Jubilant Alex wins his first ever race

PUBLISHED: 07:02 12 August 2010


The Haselbury Trail is a well-established 10k multi-terrain event with a twist – having to negotiate a heap of variously designed stiles, some of which were very wobbly indeed.

On a perfect night for running, Alex Todd, despite being wrongly directed near the end, blasted around to win his first ever race in 39:16. Boy, was he chuffed!

Congratulations to Lydia Clapp who made it an AVR double by winning the junior girls’ event, second overall in 28:56.

Garry Perratt had a fine battle for third spot with Tom Mellor of Taunton AC. Unfortunately, Garry was beaten into 4th taking 39:56. Bernard Fry overtook Phil Bayliss on a downhill charge and held on to his lead, finishing 26th in 46:28, with Phil 32nd in 47:02. Dominic Schneiders had Phil in his sightes, but kept checking his rear view mirror to ensure he stayed ahead of Eleanor Wood. He was 37th in 47:51 and Eleanor 41st, 48:26. Mark Hilder was delighted with 48th spot in 49:24 and Dave Mutter was chuffed to have beaten his last run’s time by five mins, romping home 89th in 56:49. Dave Kelf was 106th, 59:45. Tracey Stone and Kelly Dack ran the whole way together – apart from a mad sprint to the line, but still finished joint 111th in 1:00:46.

Harry Moore won the oldest competitor award for the fourth successive year, finishing the shorter Fun Run in 55:53.

On Saturday, Alex and Harry raced again in the Shaves Cross five-mile mini marathon. Alex was second this time with Harry taking 74:15 and winning not one, but two trophies. The first was a perpetual silver cup and the second for the oldest competitor.

Steve “Retro” Reynolds and Geoff Woodward had entered the 54321 Marathon in Salisbury but, having found out on Facebook that Honiton’s Steve Boyce was also doing it, decided to offer him a lift. This was very gentlemanly of them. Only trouble was, Boycey had entered the 50km version which started 45mins before the Marathon. Only one thing to do - upgrade to the 50! Retro has been showing some improvement of late and started off in front of Geoff and even had the audacity to overtake Steve B for a while. Geoff, having said that he didn’t mind what time he did, as long as he beat Retro, had to work his little cotton socks off to catch him - which he did at the 18-mile point.

Retro had his customary bout of cramp at 27 miles, allowing Geoff to extend his lead, finishing in 4hrs 44mins and Retro soon after in 4hrs 48mins.

Cheese burgers and 99s refuelled the tired athletes.

Don’t try this at home though!

The somewhat undulating 10k Sidmouth Festival Run was held on Sunday. This started with a charge up Peak Hill and ended with a dash down it. Unusually for this event, Paul Johns was the lone AVR runner; he finished 59th out of 204 in 50:55.

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