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College hosts second Minster Challenge
Thursday, 17 October 2013
RUNNERS of all ages turned up for Axe Valley Community College's second annual Minster Challenge on Sunday, October 6th.
The main run, a gruelling multi-terrain race of seven miles plus, was won by Julian Ridgley from Taunton Running Club in a time of 51.14.
The first lady across the finishing line, college staff member Amy Greenhalgh, registered a time of 56.24.
Despite glorious sunshine, conditions were such that a number of runners saw their shoes coming off when getting stuck in mud, losing vital seconds as they recovered their footwear.
A total of 69 runners completed the main race.
The second race, a fun run of approximately three miles, was won by Ollie Caute in 20.25, and the first girl to finish was Tasmin Edge in 21.18.
Strong competition between staff at the college meant that all of them managed personal bests - Martin Smith in 1.06.32, Jon Scott in 59.03, Tony Davies in 1.00.34 and John Mythen 1.17.35. Dave Owen didn’t run last year but crossed the line in 1.20.02.
New this year was the mini run for the under 11s, held on the college sports field.
The race was included in the programme to encourage fitness from a young age, and was won by Sharna Edge.
Spectators enjoyed performances from Karizma Majorettes and the school’s steel band while tummies were filled with an array of cakes and bacon rolls served by the college’s parents, teachers and friends' association.
The Minster Challenge is held to raise funds for the college’s PE department. Organisers Sara Feldman and Diane Roberts both said: "We would like to thank everybody who took part and for all the help provided to make it such a fantastic event, particularly Axe Valley Runners for their time and energy."
The event raised approximately £1,300.
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