Exmouth Harriers in virtual road running action again

Exmouth Harriers on the run

Exmouth Harriers on the run - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Twelve Exmouth Harriers took part in Mark Cowen’s City Runs 5th Virtual Ekiden Relay over the weekend of March 20 - 21. 
Ekiden is a long-distance, multistage relay race, based on a traditional Japanese concept – the word ‘Ekiden’ originally referred to a post-horse or stagecoach which transmitted communications in stages. 
This relay is a team event, each member of the team runs a different distance to complete a 42km Marathon in total. There were six stages made up of 12km, 10km, 8km, 6km, 5km & 1km. 
Exmouth Harriers entered a Women’s and a Men’s team with runners aged between 33 and 67 years old. 
As it was a virtual race, each runner picked their own route and time of day to complete their run and recorded their times on their gps watches.  
All times were submitted to City Runs, who then had the tough logistical task of working out the individual and team rankings in the various age and gender categories. 
The Exmouth Harriers Women’s team: 
12km    Hannah Bown            49:11 
10km    Amanda McCann      49:43 
8km      Lisa Hatchard            39:27 
6km      Holly Clements          28:26 
5km      Emma White               22:17 
1km       Charlotte Briggs          3:44 
Total Team Time     3:12:48 
The Exmouth Harriers Men’s team: 
12km     Tom Packer                 48:45 
10km     Oliver White                34:39 
8km       Anthony Hatchard     31:27 
6km       Andrew Place             26:44 
5km       Des White                    19:21 
1km        Craig Butler                  3:53 
Total Team Time     2:44:42 
From the provisional results out of the 57 teams who finished the event, the Exmouth Harriers women finished in 1st position in the W18-39 team event and in 18th team position overall. The Exmouth Harriers men finished in 5th position in the M18-39 team event and in 6th team position overall. 
Great running by everyone and many thanks to Mark Cowen and his team at City Runs for organising another marvellous event. 
That is probably the final virtual race of the year for Exmouth Harriers.  With “real” racing returning in April, Exmouth Harriers have a number of runners competing in City Runs Fast Friday 5km & 10km at Exeter Racecourse on Good Friday. 

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