Exmouth Harriers racing across five Devon locations

Tom Packer finishing the Bideford 10

Tom Packer finishing the Bideford 10 - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

The Tavy 7 is one of Devon’s traditional road races, now held on Dartmoor on an undulating but fantastically scenic course starting at Plaster Down on the western edge of Dartmoor. It runs past Pew Tor and the hamlet of Sampford Spiney on its 7-mile route.  

Harrier Eleanor Eastman finished 71st overall in 51.50 and was 6th senior female. 

The City Runs Exmouth 5-mile is a fast, flat out and back two-lap course on Exmouth seafront. Results: 21st Des White 33.29 (2nd M65); 22nd Cathy Newman 33.29 (1st W55); 28th Andy Place 35.54 (10th MSen); 31st Jimmy Joy 36.46 (2nd M60); 40th Alison White 41.32 (1st W65). 

The Bideford 10-miler is a classic Devon road race, allegedly on the fastest 10-mile course in the county. It started and finished outside the Bideford Amateur Athletic Club Clubhouse and took in magnificent views of the Taw and Torridge estuary.  

The course headed out on road for 5 miles and returned on the Tarka Trail, even running through a tunnel. The race is described as moderately flat, with only three small inclines: 8th Oliver White 56.55 (6th MSen); 47th Tom Packer 65.10 (9th M40); 57th Des White 67.08 (1st M65); 204th Alison White 83.58 (1st W65). 

The Sidmouth 10km is a relatively new race on a fantastic course that started at the Sidford Social Hall and followed the entire length of the byes down on to the beautiful Sidmouth sea front before looping back and retracing the course back to the finish at the Sidford Social Hall. Regan Meadowcroft finished in 12th place in 45.21 

The Exeter Live Better Marathon was a race was organised by the Exeter City Community Trust and the course took in the River Exe past the historical Quayside along the footpaths and cycle tracks of the River Exe and Ship Canal, with most of the run traffic free. 

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Adrian Vanstone ran his first race in a Harriers club vest for nearly 20 years and finished in 3.39.07, meaning he not only won the M60 age category but set a new Exmouth Harriers M60 club record. 

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