Exmouth Harriers win gold and silver at Devon Cross-country Championships
PUBLISHED: 12:42 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:42 07 December 2017
Exmouth Harriers were out in force at the Devon Cross-country Championships, held within the third Westward League fixture at Eastern Fields in Exeter, writes Dave Eveleigh.
The men ran nearly 9km, made up of several hilly and muddy laps, leading one veteran to say: “True cross-country running!”
The women were scheduled to run about 5km, but in error ended up covering somewhat more.
Some runners don’t like the idea of repeating laps, but it does mean that spectators get to see a large part of the race with minimal movement.
In the County Championships, Exmouth’s Senior Women took the gold medal. The team comprised of Catarina da Silva (10th in 24:22), Cathy Newman (11th in 24:22) and Hannah Bown (28th 25:33).
Cathy also won individual gold as an Over 50 Veteran while Hannah took bronze in the Over 35 Category.
Cathy and Hannah went home with three medals each as they also scored for the winning Exmouth trio in the Veteran Women’s team contest.
Lisa Hatchard (81st 28;41) was the third member of that team. Nicola Kelly (109th 31:01) won the individual silver medal in the Female Over 45 age group and Alison White (119th 31:46) repeated this in the female Over 60s category.
Alice Kelly was 37th woman in 26:21 and also in the top 100 of around 150 female finishers were Susan Hill (86th 29:03) and Kate Baker (93rd 29:35).
Comfortably in the top half of the field was Anna-Marie Morton (44th in 26:44) with Emma White also in the top half (58th 27:27). Four Exmouth Harriers women finished within a minute of each other in the middle of the field: Dawn Teed (116th 31:29) , Alison White (119th), Amy Tew (120th 31:56), Lynn Curtis (125th 32:19).
Exmouth Harriers men were second in the men’s team category. Making up the Harriers team were: Jamie Palmer (12th in 31:33), Rob Ellis (16th 32:02), Simon Minting (22nd 32:19), Berihu Hadera (28th 32:45),Tony Hatchard (32nd 33:05) and Mike Musgrove (42nd 34:01).
The veterans’ team of Jamie, Tony and Mike came second in their category while Jamie Palmer won individual gold in the Men Over 45 category.
Hugh Marsden (Over 50, 118th in 38:45) and Des White (Over 60, 136th 41:01) won silver in their age groups while Tony Hatchard won bronze in the Over 40 section. The rest of more than a dozen Harriers men to finish in a field of getting on for 200 were: Dave Stone (81st 36:17), Mac McNaughton (85th 36:28), Grant Lee (97th 37:27), James Kelly (102nd 37:37), Brian Sansom (112th 38:17), Darren Bradley (127th, Craig Butler (131st 40:00), Terry McKie (149th 42:16).
In the Westward League, Jamie Palmer leads the Over 45 Men’s competition while the senior men lie third, not far behind Bideford and Exeter University, the usual Cornish challenge not materializing this winter.