BUSY TIME FOR AXE VALLEY RUNNERS

Plenty going on this summer...

THE ANNUAL Woodland Relays at Salcombe Hill this year were hosted by Sidmouth Running Club.

The off-road routes consisted of a short course of 0.72 miles and a long course of 2.1 miles. 63 teams contested the relays. Nine Axe Valley runners teams contested the long course. The junior team of Tom Perry, Ben Perry and Sam Eyre won the junior prize (under 16) and were fifth team overall.

Tom Perry was the quickest AVR runner of any age on the night and eighth fastest athlete overall. First Senior team for AVR, in eighth place overall, was Chris Perry, Rob Collier and Cliff Marriott (Cliff is an M50 running for the 17-49 team).

First Veteran team over 50 for AVR was Graham Newton (M65), Kevin Feeney (M60) and Nick Adams (M60) who did well to come third in this category.

First ladies team for AVR was Eleanor Wood, Kerry Board and Karen Eyre who finished 13th team overall and 3rd ladies team.

The hot weather put paid to Jacqui Stokes’ mission to beat the two hour barrier for a half marathon as she ran the Torbay half marathon in 2hrs 20 min.

Three AVRs ventured over the border to Dorset to tackle the Lulworth Castle 10k on a scorching hot day. It was scenic, hot, and hilly with trails through the privately-owned Lulworth Castle Estate which were in mint condition. Kevin Feeney (54:39), Sarah Shepley (59:45) and Aileen Heal (1:10) joined 300 other thirsty runners.

Honiton RC’s Adam Hennessey won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:32 with AVR’s Matt Hewer 2nd, 18:50 and James Stenning of London FrontRunners 3rd, 19:09. Fiona Blackmore of Bitton RR was 1st lady, 4th overall, 20:10, Phoebe Clarke was 2nd lady, 20:52 and AVR’s Eleanor Wood 3rd lady 22:12.

On Saturday a trio of AVRs tackled the Yeovil Montacute parkrun on what must have been one of the hottest days of the year.

Graham and Diane Newton and Janet Cullum lined up with the other 345 runners to take part in this challenging cross-country, undulating 5k run.

Graham ran well to finish 32nd overall and first over male over 65, to achieve a PB of 22:31. His sister, Janet was also first in her age group and 30th lady back in 29:34 while Diane was very pleased to finish in 34.20, as 3rd female over 65, and 72nd lady back.

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