On Sunday with the weather warming up again 6 Honiton RC members took part in the Taunton Half Marathon posting some great times. First back was Vernon Gillard in 1 hour 37 minutes followed not too far behind by Nick Bradley-Carter in 1:40. Olivia Higginson had a great run finishing in 1:47 and next back was John Burgess who was having a good run until his legs cramped up at 11 1/5 miles. His target was 1:55 but he just missed this to finish in 1:56. Nevertheless, John was pleased as this is the longest distance he has run for 18 months. John had passed Clare Melbourne within the first mile and was waiting for her to overtake him at any point. This didn’t happen but Clare was delighted with her time just 1 minute after John of 1:57. These times meant personal bests for Nick, Olivia and Clare so well done to them. Helen Davy also took part but she was running with a friend and finished in 2:13. They were treated to delicious cakes after the race, courtesy of Clare. Wayne Spiller bravely took on the two lap challenge to run the full marathon. The two races start at the same time so the second lap does get a bit lonely. Wayne should be pleased with his time of 4:18.
Also on Sunday, four other Honiton runners took on the huge challenge of Sidmouth Running Club’s Exe to Axe which starts at Exmouth and follows the coastal path all the way to Seaton. The route is all but 21 miles and took runners through Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Weston beach, Branscombe and Beer. The race boasts over 4000 feet of climb (more than the Grizzly). Bruce Strawbridge came in first for Honiton getting his own back on Steve Davey who beat him in the Grizzly. Bruce finished in 26th place in 3 hours 28 with Steve coming 32nd in 3:30. Judy Davey was next back and was delighted to manage not only to find her way without deviation but she finished as 3rd lady. She finished 44th overall in 3:39. Howard Bidmead, the final runner for Honiton, took it fairly easy to finish in 90th place in 4:32. There were 101 finishers and Tom Merson won the race in an incredible 2:26.