WELCOME TO HONITON RUNNING CLUB
We are based in Honiton, East Devon, Southwest England and spend our lives running through some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.
June Handicap - Well done Dawn!
Killerton Duathlon & Jersey Half Marathon
On Sunday 4th June 4 members of Honiton Running Club took part in the Killerton Duathlon. A mix of run - cycle - run. There were two distances to choose from; the longer standard distance or shorter sprint. All HRC took on the shorter sprint made up of a 5k run, 20k bile ride followed by a 3k run. There was also the opportunity for one competitor to do the whole thing or as pairs. Katy Cambell & Tony Peek both opted to do the whole thing whilst Karen Toffs & Michelle Selley entered the pairs with Karen doing the running & Michelle the cycle ride.
They all found it tough at the start with undulations in the run to the first transition area where it was a change of shoes to cycle ones, grab your helmet & bike to cycle the 20k route out of Killerton onto the main Broadclyst to Cullompton road before following the same route back with the wind in their faces. Although Tony was quicker on the bike section it was not enough to catch Katy who had made a great start with the run. It was then back into the transition area and back into running shoes. Again Katy was a lot quicker then Tony in transitions gaining her valuable time. They set out into the last run which felt like the hardest with legs that didn't want to run. On the last downhill section Tony tried to gain back some time only to have cramp pull him up to a complete stop whilst he stretched it out. Karen, who had not been too well, had a good run on the first leg coming in just behind Tony, before sending Michelle off on her cycle ride giving Karen’s legs chance to recover before her final run. Luckily the rain held off just long enough for the last run!
1st back for Honiton was Katy in a completed time of 1 hr 28 min 58 sec. 2nd back was Tony in 1:36:33. 3rd back was the duo of Karen & Michelle in a time of 1:47:56. A tough morning but one that they are all eager to repeat.
Last Sunday, Howard Bidmead took a short break to Jersey and took part in the half marathon. He has been suffering with injuries on and off so was delighted to finish in one piece in 1 hour 49 minutes 58 seconds.
Jurassic Coast 100k, Rock 'n' Roll Weekend, Women Can and Umborne Ug
On Saturday, 20th May, Honiton Running Club’s Sharon Wells took part in the Jurassic Coast 100km, an event organised by Climb South West. The runners started from Weymouth at 2 am following the coastal path to Exmouth. Running the first 2 hours in the dark was hard, but once the sun came up Sharon began to enjoy it more. The first half was fine, quite flat except for Golden Cap. She arrived at Lyme Regis almost on schedule but then hit the undercliff through to Seaton which she didn’t like at all, lots of mud, undulations, tree roots and steps making progress slow. At Seaton Sharon was joined by fellow HRC member, Mark Newson, who had completed parkrun and volunteered to accompany her on the toughest stretch through to Exmouth. They managed the nasty hills through to Sidmouth, finally making it to the 75km mark where they were joined by another HRC runner, Paula Ferris. The remaining miles passed in a slow blur. The last mile along Exmouth seafront was in to the wind and Sharon felt like she was not gaining any ground, but she did finally arrive at the finish. A total of 157 walkers and runners started (walkers headed out at 10 pm Friday night), only 95 of them got to the finish and Sharon was delighted to be included in that number. She was extremely grateful of the support she had along the way!
On Friday 26th June Anna Dalzell, Debbie Vinnicombe, Karen Tofts(Lister), Michelle Selley & Vanessa Knowles travelled up to Liverpool to take part in the Rock 'n' Roll weekend. As in the title the weekend is full of music & 'bling'. The courses having plenty of music all the way around the routes & a big music festival after the main races on the Sunday. There is a 5km run on the Saturday & a half & full marathon on Sunday morning followed by a mile fun run in the afternoon. This is where the 'bling' comes in. If you run a race on the 2 consecutive days (the mile run isn't included in that) you'll get a 'Remix' medal plus a medal for the mile and as the group ran last year they also got an Encore medal. Five medals in one weekend so if you’re into 'bling' these are the races to do. This year the series were celebrating 20 years, the 1st race being in San Deigo in 1988. As this is Beatles country and they were celebrating the 60's & 70’s Beatles era the girls kept with what seems to have become a tradition for them and dressed up for the 5km run which they all ran together stopping for a couple of photos on the way. Sunday was a bit more sensible. They represented HRC wearing the Club vests. Karen, Anna & Vanessa completed the half in 2.13 mins (which included several photo stops). Michelle & Debbie both ran the Marathon. Michelle in 4hrs 8mins & Debbie in 5 hrs 5mins. PB's for both of them. A great weekend had by all and well recommended.
