Another great Blister for runners

PUBLISHED: 12:55 29 November 2011

Galina Barskaya

Another cracking day dawned, ensuring perfect conditions for the Bicton Blister and Bicton Lite, writes Dave Mutter.

If ever there was a reason to haul yourself out of bed early on a Sunday, these races were it. Hills a plenty, but the usual two foot deep pond was a mere puddle.

Youngsters Andrew Watson, junior winner, and Josh Coates, second junior, performed superbly in the five mile Lite event, finishing second and third in 31:34 and 32:32. . Teresa Coates was the first of the older generation home, 41st in 47:20.

It’s good to see Jackie Rooke running again, she ran all the way with Janet Woodward and they skipped across the line holding hands together, joint 73rd in 55:48.

●It was a red letter day for the men as AVR were second overall in the 10 mile Blister men’s team event, where the first four runners count. Alex Todd ifinished seventh in 1:07:40. The race was won by Jim Cole from Tavistock in an incredible 1:01:15.

In a rare race excursion, Sam Anning did it for the oldies, finishing 28th and 1st over 55 in 1:13:10, with Paul Johns 65th, 1:19:50. Graham Newton is a bit of a teaser; he usually starts a little too far back and then gradually overhauls his compatriots. This week was no exception as he overtook Tim Sibley and Robin Britton to finish 76th and 2nd over 60 in 1:21:22. More on www.midweekherald.co.uk

Tim overhauled Robin just before the finish to be 87th in 1:22:26 with Robin 88th and 3rd over 60 in 1:22:30. Eleanor Wood had another great run; she was 105th and 1st over 50 lady taking 1:23:49; Mark Hilder 123rd, 1:25:30; Geoff Woodward 156th, 1:27:24 and Ian Clements 174th, 1:29:37. It was a new experience for Adele Foxwell who usually runs with a chum; she was dead chuffed to be 193rd in 1:30:56. Wayne Tooze was 211th, 1:32:33; Nicky Ingarfield 213th, 1:32:51; Martin Croad 216th, 1:33:!4. Quite what Andy Hitchcock was on remains a mystery. He started off at a good pace, then slowed and was overtaken by Dave Mutter. This got his gander up and he chased after Dave, then overtook him at such speed if he had carried on he would have overtaken the Mars explorer Curiosity on its shuttle. He eventually calmed down and finished 254th, 1:35:48 with Dave 272nd, 1:37:45. At six miles Chris Driver was just behind Eleanor Wood when disaster struck and he pulled a muscle. He limped home in 1:41:12, 312nd, just ahead of Gavin Warren 315th in 1:41:26. Young James Sibley is gaining experience at the senior level and had a great race completing 362nd in 1:4:8:16. Despite a classical dive at the 2nd water station, Claire Moles had a great run, she was 365th in 1:49:47. Beth Sibley also performed very well to finish 411th in 2:08:41.

This was another terrific event put on by Exmouth Harriers, so thanks to them and also Sam Tooze and family for their excellent results compilation.

Away from Bicton and in the African heat, Heather Lowman-Riggs ran a 10K race that unfortunately was not timed. She was 6th lady overall and received a splendid yellow T shirt for her pains.


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