Record just there to be broken

PUBLISHED: 12:54 01 August 2012

Garry Perratt (in blue) exhausted but nearly home recovering from the climb up Weston cliff after 55 miles of his 70 mile run

Garry Perratt (in blue) exhausted but nearly home recovering from the climb up Weston cliff after 55 miles of his 70 mile run


Graham Newton ran the Exmoor Seaview 17, a 20 mile run from Lynton to Minehead. Competitors were bussed from Minehead to the start and then ran back along the coast path.

Rain showers en route made the going very slippery with many runners falling, Graham included. Beautiful scenery along the way made it a very pleasant but arduous run. He completed in 3:22:21 with the winner finishing much quicker.

●Crowds flocked to Lyme Regis on Sunday to watch the super Red Arrows display, but were treated to a display by Harry Moore completing the Lyme Regis 2.5 mile Fun Run for the 25th time in 26:15.

●Last year Sidmouth RC’s John Keast and Don Cawthera completed a 70-mile circuit consisting of the East Devon Way and South West Coast Path in just over 20 hours, the first known completion of what has become known as the East Devon Round. Not one to leave such a feat unchallenged and spurred on by others’ recent coast path exploits, Garry Perratt ran away from the pre-Olympic hubbub, setting out from Lyme Regis at 6pm on Friday to beat their time! He was supported at various points by AVRs Phil Bayliss, Tim Sibley, Robin Carter and James Jackson; Sidmouth RC’s John Keast and Virginia Bell; Exmouth Harriers Jon Croome and Mark Thompson and Dartmoor Runner Tony King. The first part of the East Devon Way (which actually starts in Uplyme since Lyme Regis is in Dorset) went well but by midnight he was so sleepy that he had a kip on a dog blanket on the road in Harpford! That perked him up a lot and he continued happily over Woodbury Common.

Exmouth was a real drag with its miles of flat roads, after which he needed another brief kip on a cliff top path bench just before dawn which had less effect on his spirits than the earlier one.

The struggle continued over the Sidmouth and the following switchback to Branscombe Mouth but then he perked up and was actually running some uphill parts of the Hooken Path.

The Undercliff can drag at the best of times but on tired legs after well over 60-miles it was not pleasant, but Garry plugged on, returning to Lyme 18 hours and 18 minutes after leaving it. Back home, bath, light lunch and in bed by 3pm.

Garry remained dead to the world until waking at 2am on Sunday and having to get up because he wasn’t at all tired!

He is very grateful to all those who supported him, whether by running or providing refreshments en route. There are more details on the AVR website for anyone interested in the challenge ... sub-18 is very achievable!

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