Hopson leads AVR home at Shaves Cross Mini Marathon

PUBLISHED: 20:38 03 August 2015 | UPDATED: 20:38 03 August 2015

Galina Barskaya

Whilst for many folks a Saturday evening is a time to relax for many runners it was time to get going in the Shaves Cross Mini Marathon, writes Dave Mutter.

This is actually a five-mile run with a road climb in the first half up to Pilsdon Pen and then an off-road descent to the finish.

Six AVRs decided to tackle this local friendly race and Josh Hopson in one of his best ever races finished third in 31:33 and was well pleased with his trophy. Next home in seventh spot, running strongly, was Justin Sleeman.

Dominic Schneiders, determined to beat Eleanor Wood since she beat him in the Dalwood 10k, warmed-up well beforehand and finished 10th in about 33.50 minutes with Eleanor two places behind and first lady home in 34:42.

Next back was Will Watson who was chuffed to have won a £15 mystery prize followed by brother Chris, reluctant to run as he had had little sleep the previous night due to a sleep-over (what an ironic word!).

Sue Venn turned up ready to run, but decided it would be better to sit on the hay bales with a glass of Chardonnay in hand looking at Pilsdon Pen rather than running up it!

After the race there was a bar, a barbecue and lots of raffles and other games - a fun event with 60 runners and well worth the £5 entry fee.

Robin Carter ran in the Great West Fell race on Saturday.

This event is put on by Oakhampton running club and starts from Meldon Reservoir on Dartmoor and ascends to the highest tors, Yes tor and High Willhayes, before descending via Black Tor back to the Reservoir.

Robin was fourth lady to the top, but managed to gain second spot on the rough downhill to Black tor and held on to this to the finish, completing in 50:36.

It was a good turn out and weather was a little damp which kept it a cool run.

The race was won by Will Lamerton from Oakhampton in 39:50.

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