Beech delights in road running

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:13 17 June 2010

Jane Beech likes running off road. Stick in a couple of hills and some mud and she still doesn t mind.

Jane Beech likes running off road. Stick in a couple of hills and some mud and she still doesn't mind. She did well at Castle Drogo last month but this time, after a bad start, she picked up the pace and was the 2nd Lady finisher in the tough 11-mile Dawlish Obelisk race. Her prize was a handsome cup, a just reward on an energy-sapping course from Dawlish up to the Obelisk on Haldon Hill and back. Did we mention the bad start? She forgot her race number and everyone else had started before she managed to retrieve it. We have an annual award for that sort of thing!At the same event, Brian Gosling celebrated his birthday by beating his time of the previous year by nearly four minutes and Bill Valentine, for the first time in a long and distinguished running career, decided to take it easy over the first part of the race. It paid off as he had one of his best runs for a long time. It was also good to see an appearance from Dave Francis who was a top runner until injury problems a few years back took their toll.l Disneyworld, Florida, has many attractions, not the least of which is a Half Marathon and Marathon run on consecutive days. For Bev Tarry that was too good an opportunity to miss so, off she flew and, having travelled that far, she decided to get her money's worth and do both. Her times were 2 hours 16 minutes last Saturday and 5 hours 7 minutes on the Sunday - that's the stuff of legends - daft but magnificent. l For those wanting it closer to home or firmer underfoot, the Axmouth Challenge offered 10 miles of roads and lanes. With a five mile alternative and a race for Juniors, it deserved a bigger field. Malcolm Bayer was first Sidmouth runner home in fifth place, those ahead of him all being a good two decades younger. In the Juniors, Georgia Hanson (10th) couldn't quite catch Matthew Tipton (9th), and Kate Welsford (14th) finished in style. Both Matthew's and Kate's dads took part too, Shaun opting for the five miles while Phillip tackled the full distance.There were no Sidmouth ladies present, but the club can claim some reflected glory as in the five mile race Sue Tubbs was first lady home. Sue was one of our early members but has since moved east, and now competes under Axe Valley colours. Receiving her prize, she wisely ignored the cries of 'traitor' from the Sidmouth camp. In the official results posted just after the race, Mick Allen doesn't feature, but he was definitely there, so at the time of going to press he must still be out on the course! The club's cross country championships take place next Sunday (25th) with entries for all categories including juniors still open on the day. The races all start together at 11.15am at Pinn Barton Farm with parking in the Muttersmoor car park. There will be food available in the club afterwards with the prize-giving shortly after 12.30pm.Axmouth Challenge: 5, Malcolm Bayer (1.13.11), 32, Colin Flood (1.27.32), 37, Phillip Welsford (1.33.17), Mick Allen (?) Mini Challenge: 4, Shaun Tipton (48.03). Junior Challenge: 9, Matthew Tipton (23.11), 10, Georgia Hanson (23.19), 14, Kate Welsford (28.01).Dawlish Obelisk: 55, Jane Beech (1.30.07), 100, John Perratt (1.37.20), 119, Bill Valentine (1.41.48) 166, Brian Gosling (1.48.50).


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