Stone in top six finish at Wrap Up and Run 10k race in Exeter
PUBLISHED: 15:35 26 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:35 26 March 2013
How appropriate that charity Age UK's winter dangers fund and awareness raising 'Wrap Up & Run' 10km race should take place in Exeter on such a bitterly cold morning last Sunday, writes Dave Eveleigh.
There were 550 runners on the start line and as the previous years course was rumoured to be a little over-distance, there were minor adjustments to the route for 2013!
However, runners were still left with six-and-a-bit miles to cover, consisting of a swift downhill starting section from Princesshay to the Quay followed by seven kilometres on the now familiar River Valley Park paths and a finish at Piazza Terracina opposite the Quay.
Exmouth Harrier Dave Stone finished first in this event a year ago. This year he was sixth, but in a faster time (34:41) and he was first man over 40.
With a number of keen Harriers based in the village Lympstone seems to have become something of a training hub for the club and Richard Hawes is showing the benefits of being up and running with that little group.
On Sunday he took another chunk from his 10km Personal Best, recording 38:46, leaving him exactly 90 seconds to find to break the 10 mph barrier for 10km - runners seeming to be happy mixing imperial and metric units like that.
Hawes was an impressive 34th overall and he too won his age group (men over 45).
Dave Eveleigh was pleased to be in the top 100 (82nd) and to achieve the third age group win for the club - for men over 55 – in a time of 43:25.
Catherine Gentry was 132nd overall and ran 47:16. Catherine was second in her women over 40 category.