Axe Valley Runner Todd tames Taunton

PUBLISHED: 14:28 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 14:28 09 April 2013

Runners on their way out of Exmouth with the Geoneedle in the background on Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo submitted by Chris Woodcock. Ref exsp run1

Runners on their way out of Exmouth with the Geoneedle in the background on Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo submitted by Chris Woodcock. Ref exsp run1

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Axe Valley Runners' Alex Todd ran his first ever half marathon at Taunton and was really delighted to finish fifth out of 990 in 1:18:12, writes Dave Mutter.

He reports the nagging permanent easterly wind made the conditions quite hard and he was actually third until the 10-mile point, but lost a couple of places towards the end.

Tom Woodruff also had a great race finishing 37th in 1:25:16. Graham Newton ran the race as part of his build-up for the London marathon in two weeks’ time.

He was very pleased to achieve a PB of 1:35:41, coming in second place in the over 60’s category 147th overall; a terrific performance.

Meanwhile the Exe to Axe race has swelled to double its numbers and this year saw over 200 runners take part.

Two buses were at Seaton Tramway car park to take eager runners to Exmouth so they could run the beautiful coastal path from Exmouth home to Seaton.

The weather was cloudy, cold windy and at times sunny.

The ground was dry, so like the Grand National, the going was good. Congratulation to Tim Lenton who won the event by blasting back in only 2:46:58.

Matt Clyst came in third, 2:52:21 and Eleanor wood was third lady, 28th overall in 3:38:19. Geoff Woodward was 48th, 3:47:57; John Day 67th, 3:55:25, Myrtle Croad 98th, 4:11:26; John Larcombe 100th, 4:12:13; Steve Reynolds 106th, 4:15:24 and Richard Dodge 140th, 4:33:54.

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