SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR AXE VALLEY RUNNERS

Plenty of running despite the hot conditions...

THE WEATHER mostly held off for Sunday’s Umborne Ug multi-terrain 10K and it was a very successful one for Axe Valley Runners who collected the first five places with James Green 1st, 41:42; Chet Gillespie 2nd, 42:01; Tim Lenton 3rd, 1st M40, 42:16; Matt Clist 4th, 42:38 and Robert Collier 5th, 1st M45, 44:58.

Hanna Bown of Exmouth Harriers was the 1st Lady, 13th overall in 50:48. Other AVR times were: Karl Hodson 7th, 1st M50, 47:14; Jon Day 11th, 49:45; Joel Seward 16th, 51:46; Graham Newton 18th, 1st M65, 52:25; Clare Hansford 19th, 1st F50, 52:57; Kerry Board 22nd, 1st F40, 54:10; Richard Jackson 24th, 55:34; Antony Smith 27th, 56:07; Andrew Hartnell 28th, 56:41; Geoff Woodward 30th, 57:20; Ferenc Kovacs 31st, 57:29; Alan Morbey 33rd, 3rd M60, 58:35; Kevin Feeney 35th, 59:00; Roger Bramley 36th, 59:19; Anders Larsson 38th, 1:00:06; Nick Adams 46th, 1:02:56; Henry Smith 48th, 1:04:44; Angela Kerr 51st, 2nd F60, 1:05:06; Sarah Shepley 53rd, 2nd F50, 1:05:35; Richard Dodge 56th, 1:05:43; Helen Holmes 61st, 1:12:14; Sarah Glynn 62nd, 1:12:14; Anna McLoughlin 63rd, 3rd F45, 1:12:50; Jacqui Stokes 65th, 1:13:30; Sandra Mortimer 69th, 1:15:41; Julia Mallon 70th, 1:15:42; Diane Newton 78th, 2nd F65, 1:16:40; Janet Woodward 81st, 1:24:02 and Pam Goddard 82nd, 1:24:02.

It was double delight for the Green family as James’ son Harvey won the Umborne Fun Run in 10:48 with AVR’s Sam Eyre 2nd, 11:18 and Aidan Bown of Exmouth Harriers 3rd, 11:31. The race raised much needed funds for Umborne Village Hall and as well as 34 AVR’s running another dozen were in supportive roles so congratulations to Rick and Eleanor Wood and everyone else involved in staging the event.

Whilst working in London Chris Hill travelled to Wimbledon common on Wednesday to take part in the Runthroughs chase the sun series of 10k races. Despite the heat he ran a PB of 51:11 finishing 81st/250, 3rd in his age group.

On Saturday, while working in Birmingham at the British Athletics Championships, Carol Austin took part in Perry Hall parkrun finishing second woman in 23:12 in her 151st parkrun. With the holiday season in full swing it is worth remembering that there are parkruns all over the world. Carol has now completed 27 different parkruns in eight different countries!

Fancying a change of scenery en route to her daughter’s graduation in Durham, Clare Hansford diverted to Haltwhistle in Northumbria to run the Hadrian’s Wall half marathon. Well worth the long drive, this spectacular race took in a section of the Wall and the Pennine Way, plus undulating moorland, trails and forestry tracks. In a field of just under 300 runners Clare was pleased to finish 34th in 1:48:18, 5th lady and 1st V50.

Roger Bramley took part in the North Devon AONB Half Marathon. Described as one of the most challenging and visually stunning events in the UK, this certified Fell run is in aid of North Devon Hospice. The blisteringly hot conditions certainly added to the challenge and Roger was very pleased to finish in 02:16, 156th out of 403 finishers.

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