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Last of the Exeter Arena 3k series

Friday, March 14, 2008
9:00 AM

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The last of the Ironbridge Runner Winter 3k series took place at Exeter Arena last Wednesday. Sidmouth Running Club had 22 of its junior members taking part on a fine evening at the track. As usual, the starter for the evening was the mile race for under-11s. Club photographer and webmaster Chris Woodcock needed a wide angle lens to get in all the green vests of the Sidmouth runners on the start line. Grey Grierson won the race with a splendid performance in a personal best time of 6.11. Other club runners who got a PB were Georgia Hanson (8th), Jack Scrivens (7th) and Will Jenkins (3rd). There were five races in the 3k series, and the first of these saw Hannah Jenkins give a strong performance in her first race for the club, finishing 9th. Stef Hemsworth and Phoebe Davey took a more leisurely approach but still finished 10th and 11th. However, Stef did really well to finish third in the overall series for the F13 category. The next race once again showed the strength of Andrew Green who went into the lead from the start much to the consternation of his coach, but stayed there for practically the whole race winning in fine style with a PB of 11.52. Sophie Davey did a PB as well, finishing 14th in 12.48. Tom Norris and Kit Grierson took part in a very fast race with 18 other runners. Tom did brilliantly to finish third and with a PB of 11.15. Kit also stormed round to finish eighth and a PB of 11.26. Luke Rutter may have ended up in a group of very fast senior athletes but he did himself proud to record a PB of 11.46. For all results from the evening go to sidmouthrunningclub.org.uk and choose the link to Ironbridge Runner. Thanks are due to Pete Ferlie and the officials at the track for putting on and administering a cracking race series. Sidmouth's juniors will now be fired up for the South West Athletics League which begins next month.

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