Moore closes in on 1,000th race

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 15 June 2010

Tram challengers

Tram challengers

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The annual AVR s race against the tram from Seaton to Colyton was a great success for the tram that is.

Runners who raced the Seaton Tram.

The annual AVR's race against the tram from Seaton to Colyton was a great success - for the tram that is. The tram was obviously a well-oiled racing special for it overcame the defeats of the past few years to beat all three teams of runners in just over 16 minutes. The first team of runners, the Speedsome Threesome of Phil Bayliss, Bernard Fry and Garry Perratt, finished well over a minute behind with the two nine-(wo)man teams coming in over the next minute or so. AVR obviously didn't have enough spectators on the tram to slow it down! Two of the intrepid speeders then raced the tram back to Seaton single-handedly (or should that be double-footedly?!) with Garry just managing to beat it by about 20 seconds. Unfortunately, Bernard got lost in St Gregory's churchyard so was a little late returning! The fun was followed by frolics at the Bayliss Beach Bash with a sumptuous spread provided by the Baylisses and Woods, accompanied by much mirth and merriment. Much fun was had by all and AVR will be donating £150 to Devon Air Ambulance at the tramway's request. Roll on next year.Paul Johns knows an awful lot about an awful lot and can be excused for not knowing the whole truth about last Sunday's Exmoor Sea View 17 (mile) organised by Minehead Running Club, because this year's race finished at the 20 mile mark! Beginning at the Countisbury Church on Exmoor, the race winds along the South West Coastal Path to Minehead. It's a tough "find your own way" event with runners advised to keep the sea on their left. Undulating forest and moorland tracks open out to reveal superb views along the coast and over the Bristol Channel. After crossing Porlock Bay at sea level, runners are rewarded with a major exhausting climb up Hurlstone Combe to Selworthy Beacon at 969ft, before open moorland leads eventually down to the finish near Minehead Promenade. Unfazed by the hottest day of the year so far, Eleanor Wood pulled away from other AVRs after halfway to finish in a superb 3hr 27min. Paul Johns, Jonathan Day and Richard Hale ran as a group, relishing the mixed terrain and company en route and finished together in 3hrs 46 min. Superb tea, sandwiches and cakes completed an unforgettable long day. No prizes, T-shirts, mugs, etc, just a great run.l Harry and Tiffany Moore both competed in Sunday's Lyme Regis Lifeboat 2.5 mile run. Tiffany was second in the 13-17 year group (17 mins). Harry, in his 990th competitive run, won his age category, in 22 mins.

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