Exmouth Harriers do well at the London Marathon
PUBLISHED: 19:18 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:18 24 April 2013
Last Sunday saw the latest edition of what Brendan Foster unashamedly described as ‘the greatest Marathon in the world’, writes Dave Eveleigh.
Six Exmouth Harriers headed to the capital to play their parts in an on-going story set on 26 miles of London roads.
Around 30,000 run with something like half a million not just spectating, but creating a very special atmosphere which our representatives seem to have thrived on. Adam Miller confirmed his status as the Exmouth club’s top runner at the moment.
He took 10 minutes off his time set here a year ago as he averaged just under 10 mph to finish with a new Personal Best time of 2:38:44 in 145th place overall.
Adam was also using his participation to raise money for Cancer Research UK on behalf of a friend who lost a relative to the disease recently. Dave Stone was next in with a time of 2:42:52 giving him 249th place overall and 42nd of getting on for 4,000 men aged 40-44.
Stone ran in the costume of Pirates of the Caribbean film character, Jack Sparrow and using this, as in previous years, as a vehicle to encourage donations to a deserving cause, this time Exmouth and Lympstone Hospiscare.
Mike Musgrove was the third Harrier to finish. He was unlucky enough to be wearing one of a handful of those tiny pieces of result producing electronic wizardry that prove to be duds each year. However, when the (micro) chips were later found to have been down he still had a time to his name, having been alert enough to note his time on the finishing line clock!
Assured the organisers will get him an official time eventually he reports that finish-line clock suggests he ran around 2:50:15, to chop eight minutes off his Personal Best, and that he was in the top 500 overall.
The Whizz Kids organisation will benefit financially as a result of Mike completing the race. Sub three-hours is a common club runner’s target for the Marathon distance. Hannah Bown ran 3:16:46, but running statisticians tell us that is equivalent to a male of the same age running it in just inside that three-hour mark.
Bown was 2938th overall, 259th woman out of about 12,000 that ran!
Dave Backway was very close to cracking four hours with his time of 4:04:43 and he was comfortably in the top third of the field with 9345th place.
Diana Richards recorded 4:25:07, was pretty much in the middle of the whole field with 16,509th position and placed 487th of over 1,300 in her women aged 45-49 category. She achieved a personal best with that time, just, but said she found the suddenly higher temperature on Sunday a little difficult to deal with.
Thanks to running London, Richards will be donating at least £1500, to the Motor neuron Disease Association after witnessing the condition in a friend’s relative.