A return to racing is one of the most welcome features of the latest changes to the current Lockdown and AVR members were very keen to make the most of first race in a long time, writes Dave Mutter.
City Runs traditionally hold their race Fast Friday on Good Friday each year, a 10k normally run along the Quay in Exeter.
This time though it was moved to Exeter Racecourse and that meant approximately three-and-three-quarter laps of the track. The race was on the tarmac track that goes around the inside of the course meaning no traffic or pedestrians for the organisers and runners to worry about.
With the course being at the top of Haldon Hill then wind was certainly a problem and the final 500m was all uphill and into the stiff breeze.
However, two runners from AVR handled the conditions superbly well and won their respective Age Categories, Angela Kerr won the 65+ category in a time of 51:54; Rob Collier came back first in the 50 to 54 age range in 38:18 also.
Other results were Jack Broom 36:06, 22nd; Terry Emmett 36:10, 24th; Matt Hewer 39:46, 7th 40+; Martin Kerr 1:08:37, second 70+. It worth noting that this was Jack’s first race and to start with a time like that shows real promise for the future.
In the afternoon, the organisers changed the direction of the circuit and held a 5k. The wind being behind the runners at the end of the race certainly helped them a lot more than the 10k participants.
Two AVR’s took part in the afternoon run, Matt Orsman 17:54, 4th 40+ and Lee Moran 18:20, 5th 40+.