Bicton Blister and Bicton Lite prove to be huge hits

PUBLISHED: 13:40 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:40 04 December 2018

Exmouth Harriers at the 2019 Bicton Blister meeting. Picture EXMOUTH HARRIERS

Exmouth Harriers at the 2019 Bicton Blister meeting. Picture EXMOUTH HARRIERS

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The weather was kind last Sunday for the annual Bicton Blister which saw more than 400 runners gather at Bicton College in the Autumn sunshine, writes Kate Baker.

Organised by the Exmouth Harriers, the race sets off from the college on a challenging 10 mile course around Woodbury Common with a shorter 4.5 mile option as well.

With a great turnout from many including Sidmouth Running Club and Exmouth Running Belles, the full race was sold out on the day while the Lite race had only a few places left. The overall winner and taking first place in the men’s category, was Exmouth Harrier Tom Merson, who crossed the finish line in a time of 57:13.

Next home was Ceri Rees from Wild Running in 1:00:06 and third was AVRs James Green in 1.02:50.

In the women’s category, Kirsteen Welch of Sidmouth Running Club was first with a time of 1:08:36, Serane Stone from Tiverton Harriers was second 1:09:28 and Elizabeth Kendon from the Met Office was third in 1:11:05.

The Blister Lite was won by Ben Sheriden for the mens in 32:12, and Lauren Burd from Tiverton Harriers was the first woman home in 34:52.

Many thanks to the Exmouth Harriers for organising and marshalling, with special thanks going to Race Director Bob Keast for his hard work in the months leading up to Sunday’s race.

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