Valley runners shine

PUBLISHED: 16:29 20 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:53 15 June 2010

IT was Axe Valley Runners turn to host the East Devon Junior Cross Country Series last Saturday - this time at Morganhayes, near Colyton.

IT was Axe Valley Runners' turn to host the East Devon Junior Cross Country Series last Saturday - this time at Morganhayes, near Colyton.

The club saw a great performance from all of its members, competing against juniors from both Honiton and Sidmouth.

Axe Valley sibling Harry Felgate won the under-10s mile race, in 9.26.

His sister, Layla, produced a great time of 25.01, placing her second girl in the under-13s' race. Teammate Lydia Clapp was close behind in 27.44, earning her third female in the 3.5km event.

The under-15s had to cope with a 5km 'Mini Grizzly'. Alex Hunt survived the hills, coming a nail-biting minute behind the winner in 24.53.

James Sibley completed his first competitive race for Axe Valley with a debut time of 33.43. Romy Phillips represented the female side of the club in magnificent style; she was the first girl, taking 29.25.

The under-17s had to undergo the hardest challenge set by organiser Garry Perratt, a 6.5km course containing two beast-like hills. Dan Clapp completed the course with ease, winning his second race of the series in 30.48. Alex Barry was pleased to come third, finishing the route in 48.04. Beth Sibley, also on her first competitive run for AVR, followed just behind and was the 1st Under 17 female in 50.32.

A big thank you goes to Garry Perratt for organising this challenging event, which was enjoyed by all.

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As the runners travelled to Exeter on Sunday for the First Chance 10K, they must have wondered what they were letting themselves in for.

There was a howling gale with driving heavy rain and even sleet.

This did not put off the 486 who had a go, including Emma Kiernan, the first AVR home, 99th overall, in 43:22.

Mike Calvert finished 205th, 48:45 and Jane Calvert 255th, 51:34.

Harry Moore also braved the elements to finish second over 70, 481st overall, in 1:19:50.


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