Exmouth Harriers have nine that ‘Beat the Bus’ at Otteron

PUBLISHED: 11:44 01 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:44 01 July 2015

Exmouth Harriers at the 'Beat the Bus' event

Exmouth Harriers at the 'Beat the Bus' event

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Exmouth Harriers have competed successfully at a variety of distances - from 5k to full marathon -and over different terrains in the last week, writes Cathy Newman.

Unusually choosing the road over the country, Anthony Hatchard took part in the Torbay Half Marathon where he improved on his time from Taunton in April to run 75:22 finishing eighth overall and first V35 from a field of over 1500 runners.

Dave Stone was first V45 and 11th overall with 76:33 and Hugh Marsden first V55 with 86:15. Dawn Teed was the Harriers sole female representative and was also in the prizes as third V50.

In contrast, Beat the Bus is a quirky Wednesday evening 10k starting in Otterton, and being home territory for the Harriers they were out in force.

Jamie Pearson led the club home with a late sprint to take second place followed by Jon Garrity in fifth, Hugh Marsden (warming up for the Torquay Half Marathon) in sixth and Chris Dupain in seventh place. Cathy Newman followed, winning the female race just ahead of Vicki Thompson and Hannah Bown. The course begins gently along the River Otter and then climbs relentlessly to Mutters Moor, it isn’t about times but rather about beating the bus and this year 16 harriers did beat the bus which took 59:29 to go to Sidmouth and return to Otterton. Other bus beating harriers were: Terry McKie, Louise Hempstead, Susan Hill, Lorraine Gilson, Terry Oldham, Phil Bater, Dawn Teed, Kelly Thomas and Amy Tew.

A few hardy harriers attempted the Blackdown Beauty, a navigational event in the Blackdown hills where Richard Bishop was the quickest Exmouth club runner taking three hours 36 minutes to complete the course of approximately 18 miles. Lisa Hatchard went considerably further completing the Giant’s Head Marathon, a tough, off-road 26 miles, she even managed to finish with her fastest two mile split.

Meanwhile, Simon Minting saved his efforts for the Killerton Parkrun where he was the first finisher for the 10th consecutive time. He has been involved with LED’s efforts to bring Parkrun to Exmouth and it seems that there will bean Exmouth 5k Parkrun starting later in the summer based in Phear Park on Saturday mornings. www.parkrun.org.uk

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