January 25th 2014
HRC RACE RESULTS for 2013 by Runner and by Event are here
Honiton Runners in action at 13 miles on the Grizzly.
Grizzly & CubAs usual Honiton Running Club was extremely well represented at last weekend’s Grizzly events. The race was about 19 ½ miles long and just for a change the weather was beautiful. The sun shone and there was a cool breeze enjoyed by runners. There was still plenty of mud and the bogs were taxing as usual. There were the infamous challenging hills but some of these led to breathtaking views. There were several stretches of beech running which take their toll on already tired muscles. There were plenty of Honiton Grizzly first timers and plenty who had run it many times before. Kevin Hawker was first back for Honiton in an amazing time of 2 hours 44 minutes coming 27th. Ian Stewart had a cracking run finishing in 2:49 in 41st place.Ben Stone told his wife he’d be back in 3 hours and he was – just; he finished in 2:59:59 in 90th place! Fran Bond was 1st lady back for Honiton and 8th lady overall to finish 124th in 3:04. The next few Honiton runners tussled for positions throughout ending up just 5 minutes apart with Steve Davey coming 181st in 3:13, Alasdair Moffett 186th in 3:14, Hadleigh Davies 188th in 3:15, Chris Entwistle 206th in 3:16 and Richard Harvey 215th in 3:18. Vernon Gillard in a very ungentlemanly fashion overtook Judy Davey on the finish straight coming 279th in 3:24 with Judy one place and 5 seconds later. Tom Bornet had struggled with the latter part of the race but finished within a minute of Judy in 289th place. Steve Boyes followed coming 356th in 3:32. Suzanne Spiller had run the first 15 miles with her husband before leaving him behind to come 593rd in 3:49 beating Mark Dallyn by 1 minute and Simon, her husband, by 4 minutes. Anthony Rowe followed in 697th place in 3:56. Helen Davy ran with her sister and finished 806th in 4:04. This was Howard Bidmead’s 17th Grizzly and he said days before the event that it may be his last. He’s now decided, he’ll try for 20. He came 817th in 4:05. Esme Wilson found the race very tough coming 897th in 4:11 followed 1 minute later by Steve Briggs who has been fighting an injury. He came 914th. Louise Crisp followed 1010th in 4:21 and Lesley Crocker was back running for Honiton having moved out of the area. She was 1051st in 4:24. Linda Pike followed 1 minute later in 1082nd place. Carol Turnham came 1290th in 4:47, Katy Campbell 1350th in 4:56 and Jo Taylor 1391st in 5:04. The race was won by Ceri Rees in the incredible time of 2:20 and there were 1541 finishers.
Several Honiton runners took the shorter and arguably slightly easier option of the Cub. This is about 9 miles long and has all the challenges of the main run without the bog. Clare Melbourne was 1st back for Honiton coming 135th in 1:44. Denis Costello was delighted to be taking part after being told by a specialist that an injury would never allow him to run again. Ignoring the advice, he got himself fit and was very proud to take part and absolutely delighted with his 138th place in 1:45. Pete Lyus has taken part in the Grizzly or Cub many times before and was pleased to come 189th in 1:51. Mark Andow had swapped from the Grizzly that morning and managed to finish just under 2 hours in 255th place. Val Hales was 303rd in 2:05 and Wendy Williams was 307th in 2:05. Sara Trumper only started running last year and finished 375th in 2:19. The race was won by Arran Tocknell in 1:01 and there were 415 runners.
Some of the club’s younger runners took part in the Saturday events including Jasmine Stone, Charlie and Ben Entwistle and Max and Ella Spiller.
Thank you to AVR for putting on such a well organised great event. Thanks also to the entertainers, land owners, sponsors and marshals who offered much needed encouragement and flap jack and jelly babies at regular intervals.
Bideford Half Marathon and Bath Half MarathonIt was a cold and slightly damp start for the 8 Honiton runners who took part in the Bideford Half Marathon on Sunday. However, the weather soon cleared up and there was even sunshine along the way. The course takes runners out of Bideford for around 6 miles and then loops back bringing runners back into the town via the Tarka Trail. First back for Honiton was Ian Stewart in a great time of 1 hour 27 minutes, closely followed by Julie Payne in 1.34 who achieved a personal best time and was 3rd in her category. Louise Crisp had a brilliant race finishing next in 1.49, followed by Tony Peek in 1.50 and Joe Daly in 1.54. A PB followed for the Honiton line-up with Juliet Hall finishing in 2.03. The final two runners in for Honiton were Clare Melbourne in 2.09 and JoJo Davey in 2.11. There were 924 finishers and the winner was Shaun Antell from Bideford AAC in a time of 1.10. On the same day Hadleigh Davies travelled slightly further afield to take part in the Bath Half Marathon and was rewarded for his training regime by finishing in the very quick time of 1:28. Bath was won by Nicholas Kirui in the amazing time of 1:03. Over 11,000 runners took part with Hadleigh coming 414th.
