Merson finishes second in the Grizzly just four seconds behind Hastings-based winner.
PUBLISHED: 20:53 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 20:54 13 March 2013
Few events can have caught amateur runners' imaginations like the Axe Valley Runners' Seaton based Grizzly, writes Dave Eveleigh.
It is basically a mainly off-road marathon, but while many have tried to match its combination of meticulous organisation and quirkiness it remains unique in its ability to please runners of all abilities.
As usual Exmouth Harriers had a number of representatives in this year’s race.
With Final results not yet available some times are approximated to the nearest minute only.
Harriers second claim member, Tom Merson was second by just four seconds in 2:24:11.
In 13th and in a time of 2:43:39 was Lympstone-based fire-fighter Mike Musgrove who produced the performance his hard work in training merited, and which also won him second place in the Over 40 category.
Dave Stone is an old hand at the Grizzly. Nevertheless 25th in 2:49:7 and third Over 40 is probably more than a good day at the office, even for Dave.
Jon Croome is something of a specialist in multi-terrain racing, but still would have been more than satisfied with 86th place (16th Over 45) and a time of 3:07:19.
First female Exmouth Harrier was the club’s current Athlete of the Year, Hannah Bown, not resting on her laurels, achieving 143rd in 3:15 and 10th woman.
Like most runners Terry Oldham would not often stand out and in cycling might be called a ‘domestique’, but he puts the miles in and 10th place in his over 55 section was a pretty impressive, his overall position being 387th and his time 3:43.
There were five more Harriers who finished and before noting their times and positions they of course ran just as far over just as many hills and got just as dirty!
Emma Dupain finished 454th in 3:48 and was 49th woman. Nic Brown was 458th in 3:50 and was 87th man Over 40.
Lorraine Croome 541st with 3:54:30 and made the top 100 women with 70th, and was 14th woman over 45.
Martin Richard finished right in the middle of the field in 735th place of 1447 finishers.
Jean Cooper just missed out on the top 1000 with 1090th, 237th woman and a time of 4:44.