Clist third at Dalwood Three Hills race

PUBLISHED: 14:38 23 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:38 23 February 2015

What a day for the Dalwood Three hills races, writes Dave Mutter.

Usually the race coincides with the first warm weekend of the year, but after a beautiful Saturday the heavens opened and the winds blew just as the races got underway. Unsurprisingly the route was exceedingly boggy, with one track you were up to your knees in water and just to finish off after the struggle up the humongous Danes Hill you were greeted with horizontal sleet slapping you in the face. Overall it was just amazing fun!

The 10-mile challenge was won by Michael Robinson of the Mud Crew Trail Runners in 1:08:55, with James Denne finishing second in 1:09:39 and AVR’s Matt Clist taking third in a time of 1:10:55.

Matt may well have finished higher had he not done a 30-mile off road cycle the day before!

Eleanor Wood put in another sterling performance to be first over 50 lady, 32nd overall, in 1:34:22, finishing with a great big grin on her face. Tim Lenton also ran well to be sixth in a time of 1:14:13, with Ian Apps, 14th, 1:21:40; Rupert Pady16th, 1:23:51 and Joshua Hopson, 34th, 1:36:41.

Geoff Woodward and John Greenhalgh had a rare old battle with Geoff outsprinting John to finish 40th, 1:39:46 with John 42nd, 1:40:29. Steve Reynolds was 47th, 1:43:44; Roger Bramley 54th, 1:46:06; Steve Lewis 57th, 1:47:59; Dan Ayling 63rd, 1:51:01 and Holly Edwards 68th, 01:55:36.

The three-mile mini challenge was won by 15-year-old Jamie Barnett of Teignbridge Trotters with 13-year-old AVR Oliver Rodger having a great run to finish second in a time of 25:39. Honiton RC’s Florence Swann took third spot in a time of 26:23. William Watson (15) was fifth in 28:10; Mia Bartlett (13), sixth in 28:29 and Christopher Watson (13), seventh in 32:01.

The 1.5-mile Fun Run was won by Josh Comer (9) of Taunton AC. Budding AVR’s Darcie Morton (9) and Dylan Arnold (9) had great races with Darcie the first girl home, third overall in 10:20 and Dylan finished sixth in 11:47.

Many thanks to the Dalwood Run Committee for once again staging a beautifully iconic race complete with superb post-race refreshments. So this weekend we move on to the Grizzly – let’s hope for better weather then!

In contrast to Dalwood, Brighton was bathed in late winter sunshine, perfect weather for Angela and Martin Kerr to run the half marathon which they did with aplomb. Angela took a minute off of last weeks’ time, completing in 1:54:51 while Martin beat his previous weeks time by a full four minutes to finish in 2:18:28.

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