Marsden leads the Harriers
PUBLISHED: 16:20 13 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 10 June 2010
ROUND 5, the penultimate race of the 6-round Brooks Westward Cross Country League 2008/09 series, was held last Sunday, writes Les Turner. It was staged at Bovey Tracey in the picturesque National Trust grounds of the Parke Estate.
ROUND 5, the penultimate race of the 6-round Brooks Westward Cross Country League 2008/09 series, was held last Sunday, writes Les Turner.It was staged at Bovey Tracey in the picturesque National Trust grounds of the Parke Estate.The race involved four laps of the course that commenced with a small loop around the flood plain of the river before rising steeply along the muddy track into the Blackmoor Copse. Several hundred metres along the wooded ridge, the course took a dog-leg right turn down a steep incline back towards the river. At the bottom, another sharp dog-leg right turn took the runners back to the starting loop.Ninety three runners, including six Exmouth Harriers, completed the senior men's category that was won by O Shilston of Cornwall AC in 34:06. Hugh Marsden led the Harriers home in 29th place, in 39:54. Bob Woodall was 68th in 48:32 and Lee Russell 77th in 50:24.John Perratt was 3rd V60 and 79th overall in 50:35, Ray Elston 82nd in 51:29 and Jim Wyatt 87th in 53:23. Ray Elston has now completed all of the first five events and is already assured of 2nd or 3rd V60 over the series, dependent on the results of other runners in the final race at Redruth on Sunday, March 22. As the awards are based on the best five races out of the six-race series, Ray does not need to take part in the final event and, if Jim Wyatt, who has only completed four races so far, runs well at Redruth, he could achieve 3rd or 4th V60 over the series.Jamie Pearson is having to battle really hard for a top three place over the whole series in the U17 men's category. On this occasion he was 2nd in 17:55, behind the strong Cornwall AC runner J Waldie. It looks likely that these two athletes will take 2nd and 3rd place over the series behind Tom Gill of Tavistock AC, but everything again depends on the results at Redruth.