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Handicap Positions after November run
Castle Drogo 10
Honiton Running Club had a great turnout for the South West Road Runners’ Drogo 10 mile race last Sunday. This is a very challenging off road race with the start and finish at Castle Drogo. There are two major hills; the first coming out of Fingle Bridge and the second at the 8 mile mark up the infamous Hunters’ Path. There are breathtaking views once at the top of the hills which almost make the pain worthwhile. The race was won by Johnny Gilby in the incredible time of 57 minutes 37 seconds. Not too far behind was Honiton’s Ian Stewart who finished 19th in 1:09:45. It was Ben Stone’s first attempt at the race and he was happy to come 23rd in 1:10:14. Steve Selley had a great race even though he fell over. He finished 89th in 1:21:03 beating Steve Davey by just 3 places and 7 seconds. Paul Williams was running his first race for Honiton RC and had a fantastic race finishing right behind Steve with just 1 second splitting them. Bruce Strawbridge was next back delighted with his race coming 100th in 1:22:04 less than a minute behind the previous three. Mark Dallyn’s sore ankle held up meaning he finished 125th in 1:23:03. Richard Harris finished next in 131st place in 1:25:39. Judy Davey was the first back for the Honiton ladies to come 162nd in 1:28:59. She was followed by Pippa Westall who came 236th in 1:36:10. The other Honiton lady, Louise Crisp, came next in 250th place in 1:37:45. Jim Hill is an experienced racer but this was his first for Honiton. He last ran Drogo in 2002 when the route was a little different and he was pleased to finish 342nd in 1:47:05. Steve Briggs has moved near Plymouth and doesn’t get out to club nights so it was great to see him. He finished 370th in 1:50:24. There were 496 finishers.
Marine Corps Marathon, Canada Army Run & Templar 10
Honiton Running Club’s President, Alan Rowe MBE ran the Marine Corps Marathon on 26th October as part of the Allied Forces Foundation’s SideXSide Team. The AFF are the Baton’s spiritual partners in the USA and custodians of the US Baton. It was a warm day (over 70 degrees) and as usual Alan ran with the Baton and a pack of leaflets, stopping to chat to the crowd along the way about the Baton’s cause and leaving copies of the Baton’s Message of Conscience with them, this was often very emotional. Alan also ran with US servicemen and women.
Alan also ran The Canada Army Run (half marathon) on 21st September in Ottawa. Again Alan ran with the same formula, Baton, stopping etc. The run was warm until the last quarter of the race when it poured, but the rain was so welcome - even warm itself! One sad reflection is that Alan stood on the Ottawa Memorial steps with the Navy detail 4 weeks to the day that the cowardly attack took place.
On both runs the support, hospitality and organisation was incredible, Alan has already been invited back for next year’s MCM which will be the 40th - so quite special.
On Sunday, 2nd November, Mark Dallyn ran the Teignbridge Trotter Templar 10 race as he was unable to do the local Yarcombe Yomp the previous day. The race is actually 9.3 miles and is multi-terrain but about a third is on road. It is based in Kingsteignton and offers runners some lovely views over the River Teign. This was a really well organised event and despite a late night the previous night, Mark was happy with the time of 1hr 12mins 42. The race was won by former Honiton RC member James Denne, now of Exeter Harriers in the time of 53:35. There were 165 finishers.
South Molton Struggle & Yarcombe Yomp
On Sunday, 24th October, 3 Honiton Running Club members travelled to South Molton to take part in the South Molton Struggle which is a multi-terrain 7.8 mile run based at the Rugby Club. The weather gave lovely conditions for this well organised race. Money raised went to North Devon Hospice and the winner was Paul Cooke in a time of 47 minutes 35 seconds. Mark Dallyn was first back for Honiton coming 55th in 1:00:21 feeling much happier about his race than he had the week before. Shane and Michala Hudd had run most of the race together and Shane finished in 1:07:28 in 89th place with Michala finishing in 1:08:34 and 96th place. There were 197 finishers.
