AVR runner Greehalgh the first lady finisher at Shaves Cross event

PUBLISHED: 16:28 06 August 2013 | UPDATED: 16:28 06 August 2013

AVR athlete Emma Kiernan ran the fourth of the Bristol towpath series, just squeezing under the 45 minute barrier, finishing 101st in 44:43, writes Dave Mutter.

The five mile Shaves Cross mini marathon is one of the oldest – and rural races you can participate in.

It is mostly on road with a most difficult hill to ascend and of course lurch down ‘tother side!

Amy Greenhalgh raced superbly to be the first lady finisher, 10th overall in 33:02.

Jon Blackledge was the first AVR home, his injury woes are becoming a thing of the past as he stormed to third place in 31:56.

Eleanor Wood finished third lady, 19th overall in 34:46 and Jon’s son William Blackledge, still a junior was 26th, 36:00. Emma Kiernan was fourth lady finisher, 28th overall, 36:24 and Siobhan Reddy 40th, 37:44.

There was AVR success at the Great West Fell race was held on Saturday from Meldon Reservoir on Dartmoor, starting from the dam and going up over Yes Tor, on to High Willhayes and down to Black Tor before returning to the dam.

Tim Lenton was first overall, but nearly lost it as he had a nasty fell near the end. This got him mad and, as a result he roared on to get a new course record of 37:38!

Robin Carter was the first lady, 17th overall in 49:34 bettering her winning time from last year by two minutes.

Robin Britton ran the Totnes 10K (Totnes ‘twinned with Narnia’ as it said on a sign).

It was a cracking undulating, but fairly fast multi-terrain course, quite dry, but greasy in places, interspersed with periods of rain. Tom Merson won in a new course record of 34:22 - somewhat later Robin Britton rolled home 81st in 46:53 to take the second V60 prize behind a raider from the Midlands, Tim Hughes of White Horse Harriers who was 15th in a new V60 record.

There was a huge field of 441 finishers and lots of prizes were won.


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