Exmouth Harriers complete a magic mile

12:31 07 August 2014

Marathon Talk is a podcast favoured by Exmouth Harriers 26 mile specialists, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Once a year members of the wider Marathon Talk community are encouraged to simply “run a mile as fast as you can”.

On the final Tuesday of July members of the Exmouth Harriers running community gathered at Exmouth’s track to do just that.

As a running event the mile is associated with names like Bannister and Keino and with stadiums like the ones in Zurich and Oslo.

At this time of the year Exmouth Rugby Club’s pitch is covered with motor homes, a summer income source for the ‘Cockles’, but it does mean that if you placed yourself in the grandstand the runners disappeared from view for much of each circuit.

So, no top flight meet this, but great fun anyway; the participants even summing up energy for a sprint relay before they left.

Master of Ceremonies was Cathy Newman. She divided the would-be milers into two races. The first race was for the more velocity challenged. It included the youngest female, Sadia Hallam (13) and the youngest male, Aidan Bown (6), together with Dave (60) and Carol Eveleigh (54), the oldest male and female runners.

Carol was certainly running a good deal slower than when a successful sprinter, having begun her athletic career more than 40 years ago on this very track.

Also in this race was Katie Comer, just back from South America where she has been working as an expedition leader.

Katie did not appear to have benefitted physiologically from time in the Andes although it is possible the surface of the track put her back into mountain guide mode since she jogged round at Carol’s speed, keeping an eye on her. Another in the first mile of the evening was Stan Mason who will be running thirteen of the same distance next month when he takes part in the Great North Run in aid of Arthritis Research.

The times for race one were: Rich Pyle 6:08, Sadia 6:10, Emma White 6:28, Dave 7:05, Lisa Hatchard 7:10, Roger Riggs 7:17, Amy Tew 7:21, Allison Milborrow 7:39, Aidan 7:54, Stan 8:09, Joan Mason 7:12, Carlie Miller 7:16, Terry Oldham 7:39 and Carol and Katie 10:15.

The evening’s feature race saw Peter Fletcher, Adam Miller and Mike Musgrove battle down the home straight for the honour of being named the Exmouth Magic Mile’s Chief Wizard. They finished in this order and in the times shown: Peter (4:54), Adam (4:56), Mike (5:01). Following these three were Dave Stone (5:25), Chris Dupain (5:33), Ben White (5:44), Richard Bishop (5:49), Anthony Hatchard (5:53), Becky (5:49) and Scott Jordan (6:14).

Not to be undone by missing this gathering, Mike’s 11-year-old son, Finn Musgrove, took to the track for a mile on his own a few days later and recorded 6:09.

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