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Charity Bingo in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support - See poster
Clare Melbourne is running the London Marathon on 23 April for Honiton Running Club and in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. She has organised a Charity Bingo Evening on Friday, 31st March at Talaton Parish Hall - Open 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Come along and support this amazing charity and have an evening of fun bingo with family and friends!
Handicap - February
The Humdinger Half
This relatively new event is a hilly half marathon around the lanes north of Taunton, Somerset. The Honiton ladies came in third as a team (Anne Carter's time didn't count as she hadn't been a member when she entered the race). Anne Carter was first in 136th place 1:59:10. Jennie Sleeman came next a few seconds later in 1:59:06. Asilah Jarrald was 157th in 2:03:08 with Rachel Hennessy. at 163rd in 2:03:48 and Kathy Layzell in 2:24:09. Well done to all for getting out on a cold morning.
South West Veterans Cross Country
Last Sunday three Honiton runners took part in the SWVAC Open Cross Country Championships at Sidbury. The course was 6k and consisted of three and a half laps around the playing fields and through some woodland. Although it was flat, the going was very slippery under foot. Competitors were grouped by their age categories starting at 34/44 and going up to 75+. Race numbers were worn on the front, as is usual but also a smaller age group number on the back, to facilitate the spotting of direct competition ahead! It was a fairly miserable day weatherwise but there was a kindly break in the rain which lasted until the first dozen or so finishers had crossed the line, then the heavens opened. The overall winner was Stephen Goss in a time of 23:20 in the M45/54 category. There were 49 finishers in all, the last coming in at a time of 53:54, so plenty of scope for anyone interested next year. The Honiton contingent put in a good show with Ben Stone coming in third overall and first in his age category (prize) in a time of 24:17. Next was Rod Inglis in a time of 27:37 at ninth overall and fifth in his age category then Ceri Oak finishing eighteenth overall, fourth female and second (prize) in her age category.
Dorset schools Cross Country race, Bournemouth
On 19th January 2017, Honiton Running Club Junior’s Alice Clark ran in the Minor Girls (year 6 and 7) and came 7th. The top ten qualify for the Dorset team for the SW Schools Cross Country Championships but Alice was not able to run as only year 7s are eligible.
Phoebe Clark ran as a Junior Girl (year 8 and 9) and came 6th. She qualified for the Dorset team for the SW Schools Cross Country Championships.
SW schools Cross Country race, Truro
On 4th February Phoebe ran in the Junior Girl category and came 9th overall and 3rd Dorset girl. The weather was awful with driving sleet and a course with lots of mud and some hills - just how Phoebe likes it! She has now been selected for the Dorset team for English Schools Cross Country at Norwich in March.
Phoebe is also in the Devon team for the inter county cross country championships in Loughborough on 11 March 17
Greenbow Half Marathon
Asilah Jarrald, Sharon Wells and Claire Rouse did the Greenbow circle half'ish marathon on Sunday. It is a new event for 2017 where teams self navigate themselves aound the Exeter Green Circle, following only the signposts around the city and a rough route map. They came 6th out of 19 teams despite not having Tony Peek who was originally planning to be part of the team so well done ladies!
Exeter Track Series
On Monday, 23rd January, Phoebe and Alice Clark from Honiton Running Club Juniors took part in the recent Exeter Harriers track series. Phoebe ran the longer 3K distance even though this race was an older category than the U15 that Phoebe should have been in. Despite this she won her heat by some margin and ran it in 11 minutes 9 seconds.She would have finished half way through the faster heat so something to aim for next time. Alice ran the 1500m as she was in the U13 category, even though she is only 10 years old. She was determined to come last but she won the race and ran it in 5.50. For both girls this was their first experience of a track and they both enjoyed the experience (and the burgers after!). They looked very smart in all black base layers and their Honiton RC vests. Well done to them both.
Last Saturday, 180 runners set off on a very cold, crisp day to take part in Honiton Running Club’s Blackdown Beast. There would have been plenty of mud and other farming substances but this year the ground was frozen posing different ankle turning problems. The 16.3 miles was always going to be tough with plenty of hills to sap the legs. The Beast is always a sell out but this year saw a record number of runners take part with plenty from HRC itself.