On Sunday, 28th May, 400 women came together to show that ‘women can’ by taking part in the first ever women-only Women Can Marathon on a route taking in glorious coast and countryside in East Devon. The event marked the 50th anniversary when Kathrine Switzer became the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon in 1967 in defiance of the ‘no women’ rules. The race was won by Elizabeth Dyson who finished in 3 hours 20 minutes, an amazing 35 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed runner. Judy Davey was first back for HRC coming 12th in 4:13 even though she managed an extra ½ mile by taking a wrong turn. Nevertheless, she was still rewarded for her efforts by coming 1st in her age category. Paula Ferris was next back coming 19th in 4:32. Jennie Sleeman was delighted to come 58th just beating the 5 hour mark in 4:58. Clare Melbourne came 82nd in 5:14 and she was followed by Rachel Hennessey who came 119th in 5:35. Asilah Jarrald and Anne Carter finished the line-up running together coming 123rd in 5:36. There were 205 marathon finishers. Also taking part were 27 pairs of half marathon runners including HRC pairs Angela Belle and Katherine Tomkins who came 15th in 5:14 and Kathy Layzell and Claire Rouse who came 20th in 5:21. There was also the opportunity of running in relay teams of 4 or taking part as a Nordic walker. Everyone reported that the atmosphere was fantastic and support was immense. Thanks mainly to chief organiser Jo Earlam and helpers Pauline Beare and Peggy Wiseman but also to the many other people who made the event possible including marshals, caterers, sponsors, etc.
On Saturday evening of 3rd June HRC runners were out in force to take part in the local Umborne Ug which is a tough multi-terrain 10k race. The race was won by Tim Lenton of Axe Valley Runners who finished in 41:26 and the first HRC runner back was Adam Hennessey who finished 10th in 46:50. Rod Inglis was next back coming 15th in 50:31 and then came Richard Harvey 17th in 51:18. Steve Davey followed coming 20th in 51:55 having fallen off a stile. Mark Newson was next back coming 23rd in 52:36. Richard Harris saw Steve fall off the stile and thinking that was the thing to do he also took a tumble on the same one. Richard came 24th in 53:07. First HRC lady and 4th lady overall was Jo Davey who came 37th in 56:53. Pippa Westall had a fantastic run to come 41st overall in 57:51 and she was chuffed and delighted to win her category for the first time in her running career. Judy Davey still had the previous week’s marathon in her legs and came in just behind Pippa 17 seconds later. It was the first time Emilie Tones had run this race and she found it tough but did well to finish 52nd in 1:01:44. Darren Roberts has been getting faster on road and did well on this MT course to come 57th in 1:03:17. Andy Ashford followed 3 places and 17 seconds later just 10 seconds and one place ahead of Sharon Wells. There were 91 finishers. Thanks to everyone who made the run possible but especially the main organisers, Rick and Eleanor Wood.
May 2017 Handicap - Well done Andy!
Exeter Marathon and Clyst Hydon Huff
Kev Hawker, Adam Hennessay, Tim Wigram and Steve Boyes of Honiton Running Club took on the Exeter Marathon last Sunday. Starting at Exeter City Football Club, it went through the town centre then onto the Quay for 3 loops around the windy riverside to finish at Haven Banks. Kev Hawker was first back for HRC in 3hrs and 30 seconds. After leading at 6 miles he was sent the wrong way and dropped back to 3rd. Not that it affected the result as his legs went into a shuffle after 20 miles to finish 5th. Steve Boyes had a great run coming home in 3hrs 56. Adam Hennessey was in good shape and hoping for a quick time. Unfortunately injury struck with a swollen foot. Adam took his shoe off to walk the last 4 miles. A great effort. Tim Wigram was using the event as a training run for his upcoming Ultra, running a marathon a month. He finished in 4:20. All finishers got a well deserved Beer.
Meanwhile several other HRC runners were out at Clyst Hydon taking part in the Huff. The race had reached its limit within minutes of opening registration on the day and late entrants had to wait patiently to see if they could take the place of a no show. Luckily for Richard Harris, after a nervous wait, this was the case and he had a great run to come 29th in 51 minutes 8 seconds. Steve Davey was next back coming 32nd 23 seconds later. Jo Davey was the first lady home for HRC and 5th lady overall. She came 38th in 52:14 finally beating her mum in a race – it will be the first of many! She had a great battle with Eleanor Wood of Axe Valley Runners crossing the line together and being given the same finishing time. Mark Dallyn came 41st in 53:25 and he was followed by Howard Bidmead who finished 43rd in exactly 54 minutes. Having just moved into a new age category he was very excited to find out he’d won it! Judy Davey was next back also winning her age category. She was 45th in 54:49. Roger Saunders followed not too far behind coming 48th in 55:23 with Pippa Westall hot on his heels coming 50th in 56:09. Clare Melbourne, Jay Sweetman and Mark Newson ran together and finished 81st in 1:04:15 an amazing 7 minutes quicker than last year. Jennie Sleeman finished 87th in 1:05:15 and Kathy Layzell completed the line-up to come 100th in 1:08:51. There were 134 finishers and the winner was Anthony Hatchard who finished in 39:56. There was also a 2k fun run for the youngsters and Callum Hall came 84th, his brother Nathan 87th and Oscar Devine 91st who ran with his mum Asilah. Many thanks to Clyst Hydon Primary School for putting on such a well organised event and especially Jane Murray the main organiser.
