AVR trio in action at the 2018 Great North Run
PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 September 2018
The Dartmoor VOLCANO race was the first race of the pureTRAIL race series, being a 10.25-mile trail race with almost 500 metres of ascent, writes Dave Mutter.
It’s not a ‘walk in the park’, it’s a tough ten miles over Dartmoor, taking in the high points of Pupers Hill, Snowdon, and South Dartmoor’s highest point – Ryders Hill. Richard Jackson made light of those conditions to finish 37th in 1:48:10.
● Three AVRs made the long journey to Tyneside for the 2018 Great North Run. With over 57,000 runners, this is the largest half marathon in the world and the biggest running event in the UK. Conditions can best be described as hot - somewhat unusual for the north east! Fortunately, there were ample supplies of water and even run-through showers to help the runners.
James Ashforth finished 3,564th, 1:47:36 whilst Alan Morbey and Margaret Pearce were three minutes behind finishing 4,652nd, 1:50:55 and 4,655th 1:50:55.
● Nine AVRs headed off to Hampshire to take part in the New Forest marathon. A very picturesque route on road and trail with over 1000 feet of elevation and lots of ponies and other wildlife!
There were some fantastic performances by all who took part. 773 took part in the full marathon with Rob Collier, 12th, 3:07:40; Chris Polley, 73rd, 3:35:36; Adele Foxwell, 88th, 3:39:23; Sue Hayes, 134th, 3:48:43 (despite being hampered by needing the loo at mile 21!); Simon Davey, 135th, 3:48:43; Henry Smith, 403rd, 4:33:26. Henry also raised about £1000 for Force. In all, 2,500 took part in the half marathon with Graham Newton 142nd, 1:35:23; Bec Davey 2:16:48 and Diane Newton 2:16:24.
● Edward Donovan of Les Croupiers RC won the latest edition of the Seaton Parkrun in 17:50 with Wayne Loveridge of Chard RRC 2nd, 17:50. Ellen Keast was the first female finisher, 16th overall, 21:54. Honiton RC’s Jo Davey was the 2nd lady, 22nd overall, 22:47 and AVR’s Carol Austin 3rd lady, 24th overall, 23:08.
● Richard Jackson won the AVR September senior handicap in 25:47 with Ollie Rodger second in 20:58 and Nick Adams third in 27:03 – all were new PBs! Andrew Hartnell leads the Rankings with 142 points followed by Kerry Board, 124, and Kevin Feeney, 120.