Region’s athletes impress in the Exeter Half Marathon races

Alison McEwingTHERE were some impressive performances from the region’s athletes at the two Exeter Half Marathon races at the weekend.

In the Saturday event, Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale finished second overall and first over-50 in a season’s best time of one hour 17.19 minutes.

Torbay’s Simon Longthorpe won the race in 1:15.31.

Erme Valley Harriers’ Alison McEwing (pictured) was first female home and 10th overall in 1:22.18.

Her team-mate Alison Thorn was third woman and first over-40 in 1:24.27.

Fellow Erme Valley runner Emma Lake was second over-40 female in 1:33.31, while Plymstock Road Runners’ Bev Dowrick was first over-35 in 1:34.54.

The Saturday race was for competitive runners only, so everyone had to be sub-two hour standard. However, there was a second race on the Sunday open to everyone.

Tamar Trotters’ Pete Waumsley and Plymouth Harriers pair Delphine Watwood and Jennie Kingdom were among the prize winners on the Sunday.

Waumsley set a season’s best time of one hour and 18.57 minutes to finish third overall and first male over-40 at Sunday’s event.

Aled Jones won the race in 1:15.31, with Okehampton’s Roger Voaden second in 1:18.07.

Watwood also claimed a season’s best to finish second female in 1:33.44.

Kingdom was the fourth female home in 1:34.37 and the first over-50 veteran.

The times for the Sunday event still have to ratified as the course had to be changed at the last minute after a body was found near the start.

Results of both races can be found HERE

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