Boyes’ feat of endurance - five marathons in five days

PUBLISHED: 15:04 16 June 2011

Honiton running club members at Halls 10k run on Sunday. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhsp 3272-20-11TI Click on myphotos24 to order this photo Click on myphotos24 to order this photo

Honiton running club members at Halls 10k run on Sunday. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhsp 3272-20-11TI Click on myphotos24 to order this photo Click on myphotos24 to order this photo

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AXE VALLEY RUNNERS

Despite the warm weather and underfoot conditions as hard as the lumps in my porridge a total of 115 runners entered the annual Talaton Trotter seven-mile, multi- terrain race.

Alex Todd, wearing his new fly-proof sports glasses, powered around to win in 45:11 – a new course record. Ceri Oak, of Honiton Running Club, was the first lady home in 53:45. It was a good day for Axe Valley Runners. Phil Bayliss was the first male over 50 in 50:45; Eleanor Wood won the first female over 50 in 56:28, just pipping Richard Hale, who was first male over 60 in 56:54. In his first race of the year, Tom Hilder finished in 53:10, ahead of father, Mark, who is regaining his race fitness, in 57:56. Michael Giles put in a great performance finishing in 68:09, with Rick Wood in a rare race appearance finishing in 71:50. All runners were treated to a piece of sumptuously iced sponge cake celebrating the Talaton Trotter, donated by the local bakery.

●Run in The Wild is a 10k run in the attractive grounds of Cricket St Thomas and organised by Chard Running Club. Five AVR runners enjoyed slightly cooler conditions. Eleanor Wood was first AVR home in 55.22 and she also won the Vet 45 prize. Also running on consecutive days was Mike Giles, who finished in about 63 minutes, followed closely by Helen Eke, who is getting stronger with every race. Jane Calvert crossed the line in a time of 66.51. Harry Moore had a strong finish gaining a prize for the oldest competitor completing in 1:55. In the 2k Fun Run, Lydia Clapp was the first girl home, ninth overall. Well done Lydia! Many thanks to Chard Running Club for organising a most enjoyable race.

●Next Saturday, 6pm start, head to Umborne village hall for a 10k or a 2.4k fun run/walk, followed by a barbecue with bar, cakes and hot drinks. See the AVR website - www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk for details.

•On Sunday morning Luke Reed travelled to Weymouth for the Concept Sports Sprint Triathlon. The race started at 6.45am with a 750m sea swim, which was incredibly rough and not very enjoyable! This was followed by a 20km bike then a 5km run. Luke finished 6th overall in 1.15.15. The splits were swim:19.29 bike:36.47 and run 18.59. Richard Easton also took part having a storming race to win in a very impressive 1.07.32.


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