Last Saturday Honiton runners took part in the Yarcombe Yomp being the last race in the East Devon Series for the year. Runners could choose to complete one lap of 5 miles or go on for the full race of 10 miles by running the route twice. The weather was perfect and it wasn’t as muddy as it often is. The race was won by Axe Valley Runner’s Matt Clist in a new course record of 1:05:49. First back for Honiton was Ian Stewart coming 4th in 1:10:51. This was Ben Stone’s first go at this race and he came 7th in 1:13:59. Rod Inglis flew round the course to come 18th in 1:21:43 well ahead of Steve Davey who came just one place later in 1:24:40. Judy Davey was the sole Honiton lady out and she came 24th overall in1:29:28 winning a bottle of cider for coming 3rd lady. Tim Wigram completed the line-up coming 30th in 1:32:50 winning a sprint to the line with an AVR runner. There were 66 finishers although there were a few more starters! With the 10 mile race being 2 laps of the 5 mile race, it is tempting for some to finish early. Roger Saunders took this option coming 7th in the 5 mile race in 45:36. The race was won by AVR Ollie Caute who finished in 35:08 having beaten Honiton’s Iain Ross at a sprint finish. There were 26 finishers. Numbers for both races were record breaking. Upon their return to the village hall, runners were treated to delicious homemade soup and cakes. Thanks to all the organisers and landowners but special thanks to Robin Carter for another great event.
Herepath Half and Katy Campbell Triathlon Competition
Three Honiton runners took part in the second running of the Herepath Half which follows the Staple Fitzpaine Herepath Trail in the Blackdown Hills and is approximately 13.7 miles long. The trail reaches the highest point in the Blackdowns with fabulous views. Herepaths were originally important trade and communication routes between settlements during the ninth century - they are often referred to as people’s paths. The race was won by Tom Mellor of Hydrographic Harriers in a time of 1:34:31. Ben Stone was first back for Honiton coming 7th in 1:43:13. Bruce Strawbridge was next back coming 25th in 1:51:58 having thoroughly enjoyed the route. Tim Wigram was the final Honiton runner finishing 56th in 2:09:19. There were 145 finishers.
Honiton runner to be mentored by world triathlon champ
Honiton RC member Katy Campbell recently won a competition run by 220 Triathlon magazine to be mentored by four time Ironman world champion and world record holder Chrissie Wellington. After saying for years that she would never dabble in triathlon due to her hatred of swimming, Katy finally took the plunge to raise money for Bristol-based St Peter's hospice after her good friend Laura was diagnosed with cancer. She was well and truly hooked after her first event, so when the competition was advertised, it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.
Katy now has Chrissie on speed dial, and regularly meets up with her and a qualified triathlon coach on a regular basis, often with a photographer and magazine editor in attendance! As well as expert advice and the odd freebie, it's providing Katy with added confidence and inspiration, and certainly helped her round her first Olympic distance event at Dorney Lake a couple of weeks ago. She's now planning a tribute to Laura, who sadly died on Boxing Day last year, by entering a trio of events based around the places she lived. This will involve the Edinburgh half marathon in May, the Bristol triathlon in June and then the Alpe d'Huez triathlon in July, which incorporates the famous Tour de France climb amongst others!
Katy will be continuing to raise money for St Peter's Hospice, so if you would like to help, please visit her justgiving site: http://justgiving.com/triathlonforlaura. You can also follow her story in blog form: http://mrskatycampbell.wordpress.com and on twitter: @mrskatycampbell.
Helen Saunders a beginner runner in January completed a 10K race in 48:38 having moved to Vancouver. The run was around Stanley Park complete with totem poles. The Canadian way of life is obviously suiting her.
Exmoor Stagger and Stumble
Honiton Running Club members filled a mini bus heading for Minehead last Sunday to take part in the Exmoor Stagger and Stumble. The Stagger is a 16 mile off road course using the steep and varied terrain surrounding Minehead. There were plenty of spectacular views as it was a bright clear day and the race has a total ascent of 3627 ft. The route runs from Minehead to the highest point on Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon and then back to Minehead following a mixture of paths, rough terrain and tracks and both the outward and return leg involved tough climbs. James Baker won the Stagger for the 5th year running with a time of 1 hour 56 minutes and 20 seconds. Ben Stone was first back for Honiton and one of four of the Honiton contingency to take a wrong turn adding about ¼ mile to the distance. Ben finished 29th in 2:27:04. Richard Harvey was 42nd finishing in 2:37:12 with Alasdair Moffett one place and 20 seconds behind with Alasdair taking in the added distance. Steve Davey was next back in 51st place in 2:40:16 closely followed by Bruce Strawbridge who finished 60th in 2:43:10. Judy Davey was the first Honiton lady back and also took the wrong turn. She was 68th in 2:46:44. Mark Dallyn finished next in 93rd place in 2:59:21 and Esme Moffett also went wrong and finished 107th in 3:03:18. There were 175 finishers.
