Running all over the region with Axe Valley

Torbay Weekly

Ten Axe Valley Runners travelled to North Perrott, Somerset for the Haselbury 10K Trail race; a very scenic cross country evening race superbly organised by Crewkerne Running Club.  
The winner was Wayne Loveridge from Chard Road Runners in 37:59. The first AVR home was Eleanor Wood 41st and 1st F55, 50:56, Richard Jackson 46th 51:37, Roger Bramley 48th 52:01, Kerry Board 54th and 1st F45, 53:13, Lee Stubbs 57th 53:35. Andy West 59th 53:44, Caz French 63rd 54:14, Margy Pearce 66th 55:25, Ian Apps 70th 56:36 and Alan Morbey 100th 61:52.  
All the finishers received a bottle of Perrett Brand Apple juice grown, pressed and bottled in North Perrott.
The first relay event post-lockdown took place on the banks of the river Exe. AVR took three teams to compete in what is usually a very competitive event, and this year was no exception.
However, one of the benefits of relay events is that you can watch team-mates and other runners compete and therefore the social side of running is enhanced even further.  
The over 40s team are the current champions of the RunExe 4 x 4k when it was last held in 2019. The team performed magnificently once again to come back in first place, with a combined time of 52:48. The team was made up of Duncan Staddon 12:52; Lee Moran 13:53; Matt Clist 13:11; Terry Emmett 12:52.  
The over 60s team came in a very creditable 3rd behind Exmouth and Teignmouth, their total time was 1:11:38. The individual times where Ron Seward 17:51; Kevin Feeney 19:02; David Cooke 17:50 and Graham Newton 16:55.  
Our mixed team performed fantastically and were also 3rd overall behind Exeter Tri club and SWRR. The team completed their 4 legs in a total time of 56:14 and the legs were made up of Joel Seward 13:01; Emilie Padmore 15:41; Richard Hardy 13:37 and Rob Collier 13:55. On the individual times Graham Newton was the first over 70 back with Duncan Staddon and Terry Emmett sharing the fastest over 40s times on the night.
The intrepid trio of Ian Kinnersley, Henry Sith and Eleanor Wood enjoyed a run new to them The Dorset Ooser half-marathon which boasted woodland, countryside, gravel paths and hills aplenty. First AVR home was Ian in 1:54:0 and this was after a recent 100k run.
Eleanor was second lady in 1:56:22, winning a lovely pottery mug. Completing the trio was Henry who had a very strong finish enjoying the support of the crowd in 2:14:15.
Ron Seward ran the Wessex 10 which started at a windswept Somerton and took in lanes and muddy tracks before returning to the recreation ground via a steep hill at 8km. An unplanned obstacle was a jack-knifed lorry blocking the route which necessitated clambering over the trailer. Ron finished 56th out of 186 and 1st MV 70.
It was three seasons in one parkrun on Saturday as 264 ran, jogged or walked the 5k route in sun, wind then torrential rain, so a special thank you to the 31 high viz heroes who, by volunteering, make parkrun possible.  
First home was Wayne Loveridge of Chard RRC in 17:39 with first AVR, Joel Seward fourth finisher in 18.41 just outside his PB.  First female finisher was Ellen Keast in an impressive 21.38 with Georgia Dommett first female AVR in a PB of 23.43.  
There were also PBs for AVR’s: Alison Gould, Lily Bryant, Wayne Tooze, Mark Spraggs and Simon Freathy amongst a great turnout of 35 AVRs.  
The new route will continue so anyone wanting to take part in this free, 5k event should be on the beach east of Fisherman’s Gap for 8.55 am Saturday morning.  If anyone would like to volunteer, please email
David Cooke was the winner of the AVR 4K August handicap race in 18:36 with Sarah Whelan 2nd, 24:39; Kevin Feeney 3rd, 19:44; Paula Cooke 4th, 25:22 and Caroline Wiseman 5th, 26:43. The top 5 all beat their PB for the distance. Sarah Whelan now leads the rankings on 126 points followed by Pam Goddard 123, Jon Day and Paula Cooke both on 108 and Kevin Feeney 105 points.