The event is a social run with several stops on route taking in the scenery of the beautiful Blackdown Hills. The event began and ended at the Highfield Sport and Social Club, Dunkeswell. The first stop, after 7 ½ miles, was Smeatharpe Village Hall where participants were treated to delicious hot sweet mulled cider and equally delicious warming pasties. Thanks to the ladies of the WI for making and serving this very welcome sustenance. The next stop was the Sidmouth Arms, Upottery where some runners took the opportunity of taking a mini bus back to Dunkeswell having completed 10 miles. For others, it was on to the Luppitt Inn; one of the smallest pubs in the country! Organisers made sure the family knew runners were coming as opening times are flexible! The shortish last leg then takes runners across private land back to Dunkeswell.
As always all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day with many looking forward to the summer version; the Blackdown Beauty. The date has been set for 15th July and places are likely to go fast for this event too so look out for further information on www.honitonrc.com and to register your interest very soon. Thanks to everyone who made the event possible including the landowners. Money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
January 2017 Handicap
South West Club Cross Country Championships
George Tomkins at the South West Club and Counties Cross Country Championships at Haldane Hill. He ran in the 15 Under boys category, coming about 20th in a group of 70 runners. The winner was the reigning national champion so it was a very fast race with a very high standard of running!
Honiton’s Kevin Hawker won the Axe Valley Runners’ Axmouth Challenge 10 miler in a time of 1 hour and 14 seconds. Adam Hennessey had a great race to come 8th in 1:06:13. David Hawker also ran well to come 12th in 1:10:09 and Rod Inglis managed a category prize coming 19th in 1:15:41. Steve Davey was pleased to come 24th in 1:17:55 after suffering from a virus over Christmas. Hadleigh Davies was next back coming 28th in 1:20:54 with Judy Davey not too far behind coming 31st in 1:21:22. She was the only Honiton lady so had the dubious accolade of coming 1st and last lady for the club as well as last back overall for Honiton! There were 58 finishers. Howard Bidmead has suffered from injury recently and is only running short distances. He decided to give the 5 mile version a go despite the hills. He came 4th overall in 48:56 and was 1st in his category. The winner was Simon Davis in 35:45 and there were 17 finishers. The distance actually measured more like 5 ½ miles and with the ’10 mile’ version only measuring 9.1, Howard may as well have run the extra 3 ½ miles! There was also a 3 mile run and a 1 mile run mainly for the children. Several Honiton youngsters took part in the 1 miler with Max Spiller first for Honiton coming 8th in 12:18. His sister, Ella, came 12th in 13:47 and brothers Ben, Charlie and 3 year old Harry Entwistle completed the HRC line up to come 13th in 15:22, 15th in 15:43 and 22nd in 19:23 respectively.
FIRST CHANCE 10K Although most Club Members Headed for Axmouth for the hills on Sunday 8th Jan some Club members opted for a pancake flat 10K from the Quay along the river in Exeter known as the First Chance which is a 2 loop circuit mostly on tarmac and gives fast times. The winner was Phil Wylie from Cheltenham in 31:02. Roger Saunders led the HRC runners home coming first in his category in a time of 43:37 his fastest for 10 years. Katy Campbell who is getting in the miles for her forthcoming Marathon was next in 47:21. Jay Sweetman followed in 49:56. Anne Carter was close behind in 50:28. Asilah Jarrald and Clare Melbourne were close with Asilah just getting in front at 51:27 and Clare in 51:36 and both smashed their PBs Well Done! Phil Hall finished in 57:44 which he was pleased with as he had not run for some time.
New Year Run 2017 from Talaton - thank you Howard and Helen!
