Axe 'dry' run still has sparkle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 June 2010

On Sunday, five intrepid AVR runners tackled a most enjoyable 10k road course around the stunning scenery of Farway and Northleigh.

AXE VALLEY RUNNERS - 'Over the Hill and Farway' - On Sunday, five intrepid AVR runners tackled this most enjoyable 10k road course around the stunning scenery of Farway and Northleigh. This inaugural race was well organised by Farway C of E Primary School and it was rewarding to see so many of the pupils line the route encouraging the runners as loudly as they could. The race was won by Honiton RC's Kevin Hawker in 38:32. Phil Bayliss, back to his old form at last, came in a magnificent fourth, 42:05, with Bernard Fry close behind him in fifth place, 43:06. Actually, Bernard stole a march on Phil by belting up the first hill. Canny Phil was a bit too clever and bided his time. He then slid past Bernard and flowed off into the distance, never to be caught. The first lady home was Ceri Oak with Eleanor Wood not too far behind, second lady home, 14th in 47:42. Andy Sayers must have been pleased with his performance, 22nd in 51:54 as was Harry Moore who finished 65th in 1:23:41, winning the over 70 title. Many thanks to the organisers for a great race, with very tasty cakes and a superb cuppa afterwards in Farway Village Hall.l On Saturday the new 'dry' running of the old Midsummer Dream Footpath Marathon was run. This used to be an 18 mile run with five pub stops and a cream tea stop. Unfortunately, due to insurance, the pubs had to be given the old heave ho. As tradition dictates, runners were still encouraged to treat the event as a fun club event and AVR's Phil Bayliss, Dave Kelf, Eleanor Wood, Chris Irving and Richard Hale entered into the spirit by dressing up with aprons and pinnys and ran the course together. Because of the heat they had to divert to the beer festival at the fountain head for a toilet stop and a drink of water. Jonathan Day and nurse Sue back marked the event. The new bits of the route proved popular, as did the associated Music for Life event at Beer football pitch. Many runners made up for the lack of pubs en route by joining in the festivities with gusto. Of course the dough maidens did their usual brilliant work by providing superb scones at Southleigh Village Hall.l On Sunday, three Axe Valley Runners travelled to Martock for the forth running of the 10k. Out of 149 runners, Tristan Cooper of Wells City Harriers was the winner in 33.29. Luke Reed was the first AVR, 11th overall in 37.41, just over a minute faster than last year.HONITON RUNNING CLUB - The Torbay half-marathon is one of the biggest races in the South-west and this year over 1,300 runners completed the course. It was glorious weather for spectators, but rather too hot for the runners, with temperatures climbing into the mid 20s. The race was won for the sixth year in a row by Toby Lambert of Winchester and District AC, in a very fast time of 1:08:11. He must have been feeling the heat as this was 50 seconds down on his 2008 record-breaking run. Even so, he was nearly a minute in front of second man Kairn Stone of Newham & Essex Beagles. The ladies' race was won by Jo Meek of Tavistock AC in 1:21:55 with Bath's Georgia Wood just 23 seconds behind. Honiton Running Club was well represented by its eight runners but all found the heat slowing them down. Steve Davey has had problems with the heat in the past but led the Honiton pack home in 178th place and a very good 21st in his age group. Guy Paddon (241st) and Bruce Strawbridge had a close race and were next home about four minutes behind Steve. First Honiton lady was Steve's wife Judy in 282nd place, but with an impressive sixth place in her age group. Vera Hunter ran her first half-marathon for Honiton but, sadly for the club, she is soon to return to her native Canada. Marion Broom is still picking up her running after a long lay-off for injury and can be very pleased with a 10th age group place. Nikki Campbell ran her first London marathon in April and is still running well and came in 15th in her category. Finally, but by no means least, Tracey Strawbridge ran close to her best half-marathon for the year and her time will ensure she keeps up her pressure on Steve Davey in the clubs Points Trophy.Full Results: Steve DAVEY, 178th, 01:36:30; Guy PADDON, 241st, 01:39:54; Bruce, STRAWBRIDGE, 259th, 01:40:46; Judy, DAVEY, 282nd, 01:41:28; Vera, HUNTER, 401st, 01:46:55; Marion, BROOM, 526th, 01:51:14; Nicola CAMPBELL, 661st, 01:55:47; Tracey STRAWBRIDGE, 1126th, 02:17:51.

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