Exmouth Harriers team shows age is no barrier to running

PUBLISHED: 12:42 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 28 August 2018

The Exmouth Harriers four who did so well at the Torbay Road Relays. Picture CONTRIBUTED

The Exmouth Harriers four who did so well at the Torbay Road Relays. Picture CONTRIBUTED


The inaugural four by three km Torbay Road Relays were held on the penultimate Friday of August at the Velodrome, Paignton, in awful weather, writes Les Turner.

Local relays rarely include an age category beyond the 60 plus ‘super vets’, so this opportunity to dust off their 70 plus ‘long stayers’ was far too good for Exmouth Harriers to resist. Off went their most senior runners to do club and town proud.

Exmouth were the only club with a ‘long stayers’ team, but 79-year-old Ray Elston got them off to a flying start with a fast first leg against the non-existent opposition.

Debut boy Mike McCann, still recovering from a serious leg injury and over-anxious to impress his new club mates, went out too fast and paid the price with a slower time. He is, however, only 76, so young enough to learn and improve in the future.

Mick Allen, Exmouth’s third, and oldest runner (he is 80 in October!), produced a good, strong, steady run as always. Finally, Mike Keep, the baby of the team at only 75, anchored them with a storming finish.

With no opposition in their 70 plus category, Exmouth had to satisfy their competitive instincts by beating some of the much younger teams.

All the Exmouth runners agreed that the course and surface were great to run on and thoroughly enjoyed the event, despite the weather and the extra long wait to be presented with their bottle of wine trophies.

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