Harriers at race HQ (a church!) for start of the Otterton Reindeer Run
On the morning after the Harrier's Dinner and Dance, the Otterton Reindeer Run provided the perfect means of detoxing and working off all the booze and yummy food consumed the night before! Seven Harriers in total lined up on the start line by the village church and prepared to tackle the 10k multi-terrain course that promised mud and hills aplenty... however, it was probably the promise of a cup of mulled wine at the end that spurred them on to run faster!
John Croome was the first Harrier home, having an excellent run to finish in 40.01 for 6th place overall. Bravo!
Caroline Pleasence continued her excellent Autumn racing season with yet another 3rd place in the female race, finishing in 19th overall in 44.26. She was pushed all the way to the line by the 4th placed runner who finished just 2 seconds behind her! This is Caroline's 3rd 3rd, following on from fine runs at The Stickler and The Bicton Blister.
Next in was Rory Devine, 32nd in 45.53, followed by Lorraine Croome who had a strong run for 43rd place in 48.18. Then came Lee Russell, easily making it into the top 100: 79th in 54.29.
Rounding off the proceedings were Stan Mason, making it in under the hour in 58.08 for 100th spot, and immediately behind him in 101st, Diana Richards clocked 58.22.
There were 177 finishers in total and the race was won by Laurence Bolam of hosting club Sidmouth in 37.04. Lucy Commander of SWRR was first female home, 13th overall, in 42.26.