Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The London Marathon is very difficult to get in with 150,000 people trying to get one of about 15,000 ballot entries, that left many AVR’s free for the day so a minibus full of eager Axe Valley Runners headed north towards Chepstow / Tinterne Abbey for the 20k off road delight called the Offas Orror, writes Dave Mutter.
There were 17 AVR’s running on a very pleasant sunny day.
The winner of the race was Chepstow runner James Blore in 1:23:50 followed by our own Matt Clist, who was second in 1:24:20 winning a nice wooden sculpture and a bottle of beer. Phil Bayliss, back to good form again, was 39th, 1:42:10 winning the first vet 60 prize. Right on his heels was James Gular, 40th, 1:42:40. Ian Apps came in 51st, 1:46:08 followed by Eleanor Wood 81st, 1:50:43, winning the second vet 50 prize. Steve Lewis came in 137th in exactly two hours.
Richard Hale was next, 150th, 2:02:35 followed by Steve Reynolds in 161st place, 2:04:39 and right behind him John Larcombe 162nd, 2:04:54. The ever-improving Alan Morbey was 166th, 2:06:39. Margaret Pearce also running strongly was 169th, 2:07:05. Anna McLoughlin was next home, 194th, 2:12:35 followed by Chris Hill 197th, 2:12:58. Paul Tolchard was 199th, 2:13:46. Janet and Geoff Woodward decided to run together as Janet was just coming back from injury and they finished in 2:51:05 and 2:51:16. Well done to Chepstow Harriers for organising such a wonderful race with 263 runners in total.
The return minibus journey was most enjoyable with lots of cakes and chocolates and games and of course a huge thank you to our drivers Paul, Alan and Chris.