; Simon Freathy, 21st in 1:17.02; Jason Potter, 23rd in 1:17.13; Andy West, 32nd in 1:19.31; Pete Hallett, 35thin 1:20.46; Mike Wadsworth, 39th in 1:23.46; Barry Follett, 41st in 1:23.56; Jeremy Larcombe, 44th in 1:25.45; Dan Clist, 47th in 1:27.55; Adele Girdwood, 52nd in 1:30.15; James Ashworth, 54th in 1:30.49; Henry Smith, 57th in 1:33.27; Ragnhild Kordt Richards, 59th in 1:34.07; Steve MacLure, 60th in 1:34.24; Julia Teague, 61st in 1:35.23; David Wayne, 62nd in 1:36.26; Vicki Wraight, 63rd in 1:38.54; Katharine Moran, 65th in 1:39.22; and John Larcombe, 66th in 1:41.31.

In the shorter race, the other AVRs were:  Kevin Feeney, 14th (and first M65) in 59:48; Kelly Nickels, 17th (and first F40) in 1:01.36; Martin Chesterman, 19th in 1:01.56; Paula Cooke, 23rd in 1:03.27; Sue Chambers, 25th in 1:04.41; Carolyn Nation, 30th in 1:06.07; Roberta Wadsworth, 31st in 1:13.57; Duncan Davison, 32nd in 1:28.31 and Carly Lowe, 33rd in 1:31.04.

Elaine Chesterman was the sole AVR in the three-mile race finishing 11th in 43:48.

South-west Cross Country Champs

Also enjoying the mud after so much rain, Rik Tumber travelled to RNAS Merryfield in Somerset to take part in his first ever cross country finishing in a creditable 28.33 for the 4.1m muddy course, 101st, in a field of club and county runners from Cornwall to Gloucestershire

Handicap underway

Despite it being a wild and windy January evening some 30 members took part in the first handicap of the year with the maximum 20 points going to Heather Simmons.  Dave Hutton and Sue Chambers lie second and third, respectively.  Next Handicap will take place on Tuesday 7 February, 1830 hours from Seaton Cricket Club. Results can be found here   Handicap monthly prizes will all be presented at the end of the year Awards Evening.

Wild and windy for parkrun

It was a wild, wet and windy first parkrun of the year in Seaton on Saturday and it was definitely not a day for fast times or PBs.  Nevertheless AVR’s Emilie Brock was first female to finish in 22:50 with James Green second finisher overall in 18:29.

In the bad weather remember to always check any parkrun is on before travelling by visiting the website or social media.  Most event teams aim to do a course check by 8am.