Exmouth Harriers stay third after latest Westward Cross Country League fixture

PUBLISHED: 13:11 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 13:11 12 November 2015

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A mild, but windy Newquay was the location for Exmouth Harriers’ second Westward Cross Country League fixture of the winter, writes Dave Eveleigh.

The women ran 5.6 km (three-and-a-half miles) over one and a half laps of a muddy course which incorporated a number of short, but testing hills, the men tackling three laps to cover 9.6 km (six miles).

In the women’s race Exmouth’s Dawn Teed was this time joined by Cathy Newman in a field of 126. Dawn was 80th overall and sixth in the women’s Over-50 age category in 28:16. Cathy was eighth overall in 21:47 and has immediately stamped her mark on the individual competition for over 50 females by finishing first woman in that age group.

In a field of around 170 the men finished fourth team on the day and remain third overall. Six male Harriers ran. Berihu Hadera was the first of these to finish, in 30:05 for seventh. Dave Stone does not regularly race over the country, but when he does he produces some very impressive cross country performances and did so to-day. He was 16th as an Over-45 male and second in that category, his time 32:41. Making up the rest of the scoring team were Simon Minting (20th in 33:06), Marc Cox (24th, 33:56) and Jason Drew (37th in 34:00).

Dave Eveleigh was in danger of being asked to turn off the lights when he finished as he came in 171st in 56:02.

The next fixture is in December in Exeter and if the club’s men can turn out in force for that they can go into the New Year in the expectation of at least another top three team place in the league’s senior men’s competition.

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