Gruelling Exe to Axe race

PUBLISHED: 12:20 04 April 2012

Competitors on Salcombe Hill during Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 6692-14-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Competitors on Salcombe Hill during Sunday's Exe to Axe run. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref mhsp 6692-14-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.midweekherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Some might say that every day is perfect for running. Sunday morning at the start of the Exe to the Axe was exceptional with a cloudless sky, bright sunshine and a cool gentle breeze.

Just over 100 runners set off from Exmouth for the gruelling 20.3 mile race following the coast path to Seaton with the essential directions – “keep the sea on your right”.

Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers, won in a blistering time of 2.26hrs, a full 16 minutes ahead of the next runner. The first Axe Valley Runner home was Patrick Devine-Wright in 7th place in a time of 2:56. After a short break Patrick had enough surplus energy to run back to Exmouth in a leisurely time of 4:30.

Robbie Holt carefully paced his race to finish strongly in 10th in a time of 3:06 with Phil Bayliss behind in 13th spot in a time of 3:10. Jon Day was very happy with his new PB of 3:16 and 17th place. Garry Perratt, who likes to push the boundaries, detoured with Chris Keeffe to all three trig points on the route (Budleigh Golf Course, High Peak and Weston Cliff). They stormed to the finish in 3:28 in 27th place.

Andy Bowman and Eleanor Wood ran together for Andy’s first experience of this race finishing in 3:32 and 3:33 respectively in 36th and 37th places. Steve Retro Reynolds completed the race in just one minute over 4hrs in 66th place.

Siobhan Reddy, who also runs for Serpentine AC, was 68th in 4:05.

Thanks go to Sidmouth Running Club and all their helpers for a great occasion.

The next race, the Kilmington Kanter, is on Good Friday.


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