AVR have strong presence at Bournemouth Marathon Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:12 07 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:12 07 October 2014

The AVR runners who were on the start line of the Bournemouth Marathon

The AVR runners who were on the start line of the Bournemouth Marathon


There was a strong AVR presence at the 2014 Bournemouth Marathon Festival with 11 entries in the full and two in the half marathon events, writes Dave Mutter.

This was made all the more remarkable in that eight of those running the full distance were complete newcomers to the event.

A chilly start soon gave way to unseasonably warm conditions for the runners as the sun beat down, good use being made of the numerous water stations.

First back for AVR was Emma Kiernan, 390th in 3:43. One of the newcomers to marathon racing Margaret Pearce stormed home finishing 513th in 3:50 beating seasoned veterans Geoff Woodward, 545th, 3:51 and Steve Reynolds 602nd, 3:54. Ian Clements just beat the four hour barrier by finishing 691st, 3:59 followed by Alan Morbey, 830th 4:06 and Anna McLoughlin 866th 4:08.

Building on the success of her recent first half marathon Becky Lippett was 1069th 4:20, Sarah Herfet 1340th 4:35, Tracey Anning-Beckett 1,492nd 4:46 and Angela Kerr 1,597th in 4:56.

In the half marathon event, Paul Johns achieved 246nd place 1:37 and another newcomer to running at this distance Chris Driver was 927nd in 1:53. Paul Johns was not the only member of his family to run as Peter Johns ran the 2K finishing 66th out of 151 in 10:02 and Stephen Johns the 1.5k 21st out of 262 in 6:58.

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