Handicap Results - 2016
Otterton Reindeer Run
The Otterton Reindeer Run helped quite a few Honiton Running Club members to enter into the festive spirit on Saturday, 3rd December. This 10k route has plenty of hills to begin with but as the last few miles are beside the River Otter it ends fairly flat. Often this race is very muddy but not so this year. Despite the floods a few weeks ago the going was fairly dry. HRC member James Denne won the race in a time of 35 minutes 2 seconds although he was running for his second club Haldon Trail Runners. His partner Gemma Collier was next back coming 14th in 43:46 ensuring they won the prize for the first couple to cross the line. Steve Davey had a good run to come 27th in 45:21. He was followed by Richard Harris who was 35th in 46:37. Richard nearly didn’t run at all as he had left his trainers behind and had to borrow some. Roger Saunders was the good Samaritan who lent Richard his shoes and he finished not too far behind in 46th place in 49 minutes exactly. Judy Davey was next finishing 52nd in 50:09 followed very closely just 2 places and 30 seconds later by Pippa Westall. Howard Bidmead has been plagued with injury recently and took it quite easy but he was delighted to finish with no pain in 73rd place in 53:20. Rachel Hennessey put in another gutsy run to finish 104th in exactly 57 minutes. Kathy Layzell loves this run and always turns up for it. This year she finished 130th in 1:00:32. Juliet Hall and Clare Melbourne were Santa’s little helpers sporting matching costumes. They ran the race together finishing 144th in 1:04:55 having had a fantastic time. Teresa Pollard came 176th in 1:12:41 and dressed for Christmas were Nicola Greenland and Sarah Walker. Nicola came 179th in 1:12:43 and Sarah 181st in 1:14:21. There were 208 finishers. Runners collected a Reindeer Run mug at the finish before having it filled with a very welcome mulled wine with a mince pie on the side.
Bicton Blister and Lite
Honiton Running Club had a good turnout for the Bicton Blister and Bicton Lite races organised by Exmouth Harriers last Sunday. The races begin and end at Bicton College.The Blister is a 10 mile multi-terrain run taking in some roads, lots of woodland, plenty of Woodbury Common and a few hills thrown in for good measure. The course was surprisingly dry after the floods less than a week earlier so some impressive times were posted. Jake Smith won the race well ahead of anyone else finishing in 58 minutes 37 seconds. Rod Inglis was the first back for Honiton storming home to finish 89th in 1:17:53. Richard Harris also had a great run finishing 118th in 1:21:39 followed not too far behind coming 127th in 1:22:42 was Steve Davey. Judy Davey led the ladies back winning a prize for 3rd in her category in the process. She was 167th in 1:26:50. Pippa Westall followed coming 193rd in 1:29:33. Lynn Pike was tackling this course for the first time and enjoyed the run coming 269th in 1:36:47. It was also Katherine Tomkins’ first time and she found it much easier than her last race at Castle Drogo. She came 325th in 1:42:06. Karen Lister, Vanessa Knowles and Anna Dalzell ran the race with Tina Wheeler who has never raced before. They finished together in 2:16:58. There were 448 finishers.
The Lite is the Blister’s little brother covering 4 1/2 miles of the Blister route. The race was won by David Hampton in 28:35 but HRC’s 14 year old George Tomkins was not far behind coming 5th in 31:41 and winning a prize for his efforts. Howard Bidmead has been battling injury and is only running short distances at the moment so chose the Lite on Sunday. He was pleased to finish 22nd in 42:53. Dawn Peek completed HRC’s line-up to come 73rd in 51:41. There were 106 finishers.
November Handicap - Well done Hadleigh!
Honiton Running Club had an excellent turnout on Sunday, 6th November for the Castle Drogo 10 mile off road run. The race boasts stunning views of the Teign Valley and plenty of hills including the infamous Hunter’s Path hill at the 8 mile point. Alasdair Moffet was first back for Honiton having had a great run to come 34th in 1 hour 15 minutes. Rod Inglis followed coming 61st in 1:22 with Richard Harris hot on his heels coming 67th 39 seconds later. Mark Dallyn fell and dislocated his finger but picked himself up and posted a good position of 70th in 1:23 before spending the rest of the afternoon in A & E. Steve Davey could see Mark ahead and he was just 2 places and 6 seconds behind him. New member Gavin Rice showed HRC member s how it is done coming 91st in 1:25 ahead of Roger Saunders who came 100th in 1:27. Judy Davey led the ladies home having had a battle throughout with her daughter Jo. Judy came 128th in 1:30:47 with Jo 2 places and 10 seconds later. Pippa Westall had kept Judy company for the first 5 miles and finished 143rd in 1:33. Nicola Greenland came 168th in 1:37. Asilah Jarraid had a brilliant run continuing her improving form to come 177th in 1:39. Linda Pike thoroughly enjoyed the run to come 182nd in 1:40. There was a bit of a Honiton gap and then Rachel Hennessey finished 257th in 1:54. Clare Melbourne and Juliet Hall ran together and were very pleased to finish just under 2 hours in 261st place. Tony Peek had a very unfortunate run twisting his ankle and having to stop for it to be strapped up. This set him back long enough but then on the final leg he managed to take a wrong turn meaning he did an extra ½ mile. After limping the last 5 miles back he finished 279th in 2:09. There were 297 finishers.
