Exmouth harriers run well at Four Trigs race

PUBLISHED: 12:31 12 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:31 12 February 2015

Competitors of the Four Trigs Race on Salcolme hill. Ref exsp 2722-07-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Competitors of the Four Trigs Race on Salcolme hill. Ref exsp 2722-07-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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If you think that Trig and Grid Ref were the names of that nice Dutch couple you met on holiday then the 28km (approximately) challenge presented by Sidmouth Running Club was probably not for you, writes Dave Eveleigh.

It does in fact involve finding your way between trig points round the Sid Valley, trigs being those mini-obelisks you see on clear hill tops, (used by Ordnance Survey). The promoters also have intermediate check- points to encourage people on to the country rather than seeking out a road based route which is frowned upon. Needless to say if four hill tops are included it involves a fair bit of climbing, the organiser describing it as ‘a seriously tough run’.

The race has been popular among Exmouth Harriers, but this year clashed with a Westward Cross Country League fixture in which the club are challenging for silverware.

About 90 of the maximum 100 entrants met the challenge and of these, despite the clash, nine were Exmouth Harriers. Richard Bishop was a very impressive tenth in a a time of two hours and 45 minutes exactly. After that the Exmouth runners all finished with a club-mate at their side.

Ben White and Scott Jordan shared 15th position in 2:53:18, whilst finishing equal 32nd in a time of 3:18:24 were Laura Jones, Emma White and Rebeca Fagg.

Dawn Teed, Lisa Hatchard and Lorraine Gilson crossed the line together in 3:59:18. Several will have been using this as part of their preparation for this year’s Seaton-based Grizzly off-road ‘Marathon’.

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