Personal bests all over for Exmouth Harriers runners at Yeovilton.
PUBLISHED: 07:17 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 07:17 19 July 2013
Most club runners would tell you that they value the personal best achievement above any position other than perhaps a top -three finish and many would rate it above that too, writes Dave Eveleigh.
That explains why three Exmouth Harriers were prepared to make the 100-mile return journey to Yeovilton in Somerset last Wednesday to run 5km on a flat single circuit course made up of roughly of five kilometre long straight sections with just a handful of sharp turns.
There were 176 finishers, of which 53 were female. Jon Garrity suffered from a shoe malfunction here last month so he would have been pleased to finish in his first sub-18 minutes time for the distance, chopping over 20 seconds from his personal best in recording 17:51 in 22nd place.
Carly Miller said she was ‘disappointed’ with her time of 22:53, but clearly ‘you can’t win them all’.
She was 99th overall and 12th woman. Adam Miller was 13th in a new personal best of 16:39, 14 seconds faster than ever before. Although Adam is clearly more comfortable racing much longer distances it would only need slight adjustments in training to enable him to get a sub-16 minute time with some confidence.