Heather finds Dorset run a doddle

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 00:03 16 June 2010

Six AVRs of questionable sanity ran, walked and staggered Sunday s 32 mile Dorset Doddle along the coast path from Weymouth to Swanage.

Six AVRs of questionable sanity ran, walked and staggered Sunday's 32 mile Dorset Doddle along the coast path from Weymouth to Swanage.

This was a Long Distance Walkers' Association event rather than a race, but many runners entered for the low-pressure, race-free running in absolutely stunning scenery featuring a shocking number of big climbs, making it mile-for-mile hillier than the Grizzly.

Honiton's Heather Foundling-Hawker took a few wrong turns which required back-tracks, but still thoroughly enjoyed herself without the pressure of a formal race and finished first lady and a superb second overall in 5:28.

Garry Perratt and Jamie Lambert led the AVR pack from the off but, by 10 miles, it was clear that Garry couldn't keep up the pace so Jamie went on ahead, pulling back from 15th to finish in an astonishing fifth place in 5:49.

Garry was caught by Jon Day and Geoff Woodward who slowly got away with Jon finishing ninth in 6:13 and Geoff 16th in 6:30. Garry struggled with exhaustion and cramp but gamely kept plugging away to finish in about 6:35.

Steve Reynolds got lost in Swanage (as did Garry, it has to be said) but finished in 7:02. Chris Keeffe has really got the ultra-running bug but, once again, struggled and left the course at the fourth checkpoint at 22.5 miles to walk directly to the finish, still doing 27 miles of tough going on foot during the day.

l Luke Reed and Andy Crispin were the only AVR's taking part in the Torbay Regatta 10K on Sunday evening.

Tom Payn of Winchester & District led the 555 strong field home in a blistering 31.05.

Luke Reed finished 18th in 37.18, this time was 1min26 seconds faster than last year's race!

Andy Crispin is building up his miles in preparation for the Musbury Challenge and was very pleased with his run, beating the hour to finish 429th in 59.08.


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