Merson second in Great West Run

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 10 June 2010

IT WAS fitting that the 25th anniversary of the Great West Run Half Marathon should turn out to be such a thrilling race.

T WAS fitting that the 25th anniversary of the Great West Run Half Marathon should turn out to be such a thrilling race. Kairn Stone, the defending champion, of Newham and Essex Beagles, just succeeded in retaining his title with a time of 1:09:03, but only by the narrowest of margins, a mere two seconds. The man he beat, Exmouth runner Tom Merson of South West Road Runners, had pushed him so hard all the way round that the two men were only separated by the sprint finish over the final 200 metres. And both had beaten the course record by over a minute!Nine Exmouth Harriers completed the event, which comprised of 2254 runners. Still only 17 years of age, Jamie Pearson produced another brilliant performance to finish in 1:15:18, 1st U20 and 6th overall. Well done, Jamie!Adam Miller was 36th in 1:25:11, with Andy Kennedy 3rd V50 and 183rd overall in 1:35:28, and Duncan Parkes 199th in 1:36:04. Next came Harriers' first lady, Hannah Dupain, 257th in 1:38:20, followed by the rest of the family, Chris 337th in 1:40:01, Emma 342nd in 1:40:13 and Nigel 814th in 1:50:28. Denise Kennedy was 2010th in 2:22:51.A new event, the Great West 5K Race, also took place last Sunday morning. The winner was Matthew Clark of South West Road Runners in 16:38 and the field of 147 included two Exmouth Harriers. Andy Johnson was 2nd V45 and 14th overall in 19:43 and Les Turner was 1st V65 and 33rd overall in 25:51.


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