Stone leads Harriers home in Sidmouth Festival 10k

PUBLISHED: 19:46 11 August 2010

There were over two hundred runners lined up at the start of the Sidmouth Festival 10k run with a number of Exmouth Harriers present.

LAST Sunday, Sidmouth Running Club hosted the Sidmouth Festival 10k Run, writes Bob Woodall.

There were over two hundred runners lined up at the start just above Jacob’s Ladder, facing the immediate steep ascent to Peak Hill.

At the starting gun, the more serious runners sprinted up the hill in an attempt to take the first prize in the one kilometre ascent of the hill to its summit.

Beyond the hill lay the relative flat route through Mutters Moor before the course again ascends to Stoney Hill following the footpath and via a dog leg to the summit of Bulverton Hill.

Along this ascent, the great vista of Sidmouth to the east could be experienced. Having reached the top, the runners then descended through woods back to Bulverton Bottom and through Graystone Plantations.

Finally, back at Peak Hill, the daunting descent took the runners back to the finishing line at the same place they started some time previous.

The first runner to complete the course was Mateusz Szala of Sidmouth Running Club in a time of 38 minutes and 25 seconds.

The first female runner to complete the course in overall 35th position was Laura Brenton of Southampton RC in a time of 47:26.

The first Exmouth Harrier to complete the course was Dave Stone in fourth position, taking the second place in the MV40 age category, in a time of 39:35.

Although positioning was one place behind his last year’s result Dave’s time was nearly two minutes faster.

Hugh Marsden finished in twelth position, taking the first prize in the MV50 age category, in a time of 41:39.

Adam Miller finished 20th in 43:35, Chris Dupain was 37th in 47:35 and Emma Dupain came 44th in 49:20, immediately ahead of Ben White, in 45th, in 49:22

Richard Selby finished in 48th position, taking the second place in the MV60 age category, in a time of 49:50.

Terry Oldham finished 62nd in 51:12, Andy Kennedy finished 69th in 51:43 and Ray Elston finished 103rd, taking the first place in the MV70 age category, in a time of 54:38 which represented a time of two minutes faster than last year!

Lucy Hodgson finished in 115th position in a time of 55:56, Lorraine Gilson was 128th position in a time of 57:12, Nigel Dupain came in 138th position in 58:55 and Lee Russell finished 141st in 59:39.

Les Turner finished in 169th position in a time of 63-29.

Nicky Crook finished in 171st position in a time of 64-02.

Mick Allen completed the Exmouth Harrier contingent, finishing 182nd in 65-56 and the final runner to cross the finishing line was Sean Donner, 204th, in 1:28:28.

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