Stone reigns supreme in Dartmoor Discovery Road Race.

PUBLISHED: 10:27 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 18 June 2010

THERE was just the one Exmouth Harrier on the start line of last Saturday s Dartmoor Discovery Road Race, writes Bob Woodall.

THERE was just the one Exmouth Harrier on the start line of last Saturday's Dartmoor Discovery Road Race, writes Bob Woodall.

Dave Stone was that individual and he lined up for the ultra marathon, raced over 32 miles of the rugged Dartmoor terrain.

On a hot and virtually windless day the race started in Prince Town before heading out toward Two Bridges and then Ashburton.

From there the route turned back toward Widecombe-in-the Moor and then Post Bridge before finishing as the start at PrinceTown.

Much of the route was without shade and it was particularly humid so the many water stations provided much needed replenishing fluids.

Dave started well but was concerned as the lead runner opened a large gap early on in the race.

Maintaining his discipline Dave ignored this overly fast start and continued at his own pace.

Although he was informed that at one stage he was trailing over a mile behind the lead runner, Dave raced on ever closing the gap and eventually overtook the front runner.

At his own blistering pace Dave eventually finished the race, taking first place in a time of 3:50:53, nine minutes ahead of the second placed runner.

This, his latest achievement ,was one minute faster than the last time he won the race, six years ago.

Age does not seem to be having an adverse effect on our local athlete!

The first woman to complete the race was Helen Taranoski of the West Four Harriers in a time of 4:18:46.

The last runner home, in 130th position, was Patricia Seabrook of Finch Coasters, who finished in a time of 7:57:34.

l At mid-day on the same day Axe Valley Runners organised, in co-operation with Talaton Village Day, the Talaton Trotter in which four Exmouth Harriers competed.

This race is approximately 6.5 miles in length, largely off-road following fields, footpaths, woods and country lanes.

The race started from the site of the show field in Talaton between Honiton and Exeter.

The race attracted many good quality runners, especially the contingent from Exmouth Harriers.

The first athlete to complete the course was Jake Waldron of the South West Road Runners in a recorded time of 45:28.

The first lady home was Emma Hitchins, also of the SWRR, in overall eighth position in a recorded time of 50:58.

Andy Johnson led the Exmouth Harriers home in overall twelfth position in a recorded time of 53:17, followed by Andy Kennedy in overall 19th position in a recorded time of 55:30.

Emma Dupain finished in overall 39th position in a time of 59:38.

John Perratt, actually running in the Sidmouth colours, finished in overall 56th position in a time off 1:06:01, taking the first prize in the V70 age category.

The final athlete to complete the course was Jenny Adams of Wells City Harriers in overall 94th position in a recorded time of 1:20:48.

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