Axe Valley Runners junior section

PUBLISHED: 11:00 08 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

LAST Wednesday saw the first of the Iron Bridge Runner Winter 3k series. The event is run at Exeter Arena track and attracts clubs from all over Devon.

LAST Wednesday saw the first of the Iron Bridge Runner Winter 3k series. The event is run at Exeter Arena track and attracts clubs from all over Devon. There was a select and determined representation from Axe Valley Runners' junior squad and two from their budding senior squad. The races are run in groups from F to A based on predicted times for the distance.First off for the juniors was young Lydia Clapp. Lydia was running as U13 and had given herself a predicted time of around 16 minutes. Well I don't know if it was the excitement of the first real Winter night or the thought of a hot chocolate afterwards, but Lydia tore that predicted time apart and finished fifth in her group in an excellent time of 13.56.Next up was Romy Phillips running as U15. Romy was still stoked following her second place in the Biddenham 5k the previous weekend and, despite an icy downpour half way through, ran a hard race throughout to clinch 11th place in a strong field with a time of 13:50.Emma Kiernon continues to improve from one race to the next and is enjoying her first year as a senior. Emma ran a really well paced race and looked comfortable throughout finishing sixth in her group, with a customary smile and a time of 11.41. Dan Clapp, 15, rarely ceases to impress and this run was no exception. Dan competed as u17 and won his group after a hotly-contested race seeing five seconds separate the first three finishers. Dan's time of 10.41 was the second fastest of the night at that stage. Last off in the A group was Josh Rosindell. A veritable greyhound when fit, Josh has struggled to get many miles in recently and, in a blisteringly fast group, he finished 10th with a creditable time of 10.35. This race was won by Tom Mersom of South West Road Runners in what can only be described as exhibition running with a time of 8.58. Thanks to Iron Bridge Runner for organising a great event.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald