With Exeter City reaching the Play Off Final at Wembley, and The Exeter Chiefs qualifying for the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham, there was much to celebrate for sport fans across Exeter this weekend.
The sporting action just doesn’t seem to stop in the City. The Exeter marathon, 10 Mile & Children’s Challenge took place on Sunday 21st of May & saw a spectacular 900 runners over the course of the day.
The long-distance race started at St James Park, the route then guided the runners through the City centre and onto the Exeter Quay. Along the way, both spectators and runners admired some of Exeter’s most iconic landmarks and scenery.
The winner of the 26-mile event was Pascal Hays with a spectacular time of 2:52:36. Runner up was Matthew Murt with 2:56, closely followed by third place Peter Norris, 2:57.
In the ten-mile race, Gwylym Gibson needed an entertaining sprint finish alongside runner up, David Hampton, to collect his first-place medal with a time of 58 seconds, 20 seconds faster than David.
Wendy Chapman was the fastest women with a total time of 3:05. She was followed by Naomi Aylwin, 3:20 and Hannah Bown, 3:30.
330 children participated in the 13-mile Children’s Challenge - Exeter’s children’s fun run.
A challenge was set to schools across the area to run a mile every week from January to April until they reach a total of twelve miles. Then on the 21st, the children s took part in the 13th mile as part of the marathon route.
All medal’s and trophies were awarded by Peter Ferlie, Exeter City Football In The Community, Health and Wellbeing Officer.
Children who successfully completed the challenge we’re awarded with a half marathon challenge medal. Others earned a certificate, t-shirt and a fun run medal.
A full list of race times from all competitors is available on the Exeter City Football In The Community website.
Exeter City Football In The Community proudly supported three local charities during the 2017 Exeter marathon: Children’s Hospice, Exeter Age UK and Exeter Royal Deaf Academy.
Contact: Peterferlie@ecfc.co.uk for more information about the event.