Grand Pier Half Marathon
On Sunday, 6th November, Honiton Running Club’s David Perkins ran a cold and windy Grand Pier Half Marathon in Weston Supermare. Despite David’s best efforts he ended up almost to the second with the same time as the Great West with 1:48:30. He found this a little disappointing but still managed to enjoy the run. His quest to break 1:45 goes on in to 2017!
Last Sunday 5 HRC members took on the very challenging Exmoor Stagger. The route had changed slightly this year with most of the route going the opposite way to previous years. It was still over 16 miles of multi-terrain though. Runners are taken up to the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, and back down again. There should be glorious views but not so this weekend; as is often the case on Exmoor, it was very misty. Weather apps predicted that it was going to be 4 degrees at the top at the time runners reached that point but it would feel like -2 with the wind chill factored in. Steve Davey had a fantastic run coming 64th in 2 hours 37. He had been running with Richard Harris up to The Beacon and Richard finished 94th in 2:46:27 with Mark Dallyn hot on his heels 21 seconds later. There were plenty of opportunities to fall over on the very stony terrain and Mark took full advantage! Judy Davey was not too far behind in 2:48 coming 101st. Pippa Westall was delighted to come in under the 3 hour mark in 2:58. The winner was James Baker of Chichester Runners in the amazing time of 1:54.
Great West Run
A stormy night was not an encouraging preparation to start Exeter's Half Marathon, the Ashfords Great West Run but the rain cleared just before the start for a glorious sunny morning. There was a great turnout from the club with many undertaking their first half marathon with some training sessions organised by Tony Peek. Phil Wylie was the winner in a time of 1:10:10. Twenty six runners from Honiton RC were in the start pens at 9 o'clock on a Sunday morning! David Hawker (1:33:50) was first home beating his PB followed by Adam Tomkins who ran his first half marathon in 1:34:21. Steve Selley, who is running every day in October was next in 1:35:41 and new member Gavin Rice in 1:37:25. Roger Saunders followed in 1:38:16 (2nd in his age category) which was his best time for 4 years. Richard Harris struggled after a bad cold to finish in 1:43:09.Sarah Wheeler was the first lady back in 1:44:13 closely followed by Emilie Tones in 1:44:20. Sam Pollard in 1:46:51, David Perkins in 1:49:25, and Paula Ferris in 1:49:31 who just got cramp in the last mile. Jenny Sleeman equaled her PB in 1:50:01 and just managed to overtake Pippa Westall in 1:51:13. Lin Pike was overjoyed to run a PB in 1:56:49 and Andrew Ashford close behind in 1:57:38. Sharon Wells led a group of Honiton runners home in 1:58:28 with Tony Peek and Claire Rouse both in 1:58:58. Several first timers for a Half Marathon followed with Kat Tomkins in 2:01:55, Karen Lister and Anna Dalzell both in 2:04:26, Teresa Pollard in 2:05:46. Vanessa Knowles was next in at 2:08:40, Cathy Layzell in 2:10:09, Rachel Horwood in 2:14:00 and Carol Turnham in 2:14:35. Finally thanks to all the support from the club members who came along to cheer on the runners and take photos. Lots of great photos on Joanne Davey's and Howard's Facebook pages.
A glorious sunny autumn morning greeted the 15 Honiton runners who made the trip to Studland Bay in Dorset for the Studland Stampede. 7 miles of running across Studland Heath with fabulous views of Poole Harbour and Sandbanks. Having negotiated the Heath the runners then had to run the final two miles through Sand dunes and finally the long run back along the beach to the finish.
