Thursday, September 12, 2013
This year’s Ironbridge Runner 5km Series came to an end last Tuesday, writes Dave Eveleigh.
The only hindrance to good times on this virtually level course at Exwick in Exeter was a slight breeze so it, was disappointing that there were only 73 finishers.
As the saying goes: “You’ve got to be in it to win it”, and consistent performances over the summer enabled Exmouth Harriers runners Nigel Dupain (men over-60) and Dawn Teed (women over-50) to pick up first place prizes in their age categories.
At this fifth and final race Marc Cox set an inaugural personal best for the 5,000 metres distance of 16:41 in finishing third, and you get the feeling that the steady increase in the quality of his performances will not be levelling out for a while yet. Further down the field Chris Dupain was 19th in 18:59 and Richard Hawes 21st in 19:14. Chris was fifth in the series in the senior men’s section and Richard third man over-45 in the series. Their times were a little outside personal best’s set recently, but the slight wind and a smaller field than usual could be enough to account for that. Dave Eveleigh’s pb days are long behind him, but he was happy enough with a time of 21:11 in 47th place and third man over-55 on the night.
Nigel Dupain (men over-60) was 60th overall on the night in 22:54) and Dawn Teed (women age 50-54) 64th overall in (23:29), but both were first in their age group.
The winter equivalent of this Series, over 3km on the track, starts on October 28, at Exeter Arena.