Axe Runners enjoy rail and river run
PUBLISHED: 12:07 17 July 2012
On a reasonably fine day, four AVR’s headed off to Tipton St John for the Otter Rail and River 10k run, writes Dave Mutter.
Although conditions under foot were somewhat muddy, it was nothing like the previous Saturday when the whole area, including race HQ - the cricket pavilion - was under two feet of water. The race was won, surprisingly due to conditions, in a new record time of 34:51 by Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers with fellow club member Ellie Sutcliffe winning the ladies' race. First AVR home and also third lady and first vet 50 was Eleanor Wood, 24th in 46:26. Not far behind her was Graham Newton - the first time he had run this race, 34th in 48:31. He also picked up the award for the first Vet 60. Harry Moore continues to defy his 80 years and also ran well to finish in 1:17:02. Moore ran again on Sunday at the Bridport 5K, completing the multi-terrain route in 45:10, winning a prize for the oldest runner.
Joyce Rendell and Sue Venn ran the rather undulating Swanage Half Marathon and were caught in torrential rain half way around that left deep puddles on the side of a main road. Despite the slight inconvenience, the pair battled on with Joyce 285th, 1:56:27 and Sue 450th 2:12:16.
AVRs were conspicuous by their limited presence at Saturday’s Blackdown Beauty pub run. Only Garry Perratt and Alex Todd flew the club flag on this jolly jaunt through 18 miles of South Somerset countryside. The pair ran in a motley group of local runners who drank surprisingly little, nattered much and partook hugely of the most excellent cream teas. The post-run bangers and burgers were likewise much acclaimed by both but it is rumoured that one of them was still feeling the effects of over-indulgence on the following day!
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