Exmouth Harriers run well at Taunton

PUBLISHED: 11:09 16 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:09 16 April 2015

There were six Exmouth Harriers involved at the Taunton Half Marathon, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Tony Hatchard took account of conditions in setting a racing target rather than a time. This strategy paid off as he was first in 76:05. Adrian Kearns was 41st in a respectable 87:38. Les Turner exceeded his own expectations, racing after illness, completing the course in 2:22:50. Over 1,100 completed the 13.1mile course.

Running a Marathon puts you in a special club and in increasingly more exclusive groups within that club, as your time improves.

Without doubt though it can be summed up as something extraordinary that can be done by ordinary people. The Taunton Marathon was completed by 186 of those ordinary people. Rebecca Fagg’s debut over the distance was also rather special, being completed in 3: 31:47 and her finishing fourth female and 62nd overall. Emma White was seventh woman (88th overall) 3:44:34. Richard Pyle has come an awfully long way in the last few years and it looks like he is more than justified to describe himself as a runner now. He was 107th overall in 3:53:52 and before too long there will surely be improvements of that Marathon time and of those for other distances too.

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