Exmouth Harrier Kennedy continues to impress at Killerton Parkrun meetings

PUBLISHED: 21:16 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:17 06 November 2013

Participation at the Killerton Parkrun seems to have peaked at 240 during August but the number of runners completing the 5km course at the National Trust property off the old Cullompton Road has still averaged around 160 over the last month or so, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Andy Kennedy has been Exmouth Harriers most enthusiastic participant there recently.

He has had regular battles with one Andrew Finch and this has resulted in both of them achieving new personal bests.

At the October 12 meeting Kennedy took 30 seconds off his best time for the course, finishing in 21:38, in the top ten and as first Man Over 55. Then, on successive weeks he subtracted three seconds and one second from that time, his PB now standing at 21:04.

Rob Orton’s arrival at Exmouth Harriers can only be good for ambitious team-mates as he continues to set new standards within the club.

Orton was second in the October 5 meeting. He went one better on October 26 when he won in a new personal best for the course of 16:18. Ellie Sutcliffe has been the first woman across the line on each of the three recent Saturday morning trips she has made to KiIlerton as she continues to set her own high standards.

Chris Dupain did his first Killerton Parkrun at the end of September and returned on October 26 to improve his PB by 11 seconds to 19:51.

Roger Rowe is restricted by injury these days, but he turns up regularly and still holds an age group record for this course.

Adam Miller and Carly Miller are usually to be seen at Killerton on a Saturday morning.

No break-through performances from them recently, but many keen runners would use the event as part of their training rather than for competition.

Indeed that was probably Les Turner’s thinking with a Marathon to run a week after his Parkrun on October 2.

Andrew Johnson was second in the 50-54 Men’s age group in a rare appearance on October 19.

Aidan Bown and Hannah Bown raced at Killerton for the first time on October 19, and then returned a week later to set new PBs, when they were joined by Hannah’s sister, Emma White, making her Parkrun debut.

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