Harry so close to 1,000th run

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

Harry Moore was the lone AVR running at the Lustleigh Village Show 10k multi terrain race.

Harry Moore was the lone AVR running at the Lustleigh Village Show 10k multi terrain race. He completed it in 86:12 and finished second over 70. Amazingly Harry now has only three more runs to complete his 1,000th competitive run.Having won her previous EnduranceLife event at Wimbleball on Exmoor last month, Axe Valley Runners' Julie Rowe travelled to Dorset for the next round of the Multi Sport Triathlon series. The backdrop of Corfe Castle provided a scenic base for the off road run, bike and kayak event. The race started with some confusion as, after a mile and half, all 200 competitors found themselves lost in the middle of the forest following the disappearance of a directional sign! The resulting about turn and general confusion left Julie adrift from the leading group at the end of the three mile run section but this didn't stop her attacking the mountain bike phase. The course was far drier than the Exmoor version (and probably a fair bit shorter too - all distances are approximate in these events!) and the benefits of a more appropriate bike ensured that after six miles Julie had held her place in the field before the kayaking. The kayak section took place on the edge of Poole harbour and was subject to some interesting tidal considerations. The wind, tide and sandbanks all contributed to paddling further than the mile that the crow would fly but Julie was still feeling fresh at this stage (having paced herself based on experience) and the final sprint out of the water posed no problems for the experienced runner. She ended up second lady, never quite recovering from that early confusion, and received a gift voucher from the organisers EnduranceLife as her prize.lDisappointed with news of this year's postponed Brecon Sleepwalker night time 20 mile mountain race, seven AVR organised their own cryptically named "The Midsummer Night Dream Run". It certainly wasn't Midsummer Night and for some could well have been a nightmare following the 8.30pm start. Seaton's Hook and Parrot was the first of several pub stops over the Dream's undulating course. Richard Hale, Paul Johns, Jon Day, Garry Perratt, Steve Reynolds, Chris Irving and Jamie Lambert switched on necessary head torches for the stony, muddy and wet footpaths and trails ahead. The route continued along hills, fields, forests and a river crossing before returning along the coast. Steve was the first to leave the group after a dark muddy forest section to return to Seaton but, running solo, soon became hopelessly lost in the Colyton lanes. Plucky Chris Keefe successfully cycled a road route, meeting up at several points until he tried to negotiate the maze of dark lanes between Southleigh and Hole House in Branscombe. Luckily, locals at the village pub were on hand and able to sketch him a map to get to his next rendezvous. From this stop in Branscombe, it was over two hours before the group finally returned to Seaton, muddied and tired but well satisfied with a rewarding 17 mile night run.


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