Exmouth Harriers’ Fulfords Five Mile road race took place in the town last Sunday, writes Dave Eveleigh.

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There were 200 runner son the start line. Jack Bancroft repeated his win of 2011, this time in the colours of Wells City Harriers rather than Exeter Harriers. Jack trimmed a full ten seconds off his time of last year to finish in 25:54.

Lee Turner from Torbay took second in 26:36, being pushed hard by Tamar Trotter Chris Sabine, who ended up just three seconds slower1.

Sabine finished first in his veterans category (men over 40) and almost a minute clear of Exmouth’s own Dave Stone who was fourth overall and second in that same category.

Torbay’s Pete Monaghan was fifth overall and first man over 45 in 27:44 with Exeter based Steve Goss sixth and third man over 40 in 28:01.

South West Road Runner (SWRR) Ian Pang was eighth overall in 28:58 and second man over 45. Tiverton’s Kerry Roberts celebrated moving into the men over 50 ranks with a category win in 29:44 and was tenth overall. A rare race outing for Exeter Harrier Gordon Seward saw him come 13th overall in a time of 30:30 and, in his 60th year win the men over 55 section.

The first three women came in one after the other in 15th, 16th and 17th positions with only 100 metres covering them. Ami Yetton from Plymouth led the ladies home in 30:37, Serane Stone from Tiverton was second in 30:51 and Alison Mcewing from Erme Valley was third in 31:00. Karen Cook (54, SWRR) had one of the best runs of the day finishing 27th overall, fourth woman and first in her women over 50 category in a time of 32:35

Exmouth Harrier Roger Rowe was 47th in 34:16 and a comfortable winner of the men over 65 section, in fact also finishing ahead of the first man over 60. In the over 70 men’s section local athletes took the first three places: John Perratt (Sidmouth) was first in that section (88th overall) in 37:03, Ray Elston (Exmouth, 92nd) second in 37:53 and Mick Allen (Exmouth, 121st) third in 40:34. Other Exmouth runners placed in the top 50 were: Denis Gildea (23rd, 32:15), Marc Cox (37th, 33:41) and Caroline Pleasence (48th,34:19) and further finishers from the club were Michael Moreton (43:46),Alison Wilkinson (44:47), Lisa Broad (45;04), Sally Atherton (48:53), Lin Western (64:09) and Sandra Bate (64:10). From Sidmouth running Club Aaron smith was 30th in 32:43, Adrian Organ 78th in 36:11, Colin Flood 91st (37:46), Sarah Brown 103rd (39:10), Brian Gosling 127th (41:25) and John Doherty 129th (41:53).

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