A TOTAL of 24 Axe Valley Running Club members tackled the 10.7-mile 16th Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge.
The race was won by AVR’s James Green, who despite going wrong early on finished in 1:05.41, a good three minutes ahead of second placed Matt Clist, 1:08:38. Third was Tim Lenton 1:10:34, also winning the Vet 40 prize.
Duncan Staddon was seventh 1:13:44, Matt Hewer tenth 1:16:55, Chet Gillespie and Terry Emmett sharing 12th place in 1:17:19, Karl Hodson 16th 1:19:52, Rob Collier 18th 1:20:57.
Clare Hansford, finding her form again, was second lady, 27th overall in 1:26:29, Karen Eyre third lady and first Vet 40 1:28:16 including two falls but no submissions, Eleanor Wood fouth lady 1st Vet 60 1:30:50, Kerry Board 46th in 1:37:34, Andrew Hartnell 47th 1:37:40, Steve Haines first vet 60 in 1:38:26, Steve Lewis 52nd 1:39:25, Richard Jackson 61st 1:43:51, Liam Denny 62nd 1:44:30, Alan Morbey 64th 1:45:02, Anders Larsson 66th 1:46:12, Kevin Feeney 69th 1:48:34, Ferenc Kovacs 77th 1:53:26, Sam Miller 84th 2:01:18 and Tony Smith 85th 2:01:20.
There was an associated Mini Challenge for juniors in which AVR had a clean sweep with Sam Eyre first, 25:52, Peter Johns second, 28:20 and Harry Hodson third, 28:20.
Meanwhile, a team of six AVRs travelled to Escot to complete the Resolution Run in aid of The Stroke Association. The 5k figure of eight course made the most of the glorious landscape around the house and surrounding countryside and woodland. Carolyn Nation chose to complete the 10k in a terrific 1:09, whilst Helen Holmes and Elaine Hourihan finished the 15k in 1:31 with Sandra Dunn-Mortimer, Susan Wall and Vicki Wraight just a minute behind at 1:32.
With the Grizzly fast approaching (March 18th) James Green is really coming into form, as well as winning at Dalwood he produced a PB of 16:31 to win the Seaton parkrun. Luke Reed was second, 18:11 and Adam Hennessey of Honiton RC third, 18:20. Ellen Keast of Sidmouth RC was the first lady home, 14th in 22:33. A very well done to James’ 12-year-old son Harvey who finished fifth in a new PB of 21:07. This was Keith Agland’s 50th parkrun and he celebrated by finishing 30th in 24:33.
Ragnhild Kordt Richards ran the two bays Tough Ten at Weston-Super-Mare and finished in 1:29:38, sharing first FV55 and 255th overall.
Away from running it was sad to hear that long time AVR Pete Biggs passed away in Spain after a battle with cancer.