AVR team second in Dorset Coast Path Relay event

PUBLISHED: 18:54 04 September 2013 | UPDATED: 18:54 04 September 2013

The Madeira Top Club winning team

The Madeira Top Club winning team


AVR’s team of Matt, Alex, Garry, Amy, Welsh Paul and Stephen and Alan Morbey finished last in the Dorset Coast Path Relay on Saturday, writes Dave Mutter.

They were also second due to the low turnout of teams!

The route began in Lyme, followed the coast path to West Bexington then took the inland South Dorset Ridgeway (an official alternative route for the South West Coast Path to avoid slogging through Weymouth). The coastal path was regained at Osmington Mills and the route finished by the ferry at the end of Studland Beach. On a cracking day for running through the best scenery in Dorset, the team completed the hilly 65 miles in 9 hours 50 minutes, half an hour down on two years ago (but with two runners fewer).

The overall winners were Wessex Orienteers in 8:14:55, but there were also three other mini competitions within the event. AVR won the handicap trophy (in which extra time is assigned for each member of the team) since the other team had 30-odd runners.

Matt and Alex won King of the Mountains for the leg over Golden Cap from St Gabriel’s to Seaton in 13:51. We didn’t win the King of the Coast section from St Aldhelm’s Head since Alex had turned an ankle on the previous leg and even Matt was feeling the effects of the distance run. Running every leg in pairs does make it harder to be competitive but results in a much nicer day’s running! The Wessex team’s captain had run less than five miles compared with most of the AVRs doing between 20 and 35!The team were on about 9:15 pace for the first half, but the switchback either side of Lulworth Cove took its toll to the extent that the last couple of miles of flat, firm, sandy beach reduced even the fastest of their runners to nine minute miling from their previous six-and-a-half to seven-and-a-half minutes per mile pace. However, it was worth it for an amazing day’s running!

The 10.4 mile Oke Croak race starts from Simmons Park in Okehampton, runs out onto the moor and up to Oke Tor then self-navigating on to Yes Tor followed by a long descent back to the park. In lovely weather with a breeze up high, made even better by the Okehampton running clubs tea/coffee and home-made cakes at the end. Robin Carter ran very well to finish 1st lady, 10th overall in 1.41.20.

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