December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 15, 2013
The Totnes 10k race has become a firm favourite with Exmouth Harriers members, writes Dave Eveleigh.
It’s not the nearest of locations, but this year’s trip down to the South Hams saw four of twelve runners from the club there this year record top three places.
The race is actually around 10.3k in distance and is mostly off-road though usually fairly firm underfoot at this time of the year. There were around 450 taking part.
Marc Cox usually finishes ‘thereabouts’ and, on this occasion was very definitely ‘there’, finishing seventh in 39:07 and in front of the very consistent Dave Stone. Stone came away finishing first man aged 40-44, in 11th place and with a time of 39:58.
Hugh Marsden finished 24th overall and was first man aged 50-54 in 41:06. Exmouth’s third category winner was Ellie Sutcliffe, first woman in 34:31 and in overall 37th. Ray Elston was just three seconds behind an Over-70 age category winner four years his junior as he came in 202nd in 55:08.
Elston is competitive enough to be disappointed while being big enough to accept that ‘a miss is as good as a mile’. He will also be bearing in mind that next year it will be his turn to be at the young end of an age category (75-79)!
Your correspondent has put the case for a full range of age group prizes at all races so the Teignbridge Trotters organisers must be congratulated on providing tangible acknowledgment of a fine race between two super-fit septuagenarians with an award for both.
In the top 100 from Exmouth were Chris Dupain (49th in 44:19) and Scott Jordan (85th in 47:03).
Ben White was 126th in 50:31 while Nigel Dupain was well up in the top half of finishers in 182nd place with 53:52 clocking.
There were three more three more female finishers from the club.
Emma Dupain was 134th in 50:56 and Dawn Teed 167th in 52:41.
Claire Baxter continues an impressive come-back with 253rd place in 57:47.