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Several AVRs made the short journey into Dorset yesterday for the Bridport half-Marathon and 10K, organised by Beyond Events.  It was a gorgeous, sunny, cool morning so perfect racing conditions for the picturesque, mostly road courses.


In the half-marathon Laura Kerr had a terrific run finishing as third female from a field of 54 nabbing a big personal best of 1.53.07. Given the undulating course she was delighted with her time.

Adele Girdwood was 21st in 2:01.09 with Angela Kerr, who was using it as a training run for other events, next AVR in 2:07.23 (29th).

Kathryn Thomson finished in 2:41(51st) in only her second ever half-marathon as she continues her excellent progress towards the London Marathon in October.

In the 10k event which also had one hill to negotiate, Sarah Whelan was first AVR home in 31st in 1:03.51 with Tracey Stone finishing it in 1:11.18 (46th) and in her first ever 10k, Caroline Wiseman came in 60th in 1:13.57.

Further afield, Tony Smith and Sam Miller ran the Cardiff Half Marathon.  The top-class field – although this time without their son, Jake – included Welsh athlete, Natasha Cockram who won the women’s race in 1:10.47; a time that should see her secure a Commonwealth Games slot for Wales.  The mass participation race, that had been postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, attracted more than 11,000 runners.  Tony finished in an excellent 1:41:45, with Sam completing it in 2:11.49.

Jason Hyde, who is doing three half-marathons in three weeks, also completed Cardiff in 2:41.25 having run the Hampton Palace half last Sunday.  He moves on to the London Landmarks next week where he will be joined by a few other AVRs.

At Saturday’s Seaton parkrun, in cool, sunny conditions,  Matt Frost was second finisher, also nabbing a personal best of 18:37.  On age-grade Eleanor Wood was, again, top in an incredible 91.01%.

Meanwhile at Teignmouth Promenade parkrun, Ellie Dominey was first female finisher in 21:27.

Last Sunday Angela and Martin Kerr completed the 20-mile version of the Granite Way as ideal training for their upcoming Brighton marathon.  It was a sunny but very windy day up on the Dartmoor cycle way.  Martin was first M70 in 4:13.12 with Angela first F65 in 3:18.22.

Diane Newton ran the Bideford Half Marathon recently, lining up with nearly 800 runners on what turned out to be a very cold and windy day.  The race starts with a loop around Bideford before taking an undulating route out to Greater Torrington; then it’s on to the Tarka Trail alongside the River Torridge and back home.  It’s a lovely, well-organised race with a great atmosphere and Diane was very pleased to finish in 2:37:29, and fourth F70.

Pic:  Laura Kerr with her prizes for third female at Bridport Half


Granite, Weymouth and AVR parkrun Triumphs

On a beautiful blue-sky day punctuated by march winds gusting up to well over 40mph, AVR’s Kevin Feeney and Katharine Moran took on the Granite Way 10 miler, an out and back course set against a stunning Dartmoor backdrop. Both were pleased to come in within their target 95 minutes, Kevin running his fastest ever 10 mile race, coming over the line in 1:31:16 and Katharine also sneaking in a PB at 1:34:48.

Two AVRs completed the Weymouth Half marathon where the sun was out, but the easterly wind made for occasional uncomfortable stretches on the exposed coastal course. Ron Seward finished 254th out of 800 with his time of 1:49:54 enabled Ron to finish 1st in the MV70 category. Despite the wind Diane Burn produced a PB of 2 hours 10 mins.

First 3 women finishers at Seaton parkrun this week were AVRs! Eleanor Wood, Kerry Board and Lisa Gregory. Top age grades for both men and women were AVRs Eleanor Wood 91% and Rob Collier 81%.

AVRs Smash it at Seaton parkrun 12th March

Members of Axe Valley Runners really gave a master class in 5k running at the weekend.

1st SM30-34 Joel Seward in 17:42

1st VM 65-69 Neil Johnson in 23:42

1st VM 70-74 Ron Seward in 23:39

1st VW 45-49 Kerry Board in 22:52

1st VW 60-64 Carol Austin in 25:46

1st VW 65-69 Eleanor Wood in 22:41 and also 1st overall on age grade in an incredible 90.74%

PBs for Maxine Sweetman 29:05 and Rachel Hiscox 29:58

Plus local resident JW15-17 Innes Fitzgerald broke the women’s course record again in a superb 17:25 (2nd on age grade 89% so watch out Eleanor!)