Pearson wins first Exmouth beach race
PUBLISHED: 10:31 10 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:08 10 June 2010
I MUST begin with an apology in this week's column to Exmouth Harrier Hugh Marsden who was omitted from last week's report on account of him being incorrectly listed as a Plymouth Harrier, writes Les Turner.
I MUST begin with an apology in this week's column to Exmouth Harrier Hugh Marsden who was omitted from last week's report on account of him being incorrectly listed as a Plymouth Harrier, writes Les Turner.Marsden ran a superb race to finish 2nd V45 and 30th overall in a time of 1:21:52, in a race that had 3,900 runners!Last Saturday, Dave Stone came 10th out of 118 runners in the gruelling 32-mile Dartmoor Discovery Ultra Marathon, with over 4000 feet of ascents and descents.Stone recorded a time of 4:13:14 and the winner was Alan Ryder of Erme Valley Harriers in 3:43:43.The new Exmouth Beach Race, a distance of about five and a half miles from the Devon Cliffs Holiday Park in Sandy Bay to the far end of the beach at Exmouth and back to Sandy Bay, was run for the first time last Sunday.Although there were only 30 entries, all who ran said it was a great race, so if Haven Holidays are good enough to continue their magnificent support of the event then it will certainly return next year for another run.Those who were worried about the beach need not have done so for what was served up was actually a good surface for most of the run on what was a lovely sunny, clear and cool day. Jamie Pearson ran away from the field to win in 33:17 with Hugh Marsden second in 34:44. Chris Dupain led Andy Kennedy and Roger Rowe for around half of the race, but the latter got away rather by choosing a better line through the soft stuff on the way back. Rowe finished 5th in 38:26, with Andy 6th just a second behind. Chris finished 7th in 39:23.Hannah Dupain was 2nd lady (to Karen Cook from SWRR) in 41:51 and Nigel Dupain was 14th in 44:42 whilst Denise Kennedy was 7th lady in 53:07.Special congratulations go to Duncan Taylor (son of Adrian), who, aged a tender 14, finished in 3rd place in a time of 37:48! Surely another name for us to to watch out for in the future!