Exmouth Harrier wins British Masters marathon

Tom Merson battling against the wind

Tom Merson battling against the wind - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Exmouth Harriers took advantage of the recent increase in the number of races in July with thirteen runners taking part in four different events in the past week. This coincided with the warmest spell of weather in 2021, which made racing pretty tricky for everyone. 
Tom Merson was in action on Sunday, July 18 and produced a great performance in the British Masters 1/2 Marathon Championships at Caterham, Surrey.  
Racing for the first time in a British Masters road race, Tom won the 13.1 mile race by over two minutes in a superb time of 1 hour 10 minutes 12 seconds on a extremely hilly course in very warm conditions and was awarded his first British Masters Gold Medal.  
Also on Sunday, Exmouth Harrier Hannah Bown ran in the Frome 1/2 Marathon and finished in 38th position overall (2nd W40) in 1.36.05. 
Hugh Marsden and Dawn Teed took on the challenging Haytor Heller (a six-mile off-road race) on Saturday, with Hugh finishing in 38th position (1st M60) in 57.24 and Dawn finishing in 150th in 77.54 (4th W55). This was the fifth race for Hugh and Dawn in the 2021 Dartmoor Fell Race series. 
On Wednesday and Thursday of last week, nine Harriers finished the City Runs Exeter 10km. It was sunny and warm on Wednesday with a stiff northerly breeze (relatively tough conditions but nothing too severe), whereas on Thursday the temperature soared by a number of degrees and the runners roasted.  
The combined results for both days were: 7th Rob Ellis 34.10 (1st M35); 11th Oli White       34.42 (2nd M35); 24th Scott Jamieson 37.32 (3rd M40); 40th Des White 39.39 (1st M65); 79th Brian Sansom 44.51 (3rd M55); 82nd David Snook 45.28 (11th M35); 90th Andrew Johnson 46.13 (4th M55); 154th Alison White 54.53 (1st W65); 164th Liz Michaelson 56.18 (3rd W55). 
Exmouth Harriers next races are on Tuesday, July 20, The Run Exe 5km at Exwick and Friday, July 23, Erme Valley Relays at Ivybridge.