Harriers duo in blistering form
TWO members of Mounts Bay Harriers took part in the Bicton Blister near Exeter on Sunday.
Despite the atrocious weather the night before the race and directly afterwards, the 10-mile multi-terrain race took place in ideal weather conditions, albeit a bit wet on the ground in places.
Graham Storer and Yvonne Turner were the only runners who made it from west Cornwall, having travelled up the day before when the roads were clear, with the majority of entrants coming from the Devon area.
Before the race competitors were advised that parts of the route had changed due to flooded roads which were only passable if the athletes decided to swim them.
The majority of the race took place on sandy, stony and muddy paths through Woodbury Common with only short sections on the road. Stream crossings were more like river crossings and mud had turned into bogs with many competitors losing their shoes.
A good camaraderie existed between runners with help given to those who had fallen in the rivers or slipped on the muddy downhill sections.
The top runners were completing the course in 1h04m with the last ones crossing the line in 2h19m. All along the route marshals lined the way for both the first and last runners giving encouragement the whole time.
Graham and Yvonne didn't break any records on this occasion, but thoroughly enjoyed the event and wish to thank Exmouth Harriers for organising the event.