Runners had the choice of tackling the much shorter Stumble race which is 6.8 miles long. Although not taking runners to Dunkery Beacon, it is still a testing course. Anthony Vangasse won the race in 46:57. Howard Bidmead was first back for Honiton winning his age category and coming 22nd in 1:00:18. Richard Harris had been overtaken by Howard just before the finish line and had to be content to finish 1 place and just 4 seconds later. Pippa Westall was first Honiton lady home in that race coming 39th in 1:05:55. Juliet Hall and Clare Melbourne ran together to complete the Honiton contingent coming 75th and 76th with Juliet 1:21:03 and Clare 9 seconds later. There were 90 finishers.
Several Honiton runners took a mini bus to beautiful Studland in Dorset to take part in the Studland Stampede 12k race last Sunday. This is a tough off-road race that takes runners over heath land and sandy beaches offering stunning views of Old Harry Rocks, Brownsea Island and the Isle of Wight. The race is fairly flat but the last 2 ½ miles is particularly tough with runners having to cope with soft sand in the dunes and then 2 miles of beach back to the finish. The race was won by Andrew Ridley in a time of 45 minutes 55 seconds and the first back for Honiton was Kevin Hawker who came 6th in 48:08. Tom Bornet is a regular at this race and he came 35th in 54:47. Rod Inglis had yet another great race to finish 41st in 55:22 and he was followed by Steve Davey who came 55th in 56:51. Howard Bidmead had organised the club outing and he was delighted with his race to come 82nd in 58:57. Stephen Boyes had overtaken Judy Davey on the sand dunes and he did well to come 91st in 1:00:17 with Judy coming 6 places and 37 seconds later. Nick and Sandra Thorpe couldn’t remember the last time they had raced so they were pleased with their finish positions of 296 and 368 respectively with times of 1:14:08 and 1:19:56. Gerry Evans enjoyed his race coming 407th in 1:25:29 and Wendy Williams took a tumble bruising her leg as well as her ego. She finished 424th in 1:29:39. There were 446 finishers. Upon their return, finishers were given a wonderful goody bag packed full of beauty products, flapjack and jam!
Honiton Running Club had a good number of runners at the Minster Challenge 7 ½ mile multi-terrain race based in Axminster. It was a beautiful morning, perfect for running and after heavy rain the day before it had the added bonus of a bit of mud! The race was won by Matt Clist of Axe Valley Runners in the brilliant time of 45 minutes 54 seconds. He was followed in 2nd place by Honiton’s Ben Stone who finished in 52:03 having battled to hold his position at times. Alasdair Moffett had a great run to finish in 55:12 in 7th place and he was followed just two places later by Tom Bornet who finished in 56:06. Rod Inglis continues his top form to finish 11th in 57:07 followed not as closely as usual by Steve Davey who came 16th in 59:36 having found the race particularly hard. Mark Dallyn had a steady race to come 18th in 1:00:56 whilst Judy Davey finished 22nd in1:02:19 coming 2nd lady overall. Howard Bidmead had beaten Judy the previous week over a shorter distance but he had to be content to have her overtake him and finish one place behind her in 1:02:57. Richard Harris turned his ankle which caused pain slowing him down to finish 29th in 1:05:57. The next three Honiton ladies were very close throughout the race with Esme Moffett finishing 30th in 1:06:04 followed by Pippa Westall and Louise Crisp who came 32nd and 33rd respectively with Pippa finishing one second ahead of Louise in 1:06:29. Kathy Layzell completed the Honiton line-up finishing as usual with a huge smile on her face in a time of 1:19:52 and 60th place. There were 79 finishers.
As well as the main race there was also a 5k. Honiton’s Iain Ross took part in this as he is concentrating on shorter distances for a few weeks. He won the race in 18:30. Honiton junior Katelyn Wells finished 14th overall and 2nd girl in a time of 24:44. She also won her age category. The Honiton trio was completed by Ashleigh Ford-Cosens who had a great race to finish 21st in 28:29. There were 63 finishers.
There was also a 3k fun run on offer and Honiton’s Jasmine Stone came 3rd overall which also made her 3rd girl. Her brother Harrison did really well to finish 12th. There were 51 runners.
