AVR runner Clist races to success at Minster Challenge

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

AVR running at the Minster Challenge

AVR running at the Minster Challenge


There was considerable AVR success at the rather hilly multi-terrain Minster Challenge 10K at Axminster with Matt Clist winning in fine style more than six minutes ahead of the pack of runners behind in 45:54, writes Dave Mutter.

The course was actually course was fairly soft and muddy after the heavy rain the day before. First lady home was AVR’s Eleanor Wood in 59:02, in 15th place overall and two minutes faster than her time last year. As the course has change slightly over the years through a housing development, course records are not yet fixed. Second home was Ben Stone of Honiton RC in 52:03. Running well in third place was AVR’s James Trewick. Joshua Hopson was fifth, getting faster every race, in 54:37.

Rupert Pady came powering in at 54:55 to win the first male over 40 prize. In 55:42 Phil Bayliss was first over 60 in 8th place. He had a good ding-dong race with Justin Sloman who finished 10th, 56:14. Next was Simon Gould 14th, 58:53; Nicholas Adams 25th, 1:04:54 and Mark Hilder 31st, 1:06:25. Chris Hill was 46th, 1:12:33, but he is now worried about his wife Yvette’s increasing speed as she finished 61st, 1:20:13. Lesley Adams and Emma Ellyn ran together finishing joint 68th, 1:33:36.

The 5K race which covered part of the Minster Challenge course was won by Honiton RC’s Iain Ross in 18:30. Iain also won first in the 15 age group. The first girl was Tamsin Edge of Axe Valley Community College in 20:58. In second place was AVR’s Ollie Caute in 19:05, followed by fellow AVR club runners: Bobbie Simpson third, 19:39; Ben Franklin 4th, 19:49; Arun Hawkes, who also won the first boy in the 13 age group, finished sixth in 21:32. Adam Burrough was 9th, 22:32; William Watson 11th, 23:37; Matt Thurgood 13th, 24:26; Chris Watson 16th, 25:08 and then Caleb Sinclair 20th, 28:16. Chasing in the youngsters was Debbie Barry, returning to racing after a long gap, who came in with Jayne Aplin in 31:52, followed by Margaret Craker 49th in 38:14.

Other AVR’s selfishly declined to run in order to back mark or marshal including Vikki Bayliss, Rick Wood, Dave and Liz Thomas, Heather Lowman-Riggs, Sue Venn and Irene Croad. Thanks to them and race organiser, Di Roberts Garry Perratt for course checking and compiling the results

The Minster Junior Race, which had 51 primary school runners, was won by Phoebe Clark of Mrs Ethelston’s School. Abi Greenslade was second followed by Jasmine Stone.

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