Exmouth Harriers A team third in Woodland Relays run on Woodbury Common
PUBLISHED: 09:59 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:59 11 July 2013
The Woodland Relays is a particularly local event organised and attended only by half-a-dozen local running clubs, including those from Exmouth, Sidmouth and Axe Valley, writes Dave Eveleigh.
It is off-road to make it safe for younger athletes and was initiated about 10 years ago to foster good relations between the clubs. This year’s was organised on Woodbury Common by Exmouth Harrier’s Mike Musgrove and he was also able to use it to raise some money for the Whizz Kidz charity he supports.
There were just three legs of about two-and-a-half miles on a testing, but thankfully dry course last week.
Around forty teams contested the senior event. Axe Valley Runners, with Gary Perratt, Tim Lenton and Liam Roberts were comfortable winners in a total time of 45:32.
Exmouth Men’s A team of Jon Garrity 16:25, Adam Miller 15:46, Marc Cox 15:51) were third, just 10 seconds behind second place, in 48 :02. The club’s B team of Chris Dupain 16:54, Scott Jordan 18:15 and Richard Hawes 17:05 was next in, finishing sixth in 52:14. Just getting into the top ten overall was the Exmouth Over-50 Men’s team of David Wright 17:29, Andy Kennedy 19:53 and Hugh Marsden 17:38, in 55:00. Overall 18th in 58:26 and second women’s team behind Axe Valley’s 57:45 (Amy Greenhalgh, Eleanor Wood and Carol Austin) was the Exmouth senior women‘s A team of Carly Miller 19:37, Lisa Hatchard 20:34 and Hannah Bown 18:15. Exmouth Women B finished 25th overall in 61:38 and 4th Women’s team with Lorraine Croome 20:37, Erica Neiwinger 20:15 and Katy Campbell 20:46. Just two seconds behind that team (61:40) was Exmouth Over-50 men’s B team including a couple of familiar names that haven’t been seen in results for a while, Phil Quick 20:57, John Lambert 19:48 and Terry Oldham 20:55. Immediately behind those ‘golden oldies’ (27th) were the Exmouth women’s Over-50s in a time of 62:35 with Cathy Newman 17:11, Claire Baxter 22:55 and Susan Hill 22:29.
A third senior women’s team from Exmouth were 32nd overall and fifth female team in 66:01, Jane Macdonald 21:05, Nicky Kelly 22:40 and Lorraine Gilson 22:16. Exmouth Running Belles teams filled overall team positions 40th to 43rd (seventh to 10th Women’s). The first of these teams was timed at 69:46, Clare Medlock 23:13, Lorraine Kirby 23:11 and Louise Watts 23:22).
Their next team finished in 71:48, Cally Rowland 24:26, Chris Doe 23:21 and Emma Jones 24:01. An Exmouth Belles Under-15 female team of Saffie Rowland, Rory Lapwood and Issy Clarke next completed the race in 72:35 The final Belles team finished in 72:36 and was Sarah Walker 23:40, Hannah Ellis-Murdock 24:21 snd Amanda Clarke 24:35).
Under-11 runners completed a route of just under one mile. First in that race was Sidmouth Running Club with what would appear to be a family team of Issie Beech, Oliva Beech and Issie Beech. In eighth place in that race was Lympstone Boys with Elliott Bainbridge and, with a familiar surname, Conor Hawes and Ethan Hawes.