Exmouth Harriers impress at Haldon Forest Flyer

PUBLISHED: 10:31 15 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:31 15 August 2018




Jake Smith from Axe Valley has had a brilliant year, setting several road and track personal bests, and it was no surprise that he obliterated the field in the Haldon Forest Flyer, writes Cathy Newman.

Jake completed the run in a time of 25:15. There was a big turnout from Exmouth Harriers with Simon Minting (28:41) in the men’s race and Hannah Bown (35:14) in the women’s race and both of them finished in fourth spot.

Anthony Hatchard finished shortly afterwards in sixth position and Simon also dipped under 30 minutes for this challenging five-mile course around the Haldon Forest. Ryan Snell was seventh in 30:05, Dave Stone was 10th in 31:01 and Langdon Williams was 11th, finishing just six seconds behind.

Susan Hill turned in another good performance with 41:56 and Pete Fletcher made a welcome return to the team with 31:20 in 13th place.

Over 500 runners completed this year’s Totnes 10k, a predominantly off-road route following the River Dart and country footpaths. Rob Ellis led the contingent home with 38:16 in fifth place, with Dave Stone, improving race by race, finishing 14th in 41:01 and Des White notching up yet another M60 victory with 47:01.

The competition also saw a welcome return to racing for Scott Jordan in 78th just ahead of Kelly Thomas in 82nd. M70 Ray Elston had another strong performance with 58:42 and Dawn Teed had a good race with 58:57.

There was a strong Exmouth Harrier team also at the August edition of the Run Exe 5k in Exeter, with Rob Ellis again leading the club home with a fine time of 16:27, finishing in fifth place. Langdon Williams was 13th in 17:31, Scott Jamieson 31st in 18:36, Steve Toomey 52nd in 20:12 and Des White finished as the first M60 in a time of 20:33.

The ever-consistent Hannah Bown crossed the line in 20:31, finishing as the first F35 and Susan Hill was the first F55 in 23:45, while Dawn Teed was second F55

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