Heat was on for coastal runners

Last week’s blistering weather was just what Stephen Reynolds, Geoff Woodward and Steve Boyce did not want as they ran their epic Forces March, five marathons in five days, writes Dave Mutter.

It started on Wednesday at Ilfracombe and finished 133 miles later at Bulford Camp. Each day was sweltering, but this did not stop the lads completing all five marathons and they finished their last one in a superb 4.12 hours. Unsurprisingly the team were delighted to finish and ran as a three man team to the end. This was an incredible achievement and if you would like to add to their sponsorship for the Veterans forces charity, go to www.justgiving.com and search for Stephen Reynolds or Geoff Woodward (Not Steven Reynolds).

?Run in the Wild, a 10K around the beautiful but hilly Cricket StThomas grounds was run on Sunday with Robin Britton the first AVR home, 35th in 53:22, a good time for such a hilly course. Mary Kellam was next, 149th in 1:26:20.Harry Moore was asked by Stuart Hall the race organiser to take his 17-year-old son, also called Harry, around with him. Harry duly obliged and the pair completed the run with a cheering crowd for support in 2.03 hours, Harry Snr winning a bottle of cider for being the oldest competitor.

?The hardest parts of the Salcombe Coastal Marathon occurred when gazing at the stunning scenery whilst trying to keep a wary eye on the uneven paths over the cliff tops.

On a glorious sunny Saturday, eight Axe Valley Runners wended their way from the start of the run at Torcross, to the first of the magnificent views at Start Point, clambering over to East Prawle and on to catch the busy little passenger ferry to Salcombe. It was here that Robin Carter, who had been running with her dog, completed the half marathon. The others followed the coastal path acorn signs to Bolt Head, over a couple of huge hills to Hope Cove along the golf course at Thurlestone ending the run at Bantham. Garry Perratt and James Jackson completed the run in just over four hours, followed by Graham Newton, Paul Johns, carrying a heavy rucksack, Jon Day, Eleanor Wood and Phil Bayliss back to the finish.

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