AVRs Franklin wins Junior Grizzly

PUBLISHED: 19:25 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:25 19 March 2014

It was a proud moment for all the coaches to see so many AVR ‘s competing in the fourth Junior Grizzly, writes Dave Mutter.

The new, faster and flatter two-lap course still included a stretch of beach. The winner was Ben Franklin from AVR, 16:04, in a ‘photo finish’ with Oliver Roger from Woodroffe School.

Just 15 seconds behind them in third place was William Blackledge from AVR. Arun Hawkes was just one second behind, followed by Ethan Day, 16:40 in fifth place. Mia Bartlett, the first girl home, eighth overall completed the course in a speedy 17:10. All the results are on the Axe Valley Runners website at www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk/

About 200 children competed in the one-lap Fun Run cheered on in the sunshine by crowds on the seafront. One of the organisers of the Grizfest, Paul Johns said: “These are probably the biggest children’s races in the South West.”

Congratulations to the Junior March Handicap winner, Daniel Lloyd-Davies. Matt Thurgood came second, Mia Bartlett third and Archie Clode fourth. The first 11 runners home recorded Personal Best times. Mia Bartlett is currently winning with 61 points, Ollie Caute second, 48. Arun Hawkes, Ethan Day and Matt Thurgood are tied in third spot with 42 points each.

After running the Grizzly last week in just over 3:30 you would expect Roger Bramley to have a bit of a rest, but no, he went up to Gloucester to run the Gloucester 20, an arduous, challenging 20-mile road race. He says it was a perfect post Grizzly warm down and pre-London Marathon warm up run in near perfect conditions with the temperature soaring to 19-degrees centigrade! He was pleased to finish 200th in 2 hours 51 minutes. There were 500 accepted entries for the race.

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