AVR teams unable to beat the bus this time!

PUBLISHED: 20:53 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 20:53 30 July 2013

Last Monday’s annual Race The Tram event resulted in a victory for the Tram, writes Dave Mutter.

Five AVR teams started from Colyton Station and ran in relays back to the Seaton Tram Terminus, with the junior section running the off road leg from Colyton to Colyford.

Unfortunately, Allan Mace, the Tram driver was in no mood to compromise and the tram screeched into the terminus just 12 min 34 seconds after departure. The first team was just Garry Perratt and Liam Roberts and, despite the former twisting his ankle, the duo completed the run in 14:57.

The Red baton team were third in 15:27 and there was a fine battle twixt the green and silver baton in which the green team finished fourth in 17:06 just seven seconds ahead of the silver.

After the race everyone adjourned to the Bayliss Beach Hut to enjoy some refreshment, followed by Paul Johns presenting the junior section awards for 2012/13. Male runner was Ollie Caute, the female runner May Wood and the most improved runner Mia Bartlett.

The Chris Levene award for Endeavour was won by Max Bowskill. Unfortunately, the Head Junior Coach, Paul Johns, who has instilled in young AVR members a love of running, is to retire.

He was given a warm vote of thanks for all his inspiring work over many years and he was presented with a beautiful personalised pasta bowl.

The real winner of the evening was the Devon Air Ambulance as the Tram company once again donated the £100 given to them by AVR to that worthy cause.

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