Exmouth Harriers rack up PBs on mountains, moorland and in 10k races
PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 July 2018
Lisa Hatchard, Exmouth Harriers’ pre-eminent female ultra runner, was the single representative of Exmouth Harriers in the SCOTT Snowdonia Trail Marathon held on the second Sunday of July, writes Cathy Newman.
This event is a challenge in every sense of the word! Ascending 1,685m (5000ft) over 27 miles of iconic and spectacular trails, this epic race circumnavigates and eventually climbs Wales’ highest peak - Snowdon. Whilst this was the most technically challenging of marathons that Lisa has completed so far, it was by far the most breathtaking and exhilarating.
Lisa, after being caught our early on losing around 20 minutes queuing at stiles, went on to run through the field finishing in six-and-a-half hours, 49th lady out of 198.
In the increasingly popular, City Runs, an organised, fast, flat, midweek 10k, Rob Ellis stormed to a personal best and second place in 33:56.
He then went on to take third place in the Haytor Heller, a race of similar distance, but completely different terrain, following moorland paths around Hay and Hound Tor: a very impressive double.
Hannah Bown also showed tremendous form winning the overall women’s 10k in 41:22.
It was her fastest 10k this year. She was just behind Des White, who not only won the M60 category, but also ran his fastest 10k for almost 10 years!
Personal bests also came from Chris Dupain with 39:04 and Paula Hawkins with 45:08, which also got her second in the W40 category. Langdon Williams was second M50 in 36:17, and Susan Hill 1st W55 in 46:39. There were 338 finishers.
Also running the Haytor race was Hugh Marsden, he thrives on this challenging terrain and finished second in the M55 category.
Hannah Bown and Des White raced in the 2018 Caterham Rotary Half Marathon in Surrey.
Like most of the country it was very hot and humid and an additional challenge was posed by a very hilly course.
Hannah was 53rd in the race with an excellent time, given the conditions, of 1.35.04. She was ninth woman overall and first W35. Des was 73rd in the race with a 1.39.44 finishing time and was fourth M60.
On Saturday, Exmouth Harriers turned out in big numbers to volunteer as well as take part in the Exmouth seafront Parkrun.
The club’s Simon Minting was again first finisher as well as being the volunteer organiser for the event.
Participants are attracted from all around the country, from the local area and abroad. If you haven’t tried it yet perhaps you should!