On Sunday 23rd March, EUACers took to the streets of Exeter for the annual Age UK 10K. Traditionally only the "race a week" team of Garrod, Perkins and Cullen have ever competed in this for the club, but an increase to 12 this year was fantastic to see!
Taking place just 36 hours after the new committee had been voted in, one could have assumed that hangover's would be hard to dispel. In contrast, a host of PBs were seen!
The race, organised by the volunteers of Age UK and Ironbridge runner winded through the streets from Princesshay down to the quay, out to Bridge Road and then back via Double Locks- over 800 runners entered. A quick start saw the entire team fly off with many taking PBs for 5K at the half way mark. However a strong wind gusting up to 45mph made for tough conditions in the final stretch.
Ollie was first home in 2nd place overall behind the ever present Tom Merson, clocking a time of 32:34 and taking 34 seconds off his previous PB. Joe Perkins followed in 9th with Steph in hot pursuit taking the women's crown and showing up most of the men by finishing in 13th place overall. Her time of 36:47 is just 20 seconds off the University record, and who'd bet against that very soon! Vicky Budd continued a strong return to competition finishing 35 seconds behind Steph in a time of 37:22. Jack Gavin, Ellie Johnson Melissa Jones, Jos Kyte, Ellie Hilborne, Charlie Cornwell and Hannah Kilby all had exceptional performances, meaning EUAC were all home by 200th position- leaving the other 476 runners behind.
2nd Ollie Garrod 32:34
9th Joe Perkins 36:05
13th Steph McCall 36:47- first woman
19th Vicky Budd 37:22- second woman
33rd Jack Gavin 38:59
104 Ellie Johnson 44:53- seventh woman
127 Melissa Jones 46:02- tenth woman
166 Jos Kyte 47:57- eighteenth woman
172 Ellie Hilborne 48:13- twentieth woman
185 Charlie Cornwell 48:54- twenty fourth woman
197 Hannah Kilby 49:36- twenty seventh woman
Next stop for the road running side of EUAC is the London Marathon in just 3 weeks time where Joe and Ollie will don the green vests for 26.2 miles attempting to see-off the University's longest standing Club Record (Pete Hammond 2:40:02) standing since 1997!
By Ollie Garrod