The weather on Sunday 2nd February was rather better than expect and turned out to be near perfect running conditions for the annual “Fulfords 5” race starting and finishing at the Exmouth Leisure Centre. Ran by the Exmouth harriers the course took the 261 competitors along Exmouth seafront and into the town twice on a five mile race. There was plenty of crowd support on the way and the 28 Teignbridge Trotters put in a good show of “Royal Blue”.
Daryl “Tarquin” Milford fought a strong battle and ran in with 27.52 and 9th place with Lance "skippy" Mason picking up another vet 50 prize in 29.06 and 23th.Roger "chairman" Hayes finished in 34th with 30.48 with Ian Langler chasing him down in 39th 31.25.Helen "zippy" Anthony brought the trotter ladies home in 41st place in 31.55 and Travis Wood came in with 32.22 and 48th with Jamie Barnett in 50th with 32.27 and Craig Churchill was 53rd in 32.33.
Other Trotters completed in the following times –John Tweedie 33.22(64th),John Grimes 33.25(66th),Gary Watson 33.51(74th),Graydon Widdicombe 34.03(77th),Eyvol Aston 34.45(88th),Keith Anderson 35.29(100th),John Skinner 35.52(105th),Pete Hayward 36.44(114th),Nigel Barnett 38.38(135th),Rod Payne 38.54(140th),Kirsty Bowman 39.15(143rd),Sally "marathon queen" Ingledew 39.19(145th),Chris Rogers 39.24(146th),Derek Blackford 41.22(166th),Stephen Wallace 41.44(170th),Eleanor Taylor 42.10(178th),Bev Dennis 42.37(185th),Lucy Payne 42.43 (186th) Caroline Clark 44.20(197th) and Steve Rawlinson 45.27 (209th) completing the Trotters.
Further up country in Somerset lone Trotter Emma Pearcy took on the “Hestercombe Humdinger” which was a 9.5 mile road race organised by Taunton Running Forever running club. The course was a figure of eight both starting and finishing at Hestercombe Gardens. The route is hilly and incorporates almost 1500 feet total climb up into the Quantock hills. The race attracted 216 runners and Emma posted 1.25.10 and 139th place .
Sharon "Fizz" Bowman went to Dawlish to compete in the first of 4 events staged by Exeter Triathlon Club in the next four months.It was an "Aquathlon" which consists of a 600 metre swim(24 lengths) and a 5km run straight after.Sharon completed the event but no times are published at time of going to print.
REPORT BY SHARON "Fizz" BOWMAN
PHOTOS-TOP- Tweedy ,Watsa and Graydon at Fulfords MIDDLE- Smile its Craig and Helen ! BOTTOM- Emma before the Humdinger.