Ladies retain Parrett Trail relay
PUBLISHED: 16:07 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010
EXMOUTH Harriers took what must have been their biggest squad in any event for many a year to the Parrett Trail Relay, writes Les Turner. The race is a well-established six leg trail relay from the mouth of the River Parrett on the North Somerset coast,
EXMOUTH Harriers took what must have been their biggest squad in any event for many a year to the Parrett Trail Relay, writes Les Turner. The race is a well-established six leg trail relay from the mouth of the River Parrett on the North Somerset coast, across Somerset to just over the border in Dorset, close to the source of the river at Winyards Gap over some 53 miles. This year, Exmouth fielded a men's, a ladies and two mixed teams, twice the number the club had last year and they again produced some brilliant results. The ladies' team performed superbly and they won their category in only 7:03:18, taking 36 minutes less than they took in winning it last year and increasing their margin of victory from 32 seconds last year, to one of over 42 minutes over this year's 2nd placed team, Honiton. Their victorius team comprised Julie Gellender (leg 1 - 10.5 miles), Emma Dupain (leg 2 - 7.9 miles), Lorraine Croome (leg 3 - 8.5 miles), Dawn Teed (leg 4 - 8.6 miles), Hannah Dupain (leg 5 - 8.6 miles) and Cathy Newman (leg 6 - 8.6 miles). Julie Gellender, Emma Dupain, Lorraine Croome and Cathy Newman all won their legs and Dawn Teed and Hannah Dupain were both second. Twelve teams contested the men's event and Exmouth, while unable to match the ladies, still produced a great performance, coming 2nd in 6:04:46, only 5 1/2 minutes behind the victors Yeovil Town (5:59:17) and over 24 minutes ahead of 3rd placed Trull Troggers. Hugh Marsden (leg 1) and Dave Stone (leg 5) both won their legs and Adam Miller (leg 2) was 2nd. The other Exmouth runners were Jamie Pearson (leg 3), Jon Croome (leg 4) and Tony Hatchard (leg 6). Congratulations to the men's team. The first of the Exmouth mixed teams to finish were 2nd in the category. It comprised Adrian Kearns, Terry Oldham, Stef French, Jim Pyne, Paul Champion and Camilla Mathison. Their time was 7:00:55 and the category with 10 teams was won by Crewkerne in 6:49:16. Adrian Kearns, Terry Oldham, Jim Pyne, Paul Champion and Camilla Mathison all came second in their legs. Exmouth's other mixed team were 4th in the category and they, too, produced a leg winner (Pete McKeown - leg 6) and a place (Chris Dupain - leg 3). Well done everybody. This year's Honiton 12K race was the last as in twelve months' time it will be replaced by a new 10 mile event over an "undulating" one-lap course on quieter roads, with a lot more beautiful rural scenery and a couple of long, flat sections where "enthusiastic" competitors can make up for the more undulating parts. This year's winner was Adam Carlson of Torbay AAC in 41:02. The the field of 142 runners included two Exmouth Harriers with Adrian Kearns finishing 14th in 48:38 and Lee Russell 72nd in 59:23.
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