Despite the unseasonal mists on Sunday blocking out the fantastic view of the Jurassic Coast there was a great atmosphere and a number of entries in this year’s Beer Blazer. The series of races covered some of the Axe Valley Runners ‘Grizzly’ multi-terrain course which makes it arguably one of the toughest 10k runs in the area.
In the 10K main event Axe Valley Runners Tim Lenton 45.17 retained his title and was followed home by Honiton Running Clubs Kevin Hawker 46.37 and Ian Stewart 46.46. Jayne Alison 53.56 from Mud Crew Trail Runners was the ladies 10K victor followed by Axe Valley Runners Eleanor Wood 55.53 and Clare Hansford 55.58. Entries included a good number of representatives from across the Federation as well as a growing number of ex-pupils. First home was Rob Giffard, Head of teaching and Learning, at All Saints Primary School in 8th place followed by ex-Beer pupil Rory Morgan in 9th. I came home in 15th place and the next in was Matt Gabb in 57th. Mr Smith, Head teacher of Axe Valley, barely broke a sweat and strolled home in 68th followed by Beer parent James Thomson in 78th. Other great performances from friends of the Federation included Evie Morgan 33rd, Alex Morgan 44th, Lizzie Trewick 77nd and Susan Green 87th.
Axe Valley Runner Oliver Rodger 24.50 was the victor in the male 5K race, ahead of another Axe Valley Runner Max Bowskill 25.49 and Honiton Running Club’s Thomas Lilley 26.36. Phoebe Clarke, Cycle Life Axminster, won the female 5K with Axe Valley Runner Mia Bartlett 27.02 2nd and Honiton Running Club Katelyn Wells 28.06 3rd. All Saints Julie Burrough who only decided to run on the day finished 12th, ex-Beer pupil Kerrie Teasdale came 20th and Beer Parent Karen Leslie came 32nd.
The 1 mile children’s run attracted a record 93 entries, all spurred on by eager relatives. The Boys winner was Beer Boy Harvey Green with Josh Comer 2nd and Sam Eyre 3rd. Hattie Trumlett won the girls race followed by Beer’s Innis Fitzgerald and Alice Clarke. There were so many children that entered from across the Federation and a full list of results is available on the Axe Valley runners’ website. There was certainly that sea of orange t-shirts again which made our children stand out!