AVR athlete Devine-Wright third in Brecon Ultra Marathon event

PUBLISHED: 19:33 11 December 2013 | UPDATED: 19:34 11 December 2013

On Saturday, Patrick Devine-Wright ran the final race of the Brecon ultra-marathon series from Talybont-on-Usk in South Wales, writes Dave Mutter.

The distance was about 41 miles with 2400m climb - about two Grizzly’s back to back! Weather conditions were benign for the time of year and conditions under foot were pretty firm for most of the way.

The AVR runner finished third in six hours 59 min and received a second place overall prize for the series, including September’s Wye Valley 50 and May’s Brecon 40.

Two Axe Valley Runners ventured to Otterton for the annual Christmas 10k run with many of the 177 competitors dressed up as Santa’s, elves or reindeer. James Trewick came home an impressive ninth overall in 40:52 with Eleanor Wood finishing 32nd in 46.37. Hot drinks, mulled wine and mince pies were well received afterwards in the village hall. Our thanks to Sidmouth Running Club for putting on such a brilliant race.

On Sunday it was the inaugural Seaton Santa Saunter, the brainchild of Kay D’Albertanson who had mulled over the idea a few years ago which became a reality and another great success for Seaton.

It was a family festive Fun Run (not a race) for all abilities and ages with over 100 Adults and Children from the age of two, to over sixty taking part. The Pre Warm up from the Samba Lady had 100 Santa’s bobbing up and down - this in itself was a sight to behold. Then the Santa’s were set off in teams, sweets and goodies were handed out half way round, plus a fun festive questionnaire to fill out en-route.

All Santa’s kept their Santa suits and were rewarded at the end by a piping hot cup of hot chocolate before Carol singing in the Town Hall.

Many thanks to all AVR’s that helped and the Seaton Town Development Team, plus of course the sponsors East Devon Sports Therapy and General Injury Clinic and the Midweek Herald.

James Sibley took part in the Aberystwyth Charity 10K race on Sunday. The route is flat and includes the full length of Aberystwyth promenade, something that will make any Axe Valley Runner feel at home. James was really pleased with his time of approximately 43:32. The results are not published yet but this will be a new PB by a big margin.

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