October Handicap - Well done Andy!
Great West Run, Mrs E's Big Wheeze and Studland Stampede
Honiton Running Club members were definitely out in force last Sunday travelling to at least 3 different venues.Wherever they went the runners were treated to ideal weather conditions. First was Exeter’s Great West Run which saw 27 members taking part. There were many highs and lows with several members achieving personal best times and others just missing out on their target time and some racing for HRC for the first time. First home was Kevin Hawker who came 31st in a fantastic time of 1:20. Adam Hennessey finished in 1:27 and was delighted as was Steve Selley who finished in 1:36. Judy Davey and Emilie Tones had lined up at the start together and although they saw little of each other during the race, they finished with a battle for the line with Judy crossing it first but Emilie being given 1 second faster chip time. Judy was delighted to find out that this was good enough for her age category prize. Both finished in 1:41 which was a great pb for Emilie.
Other results: Carl Harrison 1:42, Stuart Turnham 1:46, Paula Ferris 1:46, Darren Roberts 1:48, Tony Peek 1:51, Jennie Sleeman 1:51, Andy Ashford 1:53, Lin Pike 2:00, Wendy McDermott 2:02, Rachel Hennessey 2:02, Charlotte McKechnie 2:03, Lex Turnham 2:03, Peter Bishop 2:05, Claire Rouse 2:09, Duncan Driver 2:09, Hannah Kelly 2:12, Claire Staniforth 2:12, Debbie Vinnicombe 2:17, Kate Harding 2:17, Katherine Tomkins 2:18, Dawn Peek 2:21 and Onreuthai Lush 2:23. Thanks to all the HRC supporters en route but special thanks to Tony Peek who has organised a training programme helping others achieve their goals and also for organising and driving the mini bus.
Five HRC runners took part in Mrs E’s Big Wheeze based in Uplyme. This is a 10k multi-terrain run which begins with a mile long hill. The race was won by 15 year old Chet Gillespie of Axe Valley Runners in 40:33. Ben Stone came 3rd overall in 41:41 with Rod Inglis next back for HRC coming 6th in 46:15. Steve Davey came 9th in 48:44 and his daughter Jo came 20th and 5th lady in 54:26. Kathy Layzell completed Honiton’s line-up to come 33rd in 1:02:41. There were 46 finishers. This race was the last in the East Devon Race Series for 2017 organised by Axe Valley Runners which saw HRC as the overall team winner. The first two places were taken by AVR runners Eleanor Wood and Matt Clist with Honiton’s Rod Inglis coming 3rd. Thank you for a very well organised run with enthusiastic marshals and organisers.
Another event was the Studland Stampede. A 12k run starting and finishing on Studland Beach in Dorset. Nine club members travelled down for this stunning scenic run on Studland Heath with its hills and fabulous views across Poole Harbour. As soon as the run started Mark Newson led the way. He had a fine run finishing 63rd in 58.25. Howard Bidmead caught Roger Saunders around 2k and then ran with Richard Harris for most of the rest of the race. With 3k to go the sand dunes started to sap the energy and the 2k run along the beach to the finish is never ending. It was here that Howard was glad to finish as Richard had pushed all the way and finished just behind. Howard was 82nd in 1.00.17s and Richard 84th in 1.00.24. Next home was Roger Saunders finishing 92nd in 1.01.19. Pippa Westall was the first of the Honiton ladies and had a fabulous run which she was rightly proud of. She finished 127th in 1.04.39. Janice Newson was next finishing 308th in 1.17.46. Other Honiton finishers. Anne Carter 382nd in 1.25.41. Asilah Jarrald 383rd in 1.25.42 and Teresa Pollard 394th in 1.28.24.There were 441 finishers and the race was won by Craig Palmer from Littledown Harriers in 44.47s.
Axe Valley Community College’s Minster Challenge took place last Sunday with runners thinner on the ground than in previous years. This is a tough 7 ½ mile mainly off road run through the countryside around Axminster. The going was very muddy following heavy rainfall in the preceding week. James Denne won the race in 47 minutes 53 seconds and Ben Stone was the first runner back for Honiton Running Club in 7th place in 54:10. Rod Inglis was next back having driven to Axmouth before the race thinking the base was there! He came 13th in 1:00:05 and although Steve Davey was only one place later he was over 4 minutes behind finishing in 1:04:23 using the excuse that he turned his ankle over during the race stopping him in his tracks for a few seconds. First HRC lady back was Judy Davey who had overtaken daughter Jo as she stopped to remove a thorn from her toe. Judy came 19th in 1:08:39 with Jo finishing just 10 seconds later. There were 35 finishers.
