Exmouth Harriers' youngsters shine at Ironbridge Runner 3k event.

PUBLISHED: 07:56 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 07:56 28 November 2013

This winter's Exeter Ironbridge Runner 3K Series has had to be completed inside five weeks due to the imminent closure of its location, Exeter Arena for major maintenance work, writes Dave Eveleigh.

A good number of Harriers were at the last of the three events that took place on the final Monday of November. It proved a successful evening for the Harriers even though not one crossed the line first in their race!

As British running legend Brendan Foster once said of the English National Cross Country Championships which has often been 2,000 strong: “Only one person can win it. What are the other 1,999 supposed to do, when he crosses the line - pack up and go home?”

So we need not mention the positions of young sons of Harriers Ethan Hawes and Finn Musgrove in the One Mile race, but we’ll take note of their times (Ethan 7:04 and Finn 6:22) and make sure that when they dip under seven and six minutes respectively, that achievement is publicised – it’s all about personal targets you see! Les Turner is there (and running - 16:33 in the ‘F’ Race) and while the 70-year-old would be happy to record an improved time sometimes just being part of an event is a positive experience.

Promoted from the ‘F’ to the ‘E’ race Lisa Hatchard did well to finish third and take eight seconds off her time in recording a new PB of 12:45. In the same race there was a thrilling Series win for Nigel Dupain. Nigel lined up for this third race in the Series with Teignbridge Trotter Keith Anderson 10 seconds ahead on aggregate. Cool as you like Nigel tracked his rival before digging in over the last 500 metres to make up that 10 seconds and six more for a rare moment in the spotlight for the club’s Senior Dupain!

Lee Russell (13:09) and Dawn Teed (13:21) were also in that race. Dave Eveleigh seemed to work hard, but only came away with 12:20 clocking in the ‘D’ Race. Closing him down was Carly Miller who took advantage of being in a more competitive race for her to bag a new PB of 12:25.

In the ‘C’ Race Andrew Johnson completed an impressive little sequence of times in the Series of 11:52, 11:46 and 11:36.

Finally, with a lap to go in the ‘B’ Race Richard Hawes was several seconds off the pace for his target of sub-11 minutes but, as with Carly, being in a close race drew the best out of him and he stormed down the home straight to go comfortably under 11 minutes and also get a new PB.

It will be a while now before there is much track racing available, but to finish with for this year this was a fine demonstration of athletes being able to hit a target without necessarily needing to score a bulls eye!

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