Harrier yomps to yet another victory

PUBLISHED: 17:01 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:55 10 June 2010

FAR away in the Falkland Islands, Exmouth Harrier Hugh Marsden won the Falklands Half-Marathon for the fourth consecutive year.

FAR away in the Falkland Islands, Exmouth Harrier Hugh Marsden won the Falklands Half-Marathon for the fourth consecutive year.

Marsden is currently in great form and was over four minutes ahead of the runner-up.

Later this month he will be attempting to win the Falklands Marathon, also for the fourth consecutive time. The field for this year's full marathon is expected to include some international athletes. Marsden will have to pull out all the stops to maintain his outstanding record in this event.

The Bideford Half-Marathon was won by Steve Gallienne of Bideford AAC in 1.11.03. The field of 826 runners included two Exmouth Harriers.

Adrian Kearns ran an excellent race to finish 39th in 1.24.06. Trevor Cope was 624th in 2.02.25.

Something a little shorter and quicker, the Uni Hilly 5k race was won by Tom Merson of South West Road Runners in 16.15.

Two Exmouth Harriers were among the 73 finishers. Katie Comer was 44th in 26.32 and John Perratt was first V70 and 49th overall in 27.33.

Exmouth Harrier Emma Dupain had a superb race at the Llanelli Half-Marathon.

The event started and finished adjacent to the water park on the Festival Fields in the Millenium Coastal Park.

The course was mostly on tarmac with some dirt track, along an undulating traffic free environment within the beautiful and scenic Millennium coastal path.

The race was won by Richie Gardiner of Cardiff AC in 1.09.15. Dupain came 276th in 1.41.59, out of the field of 845 runners. She was on course to beat her personal best, but the strong head wind she encountered during the last two miles slowed her down and left her just 18 seconds short!

The fourth and final event of the Winter 3K Series took place at Exeter Arena recently.

Over the whole series, five Exmouth Harriers won places in the top three of their categories.

Andy Johnson was second V40, Bob Woodall was third V55, Roger Rowe was first V60, Ray Elston was first V65 and John Perratt was first V70.

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