Musgrove and Tesfay fly Harriers flag in 800m event at Exeter Arena

PUBLISHED: 11:08 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:08 04 July 2013

John Garrity in action

John Garrity in action

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The British Milers’ Club is 50 years old, writes Dave Eveleigh.

It was set up to improve the UK’s standing in middle distance racing.

However, the club provides racing opportunities for athletes of a wide range of abilities and there are monthly graded regional races at Exeter Arena during the summer.

Last Tuesday the distance was 800m and Exmouth Harriers Mike Musgrove and Berihu Tesfay were there.

Musgrove is officially a ‘veteran’ runner, but he finished in front of a number of younger athletes in winning the ‘F’ race in two-minutes-and-seventeen-seconds, though suggesting later that a slightly higher graded race might have dragged a few seconds off that time!

All the same, not bad for one who set a Marathon personal best back in April of two hours, fifty minutes!

In the ‘B’ race Berihu Tesfay ran a personal best time 1:58, in finishing third.

Tesfay had become boxed in and it was only at the top of the home straight that he had the space to unleash a spectacular finishing burst, but after which he was still half of a second short of the win.

The next BMC Meeting in Exeter will feature 1500m races on July 30.

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