HRC’s Jasmine and Harri Stone took part in the 3k race. Jasmine did brilliantly to finish 2nd overall and 1st female in 22:40. Harri was not too far behind coming 9th in 28:11. The winner was Daniel Rowe who finished in 21:30 and there were 20 finishers.
Stockland Scamper, Windsor Parks Half Marathon and Killerton 10k
Several Honiton Running Club members took part in the local Stockland Scamper organised by Stockland Primary School PTFA with the help of Axe Valley Runners. It turned out that it was a never to be forgotten race for those who took part. Unbeknown to the lead runners they had disturbed a hornets’ nest about a mile from the finish. This was in a very narrow lane and depriving the hornets of a Sunday lie-in meant they were not just angry, they were livid! First of all they stung the odd runner before coming into the middle of the lane as a swarm. Runners were upon them before they knew what was happening and all they could do was run through them as fast as they could. Most runners fell victim to at least one sting and many suffered multiple stings. Matt Clist won the race in 39 minutes 40 seconds and the first HRC runner back was Adam Hennessey who came 9th in 45:30. Nick Silkstone followed in 11th place in 46:41 and Rod Inglis came in 21st place in 50:12 with Steve Davey coming one place later in 52:13. Roger Saunders had a great run winning his age category to come 27th in 54:15. First Honiton lady was Jo Davey who came 29th overall and 4th lady in 55:52 just ahead of her mum Judy who came 32nd in 56:39. Tim Wigram came 38th in 58:35. Stockland’s principal, David Perkins, was dressed as Batman following a raffle amongst the primary school’s children to decide what David would be dressed as. David did extremely well feeling very hot under his costume although it did act as pretty good protection against the hornets getting away with just one sting. Paula Ferris was 45th in 1:01:37 and Charlotte McKenzie 53rd in 1:07:49. Asilah Jarrald, Mandy Ward and Rachael Hennessey finished together in 57th place and 1:09:55. The final HRC runner was fairly new member Pip Vanham 63rd in 1:13:14. There were 67 finishers. Runners were treated to a well-deserved slice of chocolate brownie on their return. Thank you to chief organiser Emma Parris who had a very stressful time dealing with the hornet casualties on top of the usual race organisation. Thanks also to the marshals and landowners for what, despite the hornets, was another fantastic event. Definitely a race with a sting in the tail!
Meanwhile Emilie Tones took part in the Windsor Parks Half Marathon as part of her training for the Great West Run. She had a fantastic race to finish in 1 hour 44 minutes finding it sunny and hot.
Six HRC ladies took part in a very hilly and tough 10k around the beautiful gardens and woods of the National Trust at Killerton. With so many people taking part different groups were set off in waves so there was no telling who had won until the very end. 1st back for Honiton was Geri Terry in 1 hour 10 minutes. Anna Dalzell was next in a good time of 1:14, followed by Debbie Vinnicombe in 1:15. Next back was Kate Harding who only joined HRC in January as one of the beginners in a time of 1:18. Dawn Peek finished in 1:22 with Rachel Mandrupson close on her heels in 1:23. With 1140 ft of climb, the hills were so steep the ladies were almost all walking them! The overall winner was Ynon Gablinger in 41.26.
September Handicap - Well done Josh!
Jurassic Coast 10k and Lustleigh 10k
Honiton Running Club’s Kathy Layzell and Rachel Hennessey took part in the Jurassic Coast 10k on 26th August which starts and finishes in Budleigh Salterton. Rachel came 146th and finished in 1 hour 22 seconds with Kathy finishing in 1 hr 5 minutes and 186th place. They found it very congested for the first mile and then the heat had an effect on them both meaning that they were 5mins slower than last year! The race was won by David Bruce in 35:32 and there were 290 finishers.
