A marriage made in running - Exmouth Harriers Parkrun update.

PUBLISHED: 07:40 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:40 11 April 2013

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If you went down to the woods at Ashclyst Forrest on Saturday morning you’d have been sure of a big surprise, as you’d have seen over 100 runners - including a young woman wearing a bridal veil, a young man with a top hat, and a race starter dressed as a pastor, writes Ellie Sutcliffe.

The runners were gathered for 100th running of the Killerton Parkrun, which, for the past couple of months, has been held at a temporary course in the nearby Ashclyst Forest, on the wider Killerton estate. This is a very tough three-lap course which sees runners climb a total height of almost 400ft, over a 5k distance. Many visiting runners commented that it’s easily the toughest Parkrun course they have run! Times cannot, therefore, be compared with those for most other 5km races. However, it did allow the event to continue after extreme weather had made parts of the usual Killerton course treacherous and inaccessible. Safety must come first!

Two names that crop up regularly on the Parkrun results are those of our newly weds, Adam and Carly Miller. Adam has been taking the course steadier of late than usual as he has been in the throes of a 70 plus miles a week London Marathon training program; nevertheless, since the move to Ashclyst on February 16, he has managed a first place finish and two seconds, with an Ashclyst course best of 19:24. Carly has been using Parkrun to keep her fitness ticking over but of course she has had other priorities of late, such as planning her wedding, to distract her! She has posted a best time of 24:34 on the course.

Adam’s marathon training partner, Mike Musgrove, has had one visit to Ashclyst on March 23, where he was second overall in 19:28. His wife, Nic Musgrove, tackled her first ever Parkrun on this same day and posted a time of 32:00 on this far-from-easy, hilly course.

Carrying an Achilles injury, Ellie Sutcliffe has been cross-training during the week and using Parkrun each Saturday as a means of measuring the progress of the injury and for the friendly company and coffee afterwards! Ellie has managed three first placed finishes and three 2nds over the last few weeks, with an Ashclyst course best time of 21:28.

Running couple Diane and Martin Richards recently recorded times of 30:38 and 26:54 in completing their first Parkruns . Dave Eveleigh ran at this location for the second time on 30 March, his time 28:56, identical to his clocking the first time (as Harry Hill would say, ‘What are the chances of that’). In front of Dave that same day, in a time of 27:34 and first man over 55 to Dave’s second was Lee Russell, getting the better of Dave for the first time in months, if not years.

At the final Ashclyst run on April 6, Jon Garrity turned up to sample its hilly delights and posted a time of 21:27 for a fine fifth place finish.

This Saturday (April 13), Parkrun returns to its regular venue at Killerton House; start time 9am. On 27th April, it celebrates the event’s two-year anniversary, when – if the rumours are true – there will be cake on offer afterwards for any runner who comes to celebrate its birthday.

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