21 Oct

Jo Pavey Sets Off Great West Run

Great West Run start
Nearly 3,000 runners were set on their way at Exeter's Great West Run by local heroine and European champion Jo Pavey on Sunday 18 October. 
The four-time Olympian runner and European 10,000 metre gold medallist saw 2,842 participants set off on the 13.1 mile race in good running conditions in the Devon city. Shaun Antell from Bideford AAC won with a time of 1:10:07, an improvement on his third place from last year’s race. 
 
In second place was Berihu Hadera from Exeter Harriers in 1:10:52, closely followed by Andrew Chambers in 1:10:55. Best women's performance was from Annabel Granger from Bristol West AC in 1:20:16. 
 
Last year’s winner Hannah Brooks finished second in 1:22:13, and Tamsin Lewis third in 1:24:19. The race also boasted its own record breaker in Sam Hopton, who broke the world record for the fastest male to run a half marathon dressed as a bottle by nearly 12 minutes!
 
Along with the runners, a record breaking 1,320 primary school pupils from across Exeter, took part in the Schools’ Challenge to fundraise for Devon Air Ambulance, also started by Jo Pavey. She said: “I am extremely honoured to be part of Exeter’s Great West Run today. It has been fantastic to see the event grow over the years, and the number of people that have come out today to show their support is incredible. 
 
“I really enjoyed watching all the primary school children take on the last stage of their Schools’ Challenge too, it’s a great way to inspire young people into the sport of running. They were having a great time out there!” Pre-registration is now open for next year’s race at the event website.