Last of the winter 3ks

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 15 June 2010

There was a great atmosphere at Exeter Arena with a large number of competitors from many clubs, including an eleven strong AVR contingent ready to compete in the last of the Exeter 3K winter series.

There was a great atmosphere at Exeter Arena with a large number of competitors from many clubs, including an eleven strong AVR contingent ready to compete in the last of the Exeter 3K winter series. As in the previous three events, Jake and Abby Richards' younger brothers ran the mile race. Will Richards was second in 6:20 and George Richards fourth in 6:28. Race F was the first 3k and Romy Phillips had an excellent run, coming seventh in a PB of 13:46. In race E Abbey Richards ran strongly, beating a rival comfortably in 12:43. Abbey was also 2nd U17 female in the whole series. In the same race, Zoe Sing was 20th overall in 13:33, but she was 2nd in the U13 female category. In Race D Emma Kiernan and Julia Phillips raced the first six laps together until Emma, who is going from strength to strength, pushed ahead, finishing 15th in a new PB of 12:02. Congratulations to Emma who was 1st U17 female in the series. Julia crossed the line 17th and was pleased with her time of 12:10, giving her third over 40 lady in the series. In race C Jake Richards ran well finishing 10th in 10:59 and 1st U13 male. In Race B Robbie Holt had an excellent run, finishing 7th in a PB of 10:28, securing 3rd U17 male in the series. Justin Holt was eighth in 10:31 and his three fastest times in the series made him 2nd U17 male overall. Dan Clapp had an excellent run finishing 10th with a PB of 10:33 and, despite facing stiff competition, came 3rd U15 in the series. Daniel (watch out or your sister will catch you up) Kiernan had a good run and was 15th in 10:54. He was fourth U20 male overall. In race A Josh Rosendale had a storming run, finishing 11th in 10:09, which made him 2nd U20 male for the series. It was a superb night for the AVR gang and even race organiser Pete Ferlie stated that it was an "Axe Valley Runners' night!" Once again the junior AVR coaches were very proud! Meanwhile a small contingent of Axe Valley runners made the journey to Sherborne Castle for the Yeovil Town Road Runners annual multi terrain 10k. This race is set in the castle grounds and is a superb undulating off-road event. The course was considerably muddier than last year, however the times and performances of AVRs were strong. Josh Rosendale ran a well paced race and finished 11th in an enviable 38:54. This young runner continues to impress with a superb time for the conditions. Gary Phillips put in a steady performance and made ground through the field all the way to the finish line with a respectable 23rd place in 41:13. Race-hungry Chris Keefe had a quick start but faltered after the first climb, losing ground on Phillips. However, in true gritty style, he moved his way back up to a very creditable 45th place in 44:24, also scooping the second male junior place. Julia Phillips and Emma Kiernan both ran very well under the conditions. Ultimately there was only 25 seconds separating them, which bodes well for an exciting season ahead. Julia's strength and experience clinched her fourth place in the ladies' field with a time of 44:51, 1st Vet 35 and 49th overall. Star of the day Emma Kiernan, who at 16 years old was running in her first competitive 10k, showed great promise, powering her way to sixth lady in a PB of 45:16. In addition to this she also scooped the first junior female place. Shortly after the 10k start saw the 2k race for those juniors under 16. Cheered on by her brother and grandfather, Romy Phillips ran a good race in a mixed field. Romy was up against the might of Mendip AC runners but represented Axe Valley Runners with strength and pride to finish a superb fifth place overall and third girl in 6:30. Thanks go out to Lord Digby and Yeovil Running Club for a great race in such picturesque surroundings.

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