A great month of running (and swimming and cycling) from the Harriers during May including the fantastic team event that is the Run Exe Relays and of course, the Harriers own Bampton to Tiverton race.
First up was the second fixture of the Run the Exe 5k Series. Harriers are attending this series instead of speed work on the first Tuesday of every month throughout summer. Full details on the next fixtures can be found here.
Well done to everyone who ran:
Jordan Hewitt 18.10
Martin Brace 19.12 (3rd M45+)
Alan Ledger 20.01
Will Spencer 20.15 (3rd MU17)
Luke Holway 20.54
Phil Spencer 21.00
Richard Kemp 21.05
Stephen Sirdefield 21.28 (2nd M55+)
Jeff Curd 22.10
The Crediton Crunch took place on Sunday 7th May. This is an undulating, multi-terrain 10k race in scenic mid-Devon and is part of the Instep Devon Championships. There were some great times from the Harriers and congratulations go to Mary Humphries for coming first in her category.
Walter Andrews 44.48
Len O’Connell 45.19
Mark Hussell 47.16
Mary Humphries 58.06 (1st F65)
John Dean 59.30
Sean Gabbey 59.52
We also had 5 Harriers taking part in the Taunton Dean Triathlon which took place at Wellington Sports Centre. All Harriers opted for the sprint race which consisted of a 400m swim, 22k bike and 5k run.
Graham Willis 1.08.23 (S 6.36, B 38.47, R 20.44)
Alan Ledger 1.12.21 (S 6.02, B 42.37, R 21.20
Kerry Roberts 1.17.46 (S 10.45, B 42.59, R 20.21) – 5th in his age group
Rose Partridge 1.25.48 (S 9.45, B 48.08, R 24.52)
Hannah Brown 1.29.43 (S 9.49, B 51.19, R 25.17)
Well done to Graham, Alan and Hannah and especially to Rose and Kerry on completing their first triathlons.
Sunday 14th May was a busy race day with The Ottery 10k, Bideford 10k and Exe Valley Triathlon all taking place and 13 Harriers in action overall.
The Ottery 10k is a fairly flat race around the lanes of Ottery St Mary. Well done to the following:
Martin Brace 40.22
Matt Prisk 40.40
Richard Kemp 43.17
Luke Holway 44.59
Caroline Hewitt 45.48
Serane Stone was the solo Harrier at the Bideford 10k and finished second lady and first F40 in 37.21. Great running from Serane.
Well done to the following who all took part in the Exe Valley Sprint Triathlon:
Graham Willis 1.07.16 (S 7.00 B 39.12 R 19.21) 7th overall
Alan Ledger 1.12.26 (S 6.20 B 42.47 R 21.31)
Richard Potter 1.14.32 (S 8.36 B 44.13 R 19.36)
Wayne Trump 1.18.34 (S 7.35 B 45.57 R 22.42)
Rose Partridge finished in 1.24.54 (times not available) 4th F40-49
Hannah Brown 1.30.11 (S 10.14 B 51.25 R 25.32)
Terry Fullick 1.38.27 (S 10.28 B 53.59 R 30.16)
Congratulations to the men’s team who finished 4th overall.
Walter Andrews raced in the novice event (200m swim, 18 km bike, 2.5 km run) and finished 6th overall and 1st in the M50-59 category. Walter completed the swim in 6.27, bike in 36.51 and run in 15.58 and a total time of 1.01.48.
A great weekends racing!
The evening of Friday 19th May saw some excellent results, fantastic team spirit and some enormous pizza’s being consumed afterwards! I am of course talking about what is hopefully becoming an annual Harrier’s outing to Exeter, the Run Exe Relays.
The relays consist for teams of four runners, who each run a 4k out and back leg. The course is fast and flat, down the Flower Pots Fields and along the river. We had 6 Harrier’s teams in total:
Men’s team 1 – 10th 56.10
Jamie Tinniswood 13.40 (5th fastest M35)
Simon White 13.50 (3rd fastest M45)
Graham Willis 13.45
Christian Hewitt 14.55
Men’s team 2 – 18th 59.38
Kerry Roberts 14.38 (fastest M55)
Wayne Trump 15.38
Matt Prisk 14.44
Ben Stone 14.38
Ladies team 1 – 28th overall, 3rd ladies team 62.59
Serane Stone 14.09 (fastest lady)
Rose Partridge 17.47 (4th fastest F45)
Jasmine Stone 15.08 (fastest FU20)
Lauren Burd 15.55 (2nd fastest FU20)
Men’s team 3 – 29th 62.59
Luke Holway 16.56
Alan Ledger 15.27
Phil Spencer 16.21 (5th fastest M50)
George Stone 14.52 (5th fastest MU20)
Men’s team 4 – 38th 66.10
Richard Kemp 15.55
Jeff Curd 16.59
Walter Andrews 16.48 (2nd fastest M60)
Steve Sirdefield 16.28
Ladies team 2 – 44th overall, 8th ladies team 69.01
Caroline Hewitt 17.15 (2nd fastest F50)
Helen Kirby 16.47 (4th fastest F35)
Kat Humphreys 16.44
Tamsin Phelvin 18.15
Some really fantastic results and big improvements on last years performances (Richard and Tamsin both shaving 1min 18 secs off, Serane 51 seconds faster and Alan 45 seconds).
