Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Four Exmouth Harriers travelled a little way east last Sunday to the rather mystical Somerset Levels, writes Dave Eveleigh.
In his song The Bet, set there, Exmouth’s own Steve Knightly of Show of Hands fame sings of ‘flat fields, canals, dykes and ditches’, but his story is about longshots and if you were betting on a decent performance by any of the athletes from our town that took on the Burnham-on-Marathon the odds would be short indeed.
Hugh Marsden was 14th overall in field of around 200. In what was describes as ‘ideal running conditions’ Marsden’s time was 84:08 and he was third in the Men Aged 50-54 category.
Dawn Teed has been celebrating her 51st year with a string of performances which, after age adjustment, are probably as good as any she has ever come up with.
She ran 1:46:54 for 103rd place and was second Woman Aged 45-54.
However, Teed may need to consider some extra training sessions when it comes to retirement planning if she aspires to run as well as Over 65 Female Sue Nicholl, from the promoting Burnham club, when she is that age.
Nicholls was around a dozen places and two minutes in front of Teed!
Is Shangri La somewhere among those dykes sand ditches – judging by that performance you wouldn’t bet against it!
Adrian Kearns prefers quality over quantity when it comes to races but likes quantity in the distances. He covered over 21km here in 91:09m and was 32nd. Julie Gellender, just returned to the area and the club, is eager to add her quality to an increasingly trophy-laden women’s squad at the club. Gellender was 84th overall in 99:40 but just missed a top three position in the Women Aged 35-44 group, a 10-year span which she is right at the top of. Paul Gellender was was 84th, but he has yet to sign on the dotted line to join the club alongside his wife.
Less than 20 miles away, across the Bristol Channel, the Harriers’ Lisa Broad chopped a massive 14 minutes from her Half Marathon personal best, running the 13 plus miles in 1:48:53 in Cardiff.
Starting with more than 14,000 others she finished with more than 10,000 of them behind her and was in the top 500 (491st) of around 6,000 women