Merson wins Festival4 event.

PUBLISHED: 10:09 28 June 2010 | UPDATED: 14:10 28 June 2010

LAST Wednesday evening the Ironbridge Runners hosted the Festival 4 event, writes Bob Woodall.

This is a race in support of Prostrate Cancer and is one of just over four miles in length, is a single circuit on the south side of the River Exe starting from the weir below the Keys in Exeter.

From the start the route follows the course of the river and heads out toward the coast where at the Swing bridge the athletes emerge onto Bridge Road.

Here they turn right for a few metres along the footpath before turning right back along a path. This leads back to the finish roughly parallel to the outward journey.

A level course with some tight turns and hazards of pedestrians and cyclists to avoid. After a warning to the runners to be aware of cattle on the course the race started watched and cheered on by many supporters.

Four Exmouth Harriers competed in the event, Andy Johnson, John Perratt, Jim Wyatt and Les Turner.

The eventual winner was a local Exmouth based athlete Tom Merson, running in the colours of Bristol and West, who complete the course in a impressive time of 21 minutes and 50 seconds, finishing over one minute ahead of the second placed runner.

The first female athlete was Lucy Commander of South West Road Runners in a time of 25:56.

Andy Johnson led the Exmouth Harrier contingent home in overall 23rd place in a time of 28:20.

John Perratt was the first, and only runner, in the V70 age category, finishing in overall 55th place in a time of 31:27.

Jim Wyatt finished in overall 81st position, taking the second place in the V65 age category, in a time of 33:54, followed by Les Turner who took the overall 129th position in a time of 39:10. Les took the 3rd place in the V65 age category.

The final runner to cross the finishing line was Harry Moore of Axe Valley Runners who completed the race in a time of 58:35.”

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