Avon Valley Runners

England Athletics Regional Volunteer Awards

08/12/2021 | Avon Valley Runners |

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!

RunTogether Group of the Year: Avon Valley Runners

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.

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The AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon results

08/12/2021 | Avon Valley Runners |

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).

Jenny travels all the way from Cornwall to take part every year. This year she said that she’d like to run just under 2 hours and in fact ran 1:42:33 which is not far off the age world record of 1:37 for FV70!
She loves our AVR races and will be running The Imber Ultra again in March.

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.

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Over the Hills 2021 results

07/11/2021 | Avon Valley Runners |

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.

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