Harriers get ready to take on marathons

PUBLISHED: 07:51 04 April 2015 | UPDATED: 07:51 04 April 2015

Galina Barskaya

Exmouth Harriers are currently training hard for a series of Spring marathons, writes Mike Musgrove.

First up is Taunton on April 11 where Richard Pyle will be toeing the line for what is believed to be his first marathon.

Marathon expert Emma White is also running at Taunton and hoping to add another great run to her impressive record.

Rebecca Fagg is the third Exmouth runner to make the short trip to race.

Mike Musgrove and Pete Fletcher are due to start the Manchester Marathon on April 19.

Musgrove opted for this one this year for a change from London.

Going on recent performances from Musgrove and Fletcher. they would hope for close to lifetime bests.

The weekend after Manchester is London, where the club has six representatives.

Susan Hill, Sarah Jackman, Jane Macdonald and Richard Hawes are all training hard.

McDonald was spotted last week near Exton on a 20-miler with the Exmouth Belles.

Hawes is debuting at London and, after a fantastic half-marathon in January has his eye on a sub 3.15 ‘good-for-age’ spot.

Lisa Hatchard is aiming to warm-up for the race in the capital with a two-day, 60-mile ultra-race just one week earlier.

Then there are Adam Miller, Dave Stone and James Palmer all with high-pedigrees in marathons or half-marathons.

Stone has his eye on the top 45+ veteran place and has elected to don a blue and gold Harriers’ vest.

Miller’s last marathon was completed in 2.38.

Palmer has had a fantastic start to the year, finishing top 45+ veteran in the Westward League Cross Country and recording a 74-minute half-marathon in January, which puts him right in the mix with Miller and Stone.

● AXE Valley Runner Matthew Clist (2.41.41) won Sunday’s Exe to Axe 20-mile coastal challenge organised by Sidmouth Running Club.

Just behind (2.41.50) was Annie Conway from Ambleside AC in the heart of fell-running country.

The first eight all finished within less than 4 minutes and in that group, in eight place was Simon Minting in 2.45.27. Thomas Jones was 21st in 3.12.10.

Next for Exmouth in 39th was Fagg in 3.23.36, then Chris Dupain and Laura jones who shared 43rd position and a 3.26.49 clocking.

Jonathon Croome and Scott Jordan are both in their element in this sort of run.

Croome was 59th (3.34.43) with Scott 64th in 3.38.02.

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