StocklandScamper & Lochness Marathon & Bath Two Tunnels
Honiton Running Club turned out in force for the inaugural running of the Stockland Scamper 10k multi-terrain race last Sunday. The race was organised jointly by Axe Valley Runners and Stockland Primary Academy PTFA and the winner was 16 year old Jake Smith of AVR in the amazing time of 37 minutes 27 seconds. Kevin Hawker was first back for Honiton coming 3rd overall in 41:13 also winning his category. Ben Stone followed delighted with his run to come 6th in 42:52. Young Iain Ross had a cracking race to come 9th overall in 45:20. Richard Harvey had to stop twice to tie his shoelace but still managed 14th in 46:49 one place ahead of Rod Inglis who finished 22 seconds later to take the first male 50 prize. Steve Davey was next in 20th place in 48:41 followed by Howard Bidmead who raced back as fast as he could so he could jump on the PA system! He finished 22nd in 49:36. New member Phil Bartlett showed his good form to come 24th in 50:33. Bruce Strawbridge took it steadily and was pleased with his 26th place in 51:02. Judy Davey was 3rd lady and won her category coming 28th overall in 52:33. This was the first race John Burgess had taken part in for a while and was happy with his 38th place in 55:25. He was followed one place and 29 seconds later by Tim Wigram who completed the 10k line-up for Honiton. There were 66 finishers.
The 3k was extremely well attended with 83 runners taking part. The race was won by Molly Smith in 11:26. Oliver Grimshaw was the first Honiton runner back coming 4th in 13:08. He was followed by Flo Swan who won her age category in 13:13 and was 2nd girl overall. Thomas Lilley came 9th in 13:42 and Jasmine Stone was next back coming 16th in 14:17 and winning her category. Alfie Siggers had a good run to come 20th in 14:32 just ahead of Ashleigh Ford-Cosens who finished 6 seconds later. Jasmine’s younger brother Harrison completed Honiton’s line-up to come 40th in 16:42.
Another beautiful late summer’s day added to the great atmosphere. Thanks to all the marshals for their great support and to the landowners but especially Emma Parris for all her hard work and for being the brain child of this fantastic new race.
Whilst some went to Stockland, other Honiton runners went to Scotland to take part in the Baxter’s Loch Ness Marathon. Julie Payne finished in the excellent time of 3 hours 26 minutes and Stephen Boyes finished in 3:51. Clare Melbourne completed Honiton’s contingency in the very pleasing time of 4:50.
Tony Peek wanted to try something a little different so it was an early start to travel to Bath for the Bath Two Tunnels 10km route which heads straight along the path of the Somerset & Dorset Railway through the suburbs of Bath. From the start line which is on top of a bridge runners then climb 180 ft over the 1st mile to the entrance of the first tunnel which is just over 400m long. The route has a slight climb up and through the tunnel before emerging out into beautiful woodland on the other side. Here the route continues to climb slightly before reaching the longer Combe Down Tunnel which is just over a mile in length. This tunnel loses 14m of height from this end to the far end, and yes, gains 14m on the return journey! There is good flat running and Midford Castle towers above. Once out from the tunnel runners see the platform for Midford Station. The route then heads back with an uphill finish. Tony completed the course in 51:21 been forced to stop meaning he had to overtake about a dozen runners he had previously passed. It was a well organized event, with great weather which made the tunnels a cool welcome.
Doone 10 Miles & Dornafield Women's 10k
Several members of Honiton Running Club travelled to the beautiful seaside village of Lynmouth in North Devon to take part in the Doone 10 mile run organised by the charity Care for Kids with the help of North Devon Road Runners. The race took runners up and down trails and tracks along cliff paths with stunning scenery at every twist and turn. Kevin Hawker was the first back for Honiton coming 3rd overall in a time of 1 hour 12 minutes 38 seconds and taking first prize for his age category. He was followed very closely by Ian Stewart who was 5th overall finishing in 1:14:42 having had a great run. Steve Davey was next back finishing 45th in exactly 1 ½ hours. Bruce Strawbridge is back on form and had a great race to come 51st in 1:31:46. He had vied for position with Steve Selley who finished 4 places later in 1:32:01 having taken a wrong turn into someone’s garden! To be fair most of the Honiton runners and a lot of the field had turned into this garden path but Steve managed to go a little further down the path before realising he had gone wrong! Judy Davey was next back delighted to come 3rd lady overall winning her age category and 64th place overall in a time of 1:34:44. Howard Bidmead was next back having been followed by Judy for the entire race until she passed him. Positions changed a couple of times and in the end Howard finished 4 places and 55 seconds behind Judy. New Honiton member Shane Hudd brought the family and had a thoroughly enjoyable race to finish 84th in 1:41:21. Michelle Selley finished the Honiton line-up having enjoyed the views to come 129th in 2:03:52. The race was won by Mark Jenkin in the amazing time of 1:06 and there were 149 finishers.
Julie Payne took part in the Dornafield Women’s 10k organised by Teignbridge Trotters. She finished 13th overall winning her category in a time of 44:29. The scenic course follows undulating rural lanes and passes through the local hamlets of Ogwell and Denbury.
