Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Brooks Westward League provides traditional cross country for clubs in Devon and Cornwall, writes Dave Eveleigh.
Its first fixture for this season was at Redruth last Sunday. Not an inspiring course but most of the Exmouth Athletes who were up early for the 200 miles return journey had been at the Parrett Relay the day before so a few laps round a series of school playing fields probably suited them, although a number of small climbs and dips challenged runners’ concentration. So, bearing in mind less than ideal preparation and that individuals’ and clubs’ weakest score from six fixtures can be dropped for the final rankings, the results were extremely encouraging.
Individually, for the women, over 4.9 km Carly Miller was 26th in 23:37 and Dawn Teed 35th in 25:22, short of a full scoring three but with the option of dropping a fixture’s scorer later and an awful lot of points still on offer all is by no means lost. The women are currently 17th team.
The men raced over 8.1.km. Rob Orton was their first finisher, seventh in 28:35 with Tony Hatchard 16th in 29:31 and Dave Stone 20th in 29:55.
Five make up a team and if Dave Stone is then your third scorer that team is probably going to be there or thereabouts!
In fact Adam Miller, 35th in 31:01 and Jamie Pearson, 36th in 31:05, closed the team in. Hugh Marsden completed the race in 33:42 for 65th and Jim Wyatt (puzzlingly labelled as Over 55) was 20th in 46:30.
In the Veterans competition Stone was third Over 40, Marsden fourth Over 50 and Wyatt seventh Over 60 (although in fact over 70). The men’s team were rewarded with their efforts by finishing third team on the day, a great stimulus for Exmouth Harriers to make their mark at regional level by next spring and a great reward for the commitment of the whole club over the weekend.