Exeter Harriers endured a tough start to their cross country season with a small team making the long journey down to Redruth for a Brooks Westward Cross Country League fixture.
The first race in which Exeter had competitors in was the joint Senior Women’s, under 17 men’s and women’s races. This race consisted of 3 laps over a distance of 4.9km. The first under 17 home was Shaun Johnson in a best ever result of 3rd place in 17.48. Thomas McShane who moved up from the under 15 age group finished an encouraging 4th place in 17.55. Next home was Matthew Dowell in 7th place in 18.44 with another person moving up an age group in the form of Joe Chamberlain in 8th place in 19.42.
The first senior woman home was the ever improving Rosie Chamberlain who finished in a solid 7th place in 21.00. Not too far behind was Katherine Humphreys in 21.12 with Catherine Harman completing the trio in 22nd place in 23.03. This meant the Senior Women’s finished 4rd team overall, trailing City of Plymouth AC by 25 points.
In the under 13 age group, the club had only one representative in the form of R Mamby in the under 13 girls race. She finished in an encouraging 13th place in 13.20
The Senior Men’s race consisted of 5 laps of an 8.1km course, with a number of unavailability’s it was always going to be a tough start to the season. Richard Edwards who has shown good form over the winter was first home for the team in 15th place in 29.30 with Jack Bancroft just behind in 19th in 29.49. Howard Bailey was 27th in 30.20, followed by James McClaren in 37th with a time of 31.13 and the ever reliable Adam Stobbs 57th in 32.40. This result meant they finished 5nd team overall on the day but some 97 points behind Cornwall AC so there is a massive amount of work to do if they are going to retain their team title.
Next race was the under 15 boys race which saw Felix Sethi debut over the cross country distance and finished an admirable 4th place in 17.39. The final race of the day was the Under 15 girls race which was run over 4km. Florence Livingstone was first home for the team in 8th place in a time of 16.26. Josie Crosby was next home in 11th place in 17.38 with
This was a tough start for the club and we will be looking to improve come the next fixture on the 10th November at Newquay.
Meanwhile back in Exeter, Simon Minting was making his debut over the half marathon distance which is quite a change in distance from an athlete who came from a 400 and 800 metres background. With a target of 1 hour 20, Simon ran a strong race and was encouraged by appreciative crowds in Exeter to finish in 8th place in 1.19.46.