Dupain family fly the Exmouth Harriers flag at Castle Drogo
PUBLISHED: 15:10 21 November 2012
Nine Exmouth Harriers were on the start line for the South West Road Runners’ organised, Drogo 10, writes Dave Eveleigh.
The race is actually 9.6 miles and starts and finishes at Castle Drogo. A quick glance at the race website and certain phrases in the course description catch your eye; hilly and muddy, long haul, unrelenting ascent for example, though there was a stunning view to lighten the mood a little!
Forty years ago on a Sunday morning ago a family like the Dupain’s would have been listening to Family Favourites while preparing a roast lunch!
Not so in 2012 when a car-load turned up to provide half of the Exmouth team for a challenge several steps on from getting your potatoes crisp on the outside yet fluffy on the inside. Hannah Bown (nee Dupain) was 61st overall of nearly 500 finishers and was third in the women’s section, her time was 77 minutes. Brother Chris only races occasionally, but was well up the field in 86:25 and 143rd position. Sister, Emma Dupain was 198th in 90:10 and the senior male Dupain, dad, Nigel was 258th in 96:45. Just over two minutes in front of Hannah and second in the women’s race was fellow Harrier Ellie Sutcliffe, who was 46th overall and timed at 74:42. It would be expected that having team-mates of roughly the same standard, as Ellie and Hannah are now, will tend to bring out the best in both and to-day these two along with Emma Dupain won the women’s team prize, perhaps a good omen for the County Cross Country Championships next month. First Harrier home was Mike Musgrove, 18th in 70:04, an impressive time on a very tough course and a position eight places higher than in 2011. It remains though, oh so tough to get a top three place in the veteran ranks, this time there were six over 40s in front of Musgrove.
Like most runners Scott Jordan has a job and family which means training sometimes has to take a back seat so he would have been extremely pleased to have knocked over five minutes off his time of 12 months ago, recording 80:37 in 82nd place. Dawn Teed was 266th in 97:48, and was an incredible 10 minutes faster than last year. Jenny Wood was 34th in 1:45:02.