A big thank you must go to Helen Kirby for managing to pull 6 teams together and organising us all which is no small task!
Sunday 21st May was the Clyst Hydon Huff, a 10k multi terrain run. The results were:
Simon White 43.16 (1st in age group)
Serane Stone 43.37 (1st lady and new course record)
Kerry Roberts 45.43 (1st in age group)
Alan Ledger 48.48
Richard Kemp 51.45
Luke Holway 1:00:03
Well done to all who ran and congratulations to Simon, Serane and Kerry.
James Morrison took part in the Windermere Marathon. Many of you will be familiar with James’s fell running achievements but this time he was racing on the road. James finished in 3hr29:34 and 52nd position out of 648. This was 15 mins quicker than last year’s time for The same marathon, and also knocked 11 mins off his over all marathon PB. Great running from James.
The Taunton Triathlon took place on Sunday 28th May. This consisted of a 400m (16 length) swim followed by a challenging bike course that took the athletes on a 28km reasonably flat route. The final challenge was a town centre based 5km run finishing a lap of the sports ground. Three Harriers made the trip to Taunton, both Len O’Connell and George Stone were 2nd in their categories, Len finishing in 1.34.31 and George in 1.32.07. Alan Ledger finished in 1.22.31 improving his time from 2015 and also finished 9th overall in the swim. Well done to the three of them.
Also taking part in a triathlon, a little further afield was Richard Potter who completed the Swansea Triathlon on in 1.15.28 and finished in 193rd position. Well done to Richard.
Fresh off the back of his marathon the week before, James Morrison ran the Helvellyn And The Dodds fell race (14.9miles; 4386ft ascent; category AL), finishing in 3hrs27:43 and 80th position.
The Harriers Bampton to Tiverton race took place on Bank Holiday Monday 29th May with good numbers turning out for this historic road race. A big thank you must go to all of the organisers, volunteers and marshalls who gave up their time to make this race go ahead. There were good numbers and some brilliant running from the Harriers:
Jordan Hewitt 41.57 (9th overall)
Graham Willis 42.04
Jamie Tinniswood 42.29
Simon White 43.42 (1st M45)
Byron McKinney 44.30
Martin Brace 45.44
Alan Ledger 49.35
Robin Ewings 49.39
Richard Kemp 50.10
Luke Holway 53.03
Len O’Connell 53.27
Jeff Curd 54.36
Mark Hussell 57.17
Mary Humphries 1.03.31 (1st F65)
John Dean 1.05.28
Sean Gabbey 1.07.48
Well done to everyone who ran and was involved in the organisation of the race.
Last but not least May also saw some great Parkrunning, all at Killerton as follows:
Christian Hewitt 18.13 (1st overall)
Luke Holway 20.56
Jeff Curd 23.49
Holly Knowles 25.53 (PB)
David Wood 27.01
Luke Holway 22.40
Tim Felton 23.06
Jeff Curd 23.30
Holly Knowles 25.04 (PB)
David Wood 27.04
Teresa Butchers 28.14
Charles Piper 32.06
William Spencer 19.30 PB
Christian Hewitt 20.46
Chloe Felton 20.57
Tim Felton 22.47
Holly Knowles 24.25 PB
Jonathan Weighell 26.18 PB
Teresa Butchers 27.25
Phil Spencer 27.45
Luke Holway 21.15
Phil Spencer 21.18
Richard Kemp 21.40
Jeff Curd 22.48
Holly Knowles 24.19 PB
Charles Piper 27.16 PB
Theresa Butchers 28.08
Graham Willis 30.00 PB
A really fantastic month of racing which many achievements to be proud of.
Finally, summer training is underway on Tuesday evenings on the High School 400m grass track. The once a month Thursday off road runs are also proving popular so watch out for June’s. Also, it has been great to see some new members joining over the last few months and we look forward to seeing them in Harrier’s vests and reporting on their race successes.