Thompson flies harriers flag

PUBLISHED: 15:46 06 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

THE organisers of the Snowdonia Marathon are extremely proud of all those runners, supporters and staff who took part this year and braved the horrendous weather conditions, writes Les Turner.

THE organisers of the Snowdonia Marathon are extremely proud of all those runners, supporters and staff who took part this year and braved the horrendous weather conditions, writes Les Turner.The elements served up the very worst of conditions that the 26 year old race had ever seen. A combination of 60mph winds, rain and hail made for an unforgettable event. The race was won by Martin Cox in 2:44:37 and the 1183 finishers included hardy Exmouth Harrier Mark Thompson who came 265th in 3:49:42. Well done Mark, and all the other runners!Three Exmouth Harriers took part in the Templer 10, a ten-mile multi-terrain race on roads, tracks and fields incorporating the picturesque Stover Park. Paul Samways was 29th in 1:03:57, Adrian Kearns 31st in 1:04:35 and Duncan Parkes 59th in 1:11:29. The winner was John McFarlane of Thames Hare & Hounds in 53:19 and 205 runners completed the race.The second of this season's Brooks Westward League Cross Country series of six events took place at Bicton Arena, hosted by Exmouth Harriers. One hundred and twenty-five runners completed the men's event, which was won by Tom Merson of South West Road Runners in 31:03. The first of the Exmouth Harriers to finish was Hugh Marsden in 44th place in 36:11. Andy Kennedy was 91st in 42:52, just 5 seconds ahead of Bob Woodall, 92nd in 42:57. Ray Elston was 3rd V60 and 106th overall in 45:21 with Terry Oldham 107th in 45:28. Jim Wyatt was 118th in 48:14.Jamie Pearson represented Exmouth in the U17 men's event and was 5th in 25:59 out of the field of 27 runners. The winner was T Gill of Tavistock AC in 24:24. The ladies' event was won by J Burns of City of Plymouth in 27:11. Two Harriers competed with Emma Dupain coming 27th in 32:16 and Lorraine Slight 44th in 35:25. 66 runners completed the race.

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