Honiton Running Club held its very own Cotleigh Canter races last Sunday in perfect weather. The 10k was won with a course record by 16 year old Jake Smith of Axe Valley Runners in the time of 33 minutes 21 seconds. Amy Greenhalgh also of AVR was first lady back in the time of 40 minutes 20 seconds also cracking the ladies’ course record. Quite a few Honiton members were helping organise and marshal the event but the club did put out some fine runners. Ian Stewart was first back for the club in 6th place in 37:43 followed by Hadleigh Davies who came 14th in 41:38. Steve Selley had a great run coming 18th in 44:09 as did Mark Dallyn who came 22nd in 45:58. Tony Peek was next back coming 33rd in 52:24. Pete Lyus finished just 10 seconds after the hour in 44th place and Gerry Evans came 46th in 1:05:57. Michelle Selley completed the line up finishing in1:12:49. There were 52 finishers.
The 5k is one lap of the 2 lap 10k course and was won by Michael Lesniak of South West Road Runners setting yet another course record to finish in 17:51. Ellie Sutcliffe was already the holder of the course record set last year and this year she won the ladies’ race in a time of 19:44 coming 2nd overall. Honiton junior member Florence Swan was next back coming 3rd lady overall in 22:21 and 4th place in the event. Thomas Lilley was 2nd male finisher, 6th overall in 24:03. Thomas Kirsch followed 2 places later in 25:21. Hannah Land didn’t enjoy the race but put in a gutsy run to come 14th in 30:29. There were 15 finishers.
The 3k Fun Run had 41 finishers and was won by Samuel Yearling in a time of 11:41. Honiton’s own Katelyn Wells won it for the girls in a time of 13:53. Jasmine Stone won her category coming 8th overall in 14:10. Ashleigh Ford-Cosens also won her category finishing in 15:51 and 16th place. It was great to see Megan Burton back running after injury just beating her brother for 39th place in 22:40. There were 41 finishers.
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Roseland August Trail
On 16th August, Ben Stone and Alasdair Moffet travelled down to the Roseland Peninsula in South Cornwall to take part in the Roseland August Trail race series. There were 4 distances of 11 miles, 20 miles, The Black Rat 32 miles, and The Plague 64 mile race. Ben took part in the Plague which started at midnight on the Friday night and ran through the night on challenging coast paths between Porthpean and St Anthony's near Falmouth. The race then turns back and returns to Porthpean. Ben finished in 14 hrs 11 mins and was 8th out of 100 competitors. Alasdair took part in the Black Rat and was dropped off at St Anthony's at 8.30am and ran the 32 miles back to Porthpean. Alasdair enjoyed the race and came in an excellent 22nd place in 6hrs 16 mins. Both agreed that the terrain was very challenging and Ben compared it to running 3 and half Grizzlies but a bit harder!
On the evening of Wednesday, 20th August, four Honiton runners travelled to Exeter to take part in the Exeter 10k. The course is very flat and very fast and all 4 put in great efforts. Steve Selley was first back for Honiton coming 93rd in 43 mins 21 secs. Next back hot on his heels was Katy Campbell 117th in 45 mins 18 secs. Sharon Wells was delighted to knock off 5 minutes from last year’s race coming in 207th in 51 mins18 secs. Donna Stone in her first ever race came in 282nd in 58 mins and 45 secs, well within the hour target she had set herself. A magnificent effort for all 4. The race was won by Tom Merson in 31.12 and 358 people turned out for the event.
August Handicap Resuts
Well done to everyone especially Tracey who won the monthly trophy for the 2nd month running.
Harting 10 mile Train Run & Yeo Mill Event
Having celebrated his daughter’s wedding in Midhurst, West Sussex on the Saturday Honiton runner Howard Bidmead entered the Harting 10 mile trail run on Sunday 3rd August. Harting is a small village set within the South Downs National Park on the West Sussex / Hampshire border.This is a tough run starting in the village. The first 3 miles are all uphill and comprise country lanes and tracks. At 3 miles the course evens out until 5 miles where there is a sharp right hand turn and then 2 miles uphill to the top of the Downs where the runners are met with amazing views across the Sussex and Hampshire countryside. At 8 miles the route descends back into Harting to the finish. 206 runners completed the event. Howard ran in his words a gentle pace and finished 88th with a credible time of 1 hour 22 mins. The race was run by Julian Manning from Denmead Striders in a time of 57m 46s.
