Runners from the Exmouth Harriers were spread far and wide over the last week competing in different events.

On Saturday, November 4, as part of the TCS New York City Marathon weekend James & Hayley Kelly took part in the Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5k that zipped through the streets of Midtown Manhattan and finished at the famed marathon finish line in Central Park.

Also on Saturday Matt Harrison ran in the Devon Trail 1/2 Marathon. The 13.1 mile was over two laps of a course on the very best paths around Woodbury Common with some cracking trails, Matt finished in 1.36.29.

Plus on Saturday four Harriers ran Climb South West’s 8 & 5 Trigs Ultras. On their way they took in the trig points at High Peak, Weston Cliff, Buckton Hill, Beacon Hill, Aylesbeare, Woodbury, Black Hill and West Down Beacon.

A basic understanding of navigation was required; the 8 trigs total distance was approximately 33 miles and the shorter 5 trigs route (that avoided the biggest hills on the Eastern part of the course) was just over 21 miles.

Amazingly despite the exceptionally wet conditions underfoot Sam Kelly was 1st finisher in the 8 Trigs in a new course record of 4 hours and 21 minutes.

In the 5 Trigs Dana Kalin was 3rd overall and 1st Lady to finish in 3.56.00 plus Neil Collins & Scott Jordan finished the 5 Trigs in 4.36.00.

On Sunday 5th November James Kelly had a marvellous run in the TCS New York City Marathon.

James finished in a superb time of 2.49.25 that equates to 6.28 minute miling for the 26.2 miles through the 5 boroughs of New York. James said after the finish “A tough day but a brilliant race and atmosphere”.

Also on Sunday Craig Butler & Adrian Barton ran in LM Events Sidmouth 10km race on a fantastic course that started at Sidford Social Hall and followed the entire length of the byes down onto the beautiful Sidmouth sea front.

The runners then looped back round and retraced their steps back home. It is described as a fairly flat course except the loop up Hillside, Beatlands and Cliff Road where they encountered two steep climbs. 

Plus on Sunday Langdon Williams ran a great race coming 2nd M55 in the popular Bideford 10 Miler race that started and finished very close to the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club Clubhouse and took in magnificent views of the Taw and Torridge estuary.

He finished in 37th with a time of 61.51 which earned him 2nd overall Male 55.

And on Sunday Nick Ramm & Jim Comer ran in the Marlow 1/2 Marathon; 13.1 challenging miles through the Chiltern Hills. It started in the Marlow Town centre with great crowd support at 9:30am offered 13.1 miles of good running on virtually traffic-free country lanes.

Last but not least on Sunday Tom Packer put on his Marathon shoes for the 2nd time in 14 days when he ran in the Cornish Marathon; a 26.2 mile scenic circular out and back route which took the runners along the Draynes Valley.