Reindeers and running - it must be Christmas

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 December 2009 | UPDATED: 00:41 16 June 2010

The annual AVR awards were presented at the Dolphin Hotel, when chairman Garry Perratt gave a resume of a year when over £30k was given away charitable donations.

The annual AVR awards were presented at the Dolphin Hotel. Chairman Garry Perratt gave a resume of a year when over £30k was given away charitable donations.

There are two new events that AVR will be hosting in 2010, the first is the East Devon Way Relay on Sunday Jan 17 - a 42 mile 12 stage relay for teams of four. On Sat, Feb 13, starting at 6.30pm the eight mile off road Nightrunner will take place. The Grizzly will be on Sunday, March 7. See for details.

The draw for the club's two London Marathon places was won by Tim Sibley and Steve Reynolds.

Award winners: Team Prize - The Commando Challenge ladies Gill Day, Celeste Ingarfield, Ellie Potter, Debbie Scotter and Becki Davey; Derby and County Shield for improved runner, Celeste Ingarfield; Unluckiest Runner, Phil (Evergreen) Bayliss; New Member award, Graham Newton; President's Shield (highest placed runner in the community race series), Phil Bayliss; Chairman's Shield, Susie Pitt; Handicap, Eleanor Wood (by just one point), Bernard Fry had 161; Runners of the Year, Luke Reed and Eleanor Wood. Club Person of the Year: Jonathan Day.

Jonathan Day was the Club Person of 2009. All last years winners were given a keepsake of their achievements and then followed some rather dubious "alternative awards" as chosen by Dave Mutter. After Paul Morgan's raffle everyone got on the dance floor to strut their stuff to "The Barry's". A great time was had by all and what made the evening really special was the mixture of both old and new runners attending. Congratulations to Debbie Barry for once again organising a brilliant event.

On Monday night it was the AVR Juniors presentation and the winners were:

James Sibley - Boy Runner of the Year, Mollie Hansford - Girl Runner of the Year, Tom Kiernan - Most Improved Runner, Attendance Award- Beth Sibley, Chris Keeffe Award for Endeavour - Alex Hunt and a close finish at the end of the Junior Handicap saw Ellis Bee taking the award for 2009, winning by one point. Well done to all the juniors and we hope to see some new members joining us January.

On a wonderful winter's day, cold but bright and very sunny, eight Axe Valley Runner's turned up (some not so bright eyed and bushy tailed after the AVR Xmas party the night before) for the 10K Otterton Reindeer run. The start was delayed for a few minutes due to the large number of runners queuing for registration on the day. After a brief rendition of Hark the Herald Angel's sing, the runners set off for this 10K multi terrain race, many in seasonal fancy dress.

Despite the still very wet and slippery conditions under foot the race was won by Chris Jones in a very respectable 38:05. Bernard Fry went off quickly but was soon caught and overtaken by Chris Keeffe. Then at 5k Chris appeared to slow a little. When Bernard asked after his well being, Chris replied he felt a tad sick, maybe a few too many Smirnoff's? Bernard finished 18th in 43:59. After looking at the results he was shocked to see he'd changed names and gender during the race, he's now called Barbara. Chris eventually rolled in 50th in 47:59. The first Lady was Vicky Skelton from North Devon Road Runners. Eleanor Wood had an excellent race finishing 6th Lady, 38th overall in 46:39, Robin Carter too had a good run finishing 68th in 50:25. Tim Sibley was not far behind, 70th in 50:51. Jane Calvert, in her first run for ages ran very well to finish 113th in 55:14 and Jess Tubbs was 172nd in 1:05:56.

James Sibley was the first AVR finisher in the 3K Reindeer Fun Run, he was 12th in 15:23 and to keep it in the family, Beth Sibley was 46th in 19:17

Six juniors braved the atrocious, wet weather at Exeter Arena for the 3rd of the Exeter Winter 3K Series. In Race E, Lydia Lapp had a great race keeping her 2nd place throughout the race to finish in 12:58. Lydia was followed by Mollie Hansford who was 3rd in 13:02 with Jacob Clode completing the AVR threesome in this group finishing in 13:12, even though he was meant to run in the lower Race F group. Layla Felgate ran in Race D and had a fantastic, strong finish and almost caught up with the winner, finishing 2nd in 11:55. Our final two took part in Race C and Matthew Morbey ran strongly to come third in 11:08 and Ellis Bee ran well to take 12th position in 11:39.

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