Perratt sees the AVR colours home in third place in Nightrunner event

PUBLISHED: 16:18 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:18 02 April 2013

When Lewis Carroll wrote in his Jabberwocky: ‘‘ Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, Did gyre and gimble in the wabe, All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe,’ he could well have had a celestial vision of over 100-years into the future to this year’s Nightrunner event, writes Dave Mutter.

It’s a night time seven-mile excursion into the ‘back of beyond’ around Beer and Branscombe and has a twisting torch lit route over undulating farmland, strength sapping upward steps towards the starry heavens, shingle beach and exposed cliff top.

Running conditions, however, were almost perfect with many runners exceeding their expectations.

There were 80 finishers and Michael Robinson of Tamar Trotters and AVR Matthew Clist crossed the finishing line together in a brilliant time of 44.47.

Garry Perratt of AVR raced to the finish in third with 47.07 followed by Alex Todd in fifth.

Other AVR places were 10th Andrew Watson, Josh Coates 11th in 50.30, Martin Lascelles 19th in 55.37, Chris Keefe 22nd, Geoff Woodward 33rd, Mark Nevell 34th, James Sibley 37th, Richard Dodge 52nd, Henley Bailey 63rd and Laura Bailey 73rd.

Following the race many retired to enjoy the hospitality of Jim at the Anchor Inn, the main Nightrunner benefactor, for Nightrunner food and drinks to everyone’s appreciation.

Thanks are also due to the many marshals lighting the way on a dark cold night, farmer Richard Dormer for allowing access onto private farmland, and Otter Brewery for copious supplies of runner’s favourite tipple!

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