AXE VALLEY RUNNERS ENJOY BEER BLAZER SERIES OF RACES

Runners enjoy Beer Blazers event...

THERE was doubt that years year’s Beer Blazer series of races would be put on as there was no one to organise it, then up stepped James Green and boy what a good job he did!

The main Beer Blazer 10K race was held over some of the tough Grizzly course plus the added bonus of very rutted rock-hard fields making all events very hard indeed.

AVR’s Tim Lenton was the clear winner of the 10K in 44:09 with David Stone of Exmouth Harriers 2nd and AVR’s James Glennie 3rd, 48:11.

Nicky Savill was the first lady home, 6th overall in 49:39 Gemma Colliers of Gloucester RC 2nd lady, 13th overall, 53:42 and AVR’s Eleanor Wood 3rd lady, 1st F60, 18thoverall in 56:26. AVR’s John Blackledge was 7th and 1st M55, 50:08; Graham Newton 15th, 1st M65, 54:36; Kerry Board 21st, 1st F40, 57:24.

Other AVR results were: Anthony Chadwick 9th, 51:38; Lee Moran in his 1st race for the club 22nd, 58:01; Richard Jackson 28th, 59:26; Andrew Hartnell 31st, 1:00:34; Kevin Feeney 35th, 1:02:55; Keith Agland 42nd, 1:04:10; Caroline French 47th, 1:05:44; Alex Boon 48th, 1:05:49; Anders Larsson 57th, 1:07:08; Steve Maclure 62nd, 1:08:16; Nick Adams 63rd, 1:08:31; Henry Smith 70th, 1:10:10; Sarah Shepley 71st, 1:10:29; Elaine Hourihan 79th, 1:16:19; Helen Holmes 80th, 1:16:19; Angela Kerr 84th, 1:17:39; Sandra Mortimer 86th, 1:19:38; Robert Kerr 97th, 1:26:41; Martin Kerr 98th, 1:27:18; Carolyn Nation 99th, 1:27:29; Esme Markham 102nd, 1:28:54; Debbie Payne 103rd, 1:37:20; Julie Heawood 105th, 1:37:57 and Aileen Heal 107th, 1:40:12.

The 5k race  was entered mostly by youngsters and AVR’s Tom Perry (13) was the victor in 20:00 with Jack Dormer (13) of Queen’s College Taunton 2nd, 20:59 and AVR’s Harvey Green (11) 3rd, 21:09.

Other AVR times were Sam Eyre 4th, 22:02; Peter Johns 5th, 23:39; Barry Follett 6th, 25:32; Kian Thomson 11th, 29:55; Craig Tiley 30th, 38:29 and Rachel Hiscock 33rd, 39:59. There were 36 finishers.

There was also a mile race for juniors that was won by AVR’s Ben Perry in 6:33 with Alfie Manville of Beer Primary 2nd, 7:04 and Charlie Vine 3rd, 7:07. Fari Maclure was the other AVR in the race finishing 48th in 10:52. 106 finished this race.

Well done to all who finished and many thanks to all who helped in raising funds for Beer Primary School. Special thanks to the landowners Rick Dormer and Peter Reed for letting the race go over their private land.

The Exeter marathon and 10K were run on Sunday and both routes started at Exeter City FC ground and made their way down the high street to the Canal and then various loops along the canal, taking in Devon Locks one way and past Exwick the other direction finishing at the Piazza on Haven banks.

Becky Davey ran the 10k in 59.22, while Rob Collier, Rupert Pady and Laura Kerr were all doing their first marathon and Rob finished in 56th, 3:21:34, Rupert 81st, 3:34:36, Laura 248th, 4:54:37. Fiona Pyle was 259th in 5:00:22, a PB by 15 mins.

Ferenc Kovacs ran the Clyst Hydon Huff, a 10km multi terrain race. There were 95 entrants for the 10km, and Ferenc finished 22nd, in 55:31.

Yvette and Chris Hill ran the Plymouth Half Marathon with Chris 1,022nd in 1:56:43 and Yvette 1080th, 1:57:44.

Alan Morbey made the short trip into Somerset to enter this year’s Wambrook Waddle 10K race. Run across private land, the route is almost entirely off road and can best be described as “undulating” with a total climb close to 1000 feet.

The race was won by Wayne Loveridge of Chard Road Runners in 42:55. Alan Morbey was 26th, 1:02:52 and 1st MV60 out of 70 finishers.

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