Exmouth Harriers continue to impress in Parkrun series

PUBLISHED: 11:02 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 25 September 2014

The Parkrun idea has clearly brought out the inner runner in hundreds of people, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Here you will read about the participants in the regular Saturday morning free, timed 5K runs who are club runners with Exmouth Harriers but the majority who turn out have no club affiliation. It really does stick a lot of boxes for anybody, who wants to run in company. There is now a Parkrun in Exeter, but they still flock to Killerton in their hundreds – the average number of finishers in August was over 250.

The Dupain Family were well represented at Killerton through August, from Nigel, who was second man age 60 - 64 on August 16, in 26:18, and Jill who ran three times, to young Aidan Bown (best time in August of 27:48) who was accompanied by family members, sisters Hannah Bown or Emma White. On her own on August 2, Emma recorded a respectable 22:33 for second Senior Woman. Brother of Hannah and Emma, Chris Dupain was fifth overall on August 9, and recorded a PB of 19:24. Ellie Sutcliffe is still recovering from injury but improved her result from 79th in 24:31 on August 9, to 25th in 21:12 on August 23. Lisa Hatchard was not far off her PB when she ran 24:55 on August 2. Carly Miller ran once at Killerton in August. Amongst the men Jon Garrity performed well. He recorded 18:49 for fifth overall and first man age 40-44 on August 23, then a week later was third overall and first in his age group as he equalled his PB with 18:34. Richard Pyle established new PBs of 21:18 on August 9, and 21:03 on August 23.

John Reader was first in his 70 - 74 age group on August 23 and 30, with a best time of 27:08. Jim Wyatt was second man age 70-74 in 29:27on August 16, while, on August 30, Dave Eveleigh (23:57) was second in the 60-64 age group with Mick Allen second man (29:01) age 75-79.

The Exeter Parkruns in the Riverside Valley Park are seeing fields of around 140. Adam Miller went back there on August 16, and bagged a new PB of 17:03, finishing fourth overall. Alongside him Cathy Newman was eighth overall and first woman in 18:35, finishing seventh overall and first woman. A week later Mick Allen paid the Exeter Parkrun a visit, finishing second man aged 75-79 in 26:14, behind erstwhile team-mate John Perratt’s 24:4 1. Dave Eveleigh finished dirst Man age 60-64 in 22:11 on August 9.

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