Exmouth Harriers bag life time bests at Bideford Half Marathon

PUBLISHED: 17:00 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 17:00 12 March 2015

It was off to North Devon and the Bideford Half-Marathon last Sunday (March 8) for eight Exmouth Harriers, writes Dave Eveleigh.

The course, by local standards, is fairly flat and the race was won by Bideford’s Shaun Antell in of 70:50.

The Exmouth runners came away with a very impressive set of results, no less than four of the eight recording lifetime bests.

First to finish from the club was the experienced Dave Stone, 7th in 75:52 and first in the Men Aged 45-49 category.

Mike Musgrove though was only 60 metres behind in ninth place and a new personal best (PB) of 76:05, taking around two minutes off the old figure. Mike was third in the same male age category as Dave. Then came another PB by a big margin when Pete Fletcher came in 15th in 78:33, that figure being five minutes faster than his previous best, in distance terms almost a mile in front.

Adrian Kearns has a half marathon best of under 80 minutes, set eight years ago, but now, as another athlete in the highly competitive Men Aged 45-49 category, should not be displeased with 70th overall in 86:35.

Hannah Bown is very consistent, and was 120th overall here in 91:27 – she is usually round about the 90 minute mark for this distance. Scott Jordan was 136th in 93:14. If his previous PB is indeed 1:42:13 this is another lifetime best, his margin of improvement topping the lot, at nine minutes!

The fourth lifetime best was recorded by Laura Jones who was overall 167th in 95:51, another high quality run. In 335th overall Jane Macdonald completed the 13.1 miles in 1:45:13. There were 850 finishers.

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