Kelly’s Heroes - Top Results for Exmouth Harriers

Sam Kelly winning in style

Sam Kelly winning in style - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

There is no stopping Exmouth Harriers at the moment; 24 runners competed in five different events in Exmouth, Manchester, Plymouth, Cornwall and on the South West Coast Path in the last week. 

Ten Harriers took on the challenging JP’s Exe to Axe race; 22 undulating miles on the Coastal Path starting on the Exmouth Seafront and finishing on Seaton’s promenade. It is a “Grade B” Fell Race organised by Sidmouth Running Club in memory of John Perratt, a huge contributor to the sport throughout East Devon. 

Sam Kelly was the first to cross the finishing line in an amazing new course record of 2.40.02, beating the old record by almost five minutes.  

It was a bumper day for the Kelly family, as they also won the team event with Sam’s Sister Alice and Mum Nicola finishing in 3.42.55, almost 20 minutes ahead of the 2nd team. The Harriers Ladies team made up of Kay Douglas, Amy Tew & Amanda McCann finished in 6th place in 4.40.49. 

There was some excellent running by a small band of Harriers in the 1st of the 6 races in the City Runs RUNEXE 5M Winter Series on Exmouth Seafront on Tuesday 5th October.  


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Tom Merson raced in his third Half-Marathon in five weeks and was placed fifth in a season’s best time of 1.08.14 in the Manchester event. Tom was also the 1st M35 to finish and will be representing England Masters in the 2022 Chester Half-Marathon. 

Seven days after running a fabulous time of 3.27.03 in the London Marathon, Kelly Thomas was also in Manchester, clocking a 3.42.15 finishing time. 

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Also on Sunday, Chris Murrin ran his 92nd Marathon finishing the Eden Project Marathon in Cornwall in another superb time of 4.32.11 finishing in 104th position. That’s now three marathons in the last five weeks. 

Finally, on Sunday 10th October, six Harriers competed in the first fixture of the 2021/2022 season of the Westward League Cross Country series of races at Central Park in Plymouth. The women competed in a 5.34km race whilst the men ran 8.69km. 

Jimmy Joy, Hugh Marsden, Dawn Teed & Nathan Sheehy

Jimmy Joy, Hugh Marsden, Dawn Teed & Nathan Sheehy - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

All smiles for Kelly Thomas

All smiles for Kelly Thomas - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Tom Merson leading the pack

Tom Merson leading the pack - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Hannah Bown, Cathy Newman & Jenny Reay on Exmouth seafront

Hannah Bown, Cathy Newman & Jenny Reay on Exmouth seafront - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Anthony Lees, Amy Tew, Craig Butler, Kay Douglas, Louise Hempstead, Amanda McCann & Susan Hill

Anthony Lees, Amy Tew, Craig Butler, Kay Douglas, Louise Hempstead, Amanda McCann & Susan Hill - Credit: Exmouth Harriers

Holly Clements

Holly Clements - Credit: Exmouth Harriers


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