Autumn trail enjoys a new lease of life under Plympton Hash Harriers
A PLYMOUTH running club who breathed new life into a race have had their best year so far.
The Plympton Hash House Harriers' resurrected the autumn trail, originally run by sports shop boss Frank Elford, three years ago.
Race director Paula Cooper said the event had attracted the biggest number of runners since the club took it over.
She said: "With the main race and the fun-run, we must have had something like 330 runners.
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"That is definitely up on previous years, which is very pleasing."
The race, won by city athlete Tom Lapthorn in 53:06, who is a member of Plymouth Harriers, saw competitors take on an eight-mile trek at Newnham Park.
The course saw runners run across fields, through streams and up hills.
Newnham Park is regularly used for major mountain bike competitions.
Cooper admitted: "There was rather a hilly bit, where runners had to zig-zag up it.
"We had several river crossings and mud to go through, but I think that's why the race is popular."
Cash raised from the event, an amount which is still being calculated, will be donated to Devon Air Ambulance.
The club decided to run the event in memory of member Alan Pay, who died shortly before the Harriers took the autumn trail over.
Plympton Hash House Harriers Autumn Trail 2012: 1 Tom Lapthorn 53.06 (Plymouth Harriers), 2 Garry Harding 53.19, 3 Marcus Cronin 53.26, 4 Stephen Gentle 54.22 (Okehampton RC), 5 Ross Farrer 54.58, 6 Jonny Bodicoat 55.00 (Plympton H3), 7 271 55 5 Alex Peuton-Jones 55.05, 8 Ian McCondichieI 55.59, 9 Lucas Lapthorn 56.13 (Plymouth Harriers), 10 Nicholas Eeinchcomb 56.17 (South West Road Runners), 11 Nathan Newton 56.27 (Bere Alston Trekkers), 12 Jeremy Hocking 57.27 (South Devon AC), 13 Rupert Kempley 57.57 (Dartmouth AAC), 14 Matthew Brown 58.07 (Erme Valley Harriers), 15 Will Strang 58.08, 16 Dave Scrivens 58.19 (Plymouth Harriers), 17 Mark Northcote 58.24, 18 58.30 Martin Longley (DeLra AC), 19 Hans Thompson 58.59 (South West Vets), 20 Mark McPhee 59.06 (Exeter Tri Club)
Plympton Hash House Harriers Autumn Trail 2012: First five women: 34 Jane Allison 1.01.44 (Plymouth Harriers), 43 Sharon Daw 1.03.12 (East Cornwall Harriers), 44 Bonny Collingborn 1.03.41, 52 Gillian Castka 1.04.18 (Team Castka), 54 Charlotte Weedon 1.04.44 (Haldon Trail Runners)
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