Exe-rated runners!

Exe-rated runners!
The successful Harriers team, en masse, at the Erme Valley Relays, July 2013

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Dave and Dave, the dynamic duo, run the Cornish marathon

Also taking place on Sunday 20th November was the Cornish Marathon: a hilly 26.2 miler, starting and finishing at Pensilver, mid-Cornwall, and taking runners over the undulating roads of Bodmin Moor. If the weather is kind to runners on the day, this race boasts simultaneous views of both the North and South coasts of the county and is popular with runners seeking a friendly, low-key rural marathon. There were two Harrier representatives at the event this year: Dave Stone and Dave Wright.

Dave Stone rates this marathon as one of his favourites and has run it many times in the past. He won the event in 2003 and has had numerous other high placings, including a 3rd in last year's race. This year, however, his time of 3.01.56 was 10 minutes down on that of 2010 and just saw him make the top 10 finishers, placing 9th overall. He was, nevertheless, top man on the day in the MV40 category.

Dave Wright was tackling this particular event for the first time, though he is no novice to the marathon distance. Encouraged by his strong performance at the Dartmoor Vale marathon in October this year, Dave was unphased by the hills and unpredictable moorland weather conditions, and he ran a strong race for 53rd position overall and 4th MV50 in a time of 3.33.46. The race was won by Noel Kindon of Cornwall AC in a time of 2.44.15. There were 240 finishers.

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