Thursday, June 14, 2012
Mike Musgrove not only led the Harriers home but also all but one of all the runners in the main 10k Umborne Ug race near Honiton on the second Saturday in June, as he finished second overall, writes Ellie Sutcliffe.
In addition, and in true pied-piper manner, he has inspired lots of youngsters from his village of Lympstone to have a go at running by starting up a running club at the local primary school, and many of these children competed in the 4k fun run at the same location on Saturday evening.
In the main race, the four competing Harriers - Mike and Nic Musgrove, and Martin and Diana Richards - got a bit of a surprise as they thought the Ug was a fairly flat course. However, this is not the case!
It in fact boasts nearly 1000ft of climb over a distance of just 10k. The going underfoot was not always easy either as, after a gentle start, the route veered off into fields where runners had to plough their way through waist high wet grass. From there the runners climbed to a wooded area where there were stunning views of the Axe Valley (if you had time to admire them), before a descent on muddy tracks and fields to the village. Despite a small navigational mishap, which he estimates cost 90 seconds, Mike Musgrove still secured a solid second place overall, in 45:00, three-and-a-half minutes behind the winner, Tim Lenton of Norfolk Gazelles. Musgrove was also top MV40. Next Harrier was Martin Richards who completed the tough course in under the hour, with 59:12 for 49th place and wighth MV40. Martin’s wife Diana was not far behind him, coming in just over three minutes later in 59th place overall in 1:03:21. This gave her 13th female overall and third FV45. Nic Musgrove completed the Harriers’ contingent with a very fine time of 1:11:48 for 70th position overall and 20th female. Not forgetting that she is relative novice to running and certainly to competing, this is looking very promising for the summer season!
There were 92 finishers in the main event. In the fun run five families from Lympstone were competing. Some of them are not runners at all and some are very new to it - no doubt having been inspired by Mike Musgrove! All had a really fun evening and enjoyed the run and the friendly atmosphere that is so characteristic of these Axe Valley Runners’ East Devon Race Series events.