Exmouth Harrier Tom Merson in Drogo 10 success

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




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.

Other Sport Stories

Thu, 16:18

Brixington Blues Under-12s were 2-0 winners when they travelled to North Tawton for their latest Exeter and District Youth League game.

Read more
Thu, 13:18

Budleigh Salterton became the first team in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division to complete their home programme when they defeated Torridgeside 3-2 to claim their ninth Greenway Lane win of the league campaign.

Read more
Thu, 12:58

Withycombe warmed up for Wednesday night’s Intermediate Shield meeting with Plymstock Albion Oaks with a thumping 82-0 win over Plymouth Argaum.

Read more
Thu, 09:40

Exmouth suffered a ninth successive South West Peninsula League Premier Division defeat when they were beaten 4-1 by Camelford under the Southern Road floodlights in a midweek meeting.

Read more
Thu, 09:38

Exmouth Harrier Hannah Bown chose Brighton over London this year in terms of which of the marathons to run, writes Cathy Newman.

Read more
Thu, 09:32

Withycombe Under-15s were beaten 22-12 at the end of the hard-fought match against a well-drilled Teignmouth side.

Read more
Thu, 09:32

Foxcub lowered the colours of local favourite Dicky Bob in the Ladies’ Open at the Silverton point-to-point held at Bishops Court, Ottery St Mary on Grand National Day, writes Granville Taylor.

Read more
Thu, 09:31

Otterton-based young drag racing ace Baxter Williams and his father Gary drove 300 miles to Lincolnshire for their latest taste of early season drag racing.

Read more
Thu, 09:30

East Budleigh Reserves will be mightily pleased with the result last Saturday at Tedburn with a brace from Ben Wilks helping them to a 6-2 victory, writes Mark Auton.

Read more
Thu, 09:29

Exmouth Town are without a game this week, although they were in action last night when Camelford were the visitors to Southern Road, writes John Dibsdall.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read Sport

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications