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AVR November 4k virtual handicap success for Sarah

 AVR November 4k virtual handicap success for Sarah

Sarah Whelan won the AVR November virtual 4K handicap in a time of 22 minutes and 48 seconds, writes Dave Mutter.

In terms of the other leading times, Paula Cooke took second place in 24:27; Pam Goddard (23:48) was third; David Cooke (17:56) was fourth and Richard Matthews took fifth spot in 17:58.

It was against a case of the leaders all running well and it’s close at the top of the leader board.

Five years ago, Seaton joined the worldwide phenomenon that is Parkrun – a free, weekly, timed 5k run held every Saturday at 9am and made possible by volunteers who time, marshal and keep everyone safe. 

On Saturday it was the 191st Parkrun in Seaton which returned in July after a 14-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Another 202 people walked, jogged or ran the 5k along the Esplanade and including a couple of pebble beach sessions. 

Since it began in 2016 more than 8,000 people have taken part with nearly 36,000 finishes between them. 

More than 400 people have volunteered in Seaton. 

On Saturday first to finish and a minute ahead of anyone else was young Innes Fitzgerald in a time of 17:39 with Gary Day of Avon Valley Runners, taking second place in 18:37 and Phil Wyatt was third in a time of 18:46.

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