A Few Dalwood 3 Hills Pics
Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge
Honiton Running Club had an excellent turnout for the local Dalwood 3 Hills Challenge last Sunday. This is usually a very tough mainly off road run with not 3 but 4 significant hills. Last weekend’s race was made even harder with the relentless rain over the past few months. There was extra mud at every twist and turn and fields were at saturation point. The run up Dane’s Hill is usually a little damp but this year it was more like a steady stream. Once runners reached the top, they had to fight against extremely strong gusty winds threatening to blow people over or at least off track. The race was won by local Axe Valley Runner Patrick Devine-Wright in the fantastic time of 1 hour 13 minutes. Honiton’s Kevin Hawker was 2nd following 3 minutes later picking up a cup, a silver plate and a bottle of wine. It was great to see Ben Stone back racing for Honiton in such fine form coming 10th in 1:21. Chris Entwhistle finished next in 15th place in 1:24 with Alasdair Moffett next coming 23rd in 1:28. Richard Harvey managed to keep on his feet until a mile from home but ended up in the St John’s ambulance after literally being blown over. He still managed a great time of 1:29 in 24th place. Steve Davey was next back 4 places later with Bruce Strawbridge hot on his heels 4 places after him both being given the time of 1:31. Tom Bornet came 35th in 1:33. Mark Dallyn in 45th place led the next 4 Honiton runners home one place after the other and all within the same minute of 1:38. The other 3 runners were Judy Davey who was 1st lady back for Honiton, Tim Wigram and Howard Bidmead. These 3 runners had swapped position several times throughout the race. Ceri Oak was 2nd lady back for Honiton having been out of the racing scene for a while. She was pleased to have been able to compete coming 55th in 1:41. Esme Wilson followed shortly afterwards in 1:45 and 68th place. Mark Andow has also been off the scene sporting an injury and he was happy with his time of 1:51 and 76th place. Louise Crisp is fairly new to the club and only just made it to the start on time due to a road closure and although she found the race tough, she enjoyed it to finish just after Mark. Lyn Pike always finds this race great fun and was next back finishing 103rd in 2:02. She was followed by Pete Lyus who also always enjoys this challenge. He came 110th in 2:05. Kathy Layzell was another one who finished with a smile on her face to come 125th in 2:14.Completing the Honiton line-up were Wendy Williams and Carol Turnham who finished in 2:23 both delighted to finish and cross the line together.
If runners were too young to take part in the full race or didn’t want to take on the full Challenge there was always the 3 miles Mini Challenge. This was won by Alfie Devine-Wright, the son of the full Challenge winner, in a time of 23:48. Honiton was led back by Iain Ross who finished 7th in 28:24. Arthur Heeler-Frood picked up an injury and limped home in 10th place in exactly 34 minutes and John Burgess, who isn’t too young to take part in the full Challenge, finished 18th in 42:13 before walking to the top of Dane’s Hill to take photos. There were 32 finishers.
Some of the younger offspring of Honiton’s main Challenge runners took part in the Fun Run. Jasmine Stone has recently joined the junior section and finished 6th with her brother Harrison in 11:44. Siblings Ben and Charles Entwhistle enjoyed the run before watching their Dad finish his race coming 13th and 17th in 14:47 and 17:18 respectively. The Fun Run was won by Cameron Bryson in 10:14.
For many competitors it was ideal training for AVR’s Grizzly in 2 week’s time and thanks must go to AVR for supporting the Dalwood 3 Hills. Thanks also to the land owners for allowing runners to churn up their fields even more and, of course, the providers of wonderful food back at the Village Hall and not forgetting the marshals who stood out in the rain and cold, some for a few hours.
Axmouth Challenge & Blackdown Beast - Press ReportOn Sunday, 19th January Honiton Running Club members didn’t have to travel too far to take part in Axe Valley Runners’ Axmouth Challenge. The race is a 9 ½ multi-terrain race which forms a figure of eight course around the lanes, fields and paths of Axmouth. The rain of recent weeks ensured the tracks and fields were suitably wet and muddy. The weather was perfect for running starting off with a bit of frost but not enough to make the roads icy. It remained dry throughout the morning for a change. Tom Bornet was the first back for Honiton coming 26th in a time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 15 seconds. Steve Davey could just see Tom at the finish but was powerless to do anything about it. Steve was next back to finish right behind him just 20 seconds later. He was followed by Rod Inglis who had a great run to come 35th in 1:18:04. Next followed Howard Bidmead who also had a good run coming 43rd in 1:19:04. This was Vernon Gillard’s first race for a while but he showed he was still keeping up the training to come 46th in 1:20:33.
