Exmouth Harrier racing through the shining lights of Dubai

Piers with his 2nd place trophy

Piers with his 2nd place trophy - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Exmouth Harrier Piers Benton is currently working in the United Arab Emirates and has recently enjoyed racing in a couple of 10km races in Dubai.  

The first was a night run on Tuesday, May 17 with views of an unbelievable lit-up skyline of Sheikh Zayed Road and Business Bay. with the Burj Khalifa as the centre piece. It was an incredible sight and great inspiration for the runners. 

The second race was the Dubai Harbour night run on Friday, May 27, running past the waterfront, superyachts and local dhows, a completely flat course with only 167ft elevation. 

Not anticipating competing for a podium place due to the heat and humidity (29 degrees) and with his Harriers vest completely dripping with sweat throughout, Piers did much better than expected in both races. 

Results: Dubai 10km - 4th overall 39:27 (1st M19-29) and Dubai Harbour 10km - 2nd overall in 39:50. 

On Friday, June 3, Chris Murrin ran in his 99th Marathon at the Moreton Marathon near Dorchester. It was a very hot day, so Chris decided to take it relatively easy over the tough two lap off-road course on a private estate.  

There were various terrains to navigate, including tracks, fields, sandy paths and woodland areas plus a few river crossings and some heathland. After suffering from heatstroke at 24 miles, Chris managed to recover for the final 2.2 miles and he finished in a very creditable 4.53.20. 

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Chris is now resting and preparing for his 100th Marathon in the 32-mile Dartmoor Discovery (starting and finishing at Princetown) on Saturday, June 11, where he will be joined by a number of fellow Exmouth Harriers. 

Exmouth Harriers wish Chris all the best in his quest to become a Marathon Centurion - go for it Chris! 

Not only did Andrew Place race in the sunshine in the Cranbrook Jubilee Celebration 5km at the Country Park on Thursday, June 2 and finish in 20th place in 22.08, but he ran with his partner Sadie and their daughter in the 1.5 mile Family Fun Run thirty minutes before the 5km. 

Piers with the Dubai skyline behind

Piers with the Dubai skyline behind - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Chris Murrin aiming for 100 Marathons

Chris Murrin aiming for 100 Marathons - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Andrew after the Cranbrook 5km

Andrew after the Cranbrook 5km - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Andrew Place & Family after the Fun Run

Andrew Place & Family after the Fun Run - Credit: Exmouth Harriers