Slogged around Stonehenge

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:28 15 June 2010

Thursday evening saw over 20 AVR runners turn up for the Umborne Ug practice run.

Thursday evening saw over 20 AVR runners turn up for the Umborne Ug practice run. The "carrot" was beer and crisps afterwards in Umborne Village Hall if they completed the course which, of course, they all did. AVR look forward to all our readers coming to the little village of Umborne near Shute on Sunday, May 10, to either walk, jog, run or even just eat scrumptious homemade cakes. The 4.5 mile walk starts at 10am, the main 10k run, the Umborne Ug (part of the East Devon Community Race Series) starts at 11am and the over-9s Fun Run (about 2.4k) sets off at 11.10am. Entry is by donation on the day and all proceeds go towards the hall fund. For directions and more info see the AVR website l Michelle Bee took part in her first ever half marathon in the Exeter Great West Run. After 16 weeks of training and keeping a regular blog for the Ironbridge Runner website she was determined to finish! The course was fairly hilly (particularly on the first lap through Beacon Heath) and was undulating throughout on the two laps into the town centre and back again towards Pinhoe. However, with the support of large crowds and her family on the course to cheer her on she managed to keep running the whole way and finished 1575th in 2.06.11. Secretly, Michelle would have loved to finish in under two hours but, considering the weather was very hot, and this was her first attempt at a half marathon, she was very pleased with the result. The race was won by Kairn Stone of Newham and Essex Beagles in 1.09.03. First Axe Valley runner home was Luke Reed, 30th in 1.23.57, a superb effort. He ran the same race two years ago in 1.32.52, which shows how Luke's running has progressed. Next AVR was Roger Bramley 244th in 1.38.19. Roger had a good mid-race battle with Axe Valley's Steve White. Steve eventually finished just behind Roger, 268th in 1.38.50. Jane Calvert beat the two hour barrier, finishing 1263rd in 1:59:39 and Dave Braunton was 1806th in 2:14:00.l In the shorter 5k race Dan Clapp ran very well to finish 10th out of 147 in 19:02 and Harry Moore 122nd in 36:06. Harry won the elder statesman prize.l The Neolithic Marathon and Half Marathon were also run last Sunday. Seven AVR left Seaton at 6.15am for Stonehenge to catch coaches to their start points; marathon runners to Avebury (stone circles), half marathon runners to Charlton clumps. At the marathon start Simon Davey set a blistering pace from the off, (we thought he could win this!). He was the first AVR to the end of the village (bless him), Geoff Woodward set the pace from then on, with Jon Day keeping him in sight (as John had forgotten his GPS and had no idea of pace or time). Geoff completed in a very good 3.37, Jonathan 3.52, Steve Reynolds at 4.07 was glad to just finish. Simon Davey, in only his second marathon, took 4.30. The half marathon started up on the plains running along very dusty, pot holey tank tracks. Emma Ellynn had a terrible journey to the start - the officials put her on the wrong bus! She started 20 minutes late, but caught Gill Day at four miles where Gill was suffering with a torn calf muscle and helped her to the finish. Becky Davey completed in 2.29 , Emma Ellynn and Gill Day 2.40. With free entry to Stonehenge and a nice food bag, a good day was had by all.l One lonely Axe Valley Runner, Eleanor Wood, journeyed over the border into Somerset for the Burrow Hill Run in Hambridge. This was a 10k run up to the top of Burrow Hill and back to the village hall. About 90 runners tackled this course. The first runner home was Dickie White and the First Lady was Sian Thomas from Shaftesbury, closely followed by Eleanor who took second place in a time of 43.30 and she was also first Vet over 45.

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