Paula Ferris was first of the Honiton runners back. She had a storming run and finished in 1.04.48 coming in overall 118th. She was followed exactly one minute later by Howard Bidmead in 1.05.48 and 126th overall. Honiton running club had a great turn out for the event and others finishing were Nic Greenland in 1.09.39 179th Lin Pike 1.09.52 185th Jennie Sleeman 1.10.15 188th Nick Thorpe 1.11.57 210th. Asilah Jarrold Tony Peek and Claire Rouse ran together most of the way and all finished together with the same time of 1.15.41 coming in 257 258 and 259. Dennis Costello was next in 1.19.50 296th Teresa Pollard 1.21.23 316th Kathy Layzell just behind in 1.21.25 317th Sandra Thorpe 1.23.32 342nd Carol Turnham 1.25.25 356th and finally Vanessa Glynn Jones 1.44.02 in 421st place.
There were 425 finishers and the race was won by Phil Mosley in 46.44m
A great day enjoyed by all and big thanks to Nick Thorpe for driving the mini bus.
Jersey Marathon & Relays, Bournemouth Marathon, South West Coast Path and Minster Challenge
Three years ago, Honiton Running Club had a fantastic club trip to Jersey to take part in the Jersey Marathon and relays. Everyone had such a fantastic time in this beautiful part of the world that the trip was repeated this year. On 2nd October 13 members took on a leg or two of the relay marathon whilst 8 members tackled the whole 26.2 miles. In beautiful sunshine and unusually warm for the time of year the runners set off. Kevin Hawker made a magnificent job of it coming in 12th overall in the amazing time of 2 hours 49 minutes. His efforts were justly rewarded with a trophy and prize for the 1st master over the line. Steve Davey had the race of his life finishing in a massive personal best time of 3:33 in 74th position. However, he wasn’t too far ahead of his wife, Judy who finished 2 minutes and 3 places later. Judy managed a prize for 2nd lady master and was pleased that she was just a few minutes slower than 3 years before. Stephen Boyes finished in 3:43 in 96th place looking a little pale as he crossed the line. Hadleigh Davies had a good run until the half marathon point managing to keep ahead of the 3:30 pace maker. Once she had overtaken him, he slowly watched her go off into the distance. Hadleigh slowed right down and found the 3 mile sea front unbearable with plenty of walking going on. Hadleigh finished in 215th place in 4:18. Wendy Williams bettered her time of 3 years ago by about 10 minutes to come in with Bernice Bastin in 292nd place. It was Bernice’s first ever marathon and her only aspiration was that she would finish. Of course, she was going to do this as she has put in the required training and she and Wendy managed to sneak back in well under 5 hours (4:56). They didn’t have too long to wait for Rachel Mandrupson who was also tackling Jersey for the first time and was chuffed to complete it in 5:08 in 312th place. The winner was Aleksey Toshkin who came all the way from Russia. He finished in the unbelievable time of 2 hours 18 minutes having won the event several times before. There were 354 finishers.
The relay race was divided into 5 legs and followed the exact route of the marathon with runners setting off half an hour later. The legs varied in lengths between 3 and over 7 miles. The first of the HRC relay teams back was the Magnificent 5 whose captain was the Jersey trips organiser, Wendy Le Masurier. They finished 107th in 3:47 and consisted of Roger Saunders who completed both leg 1 and 2. Mike Rose was next followed by Nick Thorpe and then Wendy herself. Honiton Hopers were next back coming 161st just getting in under 4 hours (3:59). Their Captain, Howard Bidmead, did the final leg with Liam Dushynsky leading off followed by John Burgess. Denis Costello ran the 3rd leg and Sandra Thorpe did the 4th. The final team was captained by Clare Melbourne who ran both 2nd and 3rd legs. The first runner off in her team was Phil Hall and Jay Sweetman went next. Juliet Hall was the one who crossed the finish line in 213th place in 4:12. There were 277 relay teams with the winning team storming past the marathon runners to finish in 2:28. Thanks to Wendy for arranging another thoroughly enjoyable and successful trip.
