Axe Valley Runners show off a vast array of talent

PUBLISHED: 09:58 24 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:58 24 September 2015

Rosie Thoennissen who did so well in the Langport ladies novice triathlon with two other AVR runners.

Rosie Thoennissen who did so well in the Langport ladies novice triathlon with two other AVR runners.


The past weekend was certainly a busy one for the Axe Valley Runners taking part in triathlon, duathlon, road and trail running showing, all showing AVR is indeed a diverse and talented club, writes Carol Austin.

Susie and Rosie Thoennissen took part in the Langport ladies novice triathlon in Somerset.

Rosie, in only her second triathlon, finished an impressive 15th out of 105 while Susie, making her debut, came in 39th and seventh in her age category.

On a fine, dry, calm Sunday morning, nine Axe Valley Runners went over to Cotleigh near Honiton for the Cotleigh Canters.

In the 3k fun run Holly Eyre was first under-16 girl home, finishing 16th out of the 57 runners in 14.39.

The 5k race followed and Mia Bartlett was an excellent ninth out of 23 in 22.46 with Rick Wood 13th in 26.52 winning the first male over 60 award!

The 10k race was boosted by a party of some 40 Teignbridge Trotters arriving in style in a double decker bus!

For the second successive year, Jake Smith stormed to victory in a magnificent time of 33.48. Ollie Caute, despite not feeling at his best, was 12th in 40.23 followed by Rupert Pady very pleased, understandably, with his time of 41.24.

Third woman and first W55 was Eleanor Wood in 29th place in 44.10.

A week after a brilliant marathon performance, Margaret Pearce had a great run finishing in 49th place in 48.20 closely followed by Alan Morbey also recovering from a marathon but finishing without his customary painful grimace in 50.12. Andy Sayers ran hard to finish in 65th place in a time of 52.39.

Thanks to Honiton Running Club for organising this event with their usual precision and fun.

Up at Worcester Racecourse the day started very foggy for the start of the Worcester races, but within a few miles the sun broke through for perfect running conditions. Carol Austin took part in the run-bike-run relay running the first 10k leg in 45:21 before handing over to friends to complete the 20k bike and the final 5k run. The team came a respectable 4th out of 18 teams and was the first mixed gender team. Meanwhile Lesley Adams ran the 10k race along with another 2038 runners and finished in 59:50, 477th woman home and 14th W60.

The icing on the cake for both of them was to meet East Devon’s resident running star Jo Pavey afterwards.

Jo came home first woman in a touch over 33 minutes!

Over in Dorset Angela and Martin Kerr completed the Purbeck 16-miler taking it easy after last week’s half marathon but enjoying the stunning scenery and spectacularly views of the Jurassic Coast. Angela finished in 3:19.05, third W60 with Martin a very satisfactory 3:44.08.

Finally, Luke Reed competed in the Dawlish Sprint Triathlon where the fog also played its part with the swim shortened to 600m.

After the swim Luke was in 10th place in 10.41. Unfortunately during the 21k bike section Luke picked up a puncture that could not be fixed so he completed the remaining 15k with a flat.

This ended his chances of a top 20 finish, but he still completed the run with the fastest split of the day of 20.54 for 5k leaving him 63rd overall out of 270.

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