Last Sunday, 56 runners or walkers took part in a social event organised by Honiton Running Club’s Howard Bidmead. Several local clubs were represented with 10 Honiton runners taking part. The base was at West Anstey and was a circular route taking in 10 Exmoor miles. The weather was much better than was originally forecast with Hurricane Bertha behaving herself. Runners were treated to a feast of homemade cakes on their return and money raised was split between Devon Air Ambulance and West Anstey Village Hall. A huge thank you to Howard and his other helpers for a very enjoyable event.
Indian Queens Half Marathon
Last Sunday, two Honiton Running Club members took part in the Indian Queens Half Marathon which is mainly road and fairly flat. Julie Payne finished in 102nd place in a time of 1 hour 36 minutes and 55 seconds which saw her win a bottle of wine for coming 1st in her age category. Stephen Boyes came 132nd in 1:40:06 and was pleased with his run which he used as part of his training for the Loch Ness Marathon next month. There were 562 finishers and the race was won by Ben Price of Cheltenham Harriers in the speedy time of 1:14:19.
Dalwood Fayre 10k
Last Sunday saw 9 members take part in the Dalwood Fayre 10k multi-terrain race. There is not much that’s flat in this race with undulations throughout. Thankfully, it was a little cooler than it has been recently. The race was won by Axe Valley Runners’ Matt Clist in the fantastic time of 39:24. Honiton’s Kevin Hawker was 2nd in 40:56 and Ian Stewart was not too far behind in 4th place in 43:09. Ben Stone was next back finishing 5th in 44:06. Rod Inglis had another great race coming 11th in 49:18 and he was followed by Steve Davey who found the race unusually hard to come 15th in 51:20. Howard Bidmead was next back in 17th place in 52:09 and he was followed by Mark Dallyn who finished 19th in 53:42 having just overtaken a young lad on holiday in Dalwood running his first ever 10k. Mark had been overtaken by Judy Davey during the race but paced himself well to overtake her and keep in front. Judy finished 21st in 54:19 being first lady back for Honiton and 3rd lady overall winning a bottle of wine for her efforts. Louise Crisp was the only other Honiton lady representative finishing 29th in 57:36. There were 49 runners altogether. Thanks to the Fayre Committee for great organisation and providing an abundance of cheery marshals.
Great turn out on a warm summers evening with lots of new runners and we also had a good turnout for helpers (many thanks to for their support). Unfortunately for the helpers all the runners must have waited around a corner as most came in close succession (Either that or we could be controversial here and it shows the handicap system is working as 11 people finished within 60 seconds of each other). As a result the time keepers had a frantic couple of minutes. Brent put in a great run, recording a PB and coming second but this may be due to the worry of recreating a “Paula Radcliff moment” on the course. Needless to say he left very quickly after the run.
Haytor Heller & Mrs E's Big Wheeze
Ian Stewart and Louise Crisp of Honiton Running Club took part in Teignbridge Trotter’s Haytor Heller last Saturday evening. This popular, well established moorland race starts below Haytor Rock and follows a hilly, circular route before returning once again to Haytor Rock with a fast downhill finale to the finish. The 6 mile course is challenging with several steep ascents and descents and is run across rugged, open moorland, apart from two sections through woodland; firstly below Hound Tor and secondly below Haytor which includes a stream crossing. The course is completely off-road. Ian came 11th overall in a time of 47 minutes15 seconds and Louise came 118th in 1:04:30 winning a prize for coming first in her category. The race was won by Jamie Parkinson in 39:44 and there were 264 finishers.
On Sunday morning,on a sweltering day, several Honiton members took part in Mrs E’s Big Wheeze based at Mrs Ethleston’s Primary School, Uplyme. There are 10k and 5k multi-terrain races as well as a Small Wheeze Fun Run of approximately 2km. The 10k route is exhilarating following river banks, going through beautiful woods and climbing hills giving glimpses of the sea. Ben Stone was first back for Honiton in the 10k coming 6th in 41:50 and hot on his heels was Chris Entwistle who finished in 42:07. Hadleigh Davies had a great race finishing 12th in 43:57 and Ross Penwill continues his great form to come 19th in 45:23. Suzanne Spiller knocked a minute of last year’s time despite the heat and finished 2nd lady, 21st overall in 46:19. Rod Inglis flew around the course once again to finish 24th in 46:37 with young Findlay Fuller chasing him down to finish 17 seconds later. Richard Harvey was happy with his race finishing 27th in 47:46 and Steve Davey found the race quite tough but finished well to come 29th in 48:07. Steve Selley enjoyed the race coming 33rd in 50:20 closely followed by Mark Dallyn who ran well to finish in 51:08. Judy Davey could see him for most of the race but he must have got away a bit towards the end as she finished 40th in 52:16. Bruce Strawbridge has been dogged by injury recently and hasn’t raced much this year. He battled the race demons to come 53rd in 56:21 with Kathy Layzell completing the line-up to come 73rd in 1:04:15. There were 87 finishers. The 5k was won by Honiton’s very own Iain Ross who finished in 21:59 and the 1st girl was Flo Swan, also from Honiton. She finished in 25:13. Sharon Wells also decided on the 5k option finishing 16th in 29:46. There were 23 finishers. Honiton’s girls did very well in the Small Wheeze with Katelyn Wells, Jasmine Stone and Ashley Ford-Cosens coming 2nd 3rd and 4th girls respectively. There were 63 runners altogether.
