Jordan wins Exmouth Harriers race at Phear Park
PUBLISHED: 14:21 20 September 2011 | UPDATED: 14:21 20 September 2011
Exmouth Harriers Chairman, Bob Keast, is behind the recent introduction of an in-club handicap race held over three laps of a Phear Park course, giving a total distance of about 3km, writes Dave Eveleigh.
Based on previous performances, the slowest runner started on scratch and the faster runners at increasingly longer times behind scratch.
Roger Riggs was the first to start, followed by Scott Jordan.
Next was the evenly matched pairing of Dawn Teed and Lorraine Gilson, followed by Terry Oldham, Rory Devine, Dave Wright, Richard Bishop, Eddie (making guest appearance) and Tony Hatchard. Dave Stone was the last runner to start, five whole minutes and 26seconds later than Roger.
Scott Jordan took the victory from Roger Riggs in second.
Race originator, Bob Keast, also taking responsibility for judging and timekeeping then lost count as everyone else stormed in close together in a blanket finish, all finishing within 10-15 seconds of each other, suggesting the calculated handicap was pretty accurate and the concept worked well!
The success of this first race would suggest that the event will become a regular part of club activities.
Meanwhile up in Exeter there were over 50 entries for the Devon 10,000m Championships on the track at the Arena.
In fact there were two races and the two Exmouth Harriers taking part were both in the B race.
Andrew Johnson was fifth in that r ace in 41:35 while Dave Eveleigh was 15th in 46:58.