The River Exe will provide a tranquil backdrop to some fast and furious racing to decide the winners of the Run Exe 5K Series tomorrow evening (Tuesday, 10 September). The best four results from the six race series will decide the destination of the awards for 2019.
City Runs Events
promote Run Exe 5K Series (and many other races), one race a month from April to September, with the overall positions decided on cumulative times. All athletes who complete four races feature on the final scoreboard and qualify for a special series medal.
It's still all to play for as many runners have yet to complete their fourth scoring race, banking on a good performance in the final race. However, with awards in five year age-groups, the M55 category looks particularly tasty as Hugh Marsden (Exmouth Harriers) and Andy Johnson (Dawlish Coasters) are tied on 1:20:58 after four races each (an average of 20:14.5).
Several other close battles are anticipated on the traffic-free, pancake flat course on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and River Exe Flood Relief path, just a short walk from Exeter St David's railway station.
The current overall fastest are Jamie Barnett (Teignbridge Trotters, 1:03:34) – averaging 15:53.5 – and W40 Serane Stone (Tiverton Harriers, 1:13:18), who is averaging 18:19.5 for her four best races. The course records are held by Tom Merson (Exmouth Harriers, 14:47) and Steph McCall (Herne Hill Harriers/Exeter University, 16:56).
The fastest times in the series last year were set by Shaun Antell (Bideford AAC, 14:51) and Annabel Gummow (Winchester and District, 17:19).