Otter Rail and River Run, Blackdown Beauty and Bridport 10k
A good few Honiton Running Club members graced the Otter Rail and River Run 10k based at Tipton last Saturday. James Reeves of South West Road Runners won the race in the excellent time of 36 minutes 57 seconds. Running for Honiton, his brother Graham was not too far behind coming 5th in 40:03. Tim Legg came 10th in 42:54 winning his age category as did Julie Payne who came 36th in 47:44. Esme Moffett had a great run to come 55th in 50:09 and Mark Andow was next back finishing 63rd in 51:18. Sam Shute completed the Honiton line-up to come 127th in 1:06:43. There were 141 finishers.
Honiton Running Club’s own Blackdown Beauty took place last Saturday around the Blackdown Hills’ countryside. It started off as another hot one but it cooled down during the afternoon to ideal running conditions. The rain came down but it did stay off until most of the runners had finished and were able to shelter in a barn whilst still enjoying the barbecue. The main choice of routes was either 18 miles or 10 miles with runners able to pick which points they ran enabling them to run a distance of their choice. The base was at Priors Park Farm, Culmhead courtesy of Jim Hill and family. The long route took in 4 pubs as well as a cream tea taking runners to Pitminster and then on to Clayhidon before a visit to Pear Tree Cottage, Stapley for the delicious cream tea, appreciated by all. Thank you to the Parry family for the use of their gorgeous garden and all the ladies of Smeatharpe WI for making the scones and serving welcome cups of tea. Once fed and watered, runners went on to Churchinford before running back to base. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way as well as all the landowners but especially Jim Hill for giving up part of his farm for the day by providing the ideal base for the run including a barn for the post race barbecue. Keep an eye on the website www.honitonrc.com for the winter version - The Blackdown Beast due to be held in January.
Howard Bidmead was in charge of the backup car for the Beauty so didn’t run the route which meant he could run the Bridport Jurassic Coast 10K on Sunday. It's starts and finishes at the Bridport Leisure Centre and is nearer 12K than 10. It winds its way out to the coast path where the runners climb Thorncombe Hill, the second highest point on the Coast path. Runners are greeted there with spectacular views of the Jurassic Coast before the descent back to Bridport via West Bay. Howard was extremely pleased with his run finishing in 58m 21s and taking a prize for 3rd O50 vet male. There were close to 100 runners and Howard finished well up the field.
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Woodland Relay & Charmouth ChallengeThere was a huge turnout for Honiton Running Club’s Woodland Relay last Wednesday at Core Copse on a perfect evening for running. Honiton itself had about 60 adult members running and another 20 Honiton juniors taking part. Honiton were joined by Axe Valley Runners, The Met Office, N1 Tri Club, Exmouth and Sidmouth Running Clubs. The 3 adults in each team ran a leg each of just under 2 ½ miles before tagging their next team mate. The first team back overall was Axe Valley Runners ‘Young Uns’ consisting of Chris Keefe, Matt Clist and Liam Roberts in a time of 42 minutes 7 seconds. Honiton had the winning mixed team which was made up of Suzanne Spiller, Ben Stone and Ian Stewart. They finished in 46:32. Honiton also took the vets prize made up of Steve Davey, Rod Inglis and Richard Harris. They finished in 50:30 and AVR had another success with their ladies’ team which finished in 50:57 and was made up of Amy Greenhalgh, Robin Carter and Eleanor Wood. The junior teams ran a shorter distance of approximately one mile each and this race was won by AVR’s Bobbie, Ollie and Iain in a time of 33:36. Honiton’s girls won their category finishing in 39:38 with the team made up of Flo Swan, Morgan and Sasha Davy. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way especially the chief organisers Bruce Strawbridge and Roger Saunders. Also thanks to the cake makers, marshals and landowner for providing the car park!
