Exmouth Harriers latest - Stone wins Farway 10k on Father's Day

PUBLISHED: 10:39 24 June 2010

RUNNING MEN: The Harriers relay teams that competed at the National Championships.

RUNNING MEN: The Harriers relay teams that competed at the National Championships.

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ON Father's Day, an exceptionally hot day, Dave Stone, of the Exmouth Harriers, convinced his family that participating in the Over the Hill and Farway 10k all terrain race took priority in the morning, writes Bob Woodall.

And well he did, finishing the overall winner, some two and one half minutes ahead of his nearest rival, in an impressive time of 37 minutes and 45 seconds.

This is only the second such race organised by the Farway Primary School, ably assisted by Alan Rowe of the Honiton Running Club, and Dave is now the course record holder, having knocked over a minute off the origin race winning time.

The course is basically a figure of eight starting just before the village hall on the outskirts of the village of Farway, near Honiton.

The route heads off in a westerly direction, increasing in altitude slightly all the way, passing the War Memorial and Thorn Farm where the route takes a right turn along a farm track toward Netherton Hall.

About one and a half kilometres from the start the course takes a sharp left turn back onto the road way where the incline rises sharply over Culver and Warren Hills.

Right at Bucknole Cross and the route follows the road down hill to the T-junction south of Northleigh Village.

A right turn takes the runners toward Northleigh Farm to Suddon Lane. A left turn takes the runners to Farway Cross, again ascending a steady climb. At the top of the incline a sharp left turn brings them back along Colyton Road to Northleigh.

The first left in the village climbs again for a short distance then passes the Church where the course again passes Northleigh Farm. This time at Suddon Cross the runners turn right and follow the road back to the finish in front of the village hall.

A spectator at the event said that “Dave was flying” and Dave himself, that evening, admitted that the race was hard, very hilly and hot.

The first female runner to complete the course was Fran Bond, of the Honiton Running Club, in overall 7th position in a time of 45-30.

The final athlete to cross the finishing line was Harry Moore, of the Axe Valley Runners, in a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 34 seconds.”

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