Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Thanks to the efforts of club captains Adam Miller and Dawn Teed Exmouth Harriers have just completed a full season of the Westward Cross Country League, writes Dave Eveleigh.
Sometimes a little thin on the ground, it is true, but the team positions were more than encouraging and teams are given more prominence in Cross Country than in road or track running.
In the women’s section 19 clubs were represented and Exmouth were eighth overall while in the Veteran Women’s category they were seventhh with 17 clubs represented.
The men too were right in the middle of the rankings, 11th of 23 Clubs overall and 10th Veteran team from 21 clubs.
The final fixture was in Plymouth’s Central Park on Sunday (March 17). Despite urban surroundings this location provided a challenging cross country course of around 3-kilometres a lap.
There were plenty of short but sharp hills to ascend and descend, tight bends to negotiate and of course the essential mud.
Carly Audritt was Exmouth’s sole female runner, with mentor Dawn Teed flying the Exmouth flag in the Falkland Islands. Audritt completed the 5.9 km course in 30:02 for 24th of 43 finishers to come in 17th woman.
In her absence Dawn Teed was given the overall places of 28th of all women and second Woman Over 45, the latter behind Tiverton’s Caroline Hewitt.
For the men, Kurt Margison sat this one out with a knee injury, but should be satisfied, as a new runner, with his foray into cross country, which is far more competitive than road racing!
Mark Cox was the club’s top runner this week-end. He was 34th over 8.6 km on Sunday and for the season was 25th overall.
Fresh from a pre-London Marathon 21-mile training run the day before, Adam Miller was a little slower than usual, but only a little, clocking 36:37 and finishing 40th with a season’s position of 22nd.
Dave Eveleigh finished 82nd in 44:34, but climbed above a few more new names in doing so. He was 73rd overall and sixth Man Over 55. Jim Wyatt completed the race in 53:33 and 91st position, while overall was 53rd and fourth Man Over 60. Wyatt is now over 70, and once again threatening that this is his last season of cross country – perhaps an over 70 category might help tempt him to (once again) change his mind!
The club as a whole should be encouraged by this winter’s cross country showing and can look forward to the opportunity for further progress next winter.