Axe runners kept busy
PUBLISHED: 16:02 23 May 2012
It appears the weather is warming up just in time for Stephen Reynolds, Geoff Woodward and Steve Boyce to start their epic Forces March, five marathons in five days, writes Dave Mutter.
It starts on Wednesday at Ilfracombe and finishes 133 miles later at Bulford Camp. This will be the third year for Stephen and Geoff, last year they were accompanied by Graham Newton and have now raised £10,000 for the veterans forces charity. To sponsor the team, go to www.justgiving.com and search for Stephen Reynolds or Geoff Woodward (Not Steven Reynolds).
●Ethan Day roared to victory in the May junior handicap, knocking a minute off his PB by finishing in 14:29. James Knapp was 2nd, 14:55; May Wood 3rd, 15:10; Max Bowskill 4th, 15:59 and Caitlin Bee 5th, 17:01.
Max Bowskill leads the Junior ranking with 95 points with Caitlin Bee second, 92 and May Wood third, 80 points. James Chaney was the senior handicap winner in 30:24, a full two minutes off his best time. Paul Tolchard, accompanied by two assistants was second, 28:40; Myrtle Croad third, 24:25; Teresa Coates fourth, 28:16 and Alison Bowskill fifth, 26:21. Myrtle Croad heads the seniors with 78 points then Chris Driver 65, Jacqui Stokes 61 and James Guler 60.
●The Karen Hall Ottery 10K attracted five AVRs with Chris Driver the first home 33rd overall in 33:09.
Mark Hilder had a great race and bucked the trend of not getting PBs after many years of running by gaining a new one of 43:36 in 36th spot. Despite recently spending all night on Lyme Regis lifeboat helping to search for the missing fishermen, Myrtle Croad ran well and was delighted to finish 57th in 45:52. Andy Sayers suffered a bit in 2011, but is on a comeback mission and finished 90th, 49:15.
Some runners had spent the previous evening celebrating the British football victory over old rivals Germany, but still managed to run, including Dave Mutter who completed in 51:59, 115th.
Harry Moore was a minute faster than last year taking 1:38:13 in 201st spot and was delighted to have won an achievement award for his efforts.
Last Sunday's Wessex Ridgeway Relay was much fun as usual.
The 12-leg, 67-mile multi-terrain route crosses Dorset from Tollard Royal, the other side of Blandford to Uplyme via lots of hills and plenty of lovely miles. This year's AVR team had six runners doubling up on each leg with Alex Todd running five and a half legs, Garry Perratt five, Chris Keeffe four, Robbie Holt three and a half, Dominic Schneiders and Tim Sibley three legs. The sextet were second, the club's best ever position, in 9 hours 17 minutes. Bangers, mash and cakes at the Talbot Arms rounded off another fantastic day's running.
Three intrepid AVRs travelled from Seaton to Princetown Sunday morning, to run the Dartmoor Marathon.
, a low key event organised by the "Dartmoor Runner's". Using a compass as sat nav’s were banned it was no surprise the Half Marathon turned out to be 17 miles long. Jon Day, Paul Johns and Graham Newton, didn’t quite realise how hard the terrain was going to be and after negotiating stone walls, barbed wire fences, woods, deep river gorges and many tors, they made a sensible decision to return to the start from Checkpoint 6, "The Volcano". The three were very pleased to return without any injuries in 5:43. James Jackson had a brilliant run finishing the full Marathon in 4:12, which is not surprising as he is half fell runner and half Dartmoor pony. Robin Carter also completed the Half Marathon. Many thanks to Mike Berry, the route designer and the Dartmoor Runners.
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