Tuesday, August 27, 2013
The Torbay Regatta Road Race is a long established event on the local running scene. It is not an easy route and sometimes it can feel like car drivers and holiday-makers heading for the chip shop across the road are as much your opponents as the athletes around you and that killer hill back out of Paignton, writes Dave Eveleigh.
However, the real old school local runners will talk in hushed tones of athletes like Torbay’s own Barry Knight or real-life ‘Tuf of the Track’ Dave Francis who lit up the event more than 30 years ago and while they do go on a bit their respect for the race can be a bit catching. Eight Exmouth Harriers were amongst just under 500 runners of whom a good third were female.
Of those females our own Ellie Sutcliffe was fastest, despite a year when injury has reduced her training and she may be coming to the conclusion that, when it comes to mileage, less can be more.
Sutcliffe was 34th overall in 40:12. Dawn Teed came in 188th in 49:13 and was third Woman aged 50-54. Lisa Hatchard was 157thoverall in 47:23. Carly Miller was 164th in 47:36. These latter two plus, of course, Teed and Sutcliffe all closed in within the fastest 22 females so no surprise then that Exmouth Harriers women again came away with the female team trophy. Hugh Marsden was another category winner finishing first man aged 50-54 – he was 188th overall and recorded a time of 38:49 Adam Miller was eighth in 36:18 and Andrew Johnson produced another good performance with 87th place in 43:22.
Finally it is a real pleasure to report that Stan Mason’s 365th place in 57:42 suggests that he will not yet be available on a regular basis to look after anybody’s tracksuit top while they race.