Rowe returns to best form

PUBLISHED: 17:22 09 June 2008 | UPDATED: 09:08 10 June 2010

THE Crewkerne 9 (mile) Race is accepted as being an undulating course with no mile of the nine complete without the demands of a hill at some stage with the inevitavble deep plunge the other side.

THE Crewkerne 9 (mile) Race is accepted as being an 'undulating' course with no mile of the nine complete without the demands of a hill at some stage with the inevitavble deep 'plunge' the other side.

John Perratt and Roger Rowe made the short 30-mile trip to Crewkerne (plus Bill Valentine from Torbay AC) and it was John who finished on top of the 'age-related percentages' with 81.44% (1.06.49) - 3rd Vet/60 and 46th overall.

Just three other runners broke the 80% barrier, Paul Rose (2nd in the race) from Yeovil Town RRC with 80.71% (52.27), Martin Pearse (4th in the race) from Taunton AC with 80.36% (53.28) and Roger with 80.38% (1.01.55) - 1st Vet/60 and 23rd overall. The winner was Chris Burton of Yeovil Town RRC in 52.23 and there were 157 finishers.

It certainly proved to be a tough race with the runners at times wading through foot deep flood water and to a runner each one completed the race looking like they had been in a particularly muddy cross country race.

Roger Rowe, who had wondered not too long ago if he would ever be able to race again, said: "I am at the stage now where I can run a race without thinking about whether the medics are well trained, and I feel as if I am indeed now running back into my best form

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