Thursday, October 24, 2013
It was a relatively quiet week-end for Exmouth Harriers but there were club members competing at Dartmoor Vale, across the county border in Cornwall and over the North Sea in Amsterdam, writes Dave Eveleigh.
Adam Miller was at the unique location that is the Eden Project in Cornwall, where he competed over the Half Marathon distance.
He was pleased to finish runner-up, but with long gaps to first place in front and third behind his was an isolated second place, so Miller did well to record a time of 81:08.
The Dartmoor Vale Series consists of a 10km race, Half-Marathon and full Marathon on the roads of Kingsteignton and further up the Teign Valley to Chudleigh.
It is organised by the local Rotary club in conjunction with local business Sibleco. Dave Stone was another Harrier to finish second this week-end when he completed the 10km route in 35:26, but he was just 50 metres behind the winner in his race. Mick Allen, born in 1938, is fully entitled to the description of super-veteran in more ways than one!
He competes sparingly and here did the Half Marathon in 2:11:58. Mick was 180th of 236 and first man Over 70. Les Turner, only five years younger than Mick, completed the full Marathon in 4:55:41 for 123rd of 132 and was also first Man Over 70. Now, how impressive are Mick’s and Les’s performances?
Well, the next time you catch the train to Exeter from Exmouth imagine a strip of tarmac alongside for our ‘lads’ to run on. You would be in Exeter in about 30 minutes, Mick would be there just over an hour later at his Half-Marathon pace. As for Les, well you would need to stay on the train until Dawlish. You would be there in about an hour altogether and Les would show up in just over three hours, having run both sides of the Exe Estuary! Incidentally, in both of those comparisons the super-vet would have several miles still to run.
Last, but certainly not least, Susan Hill is very pleased to have recorded a time under four hours for the Marathon distance in Amsterdam but with our team there yet to complete their return journey we will have to wait until next week for further details of their exploits there.