Judy Davey was the sole Honiton lady completing the Honiton line-up to finish 55th in 1:23:08. There were 113 finishers and the race was won by AVR’s own Simon Bayliss in the fantastic time of 1:01:14.If runners weren’t brave enough to tackle the full race they could choose to do just one loop and run about 5 miles. Honiton Junior Findlay Fuller won the race in a time of 39:45. John Burgess also took the shorter option as he hasn’t run much distance for weeks. He enjoyed the race feeling no pressure and taking photos along the way. He finished 10th in 59:25. There were 17 finishers. Thanks to the cake and soup makers for welcome sustenance on the runners return back at the village hall. Thanks also to AVR for a great well organised event and of course, to all the marshals.
Last year’s Honiton Running Club’s Blackdown Beast was in jeopardy because of the deep snow leading up to the event but last Sunday there was none of that but with the rain of recent weeks the challenges were mainly mud and bogs. The muscle sapping terrain meant that the 16 miles was hard work but the weather stayed fine and mild throughout the morning.
The Beast is always a sell out and this year saw over 140 runners taking part with runners coming from all over Devon and some from further afield. The event is a social run with several stops on route at convenient pubs with the 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. Other runners decided to stay put, ordered a meal and spent the afternoon in the cosy pub. Then it was on to the Luppitt Inn; one of the smallest pubs in the country! Organisers made sure the landlady knew runners were coming as opening times are flexible! The last leg is always the most challenging with plenty of chance of getting lost but this year there was a diversion due to building work taking place on the usual route which meant even more chance of extra mileage!
As always all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day with many looking forward to the summer version; the Blackdown Beauty. 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 John Burgess, the main organiser, but also to everyone else involved in organisation and ensuring the day ran smoothly not forgetting the landowners and probably most importantly the ladies of the WI for the pasties! Money raised once expenses have been paid will go to Smeatharpe Village Hall and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Oh My Obelisk
Several Honiton Running Club members travelled to Dawlish Leisure Centre last Sunday to take part in Dawlish Coasters’ Oh My Obelisk race. This was advertised as an 11 mile race which includes plenty of mud and hills too. It was in fact more like 11 ½ miles due to a slight route change avoiding a fallen tree. The route follows green lanes, forest tracks, country lanes and fields and takes runners up to Haldon Forest and back circling the Obelisk. Despite a sore foot, Steve Davey led Honiton back coming 46th in 1 hour 34 minutes and 58 seconds. Steve Selley has been training for this event and was rewarded with a great run coming 65th in 1:38:11. He led the next 6 Honiton runners back who all finished within 4 minutes of each other. Bruce Strawbridge was next coming 75th in 1:39:22 followed by Howard Bidmead who was 81st just 36 seconds later. Judy Davey was the sole Honiton lady and was next back in 90th place in 1:40:42. Judy had overtaken Rod Inglis with less than a mile to go after he ran out of steam and he finished 95th 1:41:47. Rod was in Mark Dallyn’s sights and he was catching him quickly but the race wasn’t quite long enough meaning Mark finished 5 places and just 7 seconds later. Tony Whiteley completed the Honiton line-up having completed a gutsy race putting on his racing shoes for the first time in a while. Some runners were lucky enough to see the Obelisk but many didn’t even though they were looking for it! Not to worry, there’s always next year!
Stoke Stampede, Chard Flyer & First Chance
On Sunday, 29th December, Steve Briggs of Honiton Running Club took part in the Stoke Stampede based at Stoke St Gregory, Taunton. This is a 10km road race which is fairly flat with some inclines. Steve enjoyed the run and came 132nd in a time of 48 minutes 47 seconds out of a field of 322 runners.
Whilst many were nursing hangovers on New Year’s Day, 102 runners decided it was kill or cure on Wednesday, 1st January and took part in Chard Road Runners’ Chard Flyer. This is based at the Cricket Club and is a 10k race along roads and paths. Honiton’s Joe Daly and Tony Peek joined what turned out to be an interesting race. The pouring rain never gave up and meant a few parts of the run were underwater. This didn’t dampen the spirits of the marshals who were a great support with their smiles and words of encouragement. The route description is mainly flat but runners found an interesting hilly bit at about 3k that just seemed to go on forever! Tony and Joe ran the race together which they felt was a great help. They came 57th in a time of 56 minutes. Both said they would definitely do it again next year.
On Sunday, 5th January following particularly bad storms for several days prior to this, the start of South West Road Runners’ First Chance was delayed by one hour to avoid the high tide. Predictably the route was very wet under foot with rain and wind prevailing. Due to floods there was a slight route change which made the course only just over 6 miles instead of the planned 10k. Runners found themselves soaking wet with very cold feet which slowed them down. All Honiton runners had bagged a place at the last minute for this race which fills up very quickly. Roland Hall was first back for Honiton in 25th place in 36:07. Joe Daly was next back in 198th place in 48:13 followed closely by Tony Peek who finished 218th in 49:01. The only Honiton lady representative was Kelly Allison who was wearing her Honiton racing shirt for the first time. She finished 348th in 56:27. There were 465 finishers.
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