Fiver raises £1,500 for CIN

PUBLISHED: 11:30 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

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With 10 minutes to the Colyton Fiver start, the rain was lashing down, then race director Paul Morgan looked up to the heavens, the clouds parted and the sun beamed down. Wayne Stephens from Bideford AAC made little of the blustery wind, running the five

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With 10 minutes to the Colyton Fiver start, the rain was lashing down, then race director Paul Morgan looked up to the heavens, the clouds parted and the sun beamed down. Wayne Stephens from Bideford AAC made little of the blustery wind, running the five mile race in 27:02, that's a cracking 5min 24sec per mile! Peter Monaghan, of Torbay AAC, was second, 28:22 and Honiton's Kevin Hawker third, 29:19. John Blackledge was first AVR home, sixth overall in 30:19, followed by young Robbie Holt ninth, 31:04. Chris Keefe, who was training at that well known Grove gym until the early hours, had a good old battle with stitched up Luke Reed and Phil Bayliss. The final positions were: Chris 13th, 31:50, Luke 14th, 31:54, and Bayliss 15th 31:57. Young Dan Clapp managed to hold off Dominic Schneiders by three seconds, finishing 22nd in 33:03 and Dominic 23rd. First AVR lady home was the young and talented Hannah Bridger, third lady, 27th overall, in 33:26. The first lady home was aptly named Janet Swift of the Womens Running Network, 17th overall in 32:12, and Sidmouth's Jessica Watkins was second lady, 21st overall in 32:55. The next AVR home was another young talented runner, Emma Kiernan. She was 37th, 35:15. It's really good to see how the ex-AVR juniors have progressed as they enter the senior ranks and have fun doing it. Steve White, a not so junior runner was next, 41st in 35:52, and proceeded to bellow encouragement to every runner as they approached the finish line. l The shorter one lap two and a half mile fun run attracted a huge diversity of runners, with ages from 7 to 70. A really great performance was achieved by John Barrington-Rowell. As you may know, unfortunately AVR founder member John has been blind for a few years now. This year his chum Steve Atkins guided him around the fun run and they finished 49th in 38:44. A fantastic achievement, well done John! It's good to see the girls showing the lads how to run as the winner was Naomi Speake, 13. AVR's Alex Hunt was second, 15:41 and Oscar Bigwood, 11, third, 17:13. l Apart from having fun, the idea of the races was to raise as much money as possible for the BBC Children In Need Appeal and it looks like £1,500 will go to that worthy cause. Many thanks to all sponsors including Saucony, Winner Print and the traders of Colyton. Thanks also to the Colyton Fire Brigade and their ladies for selling tea and soup, donating their profits to the cause, and to St John Ambulance plus all marshals and helpers, but mainly race director Paul Morgan, the leading light in this race for all of its 21 years.


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