Marsden makes top twenty in Black Death Run

PUBLISHED: 13:02 15 May 2012 | UPDATED: 13:14 15 May 2012

The Exmouth Harriers quartet on the The Black Death Run start line

The Exmouth Harriers quartet on the The Black Death Run start line


The second Sunday of May saw Exmouth Harriers represented by seven athletes at the uniquely, if apparently morbidly named, Black Death Run in Somerset, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Although it is hard enough the title owes more to local history than it does to the race being tough enough to be actually life threatening!

The route goes through the hamlet of Goodley, which had successfully isolated itself from the Black Death until in 1347 one local broke ranks and brought the disease back from a shopping expedition to Watchet.

The Harriers took away nothing unpleasant nor any prizes on this occasion but did leave some good performances on record.

Hugh Marsden was having his first race since returning from South Georgia ion the Atlantic where he is employed in the southern summer.

It’s climate is harsh but it is visually impressive and it would also appear to be a good training venue for Hugh who finished 13th of over 250 finishers, with a time of 84:45 for what must be a nominal 10.5 miles.

Not far behind, indeed perhaps knocking very quietly on the door marked ‘elite local athletes’ was Scott Jordan, 37th in 92:38.

Running in one after the other were veterans Nicholas Brown, 56th in 96:23 and Terry Oldham, 97th in 96:56.

Not much more than 10 minutes later Katie Comer crossed the line in 120th place and in a time of 1:48:03.

Katie’s smiling demeanour sometimes detracts from her level of performance.

Five minutes after that Dawn Teed and Lorraine Gilson came in side by side to share 150th place in 1:53:12.

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