Johnson impresses at Ivybridge 10km

PUBLISHED: 16:19 23 May 2012

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Exmouth Harriers certainly like to show the blue and gold vest at a wide variety of races, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Andrew Johnson and Lee Russell were at the Ivybridge 10 km Road Race on the second Saturday of May.

A massive field of nearly 700 runners took on the course. It is one which starts off grabbing you by the throat before, a kilometre short of halfway, letting go and giving you 6km of descent as a much more pleasant companion until you finish back at Ivybridge Rugby Club.

Andrew would have been more than satisfied with his performance. He was timed at 41:54 which placed him in the top 100 at 91st and 12th in the never less than competitive over 45 men’s category.

Lee Russell at over-55 is in a category that also now has its fair share of serious runners was 294th, in 50;07, frustratingly close to sub-50 seconds.

Less than 100 miles due north but in a different country and facing a different challenge Harriers hard working Chair, Bob Keast, was trying the Rhonda Roller Coaster 26.5 miler.

That was hard work as well with plenty of climbs, descents, twists and turns through the South Wales valleys. Not surprisingly Bob and his fellow runners were rewarded with some sensational views.

There was some mud underfoot but sun on your back for part of the day and there were three checkpoints where refreshments including cake were available.

Bob covered the distance in six hours 42 minutes, but, though the number of miles is the same this is not to be compared with a Marathon on tarmac and in any case, whatever the result Bob had a great day out!

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