Theft leaves Bicton Blister runners with no trophies

PUBLISHED: 15:04 02 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:08 10 June 2010

EXMOUTH'S winning runners of a charity cross-country event were denied their prizes after thieves stole 60 trophies.

EXMOUTH'S winning runners at a charity cross-country event were denied their prizes after thieves stole 60 trophies.

The winners of the Bicton Blister and the five-mile Bicton Lite, organised by the Exmouth Harriers, a running club, were left without prizes when the trophies were stolen out of the organiser's van.

The running event which was being held in aid of Devon Air Ambulance included over 500 runners running the 11 miles from the Bicton Arena to Woodbury Common.

The race organiser Roland Young discovered the trophies missing from his Ford Transit van, parked outside his home on Hawthorn Road, on Saturday, the day before the weekend race.

The running club said they would have to get replacement trophies which would cost around £500 and would have to come out of the funds of future events.

Also stolen were 1000 plastic cups and jump cables.

Chairman Bob Keast said: "We are annoyed and upset someone took them fortunately it didn't affect the race and people who took part didn't mind there were no trophies at the end."

The Harriers have raised about £20,000 in its 11 years of running fundraisers for local charities including the RNLI and the children's cancer charity Clic Sargent.

If anyone has any information on the theft contact the police on 08452777444 quoting crime number KE083404.

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