Devine-Wright first in Ultra-Marathon race

 Devine-Wright first in Ultra-Marathon race

Patrick Devine-Wright took first place in the 2021 East Devon Round ultra-marathon trail race, writes Dave Mutter.

The AVR runner completed the distance of about 100km with approximately 3,000m of climb in 11 hours and 46 minutes.

This is a friendly, yet challenging event, with the route including local highlights such as Danes Hill above Dalwood, the Undercliff between Lyme Regis and Seaton, and Blackbury camp and was run in weather that varied from sunny heat to chilly hail showers.

Plaudits must go to race organiser Alisdair Moffett for mitigating the race’s carbon emissions by having one tree planted for each competitor.

Meanwhile, in other AVR news, Sarah Whelan won the May edition of the AVR 4k handicap race beating her personal best (PB) by a full one minute and five seconds, completing her run in a time of 26:35.

David Cooke was second in a time of 20:09 while the other minor places went to; Alison Morbey, third, 19:56; Andrew Hartnell, fourth, 19:21 and Paul Cooke, fifth, 26:05.

Pam Goddard now leads the standings with 72 points, very closely followed by Eleanor Wood and Shirley Salter who are both on 71.

Sarah Wheelan is currently fourth on 64 points and Richard Matthews sits fifth with his total of 63 points.

The first nine competitors all bettered their PBs for their own 4k route.

Stephen Birley

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