From Nick Cornwell
I would like to thank all the staff at The Honiton Running Club for organising the Cotleigh Canter. This was my first race for over 40 years and I was very impressed with the layout and the refreshments were great! I am not an experienced runner but a guy who only started running 3 months ago. So today was my first crack at doing a 10km course. I was supported all the way around by the back marker 'Richard' who made the run less stressful for me as he was my 'ears'. Wonderful having someone telling me that cars or runners are coming up behind. (I am hearing impaired)
Apologies to all the Marshall's I kept waiting as I am not a fast runner! I just loved the day, the people and great friendly atmosphere. Again, thank you all so much for making the run so enjoyable for this 64 year old gent.
Brenda's Gate - in memory of Brenda King (from Margaret Dale)
Dear Friends of Brenda
I am delighted to announce that the first memorial gate for Brenda has been installed with a plaque at the entrance to Common Wood in Tylers Green on the Winchmoor Hill side (Grid ref 918947). Not easy to park in the lane but there is a pleasant stroll from the Hit or Miss pub nearby. The next walk I am leading on 22 June, for the Ramblers will include this gate. If you want to come along you will be most welcome, even if you are not a member of the Ramblers.
Also a metal gate is being installed at the top end of Tylers Hill Road near Ley Hill (grid ref 985016) and I will let you know when that is installed. Another three are in the pipeline so I will update you when I hear where they have been located.
Sandra is hoping to arrange walk to see the gate (or gates) at some point and will circulate the club.
Press Report - Devon Sports Award
Honiton Running Club representatives John Burgess, Judy Davey and Roger Saunders attended the Devon Sports Awards 2013 presentation at Sandy Park, Exeter last Friday evening. HRC was nominated under the category of Amateur Club of the Year and was invited to the awards evening as a finalist. The winner of the category was Kingsley School Judo Club with HRC and Barton Cricket Club runners up. Over 200 people attended the evening which saw Olympic diver Tom Daly reach the final in the Sports Performer of the Year category. He was runner up along with Jay Thompson with the winner being Olympic swimming gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte. The evening was hosted by BBC Spotlight’s Jenny Walrond and Jimmy Frost who rode Little Polveir to victory in the Grand National in 1989 was guest speaker.
Press Report - London Marathon, Haldon Heartbeat, Plymouth Half Marathon & Arlington Court Canter
On Sunday, 21st April, three Honiton Running Club members joined the 35,000 others to stand on the start line at the London Marathon. Hadleigh Davies who was running for CLIC Sargent was delighted to finish in 3 hours 28 minutes meaning he broke the 3:30 barrier. Judy Davey was less than 2 minutes behind and was just 14 seconds outside 3:30 having had the 3:30 pace maker overtake her on The Mall within spitting distance of the finish. Nevertheless, she was delighted with her performance coming 25th overall in her age category. Juliet Hall joined the beginners group at the Club last year and, running for The Donkey Sanctuary, she bravely took on the challenge. She had a complete mix of emotions; she laughed, she cried, she smiled and she said thank you a thousand times to the supporting crowd. She ran all the way and managed to find a spring in her step for the last mile – the very proud owner of a London Marathon finishers’ medal. She finished in 4:52 – a great result. She’s now inspired to run Amsterdam Marathon and try to beat her time!
Last Saturday, three Honiton runners headed off to Haldon Hill to do the Haldon Heartbeat. The race starts and finishes at Exeter Racecourse so the cold wind felt even chillier as it whipped over the hill but the runners soon warmed up as they set off on the 8 mile route. The first two miles of the race is a loop on top of the hill close to the racecourse followed by a long descent on forest roads and paths into woods. After a steep muddy climb that most have to walk, the route heads back towards the racecourse with several more climbs before regaining the top of the hill and the final mile to the finish. First in for Honiton was Ian Stewart with a very good 17th place in 56:57; next home was Rod Inglis 60th in 1:03:24 and finally John Burgess, 105th in 1:10:12. John was particularly pleased as he came third in his category having over-taken the 4th placed runner a few yards from the line. The race was won by Lee Turner of Torbay AC in a time of 49:15. There were 193 finishers.
On Sunday four Honiton runners rose early to brave another chilly spring morning
to run the Plymouth Half Marathon which starts at 9am. Over 3000 runners on
Plymouth Hoe observed a 30-second silence at the start of the race to remember
those killed and injured in Boston. The race was won by Tadele Geremew from
London in 1:09. For the Honiton runners this was the first time Roger Saunders
had run this event and enjoyed the route through the grounds of Saltram House to
finish as 452 runner in a time of 1:41:16. Amazingly his ride share Mark Dallyn
came in 2 seconds immediately behind him to smash his previous PB at 1:51:51 with 1:41:18 so he was overjoyed with his time even if he didn't beat Roger. Steve Briggs also finished not far behind at 664 in 1:45:20 with a good run for him. Graham Reeves also started the race but was seen hobbling off at Saltram obviously with some kind of injury.
Howard Bidmead travelled up to Arlington Court in North Devon for a race advertised as one of Devon's most beautiful and tough off road 10k's. Runners were not disappointed with fabulous views and serious climbs but with the sun shining it was perfect running conditions. Howard ran well for the first part of the race but suffered when an injury sustained on the Grizzly forced him to slow down considerably for the last 5k. Despite this Howard still finished in 49mins and took the award for the first male vet O55.
