Exmouth Harriers - A review of 2009

PUBLISHED: 09:18 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

THE FIRST running of Exmouth Harriers new event, the 5 1/2 mile Beach Race, took place in June, writes Les Turner.

THE FIRST running of Exmouth Harriers' new event, the 5 1/2 mile Beach Race, took place in June, writes Les Turner.

Although the race only attracted 30 entries, all who ran it said it was a great race so the club are keen to run it again next year, hopefully with a much bigger field.

The winner, Jamie Pearson, ran away from the other competitors.

This race also saw the dawning of the career of another bright young prospect, Duncan Taylor (son of Adrian) who finished in 3rd place at the tender age of 14! Surely another name to watch out for in the future.

In June, Jamie Pearson came 2nd U20 at the hilly Bampton 10K. Hugh Marsden was 2nd V50 and Roger Rowe came 1st V60.

Dave Stone was 2nd M35 at the Torbay Half Marathon, also in June. Jamie Pearson was 1st U20, with Hugh Marsden 2nd V50.

Two Harriers won all five events they took part in at the South West Veterans' A C Track & Field Championships at Exeter Arena.

John Perratt's M70 golds came in the 800m, 1500m and 5,000m. Andy Kennedy achieved his M50 golds in the 10,000m and the 2,000m steeplechase.

Hannah Bown was the 1st lady in the Killerton Kanter 10K Cross Country Race.

On to July and the 4 x 2 1/2 miles Erme Valley Road Relays at Ivybridge. Exmouth's M60 team (average age 66) of Roger Rowe, Ray Elston, Les Turner and Jim Wyatt won their category for the fifth consecutive year, i.e. on every occasion since its introduction!

The M40 team comprising Pete McKeown, Jon Croome, Andy Johnson and Hugh Marsden came third in their category.

Roger Rowe, who ran the fastest leg for the M60 team, has not raced again since this event due to a combination of an ongoing foot injury and a serious overload of building and decorating work at his home.

He is, however, still capable of winning almost any V60 race in the South West region and we hope to see him again gracing the Harriers' colours in the near future, especially at the national relays.

Hugh Marsden was 1st V50 at the hilly Charmouth Challenge 8 miles multi-terrain course.

In August, the ladies team of Hannah Bown, Emma Dupain, Dawn Teed and Lorraine Gilson won their category at the Totnes 10K off-road race. Dave Stone, Hugh Marsden, Carlos Payan, Adam Miller, Paul Samways and Pete McKeown came 2nd in the men's team event.

Hugh Marsden won the individual award for 1st V50, John Perratt was 1st V70 with a new course record and Ray Elston came 2nd V70.

Dave Stone was 3rd at the Sidmouth Festival 10K Run, with Ray Elston 1st V70 and Jim Wyatt 2nd V60.

Lorraine Gilson was 1st FV 50 at the Tywyn Mid-Wales Race the Train 14-mile multi-terrain event first held 25 years ago.

Although not winning an award, Hugh Marsden was one of the select band of runners who succeeded in beating the train.

Jamie Pearson was 1st U21 at the challenging Jurassic Coast 10K multi-terrain event at Budleigh Salterton.

Carlos Payan was 2nd M30-34 at the Torbay Regatta 10K and John Perratt was 1st M65.

In September, Tom Merson won the Devon County AA 10,000m Track Race at Exeter Arena by the huge margin of nearly 4 minutes and Dave Stone came 2nd.

John Perratt was 1st M70 and Andy Johnson was 2nd M45.

A superb performance saw Dave Stone win the 7 1/2 miles multi-terrain Ivybridge Beacon Challenge.

The first round of the 2009/10 Ironbridge Runner Puma Winter 3K Series took place in October and was won by Tom Merson.

Dave Eveleigh, who has been battling a lengthy illness, made a fantastic effort to produce a time over 2 minutes quicker than his time last season.

Dave Stone took 3rd place in the Eden Project Marathon.

Exmouth Harriers did well at the first South Molton Struggle, a 12K multi-terrain course.

Bob Woodall was 1st V60, Ray Elston 1st V70 and Jim Wyatt 3rd V65.

Bob, a retired police officer, has now won several awards since breaking into the V60 category!

John Perratt was 1st South West V70 at the Ten Mile Road Race Championships of the British Masters Athletics Federation in conjunction with the South West Vets A C Championships at the Isle of Portland. Les Turner was 2nd S.W. V65.

Hugh Marsden was 3rd V50 at the first round of this season's Brooks Westward League Cross Country series at Central Park, Plymouth.

Exmouth Harriers produced some great team and individual performances at the Parrett Trail Relays.

The men's team of Hugh Marsden, Adam Miller, Mike Musgrove, Joel Morter, Dave Stone and Jamie Pearson were runners-up to Yeovil in a much faster race than last year.

Hugh and Jamie both won their stages, Jamie with a new course record for the leg. The mixed team comprising Andy Johnson, Lorraine Gilson, Steph French, Jon Croome, Terry Oldham and Pete McKeown won their category with Jon Croome and Pete McKeown both winning their stages.

The Exmouth ladies team of Emma Dupain, Lucy Hodgson, Lorraine Croome, Jenny Timms, Hannah Bown and Camilla Matheson had to settle for 2nd place behind the formidable South West Road Runners team. Emma Dupain won her leg.

Dave Stone came 2nd in the Dartmoor Vale Marathon at Newton Abbot, which also incorporates the Devon County Marathon Championships.

However, since he was the first Devon runner to finish, he became the Devon Men's Marathon Champion for 2009.

Jon Croome, Pete McKeown, Jim Pyne, Lorraine Croome, Paul Champion and Bob Keast completed the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon), the originator of the 2-day mountain marathon type event that first took place over 40 years ago.

By coming 6th at the Luton Marathon, his 7th marathon in the last 12 months, Dave Stone has now accomplished his target of completing 40 marathons before reaching his 40th birthday in February, 2010 - a great achievement!

The club annual presentation night, incorporated in proceedings of the Christmas festive dinner, saw Jamie Pearson win the male athlete of the year award and the equivalent for the ladies was won by Lorraine Gilson.

Paul Champion was rewarded by his year's endeavours for the club with the Chairman's trophy.

The saddest moment of the Exmouth Harriers' year came at the end of June, when Sue Wilkin suffered an horrific injury and broke her ankle very badly at the Endurance Life Classic Quarter Coastal Ultra Series in Cornwall.

She had to be air-lifted to hospital by the Air Ambulance and was told that she would never be able to run again.

She is, however, far too stubborn to accept this advice, so has been working very hard to speed up her recovery as much as possible - and prove the medical experts wrong.

So far things are going well, but she must avoid the temptation to push too hard and suffer a setback.

All the club wish her the very best for a speedy and complete recovery and the achievement of her goal of running again, as soon as possible.

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