Exmouth Harrier Tom Merson in Drogo 10 success

PUBLISHED: 09:01 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:01 16 November 2017

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Several Exmouth Harriers ventured out on a wet and windy Sunday to take on the increasingly popular Drogo 10, writes Cathy Newman.

This is a beautiful, hilly, off-road 10-mile race around the Teign Valley, starting and finishing at Castle Drogo.

Tom Merson won the race and improved on his winning time of 4 years ago with 58:04.

As if this wasn’t enough, Tom then headed down to Newquay to help the club in the Westward League, finishing in 8th place! Hannah Bown (77:24) was the second Harrier to finish in the Drogo 10 and was second lady overall. Jon Garrity (77:47) and Richard Bishop (78:18) were close behind.

They were followed by Scott Jordan (84:17), who narrowly got the better of Chris Dupain (84:20), the latter doing well to finish after falling at the start. Emma White, sister to Chris and Hannah, made it a family triple, completing the course in 1:31:15.

Rather more Harriers braved the equally inhospitable weather in Newquay to take part in the second round of the Westward League.

Tom Merson, the club’s first scorer despite his earlier 10-mile race, was followed home by Jamie Palmer, 16th overall and first M45. Close packing from Jason Drew in 23rd, Rob Ellis in 24th, Michael Robinson in 26th and Simon Minting in 31st position ensured a good team result, although not quite enough to hang on to the lead.

Exeter University are the current leaders, leaving the Harriers a manageable gap of 11 points to close at the next fixture in Exeter in December.

In the ladies’ race, the team was led home by Susan Hill in 97th, with Alison White 113rd and Dawn Teed 130th.

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