Exmouth Harriers' Newman shows real class at the Bideford Half Marathon
PUBLISHED: 19:21 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:21 06 March 2013
The Bideford Half Marathon was contested by almost 900 runners of which six were from Exmouth Harriers, writes Dave Eveleigh.
This event is another that is PB friendly, styling itself as “a swift half”, though it was particularly cold this year.
The class act from Exmouth was Cathy Newman. She was 54th overall, second female and first woman over 50 in a time of 85:50. Next to finish was Lisa Hatchard in 99:57, a new Personal Best which put her 241st overall and 27th female.
Dawn Teed has been putting in the miles in in preparation for the Falklands Marathon on March 17. As a result she ran her fastest Half Marathon for some years clocking 1:43:44 to finish 312th overall and 2nd in the 45–49 women’s age group.
Conditions are likely to be tough in the South Atlantic territory, but that time would suggest she could break four hours for 26+ miles and possibly even bring home a medal for a place in the first three.
Joan Mason was the fourth female Exmouth Harrier to finish, in another PB of 1:53:21. She was 475th overall (right in the middle of the field) and ninth in her over 50 age group.
Dave Stone recorded 77:32, was 13th overall and third man over 40. Then Roger Riggs was the third Exmouth runner to get a PB here.
He was timed at 1:58:31 for 576th out of all runners and 28th in an increasingly competitive men age 55–59 category.