Axe Valley Academy

The Minster Challenge

Previous Minster Challenge Results

Minster Challenge Results-2012
Minster Challenge Results-2013
Minster Challenge 2014 – Results
Minster Challenge 5K 2014 – Results
Minster Challenge Junior 5K 2014 – Results
Minster Challenge-results-2016

Minster Challenge 2016


Sunday 2nd October provided the Minster Challenge 2016 with fantastic weather, clear, bright and cool, although following heavy rain the day before, conditions underfoot were more challenging. 

The Minster Challenge consists of:-

‘The Challenge’, a multi terrain, 12km run featuring country lanes, uneven footpaths, fields, streams and wooded areas with plenty of mud.

A 5K Run comprising the first and last part of ‘The Challenge’ including Evil Lane!

A Junior Run of 1 mile for the under 11’s.

Competitors came from as far afield as Teignbridge, Minehead, Bristol and Poole.

The main Minster Challenge was won by Jake Smith (Axe Valley Runners) in a new course record of 45:29, an extraordinary time given the underfoot conditions.  This time was made all the more remarkable when considering Jake had completed a triathlon the day before. Some achievement!2

Gemma Collier (Honiton Running Club) was the first female home in the Minster Challenge in a fantastic time 55:48.

Daniel Rowe represented the College, winning the 5K run in 22:28. Holly Eyre was first female home in 24:17, piping College student, Samidi Nanayakka (26:20).

The organisers are extremely grateful to the companies that have donated prizes or sponsored this year’s event:-

Lyme Bay Winery, Dalwood Vineyard, Flamingo Pool, Seaton Tramway, Archway Bookshop, Reflections, Bike Nutz, Santander, Harris Lets, Axminster Printing Company, Poppies and TS Racing.

The event could not take place without the efforts of the organisers and helpers. Many thanks are due to all of those who contributed to this year’s Minster Challenge.

Garry Perrett (Axe Valley Runners) set up the course, timed the events and administered the Challenge.

Thanks to staff at Axminster Primary School who organised the Fun Run.

Within the College community, Heidi Rorstad, Jo Huscroft, Kate Pemberton and Jacqui Lomax from the PTFA invested significant time and effort to organise the event. Logistical support was provided by Staff, Governors, Pupils and Friends of The Axe Valley Community College. Particular thanks are due to Mrs Moran and Mr Davies from the PE Department and the canteen staff at the College.

Photographs courtesy of Santa Hofrāte (

Everyone gave their time and expertise to make the Minster Challenge 2016 a great success. If anyone is able to help at next year’s event please contact the organisers through the Facebook page.

Thank you to all the competitors who took part.  Completing any of the phases of the Minster Challenge is an achievement and, wherever you finished, many personal milestones will have been achieved!  

The event is only what it is thanks to the competitors.  We hope to see you all, along with new friends from your running and sports clubs, or social running friends, at the Minster Challenge 2017. 

Money raised

The event has raised well over £1,000 for the school.  All of this money will be directed towards student education and enrichment activities.

Minster Challenge 2016 Press Reports

Minster Challenge 2016 – Midweek Herald
Minster Challenge 2016 – View from Axminster

Keep in touch with the Minster Challenge through our Facebook page:-

Minster Challenge Facebook page