Axmouth Challenge joy for Green in new record time

PUBLISHED: 16:39 20 January 2015 | UPDATED: 16:39 20 January 2015

AVR at the Axmouth Challenge

AVR at the Axmouth Challenge


The Axmouth Challenge series of races have been run in all sorts of weather from snow and ice to howling gales and lashing rain, but this year the day was perfect with an azure sky and just the right amount of winter chill to keep runners cool, writes Dave Mutter.

In the main 10-mile event AVR had the first three positions with James Green winning in a new course record by nearly two minutes of 58:09.

Matt Clist, who had a few tumbles, was second, 58:51 and James Trewick came third, 1:05:45. Luke Reed was not far off the pace finishing seventh in 1:07:21 with Ian Apps ninth in 1:09:11.

Rupert Pady was 17th in 1:14:27, Joshua Hopson, 18th in 1:14:34 and Tony Smith 23rd in a time of 1:15:46.

Eleanor Wood was the first lady home, 25th overall in 1:16:07 and James Sibley 31st, 1:17:42. Clare Hansford has had a lot of back problems, but ran superbly to finish 34th, 1:18:55 just ahead of Kirsty Bate who had a great race to finish, 39th, 1:20:08. Carol Austin is also on the comeback trail and ran well to be 45th, 1:23:23. Steve Maclure was 46th, 1:23:24; John Greenhalgh 47th, 1:23:55; Robin Britton 52nd, 1:26:19 and Richard Dodge 53rd, 1:26:23. Keith Agland and Alan Morbey ran most of the way together, then Keith spied Roger Bramley slowing ahead and put a spurt on to be 54th, 1:26:35; with Roger 55th, 1:26:40 and Alan 56th, 1:26:46. Anna Mcloughlin was 62nd, 1:27:59; Holly Edwards in her first AVR race 66th, 1:29:02; Chris Hill 68th, 1:30:30; Mark Harding-Perrott 71st 1:33:18; Samantha Miller 74th, 1:33:57 and Andy Sayers 77th, 1:35:57. Yvette Hill and Gillian Peach bounced gaily over the line holding hands to finish joint 79th, 1:37:26. Angela Kerr was 85th, 01:40:31 and Martin Kerr 93rd, 01:53:43.

AVR had a great result in the five-mile Mini Challenge with 15-year-old Jake Smith winning in 33:17, 15-year-old Ollie Caute was second in 36:41 and non AVR adult Simon Durrant, finished third in 37:01. Other AVR’s were; William Watson, seventh in 48:57; Adam Burrough, eighth in 49:47; Henry Smith, 11th in 56:27 and Jane Calvert, 15th in a time of 1:00:52.

There was also a Junior Challenge run – (runners ages in brackets) that was won by AVR Oliver Rodger (13) in 8:43, with Matt Thurgood (13) coming second in 9:00 and third was Phoebe Clark (11) of Cyclelife Triathlon Team in a time of 9:45.

Louis Whittane (9) was sixth in 10:07 and AVR ‘wannabee’, Darcie Morton (9), finished 10th in a time of 10:35.

Harvey Green (9) was 14th in 11:09, Caitlin Tooze (9), 16th in 11:33, Poppy Tooze (11), 17th in 11:44, Daisy Greenhalgh (5), 31st in 19:08 and Tom Greenhalgh (3), who ran with mum Amy, finished 32nd in 23:06.

The object of the exercise was to raise much needed funds for the Axmouth Village Hall whose helpers put on a great load of food and drink for hungry runners, making the run even more successful.

Thanks to all the marshals and helpers, with special thanks to Dave Thomas, Kay D’Albertanson and Sandra Porter for back marking and timekeeping this excellent series of races.

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