There has not been a lot of competitive running by Exmouth Harriers in the last week or two, writes Dave Eveleigh.

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On the Saturday before Christmas half-a-dozen or so were at Killerton for the 5K Parkrun.

Getting into the festive spirit though there was fancy dress and a couple of family groups, with three Dupains and two Millers on parade.

Carly and Adam Miller ran round together in 23:18 and with colourful tops and matching hats their fancy dress seemed to suggest that running is an ‘elvey’ activity. The Dupains tackled the same course, but each at their own pace; Chris finished in 20:26, Nigel in 29:19 and Gill in 48:30.

Andrew Johnson was first man over 50 in an outstanding time of 21:35. Berihu Tesfay was first overall , winning comfortably in 17:05.

He sported a cowboy hat, but wouldn’t have needed the help of a ‘silver’ or the like to post that result!

Similarly we can assume that Ellie Sutcliffe’s wings were part of her fairy outfit and were not responsible in any way for her flying round in 20:13 which gave her first place among the women.

Roger Rowe is as fit as he can be bearing in mind he is not as healthy as he could be. He wore a nightshirt and how he would have loved to have woken up on Christmas morning with some serviceable joints in his stocking!

Parkrun participation was more limited on the Saturday after Christmas; Roger Rowe was there again and Ellie Sutcliffe won the female section for the sixth time in seven weeks.

On the Sunday before Christmas Dave Eveleigh took more than a minute off his 2012 time for the challenging Wellington Monument Race over 10km and requiring an ascent to the highest point in the Blackdown Hills.

He raced again last Sunday when he completed the Stoke St Gregory 10K road race in Somerset in a respectable time of around 46:30 and probably in the top 100 of the 300 plus field.

Full results were not available to confirm his performance, but Ellie Sutcliffe’s third place in the female category in a new personal best of 37:43 is official.

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