Exmouth Harriers take on - and beat the bus!

PUBLISHED: 11:08 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 04 July 2013

Runners head out from Otterton at the Beat the Bus event from Otterton on Wednesday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2234-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

Runners head out from Otterton at the Beat the Bus event from Otterton on Wednesday evening. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shsp 2234-26-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.

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Exmouth Harriers seem to have a leaning towards quirky little races, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Sidmouth Running Club’s ‘Beat the Bus’ race would fit into that category for sure. Nine athletes from the Exmouth Club lined up for the start at Otterton just across the road form Stagecoach Bus Number 157 due to set off on a return journey to Sidmouth which would bring it back to Otterton 58 minutes later, its livery coincidentally matching the Exmouth Harriers colours.

Of course the runners were able to take a more direct route than the bus, but it was still 9km of cross country running.

When the bus pulled in, bang on time, 39 of the 57 finishers had completed their own return trip!

All nine from Exmouth were in that group and the first five of those finished within less than five minutes of each other.

John Garrity’s quiet demeanour does not mean he isn’t competitive and he finished ninth overall and second man aged 40-44 in 41:13.

Hugh Marsden has raced and beaten a train in Wales so he may have a unique double under his belt as he recorded 42:34 to finish 11th overall and second man aged 50-54. Then, in 12th (43:59) and 13th (45:02) respectively, came Chris Dupain and Hannah Bown. The latter was also the first woman home. Scott Jordan is enjoying a mini-come-back after a period when he was not able to race much and he looked to be enjoying himself as he finished 16th in 45:45.

The other four Exmouth starters were also bunched together, all finishing between 24th and 32nd and within just over five minutes. Emma Dupain was 24th in 49:55 and 3rd woman, Nicholas Brown was 26th (51:13), Lisa Hatchard 27th (51:31) with Dawn Teed 32nd (55:01) and second woman aged 50-54.

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