Matt Clist in top two finish at the 2018 Exe to Axe race

PUBLISHED: 06:41 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 06:41 10 April 2018

AVR members at the 2018 Exe to Axe meeting.

AVR members at the 2018 Exe to Axe meeting.


The annual Exe to Axe race took place on Sunday with a great turnout from AVRs looking to take on this 22-mile endurance challenge, writes Dave Mutter.

The race starts in Exmouth and follows the coast path all the way to Axmouth Harbour and showcases some great scenery and several rather large hills to get up and down.

The race is known as a fairly easy first 10 miles with a very hard last part. This year was made even tougher as the wet weather made all the sections even tougher.

Matt Clist ran superbly to finish second in 2:34 and Tim Lenton was third, with his time being 3:01. Other results were as follows: Patrick Devine-Wright, 17th, 3:19; Matt Hewer, 21st, 3:26; Rob Collier, 22nd, 3:26; Rupert Pady, 42nd, 3:42; Karen Eyre, 69th, 3:56; Eleanor Wood, 74th and first FV60 3:57; Kerry Board, 105th, 4:22; Andrew Hartnell, 112th, 4:24; Steven Lewis, 129th, 4:35; Louise (Superwoman) Burridge, 155th, 4:50; Adele Foxwell, 156th, 4:50; John Larcombe, 166th, 4:56; Samantha Miller, 177th, 5:07 and Tony Smith, 178th, 5:07.

The club also had five relay teams taking part; the relays can be made up of either two, three or four people. They finished as follows; AVR Amber – Kevin Feeney and Steve Haines, 3:50; AVR Blue – Georgia Dommett and Alex Boon, 4:01; AVR Damson – Robb Kerr, Sarah Shepley, Nick Adams and Ferenc Kovacs, 4:12; AVR Eggshell – Bec Davey and Mark Spraggs 4:52; AVR Crimson – Laura Kerr and Fiona Pyle, 4:52.

Congratulations to Sidmouth Running Club for organising such a wonderful event.

●Duncan Staddon ran the Manchester Marathon over the weekend and completed in a fantastic time of 3:02:03.

It’s a time that sees him qualify for the iconic Boston Marathon next year.

Another brilliant time was achieved by Terry Emmett, who ran the Taunton Half Marathon and finished 10th out of 1048 in a time of 1:21:34.

●Last, but certainly not least for this latest report, condolences to the family of Harry Moore, who passed away last Saturday. Harry ran in the AVR colours for many years.

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