Exmouth Harriers send large squad to run in Totnes 10k race.
PUBLISHED: 08:40 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 08:40 04 August 2010
The Exmouth harriers sent a large squad of athletes to compete in the Totnes 10k race and they returned with a number of exceptional performances.
LAST Sunday sixteen members of the Exmouth Harriers lined up with 531 runners competing in the increasingly popular Totnes 10k race, writes Bob Woodall.
Between them, the Harriers contingent managed to return home with six separate places in the various age categories, as well as the second place in the male team category.
From the novel starting rocket the athletes set off at a blistering pace to complete the half lap around the sports field before negotiating the tight, twisting exit from Borough Park. The slightly undulating route then follows the course of the River Dart with the underfoot conditions varying from tarmac path to compacted grass tufted soil before, close to the half way point of the race, ascending steeply through woodland.
This steep ascent is further complicated by the odd muddy puddle and numerous obstacle tree roots. Once the hill has been ascended a fast downhill section of narrow concrete lay ahead where the pace again picks up. The second water station is reached where much need fluid is provided. Further undulating areas are negotiated before the course re-emerges to the bank of the River Dart. The route then returns along the outward leg of the race and re-enters the Borough Park. With the finishing line in sight many athletes manage to draw upon their last reserves to produce a sprint finish to the line.
The first athlete to complete the course, in a record breaking time of 34 minutes and 57 seconds, was James Baker of Chichester Runners and AC.
The first Exmouth Harrier home was Dave Stone, in overall 10th position, in a time of 37:58 taking the second place in the MV40 age category.
Hugh Marsden finished in 16th position in a time of 40:05, taking the first place in the MV50 age category. Jamie Pearson finished 20th in 40:49 and Cathy Newman came in 37th in 43:37, sealing second place in the FV45 age category.
Edward Shutt finished 60th in 46:14 and this was good enough for him to be placed third in the MV55 age category.
Andy Kennedy finished 74th in 47:13 whilst Roger Rowe was 76th in 47:22 and that was sufficient for him to be placed first in the MV65 age category.
Ben White finished 85th in 48:03, Emma Dupain was 98th in 48:50 and Bob Woodall came 106th in 49:14. John Perratt finished 120th in 49:47 and that was good enough for home to take first place in the MV70 age category, beating his previous record in the category which he set last year!
Ray Elston finished 126th 50:32 which won him the runners-up spot in the MV70 age category.
Edward Bloomfield finished 157th in 52:58, Jim Wyatt was 175th in 53:19 and Dawn Tweed was 180th in 53:28.
Nigel Dupain completed the Exmouth Harrier contingent by finishing in 230th position in a time of 55:56.
The first female runner, in overall 17th position, was Nicola Brookland, representing Bristol and West AC, who completed the course in a time of 40-19 and the final runner over the finishing line was Linda Myles of the Women’s Running Network in a time of 1 hour 53 minutes and 15 seconds.