GRUELLING RACE

Clist and Ashforth tested to the limit...

LAST weekend saw two Axe Valley Runners contend with a 24 hour race. Matt Clist and James Ashforth headed to Plymouth to test their limits and see how far they could run in 24 hours.

The course was a five mile loop of trail paths and runners had 24 hours to complete as many laps as possible. Clist started off fairly quickly and his legs had had enough by 20 miles but he managed to keep pushing until his inevitable retirement at 60 miles (100k), in 10 hours and 11 minutes of running.

Ashforth managed to also complete 60 miles but in 23 hours. Too many blisters on his toes meant he couldn’t go for one more loop.

On Friday AVR members entered the Run Exe Relays held on the banks of the River Exe in Exeter. The race is a 4 x 4km relay and always generates entries from a lot of clubs.

AVR had a mixed team and finished second behind South West Road Runners. The times, and order the legs where run, were; Matt Hewer 14:00, Flo Swann 15:28, Rob Collier 14:32 and Luke Reed 13:57.

Collier also ran the Martock 10k, a relatively flat course on roads and lanes around Martock. In a race one by Zak Harrell of Wells City Harriers in 35:31, Collier was 9th and 3rd M40 in a PB time of 39:15 out of a field of 470.

Louis Darrock won the latest Seaton parkrun in 18:37 with AVR’s Tom Perry 2nd, 18:52 and Tom Dunn 3rd, 19:01. Cecily Day was the first female, 17th overall in 22:15.

A reminder though that the parkrun is there for everyone to have a go at, no matter how fast or slow. It is held every Saturday throughout the world at 9am see www.parkrun.org.uk/seaton for more info.

The morning after attending a Rolling Stones concert, it was probably not the best idea to get up early and attempt the 565-strong Cardiff parkrun, but that is what AVRs Graham and Diane Newton chose to do.

Graham managed a very respectable 101st in 23:21 and Diane, in 32:10, and first in her age group.

Denise Burges completed the 10k around Exeter Quay for age UK in 1:15 PB while Carol Austin finished in 48:36 and first W50.

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