Seward leads AVR runners home at 2019 Exe to Axe meeting

AVR members at the Exe to Axe meeting. Picture AVR

AVR members at the Exe to Axe meeting. Picture AVR - Credit: Archant

JP’s Exe to Axe is a grade B fell race that runners have described as ‘a brute of a race with some outstanding views’, writes Dave Mutter.

That’s not surprising, as its 22-mile length along the coastal path has many lung-sapping hills.

Despite running the Grizzly a few weeks ago, many AVRs attempted the challenge. Joel Seward was the first AVR home, 76th in 3:50:22 and Sue Hayes, 86th, in 3:57:10. Phil (Evergreen) Bayliss ran with son Simon and were joint 153rd in 4:29:05.

Other AVR places and times were: Ferenc Kovacs, 191st, 4:52:44; Ragnhild Kordt Richards, 213th, 5:13:53; Sarah Herfet, 222nd, 5:32:59 and Andrew Hartnell, 226th, 5:38:09.

A posse of AVR ladies ran a lot of the race together, encouraging each other to finish despite some pain en route. Their finish order was Helen Holmes, 229th, 5:41:38; Sandra Mortimer, 231st, 5:47:21; Linda Butterworth, 232nd 5:47:23; Amie Sibley, 233rd, 5:47:29, Emma Ellyn, 234th, 5:47:32 and Julia Mallon, 238th, 5:53:42.

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That’s a fantastic achievement when you consider Sandra and Julia both suffer from asthma, but going running has made it much easier to deal with. Thanks to Sidmouth RC for organising such a great race.

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