PB for Tiffany Moore in August handicap

PUBLISHED: 18:05 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

Axe Valley Runners: There were eight runners and one PB in Monday s junior August handicap. Tiffany Moore was the winner in the new PB of 13:54. Alex Barry was 2nd, 13:50; Birthday Boy Alex Hunt 3rd, 10:56; Hannah Rice 4th, 14:44 and Lauren Richards 5th

Axe Valley Runners: There were eight runners and one PB in Monday's junior August handicap.

Tiffany Moore was the winner in the new PB of 13:54. Alex Barry was 2nd, 13:50; "Birthday Boy" Alex Hunt 3rd, 10:56; Hannah Rice 4th, 14:44 and Lauren Richards 5th, 13:38. Triathlete King Steve White won the senior event in 24:27.

Trailing in his wake were Sue Willer 2nd, 34:37; Andy Sayers 3rd, 25:20; Luke Reed 4th 20:56 and John Blackledge 5th, 20:05.

Two laps running through beautiful Somerset fields and orchards with leaps over a dozen stiles sums up the Haselbury Trail race which was won by Chris Burton of Yeovil Town.

On the warm and muggy evening Liam Roberts was the first Axe Valley Runner home, 10th in 42:50 - exactly the same time that he ran last year. Just ten seconds behind him, in 11th place, was AVR's Luke Reed. They had a great battle. Liam went off at a good pace and was pretty much out of sight until he got to the big hill. Luke spotted Liam walking up it, so he pushed on and managed to catch and overtake him.

Liam battled back to regain the lead during the 2nd lap, knowing he needed a big lead for the hill at the end otherwise he would be caught again. Luke nearly managed it, but Liam timed it just right, started running just before the summit and stayed in front until the end.

Dominic Schneider finished strongly in 46:39 followed by Mark Hilder who managed a cheery smile in a time of 50:11. Roger Bramley bounded home in 51:32 with Andy Sayers racing in at 53:10.

A ripple of excitement ran through the crowd of supporters once it was known that Mike and Debbie Barry were on the home stretch. In the end it was Debbie who clinched the contest in 63:44 some seconds in front of husband Mike. Debbie was first AVR lady.

Daniel Clapp was in top form, completing the 6k single lap Fun Run in the blistering pace of 23:51, followed by Alex Barry in a much improved time of 32:57. Harry Moore, who is fast approaching his 1,000th race, finished in 36:15, winning the oldest competitor prize. Pat Edmonds collected a prize for the most mature lady competitor.

Harry was then in action again on Thursday when he ran the 2nd of the Exeter 5K Summer Series nearly 30 seconds quicker than the first, taking 34:34.

Sunday morning saw perfect running weather for the 7th Sidmouth 10K Festival Run.

Following the usual hard slog from the start at the grassy foot of Cliff Fields up to Peak Hill, runners were rewarded with an almost entirely new off road route through Mutters Moor and into the hilly and dense forest of Bulverton Plantation.

Rain of recent days did wonders for the clinging mud along the new trails and steep tracks. Bernard Fry and Luke Reed constantly battled for first place from Axe Valley Runners with Luke coming out tops, 18th overall in 45:19, while Bernard finished 28th in 47:23.

Young Emma Kiernan, Ian Walker, Mark Hilder, Richard Hale and Eleanor Woods were close together for the whole race until the last exhilarating 1k downhill gallop to the finish.

Richard reached the line first, 60th overall in 52:49, followed by Mark 63rd, 52:56, just edging out Ian by 1 place and 1 second.

Eleanor, still full after a week of hearty fare from her French country holiday, finished 66th in 53:00, keeping ahead of young Emma, who ran brilliantly, finishing 71st in 53:11.

A tough run with a great new course to reflect upon for seven exhausted AVRs.

By Dave Mutter

Axe Valley Runners

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