Cathy Newman wins vet top honour.

PUBLISHED: 09:25 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

ONE of Exmouth Harriers all-time greats, Cathy Newman, won the South West Veterans AC Grand Prix award for ladies for 2008, writes Les Turner.

ONE of Exmouth Harriers all-time greats, Cathy Newman, won the South West Veterans AC Grand Prix award for ladies for 2008, writes Les Turner.

This award is based on the average age graded percentage of an athlete's four best performances over the year.

Cathy's best performances were 36:49 (89.84%) for the Bideford 10K, 60:07 (90.12%) for the Teignbridge 10 (mile), 80:01 (91.17%) for the Bath Half Marathon and 81:11 (89.86%) for the Great West Half Marathon.

The average age graded percentage was 90.24%.

Fellow Harrier, John Perratt, said: "The rest of us can only dream of those percentages!"

Praise indeed, coming as it does from a fellow athlete who has himself won medals on the world stage at the World Masters Athletics Championships.

Last Saturday, 253 runners completed the Jurassic Coast 10K, a challenging multi-terrain event that takes place along the seafront, cliff paths, river and rural lanes at Budleigh Salterton.

The race was won by James McMullan in 33:18. Congratulations to Exmouth Harrier Jamie Pearson who was 1st U21 and 8th overall in 37:34.

On Sunday, four Exmouth Harriers were among the 555 finishers at the Torbay Regatta 10K. Thomas Payn of Winchester & District A C won the race in 31:05 with Exmouth runner Tom Merson of Bristol & West A C 2nd in 31:44.

The first Exmouth Harrier to finish was Carlos Payan, 2nd M30-34 and 20th overall in 37:30. Adrian Kearns came 49th in 40:20.

Congratulations to John Perratt, 1st M65 and 157th overall in 46:22. Stan Mason was 320th in 53:57.

Finally, last week's report on the Race the Train event omitted to say that when Hugh Marsden led the Harriers home, he beat the train in the process. Congratulations and apologies to Hugh!

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