Robin Carter third lady home in Sourton Tor fell race

PUBLISHED: 10:23 10 September 2013

The Avrs at Belstone

The Avrs at Belstone


Last Wednesday evening Robin Carter and Ben the dog travelled to Dartmoor to do the Sourton Tor 3.9K fell race near Okehampton, writes Dave Mutter.

The race started at the Bearslake Inn at Lake, after a track it enters the moor and then ascends 244metres up to Sourton Tor then back around a small valley before descending to the finish at the pub. Robin was third lady in 24:02, a fantastic race on a lovely warm evening with refreshments close by. Thanks to Okehampton for a great race, the last fell race in their summer series.

Robin would also like to remind runners of the Yarcombe Yomp race on Saturday, November 2.

This is a five of 10-mile off-road in the lovely Yarty valley. Included in the entry fee is a lunch at the village hall; homemade soup with roll, tea and cakes. Family and friends also welcome at a small cost. Entry forms are on the AVR web site,

Sun, rain, on road, off road, the Somerset levels and two very big hills all made for an interesting half marathon at Langport on Saturday. Graham Newton was first AVR home, and 6th overall in 1:47:33 taking the first male over 60 vet prize. Next home was Gavin Warren, who was doing really well until the last hill when he ran out of steam, but was pleased to finish 31st overall in 2:23:20. Sue Venn also had a good run, taking the first over 60 female prize, finishing 36th overall, in 2:31:52. Sue then collapsed on the finishing line, but made a rapid recovery after receiving treatment for exhaustion from a rather good looking medic!

Garry Perratt and Matt Clist, this time accompanied by Patrick Devine-Wright, repeated their Dartmoor Crossing on Saturday except going t’other way, from south to north. The weather was kinder than expected with the forecast heavy showers only lasting an hour or so just over halfway and with a couple of small route changes it was even better than before. (They’ve still not quite found the optimum route so further investigation will be required ... not that they need much of an excuse for 28 miles of fantastic running of which less than half a mile is on road!) They were slower than last time, taking 5:07 from the southernmost Moorgate near Ivybridge to the northernmost one at Belstone near Okehampton.

(AVR’s – don’t forget that for the next three Mondays, September 16, 23 and 30, Diane Newton will be composing the reports – email to

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