Exmouth harriers’ Sutcliffe starts in Coastal Dash event at Dawlish

Thursday, June 12, 2014
10:46 AM

Ellie Sutcliffe was in Dawlish last week for the Coastal Dash of around four miles of paths and beach, writes Dave Eveleigh.

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She was 13th of 144 finisher and first woman.

Before that though Ellie had a foray into the world of triathlon at Taunton School on June 1.

It would be quite easy to imagine Ellie, with her physical stamina and mental determination, as a triathlete.

She described this as a bit of an experiment though and had not invested in specialist equipment.

That meant no racing bike and the effect of this was made worse by a late adjustment to the cycle course for safety reasons which increased the ride from 20 to 30km. So a 400m swim was completed by Ellie in 8:29, which she was happy with but by the end of the bike section (taking 66 minutes) she was 100th.

Not surprisingly Ellie shone in the 5K run, completing it in a very impressive 18:35 and finished the event 79th and seventh female.

Overall a satisfying performance reports Ellie but she has no inclination to add the prefix tri to her current sporting speciality.

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