Exe to Axe winner beats relay team!

PUBLISHED: 10:00 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 15 June 2010

The staggeringly difficult Exe to Axe race was held last Sunday. It starts at the Foxenhole car park on Exmouth sea front and follows the breathtaking East Devon Coastal Path for 20 miles, finishing at the Hook and Parrot on the Esplanade at Seaton.

The staggeringly difficult Exe to Axe race was held last Sunday. It starts at the Foxenhole car park on Exmouth sea front and follows the breathtaking East Devon Coastal Path for 20 miles, finishing at the Hook and Parrot on the Esplanade at Seaton. The run can either be done as a relay or as part of a team. Swindon Harrier Nathan Montague was the winner in a very quick 2:42:08, quicker than the first relay team, the Exmouth Harriers' 'Saga Boys' who completed in 3:02:56.Phil Bayliss was the first home for AVR, 10th overall in 3:14:51. He actually ran most of the way with 11th placed Bernard Fry, but then did the dirty on him and sprinted away at the end to beat him by 46 seconds. Phil did apologise on Monday night! Apparently it was a sight for sore eyes for the crew at the Branscombe pit-stop to see Phil and Bernard ascending the huge Branscombe west cliff hill topless. Dave Kelf failed to beat four hours by just 28 seconds. This was a minute down on last year when he beat the target by 30 seconds, so the old warhorse has not slowed much since then. However, this year Dave was 57th when last year he was 93rd, so the rest are getting worse at a quicker rate than him. Dave reports that it was a lovely day, but the going was a tad slippery underfoot. The runners had a brilliant day and especially would like to thank the "Barry" gang and all other drink station helpers.l Harry Moore decided the Whimple five mile charity run was for him and he completed the undulating road course in 56:21. The excitement is building as Harry has only 32 more races to go to have completed 1,000 competitive runs. Tiffany Moore, his granddaughter, and she ran in the 1 mile event, finishing 2nd just behind the winning boy, in 7:10.


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