Exmouth Harriers have 14 runners in the 2013 Drogo 10 event

PUBLISHED: 19:59 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 19:59 20 November 2013

The Exmouth Harriers team who took top spot at the Drogo 10; Tony Hatchard, Adam Miller and the overall race winner Tom Merson.

The Exmouth Harriers team who took top spot at the Drogo 10; Tony Hatchard, Adam Miller and the overall race winner Tom Merson.

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The Drogo 10 is a challenging cross country race in the vicinity of the mid-Devon castle of that name, writes Dave Eveleigh.

This years race was contested last Sunday. It is actually round 9.6 miles, but of course in the Dictionary of Running terminology ‘challenging’ means steep hills, a lot of mud or both of those, so that 400 metres less than you might have expected is of no real importance!

There was a big turn-out of Exmouth Harriers, fourteen altogether started in a field of over 500.

Turning out for his home-town club Tom Merson was the first of that 500 to cross the finish line.

Merson’s time of 58:17 is a new course record, but if an athlete of his calibre is only just inside six minute miles for the course, then it can be assumed it is a ‘very’ challenging course!

Tony Hatchard was next in, finishing sixth in 63:40 and a further five from the club were inside the Top 100.

They were; Adam Miller, 23rd, 68:28; Marc Cox, 33rd, 70:31; Richard Bishop, 63rd, 75:27; Richard Hawes, 69th, 76:10 and Exmouth’s first female, Hannah Bown, 74th in 76:48.

It was a case of welcome back to Richard Bishop who had not raced for some time.

Chris Dupain finished 101st in 79:46 with two more Harriers crossing the line within half-a-minute, Jon Garrity 103rd in 80:05 and Scott Jordan 105th in 80:22 – a little intra-club rivalry always speeds up that last few hundred metres!

Martin Richards (220th in 90:48), Lisa Hatchard (250th in 92:55) and Dawn Teed (281st, 95:24), were right in the middle of the finishers. Finally, if your correspondent recalls statistics at O-level correctly, while Hatchard was the median performance, Diana Richards, 343rd in 1:41:28, sneaked in to the interquartile range, which each of them may or may not choose to boast about.


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