Marsden in fine show at Tywyn as he beats train

PUBLISHED: 15:57 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 June 2010

TWO Exmouth Harriers competed in the Tywyn, Mid-Wales, Race the Train that takes place alongside, as far as practicable, the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back.

TWO Exmouth Harriers competed in the Tywyn, Mid-Wales, Race the Train that takes place alongside, as far as practicable, the route taken by the Talyllyn Railway on its journey to Abergynolwyn and back.

The course takes in a mixture of public roads, lanes, un-metalled roads, tracks, agricultural land, and rough grazing pastures.

The terrain varies all the time and was rain sodden in places, so the wise runners wore studs. The route also ascends and descends quite steep terrain and runs on narrow footpaths with little chance of overtaking.

There were 822 finishers and the race was won by Gareth Raven of Sale Harriers in 1:18:15. Exmouth's Hugh Marsden finished in 1:33:14, 2nd V45 and 18th overall, beating the train in the process. Dawn Teed came 521st in 2:11:32, as many as four minutes quicker than the last time she ran the race.

A total of 475 runners completed the Torbay Royal Regatta 10k, which was won by Tom Merson of South West Road Runners in 32:54, including three Exmouth Harriers. Dave Stone really excelled to come 7th with an excellent 34:48, Emma Dupain was 145th in a new PB of 45:56 and Nigel Dupain finished 159th in 46:40.

The Dupains were back in action again the following day at the Lustleigh Show 10k. Hannah was second lady in 45:30 and the other times were Chris 47:00, Nigel 51:27 and Emma 51:40.

The South West Vets Championship 5k also took place last weekend.

How can you manage to find a circular course that is uphill in every kilometre, apart from around a half-mile of downhill running in the second kilometre? Well that is precisely what faced the competitors at Barton St David (Somerset) on Bank Holiday Monday.

On what was a warm and humid day, weather wise, the tough course proved a real challenge for all contestants.

In the Vet/60s Peter Hamilton (Blackheath) easily outpaced Roger Rowe, winning by 57 seconds in 19:10 to Roger's 20:07.

As if to underline the difficulty the runners had with the course the time of Rowe was his second slowest of all time for the distance whilst Hamilton came in well short of his anticipated finish time.

Chris Woodcock (Blackheath & Sidmouth) cantered to an easy win in the Vet/65s in 21:49, whilst Eric Barber (Torbay) also won easily in the Vet/70s with a 24:49 showing.

There were no entries in the V40, V45, V50s from Devon at all, something that proved a real disappointment to the organisers.

On a perfect evening for racing, the Haldon Forest Flyer 4 1/2 mile race was won by Ashley Humphreys in 24:57 and included eight Exmouth Harriers.

Paul Samways was 12th in 27:56, Duncan Parkes 33rd in 31:07 and Hannah Dupain 35th in 31:12. Bob Woodall was 53rd in 32:27, with Ray Elston 58th in 33:09 and Nigel Dupain 71st in 34:34.

Les Turner was 119th in 40:02 and Kevin Lingard 144th in 46:33. 161 runners finished the race.

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