Harriers on tour – Summer 2018

The summer season is busy for races across triathlon & running with some Harriers also racing in cycle events. The past couple of weeks have seen Harriers participate in various events around the country.
The multi terrain running season started with the Tywardreath Trotter – 7 hilly miles around the countryside near Tywardreath. The race was held on a Saturday evening and in spite of the evening start, the temperature was still high making the race a harder challenge. Luke McLean and his wife Dee crossed the line together in 55.32 as the first Harriers back.
In Exeter 4 Harriers ran the Straight 8 – 8 miles on the estuary & canal paths from Starcross to Exeter Quay. Joyce James, Sue Johns, Amanda James & Gill Johns all enjoyed the race although again, conditions were tough in the heat.
In Taunton, Richard Alford cycled and Completed the Taunton Flyer. This was the first part of the three Counties cycle challenge – 111 miles. Richard was delighted to finish in 6:49 earning a gold medal. He commented that the event was a well organized & signposted event.
Sunday 5th August saw the 36th running of the Indian Queens Half Marathon. On a very hot day, a number of Harriers took on the challenging route across the moor and along roads. Sam Rowe used the event as part of her marathon training and commented on how tough the event was in the heat. First Harrier back was John McWilliams in 9th place with a time of 1.20.47. Janet Haynes, recently selected to represent GB with an age group marathon place finished 145th overall giving her second in her age group.

Indian Queens results –
John McWilliams – 1.20.47
Joe Easterbrook – 1.43.07
Janet Haynes – 1.47.41
Simon Blackburn- 1.55.35
Grace Wheaton – 2.10.46
Robert Burrows- 2.12.10
Damian Cook – 2.15.03
Sam Rowe – 2.30.15
Julie Bolitho- 2.33.43
George Andrews – 2.50.30
Greta Andrews – 3.01.33
Emma Johns – 3.03.06

Twywardreath Trotter results –
Luke McLean – 55.32
Dee Searle – 55.32
Sarah Tregear – 1.12.37
Julie Bolitho – 1.24.46
George Andrews – 1.25.23

Below left – Harriers at Indian Queens

Below right- Joyce James, Amanda James, Sue Johns & Gill Johns at the Exeter 8