First home and king of the hill

PUBLISHED: 13:45 16 August 2012

Representative from race sponsors Michelmores, Liam Roberts, Tim Lenton and Simon Bayliss. Josh Coates is missing.

Representative from race sponsors Michelmores, Liam Roberts, Tim Lenton and Simon Bayliss. Josh Coates is missing.

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A cloud sat on Peak Hill, the top of the one kilometre climb at the start of the 10K Sidmouth Festival Run, writes Dave Mutter.

The runners set off from the green above Jacob’s Ladder then clambered up to Mutter’s Moor to the lovely winding woodland paths before returning to the fast downhill finish - by which time the cloud had cleared and the sun shone.

AVR’s Liam Roberts was on top form to collect three trophies. He was the first runner to the summit of the hill, winning the King of the Hill trophy.

Although he admitted to slowing down a little to catch his breath, he continued fleet of foot to win the race in 38:57. His third prize of the day was to win the four-man team trophy.

In third place was new AVR member Tim Lenton taking 42:11. Simon Bayliss was pleased to come home 12th in 44:40.

Fifteen-year-old Josh Coates had a storming run to complete the winning team, finishing 16th in 46:11.

Phil Bayliss, who collected the over-60 prize, chased Josh down the hill but failed to catch him, crossing the line in 46:17. Thanks go to Race Director John Perratt, and all the helpers at Sidmouth Running Club.

●With Olympic action in full flow, there was a smaller than normal field for the August AVR handicap.

Janet Woodward won in 35:30, smashing her PB by over three minutes – don’t tell the American coach or he may suspect foul play.

Irene Croad was second, in 39:46, and Janet Cullum third, 32:06, both being PBs by around a minute.

Dave Thomas was fourth, 23:56, and Jon Day fifth, 21:40.

Martin Croad now leads with 116 points followed by James Guler, 96, and James Sibley, 93.

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