Frost smashes PB at Great North

Matt Frost competed at Sunday’s Great North Run, a half-marathon starting in Newcastle and finishing along the seafront in South Shields.  Matt finished in an excellent 1:23.20, 450th, a huge personal best which bodes well for the upcoming London marathon.  The ever-popular Great North Run again attracted more than 50,000 runners.

Golden Cap-tens

Andrew Snook was a brilliant second in the Cap-ten, Bridport Runners’ ten mile race over beautiful Golden Cap, Thorncombe Beacon and Stonebarrow.  He finished the hilly trail run in 1:24.22, just three seconds behind the winner, Adam Kidson from Exeter Harriers. Eleanor Wood was the only other AVR in the race which included a 675m climb and she was a superb fourth woman (first F60) in an incredible 1:50.27.

Alpine success

Richard Jackson completed the Ultra Marathon Wildstrubel 50, part of the UTMB world series in Crans-Montana through the northern Alps of Switzerland.

The race runs from Adelboden at the heart of the Bern canton through to Crans-Montana in the Valais canton.  It runs in the famous Via Alpina through the well-tended alpine pastures of the Bernese Oberland to Lenk, followed by a magnificent but demanding 1400m+ climb to the Rawil Pass (2,427m).

The last downhill sections are along the Lake Tzeuzier to reach the vertiginous and splendid Bisse du Ro.  Richard completed the race in 8hr 33 min finishing 65th in the 45-49 age category.

Seward storms to success in the Run Exe Series

Last Tuesday Matt Frost and Ron Seward took part in the final race of the Run Exe 5km series.  The six-event series of 5k races has taken place during the last six months with the fastest four counting for each runner.  This week Matt was taking it steady prior to the Great North Run whilst Ron was struggling following injury.  Matt clocked 18:30 on the night finishing 14th but for the series he was an excellent fourth.  Ron finished the final event in 24:21 and brilliantly secured first place for the M70 category.

 

Another parkrun PB for Joel

Joel Seward improved his parkrun personal best to 16:42 at Saturday’s Seaton parkrun where he was first finisher.  The event held a minute’s silence to remember Her Majesty The Queen prior to the run.  Congratulations to Alan Morbey who reached the 50-milestone.

From village greens to the Matterhorn via the streets of London

During the last week, AVRs have shone high in the mountains, on the streets of London and Somerset and on the trails around Devon villages – all showing the huge variety and talent within the club.

Runshiners shine in Woodbury

Budleigh Salterton Lions Club organised a lovely scenic and undulating10k at Woodbury Common on Sunday when the wet and windy conditions surprised us runners after such a long hot and sunny period.  Thursday’s RunShiners group had targeted the event, which was actually just over 10k, and were joined by a few other AVR stalwarts.