Mighty Musgrove races to superb time in Hampshire race

PUBLISHED: 10:33 24 November 2010

Galina Barskaya

Mike Musgrove served up a new personal best for the half marathon with a superb run at the Gosport Half-Marathon last weekend.

THERE was an outstanding performance from an Exmouth Harrier in the Gosport Half-Marathon last weekend, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Mike Musgrove set off in the Hampshire event looking to break the 80 minute mark and he did just that, crossing the line in 79:18 to smash his personal best and average almost ten miles an hour over the 13.1 miles of the race!

Nearer home the Drogo 10, which starts and finishes at the National Trust property on Dartmoor, provided a challenge for a dozen Exmouth Harriers on Sunday.

The course is actually 9.6 miles long but the missing four tenths of a mile is more than made up for by the climbs and twist and turns the course has to offer.

The women’ s race was won by Elizabeth Kendon in a course record time of 72:16 and breaking into the top half dozen of that category was Exmouth’s Hannah Dupain in a highly respectable 83:19.

Four other Exmouth women finished. Hannah Brown (169th in 87:20), Katie Comer (231st in 93:04) and 45+ veteran Dawn Teed (249th in 95:03) all came home in front of more than half of the overall field of nearly 600 athletes, with Lorraine Gilson a (50+ veteran) 352nd in 1:42:17.

The men’s race was won also won in a course record time, of 58:29, by James McMullan from the Thames Valley Club. First Exmouth man home was 40+ veteran Rory Devine in 111th in 82:09.

He was closely followed by 50+ veteran Terry Oldham (138th in 84:36), Scott Jordan (144th in 85:33 and Dave Backway (151st in 86:12). Completing Exmouth’s finishers were Ben White (256th in 75:27), John Perratt, competing in the oldest, 65+, age group (300th in 97:38) and Kevin Lingard (50+ veteran) 463rd in 1:52:21.

Meanwhile over in Colyton 50+ veteran Andy Kennedy (25th in 34:07) and 55+ veteran Dave Eveleigh (70th in 40:21) had satisfying runs in the Colyton 5-Miler which saw a field of about 140 help raise £2,400 for the Children in Need appeal

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