Five Honiton runners went to Charmouth last Saturday to take part in the Charmouth Challenge organised by Charmouth Primary School. The weather was ideal for spectating but too hot to make for good running conditions. The race is the most southerly fell race in the country and includes two steep and long climbs. The first is within the first mile climbing the infamous Stone Barrow Lane and later on in the race runners climb up Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast at 191m. It’s all worthwhile though as racers are treated to the breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast. The winner was Michael Robinson of Tamar Trotters in the amazing time of 52:09. Honiton’s Steve Davey and Alasdair Moffett thoroughly enjoyed racing each other spending much of the race vying to be in front of the other. The finish line saw Steve as the victor of this battle; he came45th in 1:09:32 with Alasdair one place and 21 seconds behind. Howard Bidmead had a much better race than last year coming 77th in 1:16:33 whilst Judy Davey put all her efforts into climbing the first hill and suffered as a result. She fought the urge to stop several times but did walk a lot more than she usually would. She finished 117th in 1:21:21 and couldn’t wait to sit down at the finish. There were 234 finishers. Iain Ross is too young to take part in the full Challenge so had to settle for the fun run of 1.8 miles. He showed them how it was done though and stormed home to win the race in 10:48 which is a huge achievement with 140 runners behind him!
Purbeck 10 & Beat the Bus
Honiton Running Club’s Alasdair and Esme Moffett took part in the Purbeck 10k on Friday, 20th June. This is a race based on the picturesque Isle of Purbeck in Dorset and money raised goes to the Swanage Life Boats. The race is hilly but Alasdair had a great run especially considering he had fractured his ankle just 6 weeks ago. He finished 115th in 45 minutes 3 seconds. Esme also had a good run and did well to come 174th in 47:40. The race was won by Dan Mulryan in the fantastic time of 34:09. Alasdair and Esme said it was a bit of a trek getting to the race but it was well worth it. There were 433 finishers.
Steve Davey and Howard Bidmead took part in Sidmouth Running Club’s Beat the Bus race last Wednesday. The race starts at Otterton and takes runners cross country towards Sidmouth and back whilst attempting to ‘Beat the Bus’. The bus obviously takes the road route and returns the same way! Steve and Howard both managed to beat it back to Otterton with Steve coming 22nd overall in 48:41, Howard coming 29th in 51:40 and The Bus coming 47th in 56:30. The race was won by Jason Drew in 39:01 and there were 67 finishers, including the bus!
Over the Hills and Farway 10kOn what was a blisteringly hot day last Sunday, several Honiton Running Club members took the short trip to Farway to take part in Farway Primary School’s Over the Hill and Farway 10k race. This is a predominately road run incorporating a short track before the monumental climb of Warren Hill featuring over 400 ft of climb.
There is an award for the first King and Queen to the top of the Hill and the king prize this year went to Tim Lenton of Axe Valley Runners. Eleanor Wood also of AVR was the first queen to the top. The race was won by another AVR runner in the form of Matt Clist who finished with a new course record of 37minutes 10 seconds. Graham Reeves was first back for Honiton followed quickly by Ben Stone who came 6th in 42:01 after suffering with a cold all week. Ross Penwill continued his amazing form to come 14th in 46:42 and was followed by Steve Davey who finished a minute later. Vernon Gillard is back on form and had a great run to come 16th in 48:08. Ceri Oak was the first Honiton lady to finish doing well to come 2nd lady overall in 17th place in 48:22. Richard Harris was next back finishing 20th in 49:05. He was followed by Alasdair Moffett who enjoyed the run but struggled. He came 22nd in 49:30. Mark Dallyn found it hard but ran consistently to come 24th in 50:28. He was followed by Judy Davey just one place and one minute later. Tim Wigram completed an ultra marathon just 2 weeks ago so with tired legs he did well to come 29th in 52:52. Pippa Westall had a good run and was justly awarded with first local lady runner. She was 33rd in 54:21. Greg Axsel didn’t enjoy it too much but came 36th in 55:53 completing the Honiton line-up for the main race.
Honiton youngsters took part in the fun runs with considerable success. The oldest junior race of approximately 3k saw Rowan Westall coming 2nd in 16:46, Oliver Grimshaw 4th in 17:05 and Thomas Lilley 6th in 17:13. Jasmine Stone was first under 10 girl back in her race of approximately 2k finishing 9th overall in 9:05 with her brother Harrison not too far behind finishing 14th in 10:14. Lara Oak was next back coming 25th in 12:02. Max and Ella Spiller took part in the race for the youngest children coming 5th and 12th respectively.
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