Seven HRC runners completed the beautiful Lustleigh 10k on Bank Holiday Monday which was held as part of the Lustleigh Village Show in its 130th Year. Runners not only had the hills of Dartmoor to contend with but the race started at midday with the hot Bank Holiday weather adding to the tough challenge. First home for Honiton in 3rd place overall was Kevin Hawker in 40:28 managing to make his way through the field after a slow start. Next home in 11th place was Alasdair Moffett in 46:18 after a hard week of training for his upcoming ultra-run. Next came Mark Newson 28th place in 49:33 having had a great run, then in 49th place was Mark Dallyn who was pleased with his run in a good time of 53:34, 78th place saw Esme Moffett in her first race for a while in 1:00:06. Anne Carter came 113th and enjoyed the race finishing in 1:07:04 and Janice Newson 1:12:41 who said it was more like torture than a race in 132nd Place. The men’s team has a fantastic result winning the team prize beating Torbay Athletic Club which was some achievement. Kevin was also pleased to restock the wine rack for his wife Wendy with the prizes won. After the race and a quick wipe down the Village Show could be enjoyed with lots of activities taking place; one for the calendar next year.
Race the Train
Seven Honiton Running Club members took the long journey to Tywyn in mid Wales to take part in the Rotary Club’s Race the Train event. There were several races to choose from but all the HRC members took on the main 14 mile race. The race starts with the whistle of the train as it leaves the station and goes out to the end of the railway line where the train turns around and returns whilst runners follow a slightly different route back to the one they ran out on. Following torrential rain during the night, there were rumours on social media that the train and/or the race may have to be cancelled but luckily this was unfounded. However, it did mean that the terrain was particularly challenging with more mud than the race has ever seen which made climbing half way up a mountain even harder. The event has the reputation of always having rain on the day and with a quick rain shower mid race this was not disproved although the conditions were mainly ideal with a cooling breeze for much of it. The train took 1 hour 47 minutes and unfortunately all HRC runners took a little longer! Mark Newson finished 217th in 1:58 with Steve Davey not too far behind in 226th in 1:59. Judy Davey came 325th in 2:07 managing 2nd in her age category. Judy had a battle for positions for the first 6 miles with Howard Bidmead but pulled away after that point. Howard came 484th in 2:19. Clare Melbourne and Janice Newson ran together to finish 696th in 2:43. Clare loves a good Park Run and couldn’t miss the opportunity to run the Aberystwyth one even though she knew she was doing 14 miles later in the day. Her partner Jay Sweetman, who is nursing an injury came 751st in 2:54. There were 830 finishers. Thanks to chief supporter and photographer Helen.
Jurassic Coast 10k & Forest Flyer
Sunday 6th August saw 3 Honiton Running Club runners taking the short trip to West Bay for the 5th running of the Bridport Runners’ Jurassic Coast 10k. For the second year running a half marathon took place alongside the 10k. Howard Bidmead and Janice Newson took on the 10k whilst Mark Newson ran the half. Both races started together and followed the same course with a steep climb on the coastal path towards Eype and then came Thorncombe Hill, the second highest point on the south coast. From here the half marathon route continued to Seatown and the 10k runners made their way back to West Bay and the finish. Howard, who seems to have recovered from recent injuries, had a super run finishing 8th overall and first in the O60 category in a time of 58 minutes 8 seconds. Janice found the warm conditions and hills tough but still had a great run finishing 48th in 1.16.23. There were 76 finishers. The race was run by Adam Gale in 47. 25. Mark has been running really well of late and this continued with a fine run in the half marathon finishing in a time of 2.01.03 and 22nd overall. There were 78 finishers. The half marathon was won by Ruth Barnes in 1.35.16 and seven minutes ahead of the second finisher and first male.
On Friday, 11th August 4 HRC runners took part in the Forest Flyer at Haldon Woods. This is a lovely 5 mile trail run. Mark Newson was first back for Honiton coming 25th in 35:42. Anne Carter and Asilah Jarrald battled against each other throughout taking over each other many times during the race. However, Anne got the better of Asilah at the finish resulting in Anne coming 86th in 45:22 with Asilah right behind in 45:45. Rachel Hennessy felt a bit queasy during the run probably because she had given blood the night before but she did well to come 105th in 48:55.
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