Palmer replaces Selby as an Exmouth Harriers record holder

PUBLISHED: 09:25 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 09:25 19 February 2015

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Although Ironbridge Runner Events ceased to function after the demise of its parent business arrangements had been made to place its races, like last week-end's Exeter Half Marathon, into safe hands, writes Dave Eveleigh.

The custodians for this race were Exeter City’s Football (on this occassion perhaps ‘Footfall’ might be more appropriate!) in the Community arm, an organisation with wider interests than many would realise.

This particular 13.1-mile race is not to be confused with the Great West Run. It lacks the latter’s crowds, but also lacks the hills thanks to repeating a flat four-mile loop in the Riverside Valley Park. There were actually two races of over 200 on Saturday and Sunday, because it was so over-subscribed.

Seven Exmouth Harriers raced, all on Sunday. Jamie Palmer’s was an exceptional performance. He won the race in 74:33, a personal best by a massive margin which also means he replaces the legendary Richard Selby as club record holder over this distance for Men Over 45 and Over 40. Jamie is not really a late developer, but in his early years of running concentrated on track racing and its winter companion cross country. Needless to say increased training has played a part in this and other successes for a lean and keen Jamie. Also with a new PB was Richard Hawes, 17th in 86:04. Hannah Bown was 28th overall and believed to be first woman. She once again ran under 90 minutes with a time of 89:51. Sharing 57th position were Rebecca Fagg and Kat Harris in 96:56 (her’s a coveted four digit time).

Also under 1:40:00 was Laura Jones (97:38) in 60th while Emma White just missed that target, being given 1:40:07 in 65th. So while this race lacks the exposure of the Great West Run, if you want a half-decent time it is not a bad choice.

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