Easter Bunny Eskimos
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Four of us went over to Yeovilton to do The Easter Bunny - it was perishing! Steve did 47 min, John did 49 min, Clare did 54+ and Jo Jo';s ambition was to get under the hour and beat her OSM PB - she smashed the PB with a terrific 57:40!
HRC Kilmington winners
Kilmington Results - Points Trophy Order
Salisbury 54321, Dalwood Fayre 10k & Race the Train
Honiton Running Club’s Stephen Boyes ran the Salisbury 54321 Trail Marathon on 11th August. His time was going really well until the 20 mile point when he followed 3 other runners who had gone the wrong way. With no marshals and just a few arrows, this was almost inevitable. This added 2 more miles giving Stephen a finish time of 4 hours 9mins and recording a distance of 26.9 miles!
Honiton Running Club was well represented at the Dalwood Fayre 10k multi-terrain race on 14th August. Weather conditions were near perfect and there wasn’t too much mud to be found. The race was won by Tim Lenton of local Axe Valley Runners in 40 minutes 1 second. First in for Honiton was Chris Entwistle who came 4th overall in 43:55. This was his first time running the race and also running for the first time was Honiton’s next finisher, Alisdair Moffett in 5th place in 45:07. Steve Davey followed in 8th place in 47:48 and Tom Bornet is running very well to finish just after in 48:20 and one place later saw Richard Harvey in 50:24. Suzanne Spiller finished just 2 seconds later as 1st lady winning a bottle of wine. Howard Bidmead had a great run to finish 14th in 51:34. Judy Davey and Mark Andow ran pretty much the whole race within metres of each other and there was a great battle for the finish line. Time keepers couldn’t separate the two giving them 18th place in 52:41. Esme Wilson had a great race finishing 2 places later in 54:43 followed directly by Ross Penwill just 7 seconds later and Steve Briggs 16 seconds after him. Mark Dallyn couldn’t get his head or legs round this race at all finishing 26th in 56:03 just ahead of John Burgess in 56:27 and Tim Wigram in 56:52. Linda Pike loves this run and finished strongly in 37th place in 1:04:50 followed by fellow lover of the race, Pete Lyus in 42nd place in 1:06:15. Kathy Layzell enjoys this sort of challenge and came 46th in 1:08:30 closely followed by Carol Turnham in 48th place in 1:11:33. Entries were low this year with just 50 finishers enjoying the delicious curry and chips upon their return.
Six Honiton Runners went a little further afield to Snowdonia in Wales on Saturday, 17th August to take part in the 30th Annual Race the Train from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn Station and back again. This is a very popular event with four races on offer competing against the steam train and all Honiton runners chose the longest being 14 miles of undulating off road running. Runners are set off at the same time as the train and run beside the railway line sighting and hearing the train several times. Unfortunately, none of the Honiton runners actually managed to beat the train although Steve Davey was tantalisingly close. The train recorded a time of 1:48:07 and Steve’s time was 1:48:49. Bruce Strawbridge was next back finishing in 1:55:35. Judy Davey and Howard Bidmead had run the race within spitting distance of each other for most of it and their positions changed several times. Judy eventually got the better of Howard although she was slightly disappointed to have missed out on recording a time of under 2 hours by just 16 seconds. Howard’s time was 2:01:32. Clare Melbourne made it a family affair with her brother and sister in law also taking part. She was the only one to have completed 2 races that day as in the morning she had run with her niece to complete the Toddlers’ Trot. She finished in 2:29:07 with her brother managing to beat the train by an amazing 9 minutes. Tracey Strawbridge completed the Honiton line-up coming just outside the 3 hour mark in 3:02:21. The weather conditions were awful with driving rain and a strong wind blowing against the runners but the race had a bigger than usual field with 935 runners taking part.
HIPPO AND CALF - another great day
Some photos here. The rest will be on the photo page or on the club Facebook page.
Once again MANY THANKS to Tony Whiteley for these. (click to enlarge and scroll through)
Link to Alan Rowe's photos - here
Anthony Rowe's excellent swamp photos for sale here
Chris Grady's photos for sale here
Taunton HM - Jennie leads us home
The Honiton RC walkers decided on a spring hike in the Brecon Beacons on Sunday & having spent the previous Sunday standing supporting Grizzly runners some spring exercise was much needed.
We left at 06:45 (during a blizzard) and headed of for the Beacons not being sure what to expect. The weather forecast was for broken sunshine, temperatures of between -1 – 5C & scatttered wintry shower so many layers of clothing were in place ready for the walk. The intention was to take in the three nearest mountains to Llanfrynach (Cribyn, Pen Y Fan & Fan Y Big) but on our arrival the snowline was at around 300 metres so the final route was to be “decided on the hill.”
At base camp we guessed that the snow was around 50-75mm deep but as we ascended it became obvious that the snow was far deeper than expected averaging around 60cm and in places around 90cm. As a result of the conditions progress was slower than anticpated and we were forced to complete only the summit of Pen Y Fan before starting the long return to base.
The weather itself was remarkable and we enjoyed unbroken sunshine for the duration of the walk (6.5 hours of hill training) while most of the surrounding mountain ranges were shrouded in storm clouds rain & snow.
Four of our party had never experienced these conditions before and enjoyed an experience of a lifetime where everything just went right.
At the end of the afternoon we enjoyed the hospitality of the village pub with an excellent meal
If you would like to join us on our next outing watch out for the emails or get in touch.
BEAST LEG 1 EXPLORED - just a bit of mud!
Bideford Half-marathon Team - more photos on PHOTO page