Harriers star Cathy Newman so impressive in Dornafield Ladies 10k race

PUBLISHED: 09:10 19 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:10 19 September 2013

Cathy Newman in action at the Newton Abbot 10k

Cathy Newman in action at the Newton Abbot 10k


The Teignbridge Trotters organised Dornafield Ladies 10km race took place on roads in rural South Devon last Sunday, writes Dave Eveleigh.

As Annie Lennox might have sung: “Sisters are doin’ it for themselves, runnin’ on their own two feet, sisters are doin’ it for themselves”.

When it comes to runnin’ Exmouth Harrier Cathy Newman has been doing it for longer than most members of the club.

Here she again finished at the sharp end of the race, clocking 41:05 in second place behind runaway winner Serena Stone from Tiverton, and this from an athlete in the women aged 50-54 category which of course she won.

The next two Harriers home were also in the top 10 per cent of the 164 finishers. They were the returning Julie Gellender who finished 15th overall, second woman aged 40-44, in 46:11 and Carly Miller who was 17th in 46:42, another personal best for her, this one by about 20 seconds.

Lisa Hatchard, not really running on her preferred surface was 21st in 47:42. Newman, Gellender, Miller and Hatchard made up as team which was second behind the promoting Teignbridge club.

Normally it is not easy for organising club to turn out a good team because help is needed on race day, but presumably at this event the help provided is predominantly male.

Exmouth Women’s captain Dawn Teed was 29th overall in 49:04 and fifth Woman aged 50-54 while Joan Mason was just one place inside the top half finishing 81st of the 164 finishers in 56:09.

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