Exmouth Harriers’ Hawes is fastest for group at latest Ironbridge Runner 3k series meeting

PUBLISHED: 09:07 14 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 14 November 2013

Ten Exmouth Harriers were at Exeter Arena on Monday evening for the second event of the Ironbridge Runner Winter 3K Series, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Some of the ten had only the day before been negotiating grass, mud, slopes and tight bends at a Westward League Cross Country race.

The track event is on a manmade surface and covers exactly 3,000 metres (measured 1.4 metres from the track kerb) and if you want you can be timed to 1/100 of a second!

There were though ten Exmouth Harriers vests at each event – both were part of the same sport.

In the summer Les Turner, who ran in one of the 3k races has a go at field events like the triple jump.

Sepp Blatter of FIFA stresses that football is played under the same rules whether in a World Cup Final or a park on Sunday morning. In contrast athletics can be proud of its heterogeneity, it is the ‘something for everyone’ sport!

In a further demonstration of heterogeneity the 3K races were contested by male and female athletes with ages from teens to approaching 80, all graded according to ability, nothing else.

Well over 100 runners were then put in six races labelled A to F, 15–20 in each. In the ‘F’ grade Lisa Hatchard was second in a very impressive 12:53, Dawn Teed fourth in 13:42 and Les Turner 12th in 15:04.

In the ‘E’ event Martin Richards was fifth in an encouraging 12:46, Lee Russell 10th in 13:00 (very close to his 12:58 last time).

Nigel Dupain looked more comfortable running on the track than he might care to admit as he was 13th in 13:05 just behind Lee.

It is impossible to get the grading right all the time and unfortunately Carly Miller was left alone at the back of the ‘D’ run to record her time of 13:17. In the ‘C’ race Andrew Johnson worked hard for his 11:46 time in eighth place, six seconds faster than two weeks before while Dave Eveleigh was seven seconds slower with 12:12 in 13th.

The fastest Exmouth Harrier of the night was Richard Hawes who was fifth in the ‘B’ grade with 11:04, a PB, but just short of that sub-11 minute target again!

Only two weeks before this most social of events is on again - most social because of the proximity of competing athletes, and because during any given race 80 per cent of the evening’s entrants are with each other on the side-lines. Looking forward to it!

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