11 AVR runners do battle in the Shaves Cross five-miler

PUBLISHED: 15:39 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 23:56 15 June 2010

The Shaves Cross mini-marathon was held last Saturday evening and is a low key local event that is a favourite among AVRs.

The Shaves Cross mini-marathon was held last Saturday evening and is a low key local event that is a favourite among AVRs.

This year, 11 turned up to have a go at the five-mile multi- terrain race.

Luke Reed was the first Axe Valley to finish, but he had some competition from ex-member Mike Legg on his way round who just pipped him to finish fourth in 29:36 while Luke was fifth in 29:57.

Next home was Chris Keeffe, very pleased to finish seventh in 31:46.

It was great to see Emma Kiernan back at a race, having had time off. She ran very well finishing 15th in 33:58 and was the first lady finisher.

Eleanor Wood followed Emma; she was the first vet lady, 18th overall in 34:48.

Geoff Woodward was next home, 26th in 36:27, one place in front of Chris Irving, who took 36:59.

Steve Reynolds kept something in reserve for the Sturminster half marathon the next day and came home 35th in 38:11.

Steve Lewis was chasing him down, but just failed and finished 36th in 38:28. As the rest of the family was present, Laura Keeffe had a go at the race and finished 80th in 47:51.

Alanda Vere was next home; she finished 81st in 48:19, a really good effort as she had been out of running for quite a while.

Bridget Keeffe, who strangely stopped three feet short of the line, nearly lost a place right at the end, but managed to finish 84th in 49:59.

Harry Moore ran very well and to be 99th in 1:09:19, winning the elder statesman prize for the third year in succession and also was the first over 70 finisher.

After this, all went to feast on a sumptuous barbeque and heartily quaff a few ales to round off a perfect evening.


On Tuesday, Exeter Arena hosted a British Milers' Club open meeting for 1500m runners.

Luke Reed thought he would have a go, with a bit of persuasion from coach Maurice Ault. He predicted running it in 4min.45sec so he was entered in the D race.

He finished fifth in 4min.36sec, an effort both he and Maurice were very pleased with.


On Sunday, four Axe Valley Runners and their children went to Totnes for a 10k and fun run.

Jon Day and his son Ethan and Big Si Davey and his son Jamie all did the one mile fun run.

They all ran very well and finished it in 7mins 51secs (we're sure the children would have won if it hadn't been for those pesky adults holding them back!)

Gill Day and Becki Davey did the 10k. It was an off-road route taking them through woodland and alongside the River Dart.

Becki finished 398th out of 448 in a new PB of 1:12:37, knocking just over six minutes off her previous year's time. Gill was 432nd in 1:19:55.

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