Stone edged out in Dartmouth Ultra-Marathon race.

PUBLISHED: 19:10 06 June 2011

Exmouth Harriers Ben White

Exmouth Harriers Ben White


THE first weekend of June saw Exmouth Harriers members running at three different venues, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Two of them tackled the most demanding event, the Dartmoor Ultra-Marathon, at 32 miles it is some six miles beyond a standard Marathon.

Add to that distance the sort of unrelentingly hilly course you would expect in the location named, coupled with high temperatures, and you have as big challenge as anybody from the club has faced recently!

Dave Stone won this race in 2010 but had to settle for second this year when the somewhat younger Dave Tomlin from host club, Teignbridge Trotters, (third last year) overtook him with just two miles to go.

Tomlin finished in 3:57:48, Stone in 4:01:26. As in the recent Dorset Marathon, Ellie Sutcliffe also had to settle for second place.

She was beaten by the more experienced Diane Roy from East Cornwall Harriers. Ellie explained: “I was leading from the 17 mile marker up until the 28 mile mark at which point my legs gave out and was passed me on the climb out of Postbridge”.

Roy finished in 4:29:50, Ellie less than four minutes behind in 4:33:27. Ellie was thirteenth overall out of almost 150 runners who contested the event.

Back in East Devon, James Palmer’s time was 46:47 in finishing third overall and first over-40 male at the Talaton Trotter which is a six and a half mile, cross country race. Jim Pyne was 28th of 115 finishers and his time was 55:56.

The event was won by promoting club Axe Valley’s Alex Todd in 45:11.

Finally Dave Eveleigh ventured to the rather less fearsome Saltram 5km near Plymouth but was pleased to finish 46th of 90 finishers in an encouraging 23:10.

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