Thursday, August 15, 2013
Every Saturday morning at 9am Killerton Estate, near Broadclyst plays host to a 5km race, the first half of which undulates through woodland before the next section on farm tracks emerges on to a swoop downhill to finish just below Killerton House, writes Dave Eveleigh.
In recent weeks the number of participants has hit new heights with over 200 running the first meeting of August!
What are the key ingredients of the event’s success (part of a nationwide series)? Well, it’s free for a start, relying on sponsorship and volunteers. It is easy to enter, (though it is rather internet dependent) and places an emphasis on personal targets, no medals or prizes here, though if you are competitive there’s room for you too. It is certainly friendly and meeting up with fellow runners in the tea rooms adds a peculiarly English flavour. If it is part of the Olympic legacy then ever Saturday is ‘super’!
Around 30 Exmouth Harriers members have completed a Killerton Parkrun at some point. Only South West Road Runners have completed more of these runs as a club.
Over the last month or so Andy Kennedy has been the club’ biggest supporter of the races.
His best time of 21:09 was set last year and he has been edging closer to that, recording 21:48 on 10 August and regularly finishing first or second in his Men aged 55–59 age group.
Ellie Sutcliffe has come up with some decent performances too. She has regularly finished first or second female and, in the July 20 meet, finished sixth overall. Several Exmouth runners have recorded event personal bests recently.
Adam Miller recorded a new pb for the event of 17:15 on August 10, when he was runner-up overall. On July 13, Mike Musgrove was third in a new personal best for the venue of 17:33 while Richard Hawes was an impressive fifth on July 20, first man aged 45–49 and in what was for him a Killerton personal best of 19:25.
John Garrity was eighth and first man aged 40–44 in 18:42 on July 6.
Dave Stone ran here for the first time on August 3, and was runner-up and first man aged 40–44, in 17:44.
Dave Eveleigh, Carly MIller and Lee Russell have also made appearances in the last six weeks whilst Roger Rowe has also participated and deserves a special mention as one of those volunteers who are key to the success of the Parkrun phenomenon.