Exmouth Harriers impress at the London Marathon
PUBLISHED: 18:05 28 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:05 28 April 2015
There were eight Exmouth Harriers on the start line of the London Marathon, writes Dave Eveleigh.
With 37,000 plus tackling the iconic course it is of huge credit to the club that all eight were amongst the first 20,000 to finish.
There was a good collection of personal bests (PB), club records and good-for-age performances. Adam Miller finished 161st, meaning he was in front of 99.99 per cent of the field!
What’s more, he trimmed around three minutes off his PB best in recording a time of 2:35:54. Also very much at the sharp end was Dave Stone, this year dressed as an Exmouth Harrier and, looking just like the real thing as he finished 309th overall and, more impressively was 19th Man Age 45-49, a category over 1000 strong , 99 per cent of the field were behind him at the finish!
Dave’s time was 2:40:41, a new club record for the age group, knocking around six minutes from Derek Donaghy’s time set 14 years ago.
Two female Harriers posted a PB and a new club record - Jane Macdonald was 8091st overall and finished in the top 11 per cent of her 45-49 age group in a time of 3:39:47. This time is a new age group club record, being about a minute inside her PB which had also been the previous club record. Susan Hill ran 13 minutes faster than her PB, recording 3:36:13, an inaugural club record for females age 55-59. Susan was 7375th overall and 23rd of 466 women in her age group (top 6 per cent).
Mike Keep was not far behind his 4:14 clocking of last year. He was 19744th but 32nd of 149 men age 70-74 in 4:22:42. Posting an inaugural PB of a highly respectable 3:17:13 was Richard Hawes who was 3967th overall and in the top 20 per cent of the men age 45-49 section. Sarah Jackman was 9116th in 3:43:50. Lisa Hatchard finished 14275th and in the top quarter of her 40-44 age group with a time 4:01:01 frustratingly just shy of the four hour mark.