Exmouth Harrier Michael Robinson wins Exe to Axe - again!
PUBLISHED: 16:07 05 April 2017
Described by Runners World Magazine as 'A brute of a race with extraordinary views', the Exe to Axe Race follows the coast path from Exmouth to Seaton, a distance of over 20 miles with 4,000 feet of ascent, writes Cathy Newman.
Whether the views or the brutality dominate would be for the individual competitors to say, but anyone who knows this part of the coast path would agree that it is a very tough course.
Exmouth Harrier’s number one ultra runner, Michael Robinson, was running the race for the seventh time, he fought off strong competition from a competitor from Snowdonia, equaling his feat of 2016 when he was narrowly beaten into second by a team of runners, but he won the individual race.
to go one better than last year and take first place.
His time was 2:53.15. New Exmouth recruit, Paul Dowling, ran a strong race to finish in 3:32:14, finishing third V40 whilst long time member Scott Jordan (with a previous finish of 30th in the open race) came 27th in the V40 category.
Laura Newcombe, in training for an ultra marathon, ran seven miles to warm up for the race and still finished eighth female overall.
Bob Keast and Lisa Hatchard ran a few miles further in completing the Devonshire Dumpling, an off-road event which starts from Budleigh Salterton and covers 26 miles. It is a LDWA event, but allows runners too.
Meanwhile, running on the roads and on much flatter course with very tough competition Ryan Snell improved his personal best to 2:33.33 in the Manchester Marathon.
He took 15th place overall and was fourth V35.
This time currently ranks him as the 11th fastest MV35 in 2017. He said that the route was flat, fast and with great spectator support creating a fantastic atmosphere.
He ran all the way with Tiana Erwee from South Africa and whilst they never spoke a single word their finish in the photo shows the camaraderie of distance runners.