Great route for new race

PUBLISHED: 19:18 10 October 2012

Axe Valley Runners

Axe Valley Runners


It was cracking weather for a cracking new race last Sunday. The 7.4-mile Minster Challenge and three-mile Fun Run had its inaugural outing and was very well supported indeed, with 97 completing the Challenge on a muddy route that seemed 90 per cent uphill, and a further 60 in the fun run, writes Dave Mutter.

The race raised funds for the Axe Valley Community College’s Sports and Music departments. Students from the college’s talented steel band provided the pre-race entertainment and the Axminster Karizma Majorettes led runners to the start line.

Jacob Clode of Axe Community College won the fun run, but Ethan Day had a brilliant run to finish second overall and first boy 11-13 years in 23:34. Josh Killby was 16th in 27:08; May Wood 18th 27:14; Rosie Hawkings 19th 27:49; Adam Burrough 20th, 29:08 and Edward Polley 21st, 29:13. Ben Franklin was pleased to be 22nd in 29:20, while Caleb Sinclair produced a great effort to be 24th in 30:04. Matt Thurgood was 29th, 32:05; Beth Stead 38th, 35:12; Irene Croad 43rd, 36:42 and Leah Craker, in her first run for the club, 46th in 41.55. Margaret Craker was 48th, 43:01; Liz Thomas 49th, 32:52 and Harry Moore, back from a torn calf muscle 58th in 55:59.

James Denne of Exeter Harriers blasted around the challenge, winning in 47:06. AVR’s Tim Lenton was second, 49:34 and Alex Todd, back from injury, third, 50:57. Josh Coates, 17, had a stormer, finishing fourth, 52:09 just ahead of Matthew Clist, 5th in 52:34.

Triathlon specialist Luke Reed had a good run; he was fifth in 53:10. Andrew Watson, another 17-year-old powered around to finish 9th in 54:12. A crop of age category winners followed with Martin Lascelles first over 50, 10th overall in 54:59; Phil Bayliss 11th, first over 60, 55:20 and Ian Apps 12th, first over 40, 56:09.

Croad’s improvement continues unabated, he was 13th, 56:58. Tim Sibley was next AVR, 20th in 1:00:07; Tony Wood 21st, 1:0022; Robin Britton 25th, 1:01:34 and Eleanor Wood 1st over 50 lady, 26th overall in 1:01:52. Dave Thomas managed to keep ahead of rival Mark Hilder on the last hill finishing 31st, 1:03:34 with Mark 9 seconds adrift. Chris Polley was 33rd, 1:04:38; Mark Tremlett 34th, 1:04:43; Matt Morbey 38th, 1:05:38; Roger Bramley 45th, 1:07:09; James Sibley 46th, 1:07:14; Wayne Tooze 55th, 1:10:02 and Richard Hale 60th, 1:11:17. Adele Foxwell coaxed her brother around and finished 61st in 1:11:29, then played football in the afternoon. Gavin Warren was 63rd, 1:12:15; Steven Lewis 68th, 1:13:55 and a full of Turkish Delight Dave Mutter 72nd, 1:16:30. Janette Mack finished 82nd, 1:20:29 with Sam Tooze 83rd, 1:21:02 and Claire Moles 84th, 1:21:15.

Many thanks to the college’s Sara Feldman and Diane Roberts for organising the event, Garry Perratt, for route setting, the marshals and all who helped make it a great day.

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Wilf Walsh ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon yesterday in sunny London in 01:46:33 and Lesley Adams completed the Cannon Hill, Birmingham parkrun 214th in 28:00.

Steve Retro Reynolds, Geoff Woodward and Marathon virgin Ian Clements took part in The Clarendon Way Marathon on Sunday. Ian was a bit nervous and hooned off at the start leaving Geoff behind. Retro had decided that he was in bad form so had a breakfast at McDonalds before the start and therefore started a bit more sedately. Geoff passed Ian at 9 miles who by then was wondering if he would make

it to the finish. Geoff pressed on to finish in 4hrs 15 secs. Ian kept going and crossed the line in 4hrs 27mins followed by Retro who having consumed a Mars bar at 20 miles then finished the last 6 miles like a Kenyan coming home in 4hrs 28mins. He then announced that he was going on the sweet and cake waggon with immediate effect!

On Saturday, Liam Roberts raced for a Birmingham University AC A-team for the first time at the Manchester Relays. This is a 6 x 3km cross-country relay event held on a flat and twisty single lap course, hosted by the University of Manchester Athletics and Cross-Country Club. The official competition is between university clubs but local clubs also take part. BUAC also fielded two B-teams of similar strength and Liam also ran a leg for one of these teams. With conditions wet underfoot and the numerous, already muddy corners getting worse, he posted the fastest third leg in 9:31, which was the 19th fastest time overall out of 252, and then ran 9:48 for his B-team leg 10 minutes later. Overall, the BUAC A-team won the event and the B-team that Liam ran in came second as the other B-team took the final podium place.

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