AVR junior team impresses at annual Woodland Relays

PUBLISHED: 15:11 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 09:18 28 June 2018




The annual Woodland Relays at Salcombe Hill this year were hosted by Sidmouth Running Club, writes Dave Mutter.

The excellent off-road routes consisted of a short course of 0.72 miles and a long course of 2.1 miles.

There were 63 teams contesting the relays with nine AVR teams involved in the long course.

The AVR junior team of Tom Perry, Ben Perry and Sam Eyre won the junior prize (under 16) and were fifth team overall, beating most of the adult teams!

Tom Perry was the quickest AVR runner of any age on the night and eighth fastest athlete overall. The first of the senior teams representing AVR, finished eighth overall and comprised of Chris Perry, Rob Collier and Cliff Marriott (Cliff is an M50 running for the 17-49 team).

The first veteran team (over 50) for AVR comprised of Graham Newton (M65), Kevin Feeney (M60) and Nick Adams (M60), who did well to come third in this category. The first of the ladies’ teams for AVR was Eleanor Wood, Kerry Board and Karen Eyre, who finished 13th team overall and third ladies’ team. The full results, with a full list of AVR athletes, will be on the AVR website. Jacqui Stokes’ mission is to beat the two-hour barrier for a half marathon and this weekend she ran the Torbay half marathon in a time of 2:20.

The conditions were far too hot for a fast time and Jacqui blasted off too quickly. Next time maybe…

Meanwhile, three intrepid AVRs ventured over the border to Dorset to tackle the Lulworth Castle 10k on a scorching hot Sunday.

Scenic, hot, and hilly trails through the privately-owned Lulworth Castle Estate were in mint condition for a race with a friendly vibe – and a warm welcome for AVRs! After the race, Kevin Feeney (54:39), Sarah Shepley (59:45) and Aileen Heal (1:10) joined 300 other thirsty runners for tea, bacon buns and cakes in Combe Keynes Parish church, which is being restored with funds raised by this lovely event.

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