Exmouth Harriers trio run the Bampton to Tiverton Easter race

PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:30 02 April 2013

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The Bampton to Tiverton road race harks back to a much earlier running era as it defiantly continues to offer what it says on the tin, with no gimmicks, writes Dave Eveleuigh.

Even the distance, always advertised as seven miles 125 yards (approximately) would have started sounding a bit dated in the 1970s!

It provides a fine opportunity for, now usually about 150, runners to blow away the cobwebs of a lazy Easter week-end.

This year the cold weather may have been the explanation for only 99 finishing which goes to show that unlike the race they don’t make runners like they used to!

There were three Exmouth Harriers seemingly cast from an older mould who were on the bus to Bampton and two finished in podium positions.

Ray Elston got the better of old rival John Perratt (formerly of Exmouth, now with Sidmouth running Club) in winning their men over 70 category.

Elston was 63rd overall in 56:12 (an impressive eight-miles-per-hour on a far from easy course in chilly weather).

Exmouth’s Jim Wyatt was 93rd in 64:30 (seven-miles-per-hour, which is not hanging around on foot either) and he was third man over 70.

In 42nd place was young Andrew Johnson (actually in the men age 45-49 group). His time of 51:36 was just far enough in front of them to no doubt have had time to be waiting with a cup of tea each for club-mates on their arrivals!

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