Moonwalk - all blisters and achy legs

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:32 15 June 2010

SIX AVRs went off on the train to London to do the Moonwalk in aid of breast cancer.

SIX AVRs went off on the train to London to do the Moonwalk in aid of breast cancer, organised by Playtex. Gill Day, Becky Davey, Elly Potter and Cat Gaukroger were joined by Helen Polley and Denise Hunt. The walk followed the London Marathon course around the Embankment, past Big Ben, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. The start was in intervals, with the six intrepid ladies starting at 11.45pm and finishing at 9am. All were very glad to finish as they had nasty blisters and achy legs - they would of been better off running it! The sights were amazing, with people coming out of clubs, pubs, and cafes, to cheer on the 15,000. Most walkers were women, but some men were allowed under special circumstances, (eg having lost partners to breast cancer). All finishers had a fantastic medal, but all said never again, (still at least they finished a marathon)! A very BIG thank you to all who sponsored them as they as raised just under £1,500.l Jonathan Day and Geoff Woodward had another early start travelling to Marlborough to run the Marlborough Downs Challenge, a 33 mile ultra marathon trail race. They arrived a tad late, and were in the toilet when the race started! The pair had a disagreement over route directions at 19 miles, so went their separate ways from then on. Geoff finished 55th in 5:51 and Jon 62nd in 5:59 out of 141 finishers. A fair few dropped out on the way, or chose the shorter 20 mile route. They received a handmade mug and a plate of pasta at the end. The route was amazing with fantastic scenery with both having dejˆ vu when running through the Avebury stone circles, the start of the Neolithic marathon they ran two weeks ago. It was fantastic race and they would recommend it.l On Sunday morning five AVRs went to Ottery for the Halls Estate Agents 10k. Before the race the weather seemed to be fairly settled, but 10 minutes in the heavens opened and the wind started! There was a good turnout and a good spirit despite the unpredictable weather. The following results are unofficial. Luke Reed was first AVR home, sixth overall in a very good 37.30. Eleanor Wood was next in around 43 mins and fourth lady. Steve White was not too far behind Eleanor in 43:31, his fastest 10k since 2003. Joyce Rendell was next in and Harry Moore completed in 78 mins, winning the over 70 trophy. Harry was also the oldest finisher.l Last Wednesday five AVR's travelled to the second meeting of the 5km series at Yeovilton. First AVR home was Luke Reed; a fantastic 12th out of a strong field of 158 runners with another new PB of 17:46. Next was Chris Keeffe who was pleased to finish 28th in 18:51, a new PB. More importantly it was the first time he finished in front of Gary Phillips, who had a brilliant race. The former chairman also produced a PB by finishing 31st in 18:56. Dominic Schneiders had targeted the 19 minute mark and only fell short by 13 seconds taking 40th spot. Young Romy Phillips was next to finish, 155th, with a brilliant time of 24:23. Harry Moore also enjoyed a good race finishing 156th in 37:19.l The May Junior handicap race was won by Mollie Hansford followed by James Sibley, Alasdair Heasman, Layla Felgate and Alex Hunt. In the senior handicap Steve White galloped around to win in 24:16, followed by Bridget Keefe PB of 34:09; Bernard Fry 22:06; John Blackledge 20:35 and Eleanor Wood 24:41.


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