Final results here. Well done to everyone who completed the Ottery 10k What a great turnout! Please see the link for provisional results. Please let us know if there are any anomalies and we will try to correct.
The Ottery 10k race organised by Honiton Running Club took place last Sunday on a gorgeous sunny day. Ottery Carnival Committee provided many of the marshals and although many HRC members were involved with organisation, the Club still managed to sport a good representation of runners. Numbers entered overall beat the course record in dramatic style with 301 crossing the finish line. This all road course is around the streets of Ottery St Mary and is billed as fairly flat although in the heat of the day most runners disagreed with this. The race was won by Tom Merson of Exmouth Harriers in the fantastic time of 32 minutes and 2 seconds – over 2 minutes ahead of the 2nd placed runner. The first lady was Suzy Rushforth of South West Road Runners in 41:08. First back for Honiton was young Will Daly who came 12th in 38:22. Another young HRC runner was next back in the form of George Tomkins who came 35th in 41:38. He was just ahead of Sherrie Hair who was 1st lady back for HRC and 2nd lady overall. She finished in 41:49. Other HRC runners were: 47th Mark Newson 43:12, 52nd Rod Inglis 44:06, 56th Sam Pollard 44:33, 62nd Steve Davey 45:15, 66th Richard Harris 45:42, 78th Mark Dallyn 46:34, 79th Jo Davey 46:45,80th Steve Selley 46:57, 93rd Pippa Westall 48:36, 107th Darren Roberts 49:55, 114th Kate Smith 50:47, 119th Andy Ashford 51:05, 146th Jay Sweetman 52:37, 147th Rachel Hennessey 52:38, 176th Lex Turnham 55:12, 177th Asilah Jarrald 55:14, 178th Clare Melbourne 55:20, 181st Linda Pike 56:03, 189th Charlotte McKechnie 57:07, 190th Teresa Pollard 57:10, 193rd Geri Terry 57:36, 207th Owen Bukin 58:52, 209th Phil Hall 58:58, 216th Alan Rowe 59:58, 219th Claire Staniforth 1:00:13, 223rd Carol Turnham 1:00:35, 224th Liz Corney 1:00:39, 232nd Becky Galiford 1:01:42, 238th Lucy Daly 1:01:48, 264th Karen Shaw 1:05:40, 276th Claire Arscott 1:07:16, 283rd Paula Ferris 1:10:08 (running with Paul Bryant), 286th Vanessa Glyn Jones 1:12:09, 289th Elizabeth Kranen 1:14:05.
There was also a 1 mile fun run open to youngsters. The first 3 boys and girls won chocolate, a trophy, a medal and a tee-shirt for their efforts. Huge thanks to all the sponsors, the Cricket Club, the Carnival Club and anyone else who made the day such a success.
Beer Blazer & Crediton Crunch
Last Sunday, in ideal weather conditions, several Honiton Running Club members took on the Beer Blazer. This takes in one of the nastier sections of the infamous Grizzly with competitors running the length of Branscombe Beach before climbing the Stairway to Heaven. The race’s base is at Pecorama and is a 10k all off road run. The winner was Richard Bateson who finished in 42 minutes 52 seconds. First back for HRC was young Will Daly running the course for the first time. He came 6th overall in 46:41. Next was Rod Inglis who had a great run to come 18th in 52:58 and he was followed by Steve Davey who came 25th in 55:14. Howard Bidmead is getting over an injury so did well to come 50th in 1:00:43 ahead of HRC’s first and only lady, Paula Ferris, who finished 58th in 1:02:48. Andy Ashford has really picked the pace up with his racing and he came 73rd in 1:06:39. Joe Daly completed the line-up to come 100th in 1:15:09 and there were 138 finishers.
Sisters Phoebe and Alice Clark took part in the Fun Run with fantastic results. Phoebe was 1st girl and 2nd overall and Alice was 3rd girl and 8th overall.
Meanwhile Roger Saunders chose to run the Crediton Crunch to keep his standings up in the Instep Devon championship. The route was very similar to the Blazer in that it started at the top of a hill and then descended to the river at the bottom to be followed by several steep climbs on the way back, but no beach, and it was a bit less than 10K due to last minute route changes. Roger was the only Honiton runner there and finished 62nd in a time of 46:59. The winner was Robert Ellis from Exmouth Harriers in a time of 33:38.
