No rhyme nor reason but bogs and puddles give Jon's girls a glow
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010
There is a common conception that to join a running club you have to be super slim and ultra fast. This of course is nonsense and at AVR all abilities, shapes, sizes and ages are welcome.
There is a common conception that to join a running club you have to be super slim and ultra fast. This of course is nonsense and at AVR all abilities, shapes, sizes and ages are welcome. Jonathan Day has spent the last few months training up a group of ladies who had never run before, culminating with them entering their first race. Here is their report. Last Saturday five of Jon's Wednesday girls set off for the Women's Running Network 10th anniversary run held at Bicton arena. It was to be Celeste's and Bridget's first race and the running race virgins were looking forward to the off-road terrain. The girls entered as a team, not that they held out much hope and called themselves "Jon's Glow Girls". (It was going to be Jon's fluorescent floozies but Gill couldn't fit that on the T shirts.) It was an apt name as Jon is always making sure they're glowing correctly on night runs. He's so bossy!The girls set off from the back, but after only a few hundred metres the race ground to a halt. Gill spotted the problem was a huge muddy puddle with many runners tip toeing around it to avoid getting wet on a bitter winter's morning. So in true AVR style all five picked up the pace and went for it, causing chaos in their wake, although they did apologise to those who they soaked on the way! Well it did say multi terrain! The race only got better, with mud bogs up to their knees and puddles as wide and deep as rivers. Jon's girls were in their element picking up false mud tans for this week's Christmas dinner. Bridget and Celeste are race virgins no longer, both finishing with huge grins on their faces. Becki, Gill and Ellie just thought it was a superb race with views to die for and a great time was had by all! The race results are not known as yet and typically they were near the back, but who cares when you've had a chance to play in all those muddy puddles and bogs?l This is Richard Hales' race report for the Full Monty-Cute run:"With Sunday's race now over the runners think this is the timeThat the Somerset Monty-cute Ten miler was written out in rhyme.No pains or ills or frozen skies would keep our runners from their quest10 tough country miles for four AVR determined to give their best.The orders came on Ham Hill from the director who had daredGive few words of comfort to those who stood and staredAt ten frosty hills, stony tracks and paths ahead, a wet and muddy trail,Ten breathless miles of running in the quest for the Full Monty Grail.The Monty began with summer skies, yet talk of an icy questLuke Reed's thoughts were soon of codeine pills and a final place of rest.But 1hr 24 later like a cat that had the creamHis 10th place perfected, he sprinted through his dream.In the wet and frosty muddy fields, underneath the treesIce holes, mud and slurry brought Bernard Fry to his knees,But he pushed and dug deep for a fantastic 13th place First vet 50 in 1.26 and easily finished the race.Loving the views, hills and mud Richard Hale could not waitWhen sprinting past Eleanor Wood at mile marker 8.He had 1.35 when on the line he stood stillWith his 62nd place, who said he was over the hill?Through misty eyes came Eleanor Wood looking sore and jarredWith one last effort for victory she had to push herself hard.With her 68th place she was first Lady 50 VetHer 1.36.45 target had at last been met.With the Monty-cute now over and expecting no more griefTheir Christmas pudding mementos held up in relief,The four weary runners were back in Devon by threeAnother cold perfect day but a colder memory."l The final club handicap races for 2008 were held on Monday evening. The shorter junior race was won by Beth Sibley in a new PB of 15:23, followed by Alex Hunt, 10:48; Alex Barry, 13:57; Will Rosindell, 11:13 and Abby Richards, 13:16. The seniors' victor was Chris Keeffe in 22:05, with Dave Mutter 28:30; Eleanor Wood 25:13; Susie Pitt 32:24; and Luke Reed 21:34. The final results will be unveiled at the forthcoming AVR dinner.