Monday, October 21, 2013
The Exmoor Stagger and Stumble gives a warning that it is not a run for the faint hearted and how true that turned out to be, writes Dave Mutter.
The Stumble is seven miles of lung- bursting hills, and the Stagger is almost 16 miles of the same, but longer!
There were seven AVR members who trudged their way over to Minehead. The Stagger goes all the way up to Dunkery Beacon and back and was won by James Baker in 1:56:05.
First AVR home was Tim Lenton, fouth overall in 2:05:49, winning the Vet 35+ prize. Amy Greenhalge was third lady home in 2.31.09 and she also won the Vet 35+ prize.
Eleanor Wood was fourth lady overall, 2:38:44 also winning the Vet 55+ category. Geoff Woodward came home with blood on his shirt from some chest rubbing in 2:57:00 stating that he hadn’t done enough long distance training recently. John Larkham came in next completing the AVR Stagger group.
In the Stumble, Sue Venn and Janet Woodward, who had been told by her husband Geoff that it was only six miles and quite easy, came home 76th in 1:24:38 and 78th, 1:25:09 respectively. Although the girls enjoyed it, Janet said it was the hardest thing she had ever done.
Many thanks, to Minehead Running Club for putting on a superb but tough event.
AVR runner Carol Austin completed the Great Birmingham Half Marathon in 1:39:18 - her best time for that course which finishes with some killer hills!
Austin was fourth lady over 50 in a field of 20,000 – a super effort.