Festival of running

PUBLISHED: 12:36 13 July 2011

Bovey Tracey half

Bovey Tracey half


On a scorching hot day Sam Tooze, Claire Moles and Gill Day ventured to Bovey Tracey for a half marathon. Luckily there were water stations a plenty and they all enjoyed the stunning scenery. Sam managed it in 2.10, Claire in her first half marathon for the club completed in 2.20, and Gill in 2:22, writes Dave Mutter.

Young Ethan Day ran his first official fun run as an AVR member, and was eighth overall.

The AVR Running Festival was held over the weekend and on Friday evening there was a leisurely eight mile run to Beer for some Beer and food.

The main run of the weekend was the Blackdown Beauty organised by Honiton RC. Jon and Gill Day, Gary Perratt, Simon Davey and Gavin Warren accompanied by two Yeovil runners took part. After the first three pubs some of the gang decided to follow the race director John Burgess on his little short cut to the cream tea stop, which by then was very much needed. Somehow Poor Gavin and Simon went wrong and had to go an extra mile, but explained that they meant to do it! After this the guys all stayed together and were delighted to finish in just under 5½ hours.

Saturday was rounded off by the club BBQ at manor farm in the evening. On Sunday there was a long and short run from manor farm, both were at a leisurely pace due to the runs the day before.

Sue Venn ran the Wellington 10k in 64.17 and was really pleased to find her times are now decreasing. She was really chuffed as it was tough and very humid which just sapped the energy.

A lovely elderly lady sat at her garden gate and hosed runners down as they passed by. Sue reports to now being very lame, the result of tying her shoelaces too tight.

Liam McLean won the July AVR junior handicap in a new PB of 14:00. Lydia Clapp was 2nd, 13:57 and Josh Coates 3rd, 12:18. Andy Hitchcock was first home in the senior race, but despite knocking 6 mins off his PB his time does not count as he has not run enough qualifying runs. Sue Willer was the winner in 34:00, followed by Chris Irving, 24:57 and Teresa Coates 32:06.

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