AVRs Graham Newton brings cheese home from Cheddar

AVR trio Graham Newton, Geoff Woodward (in the hat) and Steve Reynolds (230) at Cheddar.

AVR trio Graham Newton, Geoff Woodward (in the hat) and Steve Reynolds (230) at Cheddar. - Credit: Archant

Three Axe Valley Runners travelled to Cheddar on Sunday to run The Big Cheese, a 15-mile, very muddy, very wet, very hilly off road race around the Mendip Hills, described by the organisers as ‘merciless’, writes Dave Mutter.

After surviving buffeting winds, hail stones and heavy rain, Graham Newton was first AVR home in 2:22 to win a 1.5 kg wedge of cheese as first male vet over 65.

Geoff Woodward and Steve Reynolds back after a long lay-off were not far behind, battling it out to the end as usual and finishing with Geoff 104th, 2:34:51 and Steve 106th, 2:34:56.


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