Venn's run didn't go to plan

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

The weather conditions for the Chagford Two Hills race were atrocious, with stair rod rain flooding the bogs and stream en route.

The weather conditions for the Chagford Two Hills race were atrocious, with stair rod rain flooding the bogs and stream en route. It was a 3.45 mile course, with 1,000ft of climb up Dartmoor's Meldon and Nattadon Hills. Daniel Clapp came 12th, third under-16 out of 143 runners, in 31:37. His sister Lydia was 73rd, 12th under 13, in 45:34 mins. The really bad weather resulted in many competitors giving up.Race 2 of the Yeovil 5K series for 2008 attracted four AVR competitors. Dominic Schneiders was first home, 36th in 19:07, followed by Emma Kiernan, 68th, 21:04; Josh Rosindell, 70th, 21:13 and Harry Moore 148th, 36:14. Debris and large puddles left over from the floods caused the Crewkerne nine mile road race to be even tougher than usual. Not known as a flat race, the course boasts a stonker of a hill towards the end, just when you don't need it. Then runners have to face the mother of all puddles, nearly knee deep with mud underneath making it very slippery. There were 157 finishers, with John Blackledge the first of the AVRs, 16th overall in 59:05. Chris Keeffe was next, 29th in 1:03:19; Joyce Rendell 69th, 1:10:41 and Liz Elliott 109th, 1:19:17. There was also a 3 mile junior run and 3 mile senior run. Dan Clapp was first in the junior run. Lydia Clapp and Tiffany Moore also ran. Harry Moore ran the senior race in 38:10.The June Junior handicap was won in fine style by Ellis Bee in a new PB of 12:54. Lauren Richards, who on the way to the meeting told anyone who would listen that she likes to run in the rain, proved a point by finishing second in a new PB of 13:08. Sammy Barry was third, 15:08; Alex Hunt fourth, 11:28, and Alex Barry fifth, 14:42. Peter Hughes was triumphant in the Senior handicap, followed by Bernard Fry, Mark Hilder, Alan Brown and Rebecca Creese.l Things don't always go to plan in running. After a serious illness, Sue Venn was hoping to start racing at Crewkerne, but things did not go well. After a mix-up with names and numbers she was forced to pull up with a heel injury after less than a mile. " I have never dropped out of a run before so was gutted. I got over my mini stroke feeling fit, was looking forward to this run and then couldn't do a mile!" l The AVR AGM will take place at the Harbour Inn, Axmouth, next Monday evening, starting at 7.30pm. This means there will be no club run that night.


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