Bolt Head to Head, Offa's Orror and London Marathon
On Saturday, 22nd April, whilst some of the club were preparing for the London Marathon, a few Honiton Running Club runners were taking on a "slightly" less well known run in Salcombe, South Devon. Suzanne and Simon Spiller, Paula Ferris, Sherrie Hair and Sharon Wells tackled the Bolt Head to Head coast run; a 22 Km coast line run taking in such landmarks as Hope’s Cove, Bolberry Down and Overbecks house. The scenery was fantastic and the run was made all the better by the great weather.
Not content with that, Paula Ferris ventured further afield the following day to race Chepstow Harriers’ infamous Trail Run "Offa's Orror" which is not for the faint hearted, taking in sections of the famous Offa's Dyke path, and tracks and trails around it. The route is a little under 20km/12miles with a height gain of approximately 670m (2200 feet). Encountering hills, forest tracks, single track footpaths, steep descents, riverbank paths, less than 1km of tarmac ... and of course, the beauty of the Wye Valley (if you've got time to look at it!). Paula completed the race in 2 hours 05 mins, 129th out of 209 runners.
HRC only had 2 representatives running the London Marathon this year and first back was seasoned LM runner, Judy Davey. She finished in 3 hours 36 minutes and a very respectable 7434th place out of the 40,000 finishers. She was happy with her time having completed it both quicker and slower previously. Clare Melbourne was running London for the first time and really enjoyed it! She found the crowds were amazing and it was totally different to other marathons. Clare said it felt surreal that she was actually running this iconic event - it didn't really sink in until she watched the highlights on TV when she got home! She managed to run the whole way as she knew if she stopped to walk that would have been it, and the boost of seeing friends and relatives supporting along the way spurred her on to get to the finish! Clare raised an incredible amount of over £1100 for the club’s charity of the year Macmillan Cancer Support. Clare finished 20,944th in 4:27. She is so grateful for everyone's support for the fundraising and the running and super-chuffed with the amazing medal!
April Handicap - Well done Wendy!
Kilmington Kanter & Fast Friday 10k
Kilmington Kanter saw record numbers take part on Good Friday and this was made up of a good turnout of Honiton runners. This multi-terrain course is just short of 7 miles and takes in a variety of tracks, woodland and 2 challenging hills. The race was won by 17 year old Ollie Caute in 44 minutes 8 seconds and the lady winner was Flo Swan who is also a 17 year old Axe Valley Runner. She came 20th in 50:53. Adam Hennessey was first back for HRC coming 12th in 48:56 and he was followed by Nick Silkstone coming 15th in 49:27. New HRC runner Mark Newson showed what he was made of to come 29th in 53:29. Richard Harvey followed coming 32nd in 54:26. Steve Davey and Alasdair Moffatt had a good battle throughout with Steve managing to come just one second ahead of Alasdair in 34th place and 54:55. The next 5 runners were very close throughout the race swapping positions many times with Paula Ferris leading them and the other HRC ladies home to come 49th in 57:13. Mark Dallyn has been out of the racing scene for a while but did well to come 52nd in 58:01. Judy and Jo Davey followed directly behind with Judy 8 seconds later and Jo just 1 second after her. Judy took home a very nice hamper for winning her age category. Richard Terry has shown huge improvement recently and knocked over 10 minutes off his time from last year. He came 57th in 58:54. Tim Wigram came 69th in1:00:53, Nicola Greenland 74th in 1:02:34, Howard Bidmead 75th in 1:02:50, Joe Daly 120th in 1:14:04 and Claire Rouse 122nd in 1:14:32. There were 136 finishers.
Honiton had great success in the Fun Run with Phoebe Clark coming 1st female and 2nd overall in 21:04. Her sister Alice also won her category coming 8th overall in 23:15 and 3rd overall female. There were 42 finishers.
Three HRC runners opted for the flat river Exe tow path rather than the hills of Kilmington on Good Friday in a bid to boost their 10K times. The Fast Friday 10K is part of the Instep Devon race series and was sold out quickly. The 2 lap course along the River Exe was flat except for the bridges. Roger Saunders entered at the last minute as a member was suffering an ailment and gifted her place to him. He came in 64th and first in the V60 category in 46:53 so this keeps him in the running for the overall lead in this category for the Instep Devon race series. Katy Campbell was not far behind in 72nd place in 48:22 and Rachel Hennessey was 92nd in 50:56. Ben Stone running for Tiverton came in with a very swift time of 40:32. The race was won by Phil Wylie of Cheltenham Harriers in 31:30.
Mon-Wed nights meet at 6:30 at Honiton Community College to share cars unless driving direct to venue.
What's On & News Page