Harriers runner lands Falkland Islands marathon triumph

PUBLISHED: 15:42 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 March 2013

Exmouth Harriers runner Dawn Teed takes the tape at the end of the Falkland Islands marathon

Exmouth Harriers runner Dawn Teed takes the tape at the end of the Falkland Islands marathon

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On Sunday (March 17) just around tea time, and thanks to that global town crier the internet, Exmouth Harriers were able to tune in to Falklands Islands Radio and hear that club member Dawn Teed had just won the Standard Chartered Bank Marathon in the Falkland Islands largest settlement, Port Stanley, writes Dave Eveleigh.

Her time of three hours 50 minutes was only 15 minutes slower than her best ever. This was an outstanding run on a course which advertises itself as one of the toughest International Marathons.

While the weather was relatively benign by Falklands standards ‘windy’ would have been the Teed description of choice, though this wind did help keep runners cool when the sun came out during the latter part of the race.

Seven women tackled the Marathon and the favourite was Rebecca Frostick from the Mount Pleasant military base.

At 10 kilometres, that is with over 30 still to run, Teed felt that Frostick, who had won the local half marathon in a highly respectable 1 hour 38 minutes, had an unassailable lead.

By half-way though, the Exmouth Harrier’s runner had closed the gap. Then, at 15 miles, a supporter relayed that she was actually just seven minutes down, and, before she reached 20 miles, she knew the win was possible when she learned the time difference had rapidly dropped to half that!

They say that a marathon race only really starts at that 20-mile point and by then Teed had Frostick in her sights, passing her with around four miles to go on and finish four minutes ahead of the field.

Interviewed on Falkland Islands Radio a very composed and modest Teed said: “I just kind of reeled her in,” explaining that her opponent had experience of half marathons, while the full distance places a much higher premium on endurance. Her club-mates would tell you that it was good old fashioned training miles that have given her that endurance and that this little piece of international glory could not have been granted to a nicer person.

The Teed visit to Falklands is part of a trip celebrating her 50th birthday later this year.

She is an administrator at Exeter University, lives in Bow in Mid-Devon, but still runs for home-town club Exmouth as does partner Hugh Marsden, who has recently been working on South Georgia, is himself a former Falklands Marathon winner and has represented the territory over the 26 plus miles distance at two Commonwealth Games.

Without a doubt Teed drew extra support thanks to the good will towards Hugh, who is something of a celebrity locally.

Unfortunately, Hugh arrived by ship from South Georgia just a day too late to see Dawn collect the silver-wear which means the Marsden-Teed household now needs a ‘his and hers’ section in the trophy cabinet.

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