Summer running - in mud and rain

PUBLISHED: 15:23 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

Axe Valley Runners: The muddy state of the lanes used by the 6.2 mile Tipton St John Multi Terrain run bore testament to the amount of rain precipitated during the summer week.

Axe Valley Runners: The muddy state of the lanes used by the 6.2 mile Tipton St John Multi Terrain run bore testament to the amount of rain precipitated during the "summer" week. Harry Moore overcame the conditions and won the Super Vet trophy, taking 1:34:57.

l AVR's Chris Irving took part in the Coastal Path Relay 2008, running with his Wessex Orienteering Club. The race started at the Cobb in Lyme Regis and finished at the ferry at the end of Studland Harbour, covering a distance of some 104 kilometres along the demanding coastal path. The team was divided between a number of sprint assist units and a number of distance units, with all runners being moved along the course by car. The aim was simple - everyone had to run as fast as possible to pass the baton along the whole of the course as quickly as possible. That was achieved in some style by Chris and his team taking 7hrs 34mins to secure first place, some 17mins quicker than last year's winning time.

l Next Monday's club night (July 21) will be the Race the Tram. Meet at the Harbour Road car park at 6.30pm and bring along any family to weigh down the tram! Afterwards there will be a Bayliss Beach barbecue, so don't forget to bring some goodies.

l On an evening when most people sought the comfort of a log fire, 109 runners paced their way around the fourth of the Yeovil Town Road Running Club's 5k series. On the exposed course it was always going to be hard in a strong wind with only the rain to put a smile on your face, consequently the times in general were not fast. Josh Rosindell was first AVR home, 26th overall, and for Josh a fairly steady 19:06. Chris Keefe was 37th in 19:40. Emma Kiernan ran a well paced race to finish 49th in 20:24 slicing 27 seconds from her previous PB. The youngest competitor in the race, Romy Phillips, enjoyed the hard conditions and cleaved a massive 44 seconds from her previous PB to finish 84th overall with a beaming smile across her face in 24:59.

l Eight AVRs took the trip to Dorchester on a great evening for running with perfect weather conditions - still and cool - to compete in the Maiden Castle Loop, which involves running from Dorchester up (very up) to Maiden Castle (an Iron Age Hill Fort - capital of the Durotrige tribe defeated by the Romans in AD43), around it a couple of times and then the charge back down to Dorchester. The race was won by Pete Roper of Poole Runners in 39:55. Phil Bayliss led the AVR charge finishing 10th in 43:59 (2nd vet 50), far too hot for Bernard Fry - 14th in 44:37. Next home was Gary Philips, 27th in 47:06. Gary's wife Julia had a bit of a mishap at the top of the castle; she turned round to look for Sue Venn whose voice she heard cheering her on and slipped down into the moat. Nevertheless she managed an excellent time of 50:35, 54th overall, 4th lady and 2nd lady vet 40.

Emma Kiernan (youngest lady ) was 73rd overall, 9th lady, in 52:48. Next was Graham Vere in 55:20, followed by Dave Kelf, 56:00. Sue Venn did brilliantly to finish in 184th out of 230 finishers (at least 10 dropped out) in 68:26, but did resort to a few expletives when tackling the steeper sections.

By Dave Mutter

Axe Valley Runners

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