Exeter Half Marathon

It was fantastic to see not only so many members racing but also marshalling and supporting over the weekend at the Exeter Half Marathon. The fast course around Exe Valley Park meant that PBs were aplenty with many members knocking 5 or even 10 minutes off previous times.

Finn was our first club member home, storming the course in 1:18:14 and taking 4th place overall from a strong field. Next in, Alex snuck into the top ten with a time of 1:20:44. Coach Katie flew round the 21km in a time of 1:22:05, taking home the prize for first female. Also running under the 1hr30 mark were Morgan and Pierre, nip and tuck throughout the run, Morgan eventually led Pierre home with a time of 1:27:26. Trevor, now a half and full marathon veteran ran strongly with a time of 1:34:14, as did Brian finishing not long after with 1:41:56. Rob took a huge 14minutes of his previous half time, finishing in 1:42:30, while strong run from Jessel saw him finish in 1:42:48.

A large contingent of our runners were completing the half marathon distance for the first time, among them, Coral making the last minute decision to race, finished in a very quick 1:43.02! She was followed by Elise, also completing a half for the first time, overcame illness this week to finish in 1:43:33. Beth, another fast finisher completed the course in 1:44:13. Not many people can claim to complete a half marathon on their birthday, not only did Bizzy complete the half, she powered round to a 5minute PB – very well done and a belated happy birthday from EUTriC! Livvy was next home, again with a fantastic PB, looking very good ahead of the Bath Half in a few weeks. It was also a first half marathon for Bronte and Sophie really well done to both of you and some fantastic times!

Overall just to complete a half marathon is a fantastic achievement and to all finish under 2hrs is something you should all be super proud of. Another huge thankyou to the rest of the club who came down to marshal and cheer on the runners and a big thank you to Exeter City Community Trust for organising the event! Club results below:

4th Finn Arentz 1:18:14

9th Alex Foyn 1:20:44

F1st Katie Synge 1:22:05

Morgan Freeman 1:27:26

Pierre Terlinden-Ruhl 1:29:15

Trevor Cousins 1:34:14

Brian Tai 1:41:56

Robert Porter 1:42:30

Jessel Patel 1:42:48

Coral Hays 1:43.02

Elise Metcalf 1:43:33

Beth Lewis 1:44:13

Bizzy Watson 1:51:09

Livvy Moorey 1:51:35

Bronte Penney 1:52:07

Sophie McCormack 1:55:36

Abbi Scarr 2:19:24