Musgrove set to regain the Exmouth Harriers Club Championship top honour

PUBLISHED: 11:02 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:02 25 September 2014

There are around six weeks left for Exmouth Harriers members hoping to leave their mark on this year’s Club Championship, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Unless he pulls something really special out of the bag last year’s male winner, Dave Stone looks like conceding the title to 2014 runner-up Mike Musgrove. In fact Dave would have to post results in four races, including at least one over 10km or less, to even place at all. In theory Mike can be caught by Adam Miller, but Adam would need to chop around 40 second off his best 5km time this year or an equally difficult amount from his best 10km or Half-Marathon times.

There is a much tighter contest among what those who footballers might call ‘journeymen’ or cyclists ‘domestiques’.

The championship system compensates for increasing age and currently third is tri-athlete Pete Fletcher on 74.99 per cent with Dave Eveleigh (a generation older) on 74.93 per cent.

The championship requires a range of distances to be covered and both of these runners need to record a time for a Half-Marathon or a ‘miscellaneous’ distance such as five miles. In third at the moment is Jon Garrity on 74.63 per cent, but he needs to pick up times in two more distance categories to place at all.

Among the women Cathy Newman has an average of a whopping 93.05 per cent, but she too needs to post a time in another category (Half-Marathon or a shorter track race). Susan Hill’s average is over 76 per cent, but she has to complete another two races in different categories to take the runner-up spot or even win, as would Dawn Teed to finish at least third.

Jane MacDonald though requires only one more distance category to be covered to stand a good chance of being in the top three. If two or three of these women don’t cover all the distances needed Emma White has already done so and would bag a podium spot. One of the most impressive female runners this year will not feature at all, that is Lisa Hatchard. Lisa has been regularly adding to a list of completed Marathons and ultra-marathons, and only two weeks ago was in the Brecon Beacons for the Mountain Trail Challenge. Focussing on that speciality has not allowed her time to cove the four different distances required but who knows to where she might turn her attentions in 2015!

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