Axe triathletes limber up for season

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 00:05 16 June 2010

Harry Moore, 77, had a busy bank holiday weekend.

Harry Moore, 77, had a busy bank holiday weekend.

Next weekend the first Axe Valley Runfest will take place. It will be a weekend of non-competitive social running, perfect for a sunny late summer event.

Next weekend the first Axe Valley Runfest will take place. It will be a weekend of non-competitive social running, perfect for a sunny late summer event. There will be about eight runs, a couple of walks, an evening barbecue and a generally good time.

Most runs will be in led groups, but some may be marked with back markers and a few marshals. All will be multi-terrain, moderately hilly and largely over ground not used by the Grizzly or Midsummer Dream. Long runs will include water stations.

The event will be based at Manor Farm campsite (www.manorfarmcampsite.co.u) on the edge of Seaton, views across the Axe estuary are superb.

This is intended to be a social weekend, so there will be a barbecue on Saturday evening with food available for purchase plus real ale, cider and wine, probably in exchange for a charitable donation (TBC). Details on www. axevalleyrunners.org

l The AVR annual multisport event took place last weekend. This year this took the form of a duathlon, a run-bike-run race where the competitors covered distances of two miles, 8.4 miles and one mile, respectively.

Liam Roberts lead from the off and finished first in 40:44 but, having organised the race, he decided to disqualify himself for wearing excessive amounts of lycra (having donned a trisuit for the race)! Having been unable to train over the summer Liam is looking forward to recommencing training upon his return to university next week in order to attempt qualification for the world duathlon age group championships in 2010.

Next over the line was Susie Pitt in 47:50 but she didn't officially count, having only completed one run lap before the bike ride but she rode well never the less.

The true winner, therefore, was Ian Walker in 47:50 having run well following the bike leg. Eleanor Wood was next over the line in 48:22 as the first lady. Other finishers were Tim Sibley in 52:50 and Mark Hilder in 57:18. The experience of running following a hard bike ride was found by most to be 'interesting' (to say the least) but all seemed to enjoy this break from the norm.

l Harry Moore has been in action again.

On Friday he crawled his way through the bank holiday traffic to run the Haldon Hill Flyer, a five mile multi-terrain event. Harry completed in 1:23:11, winning a bottle of Chardonnay, but, during the race, he almost got lost in the ever darkening forest!

On Saturday, he took Tiffany Moore to the Topsham Fayre Carnival run, a two mile road race. Tiffany completed in 16:25 and Harry 22:11.

Finally, on Monday, he ran the Lustleigh show 10K, a fantastically scenic multi terrain race in 1:34:00.

l On Wednesday night, Luke Reed travelled to Dorney Lake in Windsor to race in the August edition of their summer Triathlon evening sprint series.

It was his first open water triathlon and he was over the moon with the result, finishing 21st out of 330.

The splits were: 750m lake swim, 13.09; 20k bike, 34.03 and 5k run 18.39.

The run was Luke's strongest discipline, having the eighth fastest time on the night. Richard Easton had a superb result finishing fourth and Malcolm Macdonald, after a long layoff finished 49th.


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