Power driven reindeers
PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:47 15 June 2010
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The Axe Valley Runners' club meal the previous night clearly had no affect on Chris Keeffe who powered round Otterton Reindeer Run.
The Axe Valley Runners' club meal the previous night clearly had no affect on Chris Keeffe who powered round Otterton Reindeer Run to be first AVR in 35:31 and 13th place with a big smile on his face. Next runner home for AVR was the ever tough Bernard Fry who pushed himself round to a very good 18th place in 36:36. Eleanor Wood, the second of the award winning captains from the night before came in next very pleased with her 43rd place in 39:56. Young Joe Rogers was next to finish, enjoying the race all the way round and finishing 66th in 44:16. Relatively new member Martin Croad was 100th in 47:34 a great achievement. The associated 3k junior run was won in fine style by AVR's own Dan Clapp in a time of 12:54 and other AVR entrant Lydia Clapp had a great run coming 13th in 16:35. Seven Axe Valley Runners from the strong junior section competed in the third of the Brooks Westward League Cross Country series in Exeter. The course was traditional XC, run around undulating fields which got muddier and muddier with every step. This event also saw the cream of Devon runners competing for positions within the county as it was the Devon County Championships.Dan Clapp ran another strong race as a 15-year-old in the under-17 male event. He finished an excellent 17th in the league (19th overall in the Devon). Alisdair Heasmen had his first taste of this sort of event and appeared a little shell shocked at the pace the under-13 boys field raced off at. However, he stayed steady throughout to finish 26th in the League (24th in Devon). Romy Phillips at 13 years ran the under-15 Girls' event. She ran a gritty race and with a really determined sprint to the line finished 25th in the league (18th in Devon). The last of the AVRs ran the under 13 girls' event. Another lightning start to the event, the last of the day being the muddiest did not deter the team. Layla Felgate ran superbly finishing 8th (8th in Devon), Molly Hansford was 16th (14th in Devon), Lydia Clapp was only one place behind at 17th (15th in Devon) and Zoe Sing chased them down to finish 19th (17th in Devon). This is the first time AVR have had a team in this event and it was marvellous to see them all perform so well. All that remains now is to see if any of them get to represent Devon at the South West of England Cross Country championships at Bicton in the New Year.On Monday evening the AVR Junior awards were presented by head coach Debbie Barry. Dan Clapp was the Junior Boy Runner of the Year and Romy Phillips the Junior Girl Runner of the Year. The Chris Levene Award for endeavour went to Lydia Clapp and the Attendance Award to Alex Barry. The Most Improved Junior runner was Rosie Baker. Alex Hunt won the Junior Handicap Series. Congratulations to all the winners and to the juniors' coaching team for all the encouragement they give.l After a scrumptious dinner at the Dolphin Hotel, Beer, the annual AVR awards were presented by chairman Garry Perratt. Luke Reed was the male Runner of the Year , Emma Kiernan the female equivalent. Gill Day won the Derby and County AC shield for being the Most Improved Runner and Phil Bayliss won the President's Shield by winning the club championship series of races. For injuring himself during a game of rounders at the club barbecue Phil was also deemed the unluckiest runner. The team of the year was the Commando Challenge gang and the Clubperson of the Year was chairman Gary. Eleanor Wood and Bernard Fry, the club captains won the Chairman's Shield. The results of the handicap series was announced, with Dave Mutter 3rd with 159 points; Luke Reed 2nd, 167 and Bernard Fry 1st with only one more point than Luke. Special awards were given to Paul and Ann Morgan for their handicap timing and for organising the Colyton Fiver race, also to Rick Wood for compiling the AVR race diary. Dave Kelf was given honorary membership to AVR for all his years of sterling work. After Paul Morgan's prize draw, which raised over £60 for Children In Need, some rather dubious alternative awards were presented by Dave Mutter. This got everyone in the mood for some dancing to the superb Scavengers that included AVR's Debbie and Mike.