Runners get ready for Colyton's Children in Need run

PUBLISHED: 11:00 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:33 15 June 2010

Liam Roberts

Liam Roberts

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Liam Roberts made the decision to run the University of Birmingham 5K road race with a chest infection, not the smartest of decisions but Liam will admit that common sense deserts him when it comes to racing.

Liam Roberts made the decision to run the University of Birmingham 5K road race with a chest infection, not the smartest of decisions but Liam will admit that common sense deserts him when it comes to racing. Starting well but suffering after 2.5k, Liam finished 18th out of 303 in 17:24. He then rested for the entire week making best use of medication and hot showers to clear his chest. He then raced in the undulating Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday. He started well and was happy with the pace before suffering from a stitch at six miles. He purposely slowed between miles six and nine to shake the stitch and felt fine again by mile 10, where he opened up and managed to stride out on the flat final three miles, retaking positions and time that were lost earlier. Liam reached the finish line in 1:21:40, 32nd out of 6,932 and second U21, 19 seconds off first U21 (something that is now annoying Liam a lot!).l The "Guide Dog Gallop" a new collection of three fun runs for all the family was held last Sunday, with the race HQ being at All Saints Village Hall. The seven mile Pedigree run for 17yrs and over was won in fine style by AVR's Luke Reed in 41:54. All was not plain sailing for Luke, as he had opened up a small gap in the first mile, but was caught by Dan Hall of Army AC. The two ran together for a mile until Dan pulled away. Luke managed to hold on keeping the gap to about 5-10 metres. On five miles Luke sensed Dan was struggling with a stitch, so took his chance in putting real pressure on the leader, over taking him and managed to cling on to his lead. Young Hannah Bridger was next home, fifth in 45:02, a terrific performance as she beat sixth placed Chris Keeffe by 48 seconds. Andy Sayers was the next AVR home, 12th in 51:02. He was followed by Joe Rodgers, 18th, 53:04 and The Dungbeetle, 20th, 54:16. Pat Edmunds was 26th in 1:12:07, and Harry Moore 29th, 1:34:50. Hearty congratulations to 11-year-old Alasdair Heasman who won the X-Breed 3.5 mile run for 17yrs and under in 33:54. Lydia Clapp was the winner of the 11yrs and under Pups' 2 mile race, beating second placed Benjamin Stead by two seconds as she completed in 16:22. The next generation of AVR also took part in the 'pups' run'.It was Ethan Day's eighth birthday and all he wanted was a pair of running trainers like his mum and dad and to run with his friends Louise and Jamie Davey at the fun run. All had a great first run, making their parents very proud indeed. With refreshments for sale, let's hope the Guide Dogs for the Blind made a handsome profit at the event. l Mud, mud, glorious mud.......yes, remind yourself of the remainder of the lyrics to that song and you get some idea of the underfoot conditions at this year's Exmoor Stagger. More than 15 miles of tough running through numerous water crossings with wet moorland and steep, stony forest tracks and muddy trails started at Minehead to reach eventually the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon. Jamie Lambert thought he knew what he liked and now he certainly likes what he knows as he ran superbly in only his second AVR race holding off seasoned veteran Bernard Fry until the final two miles. Bernard finished 19th with 2:22:21 taking first over 50 age category with Jamie two places adrift in 2:23:10. Richard Hale finished strongly, 77th with 2:44:49 after holding off Eleanor Wood who chased him for most of the course closing the gap to 2:45:38, easily claiming 1st Lady over 50 category 82nd overall. The lady winner was ex-AVR Heather Foundling Hawker in a magnificent comeback race after 15 months away. Hot tea and cakes in the school canteen was the perfect end for the muddy, wet and tired runners facing the long journey homel Entry forms can be downloaded from the AVR website www.axevalleyrunners.org.uk for the BBC Children In Need Colyton Fiver race starting at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 23. Entries can also be sent on plain paper direct to Colyton Fiver, School Cottage, Whitwell Lane Colyford, EX24 6HN, or phone (01297) 553743. Entry fees are £5 for affiliated runners and £7 for unattached, plus a nice donation to the BBC Children in Need Appeal. There will also be a 2.5 mile fun run. Entry fee is £3 and competitors can only enter on the day.


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