Harriers were in action at Exeter Arena on Bonfire night last week, participating in the monthly Iron Bridge Runner organised winter 3k series. Dave Eveleigh brings the following report on the night's proceedings:
Noisy local pyrotechnics may have put the event at risk of multiple false starts, but they were not noisy enough to drown out gasps at the inaccuracy of the (presumably self-) seeding of, among others, the ‘D’ race winner who could have won the ‘C’ event by more than 30 seconds and even have finished 2nd in the ‘B’! Exmouth had three representatives and in the best traditions of sportsmanship our boys take their race allocations on the chin, that is “some you win, some you lose”. Les Turner, in his 70th year worked hard to finish the ‘E’ race in 16:16 but, once recovered from illness and injury will hope to kick on from there with a better time next month, when he should pick up a Veterans prize for the Series. Dave Eveleigh was in the bunch of the ‘C’ race and ran 10 seconds faster than in October (12:03 for 9th place). He now needs to finish 5 seconds in front of rival, Dave King (South West Veterans) to take the V55 overall award. These races are graded on times, pitting male against female, young against old and in their vernacular Andrew Johnson was “well chuffed” to leave a string of talented male and female teenagers behind him, in taking 11 seconds off his October time, recording 11:51 for 3rd in the same race as Dave, leaving him just 1 second behind Jim Durston (South West Road Runners) his rival for the v45 title. So, a couple of exciting contests for Exmouth runners in prospect at the deciding round in December!