Axe Valley's Newton was fastest over-60

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:53 16 June 2010

AVR's Eleanor Wood strides up the coast path.

AVR's Eleanor Wood strides up the coast path.

Graham Newton ran the Oh my Obelisk 11 mile multi-terrain race from Dawlish Leisure Centre to the Obelisk monument in Haldon Forest and back.

Graham Newton ran the "Oh my Obelisk" 11 mile multi-terrain race from Dawlish Leisure Centre to the Obelisk monument in Haldon Forest and back. The race was won in about one hour seven minutes and Graham ran superbly to be the over 60 champion in around 1:32:20.

On Sunday morning, Luke Reed took part in the Fulfords 5 in Exmouth. It is a fast and fairly flat two lap, five mile course. Luke powered round, smashing his PB by over 11/2 mins, finishing 14th out of 259 in 28:50.

Due to many setbacks Harry Moore has not been in action since November 29. He fell on the ice in January and knocked himself out, then had a bout of very high blood pressure and now he is waiting for a hernia operation. None of that stopped him having a go at the Fulfords Five. Not being in peak form, Harry struggled, but still managed to get around in 1:04:40.

The Four Trigs is a 16 mile hard, hilly, muddy run with four trig points plus five other points where runners get their cards stamped. The route is not marked and map reading is an advantage.

This, however, was not going to be a tough enough challenge for crazy "I can't get puffed out" Chairman Garry Perratt who had to run it twice. His first run started at 6am, and he was ready to run again at 9.30am with the rest of us.

First runner in was James Jackson who ran a brilliant race. First AVR finisher was new member Guy Lavender in sixth place which was outstanding. Welcome to the club. The next in was Matt Tubbs getting fitter by the day. He worked hard to get a great time of 3hrs 2mins. He said he found the last steps a killer, but still manage to eat a Desperate Dan-sized pasty at the end.

Eleanor Wood and Bernard Fry came next over the line in just over three hours. They had been with Garry until Weston when Garry decided to slow down a bit. I wonder why? He came in around 10 minutes later.

Sue Tubbs was the next AVR to complete the course, looking forward to a well deserved cake made by her hubby. The pasties and cakes were well received afterwards. Many thanks to Sidmouth Running Club for again putting on such a splendid event.

Monday evening's February handicap produced a very close finish. Gary Davies was the winner in 25:23, knocking nearly two minutes off his PB.

Clare Hansford was second, in 27:42; again this was a very good PB. John Blackledge came third, taking 2:30, Bernard Fry fourth, 22:12 and Eleanor Wood fifth, 24:21.

First across the line was non-scorer Alex Todd in a remarkable 19:49, with Dave Braunton, also a non-scorer second in 29:24, over a minute quicker than he has run it before.

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