Harriers in repeat display

PUBLISHED: 15:56 23 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:52 10 June 2010

Just as they did a year ago, Jim Wyatt, Roger Rowe and John Perratt represented Exmouth Harriers in the South West Veterans' 10k at Portland, with identical results. On a beautiful, warm day with the island looking its best, the three Exmouth athletes w

Just as they did a year ago, Jim Wyatt, Roger Rowe and John Perratt represented Exmouth Harriers in the South West Veterans' 10k at Portland, with identical results. On a beautiful, warm day with the island looking its best, the three Exmouth athletes won two golds and a silver - an excellent return.Wyatt's time of 48.14 beat all comers in the V65 category for the gold; Rowe (40.56) took silver in the V60s and Perratt the gold in the V70s with 47.07. One hundred and seven runners completed the men's category in the first of this season's Brooks Westward League Cross Country series of six events.Race one, at St Austell in Cornwall, included eight Exmouth Harriers. The senior men's event was won by Tom Merson of South West Road Runners in 31.44. Exmouth's Jamie Pearson was 21st in 35.16; Hugh Marsden was 44th in 37.13, Bob Woodall 93rd in 44.45, Ray Elston third V60 and 99th overall in 46.15 and Terry Oldham 102nd in 47.57. The winner in a field of 64 runners in the ladies' event was B Alston, of Cornwall AC, in 22.35. Exmouth's Lorraine Slight was 41st in 29.04, Stef French third lady V35 and 42nd overall in 29.17 and K Smith was 64th in 38.15.The Dartmoor Vale Races consist of a fun run, 10K, half-marathon and marathon. All the races start and finish at Newton Abbot Racecourse. This is Devon's only marathon and therefore incorporates the Devon Championship for this distance. Jenny Timms, of Exmouth Harriers, became the new Devon marathon ladies' champion by winning convincingly in 3.28.03.It was another 18 minutes before the second lady crossed the finish line. "That was quite unexpected," said Timms. "I felt pretty strong all the way around and I'm delighted to win."The new men's champion is Alan Ryder, of Erme Valley Harriers, who won in 2.48.39. Exmouth Harrier Adrian Kearns was 14th in 3.17.18 and Peter McKeown 18th in 3.24.04. There were 107 finishers.The half-marathon was completed by 289 runners. The winner was John McFarlane, of Thames Hare & Hounds, in 1.10.50. Exmouth runner Tom Merson (South West Road Runners) was second, only 33 seconds later, in 1.11.23.Two Exmouth Harriers took part in the 10k race won by Wayne Stephens, of Bideford AAC, in 34.12. Mark Thompson was 22nd in 40.25 and Wyatt 96th in 48.30 out of the field of 357 finishers.

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