Alasdair Moffett, Tom Bornet and Mark Dallyn were slightly closer to home but also on a coast as they ran Bournemouth Marathon. Alasdair came 121st in the great time of 3 hours 20 minutes. Tom Bornet was next HRC member back coming 590th in 3:56. Mark Dallyn had been feeling a little unwell in the lead up to the run but he still managed to finish under 4 hours in 3:58 to come 625th. Great results as there were over 2000 runners.
Five Honiton Runners (Sherri Hare, Paula Ferris, Suzanne and Simon Spiller and Sharon Wells) decided to ignore HRC's “Marathon madness" weekend and take on the South West Coast Path race. The race as the name suggests was along the south west coast path from East Portsmouth to Dartmouth listed as approximately 17.5 miles and 1343m of accent. The distance measuring was a little fluid as when the runners crossed the finish line their watches all said 19 miles. But despite the distance and the climbs the run was fantastic made all the better by the glorious weather and the most stunning back drop. All involved finished between 4:10 and 4:30, certainly a race to recommend due to is unsurpassed views.
If that wasn’t enough there was another option for HRC runners. The Minster Challenge was the most local run with the base in Axminster. This is a challenging mainly off road run of approximately 7 miles. Ben Stone is getting back to form and did fantastically in his come back run to come 7th in 54 minutes 35 seconds. Gemma Collier was first lady back overall in 10th place in 55:43. David Hawker also had a great run coming just after Gemma in 56:13. Adam Hennessey followed just 6 seconds later. This was also Sascha Kranen’s first race for a while and he came 35th in 1:09:04. Tim Wigram came next in 39th place in 1:10:29.Rachel Hennessey enjoyed the run but found it hillier than she thought but she did well to come 53rd in 1:17:33.There were 82 finishers and the race was won by Axe Valley Runner Jake Smith in 45:29.
Honiton RC at the Jersey Marathon
Many thanks to Wendy LeMasurier for organising such a successful weekend of running and it was appropriate that her team was the winning Honiton relay team around the course in 3:47:35.
Stockland Scamper & Barnstaple Half Marathon
Honiton Running Club members didn’t have to travel too far last Sunday to take part in the Stockland Scamper 10k race. This is a multi-terrain run with fields, tracks, road and several hills and is organised by Stockland Primary Academy PTFA. The overall race winner was Sam Hopton of South West Road Runners in the amazing time of exactly 40 minutes. Honiton’s first runner home was also the youngest. George Tomkins is only 13 but managed a fantastic 6th place in 44:05. The next HRC runner home was at the other end of Honiton’s age spectrum in the form of Rod Inglis. He came 13th in 49:09. He was followed by Phil Bartlett who was 1 place and just 7 seconds later. Mark Dallyn has been training hard for Bournemouth Marathon next week and came 20th in 50:15 just ahead of Dan Strawbridge who came in 40 seconds later. Adam Tomkins came 24th in 51:30 and Steve Davey came 26th in 52:08. He was followed by his wife, Judy, who collected two bottles of wine for coming 3rd lady overall and winning her age category. She was 29th in 54:29. The Davey trio was completed by daughter Jo who directly followed her mum in a time less than a minute slower in 55:26. Stockland’s Headteacher and HRC member, David Perkins, was next sporting a fetching pink tutu and matching socks. He was 36th in 57:42 crossing the line to the delight and support of several of his pupils. Tim Wigram has not been too well over the past couple of weeks but he finished 40th in 59:08 followed by George and Adam’s mum, Katherine Tomkins, who came 46th in 1:02:26. There were 58 finishers. Thanks to Stockland PTFA for putting on such a fantastic event especially the main organiser Emma Parris.
Meanwhile, a little further afield, Jennie Sleeman, Asilah Jarrald, Debbie Vinnicombe, Vanessa Knowles and Kathy Layzell were taking part in the Barnstaple Half Marathon. Jennie finished in 1 hour 53, Asilah in 1:58:30 for her first half marathon, Vanessa back to running now finished in 2:07:51, Kathy was very pleased to finish in 2:10 getting back to last year’s form and finally Debbie completed the course in 2:20:30.
Tony Whiteley's photos now on the Photo page
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