Reed romps it

PUBLISHED: 20:10 15 February 2012

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May Wood was the victor in February’s Junior handicap in 16:18, followed by Ed Polley, 16:36, and Caitlin Bee, 17:01. The first three all beat their PBs, writes Dave Mutter.

Mollie Hansford was fourth, 14:55, and Josh Coates fifth, 11:45. Unfortunately, the timing went slightly awry in the Senior handicap that had over 50 runners pelting around Seaton. Beth Sibley was the winner, an incredible achievement as she has won it twice recently. Myrtle Croad was second, Jacqui Stokes third, Rhea Lawrence fourth and Chris Driver fifth.

A new half marathon was run in Exeter on Sunday. This was a three-lap course around the canal basin which may seem a tad boring to some, but the dead flat course had its upside for us mere mortals, letting us watch the lead runners at various places en route.

Brighton & Hove’s Martyn Bean was the winner in 1:15:09.

Being dead flat meant this was used as a training run for many a London Marathoner and Luke Reed was no exception. He had a terrific run, finishing 17th out of 268 in 1:24:26.

Sharon Rooke is also a London Marathoner and she ran it with her chum Adele Foxwell finishing joint 151st in 1:47:44.

Pete Hughes harboured delusions of being able to keep up with the girls and, after a brief chase there he was, running with them – until half way around when things started to get a bit creaky. He persevered and was frantically looking around to see if Dave Mutter was gaining on him - no chance of that - and Pete finished 165th in 1:50:46 looking a whiter shade of pale until he was force fed raisins by the ladies.

Dave Mutter was like a conked out old diesel tractor at the start as he puffed and wheezed in the cold trying to get going. This lasted for two laps when suddenly the engine burst into full power and Dave was off – unfortunately far too late to catch Pete, but he hauled in a few as he finished 178th in 1:54:21.

This was a great event for marathon training, but didn’t bear much resemblance to the Grizzly course.

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