Pearson runs into 2nd spot in Bampton race.

PUBLISHED: 10:14 24 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 10 June 2010

THE annual pilgrimage to Bampton, the market town just along the Exe valley from Tiverton, in Mid Devon, took place recently, writes Les Turner.

THE annual pilgrimage to Bampton, the market town just along the Exe valley from Tiverton, in Mid Devon, took place recently, writes Les Turner.The 10-kilometer road race is, it seems, always held on a lovely evening - how the organisers manage this year-after-year is a mystery to all competitors. Once again, this year race conditions meant that competitors ran on a warm, and balmy evening.The problem with this is, of course, the fact that this hilly 10k race through the lanes north of Bampton is going to be a struggle for even the fittest - the heat and humidity being always present. Wonder what it would be like to run this event on a cold day?Six Harriers made the trip and produced some excellent results. The first to finish, Jamie Pearson, was 2nd U20 and 3rd overall in 35:55, less than a minute behind the winner, Pete Monaghan of Torbay AAC (34:59). Hugh Marsden was 2nd V50 and 9th overall in 37:43, with Andy Johnson 26th in 41:12. Roger Rowe, not at his best, was still good enough to be 1st V60 and 62nd overall in 44:48 and Lee Russell was 82nd in 46:22. Dawn Teed was 124th in 49:47, out of the field of 235 runners.The Torbay Half Marathon, held last Sunday, was completed by 1348 runners and the winner was Toby Lambert of Winchester and District AC in 1:08:11. Exmouth runner Tom Merson of South West Road Runners was 1st M20 and 3rd overall in 1:10:09 and the first home of the five Exmouth Harriers was Dave Stone, 2nd M35 and 6th overall in 1:16:18. Jamie Pearson was 1st U20 and 10th overall in 1:18:18, with Hugh Marsden 2nd V50 and 18th overall in 1:21:10. Adam Miller came 29th in 1:24:00 and Dawn Teed was 463rd in 1:49:08. Congratulations to the Harriers on some more super performances.

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