Cowan leads the Harries five home in the Torbay 10k

PUBLISHED: 10:53 27 August 2010 | UPDATED: 10:53 27 August 2010

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Exmouth Harriers had a healthy representation at the 2010 Torbay Regatta 10k race last weekend.

EXMOUTH Harriers were represented by five runners at the 2010 Torbay Royal Regatta race last Sunday (August 22), writes Bob Woodall.

Mark Cowan, Andrew Johnson, Roger Rowe, John Perratt and Joan Mason were amongst the 650 runners on the start line for the 10k race outside the Pavilion Theatre.

Unfortunately, the weather was far from kind with a light drizzle falling for about an hour before the start and, with just twenty minutes to go to the off, the heavens opened with a monsoon type deluge!

So much rain fell that the drainage system was unable to clear the water so some areas of the race line were flooded, much to the enjoyment of the odd water baby.

Mark Cowan had a great race to finish the first of the Exmouth Harriers in such a strong field, coming home in an excellent seventh overall position in a time of 34 minutes and 38 seconds. For his efforts, Cowan sealed first place in the M25/29 age category.

After tracking Roger Rowe for the whole race, Andrew Johnson surged past in the last 100 metres to pip his old training partner by just eight seconds.

Johnson finished 75th in a time of 41:21 with Rowe five places behind in 41:29, that was also good enough to seal him first place in the M64/69 age category, over seven minutes ahead of his nearest rival in that age category!

John Perratt finished 167th in 46:34 and that was good enough to seal him first place in the M70+ age category. He, too, finished a full seven minutes ahead of his nearest challenger in his age group!

Joan Mason finished 333rd in 53:01, well up the finishing order in her category, but, unfortunately, outside the first three places.

The first athlete to cross the finishing line was Kairn Stone of the Newham and Essex Beagles in a time of 31:34.

The first female athlete was Jo Meek of Tavistock AC in overall 20th place in 36:55.

The last competitor was Stanley Lloyd who finished in a time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 49 seconds, taking the 586th place.

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