Congratulations to all of the runners who graduated at Southwick Country Park parkrun on Saturday 3rd December.
Group leaders Sean Price and Gretchen Tucker attended along with the club's Chairman Richard Newman and Club President Denise Ellis.
These athletes completed the full 12 weeks which started in September:
This year, AVR had 3 nominations for awards:
Innovation in Athletics and Runner - Sean Price
Run Together Group of the Year - David Hyde and the Chickens
Unsung Hero of the Year - Vicky Bodman
Congratulations to Vicky and Sean for being runners up in their categories and especially well done to David Hyde and the Chickens for winning theirs!
This group was formed at the height of the pandemic, with the aim being to give a small group of runners an opportunity to get out, start running again within the scope of the restrictions, and enjoy the company of other runners, previously forbidden by the restrictions. Word quickly spread and several small groups were formed to cope with demand, enabling people to support and encourage each other, and, thanks to the efforts of their leaders, enable some to take on their first 5k.
The friendly, relaxed atmosphere has made the group very popular, and members keep in touch through a messenger group known as Chicken Chat. Why Chicken? Because the local fried chicken franchise provided free parking, and the name stuck!
The full list of winners is on the EA Website.
The AVR Wiltshire half marathon took place on Sunday 28th November.
"Special thanks to Louise Fearon who did a brilliant job as Race Director and all the volunteers from the club and elsewhere, Sean Price as our resident MC, our sponsors, Ian Tuckett for providing medical cover, those who took some great photos, and James Hart from DB Max. Congratulations to everyone that ran. There were some exceptional performances." - Richard Newman, Club Chairman (pictured below handing out awards)
267 runners completed the course with the top spots being won by Tom Gurney of AVR in 1:12:08 and Hannah Alderson of Bristol and West AC in 1:18:55 (pictured below).
An amazing story to come from this year's race is that of 72 year old runner, Jenny Mills (below, 206).
Thank you to everyone who bought cake at the finish line. There was a lot raised for our chosen charity, The Wiltshire Air Ambulance but we're still counting the amount so an announcement will be made shortly.
An in-person Over the Hills took part on Sunday 7th November while also raising money for Alzheimer's Support.
The hilly route takes in views of Bradford on Avon, Freshford, Westwood and has the infamous river crossing at Iford which is always the highlight of everyone's run. Photos of the run can be found here courtesy of Martin Pearce.
This year, the race was won with a clean sweep from Team Bath AC: Aidan Daniel in 46:45 and Olympian Heather Fell in 54:16. All other results are available here.
We'd like to say a huge thank you to Jay and the working group for putting on a fantastic event, DB Max for providing the chip timing, the volunteers from Alzheimer's Support for bringing the cake and to all of our wonderful marshals for spending their morning helping with the smooth running of the event.
On Sunday 3rd October, an AVR contingent took part in the London Marathon - the first in-person event since its CV-19 shutdown. Thanks to Robin-Mark Schols for collating the information for the news.
Diane Hier is probably best known for her Ironman pedigree but first London appearance was for Guide Dogs For The Blind in 2001. She has managed to achieve a good for age spot ever since, running her 17th London on Sunday. She was very happy with a time of 3:41:58 and another medal to add to her haul.
Pippa Brewer knew what to expect in those last few miles on Sunday having run at Brighton just a few weeks ago. She really enjoyed her run, completing in 3:44:11 and raising over £1800 for the Salisbury Hospital Stars Appeal.
Rich Harding ran very well last year and came prepared to take his 3rd London run very cautiously this time having had some knee problems during his training. Lining up with a deal of tape around it he was aiming for a time good enough for good for age next year and was still able to pull out a fine 2:50:27. Rich was also very keen to pay tribute to the coaches at AVR for the time and effort they put in to our sessions each week as we all do.
Phil Harding was our most experienced runner out there and has run a total of 56 marathons before this and his experience on track and cross country, as well as over 90,000 miles run in his lifetime meant he was well prepared. Phil ran 2:36:19 at London in 1986 and says he like to run at a well judged pace and finish with as near to negative splits as possible. He’s seen it all and when asked about memorable experiences from running he cited two, getting mugged for his runners in Tanzania being one and the other losing his car keys in the jungle in India then finding them a week later while out running again as the other. Phil crossed the finish line on Sunday in 4:02:28.
Ben Blackwall was another of our club in action, only getting his club shirt during the week! Ben tends to run more off road longer events so isn’t around club as much as others but came well prepared and earned a well executed 3:10:36 finish.
Robin-Mark Schols: "I set my PB of 2:53:21 at London in 2015 and it has stood as a club age record since. Sunday was my 13th marathon and 7th at London having achieved good for age for 8 years but having to defer in 2016 due to the operations I had to receive for my brain infection after previous tumour surgery. I was very happy with a run of 3:11:19 this time, which was faster than my 2017 run here, really feeling that I executed my plan, hydrated and fuelled so well so I was well prepared for those last 6 miles where it can all go so wrong. It’s a shame the race will be in the autumn once again next year as it may well clash with other goals I have, but I’ll be doing my level best to be there for my 9th year."
Josh Lay 3:51:14
Jackie Rockliffe 3:16:11
Pete Jefferies 5:02:04
Adewale Kadiri 4:31:0
Following last nights Westbury 5K, the entries for the August 5k are now open!
The entry process can be accessed here https://race-nation.co.uk/.../
This is a no-frills, proven fast, flat 5k road race. Current records - 14:30 Harry Allen, 16:02 - Verity Ockenden.
Please follow the facebook page for the event where race updates will be posted between now and race day. A pre-race briefing will also be sent out to all entrants, in the week prior to the race.
The new entry fees of £10 EA affiliated and £12 non-affiliated reflect this but the races are still the cheapest quality 5ks in the region.