PB flurry for Axe Valley Runners

AVR’s at the Honiton Hippo

AVR’s at the Honiton Hippo - Credit: AVR

David Cooke competed in the Welsh Masters Track and field championships in Swansea this weekend with great success, winning the M60+ category in the 200, 400 and 800 metre events.  

His superb 800m run of 2 min 34.34 sec time was the fastest David has run since returning to the track in 2017. 

Two AVR's took part in the last edition of the RUNEXE 5K series and conditions were excellent with a gentle breeze and the temperature dropping nicely before the race commenced.  

The first AVR home was Joel Seward finishing 8th Overall in a new PB by 8 seconds, completing the course in an impressive 16:30. Ron Seward just missed out on winning the overall M70 category, running a new 5km PB of 22:32 to finish 58th overall and 2nd M70+. Terry Emmett finished 2nd overall in the M40+ category with a very impressive average over the three races of 16:45. 

Over 20 AVR’s enjoyed the Honiton Hippo named after the 130,000 year old Hippopotamus bones found when the A30 Honiton bypass was constructed.  

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This is a race with everything – including road, cross-country, river crossings, and some steep hilly sections. Tim Lenton was the first AVR home, 3rd in 53:09, just ahead of Patrick Devine-Wright 4th, 53:37.  
Other AVR times were Andrew Strongitharm 9th, 59:01; Tony Smith 23rd, 1:05:09; Eleanor Wood 25th, 1:05:47; Lee Stubbs 30th, 1:08:23; Ron Seward 33rd, 1:10:10; Ian Apps 36th, 1:10:35; Jeremy Norcombe 41st, 1:14:36; Geoff Rugg 47th, 1:20:15 and Suzi Blackett 66th, 1:25:53. Joint 74th in 1:30:$6 were Charlotte Horlock, Bec Davey, Emma Richardson and Sam Tooze. Rachael Hiscock was 88th, 1:41:21; and Denise Burgess, Gill Day and Maxine Sweetman joint 95th, 1:46:30. The cake selection at the end was sensational. 

AVR Joel Seward romped to victory in the latest Seaton parkrun in 16:59, with Richard Hardy 2nd, 17:34 and another AVR Rob Collier 3rd, 18:02. All the top three had parkrun PB’s. 

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