Merson maintains form to win city's First Chance 10k
EXMOUTH'S Tom Merson continued his excellent form by winning the First Chance 10k in Exeter on Sunday.
Running for Bristol & West, Merson clocked a time of 31mins 32secs for the course around the canal basin and finishing on Piazza Terracina.
That victory came after he won the South West Cross-Country Championships at Bicton earlier this month, having only just returned to action from a broken bone in a foot.
Kairn Stone, who won the race organised by the city's South West Road Runners in 2011, was second in 32.06.
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Last year's Great West Run champion Shaun Antell, from North Devon but also racing for Bristol & West, was one second behind Stone in third place.
Exeter Harriers' Jonathan Atse Herrera finished in the top 10, recording 33.49 for eighth place.
south west road runners
Eighteen members of the host club were among the 467 who took part in the First Chance 10k.
The first road runner home was Thomas Stokes, who finished 18th in an impressive 35.31, followed by Lucy Commander, who was first female finisher and 25th overall in 36.51.
Karen Cook won the female over-55 section and was 97th overall in 41.55, with Amanda Perry third female over-45 and 154th overall in 44.39.
Ian Pang was third in the male over-45 category in a time of 37.39.
Ayse Vahiboglu recorded a personal best of 41.59 to finish in the top 100, while Alexandra Cutts also beat her PB by finishing in 39.48 for 68th place.
Other SWRR finishers were: Michael Pearce 86th in 40.52, Alister Ferguson 96th in 41.44, Jonathan Major 109th in 42.24, James Robson 114th in 42.35, Mandy Wheeler 121st in 42.57, John Kavanagh 146th in 44.11, Tracy Bennett 214th in 47.40, Roos Zandstra 224th in 48.21, Caroline Gentry 252nd in 49.37, David Evans 279th in 51.35 and Michelle Pang 402nd in 59.31
Nine Exmouth Harriers took part in the First Chance 10k on Sunday – and four of them recorded new personal best times.
Adam Miller was the first Harrier home in 14th place and took more than a minute off his PB to finish in 35.02.
Ellie Sutcliffe was the third female and 39th overall in 38.06, with Richard Hawes setting a PB of 39.12 to finish 54th.
Hannah Bown was 69th overall in a PB of 39.57 and Carly Audritt ran a best time of 47.03 for 203rd place.
Other Harriers finishers were: Adrian Kearns 122nd in 40.24. Andrew Johnson 121st in 43:06, Dave Eveleigh 155th in 44.40 and Roger Rowe was second male over-65 and 196th overall in 46.27
axe valley runners
Kate Vine and Ethan Day took part in the Devon Schools Cross-Country Championships in Plymouth last Saturday.
Vine finished fifth in her race to progress to the South West Championships in Bristol in two weeks' time.
After being taken out on the third bend as one boy slipped, Day went from last place to finish 28th.
Mark Hilder beat his last time from last year's First Chance 10k by over half a minute to finish 138th in 43.48 in Sunday's race.
haldon trail runners
Haldon Trail Runners' Jim Mouat finished third male over-65 in the First Chance 10k in Exeter on Sunday. Mouat finished in 48.19, placing him 219th overall.