Newman leads ladies home

PUBLISHED: 12:32 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

Nine Exmouth Harriers competed in the Bampton-to-Tiverton seven-mile road race that was first run in April 1946. A fleet of buses takes competitors from the race headquarters at Tiverton Town Football Club, Bolham Road, Tiverton, to the start.

Nine Exmouth Harriers competed in the Bampton-to-Tiverton seven-mile road race that was first run in April 1946. A fleet of buses takes competitors from the race headquarters at Tiverton Town Football Club, Bolham Road, Tiverton, to the start outside the White Horse Hotel in the centre of Bampton. The race follows the undulating main A396 road down the Exe Valley to Bolham, where the runners climb the steepest hill of the course and run past the front lodge of Knightshayes Court and across a bridge over the North Devon Link Road. The race finishes in People's Park, Tiverton, overlooking the race headquarters.The winner was Mark Jenkin of Bideford AAC in 36.55. The first Exmouth Harrier back, Cathy Newman, produced an outstanding performance to come first lady overall, first lady V45 and 14th overall in 43.07.Harrier Andy Johnson was 26th in 46.55 with Bob Woodall second V55 and 31st overall in 48.45. John Perratt was first V65 and 37th overall in 49.18 and Ray Elston was first V60 and 44th overall in 50.44.Jim Wyatt was 82nd in 55.55, Katie Comer 85th in 56.24, Heather Irvine 104th in 59.18 and Nicky Crook 124th in 61.28. More than 190 runners completed the race.The Teignbridge 10 - miles not kilometres - was won by Kairn Stone of Newham & Essex Beagles in 54.11. The field of 243 runners included Newman, who was superb again for first lady overall, first lady V45 and 10th overall in 60.07. Katie Comer was 141st in 82.14.Ten o'clock in the morning on Sunday saw the start of the now annual, mainly off-road race, from the river Exe to the river Axe. It is around 20 gruelling, linear miles along the coast path with a total altitude of almost two miles. The competitors run as a four- person team or individually. With the previous day's stormy weather and the loss of an hour's sleep, due to the arrival of British Summer Time, competitors arrived at the start line with an air of trepidation.The four legs followed the route of the coast path, starting at the Foxholes car park, Exmouth. At this time the skies were overcast and the temperatures in the mid-single figures celsius. The first leg terminated at the Lime Kiln Car Park, Budleigh Salterton, from where runners continued to Sidmouth to the lifeboat station. The next leg terminated at Branscombe via Ladram Bay. The final leg went from Branscombe to the finish of the race at the west end of the promenade at Seaton.Exmouth Harriers were represented by Nigel Dupain at first leg, who handed over to Richard Selby. Selby battled well and overtook about seven leading runners to hand over to Duncan Linklater. Linklater, probably running the hardest leg, overtook several leading competitors to hand over for the final leg to Bob Woodall, who managed to claw back one more place. At the completion the Exmouth Harriers' team, all of whom hardly remember their fiftieth birthdays, finished about seven places behind the overall winners. By now the sun was at its peak, bathing the promenade and beach in warm sunshine. A special mention must be made for Dupain who, as well as running the first leg for the Exmouth Harriers' team, was to run the final leg in the Dupain family team.He started alongside daughter Hanna, who would have handed over to Emma. Unfortunately, however, Emma suffered an illness so Nigel stepped into the breach and completed the final two sections of the race.Competitors were not just locals as one entrant travelled all the way from Brighton to take part.

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