AVRs Tim Lenton in top five at Heytor Heller 10k race

11:08 24 July 2014

Last Saturday the weather held for a glorious evening start to 29th running of the Haytor Heller 10K, writes Dave Mutter.

Starting in the shadow of Haytor itself, the race starts with an exhausting uphill sprint to the base of the tor followed by six miles of challenging moorland and woodland with steep ascents and descents throughout, taking in Hound Tor before finally arriving back at Haytor for a downhill sprint finish after yet another climb to the foot of the tor.

A very respectable 13 AVR runners turned out for the race. Tim Lenton was fifth overall, first male vet 40 in 44:37, Graham Newton 41st, 55:17, second male vet 60, a fast improving Cameron Hill 69th 59:05, Richard Hale 90th 1:02:09, Sam Wickens 98th, 1:03:34, Roger Bramley 102nd 1:03:44, Margaret Pearce 121st 1:04:46, Alan Morbey 127th 1:05:16, Anna McLoughlin 178th 1:10:49, Paul Tolchard 183rd 1:11:35, Chris Hill 186th 1:11:41 followed by Yvette Hill 227th 1:21:16 in only her first outing for the club and Diane Newton 250th, 1:28:18. In the team event – Tim Lenton, Graham Newton, Cameron Hill and Richard Hale - achieved fourth place overall. It was a fantastic evening’s running, many thanks to Teignbridge Trotters for staging such an iconic race.

On a hot and humid Saturday afternoon James Jackson, Robin Carter and dog Ben went again to Dartmoor to do the North Bovey fair fell race. This short steep 260m 5.5km race climbs up via trails and moor to Easdon Tor trig then a nice decent over moor and forest track back to North Bovey. A cool river plus tea and cakes at the finish added to the pleasure. James and Ben came first overall in 29:02, Robin first lady in 36:48. It was a great little race all for a one pound entry fee with a bonus of a lovely country fair!

We’re not sure what’s up with the weather these days, but the forecast for Mrs E’s Wheeze on Sunday was a little off, to say the least.

Anyway, at least it was better than predicted, rather than worse, and the race attracted nearly twice as many runners as last year for more hilly, scenic, multi-terrain joy around Uplyme. (Even the 2K littl’uns race incorporated a very respectable hill.)

AVR took most of the prizes in the somewhat-under-10K with Matt Clist first overall in 37:05; a minute faster than last year. Amy Greenhalgh first lady, second AVR and 10th overall in 43:30, Phil Bayliss first old man, 14th overall in 44:25 and Eleanor Wood first senior lady in 48:50.

Amy was also Queen of the Mountain for being first lady to the top of the starting climb of 500 foot ascent in just over a mile.

Other AVR results were Rupert Pady 17th, 44:42; Joshua Hopson 18th, 45:04; Justin Sloman 28th, 47:49; Robin Britton 35th, 51:26; Mark Hilder 41st, 52:41; Nick Adams 51st, 55:54; Keith Agland 62nd, 59:53; Mark Harding-Perrott 68th, 1:01:42; Paul Hampton 71st, 1:03:30; Sue Venn 76th, 1:08:35 and Gary Readings 84th in 1:14:09.

In the not-quite-5K race, Bobby Simpson and Iain Ross were equal first in 21:59 (running in somewhat casually together!), Oliver Rodger, third, 23:44; Adam Burrough, fourth, 24:02; William Watson 10th, 27:44; Ollie Brown 11th, 28:16 and Matt Thurgood 13th in 28:49.

The not-quite-2K race saw a very exciting finish with Chris Watson trailing another runner on most of the finishing lap of the cricket pitch, but he did what he needed and overtook a few yards from the line to win in 7:13. Nancy Doble was 10th, 8:33 and Rosie Thurgood 29th in 10:23. Many thanks to Sarah Vincent and her army of helpers for putting on another excellent race.


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