Exmouth Belles run well and raise lots of money in Dutch experience

PUBLISHED: 09:07 14 November 2013

The Exmouth Belles on parade in Amsterdam

The Exmouth Belles on parade in Amsterdam


Thirteen Exmouth running Belles travelled to Amsterdam to take part in their annual marathon and half marathon which is known for its fast and beautiful course, writes Claire Medlock.

The start and finish of the marathon take place in the historical Olympic Stadium with rousing applause from the thousands of spectators.

The route follows a part of the Olympic route along the Amstel River, past stately homes and a few windmills.

A new featuire for the event for 2013 was the route taking runners through the heart of the Rijksmuseum, the famous passage which connects Amsterdam city centre with the south of Amsterdam.

Seven belles did the full 26.2 mile route. Haribelles (belles who also run with Exmouth Harriers) Sue Hill, Amanda McCann and Jane MacDonald started the course hoping for a sub four hour time.

This was far exceeded with Sue Hill and Jane MacDonald crossing the line in a spectacular time of 3.49. Amanda McCann crossed the line in a time of 3.56, Lorraine Kirby narrowly missed the four hour time coming in at 4.03 due to an injury. Belles Kay Douglas finished in 3.56, Clare Medlock crossed the line in 4.27 closely followed by Cally Rowland Lapwood in 4.30.

Six belles entered the half marathon which followed much of the marathon route. The first Belle to cross the line in the stadium was Lousie watts in 2.01. Hot on her heels were Chris Doe in 2.03 and Zoe Nelmes in 2.06. Morag Robinson and Sue Rook ran across the line together having provided each other with support over the route. Andrea Johnston was the final Belle across the line in a time of 2.20 which was impressive as she had been battling with injury over the last few months.

The belles raised money for Exmouth’s RETHINK charity which is a mental health support charity. To date the belles have raised over £1500, but money is still being collected.

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