AVR runner Rick Wood is first vet Over-55 at Cotleigh Canter

PUBLISHED: 14:19 24 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:19 24 September 2013

AVR winners at the Cotleigh Canter. Pictured left to right : Robin Britton ( M55+) Rupert Pady (M35+) Rick Wood  (M55+ in the 5k) Eleanor Wood (F55+)

AVR winners at the Cotleigh Canter. Pictured left to right : Robin Britton ( M55+) Rupert Pady (M35+) Rick Wood (M55+ in the 5k) Eleanor Wood (F55+)


Amongst the AVRs taking part in Honiton Running Club’s Cotleigh Canter runs on Sunday four of them managed to win their age categories, writes Dave Mutter.

In the 5k event Rick Wood made one of his rare running appearances to take the Male Vet over 55 award, finishing 17th overall in 25:43.

Junior AVRs also did well in this event with Bobby Simpson fifth in 20:26 and Mia Bartlett 14th in 24:08.

In the 10k event Rupert Pady was first AVR home in 41:32, seventh overall and first M35.

Next home was Paul Johns, 11th in 44:18 followed swiftly by Robin Britton taking the first over 55 male vet prize in 44:37.

Next was Eleanor Wood, first lady over 55 and 15th overall.

Ian Apps came in 17th in 45:05, Geoff Woodward, 21st in 46:46, Andy Sayers 25th 50:27, Stephen Morbey 26th in 52:01, Alan Morbey 26th in 52:52 and Tracey Anning Beckett 32nd in 57:11

Also on Sunday, Exmouth Harriers staged the Woodbury 10k event in aid of the charity, Tearfund

AVR runner Sam Wickins competed, running along the undulating country lanes surrounding Woodbury and Woodbury Salterton, completing the course in a time of 48.27. Thanks to Exmouth Harriers for well organised and friendly race.

Tim and James Sibley went a little further afield on Saturday taking part in the Aberystwyth 3k Park Run James finished 17th in a time of 22:35 and Tim finished seventh in a time of 20:20

A half Ironman triathlon in the beautiful New Forest was completed by three AVRs, Alex Todd, Garry Perratt and Phil Bayliss on Sunday.

Mist sitting over the lake caused the swim to be shortened to one mile. After this they cycled 56 miles through villages, woods and over moorland being careful to avoid the free-range donkeys, cows and horses which wandered around the roadsides. After a quick change through transition they began the more familiar 13.9 mile track and woodland run.

Alex Todd showed his experience in triathlons by storming through the course to 26th place in 5:00:10 hours.

This was a new experience for Perratt and Bayliss with the former completing the event in 5:50:11 whilst Bayliss landed the Over-60s first place finishing in a time of 5: 51:39.

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