Berihu Tesfay flys the Exmouth Harriers flag highest at Yeovil Town Runners event.

PUBLISHED: 08:44 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 08:44 18 April 2013

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Yeovil Town Road Runners have a case of trades descriptions to answer in regard to their use of the word ‘summer’ in the title of their April - September 5k series, as the weather that greeted runners on the first round of the series was as far removed from summer as you could possibly get, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Long tights and base layers were the order of the evening as five Exmouth Harriers made their way to RNAS Yeovilton for this competitive 5k race.

What greeted them there were mid-winter temperatures, lashing rain and the stiffest easterly head wind possible. Setting aside hopes of Personal Best times on a normally fast course the five Exmouth athletes resolved to put down individual time markers to chase in subsequent rounds.

First Harrier home and first across the line outright was Berihu Tesfay. With nobody to push him, the race turned into a bit of a time trial for Tesfay and, in the conditions, he did well to post a time of 15:32, 18 seconds clear of the runner-up. With more clement conditions and stiffer competition, Berihu will surely dip under 15 minutes here. Adam Miller was trying to take it fairly steady and not risk any injuries as he enters the final week of his London Marathon preparation so his time of 17:09, for 11th place overall, was very encouraging and in better conditions a time comfortably inside 17 minutes is there for the taking.

In her first competitive outing after an eight-week injury lay-off Ellie Sutcliffe’s aim was to get around pain free and record that marker time to aim beyond in later rounds. Keeping to an even pace she reeled in three females over the latter part of the race, to finish as second woman, just six seconds adrift of first, in 18:52. Most importantly though, there were no problems from the injury.

Jon Garrity is aiming to progress through the whole Yeovilton Series this year. Having done no speed work all winter to rest a troublesome calf muscle he was not as sharp as he could be, so he did extremely well to record 19:16 for 27th place overall and second place in the MV40 section and you can be sure that there will be much more to come from him once he gets back into structured training. Carly Miller (Audritt) was also approaching this first round at below full fitness thanks to work, illness and a wedding to organise. Not knowing what racing shape she was in she was keen to just do her best and post a time to chase in subsequent round. Her time of 23:39, for 14th female and 81st place overall, in Wednesday’s horrendous conditions, was more than satisfactory.

The next round is on Wednesday May, 8 and we can expect to see Exmouth Harriers represented again.

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