Axe Valley Runners tackle Exmoor Seaview 17

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:54 15 June 2010

Four Axe Valley runners took part in the Exmoor Seaview 17 race on Sunday .

Four Axe Valley runners took part in the Exmoor Seaview 17 race on Sunday which was actually measured at just over 21 miles by a GPS system.

It was a very cold and wet start, but once they got going all was well. It is a tough "find your own way" race, with helpful markers at awkward places.

Unfortunately, at the two mile mark a sign not clearly showing where to go sent the first 15 runners the wrong way, including Bernard Fry, Phil Bayliss and Chris Keeffe. When they all realised it was wrong, a quick clamber up a cliff edge put them back on track, but they had dropped many positions. Phil fell foul of the wet conditions under foot and took a tumble. He had to stop at the next marshal because of a big cut on his knee and went to Minehead hospital, then on to Wonford. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Chris managed to catch Bernard and pass him getting up to sixth position, but then, at 14 miles, he hit the big hill and a couple of problems in his legs forced him to retire.

Bernard, however, finished very strongly and came in ninth, overall time unknown, but it was a fantastic performance. Eleanor Wood also produced a fine result; she beat her time from last year by six minutes finishing in 3:21.

Luke Reed took part in the Lyme Regis RNLI swimming race, his first ever sea swim.

It was from Cobb gate to the harbour, roughly 800m. He came eighth out of 86 and was very pleased just to make it as it was fairly choppy!

On Sunday Luke supported the RNLI again by competing in their 2m fun run. He finished second in 11 mins. Harry Moore also ran, completing in 22 mins and winning his age category, while Tiffany Moore was third in her category in 17 mins.

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